The Clash of the Titans helmer will direct Summit’s heist film, written by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt. It’s about an FBI squad that chases a team of illusionists who pull off daring bank robberies during their performances and who share the spoils with their audiences while staying a step ahead of the law. It’s produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci via their Kurtzman Orci Paper Products production shingle. Before Clash of the Titans, Leterrier directed The Incredible Hulk and Transporter 2.
Kathy Vrabeck is leaving her post as head of Legendary Digital at the end of January. The executive came on board in 2009, but the company has recently decided to focus more on movies and TV and less on games. Legendary has served as co-producer (with Warner Bros) of Oscar nominated Inception as well as The Hangover, among other titles. Vrabeck previously worked at Electronic Arts. During her tenure at Legendary, she oversaw mobile gaming for Ninja Assassin and digital efforts behind Clash of the Titans. Vrabeck is currently on the board of directors of — and an investor in – GeekChicDaily.
TNT has landed the TV rights to Chris Nolan’s blockbuster Inception in a deal between parent company Turner and corporate sibling Warner Bros. that includes several other WB titles: romantic comedies Sex And the City 2 and Valentine’s Day, action flicks Clash of the Titans and Jonah Hex and the upcoming Robert Downey Jr./Zach Galifianakis comedy Due Date. Inception, Clash of the Titans and Jonah Hex are headed to drama-focused TNT, while the 3 comedies, Sex and the City, Valentine’s Day and Due Date will run on comedy-centered sister network TBS. All are expected to premiere between mid-2012 and early 2013. The licensee fee is believed to be in the standard 10-12% range of the movies’ domestic box-office, depending on their performance. Inception, which is poised to cross the $100 million mark tomorrow morning, would certainly command a premium license fee of 12% and could go as high as $24 million if the thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio crosses the $200 million mark domestically. The deal for Inception comes on the heels of FX’s acquisition of another hot summer action newcomer, the upcoming Angelina Jolie starrer Salt.
EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox is setting Nicholas Hoult for the role of Beast in the Matthew Vaughn-directed X-Men: First Class. Hoult made his first screen impression playing the bullied school kid reluctantly adopted by Hugh Grant in About a Boy. But he has grown into manhood in recent roles that included A Single Man and Clash of the Titans, and he is also booked for the cast of the George Miller-directed Mad Max: Fury Road for Warner Bros. Latter film was pushed back, and so Hoult will first make X-Men: First Class. Hoult joins James McAvoy (Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto) and Alice Eve (Emma Frost). Fox will cast up quickly as a production start is imminent. Hoult is repped by UTA and UK-based Independent Talent Group. Fox hasn’t yet confirmed his deal.