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Navid McIlhargey Joins Storied Media Group As President

Navid McIlhargey has joined Storied Media Group as President of Scripted & Client Partnerships. The hire was made by founder/CEO Todd Hoffman. McIlhargey will develop and set up projects for clients that include Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, NPR, Smithsonian, and The Guardian. A former exec at New Regency, Silver Pictures and Revolution Studios, McIlhargey most recently ran his own production company, Vandal Entertainment. There, he produced the Jonathan…
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Navid McIlhargey Joins Storied Media Group As President

Navid McIlhargey has joined Storied Media Group as President of Scripted & Client Partnerships. The hire was made by founder/CEO Todd Hoffman. McIlhargey will develop and set up projects for clients that include Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, NPR, Smithsonian, and The Guardian. A former exec at New Regency, Silver Pictures and Revolution Studios, McIlhargey most recently ran his own production company, Vandal Entertainment. There, he produced the Jonathan…
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Saban Films picks up 'The Hunter's Prayer'

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Saban Films picks up 'The Hunter's Prayer'
Saban Films has acquired Us rights to Jonathan Mostow’s action-thriller starring Sam Worthington and newcomer Odeya Rush.

John Brancato and Michael Ferris adapted the screenplay to The Hunter’s Prayer from Kevin Wignall’s novel For The Dogs, about a hitman who forms a bond with a target and sets out to find her family’s killers.

Wme Global and CAA co-represented Us rights and Sierra/Affinity handles international sales.

Navid McIlhargey produced with Anthony Rhulen, Chris Milburn, John Schwarz, Michael Schwarz, Sam Worthington, Tove Christensen, Michael Wexler, Juan Garcia Peredo, Jimmy Costas, Paul Rock and Paul Leyden.

Executive Producers include Gavin Poolman, Duncan Reid, Hugo Heppell, Norman Merry, Peter Hampden, IIdiko Kemeny, David Minkowski and Jack L. Murray.

Earlier in the week Saban announced it had picked up North American rights to Sean Penn’s The Last Face.
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Toronto: Sam Worthington Thriller ‘Hunter’s Prayer’ Bought by Saban

Saban Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the thriller “The Hunter’s Prayer,” starring Sam Worthington and newcomer Odeya Rush, for an undisclosed price.

“Prayer” is directed by Jonathan Mostow from a script by John Brancato and Michael Ferris, based on Kevin Wignall’s novel “For the Dogs.” Saban announced the deal on Friday at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Worthington portrays a solitary assassin, hired to kill a young woman (played by Rush), who is unaware that her family’s questionable business dealings have cost them their lives. But when he can’t bring himself to pull the trigger, the two form a bond and escape across Europe together, hunted by those responsible for her family’s murder.

“The Hunter’s Prayer is a global adventure, with the talented Sam alongside one of the hottest up-and-comers Odeya,” said Saban FilmsBill Bromiley. “The film is action packed
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25 Years In La Part 4: 'Masters Of Horror,' Revolution, and getting Foxed

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Like all superheroes (or anyone else who uses a secret identity), there came a moment when someone finally cracked the code and published my real name. To be fair, my identity was a pretty poorly-kept secret by that point. The first time I went to an actual press event, I used my real name, and anytime I met someone, I used my real name. "Moriarty" was a fun identity to slip into, and especially in the early days of the site, we played up the mythology of things. My friends all got their own spy names and would show up in the reports in the form of Henchman Mongo and Segue Zagnut and Harry Lime and more. From my end, it was silly and fun, and not something to be taken seriously. But when Film Threat ran a fairly vicious hit piece on Harry, I was also a target, and
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Film House Germany Nabs Hot Spec Script ‘Command & Control’ From Byron Willinger & Phil De Blasi – Cannes

Exclusive: Film House Germany's Summerstorm Entertainment and Vandal Entertainment have acquired Byron Willinger & Phil De Blasi’s hot spec screenplay Command & Control. Vandal Entertainment's Navid McIlhargey is producing alongside Film House Germany and Summerstorm Entertainment's CEO Gabriela Bacher. The producers are out to select directors on the project, which follows a Nsa employee as he takes over the most secure room in the nation — U.S. Cyber Command — using its…
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Kellan Lutz to Star in Thriller ‘The Feud’

Kellan Lutz to Star in Thriller ‘The Feud’
Summerstorm Entertainment and Vandal Entertainment have tapped “Twilight” star Kellan Lutz as the lead in the thriller “The Feud” from “Extraction” director Steven C. Miller. Shooting is set to begin this summer.

