BREAKING: CBS Films has set a February 14, 2013 release for The To Do List, an ensemble comedy written and directed by Maggie Carey (Funny or Die Presents). Aubrey Plaza (Safety Not Guaranteed) plays Brandy Klark, a Type-A, overachiever who comes up with a “to-do list” featuring all the risqué extra-curricular activities she missed out on in high school and wants to complete before college. Rachel Bilson, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Scott Porter, Connie Britton, Clark Gregg, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Glover, Johnny Simmons, Sarah Steele, and Alia Shawkat co-star.
Jennifer Todd produced for the Mark Gordon Company along with Brian Robbins and Sharla Sumpter Bridgett via Summer Break Productions for their Varsity Pictures banner. Mark Gordon, Maggie Carey, Bill Hader, Tracy McGrath, Greg Walter and Tom Lassally are the Executive Producers. CBS Films financed the film, will handle domestic distribution and has sold all worldwide rights.
CBS Films has released a trailer for Seven Psychopaths, the comedy written and directed by Martin McDonagh. He wrote what I consider to be one of the tightly scripted films in recent years on In Bruges, and he was Oscar-nominated for his writing work on that film. Here’s he’s got … Read More »
Kevin Kline is joining Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Michael Douglas as the fourth buddy in the CBS Films and Good Universe comedy about old … Read More »
CBS Films has optioned screen rights to Deus Ex, the video game franchise from Square Enix. While vidgame film transfers don’t usually translate to big box office success, the Deus Ex franchise certainly has a following. Launched in 2000, its latest entry, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, topped global sales charts when it was released last year. Developed by Eidos-Montréal and published by Square Enix, Deus Ex: Human Revolution will serve as the primary template for the film. Roy Lee and Adrian Askarieh are attached to produce and John P. Middleton will executive produce.
Set in the near future, when dramatic advances in science, specifically human augmentation, have triggered a technological renaissance, Deus Ex: Human Revolution follows Adam Jensen, an ex-SWAT security specialist who must embrace mechanical augments in order to unravel a global conspiracy. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Easy A helmer Will Gluck is at the center of a deal that CBS Films is making for the bestselling Geoffrey Gray novel Skyjack: The Hunt For D.B. Cooper, which was published by Crown. Gluck is in talks to direct and produce via his Olive Bridge banner, and Keith Bunin will write the script. Bunin scripted episodes of the HBO series In Treatment, and is writing for Universal and Illumination Entertainment a live-action film about the life of Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) as a vehicle for Johnny Depp to star in and produce.
The Skyjack novel is an action-comedy that follows the story of D.B. Cooper, who on November 24, 1971, hijacked a Boeing 727, demanded $200,000 and parachutes, and jumped out over the Pacific Northwest. He was never caught and hailed as a folk hero. The book tracks his story from the perspectives of three different people claiming to be him. Gluck most recently co-wrote, directed and produced Friends With Benefits, the romantic comedy that starred Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. He is in the middle of a Sony Pictures deal for movies and series, and this is a rare project outside that arrangement. Read More »
The Words is coming out from CBS Films on September 7, up two weeks from its original September 21 slot. The literary plagiarism drama stars Bradley Cooper, Olivia Wilde, Dennis Quaid, Zoe Saldana and Jeremy Irons. Cooper plays … Read More »
Bradley Cooper doesn’t have his Hangover pals to get him out of trouble in The Words, a CBS Films romantic drama about a frustrated writer who claims another author’s long-lost work as his own. Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid and Jeremy Irons co-star. The film has a September 21 … Read More »
Related: Morgan Freeman In Talks For ‘Last Vegas’
LOS ANGELES – May 17, 2012 – CBS Films and Good Universe announced today that Oscar®-winner Morgan Freeman will join fellow Oscar®-winners Michael Douglas and Robert De Niro in the comedy LAST VEGAS.
Directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure, While You Were Sleeping) from a screenplay by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love, Tangled), LAST VEGAS is a comedy about four old friends who decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single.
