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Skydance Productions Ups Dana Goldberg To Chief Creative Officer

By | Thursday August 8, 2013 @ 10:00am PDT

Skydance Productions has created a whole new job for Dana Goldberg. The David Ellison-run company’s former president of production, Goldberg has been promoted to the new position of CCO. In her new role, Goldberg will oversee all aspects of creative development and production for film and television. With film projects and properties continuing to be her primary focus,  Goldberg will now also work with the television department led by Marcy Ross. “I am so proud of the company Skydance has become, and I feel truly fortunate to be working with David and the entire Skydance team,” said Goldberg in a statement. “I believe that our future is incredibly bright as we continue to make the company a welcome home for talent in both features and television.”

Related: Paramount Extends Deal With David Ellison’s Skydance

During her run at Skydance so far, Goldberg has overseen production on films including Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jack Reacher and World War Z. Upcoming Skydance projects include the Terminator reboot and Mission: Impossible 5. Before joining Skydance, Goldberg was president of production at Village Roadshow Pictures, where she served as executive producer on films such as Will Smith’s I Am Legend, and Happy Feet.

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Skydance Acquires ‘Bad In Bed’ Pitch

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: David Ellison’s Skydance Productions has made a preemptive acquisition of Bad In Bed. The comedy pitch will be written by Pamela Falk and Michael Ellis, the scribes behind The Wedding Planner. They describe it as a racy high concept comedy but they are keeping the specifics under wraps. The title makes it seem self evident. Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Joy Gorman developed it with the writers and will produce. Skydance principal Ellison and his production president Dana Goldberg made the deal with WME and Anonymous Content. The scribes are separately developing an untitled project with Offspring Entertainment’s Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot, along with Anne Fletcher for Warner Bros. Skydance is co-financing and producing a slew of Paramount tent poles, including the upcoming Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation, the Barbra Streisand-Seth Rogen comedy My Mother’s Curse, the Tom Cruise-starrer One Shot, the Brad Pitt-starrer World War Z and the relaunch of the Jack Ryan franchise that will star Chris Pine.

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Tom Cruise Locked To Play Jack Reacher In ‘One Shot’ For Paramount And Skydance

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have closed a deal with Tom Cruise to play Jack Reacher in One Shot, the thriller based on the Lee Child bestselling book series about the former military policeman-turned-drifter. An early fall start date has been set for the film, which will be directed by Christopher McQuarrie. Cruise will then move right into the lead role of the Joseph Kosinski-directed Oblivion at Universal early next year.

I first wrote about the Cruise talks last month, and it created a lot of discussion among fans of the series because  the Reacher character is 6’5” and about 250 pounds, and Cruise is not. At the time, the author was among those most excited about the casting, saying that “Reacher’s size in the books is a metaphor for an unstoppable force, which Cruise portrays in his own way.” This is certainly a vote of confidence from Paramount and Skydance principal David Ellison in the work Cruise did reprising his Ethan Hunt role in Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol, which the studio will release December 16.

In One Shot, Reacher investigates a case in which a lone sniper murders five victims before being captured. Reacher discovers it’s more than a simple open-and-shut case. Cruise and McQuarrie teamed on Valkyrie, McQuarrie did some script work on Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, and he also did early script work on The Tourist Read More »

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Rising Scribes Miller & Stentz Follow ‘Thor’ And ‘X-Men: First Class’ With New Deals

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In the past month, the screenwriting team of Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz have seen their script work on Thor and X-Men: First Class lead to big opening weekends. The scribes are capitalizing on their heat by making film and TV deals. The duo just made a pre-emptive pitch deal worth high six-figures with Skydance Productions principals David Ellison and Dana Goldberg  for an untitled contemporary disaster/action film. The style is ’70s fare like  Poseidon Adventure, Towering Inferno and Earthquake. Specifics are being kept under wraps.

Miller & Stentz have also just sold a pilot to 20th Century Fox for mid six figures, with Shawn Levy and Marty Adelstein producing. The scribes are currently writing  a remake of the Lee Majors stuntman TV series The Fall Guy for producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. The project is set up at Imagenation, with an eye toward distribution through DreamWorks. They wrote an untitled “Knight Project” for Fox, and did production rewriting work on the Dimension Films “found footage” thriller Apollo 18. The feature success comes after Miller & Stentz spent years as writers/producers on series that include Fringe, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Andromeda. The scribes are repped by Principato-Young and WME.

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