PixArk coming to Early Access and Xbox Game Preview this March

Snail Games have announced that their voxel based open world sandbox survival game PixArk will be arriving on Steam Early Access and Xbox Games Preview this March. Based on the hit game Ark: Survival Evolved, PixArk will see a different take on being stranded on an island with dinosaurs and other creatures. The game is expected for full release on Xbox One, PC, Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch later this year.

In PixArk players are forced to survive on a mysterious island where dinosaurs, wild animals and other hostile creatures live. Those stranded on this island will need to hunt, craft items, grow crops and build shelters for protection. The creatures on the island can be tamed and used for defence or travel.

This voxel based sandbox survival features:

Single player and online multiplayer. Craft items and build bases. Over 100 dinosaurs and other creatures to tame, train, ride or just kill.
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Sci-Fi Novel ‘Children of Time’ to Be Adapted by Colby Day for Lionsgate (Exclusive)

Colby Day has come on board to adapt “Children of Time” for Lionsgate, sources tell Variety.

Based on the epic sci-fi novel by Adrian Tchaikovsky, the story involves a planet inhabited by evolved spiders uplifted by human scientists, and their later discovery by the last humans alive in the universe. The work plays off the contrast between the societal development of the spiders and the barbaric descent of the starship crew of the last humans.

Peter Kang and Meredith Wieck are overseeing the project for Lionsgate.

Day most recently worked on “In the Blink of an Eye” a grounded sci-fi drama. It was ranked fifth on the 2016 Blacklist, and is being produced by Grey Matter Productions. That story tells the tale the history of the universe and human life as told through three intertwined stories.

He had also worked on a handful of shorts including “Appetite,” “Storefront,” and “Happy Vacation.”

Day is represented by Wme,
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‘Outlander’ Star Sam Heughan in Talks to Join ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’

‘Outlander’ Star Sam Heughan in Talks to Join ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’
Outlander” star Sam Heughan is in negotiations to play the title role in the Lionsgate action-comedy “The Spy Who Dumped Me” opposite Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon.

Susanna Fogel, best known for her work on ABC Family’s “Chasing Life,” will direct the project from a script she’s co-writing with David Iserson. “The Spy Who Dumped Me” follows two best friends who become part of a conspiracy when one of them discovers that the boyfriend who dumped her was actually a spy.

Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment will produce the feature. Production is scheduled to start in the summer.

Should the deal go through, it would be first role for Heughan in a major Hollywood feature. The Scottish thespian was the first actor cast for the Starz time-travel series “Outlander,” which centers on a married World War II nurse who finds herself transported back to the Scotland of 1743, where
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Bobby Cohen Exiting Lionsgate as Co-President of Production

Bobby Cohen Exiting Lionsgate as Co-President of Production
Lionsgate’s Bobby Cohen is departing his post as the studio’s co-president of production and moving into a production deal.

Peter Kang, who came on as co-president of production in April, is expected to remain in the post.

The move comes a month after Rob Friedman departed as co-chair of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group. Friedman has been named special advisor to CEO Jon Feltheimer.

Kang had been an exec VP at Paramount, where he worked on the Brad Pitt thriller “Allied,” and at Fox, where he oversaw the revamped “Planet of the Apes” and worked on “Gone Girl,” “The Maze Runner,” and “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.”

Lionsgate saw its largest success from “The Hunger Games” movies, which launched in 2012, grossed nearly $3 billion, and transformed Jennifer Lawrence into a worldwide star. But it has struggled to duplicate that since with the “Divergent” series and misfires like “Gods of Egypt.
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Lionsgate Co-President of Production Bobby Cohen Is Leaving

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Bobby Cohen, Lionsgate’s co-president of production, is leaving his position, TheWrap has learned. Peter Kang, the mini-major studio’s other co-president of production, will take over the combined role. Cohen will be moving into a production deal. Kang was formerly Paramount’s executive vice president of production before joining Lionsgate in April. Before Paramount, Kang had the same position at Fox. Also Read: Lionsgate Co-Chair Rob Friedman to Step Down Cohen’s move is just the latest executive shake-up at Lionsgate’s film division. Last month, Rob Friedman, the co-chair of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group, announced that he
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Lionsgate Production Co-President Bobby Cohen Exiting Post

