Showtime has ordered Years Of Living Dangerously, a documentary series which explores the human impact of climate change. It is executive produced by James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger, along with Emmy-winning 60 Minutes producers Joel Bach and David Gelber, and climate expert Daniel Abbasi. Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Alec Baldwin will narrate the series, which will feature first-person accounts of those affected by — and seeking solutions to — global warming. Also expected to join the project is actor Edward Norton, with more names to be announced soon. Reporting from the field is a team of New York Times journalists including three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas Friedman, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof, as well as columnist Mark Bittman, and MSNBC host and political commentator Chris Hayes, among others. Years Of Living Dangerously will air in 2013 as a six-to-eight-episode hourlong series. “The recent devastation on the East Coast is a tragic reminder of the direct link between our daily lives and climate change,” said Showtime entertainment president David Nevins. Added Cameron, “We’ll make it exciting. We’ll make it investigative. We’ll bring people the truth. And people are always hungry for the truth.” Additionally, the series is also executive produced by Maria Wilhelm (Avatar Alliance Foundation).
Showtime Orders Climate Change Docu Series Produced By James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub And Arnold Schwarzenegger
Here’s the latest trailer for Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Last Stand. Forest Whitaker, Luis Guzmán, Peter Stormare, Johnny Knoxville and Rodrigo Santoro join the fun along with Jaimie Alexander and Genesis Rodriguez. The movie directed by South Korea’s Kim Jee-woon opens January 18 via Lionsgate:
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has made a deal for The Legend Of Conan, an action film that will star Arnold Schwarzenegger in one of his signature roles as Robert E. Howard’s mythic barbarian. The deal brings Conan and Schwarzenegger back to Universal, which released the first film that launched Schwarzenegger’s movie career back in 1982. Universal has world rights on the film.
The film will be produced by Fredrik Malmberg and Chris Morgan. Malmberg is CEO of Paradox Entertainment, which holds the rights to Conan. Morgan is the Universal-based writer and producer whose credits include the last four Fast And The Furious films, along with Wanted and 47 Ronin. Morgan has hatched the story and might write the script. The caveat is that the studio wants The Legend Of Conan for summer 2014, and Morgan might not be finished writing the seventh Fast And Furious installment by then. If that happens he will be a very active producer, because this is Morgan’s dream project.
Schwarzenegger starred in two Conan films before moving on to Terminator and other blockbusters as he became the world’s biggest action star. Paradox was involved in a 2011 reboot at Millennium Films that starred Jason Momoa and misfired. Paradox’s Malmberg, who moved the project away from Warner Bros after seven years of development with big-name filmmakers because the project was moving too slowly, feels that this is the version of the film that he and everybody else always wanted to see on the screen but couldn’t while Schwarzenegger was governor of California.
“The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior, and this is the take of the film we will make,” Malmberg told me. “It’s that Nordic Viking mythic guy who has played the role of king, warrior, soldier and mercenary, and who has bedded more women than anyone, nearing the last cycle of his life. He knows he’ll be going to Valhalla, and wants to go out with a good battle.”
Ron Meyer turns 68 on Tuesday. So on the eve of his birthday, he finally made a public statement about the August rumors that he would be involuntarily or voluntarily exiting his job at Universal Studios soon. On a panel at the inaugural symposium of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy this afternoon, Meyer was asked by the moderator about “these rumors he might be leaving” the President/COO job he has held atop Universal Studios since 1995. Ron’s reply was as follows: “I wouldn’t know what to do retiring. So I have no plans to retire. I like what I’m doing and, as long as they will have me, I can stay.”
I immediately phoned Meyer afterwards and asked if he would expand. “What more is there to say?” he answered. Well, actually quite a lot. Because it’s a case study in how parent company Comcast failed miserably in stopping the rumors or doing damage control on behalf of the Universal brass.