Vandal Entertainment Founder Navid McIlhargey is producing alongside Film House Germany and Summerstorm Entertainment CEO Gabriela Bacher. Highland Film Group will introduce the film to foreign buyers at Cannes.

David Matalon and Matthew Altman wrote the script, which follows a mysterious young man who returns to his rural home town in the Midwest for his brother’s funeral — and goes head-to-head with the local crime lord who traps him and his friends in an abandoned farming complex.

Lutz is represented by Ryan Daly at Zero Gravity Management and Wme. Miller is repped by UTA and Aperture Entertainment.
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Cannes: 'Twilight' Star Kellan Lutz to Star in Thriller 'The Feud'

Twilight star Kellan Lutz has landed the lead in action-thriller The Feud, where he will reunite with director Steven C. Miller after their collaboration on the not-yet-released Extraction. Based on a script by David Matalon and Matthew Altman, the film follows Toland (Lutz), a young man who returns to his rural hometown in the Midwest for his brother’s funeral. When the local crime lord traps him and his friends in an abandoned farming complex, Toland uses his wits and skills to unlock a greater mystery as they battle for their lives. Navid McIlhargey and Gabriela Bacher will produce The Feud, which will

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Kellan Lutz to Star in Steven C. Miller’s Action-Thriller ‘The Feud’

Kellan Lutz to Star in Steven C. Miller’s Action-Thriller ‘The Feud’
Kellan Lutz (“Twilight”) is set to star in director Steven C. Miller’s action-thriller “The Feud” for Summerstorm Entertainment and Vandal Entertainment, it was announced Tuesday. Lutz and Miller recently worked together on “Extraction,” which stars Bruce Willis and Gina Carano. Vandal Entertainment founder Navid McIlhargey is producing “The Feud” alongside Film House Germany’s and Summerstorm Entertainment CEO Gabriela Bacher. Production is scheduled to start this summer and Highland Film Group will introduce the project to foreign buyers at Cannes. Also Read: Kellan Lutz-Hosted Competition Series 'Bullseye' to Debut Next Month on Fox (Video) Based on
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Kellan Lutz to star in ‘The Feud’

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Summerstorm Entertainment and Vandal Entertainment have tapped Kellan Lutz to star in the action-thriller. Highland Film Group will handle sales in Cannes.

Steven C Miller will direct The Feud, which is set to commence production this summer.

Vandal Entertainment Founder Navid McIlhargey is producing alongside Film House Germany and its subsidiary Summerstorm Entertainment CEO Gabriela Bacher.

David Matalon and Matthew Altman wrote the screenplay about a mysterious young man who returns to his brother’s funeral in the Midwest homestead and discovers spectacular skills when he goes up against the local crime lord.

Film House Germany’s film slate includes Big Game starring Samuel L Jackson, Atom Egoyan’s Remember starring Christopher Plummer and Bernard Rose’s Frankenstein with Xavier Samuel.
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Sierra/Affinity draws heat on The Hunter's Prayer

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Sierra/Affinity draws heat on The Hunter's Prayer
The company has wrapped up a slew of sales on Jonathan Mostow’s upcoming thriller starring Sam Worthington and Odeya Rush.

Principal photography is set to begin this week in Yorkshire on the story of a hitman who goes on the run across Europe with the woman he was hired to kill. Martin Compston, Amy Landecker and Verónica Echegui also star.

Paul Leyden, Oren Moverman, John Brancato and Michael Ferris adapted the screenplay from Kevin Wignall’s novel The Dogs.

Deals have closed in Germany (Square One), Latin America (Sun), South Korea (Focus And Company), South Africa (Ster Kinekor), Hong Kong and Taiwan (Sound Space), Switzerland (Ascot Elite) and former Yugoslavia (Blitz).

Sierra / Affinity licensed rights in Bulgaria (Tandem), Greece, India, Middle East and Turkey (Italia), Iceland (Myndform), Israel (United King), Indonesia (Pt Prima), Thailand (Mongkol), Malaysia and Vietnam (Roarlion) and Asia pay-tv (Star).

