Catch up with the best of Deadline’s Top Film stories from this week:
SHOCKER! Charlie Hunnam Exits Christian Grey Role In ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’
By Mike Fleming Jr. – Well, here’s a surprise. Universal is going to have to look harder to find its S&M minded zillionaire Christian Grey because Sons Of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam has exited the role he only just got.
Angelina Jolie Sets Japanese Singer Miyavi As Brutal WWII POW Camp Guard ‘The Bird’ In ‘Unbroken’
By Mike Fleming Jr. - EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures and director Angelina Jolie have found their villain for the Lou Zamperini tale Unbroken.
Universal Pays 7-Figure Deal For Aaron Berg ‘Section 6′ Spec
By Mike Fleming Jr. – EXCLUSIVE: It’s not only an exceptional deal for a new writer; I’m hard pressed to come up with the last clean seven-figure deal for a script with no attachments. Four studios bid on the project…
Bullish On ‘The Maze Runner’, Fox Moves Ahead With ‘The Scorch Trials’
By Mike Fleming Jr. – EXCLUSIVE: Though it doesn’t release the sci-fi action thriller The Maze Runner until September 19, 20th Century Fox has exercised the option to buy The Scorch Trials, the second book in the four-novel series written by James Dashner.
#1 ‘Gravity’ Defies Hanks With $200M Global: ‘Captain Phillips’ $26M Domestic For Tom’s Best In 5 Years, ‘Machete Kills’ Only $3.7M
By Nikki Finke – Gravity expanded into 3,660 North American theaters and is still in such strong orbit that it’s running rings around other adult newcomers.
Millennium Sets Milla Jovovich, Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, Angela Bassett For ‘Survivor’ Thriller Pic
By Mike Fleming Jr. – EXCLUSIVE: Millennium Films has set Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson and Angela Bassett to star in Survivor, a thriller that James McTeigue will direct starting January 20 in London.
Warner Bros Fires Back In ‘Trouble With The Curve’ Copyright Suit′
By Dominic Patten – You’ve got one week to drop your case or we’ll go after you for malicious prosecution. That in a nutshell is what an email today from a lawyer for Warner Bros told the attorneys for plaintiff Ryan A. Brooks in his copyright suit over the 2012 Clint Eastwood-Amy Adams baseball pic Trouble With The Curve.
NYFF: Could Warner Bros. Holiday Entry ‘Her’ Be Poised To Make Oscar History?
By Pete Hammond – Scarlett Johansson, who poignantly voices Samantha the computer system that organizes Joaquin Phoenix‘s life and strikes up an intense and heartbreaking personal relationship with him, could possibly become the first solely voice-over performance to win an acting nomination.
A Glimpse Into Pure Artistic Passion, Courtesy Of Paul Greengrass And ‘United 93′
By Mike Fleming Jr. – EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures today releases Paul Greengrass‘s Captain Phillips. It’s a reminder why, if you follow auteurs like I do, you can’t beat this time of year.
Politicians Eye Major Upgrade To California Film/TV Tax Credit
By Dominic Patten – Big changes could be coming to California’s annual $100 million film and TV tax credit program next year.