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Film News Roundup: S.B. Divya’s Cyborg Racing Story ‘Runtime’ in Development as Movie

Film News Roundup: S.B. Divya’s Cyborg Racing Story ‘Runtime’ in Development as Movie
In today’s film news roundup, sci-fi thriller “Runtime” is in the works as a movie, “Jurassic World in Concert” gets a premiere date, and Maia Mitchell joins rom-com “The Last Summer.”

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S.B. Divya’s sci-fi thriller “Runtime” is being developed as a movie with Escape Artists and John Sacchi attached to produce.

“Runtime,” published in 2016, is the story of the Minerva Challenge, a cybernetic race across the Sierra Nevadas, and how one underprivileged young woman cobbles together enough technology to compete against rivals with corporate sponsors. The key character — Marmeg Guinto — uses parts she found in rich people’s garbage and spent the money her mother wanted her to use for nursing school to enter the race. But the Minerva Challenge is the only chance she has at a better life for herself and her younger brothers, and she’s ready to risk it all.

“Runtime” was
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E! Developing ‘One Of Us Is Lying’ Mystery Novel As TV Series

E! has put in development One Of Us Is Lying, based on Karen M. McManus’ bestselling mystery-thriller young adult novel, from Universal Cable Productions and John Sacchi's 5 More Minutes Productions banner. Described as Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One Of Us Is Lying follows what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, everyone has secrets to hide, but how far they would go to protect themselves…
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‘OpTic Gaming: Making of eSports Champions’ Movie in the Works (Exclusive)

Producers John Sacchi and Matt Groesch have acquired movie and TV rights to the book “OpTic Gaming: The Making of eSports Champions,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The New York Times bestseller was published in March, co-authored by Ryan Dempsey and seven past and present OpTic members: Ryan Musselman, Nadeshot, Will Johnson, Scump, Hector Rodriguez, Ryan Wyatt and Ashley Glassel. OpTic is a professional American eSports team.

Sacchi and Groesch will produce under Sacchi’s 5 More Minutes banner, along with Bill Kenney (who most recently served as director of business development at Relativity Sports).

The book explores the requirements to succeed in professional video gaming; the consequences of newfound fame; the inception, rise and global popularity of eSports; and inside the minds of the elite players. OpTic has won the Call of Duty Major League Gaming championship four times since emerging in 2006 and includes players such as Matt “NaDeSHoT” Haag; Seth “Scump” Abner; Midnite,
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News Bits: Bourne, Map, Pets, Rise, Warcraft

Jason Bourne

Matt Damon spent Monday in Woolwich, south east London, filming scenes from the upcoming "Jason Bourne" film. The scene featured Greek-language signs and transformed some of the streets into a bustling Greek cityscape, check out the link for heaps of photos of Damon shooting his scenes. The film is currently targeting a July 29th release date. [Source: The Daily Mail]

Map of Bones

"Black Panther" scribe Joe Robert Cole has come onboard to pen the script for "Map of Bones," the film adaptation of the James Rollins 2005 novel for Lionsgate. John Sacchi, Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen are producing.

The story centers on the bones of the three Magi who paid homage to the newborn Jesus Christ. The story starts at a crowded service in Germany when armed intruders in monks' robes unleash a nightmare of destruction, and its up to a covert branch of the U.S. Defense department to discover the truth.
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‘Map of Bones’ Movie Comes to Life at Lionsgate With ‘Black Panther’ Writer (Exclusive)

Lionsgate is bringing the James Rollins thriller “Map of Bones” to life with “Black Panther” writer Joe Robert Cole on board to pen the script, Variety has learned exclusively.

John Sacchi is producing for Lionsgate as part of his recent move from an executive into a producer post at the studio. Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen are also producing under their 21 Laps shingle.

“Map of Bones,” published in 2005, is the second of a dozen novels Rollins’ best-selling Sigma Force series, which combines historical figures and events and creates fictional thrillers that are centered around Sigma Force — an elite covert arm of the U.S. Defense Department made up of former Special Forces officers trained as experts in various scientific fields.

The “Map of Bones” story centers on the bones of the three Magi who paid homage to the newborn Jesus Christ. The story starts at a crowded service at a
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‘Mean Girls’ Director Mark Waters Boards ‘Dork Diaries’ Movie

Lionsgate has tapped “Mean Girls” director Mark Waters to handle the movie version of middle school comedy “Dork Diaries.”

