13 items from 2013
Breaking: Brett Ratner and James Packer’s RatPac Press entered into a joint venture to publish Ben Mezrich’s Seven Wonders through Running Press Publishers next spring. Deadline told you back in May that Ratner and Packer set the movie rights at Fox, back when the book was a proposal. It was the first deal Ratner and Packer made since forming their company. Written by Mezrich, whose books helped in form the films The Social Network and 21, weaves the Seven Wonders into an adventure tale they all hoped would lead to a book and movie trilogy, with the latter being produced by Beau Flynn and Ratner. Here’s the official release about the book deal: Related: New Regency, RatPac To Co-Finance Cameron Crowe’s Sony Film In a joint venture with Running Press Publishers, Brett Ratner and James Packer’s RatPac Press will publish Ben Mezrich’s Seven Wonders, a »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Sure producers accept the award when a movie wins Best Picture at the Oscars and get to say awesome things like "I'll make you a star, kid!," but what the hell does a producer actually do?
Well, the answer is sometimes everything from coordinating the script's development, financing and hiring the film's director ... and sometimes doing little beyond having a famous name and giving a thumbs-up at the movie's premiere. However, we're sure the following famous folks, who have had surprising producer credits on a variety of flicks, were more hands-on types when it came to getting these 13 movies made.
1. Tobey Maguire, '25th Hour' (2002)
Spike Lee's "25th Hour" is one of his most memorable joints, featuring a knockout performance from Edward Norton as Monty, a drug dealer on his last day as a free man before heading to jail. Originally, however, Tobey Maguire had bought film rights to »
- Adam D'Arpino
Fox has purchased the film rights to Ben Mezrich’s forthcoming book Seven Wonders. It’s going to be an action/adventure story about the Seven Wonders of the world. Fox is planning it as a big summer flick that will spawn a trilogy, because what’s the point of making one movie when you can make three and then reboot it six months later?
Seven Wonders will hit shelves sometime next year.
Source: Deadline »
- Philip Sticco
20th Century Fox is planning on taking audiences on a trip to see the 7 Wonders of the World in just three films. The movie studio is planning on making a summer action trilogy based on Ben Mezrich's book "Seven Wonders." Mezrich has a great track record of his books being successfully adapted into movies. His book, "Accidental Billionaires" was turned into The Social Network and his book "Bringing Down the House" became 21. Brett Ratner's RatPac will produce.
Source: Deadline »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Ben Mezrich isn.t Stephen King, James Patterson or Nicholas Sparks. Not yet, anyway. But he is one of those authors whose literary works regularly find their way across the desks of Hollywood decision makers who believe the plots he uncovers would make for great movies. Sometimes they do. Mezrich.s Accidental Billionaires gave way to David Fincher.s Facebook opus, The Social Network. Earlier, the movie 21 -- about math wizards counting cards in various casinos . took its cues from Mezrich.s own Bringing Down the House. Hollywood and Mezrich are at it again, according to Deadline, which reports that 20th Century Fox is making a deal for the author.s book proposal Seven Wonders, which will have something to do with the Seven Wonders of the World. That could include the .classic. Wonders: Great Pyramid of Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Lighthouse of Alexandria and the Statue »
Exclusive: 20th Century Fox is making a deal for Seven Wonders, a book proposal about the seven wonders of the world that is being eyed as a summer action/adventure film. They hope it will span a trilogy. FlynnPictureCo’s Beau Flynn and RatPac Entertainment’s Brett Ratner are producing. The book’s being written by Ben Mezrich, whose Bringing Down The House was turned into the film 21 and whose Accidental Billionaires was a basis for The Social Network. The book will be published next year. Ratner was an exec producer on 21. This is the first project for the newly formed RatPac Entertainment – the venture that joined James Packer and Brett Ratner in film finance and production partnership. Ratner and Flynn are right now producing and Ratner is directing Hercules, which stars Dwayne Johnson and starts shooting in June for MGM, with a July 25, 2014 set. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Deadline reports that Adam Shankman (Bringing Down The House, The Pacifier) is in talks with MGM to direct the action-comedy The Machine, scripted by Night at the Museum scribes and starring Vin Diesel.
Shankman and Diesel previously worked together on the 2005 film, The Pacifier.
