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The “Twilight” star would play one of the members of the female private detective agency. Stewart’s is not the only name being considered. Casting is under way, and Sony, the studio behind the film, is also interested in several other big names, including Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o.
Stewart has focused largely on indie fare in recent years, earning raves for her work in “Still Alice,” “Cafe Society,” and “Personal Shopper.” She hasn’t headlined a major studio tentpole film since “Snow White and the Hunstman” in 2010. She will appear in Fox’s “Underwater,” which centers on a crew of underwater researchers scrambling with the fallout from an earthquake.
- Brent Lang and Justin Kroll
Lionsgate Chairman Jon Feltheimer reassured shareholders on Tuesday that the studio behind “Twilight” and “Orange is the New Black” will be able to take advantage of the technological changes upending the media business. His remarks come as the summer box office has hit its lowest levels in nearly two decades, and as streaming services such as Netflix continue to build their audiences, providing compelling alternatives to tradition cable services. Lionsgate has weathered the headwinds better than some, it scored with the late summer release “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” and its stock is up 50% from the last time the stockholders gathered in Toronto.
“We spend a lot of our time thinking about the challenges created by a fragmented box office and a television business in which cord cutters and cord nevers are rewriting all of the rules,” Feltheimer said at the company’s annual meeting held at Toronto’s Shangri-La Hotel. “But »
- Brent Lang
The studio is teaming with Landing Jeju Development Co. Ltd. to develop Lionsgate Movie World at Jeju Shinhwa World, Korea. The park, which will contain approximately 1.3 million square feet, will be Lionsgate’s first branded outdoor theme park.
The project will be developed into seven movie zones, each themed around a specific Lionsgate property, with visitors experiencing actual movie scenes through state-of-the-art rides, attractions and reproduced streets and towns. Each zone will also feature themed restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops and entertainment performances.
The companies said in a joint announcement Tuesday that Lionsgate Movie World at Jeju Shinhwa World is expected to commence construction in 2018 and is scheduled to open in 2019. The Lionsgate theme park will be the centerpiece of the Jeju Shinhwa World resort, which »
- Dave McNary
Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer hinted to Wall Street that the studio isn’t ready to roll the credits on its “Hunger Games” and “Twilight” franchises. He implied, however, that the company will only go forward with fresh installments or spinoffs in the blockbuster series if they get the sign off from “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer and “Hunger Games” creator Suzanne Collins.
“There are a lot more stories to be told, and we’re ready to tell them when our creators are ready to tell those stories,” Feltheimer said during a quarterly earnings call with analysts on Tuesday.
The Lionsgate chief didn’t just consign himself to predictions about the future of Katniss Everdeen and Edward Cullen. He also expressed optimism about the prospects for a grand bargain between studios and theater owners that will enable movies to hit home entertainment platforms weeks or even months earlier. All that’s needed, he said, »
- Brent Lang
The series marks Liberty Global’s move into original drama in partnership with Lionsgate. The supernatural spy thriller will be executive produced by “Twilight” saga creator Stephenie Meyer and Stephen Garrett (“The Night Manager”).
Playwrights and screenwriters Sam Holcroft (“Rules for Living”) and Al Muriel (“Precious & Rich”) have adapted the 2012 novel by Daniel O’Malley for TV. Garrett will serve as showrunner under his Character 7 banner. The project was previously set up at Hulu.
Liberty Global, the international cable arm of John Malone’s empire, has been looking to expand its original production activity. Liberty Global owns a small stake in Lionsgate and its CEO, Mike Fries, sits on the studio’s board of directors. Malone was also the major shareholder in Starz, which Lionsgate acquired last year.
- Stewart Clarke
Can you imagine the “Twilight” movies without one of its main stars? That almost happened, according to star Robert Pattinson, who played brooding, sparkling vampire Edward Cullen. In an interview with The New York Times published over the weekend, he mentioned that he was almost fired from the first movie in the franchise after acting out, but his agents flew in to resolve the issue. This echoes something Pattinson said in 2012 on the verge of the final film’s release. He mentioned that he took method acting to such a “serious” level that he was fighting with almost everybody else and almost got fired. »
- Carli Velocci
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