The studio picked up movie rights to Rachel Renee Russell’s book series last year. There are nine installments of “Dork Diaries” with over 21 million copies in print.

The story centers on 14-year-old Nikki Maxwell dealing with friends and enemies at a new school. Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing’s Aladdin imprint published the books, starting with “Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life” in 2009.

Annie Hendy wrote the script for the movie. John Sacchi is producing.

Besides “Mean Girls,” Waters’ directing credits include “The Spiderwick Chronicles,” “Freaky Friday,” “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” and “Vampire Academy.” He is repped by CAA.

The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
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Azealia Banks Starring in ‘Coco’ Movie, Directed by RZA

Lionsgate and its Codeblack Films division have tapped hip-hop artist Azealia Banks to star as the title character in music drama “Coco” with RZA directing.

The role marks Banks’ feature film debut. She unveiled her first album, “Broke With Expensive Taste,” last year.

Common, Jill Scott, Lucien Laviscount, Lorraine Toussaint and Hana Mae Lee will also star. Paul Hall is producing.

RZA directs from a screenplay by Nicole Asher in which an aspiring hip-hop artist struggles to pursue both her music career and fulfill her parents’ dream of finishing college after a record deal goes awry. When she returns to school, Coco discovers the vivid world of slam poetry where she finds her true voice and an unlikely love.

John Sacchi, Bree Bailey and Jessica Switch are overseeing the project for the studio. RZA made his feature directing debut with 2012’s “Man with the Iron Fists.”

The news was first reported by Deadline.
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Summit Sets ‘Dork Diaries’ Scribe

Exclusive: Lionsgate and Summit have tapped writer Annie Hendy to adapt Ya project Dork Diaries, the bestselling book series from Rachel Renée Russell. The studio picked up rights in March and is in talks with Twilight Saga producer Karen Rosenfelt to produce through her Sunswept Entertainment banner.

Dork Diaries centers on an eighth grade student navigating the mean girls, crushes, friends, and enemies at a new school; the series, published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing’s Aladdin imprint, has over 19 million copies in print in 34 languages worldwide. Lionsgate’s Erik Feig is overseeing for Lionsgate alongside John Sacchi, Bree Bailey and Jessica Switch.

Neophyte scribe Hendy wrote and starred in the award-winning play The Catholic Girl’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity before diving into screenwriting, and sold TV show The George Clooney Manifesto to 20th Century Fox with director-producer Mark Waters. She’s repped by CAA, Heroes and Villains Entertainment,
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Lionsgate, Vertigo Entertainment Conjure Magic Thriller ‘Pentacle’

Exclusive: Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment has set up feature Pentacle at Lionsgate, based on an original pitch by Black List writer Ian Fried (Gaslight, The Ever After Murders). The story is described as a dark, Amblin-style thriller set in the world of magic. This marks Fried’s latest studio project after selling sci-fi pitch Prism to Paramount, which John Davis and Davis Entertainment are producing. He also sold supernatural action pitch Spectral to Legendary, which has James Badge Dale starring for director Nic Mathieu and is already slated for an August 2016 release.

John Sacchi and Jessica Switch are overseeing Pentacle for Lionsgate. Lee will produce for Vertigo alongside president of production Adam Stone. Vertigo’s John Powers Middleton is executive producing and VP Irene Yeung is overseeing for the company, which has a first-look deal with Warner Bros. and this year scored a $468 million global hit with The Lego Movie.
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Lionsgate Acquires the CIA Thriller 'Operation Avalanche'

Xyz Films and Lionsgate Films have announced today that Lionsgate has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to the new thriller Operation Avalanche from acclaimed filmmaker Matt Johnson. Johnson's first film The Dirties, which he directed, co-wrote, and co-starred in, won the Grand Prize at Slamdance in 2013. The multi-hyphenate is reteaming with his Dirties co-writer Josh Boles, co-star Owen Williams, producer Matthew Miller, and has brought on Toronto-based producer Lee Kim (The Conspiracy, I'll Follow You Down). Nick Spicer will executive produce for Xyz Films, with Michael Paseornek, John Sacchi, and Jessica Switch overseeing for Lionsgate. Production is set to begin June 30th in Toronto, Houston, and Washington D.C.

