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Darren Aronofsky Attached to Produce Adaptation of 'The Good Nurse'

11 December 2014 11:44 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Believe it or not, Aronofsky's Noah got an award nomination this morning. It didn't land a nod in any of the major categories, but it did receive a nomination for Best Song for Patti Smith's "Mercy Is." That's probably the biggest honor the film will receive (perhaps it could get an Oscar nomination in the same category), but that film is in the past for director Darren Aronofsky now, and the filmmaker behind The Fountain and Black Swan is lining up new projects. He's already working on an adaptation of the MaddAddam trilogy at HBO, but Tracking Board reports his company Protozoa is adapting the book The Good Nurse. Read on! Update! We've been informed by publicity that Aronofsky is attached to produce with first refusal to direct, so the project is still early in development and there is no assurance that Aronofsky is actually going to direct, but he might. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Darren Aronofsky Added To PGA’s Gotham Produced By Confab

17 October 2014 9:44 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The Producers Guild has set Noah and Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky and his Protozoa partner Scott Franklin to speak at the first Produced By: New York conference on October 25 at the Time Warner Center in NYC. Others on the roster are Jon Kilik, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Schamus, Harvey Weinstein, Donna Gigliotti, Mark Gordon, Hawk Koch, Jenni Konner, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Peter Saraf, Morgan Spurlock and Terence Winter.

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- Mike Fleming Jr

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Darren Aronofsky To Adapt Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy For HBO

5 June 2014 7:58 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Director Darren Aronofsky is moving from mastering the scale of a great Biblical flood in his 2014 drama Noah to taking on The Year of the Flood. The Black Swan director has been tapped to possibly helm a drama series on HBO, based on an acclaimed trilogy of dystopian “speculative” sci-fi novels from author Margaret Atwood. Aronofsky is already signed on to executive produce MaddAddam through his Protozoa Pictures banner, and he definitely has the credentials to direct as well.

The trilogy of novels include Atwood’s Oryx and Crake (2003), The Year of the Flood (2009) and MaddAddam (2013). The series takes place during the mid-21st century, where corporate villains reign, governments have fallen, and society has embraced genetic modifications. Much of the story occurs after a Waterless Flood (i.e. a man-made plague) has wiped out most of civilization. The characters focused on in Atwood’s novels consist of some of »

- Jordan Adler

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Darren Aronofsky Adapting Futuristic ‘MaddAddam’ Book Trilogy As HBO Series

4 June 2014 2:40 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: HBO has put in development drama series MaddAddam, executive produced by Oscar-nominated Black Swan helmer Darren Aronofsky through his Protozoa Pictures banner. The project, based on Margaret Atwood’s book trilogy Oryx and Crake (2003), Year Of The Flood (2009), and MaddAddam (2013), is being developed as a potential directing vehicle for Aronofsky. MaddAddam marks the first project to come out of the three-year first-look deal the filmmaker and his Protozoa Pictures inked with HBO in January. The story in the MaddAddam books, part of Atwood’s self-described genre of “speculative fiction,” is set in the mid-21st century in a world where corporations have taken over for governments and the genetic modification of organisms is perversely ubiquitous. It centers on the events before and after a Waterless Flood that wipes out almost all of the world’s population and follows an extensive cast of characters, including those responsible for the apocalypse »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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‘Exodus’ Scribes Adam Cooper & Bill Collage Take ‘Assassin’s Creed’

7 April 2014 3:32 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Adam Cooper and Bill Collage are rewriting for New Regency and Ubisoft Assassin’s Creed, the live-action adaptation of the Ubisoft vidgame that is coming together as a vehicle for 12 Years A Slave star Michael Fassbender. Cooper and Collage have been on a roll of late. They most recently scripted the original draft of Exodus: Gods & Kings, with Steve Zaillian rewriting the biblical epic that Ridley Scott is directing with Christian Bale starring as Moses. They also scripted the George Washington pic The General for Noah helmer Darren Aronofsky and his Protozoa Pictures banner. That film is set at Red Granite. The scribes take on this high-profile job as they are adapting the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Devil In The Grove for producer Allison Shearmur at Lionsgate, and the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced earthquake movie Shake at Paramount. They also are working with Aronofsky and Protozoa on the epic The Maccabee for New Regency Television, »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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Facts on Pacts: Variety Eyes First-Look Deals

20 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hollywood’s six major studios have hardly rolled out the welcome mat in recent years for producers who aren’t delivering tentpoles.

And that’s opened the way for other players to step up.

Variety’s updated Facts on Pacts reveals that the number of on-the-lot deals among the Big Six has fallen to 138 — three less than it was six months ago. That’s higher than the low point in 2009, when the figure for all deals, including those not at the Big Six, bottomed out at 133, and about half that at the high point of 292 for all deals at the turn of the century, the heyday for first-look pacts.

There are also 16 deals with minimajors and production companies outside the six studios, led by four at New Regency, which last month signed Gore Verbinski and his Blind Wink shingle to a three-year producing-directing pact similar to its partnerships with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, »

- Dave McNary

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Ray Winstone joins thriller Zipper

21 February 2014 12:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Ray Winstone has joined Patrick Wilson on the cast of the political thriller from 33 Pictures, Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures and Cargo Entertainment.

Shooting is underway in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on the story of a powerful attorney with political ambitions whose addiction to high-end escorts threatens to bring his career down in flames.

Winstone plays an investigative reporter and Lena Headey, Dianna Agron and Richard Dreyfuss round out the key cast.

Mora Stephens directs and co-wrote the screenplay with Joel Viertel.

Marina Grasic, Mark Heyman, R Bryan Wright, Joel Viertel and Amy Mitchell- Smith produce and Protozoa’s Darren Aronofsky and Scott Franklin are the executive producers.

