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Warners Locks Cast Into `Hangover’ Deals

By | Tuesday March 30, 2010 @ 1:47pm PDT
Mike Fleming

hangoverEXCLUSIVE: Even before The Hangover opened, executives at Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures had commissioned a script for another installment. Who knew it would take six months of headache-inducing negotiations to make it happen?

Finally, the participants have completed talks and are ready to sign deals to reprise.  I’m told that Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms will each be paid in the vicinity of $5 million against 4% of first dollar gross. Director/producer Todd Phillips will be paid around $10 million against 10%. For Phillips, there are also escalators and bonuses that insure if the sequel does anywhere close to the original’s $467 million worldwide gross, Phillips will not make less than his income on the original. That meter is still running, and it has passed the $50 million mark.

Why was The Hangover 2 such a difficult deal to put together? It was a perfect storm of leverage: the three stars made less than $1 million collectively on a film that became Hollywood’s biggest grossing R rated comedy ever. Those stars did not have options locking them into a sequel. What they did have were teams of managers, agents and attorneys who negotiated together, determined about one thing: Warners and Legendary weren’t getting another Hangover unless the trio got paid well.

Warners didn’t make option deals with the cast because the studio never envisioned a raunchy comedy would become a juggernaut that begged for an encore. In fact, Warners’ uncertainty over … Read More »

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Management Duo Shifts To Schiff Co.

By | Tuesday March 30, 2010 @ 11:29am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Managers Courtney Kivowitz and Christian Donatelli have jumped from Benderspink to The Schiff Company. They bring a collective client list that includes Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lucy Punch, Colin Hanks, Sissy Spacek, James Frey, Ellen Burstyn, Cheyenne Jackson, Monica Potter, Emmy Rossum and Kevin Corrigan. Kivowitz’s work with Gyllenhaal brought her into Oscar season proximity with Schiff, who manages her Crazy Heart costar Jeff Bridges. They decided to work together and since Kivowitz shares several clients with Donatelli, it was an easy fit. It’s the second recent hire profile hire after Risa Shapiro joined The Schiff Co. “With Courtney, Christian and Risa, we feel we are growing the company a smart way and deepening our resources,” Schiff said. Benderspink partners Chris Bender and JC Spink said: “We had a great run with Christian and Courtney for the last seven years and wish them the very best at their new home. We know they will be extremely successful in their future endeavors.”

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Bankruptcy Judge Appoints Trustee To Control Assets Of Companies Controlled By Capitol Films/ThinkFilm Chief David Bergstein; Guilds “Welcome” Decision

By | Tuesday March 30, 2010 @ 6:44am PDT
Mike Fleming

2ND UPDATE: Following is a joint DGA-SAG-WGA statement: ”The Guilds welcome the judge’s appointment of a trustee in this situation. We will continue to keep a watchful eye on this matter and protect the interests of our members.”

UPDATE: Bergstein never showed in Bankruptcy Court today. But  judge Barry Russell sided with an army of creditors and appointed an interim trustee to wrest control of the assets of all five of the companies controlled by David Bergstein. That prevents the liquidation of those assets until the court has a chance to sift through the particulars of Bergstein’s troubled empire. Screen Capital International managing director David Molner, one of the lead creditors, hailed the judge’s decision: “I think it’s very telling that even the judge was startled by his own ruling. Things must be pretty bad at a company, let alone five companies, for this kind of extraordinary relief to be granted. This is hopefully the beginning of a process which will result in these assets coming under new control, as approved by the court and for the benefit of creditors. Now there is considerably more hope for people, not just us, who were dishonored or defaulted on. to get some measure of justice down the line.”

6:30 AM: At 10 AM this morning in Courtroom 1668 of the Royal Federal Building in Los Angeles, embattled Capitol Films and ThinkFilm head David Bergstein faces the 14 creditors who’ve banded together to put the brakes on his attempt to sell an 805 film … Read More »

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‘Friday Night Lights’ Returns May 7 To NBC

By | Monday March 29, 2010 @ 11:38pm PDT

The start of Season 4 was moved back from April 30th to May 7th (8-9 PM ET).