The rumor that Comcast was going to replace Meyer with Stacey Snider first surfaced in the New York Post at the start of August. That usually unreliable newspaper had erroneously posted at least once before that Meyer was about to be fired. The Meyer-Snider rumor then was repeated by The Hollywood Reporter. Whose Kim Masters is widely regarded as the most consistently inaccurate reporter covering Hollywood. As an NBCU flack told me at the time, “She’s called us 20 times saying Ron is being fired or kicked upstairs – and been wrong 20 times. And even when we told …
Arnold Schwarzenegger held his inaugural symposium of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy this afternoon. James Cameron was scheduled to attend but was a no-show – described as “on a creative roll” working on the script for the Avatar sequel – despite prior billing and decades working with Arnold on movies like The Terminator and True Lies. Universal Studios President/COO Ron Meyer joined the former Governor as well as Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chair Rob Friedman, Imagine Entertainment chairman Brian Grazer, and American Idol mentor/Interscope Records boss Jimmy Iovine on “The Power Of People and Innovation — Media/Hollywood Leader’s Perspectives” panel.
Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s autobiography Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story (Simon & Schuster) hits stores October 1. Here’s a trailer for the book, narrated by the Termi-Gover-nator himself, describing his humble beginnings and rise from bodybuilder to movie star to governor of California and his subsequent return to movies in the recent The Expendables 2 and upcoming The Last Stand on January 18, 2013 and The Tomb (Sylvester Stallone co-stars) set for September 27, 2013. He concludes the trailer “but this story you know. So are you ready for the story you don’t?”
The former California governor has invited a few friends to the first symposium of his new USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, which the university announced last month. An invite went out today for a September 24 event announcing that James Cameron, Universal Studios president and COO Ron Meyer, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chair Rob Friedman, Imagine Entertainment chairman Brian Grazer and Interscope Records boss Jimmy Iovine will participate. Cameron, who helmed Schwarzenegger in the two Terminator films he starred in as well as in True Lies, will join Meyer, Friedman, Grazer, and Iovine on an afternoon panel titled “The Power Of People and Innovation — Media/Hollywood Leader’s Perspectives”.
Lionsgate has set a September 27, 2013 wide release date for Summit’s The Tomb, the action thriller that stars Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. It’s about the world’s foremost authority on structural security who has to escape from the master prison of his own design. Stallone is the expert, and Schwarzenegger plays an inmate who helps him bust out. Jim Caviezel, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio and Amy Ryan also star. Mikael Hafstrom directs a script by Miles Chapman.
Meanwhile, the studio shifted dates on a couple of other films. The Robert De Niro-Diane Keaton ensemble comedy The Big Wedding, which had been scheduled for October 26 this year, will now open April 26, 2013. The Jesse Eisenberg heist pic Now You See Me will now open on June 7, 2013, moved back from a March 15 date.
EXCLUSIVE: The Killing star Mireille Enos is set to star in Ten, the David Ayer-directed film that stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington. QED is producing, financing and handling international sales. Shooting begins in October in Atlanta. The film has also gone under the working title Breacher.
Enos will play a member of the elite DEA team, and she is married to the character played by Worthington. Enos will next star in the Ruben Fleischer-directed Gangster Squad opposite Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin for Warner Bros. She recently completed the Marc Forster-directed World War Z with Brad Pitt, and with both of those films undergoing reshoots, it was complicated to get her into this role, but it all worked out. Enos is currently in production on Devil’s Knot, starring with Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth. Mireille received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her work in The Killing, which seems to be ending following its second season on AMC, though there has been talk of it possibly landing elsewhere. Enos also was part of the Big Love cast before that and got a Tony nom for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf on Broadway. She’s repped by CAA and Gartner/Green Entertainment.
You’ll get to see him this weekend in The Expendables 2 but Lionsgate has put up a trailer for Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Last Stand, South Korean director Kim Jee-woon’s first English-language movie. Previously described as “a Fast And Furious at the border with high speed car chases, drug cartels and the like“, it’s slated to open January 18, 2013:
Can’t wait for your wisecrack comments about this Summit Entertainment movie being a statement about this duo’s careers. There’s no release date yet, but Arnold Schwarzenegger stars opposite Sylvester Stallone in The Tomb directed by Swedish filmmaker Mikael Håfström. An Emmett/Furla Films-Mark Canton production, the film is produced by Atmosphere Entertainment chairman Mark (“You can look up my credits!”) Canton, Randall Emmett, George Furla, Robbie Brenner, and Kevin King-Templeton. Emmett/Furla Films is financing while Summit holds worldwide distribution rights. Written by Miles Chapman, with a rewrite by Jason Keller, The Tomb was originally set up as a spec script by Brenner at Summit. It’s about the world’s foremost authority on structural security who has to escape from the master prison of his own design. Arnie plays an inmate. Schwarzenegger and Stallone will next be seen on screen together in Lionsgate’s The Expendables 2.
