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.” Read More »
Arnold Schwarzenegger tweeted “I’m having a great time working with @DavidAyerMovies on my new movie, Ten” plus the image below – “Check out my look” – from the set of the David Ayer-directed project. Bill Block’s QED is financing and producing and Open Road Films has … Read More »
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 … Read More »
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. Read More »
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 … Read More »
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”. Read More »
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 … Read More »
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 … Read More »
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 … Read More »
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 … Read More »
Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.
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). Read More »
The Vladar Company and American Media, Inc. have teamed up to pump some iron. The production company and the publishing company are working together … Read More »
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 … Read More »
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 … Read More »
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. Read More »
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. Read More »
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 … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to star in Black Sands, an action film that will be directed by Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy. Financed by Bill Block’s QED, the film will begin production April 1, 2012. In the script that … Read More »