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Susan Rovner Upped At Warner Bros TV

By | Monday March 29, 2010 @ 7:16pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Susan_Rovner,_EVP_Development,_WBTVSusan Rovner has been upped to executive vice president of development at Warner Bros Television, and will oversee both the drama and comedy development teams. Rovner, who has spent 11 years at the studio, takes the place of Leonard Goldstein, who left to join Fake Empire partners Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Rovner had been senior vice president of drama development, working on the development of such series as The Mentalist, Fringe, The Closer, The Vampire Diaries and most recently Human Target. “Susan is one of the finest development executives in our business, a highly talented collaborator with impeccable taste in material and a breadth and depth of relationships with top creative talent,” said Warner Bros Television president Peter Roth.

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The Hollywood Reporter’s TV Editor Nellie Andreeva To Join Deadline.com

By | Monday March 29, 2010 @ 3:03pm PDT


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER‘S TV EDITOR NELLIE ANDREEVA JOINS DEADLINE.COM

LOS ANGELES – March 29, 2010 – Deadline.com is now covering the television industry full-time. Mail.com Media Corporation (MMC)’s Jay Penske and Deadline.com’s Nikki Finke today announced the hiring of Nellie Andreeva, The Hollywood Reporter TV Editor who is one of the beat’s most preeminent and prolific journalists. Within the next 2 weeks, she will become the TV Editor of Deadline.com and will lead TV coverage for all of the Deadline.com verticals. Andreeva intends to continue to deliver high-profile scoops and on-the-spot analysis about the small screen’s new programs, pilot development, cast changes, business deals and industry trends that will further make Deadline.com the “must read” for influencers and leaders in global entertainment and media.

With the hiring of top journalism talents Mike Fleming to run Deadline|NewYork, and Tim Adler to run Deadline|London, and now Nellie Andreeva to run Deadline|TV, Deadline.com completes its second phase of editorial expansion. Andreeva will report to Finke, who remains Deadline.com’s general manager and editor in chief, and editor and founder of Deadline|Hollywood. All of the growing staff are committed to Deadline.com’s tradition of shattering the mold of traditional reporting and creating a new paradigm for delivering original content with New Media immediacy. Hiring The Hollywood Reporter‘s marquee TV journalist demonstrates MMC’s commitment to rapid growth as one of the most dynamic companies to watch in the digital media arena.

“We are excited and honored that Nellie has joined our talented team at Deadline.com — and with this significant hire, we further accelerate our mission to become the finest source on the business of entertainment and media,” commented Jay Penske, the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of MMC.

Said Finke: “We wanted Deadline to provide full-time coverage of the TV industry but first needed to find the right TV beat journalist to do it. Lots of reporters cover the small screen’s consumer news, but few get in-depth and behind-the-scenes of the networks and studios and talent. After our search started, TV insiders quickly made it clear that our first choice had to be one of my fiercest competitors, Nellie Andreeva, who daily dominates The Hollywood Reporter‘s front page with her scoops. We didn’t know each other personally, so when I first made contact with her by email, Nellie thought someone was playing a prank on her! I’m now her biggest admirer because she is tough and talented, my favorite combination in a journalist.”

Said Andreeva: ””Ten years ago, The Hollywood Reporter took a chance on me, a reporter from Bulgaria with zero Hollywood connections. For the last decade, it gave me the best editors, mentors, and friends I could’ve asked for. I probably never would have left if it weren’t for such a big new opportunity.”

Los Angeles-based Nellie Andreeva has been the TV Editor for The Hollywood Reporter online and print edition since June 2004 and has moderated panels and conducted Q&As at NATPE and the Paley Center for Media. She joined the daily trade paper in 2000 as a TV reporter. Before that, she worked as a reporter at Investor’s Business Daily where she tracked both television and radio, and interned as a science news reporter for Business Week magazine after receiving a fellowship through the American Association for the Advancement in Science while a master’s degree candidate in the Department of Physics at the University of Maine. But her interest in the television industry extends back to her homeland of Bulgaria where she became a journalist and then spent six years as a producer, writer, and director for Bulgarian National Television. Her work helming a popular skit comedy show akin to Saturday Night Live earned her two awards, including the Bulgarian equivalent of an Emmy. Andreeva has masters degrees in journalism and physics from the University of Sofia in Bulgaria.

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Do We Really Need Another Godzilla Movie?