Winstone will next be seen in the March 28 release of Aronofsky’s Noah for Paramount. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Gore Verbinski signs New Regency deal

4 February 2014 2:50 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The filmmaker’s Blind Wink has entered into a three-year deal for Verbinski to produce and direct.

New Regency president and CEO Brad Weston announced the deal on February 4 and said the partners were already developing two projects.

The first is scheduled to begin shooting this summer.

New Regency previously struck deals with Plan B Entertainment and Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Films.

The company is in post-production on David Fincher’s Gone Girl adaptation and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman. Noah is set to open through Paramount on March 28. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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New Regency Sets Production Pact With Gore Verbinski (Exclusive)

4 February 2014 10:58 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Director Gore Verbinski has inked a three-year producing and directing deal with New Regency.

Verbinski’s production company, Blind Wink, and New Regency have already began developing two projects, one of which is  looking to begin production this summer.

“Gore is obviously is a great filmmaker who’s made huge movies,” New Regency president and CEO Brad Weston told Variety. “We want to work with the best filmmakers to generate the best projects. The deal with Gore is a continuation of that in a great way.”

As the major studios continue to finance their tentpoles — primarily sequels, reboots and films with built-in superfans — midrange original projects have sought alternative sources of funding.

This deal gives New Regency first look at Verbinski’s projects, similar to its partnerships with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Films.

“I am really looking forward to this creative partnership with New Regency. »

- Alexandra Cheney

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Aronofsky, McQueen Develop TV Projects

10 January 2014 6:02 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Two of the most acclaimed filmmakers of our time are coming to the small screen in the near future.

Darren Aronofsky's Protozoa Pictures has locked in three-year first look deals to develop film and TV projects with both New Regency and HBO. Protozoa will develop material for Aronofsky to direct and for the company to produce.

In an official press release, Aronofsky says: "It is a thrill to be re-teaming with my old friends at New Regency. Arnon has been a great supporter since we made The Fountain together. It is a golden age for the small screen and moving into that realm with HBO as partners is a dream come true. I am excited to see Protozoa’s output explode over the next few years."

Meanwhile, "Shame" and "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen is teaming with the BBC on a major drama series project which charts the »

- Garth Franklin

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Darren Aronofsky Returns to New Regency in Wake of ‘Noah’

9 January 2014 9:24 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With “Noah” in post-production, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky is returning to New Regency with a three-year first-look deal covering feature film for his Protozoa Pictures banner.

Protozoa had been based at Paramount since 2011. The only project to come from that deal is “Noah,” starring Russell Crowe in the title role with Protozoa and New Regency producing the $175 million project.

Paramount launches “Noah” on March 28.

Aronofsky signed a first-look deal with Arnon Milchan’s New Regency in 2003, leading to the 2006 drama “The Fountain.” He’s also signed a TV deal with HBO.

“It is a thrill to be re-teaming with my old friends at New Regency,” Aronofsky said. “Arnon has been a great supporter since we made The Fountain together. It is a golden age for the small screen and moving into that realm with HBO as partners is a dream come true.”

Aronofsky is the second major filmmaker to leave Paramount »

- Dave McNary

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Darren Aronofsky Signs First TV Deal With HBO; Also Inks New Regency Film Deal

9 January 2014 2:28 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures will produce movies for New Regency and TV shows for HBO under separate three-year first-look deals announced Thursday. The deal with HBO marks Protozoa’s first foray into television, and Aronofsky has assented to directing some of the material his company produces. The film deal is a reunion of sorts. Aronofsky and New Regency worked together on the director’s latest film, the biblical epic “Noah.” Paramount will release it in theaters March 28. This is the second time in as many months that New Regency has signed up a major partner fresh off a new movie, »

- Lucas Shaw

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Darren Aronofsky Makes New Regency His Film Home; Will Hatch TV Projects For HBO

9 January 2014 10:15 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Fresh from completing the Biblical epic Noah with Russell Crowe, Darren Aronofsky has set his Protozoa Pictures to new three-year first look deals to develop film and TV projects. Aronofsky has made a feature deal with New Regency, which backed his film The Fountain as well as Noah. Aronofsky has set his first ever TV deal with HBO, where Protozoa will develop material for Aronofsky to direct and for the company to produce. Noah, which New Regency made in partnership with Paramount Pictures, will be released March 28. This marks the second major talent deal made by Arnon Milchan’s financier/production company under Brad Weston, after Brad Pitt last month moved his Plan B producing banner from Paramount and into a 3-year deal with New Regency (which co-financed Plan B’s 12 Years A Slave) and RatPac partners James Packer and Brett Ratner. Noah was Aronofsky’s first film since »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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Darren Aronofsky Makes New Regency His Film Home; Will Hatch TV Projects For HBO

9 January 2014 10:15 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Fresh from completing the Biblical epic Noah with Russell Crowe, Darren Aronofsky has set his Protozoa Pictures to new three-year first look deals to develop film and TV projects. Aronofsky has made a feature deal with New Regency, which backed his film The Fountain as well as Noah. Aronofsky has set his first ever TV deal with HBO, where Protozoa will develop material for Aronofsky to direct and for the company to produce. Noah, which New Regency made in partnership with Paramount Pictures, will be released March 28. This marks the second major talent deal made by Arnon Milchan’s financier/production company under Brad Weston, after Brad Pitt last month moved his Plan B producing banner from Paramount and into a 3-year deal with New Regency (which co-financed Plan B’s 12 Years A Slave) and RatPac partners James Packer and Brett Ratner. Noah was Aronofsky’s first film since »

- ERIK PEDERSEN

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