The description for The Machine is described by Deadline:
Diesel will star as a human-like machine created in secrecy by the Pentagon as the world’s first true ultimate weapon, before the project was decommissioned and buried. Two decades later, The Machine is discovered by a kid who befriends him. When the government discovers he has been reactivated, The Machine steps up to protect the family harboring him.
So if Diesel reteams with Shankman, it will be in an action-comedy inspired by The Terminator »
- Alex Corey
The long-anticipated House of Cards--a TV-quality political thriller starring Kevin Spacey--recently debuted exclusively on Netflix to much hubbub. The premium distribution service, however, isn't waiting for viewer feedback; it continues to snatch up original properties left and right. The latest star to align with Netflix is actress/rapper/comedienne Queen Latifah, whose Flavor Unit Entertainment will distribute exclusively on Netflix starting in 2013. Flavor Unit is named after the DJ crew of which Latifah was a member during the late 80s and early 90s. Throughout the years, it has served as the production company for several of Latifah's films, including Bringing Down The House and Beauty Shop. In 2013, the company's films will include Percentage, a crime thriller starring Ving Rhames and Macy Gray, and House of Bodies, a thriller starring Terrence Howard and Latifah. Clearly, Netflix is hell-bent on acquiring every single title starting with the words "House »
- Sam Gutelle
Hip hop's first lady is coming home. Queen Latifah and business partner Shakim Compere are bringing their production company, Flavor Unit Entertainment, to homes across the country via a multi-year deal with Netflix, a rep for the actress announced in a release on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Flavor Unit, which has produced such films as 2003's Bringing Down the House and 2010's Just Wright, will release its titles exclusively to the online streaming platform starting this spring. "Shakim and I are thrilled to do business with Netflix," the 42-year-old [...] »
The entertainer announced Tuesday that the multiyear deal gives the streaming service first look at titles from her production company. It starts this spring.
Latifah launched Flavor Unit in New Jersey with Shakim Compere. It's now based in Miami. The company has produced films such as "Bringing Down the House" and "Just Wright," both starring Latifah. It also produced the HBO film "Life Support," which earned a Golden Globe Award for Latifah.
Latifah said in a statement that Netflix is a "strong brand and the perfect place to showcase our projects."
Netflix has inked a deal with Queen Latifah’s production company that gives the online service the exclusive opportunity to stream her movies shortly after their theatrical release. Flavor Unit Entertainment, which has produced Latifah’s films since Bringing Down the House as well as Lifetime’s recent Steel Magnolias remake, will debut the thriller, House of Bodies, starring Terrence Howard and Peter Fonda, and Percentage starring Ving Rhames and Macy Gray this spring under the new first-look licensing agreement. “Shakim Compere and I are thrilled to do business with Netflix,” said Latifah, in a statament. “Netflix is such a »
- Jeff Labrecque
Beverly Hills, Calif., and Miami, Feb. 5, 2013 — Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: Nflx) and Flavor Unit Entertainment, the production company owned by Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere, today announced an exclusive licensing agreement for movies in the U.S. In the first-look deal, Netflix will have its pick of movies that will debut on the world’s leading Internet television subscription service shortly after their theatrical release from the company that produced box office hits like “Bringing Down the House” and “Beauty Shop”. Beginning in Spring 2013, Netflix members can exclusively enjoy Flavor Unit titles including the thriller, “House of Bodies”, starring Terrence Howard and Peter Fonda and “Percentage” starring Ving Rhames, Cam’ron and Macy Gray. “We are delighted to work with Queen Latifah to be the exclusive destination for what are sure to be relevant, entertaining movies,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix. “Queen Latifah has a long track record »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Netflix, Inc. and Flavor Unit Entertainment, the production company owned by Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere, today announced an exclusive licensing agreement for movies in the U.S. In the first-look deal, Netflix will have its pick of movies shortly after their theatrical release from the company that produced films like Bringing Down the House and Beauty Shop . Beginning in Spring 2013, Netflix members can exclusively enjoy Flavor Unit titles including the thriller, House of Bodies , starring Terrence Howard and Peter Fonda and Percentage starring Ving Rhames, Cam'ron and Macy Gray. "We are delighted to work with Queen Latifah to be the exclusive destination for what are sure to be relevant, entertaining movies," said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of »
13 items from 2013
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