By | Monday March 29, 2010 @ 10:50am PDT
Mike Fleming

Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros finally closed a deal with Toho to do another Godzilla. This has been going on for a year or so. Surely there will be 3D like in the Legendary/Warners Clash of the Titans. But can they breathe fire into an over-sized lizard that seemed out of gas in a 1998 Roland Emmerich-directed TriStar version considered a pricey disappointment? Anybody got ideas on how to make this reptile relevant?

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Dark Hero Duo Find TV Home, As David Hayter Gets His Directing Shot On ‘Wolves’

By | Monday March 29, 2010 @ 9:26am PDT
Mike Fleming

david_hayterEXCLUSIVE: Screenwriter David Hayter and his producer partner, Benedict Carver, have set their Dark Hero Studios label into a two-year TV deal with E1 Entertainment. This follows a deal Dark Hero to become the creative catalyst for Push, the TV series based on the feature film that’s being jointly developed with Summit Entertainment and E1. Though that film starred Chris Evans—recently named Captain America—and revolved around people with paranormal powers who band together to take down a government agency, it grossed just $31 million and wasn’t critically beloved. But films like Highlander and Buffy The Vampire Slayer fared much better in their TV transfers. Hayter, best known for the first two X-Men films and Watchmen, will write the series pilot and E1’s John Morayniss and Noreen Halpern are exec producers. The Dark Hero duo will bring all its TV project ideas to E!, and will take off space in the company’s headquarters.

UPDATE: Aside from an E1 first look deal that gives them a TV home, Hayter and Carver have found the backing that will finally give Hayter a chance to become a director, after a decade of futility on projects he generated as a writer.

Thanks to an overseas distribution deal made with French company TF1 and financing by Winchester, Hayter is looking at a July start on Wolves, an $18 million budget thriller that nearly got going once before at Crystal Sky until the credit crunch. Hayter describes the picture as … Read More »

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Tribeca Closes Fest With ‘Freakonomics’

By | Monday March 29, 2010 @ 8:00am PDT
Mike Fleming

tribeca-o8The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival will close with an April 30 gala premiere of Freakonomics, the documentary adaptation of the ridiculously bestselling book by economist Steven Levitt and his co-author, Stephen J. Dubner. Big documakers filmed chapters of the book, including Alex Gibney, Morgan Spurlock, Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, Eugene Jarecki and Seth Gordon.

The Festival also added gala premieres of the Gary Winick-directed romancer Letters to Juliet, which stars Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave, and another for My Own Love Song, the new film by La Vie En Rose director Olivier Dahan that stars Renee Zellweger and Forest Whitaker. That adds splash to already announced  galas that start with Shrek Forever After and include sports gala opening of Ice Cube’s Outta L.A., the premiere of the restored version of David Lean’s 1965 film classic Doctor Zhivago. And then there is the hot button premiere of the Alex Gibney-directed documentary on New York State governor Eliot Spitzer’s downfall in a hooker scandal. How difficult must it be for Tribeca to compete with Cannes for sexy Hollywood titles to liven up the fest? Cannes so far booked Robin Hood to open the fest, and is also expected to show Oliver Stone’s Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, with Fox actually using the excuse of a potential Cannes ticket to explain why the film abandoned its April release date for a fall berth. Wall Street 2′s New York-centric subject matter would have made … Read More »

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JoBeth Williams Exits SAG National Board: Will More MembershipFirsters Follow Her?

By | Monday March 29, 2010 @ 2:51am PDT

jobethwilliamsUPDATED: One of MembershipFirst’s most prominent members, SAG 2JoBeth Williams, has decided to leave the Screen Actors Guild’s National Board before her term is completed. Officially, she only cited time constraints as her reason for leaving. But her exit comes after serving 5 years of her two 3-year terms and follows Unite For Strength’s pickup of seats in the last two SAG elections. I’ve learned several other high profile MF’ers also are thinking of leaving their seats on the SAG national and Hollywood governing bodies now that their side isn’t in control of the guild anymore.

They tell me they’re demoralized by the future prospect of SAG-AMPTP negotiations. Now that SAG will bargain jointly with AFTRA, the MFers fear SAG’s current leadership is determined to accept a TV/Theatrical contract that will further reduce residuals and benefits and work opportunities for SAG (the LA-headquartered primary actors guild) so it’s more in line with the lesser terms of AFTRA (the NY-based union that reps broadcast professionals).

