Relativity Acquiring U.S. Distribution Rights To ‘Oculus’ Filmmaker Followup ‘Somnia’

By | Friday April 4, 2014 @ 9:08am PDT
Mike Fleming

oculEXCLUSIVE: As it whips up buzz for the April 11 launch of the genre thriller Oculus, Relativity has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Somnia, the horror film directed by Oculus helmer Mike Flanagan. The film stars Kate Bosworth, … Read More »

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‘The Best Of Me’ Adds ‘House Of Cards’ Sebastian Arcelus & Gerald McRaney

By | Wednesday March 12, 2014 @ 8:55am PDT

House Of CardsSebastian Arcelus and Gerald McRaney are joining the cGerald1ast of Relativity’s Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best Of arcelus2Me. Directed by Michael Hoffman (The Last Station, The Emperor’s Club), The Best Of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Oculus’

By | Wednesday March 5, 2014 @ 11:42am PST

We got a peek at horror pic Oculus back in January and now Relativity has dropped the official trailer. Doctor Who‘s Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites star as siblings Kaylie and Tim, whose parents were killed 1o years ago in a brutal act blamed on Tim. When he’s … Read More »

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EuropaCorp Pays $130 Million For Distribution Joint Venture With Relativity

By | Friday February 21, 2014 @ 10:30am PST
Mike Fleming

euBREAKING: In a deal worth $130 million, EuropaCorp has bought its way into a joint venture with Relativity that will give it access and better control of the domestic distribution of itsRelativity New Logo films. This comes after Luc Besson and Christophe Lambert’s France-based company waged a long courtship for Millennium Entertainment to serve that function. Lambert told Deadline that pursuit ended two months ago, and instead the accord was reached with Relativity, which released EuropaCorp’s black comedy The Family and this week distributes the Kevin Costner action film Three Days To Kill, with Brick Mansions coming later this year.

BRITAIN REVOLVER PREMIEREUnder terms of the deal, EuropaCorp will pay $130 million over six years for a half share in the distribution venture that Relativity has had since it bought Overture and built it into the Relativity releasing arm. Both companies will use the distribution apparatus for its own films, and EuropaCorp will put up its own P&A as it uses Relativity’s marketing operation.  The anticipation is that the relationship will build to where the companies will work together to coproduce and cofinance projects together, and that Relativity will tap EuropaCorp’s releasing resources abroad. Read More »

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Relativity And Clear Channel Re-Up Movie Promo Pact

By | Thursday February 13, 2014 @ 6:00am PST

Relativity_newlogoRelativity and Clear Channel are renewing their multi-platform marketing agreement to promote Relativity film releases, the companies announced today. Over the next 18 months, Relativity will provide exclusive content that will be shared through various Clear Channel platforms, including … Read More »

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Relativity’s ‘Echo’ Gets A New Title

By | Thursday December 5, 2013 @ 8:02pm PST

Relativity has retitled the film it picked up from Disney in July. The suspenser formerly known as Echo now is called Earth To Echo and will be released April 25. The story follows relativity_media_logoRead More »

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Natalie Portman’s ‘Jane Got A Gun’ Set For August 29 Release

By | Monday November 25, 2013 @ 6:20am PST

Relativity has dated the resilient Natalie Portman-starrer for August 29. Gavin O’Connor was tapped to direct the indie Western following Lynne Ramsay’s controversial exit in March. Brian Duffield penned the screenplay. The film centers on Jane Hammond … Read More »

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Relativity Gives Cliff Dorfman Script Deal To Crow About

By | Monday November 11, 2013 @ 1:00pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Looking to keep its The Crow screenwriter Cliff Dorfman firmly in the nest, Relativity has signed the scribe to an exclusive first-look deal. This comes after Dorfman scripted a Relativity Crow reboot that goes into … Read More »

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Relativity Pushes ‘Three Days To Kill’ Opening Back A Week

By | Wednesday October 30, 2013 @ 9:57am PDT

The McG-directed action thriller starring Kevin Costner had been slated for the busy Valentine’s Day slot but now will open February 21. Three Days To Kill faces a much less crowded opening field led … Read More »

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Relativity Sets Nicholas Sparks Adaptation ‘The Best Of Me’ For Fall 2014

By | Thursday October 24, 2013 @ 3:41pm PDT

Relativity is straying from its Nicholas Sparks safety zone for its third adaptation of the author’s work. After scoring with a pair of successful Valentine’s week openings — and eventual grosses — for Safe Haven (2013) … Read More »

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Fleming Q&A’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt On Taking ‘Don Jon’ From Sundance To 2400 Screens

By | Wednesday September 25, 2013 @ 6:47pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: It seems a long time ago that Don Jon’s Addiction announced Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a writer/director to be reckoned with, after the film followed its January Sundance debut with a late night bidding battle that ended with Relativity paying a $4 million advance and a $25 million P&A commitment. That is a whopper for a film that was financed by Voltage Pictures’ Nicolas Chartier for around $3 million. Some eight months later, Relativity is releasing the film on 2400 screens under the title Don Jon. Gordon-Levitt plays the title character, a buff bartender who prefers internet porn to his many living and breathing bed partners. The film’s subject matter made it a hard R movie even though there is depth behind its provocative theme. It won’t be hard for this picture to be a financial win, especially if it catches a zeitgeist wave. Relativity production president Robbie Brenner said they held a buzz-building simultaneous screening in 100 cities last week and the crowds were as raucous as the one that first saw the film in Sundance. She and Tucker Tooley said they have done everything they promised Gordon-Levitt in Park City and they hope hard to serve as a home for a new film making voice. I interviewed Gordon-Levitt after his January premiere in Park City, and we did it again this week as he explains the process of going from festival sensation to mainstream ambitions.

RELATED: Sundance: Fleming Q&As Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Buyers Circle His Helming Debut ‘Don Jon’s Addiction’

DEADLINE: I am curious about what it’s like to see your film become a festival hit and then have to wait almost a year before the public sees it. How much has your movie changed since Sundance?

GORDON-LEVITT: We got a chance to finish the movie, basically. We got a version ready for Sundance, but really, it wasn’t finished. It didn’t have its opening credit sequence, I hadn’t had a chance to refine the voice over. There were a lot of tweaks needed in the editing. It is basically the same movie. No lines got cut, no story moments were lost and no real time was cut from the movie. The screws got tightened, and I think it is a lot better than it was at Sundance. Read More »

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Relativity Acquires Skip Brittenham- And Brian Haberlin-Created Pic ‘Anomaly’

By | Friday September 13, 2013 @ 10:03am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Relativity has closed a deal to finance, produce and distribute Anomaly, a live-action feature based on the interactive comic book created and written by top showbiz lawyer Skip Brittenham and Brian Haberlin. The script will be written by Ed Ricourt and Joe Roth is producing with Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker Tooley. Set in the distant future, Anomaly centers on a disgraced Conglomerate Enforcer who gets a shot at redemption by leading a ragtag group of explorers on a first contact mission to a newly discovered planet. The mission turns out to be a deadly trap and the leader and crew are stranded with all their technology destroyed. Their only chance is to rely on their wits and earn the trust of the warring hostile inhabitants if they have any chance to return home to Earth. The multi-platform property started with a 370-page hardcover comic published last year. Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Naming New Film Marketing Team; Russell Schwartz And Dana Precious In, Terry Curtin Out

EXCLUSIVE: I understand that New Line veteran Russell Schwartz is already signed to become President of Theatrical Marketing. And Marvel veteran Dana Precious is in final talks to assume the newly created position of President of Creative Advertising and Research. Both Schwartz and Precious will report directly to Relativity‘s President Tucker Tooley. ”It is a coup for Relativity to get both Russell and Dana who have overseen some of the biggest movies in recent years,” according to a source close to the studio. Relativity hopes to make the formal announcement early next week. The news follows criticism inside and outside Relativity of the handling of movie marketing by Terry Curtin – culminating in this weekend’s flop film pickup Paranioa. “Relativity is losing confidence in its marketing head,” a  source close to the studio told me this morning when weekend box office results were announced. “Granted it is an incredibly crowded and down marketplace, but marketing should have at least opened the film to $10 million.”  Curtin is leaving the studio with an uneven record since 2011 with highs of The Immortals and Act Of Valor and lows like Mirror Mirror. Schwartz and Precious will jointly oversee all aspects of markeing campaigns for Relativity’s growing film slate which includes Luc Besson’s action comedy The Family, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon, Jimmy Hayward’s upcoming animated buddy comedy Free Birds, and Scott Cooper’s Out Of The Furnace. “Relativity has a strong slate in the second half of 2013 and early 2014 so they wanted to get a team with Russell and Dana’s track record and experience,” a source tells me. Read More »

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Relativity Acquires ‘Blackbird,’ Next Film By Helmer Gina Prince-Bythewood

By | Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 3:28pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Relativity is acquiring worldwide rights to Blackbird, which The Secret Life Of Bees helmer Gina Prince-Bythewood will direct from her script. Relativity will finance the film and distribute. Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh is producing with Stephanie … Read More »

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Relativity Takes On Nicholas Sparks Novel ‘The Best Of Me’

By | Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 3:55pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Relativity has acquired from Warner Bros The Best of Me, a fully developed package that includes the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, and script by J. Mills Goodloe and Will Fetters. Michael Hoffman, who is rewriting the … Read More »

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Relativity Acquires ‘Echo’ From Disney

By | Tuesday July 23, 2013 @ 3:18pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Relativity has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Echo, an adventure film that was developed and shot by Disney. The film didn’t fit the Mouse’s release strategy, and producer Andrew Panay brought it to … Read More »

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Comic-Con: Relativity Acquires ‘Continuum;’ Greg Russo Scripting Time Travel Comic Book Adaptation

By | Thursday July 18, 2013 @ 12:24pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Relativity has acquired Continuum, a feature pitch that will be written by Greg Russo, based on the Arcana comic book. The logline: 175 years after Earth is devastated by a nano-terrorist attack, with the human race … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Free Birds’

By | Wednesday June 19, 2013 @ 2:38pm PDT

Free Birds tells the tale of two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks who must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good. The stellar voice cast includes … Read More »

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Relativity Moves Scott Cooper’s ‘Out Of The Furnace’ Into Heat Of Oscar Season With November 27 Limited Release

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Sensing it has a movie that can create heat during Oscar season, Relativity is moving the Scott Cooper-directed revenge thriller Out Of The Furnace from October 4 to a limited release on November 27, expanding that run … Read More »

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