Financiers are Ingenious Senior Film Fund, Ingenious Project
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Afm: Buyers Hear Mostow’s ‘Prayer’ With Sam Worthington

Afm: Buyers Hear Mostow’s ‘Prayer’ With Sam Worthington
Jonathan Mostow’s European-set action film “The Hunter’s Prayer,” starring Sam Worthington, has been heard by buyers in more than 20 territories.

The picture started shooting in Yorkshire, England, and Hungary this week with Worthington (“Avatar”) and Odeya Rush (“The Odd Life of Timothy Green”) in the lead roles, respectively, as an assassin and his intended target. But the assassin finds he can’t carry out the kill. The two then find out they are both being targeted for death and are hunted down across Europe. Other recent cast additions include Martin Compston, Amy Landecker and Veronica Echegui.

Handled by Sierra/Affinity, the picture has been sold to distributors in Asia (Star), Bulgaria (Tandem), the former Yugoslavia (Blitz), Germany (Square One), Greece/India/Middle East/Turkey (Italia), Hong Kong and Taiwan (Sound Space), Iceland (Myndform), Israel (United King), Indonesia (Pt Prima), Latin America (Sun Distribution), Malaysia and Vietnam (Roarlion), South
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Casting Net: Ariana Grande joins 'Underdogs,' Lizzy Caplan in talks for 'Now You See Me 2'

Casting Net: Ariana Grande joins 'Underdogs,' Lizzy Caplan in talks for 'Now You See Me 2'
Ariana Grande, Katie Homes, Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Matthew Morrison (Glee), John Leguizamo (Chef), Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included), Taran Killam (12 Years a Slave), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), and Chazz Palminteri (Rizzoli & Isles) have signed on to voice The Weinstein Company's Underdogs, EW has confirmed. The film, from Argentinian director Juan Jose Campanella, is being re-voiced in English by TWC with a script that has been reworked for domestic audiences. The story follows football player Jake (Morrison) and his love interest, Laura (Grande). With Laura's support, Jake beats the town bully, Ace (Hoult), in a foosball game.
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'Hunter's Prayer' Casts 'The Giver' Star Odeya Rush

'Hunter's Prayer' Casts 'The Giver' Star Odeya Rush
The Giver star Odeya Rush has signed on to star in the action-thriller Hunter's Prayer, which was formerly known as For the Dogs.

The actress is playing Ella, a young woman who is aided by a contract killer named Lucas (Sam Worthington) on her quest for justice, where she encounters a number of thugs and other assassins. Hailee Steinfeld and Emma Roberts were previously attached to play Ella before Odeya Rush won the starring role.

Jonathan Mostow (Surrogates) is directing from an adapted screenplay by Oren Moverman, Paul Leyden, John D. Brancato and Michael Ferris, based on the book by Kevin Wignall. Navid McIlhargey and Anthony Rhulen are producing for Film Engine, alongside Mid Summer Films' Christopher Milburn for Midsummer Films, and Full Clip's Sam Worthington, Paul Leyden, John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz. No production schedule was given at this time.

Odeya Rush will next be seen in Sony's Goosebumps.
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Odeya Rush Heads To ‘Hunter’s Prayer’

Odeya Rush Heads To ‘Hunter’s Prayer’
Exclusive: The Giver’s Odeya Rush has been cast in action-thriller Hunter’s Prayer as Ella, a young girl who teams up with the assassin hired to wipe out her family to find the person responsible. Jonathan Mostow is helming the U.S.-UK co-production formerly known as For The Dogs, which has Sam Worthington in place to play Lucas, the contract killer who helps Ella navigate the tangled web of hitmen and thugs on her quest for justice. Filming is gearing up to start next month in the UK.

Hailee Steinfeld and Emma Roberts previously were attached before Rush landed the role after starring in this summer’s The Giver opposite Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. Rush’s credits also include The Odd Life Of Timothy Green and horror remake We Are What We Are. In next year’s Sony summer pic Goosebumps she’ll play the daughter of
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Sam Worthington's "Dogs" Becomes A "Prayer"

The Jonathan Mostow-directed, Sam Worthington-led thriller "For The Dogs" has undergone a title change to "Hunter’s Prayer" and scored a financial commitment from Screen Yorkshire.

Based on Kevin Wignall's novel, Worthington plays a solitary assassin who is hired to kill a young girl but can’t bring himself to do it. After he fails to carry out the task, both are marked for death and hunted across Europe.