While specific details of the plot cannot yet be revealed, the film investigates the truth behind the CIA's involvement in the space race. Here's what director Matt Johnson had to say in a statement.

"The CIA, the 1960's and
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Lionsgate Films Takes On Operation Avalanche

Xyz Films and Lionsgate Films have announced today that Lionsgate has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to the new thriller Operation Avalanche from filmmaker Matt Johnson. Johnson.s first film, The Dirties (which he directed, co-wrote, and co-starred in), won the Grand Prize at Slamdance in 2013. Johnson is reteaming with The Dirties co-writer Josh Boles, co-star Owen Williams, producer Matthew Miller, and has brought on Toronto-based producer Lee Kim. Nick Spicer will executive produce for Xyz Films, with Michael Paseornek, John Sacchi, and Jessica Switch overseeing for Lionsgate.
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'Dork Diaries' Movie Announced at Summit Entertainment

The 8th grade adventures of Nikki Maxwell are finally coming to the big screen as Summit Entertainment announces a new franchise based on Rachel Renee Russell's popular Ya novel series Dork Diaries. No director is in place, and casting is underway.

Here is the official press release:

Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf) company, has acquired all rights to author Rachel Renee Russell's #1 New York Times best-selling, worldwide sensation book series Dork Diaries. Karen Rosenfelt is in negotiations to produce via her Sunswept Entertainment banner.

Rachel Renee Russell stated:

"Summit Entertainment bringing Dork Diaries to life is a dream come true! My book series could not be in more capable hands. My fans and I are super excited to see Nikki Maxwell and her dorky world come to life."

Dork Diaries follows eighth grader Nikki Maxwell as she chronicles her not-so-fabulous life of navigating the halls at a new school,
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Summit swoops on Dork Diaries

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Summit Entertainment has picked up all rights to Rachel Renée Russell’s bestseller series and is in negotiations to reunite with producer Karen Rosenfelt of Sunswept Entertainment.

Dork Diaries follows 14-year-old Nikki Maxwell as she navigates her way through new school, mean girls and first crushes.

The series has sold around 13m copies worldwide. The seventh book is due out this summer followed by the eighth in autumn.

Summit Entertainment bringing Dork Diaries to life is a dream come true,” said Russell. “My book series could not be in more capable hands. My fans and I are super-excited to see Nikki Maxwell and her dorky world come to life.”

Rosenfelt produced all five instalments of The Twilight Saga franchise with Summit. Her credits include Marley & Me, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, Yogi Bear and The Book Thief.

Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig will oversee for the studio with evp
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‘Dork Diaries’ Becomes a Movie with ‘Twilight’ Producer

Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment has acquired movie rights to Rachel Renee Russell’s young teen book series “Dork Diaries.”

“Twilight” producer Karen Rosenfelt is in negotiations to produce at her Sunswept Entertainment banner.

The book follows eighth grader Nikki Maxwell as she chronicles her new school, mean girls, best friends and first crushes.

Published by Aladdin, a division of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, “Dork Diaries” has over 13 million copies in print with a seventh book due out in the summer and and eighth in the fall. Publishing rights for the series have been sold in over 35 countries with translation into 32 different languages.

Rosenfelt produced all five installments of “The Twilight Saga” for Summit. She also produced both “Percy Jackson” films, “Yogi Bear” and “Marley and Me.”

Erik Feig, co-president of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, will oversee the project for the studio along with John Sacchi, Bree Bailey and Jessica Switch.
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Reawakening Becomes Lazarus; Gets a Release Date

Over the summer we told you about an upcoming zombie flick called Reawakening, which was building up a pretty respectable cast. Though we hadn't heard anything in the past couple of months, it has returned to our radar today with a brand new name as well as a release date.

As reported by Variety, Reawakening has title morphed into Lazarus, and Lionsgate has set a U.S. theatrical date of January 30th, 2015. Refresh your memory with all the undead details below!

The cast includes Olivia Wilde (pictured), Sarah Bolger, Mark Duplass, Donald Glover, and "American Horror Story" regular Evan Peters.

Jason Blum is producing through his Blumhouse banner along with Mosaic Media Group.

Lazarus follows a team of research students who discover the secret to bringing subjects back from the dead. However, their actions result in a series of sinister consequences. Glover and Peters will play members of the team along with Duplass and Wilde.
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Jon M. Chu Godfathers ‘Run,’ High Concept Horror For Lionsgate

Exclusive: G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer Jon M. Chu and Hieu Ho have made a deal to produce Run, a high concept action horror film they’ve set at Lionsgate under their Chu Studios banner. Alex Ankeles & Morgan Jurgenson are writing the script, and John Sacchi is overseeing for Lionsgate. Ankeles is repped by CAA and Kaplan/Perrone; Jurgenson is Apa and Jonathan Hung, while Chu’s repped by Pye, Wme and Smgsb. This is another example of Chu branching out. He started on a musical track, helming Step Up 2: The Streets with Briana Evigan and Channing Tatum, and Step Up 3D, both of which grossed big overseas. Chu then directed Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, before moving into the action arena with the G.I. Joe sequel, which was reframed at a more reasonable price point. Chu’s next is Justin Bieber’s Believe, which Open Road releases this month.
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Lionsgate Buys ‘Peekers’ Pitch From ‘Oculus’ Team Mike Flanagan & Jeff Howard

Lionsgate Buys ‘Peekers’ Pitch From ‘Oculus’ Team Mike Flanagan & Jeff Howard
Exclusive: Oculus filmmakers Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard have sold their original pitch Peekers to Lionsgate. It’s a low-budget horror film that they will adapt from the short story by Bram Stoker Award-winning Irish novelist Kealan Patrick Burke. Last VegasLawrence Grey will produce through his Grey Matter Productions. A terrified man walks into a police station to report that the residents on his entire street are missing, insisting the victims were done in by eerie, grinning doppelgangers. When the man disappears from the locked interrogation room, the young female officer who took his statement must venture out into the rapidly vanishing community to find her son and get him to safety as the community is infested by these deadly grinning idiots. Flanagan and Howard wrote and Flanagan directed Oculus, which Relativity and Blumhouse acquired at Toronto and slated for a 2014 release. They are following with Somnia. Duo is repped by Apa,
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Sarah Bolger Has a Reawakening

"Once Upon a Time" star Sarah Bolger has signed on for active duty in Lionsgate's upcoming Reawakening, and after watching her deal with fairy tale characters so long, it should be interesting to see how she handles the return of the deceased.

The news comes in from Variety that Bolger is set to co-star with Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Donald Glover, and "American Horror Story" regular Evan Peters in the flick.

Jason Blum is producing through his Blumhouse banner along with Mosaic Media Group.

Reawakening follows a team of research students who discover the secret to bringing subjects back from the dead. However, their actions result in a series of sinister consequences. Glover and Peters will play members of the team along with Duplass and Wilde.

David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi) is directing from a script written by Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four) and Luke Dawson (Shutter), who is executive producing with Matt Kaplan.
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‘Once Upon A Time’ Actress Joins Lionsgate’s ‘Reawakening’ (Exclusive)

‘Once Upon A Time’ Actress Joins Lionsgate’s ‘Reawakening’ (Exclusive)
Sarah Bolger is set to co-star with Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass in Lionsgate’s “Reawakening.”

“Jiro Dreams of Suishi” helmer David Gelb will direct with Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater penning the script.

The story follows a team of research students that discovers the secret to bringing subjects back from the dead — however, their actions result in a series of sinister consequences.

Blum will produce through his Blumhouse banner along with Mosaic Media Group. Matt Kaplan and Dawson are exec producing.

Erik Feig, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group’s president of production, and John Sacchi, Lionsgate’s executive VP of production, will oversee the project for the studio.

Bolger is best known for her role as Princess Aurora in ABC’s “Once Upon a Time.” She is repped by CAA and Mosaic.
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Community and American Horror Story Cast Members Join Lionsgate's Reawakening

As horror fans know all too well, bringing folks back from the dead rarely has a happy ending, and two familiar faces from popular TV shows are about to learn that first-hand now that they've joined Lionsgate's upcoming Reawakening.

Per The Wrap, "Community" star Donald Glover and "American Horror Story" regular Evan Peters (pictured; also recently cast as Magneto's mutant son Quicksilver in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past) are joining the previously announced Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde in the film, which Jason Blum is producing through his Blumhouse banner along with Mosaic Media Group.

Reawakening follows a team of research students who discover the secret to bringing subjects back from the dead. However, their actions result in a series of sinister consequences. Glover and Peters will play members of the team along with Duplass and Wilde.

David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi) is directing from
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