Freeman is set to play Archie Clay, an army veteran, who looks to escape the watchful eyes of his son and daughter-in-law and accompany his best friends on a trip to Vegas.
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EXCLUSIVE: Morgan Freeman is in negotiations to join the cast of Last Vegas. The film, which already has Michael Douglas and Robert De Niro on board, is about four … Read More »
BREAKING: Cannes doesn’t get going until tomorrow, and already things are getting busy. CBS Films has closed a preemptive deal for U.S. distribution rights to Ends of the Earth, the action thriller written and directed by Derek Lee and … Read More »
CBS Films has adjusted release dates for a couple of its movies. Director Michael Hoffman’s Gambit is shifting to October 12, 2012 from its previous date of January 11, 2013. The romantic comedy was written by Joel Cohen and Ethan Coen and stars Colin Firth, Alan Rickman and Cameron Diaz. … Read More »
CBS Films‘ move today to promote Maria Faillace to EVP Production comes the same week as Wolfgang Hammer and Terry Press were named co-presidents. It’s the latest shift by the studio since Amy Baer left and CBS Films boosted its activity acquiring finished films. Here’s today’s release:
LOS ANGELES – April 25, 2012 – CBS Films announced today that Maria Faillace has been named Executive Vice President, Production. Faillace, who previously served as Senior Vice President, Production, will focus on and oversee production for the division’s homegrown titles. Terry Press, Co-President, CBS Films, made the announcement.
“Maria is insightful, hard-working and incredibly passionate about the business of making movies,” said Press. “She has strong relationships throughout the industry and a healthy respect for filmmakers.”
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BREAKING: Wolfgang Hammer and Terry Press have been named co-presidents of CBS Films. This cements a structure that has worked since Amy Baer left the studio and CBS Films ramped up its activity … Read More »
Marcia Gay Harden will co-star in the film now known as Get A Job, directed by Dylan Kidd (Roger Dodger). The project began production March 12th in Los Angeles. … Read More »
CBS Films, which has already released the Daniel Radcliffe starrer The Woman In Black and Salmon Fishing In The Yemen this year, has dated three additional titles due out in the next 12 months. The dramatic romance The Words, starring Bradley Cooper as a writer who claims another man’s long-lost work as his own, will be released wide on September 21. CBS Films picked up the film, which also stars Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde and Zoe Saldana, at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Tom Waits and Olga Kurylenko star in the action comedy Seven Psychopaths, which was written and directed by In Bruges’ Martin McDonagh. It’s about a screenwriter whose friends draw him into a dog kidnapping scheme. It will be get a limited release on November 2. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Ed Zwick is out and Jeffrey Nachmanoff is in as director of American Assassin, the adaptation of the Vince Flynn novel that CBS Films hopes will launch a film franchise based on CIA agent Mitch Rapp. Zwick came aboard … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that CBS Films is closing the first 7-figure deal of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, paying a minimum guarantee of around $2 million with a $1.5 million P&A commitment for The Words. The Brian Klugman/Lee Sternthal-directed drama stars Bradley Cooper as a struggling writer who discovers a lost manuscript, claims it as his own and becomes a literary sensation. All good until a man claiming to be the real writer (Jeremy Irons) shows up at his doorstep.
Bidding went through the evening, and I heard that Mickey Liddell’s new distribution company LD Entertainment and Lionsgate were among those in the mix. While The Words is the festival’s closing-night film, sellers set up a private screening Saturday morning at the Holiday III. Reaction was strong and distributors began circling right away. The film has the perfect elements that make it catnip for distributors looking for films that have a shot at a real theatrical release: Cooper is hot, after The Hangover Part II and Limitless, and starring as Lucifer later this year in the Alex Proyas-directed big-scale adaptation of the Milton poem Paradise Lost. Besides Irons, the cast includes Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana and Ben Barnes. The film was repped by CAA and Cassian Elwes, with CBS exec Scott Shooman. Parlay Films is handling foreign sales and is almost done. Read More »