EXCLUSIVE: Fox went All In, handing a put pilot commitment to a single-camera comedy written by Allan Loeb, who is executive producing with his producing partner Ryan Reynolds. All In, from 20th Century Fox TV and Loeb and Reynolds’ studio-based DarkFire TV, is a character-driven comedy centering on Tommy Vigorish, a compulsive gambler trying to get back in the game with the help of his family… as long as that game does not involve the exchange of money. Reynolds and Loeb executive produce the project with DarkFire TV’s two other principals, Jonathon Komack Martin and Steven Pearl.
Ryan Reynolds and Allan Loeb’s company DarkFire has set two comedy projects at Fox: a live-action half-hour from writers Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay (Clash Of The Titans) and an animated show from writers Mark Torgove & Paul Kaplan (NBC’s Outsourced) and Ash Brannon (Surf’s Up). Both shows are produced by 20th Century Fox TV.
While Hollywood’s preoccupation this week has been high winds, New Line Cinema is preparing for an earthquake. I’m told the studio is out to directors with San Andreas 3-D, a big-budget film hatched by scribes Jeremy Passmore & Andre Fabrizio as a pitch. They’ve written the script and Allan Loeb has done a polish for a north-of-$100 million film that’s ready to go. Beau Flynn is producing. It’s a full-scale disaster picture revolving around a massive earthquake and its devastating effect on California. This is something that hasn’t really been done since the 1974 film Earthquake, which starred Charlton Heston and Ava Gardner. That film boasted of the advantages of “Sensurround” to create a lifelike feel, but the prospect of a 3D rendering holds promise. Passmore & Fabrizio are repped by Paradigm and Aperture Entertainment and Loeb by CAA. Passmore & Fabrizio are rewriting Hellified and Passmore scripted the Red Dawn remake.
Ryan Reynolds and Allan Loeb’s recently launched TV company DarkFire has made its first sale, and it was a quick one. The comedy project Guidance, from feature writer Tim Dowling (Just Go With It, Role Models), was just taken out by 20th TV where DarkFire has a first-look deal. In their first stop at Fox, the network took the show off the market and the rest of the pitch meetings were canceled. Tyler Labine (Reaper, Mad Love) is attached to star in and produce Guidance, which is described as an adult buddy comedy set in high school. Reynolds has been very involved in the project, which has received a put pilot commitment from Fox, including attending pitch meetings. He is executive producing with the rest of the DarkFire principals, Loeb, Steven Pearl and Jonathon Komack Martin. Dowling has ties to both Loeb and Reynolds. He co-wrote comedy feature Just Go With It with Loeb and, as an actor, he did a guest spot on Reynolds’ ABC sitcom Two Guys and a Girl 13 years ago. Guidance brings Labine back to Fox where he toplined the short-lived comedy series Sons of Tucson. The actor, recently seen in Rise of the Planets of the Apes, has been in-demand in TV, toplining 3 series in the last 2 years: Reaper, Sons of Tucson and Mad Love. …
EXCLUSIVE: If eye patch-wearing antihero Snake Plissken is going to slither in a reboot, it won’t be at New Line and Warner Bros. They’ve allowed the option to drop on a remake they’ve been developing, meaning that the reboot of the John Carpenter-directed 1981 classic is up for grabs. The original starred Kurt Russell as Snake, a tough convict dropped into a futuristic New York that has been turned into a post-apocalyptic maximum security prison. He’s charged with rescuing the president (Donald Pleasence), who is held hostage by the prison kingpin (Isaac Hayes) after his plane within the city walls. Snake’s offered a pardon if he’s successful, but fitted with a lethal device that will kill him if he tries to run or misses the deadline. New Line and producer Neal Moritz have been working on the reboot, most recently with The Crazies helmer Breck Eisner attached to direct, and a script by writers that include Allan Loeb and X-Men: First Class scribe Jamie Moss. There have been rumors of interest from Gerard Butler and Jeremy Renner. Those guys were never confirmed and more recently there was word the studio courted Tom Hardy, whose work in Inception, Warrior and the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises has made him a go-to guy for tough man work. Eisner and Moritz are also working on Flash Gordon, and Eisner also is attached to The Last Witch Hunter at Summit.
EXCLUSIVE: Actor Ryan Reynolds and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps writer Allan Loeb have launched a TV company together. The company, DarkFire, will be based at 20th Century Fox TV with a two-year first-look deal. The company will focus on developing comedy projects, primarily single-camera and mostly for the broadcast networks, with Loeb himself set to write at least one pilot script a year. DarkFire’s name blends the monikers of Reynolds’ shingle with producing partner Jonathon Komack Martin, Dark Trick Films, and Loeb’s company with partner Steven Pearl, Scarlet Fire. Martin and Pearl will run DarkFire, which also will hire a dedicated TV executive as the two will continue to be involved in their separate companies’ film business.
The Weinstein Company has acquired US distribution rights to So Undercover, the Tom Vaughan-directed action comedy that stars Miley Cyrus, Jeremy Piven, Mike O’Malley and Kelly Osbourne. An October release is planned.
Deal was made with Exclusive Media Group, which is producing with the pic’s screenwriter Allan Loeb and his Scarlet Fire Entertainment partner Steven Pearl, and Tish Cyrus. TWC’s Harvey Weinstein and David Glasser and Peter Lawson made the deal with Exclusive co-chairmen Guy East and Nigel Sinclair. CAA arranged financing for the film and repped the sale.
Cyrus plays a young girl who is hired by the FBI to go undercover at a college sorority. She’s a tough streetwise private detective who has to become a refined sophisticated university girl to protect the daughter of a former mobster. Exclusive fully financed and is selling worldwide sales, brokering most territories in Berlin last week.
“We’re excited to be working with Miley Cyrus as she transitions from child phenomenon to grown-up star,” TWC’s Glasser said in a statement. “She’s got charisma and talent to burn.”
Some 36 hours after he closed a deal to direct TNT’s untitled Allan Loeb pilot, Gregory Hoblit has exited the cop drama starring Steven Weber and D.L Hughley over a clash with creator-executive producer Loeb. Emmy winner Hoblit, who has directed the pilots for such series as L.A. Law and NYPD Blue, made the deal without meeting Loeb. I hear he then sent notes to Loeb, some of them subjective but most pertained to time/budget cuts and ways to whip the script into shape with 3 weeks left until production start date. Loeb was reportedly “insulted” by the notes, which he described as hypercritical and arrogant, and gave producing studio Lionsgate TV an ultimatum that “it’s either him or me”. The studio asked Hoblit to apologize to Loeb. Hoblit, against the advice of agents and lawyer, called the studio and resigned, forfeiting the six-figure directing fee he would’ve kept had he opted to get fired. Loeb has been very busy lately. In addition to his TNT pilot, he also recently did a polish on the pilot for Fox’s Terra Nova pilot and has several features in various stages of development and pre-production.
A lot has been written lately, accurately and often inaccurately, about Fox’s high-profile prehistoric drama series Terra Nova whose behind-the-scene dealings are being put under a microscope because of the project’s enormous scope and the big auspices involved, executive producers Steven Spielberg and Peter Chernin. Here is what has been going on at the show, which is entering production on its two-hour pilot episode tomorrow with a table read.
Writer comings and goings: Veteran showrunner Rene Echevarria has been brought in to oversee the two-hour pilot. He will work alongside Terra Nova executive producer/showrunner Brannon Braga with whom he has worked before. Echevarria, who has a strong track record in day-to-day showrunning, production and post-production, has been tasked with bringing a steady hand to a massive production that involves large sets, big cast led by Jason O’Mara and Stephen Lang, and elaborate special effects. Echevarria was already at 20th TV – which produces Terra Nova with DreamWorks TV, Chernin Entertainment and Kapital Entertainment – as the writer-showrunner of the studio’s series adaptation of James Cameron’s True Lies for ABC. Braga used to get help from writing executive producer David Fury until, in a setback, he exited the series in September.
As for the other writers on Terra Nova, it is true that …
EXCLUSIVE: Exclusive Media Group will produce and fully finance So Undercover, an action comedy vehicle for Miley Cyrus that will begin production in December. What Happens In Vegas helmer Tom Vaughan will direct a script by Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleep‘s Allan Loeb and Steven Pearl (The Switch). Cyrus will play a tough, street-smart private eye hired by the FBI to go undercover in a college sorority. The film will be produced by Exclusive co-chairmen Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, along with Scarlet Fire Entertainment’s Loeb and Pearl, and Tish Cyrus. Jodi Zuckerman-Weiner is exec producer (for Cyrus’ production company Hope Town) along with Rob Cowan. Exclusive’s Tobin Armbrust, who found the project, will also be a producer. Exclusive Films International will sell territories at AFM, while Cyrus’ reps at CAA will make a domestic deal.
TNT and TBS have just handed out pilot orders to 4 projects, including TNT’s planned Dallas update. TNT’s orders include Dallas, written by Cane creator Cynthia Cidre, crime procedural Perception (formerly Proof) and an untitled project from Allan Loeb (form. the Rabbit Factory), while TBS has picked up the Dean Devlin-produced comedic detective series Brain Trust. Here is the networks’ announcement:
TNT and TBS are going into production on four series pilots, including projects from such successful producers and writers as Dean Devlin (TNT’s Leverage); Marco Schnabel (TNT’s The Librarian movie trilogy); Kenneth Biller and Mike Sussman (Star Trek: Voyager); Allan Loeb (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps); and Cynthia Cidre (The Mambo Kings).
“These pilots reflect our enthusiasm for relatable but complex everyman heroes, showcased in exciting storytelling environments,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM).