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Fox Acquires ‘Malignant Man’; ‘Fast 7′s James Wan Eyeing To Direct

By | Tuesday June 17, 2014 @ 9:51am PDT
Mike Fleming

Fox Acquires ‘Malignant Man’; ‘Fast 7′s James Wan Eyeing To DirectEXCLUSIVE: Fox has acquired rights to Malignant Man, a graphic novel created three years ago by James Wan, who’ll develop it with an eye to direct. Wan helmed the first Saw film, launched the Insidious and The Conjuring fright franchises and is currently directing Fast & Furious 7 at Universal. He will produce Malignant Man with Stephen Christy and Ross Richie for Fox-based production shingle BOOM!, with Adam Yoelin co-producing.

james wanMalignant Man focuses on Alan Gates, a cancer patient with a terminal diagnosis who is resigned to his fate until he discovers that his tumor is actually a mysterious parasite. Granted a second lease on life and incredible, otherworldly powers, Alan must fight against an evil army buried beneath society’s skin, all the while unlocking the secrets of his forgotten past. Matt Reilly and Ryan Jones are the Fox execs. BOOM!, which controls the largest library of owned independent comic book material outside of Marvel and DC, has its first-look deal at Fox after previously setting up comic-based movie projects around town. Wan is repped by Paradigm.

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MIPTV: ‘Rising Star’ Rollout Begins; Will It Cement Position As The Next Big Thing?

mip tv logo 2Much as it did with October’s Mipcom, Israel’s Keshet International dominated the just-wrapped Mip-TV market. The savvy folks behind Rising Star energized the Croisette this week with ticking time bomb format Boom!, which closed at least a deal a day including in the U.S., France, Spain, Belgium and Hungary. And, interactive singing competition Rising Star, which had already locked down more than 25 territories since last October, is still selling. But save for Brazil, which on Sunday became the first territory outside Israel to debut a local version of Rising Star, the shows have yet to be tested abroad and Mip was abuzz with anticipation, mixed with some skepticism, about the ultimate results. Underscoring that, Brazil, which scored strong numbers, had a technical glitch that meant some home keshetviewers had trouble entering their votes. I understand this was not the same sort of situation suffered by NBC’s Million Second Quiz last year when its app crashed during the premiere. In the case of Rising Star, I’m told there was no loss of connectivity and the live show was not affected. But, it’s a fair bet that other networks who have acquired the format are keeping a keen eye on the international rollout. Portugal is next to bow in May, and ABC debuts the format in June; it’s playing close to the vest with details.

boom!In Cannes this week, execs up and down the Croisette praised the folks at Keshet International for their marketing acumen, enthusiasm and ability to generate creative formats. The company is often credited with putting Israel on the TV map thanks, most notably, to scripted drama Prisoners Of War, aka Homeland. The deal success of Rising Star, and now Boom!, had more than one observer marveling this week that Keshet has taught “a masterclass in marketing.” A key element of that masterclass includes bringing both formats to the Riviera sales shows hot on the heels of their respectively record-breaking debuts in Israel on Keshet Channel 2. Each format’s gimmick has also been highly touted. Rising Star‘s interactive app, incubated in Tel Aviv’s cutting-edge start-up community, lets viewers control the show’s outcome. Boom! is more of a straightforward quiz show. But the concept of contestants defusing (fake) bombs onstage, while shocking some, has made buyers sit up and take notice. Read More »

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Fox Orders Israeli Bomb-Defusing Game Show ‘Boom!’ From Keshet DCP

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 6:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Boom! Game Show FoxJust days after it was taken out on the global marketplace, the Israeli game show format Boom! has landed a sale in the U.S. Fox has given a series order to the explosive project, developed for the U.S. by Keshet DCP, the joint venture between Keshet International, the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group (Homeland), and DC Media, the parent company of dick clark prods. (Golden Globes) Read More »

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MIPTV Briefs: TF1 Goes ‘Boom!’ With Keshet Format; Zig Zag/Screenz Team On ‘Sofa King Clever’; FremantleMedia Takes ‘Punk’d’ Overseas, Asks ‘Who Lives Here?’

miptv logoAs the Mip-TV market gets underway in Cannes, Keshet International has announced its first offshore rights deal for ticking time bomb show, Boom!. France’s TF1 has acquired the format that just debuted in Israel to powerhouse ratings and is expected to be a big seller here this week. The game show sets a squad of four players the boom!challenge of defusing eight replica bombs by answering trivia questions correctly within a strict time limit. The multiple choice responses are represented by different color wires. If the player gets an answer right, the prize money remains intact and the squad advances. If they cut the wrong wire, or run out of time, the bomb explodes spewing material across the studio and shaking the set. The team loses one player per exploded bomb, and 25% of the potential prize money. Keshet DCP is developing the show for the U.S. Read More »

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MIPTV: Keshet DCP Bringing ‘Boom!’ To U.S.; Game Show Debuts With Explosive Ratings In Israel

boom!It looks like Keshet International‘s new ticking time bomb game show Boom! is taking a page straight out of the Rising Star songbook. Just ahead of next week’s Mip-TV market, Boom! debuted last night on Keshet’s keshetChannel 2 in Israel, scoring record ratings. At the same time, Keshet DCP, the joint venture between KI and DC Media, the parent company of dick clark prods, says it’s bringing the format to the U.S. It will be the first co-development deal between KI and DC Media under the Keshet DCP banner since it was dcmediaestablished in October 2013. In November last year, ABC gave a 10-episode order to Rising Star which was being shopped by Keshet DCP. That interactive format went on to sell in over 25 territories and will debut in the U.S. on June 22. Read More »

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