Deadline’s Best Film Stories Of The Week

Catch up with the best of Deadline’s Top Film stories from this week:

SHOCKER! Charlie Hunnam Exits Christian Grey Role In ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’
By Mike Fleming Jr. – Well, here’s a surprise. Universal is going to have to look harder to find its S&M minded zillionaire Christian Grey because Sons Of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam has exited the role he only just got.

Angelina Jolie Sets Japanese Singer Miyavi As Brutal WWII POW Camp Guard ‘The Bird’ In ‘Unbroken’
By Mike Fleming Jr. - EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures and director Angelina Jolie have found their villain for the Lou Zamperini tale Unbroken.

Universal Pays 7-Figure Deal For Aaron Berg ‘Section 6′ Spec
By Mike Fleming Jr. – EXCLUSIVE: It’s not only an exceptional deal for a new writer; I’m hard pressed to come up with the last clean seven-figure deal for a script with no attachments. Four studios bid on the project… Read More »

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SHOCKER! Charlie Hunnam Exits Christian Grey Role In ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’

By | Saturday October 12, 2013 @ 11:35am PDT
Mike Fleming

RELATED: Charlie Hunnam Gets Christian Grey Role In ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’

Well, here’s a surprise. Universal is going to have to look harder to find its S&M minded zillionaire Christian Grey because Sons Of AnarchyRead More »

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Charlie Hunnam Gets Christian Grey Role In ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’

Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Universal just made this official. The studio release is at the bottom of the original break.

BREAKING: Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam has officially been set to play Christian Read More »

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Hot TV Trailer: ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Season 6

By | Thursday August 8, 2013 @ 6:04pm PDT

“My club has been cut in half,” laments Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) is this look at the upcoming sixth season of FX’s highest-rated show ever. After nine months, Kurt Sutter‘s biker drama Sons Of Anarchy will return September 10 with a 90-minute episode. Warning — Season 5 … Read More »

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Comic-Con: ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Panelists Bittersweet About Future, Recent Past

By | Sunday July 21, 2013 @ 6:52pm PDT

Ross Lincoln contributes to Deadline’s Comic-Con coverage.

The final Hall H panel of Comic Con 2013 was a somber affair, as the creator, director and primary cast of the long-running FX drama Sons of Anarchy gathered to talk about the brutal fifth season, and their mood going into the show’s penultimate sixth season. Moderated by Deadline’s Mike Fleming, the panelists were mum on any details about the new season. But the mood clearly was bittersweet as each of them revealed powerful feelings about the direction the show appears to be headed. When asked why he’s already planning the end to his hit series — Season 5 saw the highest ratings in its network’s history — showrunner Kurt Sutter was clear that he wants to go out on his own terms.” My goal is to be able to tell the story I wanted to,” he said. “I never wanted us to overstay our welcome.” He also hinted at how the series might end. “At a certain point, the shit just has to hit the fan,” he said. “And for it to stay real and believable, it has to find its endgame.” That endgame, according to Sutter, will be “a pool of blood.”

Related: Hot TV Teaser: ‘Sons Of Anarchy’

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Guillermo Del Toro’s Next Pic ‘Crimson Peak’ Casts Benedict Cumberbatch, Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone & Charlie Hunnam

BREAKING: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam have signed on to star in Legendary Pictures’ haunted house thriller Crimson Peak, which will be the next movie to be directed by Guillermo del Toro and is set to begin shooting in January 2014. Del Toro originally wrote the ghost story script with frequent collaborator Matthew Robbins and had set it up at Universal; he now is giving it a rewrite with Lucinda Coxon. Legendary will produce and be a participating financing partner, with Universal retaining an option to also finance at a later date. Legendary is also behind del Toro’s Pacific Rim, which is due out July 12 via Warner Bros. Warners will likely distribute Crimson Peak via its deal with Legendary.

Del Toro previously told Deadline that Crimson Peak is best described as “a very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story. It will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at the same time subvert the old rules.” Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’

By | Wednesday December 12, 2012 @ 4:56pm PST

The first real trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim has arrived. Written by Travis Beacham, the Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures movie about giant alien invaders from another dimension stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Ron Perlman. Pacific Rim opens July 12th, and Del Toro Read More »

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EMMYS: ‘Sons Of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam

By | Sunday June 10, 2012 @ 1:16pm PDT

Megan Masters is West Coast Editor at TVLine

It’s tough making a gun-running, drug-dealing, murdering motorcycle gang member someone you want to root for. But Charlie Hunnam’s done it with ease Boardwalk Empireover the past four seasons of Sons of Anarchy, FX’s Hamlet-inspired slice of gritty Americana. This could be the year that the 32-year-old Brit — whose resume includes big screen Oscar contenders like Cold Mountain and small screen critical darlings like Undeclared — receives recognition for his brilliant turn as Jax Teller, the series’ tortured prince of Charming. But after some minor media missteps, Hunnam’s careful about how he talks about accolades like the Emmys. Here, he reveals what he really thinks about his chances, his co-stars’ talent, and his show’s potential legacy.