Their only hope is to find out why her family were killed and bring those responsible to justice. Emma Roberts and Hailee Steinfeld were both previously linked to the project but are no longer in the frame, so casting continues for the female lead.

Worthington, Navid McIlhargey, Anthony Rhulen, Chris Milburn, Paul Leyden, and John and Michael Schwarz will produce. Filming begins in the UK and Hungary next year.

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Sam Worthington Starrer ‘Hunter’s Prayer’ Nabs Coin from Screen Yorkshire

Sam Worthington Starrer ‘Hunter’s Prayer’ Nabs Coin from Screen Yorkshire
Hitman thriller “Hunter’s Prayer,” which stars “Avatar” thesp Sam Worthington, has received an investment from U.K. regional film and TV org Screen Yorkshire.

Screen Yorkshire wouldn’t reveal the amount that it has invested, but said it was its biggest investment to date. From this year it has been able to invest in excess of £1 million ($1.7 million) per project.

The $25 million pic, which was previously known as “For the Dogs” and will be helmed by Jonathan Mostow (“Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”), will shoot in Northern England and Hungary from this autumn.

The fast-paced action pic focuses on Lucas (Worthington), an assassin hired to kill a young girl. When he can’t bring himself to carry out the task, both are marked for death and hunted across Europe. Their only hope is to find out why her family were wiped out, and bring those responsible to justice.
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Screen Yorkshire backs $25m action film

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Exclusive: Co-pro Hunter’s Prayer marks largest investment and first Us production for fund.

Screen Yorkshire has made its biggest production investment to date on $25m Us-uk co-production Hunter’s Prayer (previously known as For The Dogs).

Avatar and Clash of the Titans star Sam Worthington will star as an assassin in director Jonathan Mostow’s (Terminator 3) thriller, which is due to shoot in the UK and Hungary in 2015.

The film is the first Us production to get backing from Screen Yorkshire, which would not reveal the amount invested but confirmed it to be above £1m.

Casting is currently underway on the female lead. Emma Roberts and Hailee Steinfeld were both previously linked to the project but are no longer in the frame.

Based on the novel For The Dogs by Kevin Wignall, the script has been adapted for the screen by Paul Leyden, Oren Moverman, John Brancato and Michael Ferris.

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Emma Roberts To Star With Sam Worthington In Action-Thriller ‘For The Dogs’

Emma Roberts To Star With Sam Worthington In Action-Thriller ‘For The Dogs’
Exclusive: Emma Roberts has replaced Hailee Steinfeld as the female lead opposite Sam Worthington in the Jonathan Mostow-directed action thriller For The Dogs. The film is an adaptation of the Kevin Wignall novel. Paul Leyden originally adapted, and the most recent draft is by Oren Moverman. FilmEngine Entertainment’s Anthony Rhulen and Navid McIlhargey will produce with Worthington, John Schwarz, and Michael Schwarz via their Full Clip Productions banner, and Leyden. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales for the film and Paradigm will be handling domestic sales in what will be a buzz title in Berlin. A solitary assassin (Worthington) agrees to help a young woman (Roberts) exact revenge on those who mercilessly murdered her parents and younger brother. His guidance unleashes events that ultimately stoke her thirst for vengeance while he desperately seeks peace and absolution. Roberts, repped by CAA and Sweeney Entertainment, is coming off the New
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Director Jonathan Mostow Replaces Phillip Noyce on For the Dogs

Director Jonathan Mostow Replaces Phillip Noyce on For the Dogs
Director Jonathan Mostow has signed on to replace Phillip Noyce on the upcoming action-thriller For the Dogs, which has Sam Worthington and Hailee Steinfeld attached to star.

Oren Moverman (Rampart) wrote the most recent draft of the script, an adaptation of Kevin Wignall's novel, which follows a hitman (Sam Worthington) who helps a young woman (Hailee Steinfeld) get revenge on those responsible for the murder or her parents and younger brother. Paul Leyden (The Factory) wrote the original screenplay adaptation.

Sam Worthington, John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz are producing through their Full Clip Productions company, alongside Anthony Rhulen, Navid McIlhargey, Paul Leyden and Gregory Browne. Production is scheduled to take place this fall.

Jonathan Mostow is best known for directing Surrogates, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and U-571.

For the Dogs comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Sam Worthington, Hailee Steinfeld. The film is directed by Jonathan Mostow.
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