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George Clooney is one of the hottest properties at the Berlin Film Festival. After starring in opening night film “Hail, Caesar!,” Clooney is seeing his next directorial effort “Suburbicon” fast gathering traction.
Paramount Pictures is nearing a deal with CAA for the film’s U.S. distribution rights, Variety has confirmed.
Meanwhile, at Berlin, sales agency Bloom is expected to be closing deals in major international territories over the next few days.
At the beginning of the month, Black Bear Pictures confirmed that it will finance the comedic drama, which was written by “Hail, Caesar!” directing pair Joel and Ethan Coen early in their careers but never made it to the screen. As Clooney told Variety recently, he’d sifted through dozens of scripts, looking for his next project, when he was reminded of the old screenplay and asked the Coen brothers for permission to finally adapt the story. When a home invasion turns deadly, »
- Patrick Frater
This story first appeared in the Feb. 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Back in 2009, an unheralded playwright named Beau Willimon brought his political drama Farragut North (the basis for the George Clooney film The Ides of March) to Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse, after premiering it off-Broadway in New York. A year later, Willimon got a call about a project with similar themes. "I firmly believe that the production at the Geffen very much had to do with me ending up doing House of Cards," says the departing
- Degen Pener
George Clooney and The Coen Brothers sure do love working together. Not only has the actor appeared in four films directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, but now his next directing gig is going to be written by them. It was announced some time ago that the trio was working on a film called Suburbicon. Well, the production is picking up steam and has now added A-list talent like Matt Damon and Julianne Moore to its cast. That's not all, but we now know some of the plot details for the upcoming dark dramedy.
According to The Wrap: "When a home invasion turns deadly, a picture-perfect family turns to blackmail, revenge and betrayal." Set in the fictitious town of Suburbicon, the film will take a darkly humorous look at what seemingly ordinary people are capable of when the context is just right.
This will be Clooney's first directing gig since the underwhelming The Monuments Men, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Bloom has acquired the sales rights for international markets and will launch sales at the Berlin Film Festival. CAA is handling U.S. rights.
Joel and Ethan Coen have written the script for “Suburbicon,” which is currently in pre-production. Joel Silver will produce under his Silver Pictures banner alongside Clooney and Grant Heslov under their Smokehouse Pictures label, and Teddy Schwarzman for Black Bear Pictures.
The movie will be set in the quiet family town of “Suburbicon,” where the best and worst of humanity is hilariously reflected through the deeds of seemingly ordinary people. When a home invasion turns deadly, a picture perfect family turns to blackmail, revenge and betrayal.
- Dave McNary
Netflix's hit series House of Cards will return with all 13 episodes of Season 4 streaming on Friday, March 4. Earlier today, the streaming service issued an early renewal for Season 5, which will debut sometime in 2017. However, the news also came with the announcement that series creator, executive producer and showrunner Beau Willimon is leaving the show. Here's what both Netflix and production company Media Rights Capital had to say in a statement, courtesy of Deadline.
"Netflix and Mrc owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Beau Willimon for his strong narrative vision for House of Cards over the show's first four seasons. As an Academy Award nominated writer, he made his first foray into television and built a riveting and critically acclaimed series, establishing his place in TV history. The producers, cast and crew join us in wishing Beau the best in his next creative adventure."
Beau Willimon is an accomplished playwright »
Fresh off the success of “Spotlight,” Open Road Films is teaming with Crystal City Entertainment/Boundary Stone Films in a multi-picture development financing pact for all of Open Road Films’ own productions over the coming years.
The deal will cover two to four films annually with the titles getting a wide domestic release via Open Road Films and foreign sales being handled by Open Road International and partner Film Nation.
Open Road was launched in 2011 by Regal Entertainment Group and AMC Theaters, two of the largest U.S. exhibitors. Besides “Spotlight,” which has topped $33 million domestically and received six Oscar nominations, Open Road has seen strong performances from mid-budget titles such as “The Grey,” “Killer Elite,” “A Haunted House,” “The Host,” “Side Effects,” “The Nut Job” and “Chef.”
- Dave McNary
“House of Card’s” fourth season bows on March 4. Star Kevin Spacey is on board for season five, Netflix confirmed.
“Netflix and Mrc owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Beau Willimon for his strong narrative vision for ‘House of Cards‘ over the show’s first four seasons. As an Academy Award nominated writer, he made his first foray into television and built a riveting and critically acclaimed series, establishing his place in TV history. The producers, cast and crew join us in wishing Beau the best in his next creative adventure,” Netflix said in a statement.
Willimon said he decided it was time to “move on” after spending five years in the world of Frank Underwood.
“I’m grateful to Netflix and Mrc, »
- Cynthia Littleton
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