Related: EMMYS: Basic Cable Dramas’ Basic Problem Is A Lack Of Academy Love

AWARDSLINE: What initially drew you to Sons of Anarchy and the role of Jax?
CHARLIE HUNNAM: I grew up in a rough-and-tough neighborhood, so I don’t actually relate to those shows and films about twentysomethings trying to make their way in the world. I just loved Jax. There are a million different dynamics at play within him… This project came at a strange time in my career when I wasn’t getting any [film] roles I wanted… Read More »

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Legendary Ups Jon Jashni To President

Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Legendary Entertainment chairman and CEO Thomas Tull has promoted Jon Jashni to president, a new post. Jashni, a veteran executive and producer who joined Tull six years ago, will continue to function as chief creative officer and has been a big part of Legendary’s evolution from a co-financier of Warner Bros films to an enterprise that is generating its own films that are released by Warner Bros. Legendary’s rise has been fueled by being partner in such films as The Hangover, Clash of the Titans, the Chris Nolan Batman trilogy and Inception, as well as the upcoming Superman reboot Man of Steel. Tull’s company is generating its own tent pole films, including the Guillermo del Toro-directed alien-invasion film Pacific Rim that stars Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba, and a reboot of Godzilla. Jashni is a producer on those films as well as the Alex Proyas-directed Paradise Lost that will star Bradley Cooper and Benjamin Walker, and the Sergey Bodrov-directed The Seventh Son, which stars Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes. Read More »

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Mary Parent Producing Legendary’s Guillermo Del Toro-Produced ‘Pacific Rim’

Mike Fleming

In her first producing effort since leaving as chairman of the MGM Worldwide Motion Picture Group, Mary Parent has come aboard as producer of Pacific Rim, Legendary Pictures’ big-budget action film that Guillermo del Toro will begin shooting in November. … Read More »

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‘Xerxes’ Pic Down To Noam Murro And Jaume Collet-Serra For ’300′ Spinoff

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The producers of the 300 spinoff known as Xerxes have retitled their film 300: Battle of Artemisia, and they have also narrowed their focus of potential directors to two: Noam Murro and Jaume Collet-Serra. The film, a spinoff to 300, is one that the film’s original director Zack Snyder was going to direct. That was until Warner Bros and producer Chris Nolan offered him Man of Steel, and Snyder and wife and producing partner Debra Snyder put Xerxes aside and moved on to rebooting the Superman franchise because Warner Bros needed it. The Snyders have been all over this director selection process. Snyder had written a script with his 300 cohort Kurt Johnstad. Like 300, it is based on a Frank Miller graphic novel that will be shot with the kind of stylized period green-screen action visuals that became the signature of 300 and helped the film gross $456 million worldwide. Xerxes was the Persian leader seen in 300. Miller’s graphic novel told the story of how Xerxes became this peculiar god-like entity. That mythology goes back to the death of his father, Darius, from injuries sustained at the Battle of Marathon in 490 B.C. Darius had told his son not to attack the Greeks because they can only be punished by a god, and so Xerxes tried to transform himself into a deity to gain revenge. The new pic’s produced by the Snyders, Mark Canton, Gianni Nunnari, Thomas Tull and Bernie Goldmann. The prime mover on the film has been Legendary Pictures, which made the original with Warner Bros and has taken the lead on several big-ticket pictures since Tull recapitalized his producing/financing company. That includes the Guillermo del Toro-directed Pacific Rim with Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba and the Alex Proyas-directed Paradise Lost with Bradley Cooper. Read More »

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Idris Elba Joins Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’

Mike Fleming

Idris Elba has closed his deal to play the lead role of Sensi in the Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros sci-fi action film Pacific Rim. Guillermo del Toro is directing as his next film and production gets underway in November. The film’s … Read More »

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CANNES: Weinstein Company Near Deal For ‘Wettest County’ While Distribs Fret Over Buying Pics Sight-Unseen

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The Weinstein Company, already on a Cannes acquisition spree, has emerged as the clear frontrunner for  domestic distribution rights on The Wettest County in the World, after another all-night bargaining session between Harvey Weinstein’s acquisition team and CAA. I’m … Read More »

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‘Sons Of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam To Star in Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Charlie Hunnam, best known for playing biker Jax Teller in Kurt Sutter’s superb FX series Sons of Anarchy, is negotiating to star in Pacific Rim for director Guillermo del Toro. The Legendary Pictures film, scripted by Travis Beacham, is … Read More »

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Sundance: IFC Jumps For ‘The Ledge’

By | Monday January 24, 2011 @ 9:30am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: IFC closed a deal for distribution rights to The Ledge, the Matthew Chapman-directed drama that stars Sons Of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam, Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson, Terrence Howard and Christopher Gorham.

I’m told IFC paid low 7-figures for US rights, a … Read More »

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TCA: ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Star Charlie Hunnam Thinks The Emmys Are ‘A Crock Of Shit’

By | Tuesday August 3, 2010 @ 2:40pm PDT

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA and Emmy coverage.

Charlie Hunnam, the star of the FX biker drama Sons of Anarchy, made like his character and didn’t mince too many words while describing the Sons’ Emmy snub on Tuesday during an FX session on the show. “I personally don’t subscribe … Read More »

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