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Red Granite Pictures & Producer End ‘Wolf Of Wall Street’ Lawsuits

The multiple legal disputes between producers over credit on the upcoming Martin Scorsese-directed The Wolf Of Wall Street are over. Red Granite Pictures and Alexandra Milchan issued the following statement today:

Los Angeles, CA – October 3, 2012 – It was announced today that Red Granite Pictures and Alexandra Milchan have settled their legal dispute over the much anticipated film “The Wolf of Wall Street” and dismissed their respective lawsuits against one another.
Red Granite Pictures owns the rights to Jordan Belfort’s best-selling memoir The Wolf of Wall Street, on which the film is based and is fully financing the film and producing with Appian Way, Sikelia Productions and EMJAG Productions.
Producers are Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland (Red Granite Pictures), Leonardo DiCaprio (Appian Way) and Martin Scorsese and Emma Koskoff (Sikelia Productions). Alexandra Milchan is an executive producer.
Red Granite’s foreign sales arm, Red Granite International, led by Danny Dimbort and Christian Mercuri, is handling international sales on the film.

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Fox 2000 EVP Carla Hacken Becomes New Regency Production President

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Longtime Fox 2000 EVP Carla Hacken is leaving the studio to become president of production for New Regency. It is the latest move in a restructuring of the company since Arnon Milchan reemerged as an active chairman and installed former Paramount Pictures production president Brad Weston as CEO with a mandate to become a more filmmaker-driven concern.

New Regency is partly owned by News Corp, whose 20th Century Fox distributes and often co-finances Regency-generated films. The move was orchestrated with the cooperation of Fox Filmed Entertainment co-chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman and Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler.

“Jim, Tom and Liz have been great partners and are incredibly gracious about Carla,” Weston told me in confirming the move. “They see this as a terrific opportunity for her, and a great way to help support New Regency. Arnon and I couldn’t be more appreciative.”

Hacken was an ICM agent when she was brought into the Fox 2000 fold 15 years ago by Laura Ziskin. She has worked closely with Gabler and developed such films as Unfaithful, The Devil Wears Prada, Walk The Line, Bride Wars, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and its sequel, Percy Jackson & The Olympians, Love & Other Drugs and In Her Shoes.

There has long been a tradition of cross pollination between Fox and New Regency (which is based on the lot). That includes Sanford Panitch (who moved from Fox to Regency and now steers Fox International Productions) … Read More »

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Robert Zemeckis Sets Writers For ‘Garden Gnome Attack’ Film

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Chad Damiani and JP Lavin have just been hired to adapt How To Survive A Garden Gnome Attack for Robert Zemeckis and his Imagemovers banner. The film is a live action film (the garden gnomes will be animated), based on the Chuck Sambuchino novel, which was optioned by Sony Pictures Animation. Zemeckis and his ImageMovers partners Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey are producing with The Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Eric Robinson. The book is a survival guide, preparing the homeowner on the off chance the lawn ornaments stage a home invasion. The intention is to make an edgy PG-13 version, so the gnomes will be scary. Zemeckis is developing the film as a potential directing vehicle. The scribes’ most recent credit is Max Steel for Paramount and producer Joe Roth, and they adapted the comic book Geronimo for producers Alexandra Milchan and Antonio Moura Santos Jr. The writers are repped by WME and Luber/Roklin.

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Alexandra Milchan Rejoins New Regency As Executive Vice President

By | Friday September 16, 2011 @ 5:19pm PDT
Mike Fleming

After Arnon Milchan reconstituted New Regency with a new $500 million credit line and plans to reemerge at the helm with former Paramount production president Brad Weston as CEO, Alexandra Milchan has returned to the company as executive vice president of production. She will report to Weston. She is the daughter of Milchan, who owns 80% of New Regency, and she spent 13 years there, rising from assistant to senior executive, before leaving to become a producer.

“Alexandra has great relationships and a real passion for movies, and we are thrilled to have her back at New Regency,” Weston said. “She will play a central role as we work to return Regency to its roots, producing bold, filmmaker-driven pictures with a singular vision which will entertain audiences around the world.”

During Milchan’s earlier Regency stint, she worked on such films as the Jon Amiel-directed Copycat, Michael Mann-directed Heat, the Joel Schumacher-directed A Time To Kill and Curtis Hanson-directed L.A. Confidential. She left to start Emjag Productions, producing such films as the David Ayer-directed Street Kings, the Alexandre Aja-directed Mirrors, and the upcoming Walter Hill-directed Bullet to the Head, with Sylvester Stallone. She also developed The Wolf of Wall Street, which Martin Scorsese will direct with Leonardo DiCaprio for Red Granite and Appian Way; the Aja-directed The Space Pirate at Lionsgate, and an untitled Taylor Lautner project at New Regency.

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Cannes: Red Granite Acquires Leonardo DiCaprio Pic ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’

Mike Fleming

Red Granite Pictures, which just formed an international sales division to be headed by ex-Nu Image execs Danny Dimbort and Christian Mercuri, has just bought into a big project. Red Granite chairman/CEO Riza Aziz and vice chairman Joey McFarland have acquired rights to Jordan Belfort’s memoir The Wolf of Wall Street and will produce with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Killoran’s Appian Way and Alexandra Milchan’s EMJAG Productions. DiCaprio has long wanted to play Belfort, with directors Martin Scorsese and Ridley Scott among those who’s sparked to directing the film. There were reports recently that Scorsese might resurface, but no director is set yet and there isn’t a start date. The project had been set at Warner Bros and nearly got made several years ago, but a tug of war between that studio and Paramount (where Scorsese has his overall deal) led them to instead collaborate on Shutter Island.

Script was written by Terence Winter, the exec producer of The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire. The drama chronicles Belfort’s rise and fall on Wall Street, a run marked by a hard-partying lifestyle, drug addiction, a 1998 indictment for securities fraud and money laundering. And a 22-month federal prison stretch. Belfort has been sober 14 years and is a motivational speaker.

Red Granite’s intention is to produce four to five films each year and make negative pickups. Along with Dimbort and Mercuri, the company brought … Read More »

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20th Century Fox Finds ‘Scavengers’ For Its ‘Diary Of A Wimpy Kid’ Director Thor Freudenthal

By | Wednesday March 9, 2011 @ 1:48pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox has acquired Scavengers, a script by Chris Baldi that Thor Freudenthal will direct. Freudenthal helmed Diary of a Wimpy Kid for the studio. The film will be produced by Emjag Productions’ Alexandra Milchan and 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Levine. The setup: After their adventurous father dies, three brothers who’ve been estranged discover that in order to collect their inheritance, they will have to go out on a scavenger hunt to find treasure he left behind. Clues bring them back to many of the childhood experiences they shared with their father. Freudenthal is repped by Gersh and The Gotham Group.

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