Other complaints I’m hearing from the MF’ers have to do with the increasing lack of transparency surrounding SAG’s national board meetings. They claim the current leadership keeps its agenda secret and dissent muzzled both inside and outside the boardroom in order to ensure actors stay uninformed. As a result, rumors are rampant. The latest is that the current SAG leadership will try to radically change the composition of the SAG negotiating committee by removing some of the “old MF stalwarts” who’ve long fought with … Read More »

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Movie Starring Kevin Spacey As Disgraced Lobbyist Jack Abramoff Finds Distributor

By | Monday March 29, 2010 @ 12:17am PDT

abramoff1EXCLUSIVE: Metropolitan Inc, led by film industry veteran James Schramm, is about to announce it has acquired the U.S. theatrical distribution rights from rights holder Rollercoaster Entertainment to Casino Jack. I’ve heard the company committed 8 figures to acquire and support the planned nationwide release of Casino Jack this fall, including $9M P&A and an aggressive Oscar campaign.

The feature film produced by George Vitetzakis directed by George Hickenlooper (Factory Girl) from an original screenplay by Norman Snider, stars 2-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey as Jack Abramoff, the high-powered Washington D.C. lobbyist convicted in 2006 of defrauding American Indian casinos and now behind bars. Spacey and Hickenlopper visited Abramoff in prison during the pic’s development. Casino Jack marks Metropolitan’s first foray into film distribution. This newly launched arm of the motion picture media company will service approximately 20 releases per year.

CAA together with Cassian Elwes brokered the deal on behalf of Rollercoaster Entertainment which also provided production financing as well as Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong), HSBC (Canada) and Media Capital Group. Hannibal Pictures is handling international sales.

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CBS Offered Tony Hosting Gig To Conan (…Starting NBC vs Coco War Of Words)

By | Sunday March 28, 2010 @ 4:47pm PDT

564952554TH UPDATE: Late tonight, “Team Coco” sources added this about “Team NBC”: “I am of the understanding that he can’t do that kind of thing until September. And you should ask what they are afraid of his saying that they have to gag him anyway? Seems like a lot to spend to keep someone quiet, if that is their intent. If he did the Tony’s and didn’t make jokes about the situation, it would be lame. He won’t take any job if he doesn’t think he’ll be great.”

3RD UPDATE: Now “Team NBC” sources tell me: “The severance agreement gives Conan the explicit right to do hosting gigs after May 1, so its B.S. that he ‘can’t perform’. And if he wanted to ‘speak freely about NBC’, he shouldn’t have accepted NBC’s over $40 mill payoff.”

2ND UPDATE: To which “Team Conan” sources reply to me: “He can do interviews but can’t perform. He also can’t speak freely about NBC, which kind of kills his doing things in the way he’d want.”

UPDATE: Oh, this is interesting. “Team NBC” sources tell me tonight that Conan’s severance deal with NBC doesn’t prohibit him from making TV appearances after May 1, “so he totally could have hosted the Tony’s. More likely, he didn’t want to do it, and used his agreement with NBC as an excuse to say no to Les.”

EXCLUSIVE: Sources tell me tonight CBS tried to hire Conan O’Brien to host this … Read More »

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‘Battlefield Earth’ Scripter Pens Apology

By | Sunday March 28, 2010 @ 12:27pm PDT

This month, Battlefield Earth, the 2000 big budget flop based on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s novel, won the Razzie for “Worst Movie of the Decade”. J.D. Shapiro, the film’s original screenwriter, accepted the award in person. This appeared first in today’s New York Post:

By J.D. SHAPIRO

BattlefieldEarth PosterLet me start by apologizing to anyone who went to see Battlefield Earth.

It wasn’t as I intended — promise. No one sets out to make a train wreck. Actually, comparing it to a train wreck isn’t really fair to train wrecks, because people actually want to watch those.

It started, as so many of my choices do, with my Willy Wonker.

It was 1994, and I had read an article in Premiere magazine saying that the Celebrity Center, the Scientology epicenter in Los Angeles, was a great place to meet women.