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ESPN revealed plans for its 30 For 30 Shorts, an offshoot of its 30 For 30 documentary series, at today’s TCA panels. The short films, ranging from 3 to 12 minutes, will be produced in collaboration with Bill Simmons’ Grantland.com. The shorts will first be presented on the website beginning September 26 and later will be featured on all of ESPN’s digital platforms, said Connor Schell, vice president, ESPN Films.
And on the panel was the subject of the first installment, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The first short focuses on the former California governor’s teenage years with the Austrian Army.
Just before the panel featuring Schwarzenegger and Michael Zimbalist, co-director of the short, ESPN presented a panel on 30 For 30 Volume II, featuring directors of the next crop of 30 documentaries on sports figures that begins in October and continues through 2014. Included on the list was Billy Corben, director of Broke, a documentary about athletes who squander their fortunes. He joked that his appearance was just a “screensaver” until Schwarzenegger arrived. (The other “screensavers” were Coodi Simmons, co-director of Benji and Michael Bonfiglio, director of You Don’t Know Bo).
The Vladar Company and American Media, Inc. have teamed up to pump some iron. The production company and the publishing company are working together on an as-yet-untitled bodybuilding film. The docudrama will follow the world’s leading bodybuilders, like Phil Heath, Kai Greene, Branch Warren and Dennis Wolf, as they train and compete to win the Mr. Olympia title. Vlad Yudin will direct the film, Yudin and his Vladar partner Edwin Mejia will produce. Jerome Gary, Damon Bingham and America Media, Inc. CEO David J. Pecker will executive produce. Gary produced 1977’s Pumping Iron, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, who had won several Mr. Olympias, and Lou Ferrigno. The Vladar Company is currently in post-production on the thriller Catskill Park and working on an adaptation of the Head Smash graphic novel with Arcana Comics.
Luke Y. Thompson is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of Comic-Con.
With The Expendables 2: Real American Heroes Arnold Schwarzenegger is definitely back in the hearts of Comic-Con fans, dominating the movie panel and the cheers. He also revealed that a Twins sequel (possibly called Triplets) was in the works. Schwarzenegger also hinted that the cartoon The Governator, put on hold after his sex scandal, may not be dead after all.
Is the film’s subtitle a subtle slam at the now-postponed G.I. Joe sequel, considering that the G.I. Joe toy line characters were “real American heroes” until the first movie made them international and based in Egypt? If so, it’s likely the only subtle thing about this crowd: Sylvester Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Coutoure, and Terry Crews (no Jean-Claude Van Damme or Chuck Norris) all on one stage, moderated by Geoff Boucher of the LA Times’ Hero Complex blog, who looks a bit more up to the task than Harry Knowles was last time there was an Expendables panel.
Things kicked off with the existing trailer, and then Boucher got everyone in the Hall to yell “Yo Adrian!” in unison. Stallone came out, and we saw a career highlight reel scored to an industrial Black Sabbath remix with bass so hard the walls shook.
Luke Y. Thompson is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of Comic-Con.
The former California governor said during Lionsgate‘s panel for the action pic The Expendables 2 today at Comic-Con that he will make a sequel to the 1988 movie Twins in which he co-starred with Danny DeVito. He is reteaming with that movie’s original director Ivan Reitman too, Schwarzenegger said, the project is in development and they are looking for a writer. It would be the latest project set up for the action star since he re-entered the Hollywood fold. He is starring in the David Ayer-directed action thriller Ten for Open Road and also alongside Sylvester Stallone in the high-tech prison drama The Tomb for helmer Mikael Hafstrom.