Exclusive: Bobby Cohen, Lionsgate’s co-president of production, is exiting his post. The move comes on the heels of the departure of Rob Friedman as co-chair of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group in September. Peter Kang, Lionsgate’s other co-president of production with Cohen, likely will step up to take over a combined role. Cohen is segueing into a production deal at Lionsgate, we’re told. That would return him to his roots — his producing credits before taking the co-prez…
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Peter Kang Taking Co-President Of Production Post At Lionsgate

Exclusive: Peter Kang is moving from Paramount to Lionsgate, where he will be taking the post of co-President of Production alongside Bobby Cohen. That post became vacant in January when Gillian Bohrer exited. Kang takes the job after spending the past three years as executive vice president of production at Paramount Pictures. Prior to that, he was exec veep at Fox, where he oversaw the relaunch of the Planet of the Apes franchise, and brought in such book-based…
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Paramount Acquires Joelle Charbonneau Novel ‘The Testing’

Exclusive: Paramount Pictures has acquired The Testing, a novel by Joelle Charbonneau. Deal got made last night, with no producer attached, and it was Peter Kang’s first acquisition since moving to the studio from Fox. The book will be published this week and already has been named a #1 Indie Next 2013 Summer Ya Pick and one of the Top 10 Young Adult Books for Summer by USA Today. Foreign publishing rights have already been sold in the UK, France, Israel, Korea, The Netherlands, Turkey, and Germany. The logline: In the rebuilding of the United States after natural disasters and biological war, the best and brightest high school graduates are put through a series of tests, both physical and mental, to determine whether they have what it takes to become the leaders of future generations.The tale focuses on 16-year-old Malencia Vale, and her hometown is excited because she might be chosen for The Testing,
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Casting teens for major feature film 'The Maze Runner' lead roles - Los Angeles Acting Auditions |

The Gotham Group is now in pre-production on the first film in a major science fiction feature film trilogy "The Maze Runner" for Twentieth Century Fox. The movie is based on the first book in a young-adult dystopian science fiction trilogy of the same name by James Dashner. The film's casting director is holding auditions for the starring roles, which consists of a group of teen boys and a teen female. Rehearsals begin in mid-April, and shooting starts on May 1, 2013 in Baton Rouge, La. All of the stand-ins and extras will be hired in the Baton Rouge area close to the start of filming. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation executive vice president Peter Kang and creative executive Daria Cercek will both oversee production for the studio. Management and production company Gotham Group's CEO Ellen Goldsmith-Vein will produce "The Maze Runner". Lindsay Williams and Lee Stollman will also produce for Gotham.
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Writing duo takes Fox to 'Tokyo'

Writing duo takes Fox to 'Tokyo'
20th Century Fox has acquired screenwriters Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon's Tokyo Ghost Story for Davis Entertainment to produce. The supernatural thriller is based on a Japanese myth about a Yurei, or the ghost of a jilted lover who commits suicide but returns to lead the offending lover to destruction and/or death. Peter Kang is the executive on the project. Davis Entertainment's executive vp production Brian Manis brought the script to Davis president Wyck Godfrey, who took it to Kang.

Helmer 'True' to Fox 2000 for twins tale

Helmer 'True' to Fox 2000 for twins tale
Love & Basketball filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood has scored with Fox 2000's I Know This Much Is True. Prince-Bythewood has signed on to rewrite and direct the project based on the Wally Lamb novel. Fox 2000 topper Elizabeth Gabler has been shepherding the project since the studio acquired it in 1998. Since that time, it has attracted high-profile attention from filmmakers and talent including Jim Sheridan, Matt Damon and Jonathan Demme. The novel spans several generations and focuses on identical twins, one a paranoid schizophrenic and the other a normal house painter who is trying to get his brother released from an asylum. The story follows their family history, what led to the illness and the twins' turbulent relationship. Peter Kang, who used to work under Gabler in her Fox 2000 division before moving over to Hutch Parker's TCF unit last year, is still overseeing along with Gabler for Fox 2000. Prince-Bythewood is repped by CAA. Her other directing credits include Disappearing Acts and Damn Whitey.

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