Willy convinced me to go check it out. Touring the building, I didn’t find any eligible women at first, but I did meet Karen Hollander, president of the center, who said she was a fan of Robin Hood: Men in Tights. We ended up talking for over two hours. She told me why Scientology is so great. I told her that, when it comes to organized religion, anything a person does to reward, threaten and try to control people by using an unknown like the afterlife is dangerous.

Nonetheless, Karen called me a few days later asking if I’d be interested in turning any of L. Ron

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Shannon Gaulding Makes Move From Screen Gems To Relativity Media

By | Sunday March 28, 2010 @ 12:26pm PDT
Mike Fleming

gauldingEXCLUSIVE: Shannon Gaulding, the Screen Gems senior vice president who was the liason between that Sony-based company and Relativity Media on Dear John, has jumped to Relativity. She takes the same title. Gaulding had been at Screen Gems for 3 years, working on such projects as Legion. Before that, she was a creative exec at Sony Pictures, and worked on films that included The Grudge, 30 Days of Night, Something’s Gotta Give, Zathura and the three Spider-Man films. She came from the music biz.

Gaulding’s move was confirmed by Screen Gems and Relativity, both of which issued statements.

“Shannon’s extensive background as an executive, her creative taste and her hands on production experience are a perfect combination for Relativity and exactly what we were looking for,” said Relativity’s Tucker Tooley.

Said Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper: “Shannon is a fantastic executive and while we asked her to stay, we understand her desire to take this new opportunity. We will miss her and know she will continue to rally behind and champion great films and filmmakers.”

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The Financials Of ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’

By | Sunday March 28, 2010 @ 12:16pm PDT

Here’s behind-the-scenes info given me by an insider on MGM/UA’s Hot Tub Time Machine, which was supposed to open to $20+M and earned only $13.6M:

hot_tub_time_machineThe film cost $50M to make, which is not really that cheap, especially for a movie that should have been made for $20M. [MGM says it cost $35M] The reason MGM had to get creditor approval for its P&A spend, which I was told is $47M by the way, is because the creditors stand to lose even more money if HTTM does not come out at least break-even. [NF: I stand by $45M and received confirmation of it . MGM insists it didn't spend all of it.] The P&A money comes from the credit facility, and the creditors are weighing in on every key decision.  I viewed this large P&A commitment it as a “Hail Mary” play, because at this point what does MGM management have to lose?  And I think they were hoping that HTTM would miraculously do well just at the moment final bids for MGM were being negotiated.

One of the two banks involved did an analysis that HTTM would need to gross $40M domestic for them to break even. They even brought in some highly paid consultants to bless the numbers, the marketing plan, and advise them (one of whom was a senior movie marketing exec with credentials from outside).  The P&A spend and distribution pattern show that MGM considered HTTM a one-weekend picture: they would have

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‘How To Train Your Dragon’ Doesn’t Fly As High As ‘Monsters v Aliens’; ‘Alice’ Still Hot; ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ Only Lukewarm

By | Friday March 26, 2010 @ 9:59pm PDT


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SATURDAY PM/SUNDAY AM: Here are updated weekend box office figures from my sources. But the real story is that, for months now, Hollywood studios have been waging war behind the scenes to book North American 3D theaters for runs starting March 26th and continuing through Easter Sunday on April 4th. Yes, there are more 3D theaters than ever. But the recession slowed down the growth of 3D screens just as Hollywood picked up the pace for 3D films.

For instance, Warner Bros’ Clash Of The Titans was supposed to open this weekend in 2D. Instead, it’s opening next weekend in 3D, putting it on a collision course with Disney’s Alice in Wonderland 3D, still playing strong, and this weekend’s newcomer How To Train Your Dragon 3D from DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount, and even Avatar is still in cinemas. “It’s unprecedented to have 3 wide release 3D films in 5 weeks. So everyone is fighting for their share,” one studio mogul observed to me. “It’s nasty. There’s just one too many 3D films in the marketplace,” another exec said to me. Paramount and Disney really went mano a mano for this weekend’s 3D plays, and Dragon ended up with 2,178 3D locations, including 185 IMAX theaters, or about the same number that Disney had opening Alice four weekends ago when it was only up against Avatar. That’s miraculous. In turn, Warner Bros, despite fighting hard, will end up with several hundred less 3D screens for … Read More »

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It’s Official: ’24′ Has Been Cancelled By Fox

By | Friday March 26, 2010 @ 4:44pm PDT


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The well-liked, well-rated Fox show was simply too expensive to keep making. Unfortunately, a 24 film version is still a long way off, if it ever comes together. But I think it could be another Bourne series. Meanwhile the 2-hour TV finale of 24: Day Eight will air on May 24th.

5:20 PM UPDATE: Here’s the official announcement:

24 jackIn a joint decision made by 24’s star and executive producer Kiefer Sutherland, executive producer and showrunner Howard Gordon, Twentieth Century Fox Television, Imagine Entertainment and Fox Broadcasting Company, it was determined that the acclaimed series will end its remarkable eight-season run. Jack Bauer’s last day on FOX will conclude when the final two hours of “Day Eight” air Monday, May 24 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Brad Turner will direct the series finale. As the countdown to the series’ climactic conclusion races on, the final 11 hours will air uninterrupted Mondays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Multiple award-winning series star Kiefer Sutherland reflected on the show’s run: “This has been the role of a lifetime, and I will never be able to fully express my appreciation to everyone who made it possible. While the end of the series is bittersweet, we always wanted 24 to finish on a high note, so the decision to make the eighth season our last was one we all agreed upon. This feels like the culmination of

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Bryan Singer Producing ‘X-Men: First Class’

By | Friday March 26, 2010 @ 3:23pm PDT
Mike Fleming

bryansingerWhile many in Hollywood are having trouble finding work these days, Bryan Singer’s problem is there is only one of him to go around and everybody wants him. So Singer and 20th Century Fox have formalized his move from director to producer on X-Men: First Class. That is the bad news for X-Men die-hards who love the first two films Singer directed. Here’s the good part: he is leaving because Fox liked the script that Jamie Moss wrote from Singer’s treatment so much that the studio wants the film right away, envisioning it as the first leg of a trilogy. The hope is to have it ready for 2011 release.

Singer will join Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg as producers. He’s not available because Warner Bros and Legendary are locked into a summer production start on Jack the Giant Killer. They’ll begin casting shortly. It is a big CG project, and they are likely to either shoot 3D or convert it later.

Last December, Singer agreed to direct the First Class prequel after the studio sparked to his detailed treatment, with the  studio knowing full well Singer would likely make the other movie first. The willingness to wait changed when execs flipped for Moss’s script. He’s now honing the origin story that focuses on Xavier and Magneto and offers similar opportunities that JJ Abrams took advantage of to resuscitate Star Trek. X-Men-x-men-58082_1024_768

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Lining Up ‘Eastern Promises’ Sequel And Kristin Scott Thomas For ‘Salmon Fishing’

By | Friday March 26, 2010 @ 1:32pm PDT

KRISTIN-SCOTT-THOMAS-largeFrom Deadline|London editor Tim Adler: Producer Paul Webster tells me that Kristin Scott Thomas is to play the British Prime Minister’s press secretary in BBC Films’ Salmon Fishing in the Yemen which Bill Condon will start shooting in June. Apparently, Scott Thomas’ character is not a million miles away from that of Alastair Campbell, ex-PM Tony Blair’s feared master of spin. Simon Beaufoy, screenwriter of The Full Monty, has adapted Paul Torday’s bestselling novel. “It’s accessible, eccentric and very British,” Webster of Kudos Film and TV tells me. The UK Film Council is helping fund development.

This is a busy time for Webster. He’s also lining up a sequel to Eastern Promises, with Viggo Mortensen reprising his role as the Russian Mafia hitman. David Cronenberg will direct Steve Knight’s script. The Focus Features project hopes to go this winter. First, Mortensen and Cronenberg have to work together on the Sigmund Freud pic, The Talking Cure.

Also, Webster is almost done overseeing editing on Rowan Joffe’s reimagining of Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock, which Optimum/Studio Canal will release. Joffe’s imaginatively transplanted Greene’s original 1930s story into Mod era Brighton circa 1964. What’s clever is that was the last year when hanging was legal in Britain – something which the whole plot, er, hangs on. Helen Mirren stars opposite Sam Riley and Andrea Riseborough.

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