Luke Y. Thompson is contributing to Deadline’s Comic-Con coverage. This year’s event runs July 12-15.
Movie studios and TV networks have been trickling out their individual schedules for next month’s Comic-Con convention, but the official schedule for the first full day — Thursday, July 12 — is now out. And it includes a big name (literally): Arnold Schwarzenegger is making one of his first official appearances on the Hollywood scene since leaving the governor’s office. He will be part of Lionsgate‘s The Expendables 2 panel in the massive Hall H alongside co-stars Sylvester Stallone, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Back in the pre-Hall H days of the convention, Schwarzenegger came to promote Terminator 3 as a surprise guest, and he promised he’d be back (but then, he always says that). The presumption is that fans, especially California ones, will be forgiving of Schwarzenegger’s politics and personal foibles. Comic-Con officials are expected to release Friday’s schedule tomorrow, Saturday’s on Saturday and Sunday’s on Sunday.
Cannes Roundup: Robert Altman Doc, Universal-Screen Corp, Schwarzenegger, ‘Squatters’, ‘Me And Mrs. Jones’
Robert Altman Documentary
Sphinx Productions, the premium cable service Epix, Astral’s The Movie Network, Submarine Entertainment and Dakota Group Ltd. are partnering on Altman, a feature documentary about the late Robert Altman to be directed and produced by filmmaker Ron Mann. Altman will feature interviews with actors, his collaborators and family members, along with archival footage of Altman himself and clips from his groundbreaking films that include MASH, McCabe And Mrs. Miller, A Wedding, Nashville, The Long Goodbye, The Player, Short Cuts, Gosford Park and A Prairie Home Companion among many others. Consultants include Altman’s widow Kathryn Reed Altman and producer Matthew Seig. Submarine Entertainment will be presenting the project to buyers at the 2012 Cannes Film Market. Completion slated mid-2013.
Arnold Schwarzenegger In ‘Ten’
Canadian distributor VVS Films has acquired the thriller Ten starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and directed by David Ayer. Deal was negotiated between Ernie and Harry Grivakis of VVS Films and Bill Block and John Friedberg of QED. In addition to Ten, VVS Films’ slate includes Ayer’s End Of Watch with Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña; Nicholas Jarecki’s Arbitrage with Richard Gere, Tim Roth and Susan Sarandon; William Friedkin’s Killer Joe with Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch and Juno Temple; Gabriele Muccino’s Playing The Field with Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel and Catherine Zeta Jones; John Luessenhop’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D; and Nicolas Lopez’ Aftershock with Eli Roth and Selena Gomez.
Universal International-Screen Corp Deal
A first-look distribution deal covering Australasia between James M. Vernon’s Screen Corp and Universal Pictures International Australia may signal an upswing in production from the veteran producer who has enlisted two experienced executives, former Warner Bros. International President Wayne Duband and Alan Finney, former chief of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Australia, to serve on his project assessment committee. The deal gives UPI Australia the option to acquire an unspecified number of films per year, budgeted at between $A5M-$45M, providing P&A financing and at times, minimum guarantees.
Open Road has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Ten, an action thriller that David Ayer will direct with Arnold Schwarzenegger starring. The film will be funded by QED International. Skip Woods wrote the script. It’s about an elite DEA task force dealing with dangerous drug cartels that executes a tactical raid on a cartel safe house. It’s a ruse, and the DEA squad is stealing the merch. They think they’ve gotten away with millions, until team members begin getting bumped off.
Open Road is releasing Training Day scribe Ayer’s upcoming cop thriller End Of Watch on September 28. Bill Block, Paul Hanson, Joe Roth, Palak Patel and Al Ruddy are producers while Alex Ott of Ayer’s Crave Films is exec producing. QED CEO Block and Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg put together the deal. CAA reps Schwarzenegger and Ayer.
Schwarzenegger is starring in the QED-financed Black Sands, an action film that will be directed by Act Of Valor’s Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy. Woods did the rewrite on a script that has Schwarzenegger playing a loner who wages war against a ruthless weapons manufacturer and his private army in the Southwest.
Here is a trailer for Ayer’s upcoming film End Of Watch: