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Hot Trailer: David Ayer’s ‘Fury’

By | Wednesday June 25, 2014 @ 9:40am PDT

Hot Trailer: David Ayer’s ‘Fury’Here’s the first full trailer for Fury, the WWII actioner about a battle-hardened sergeant nicknamed Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) leading a five man tank against the odds into Nazi Germany. Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena, and John Bernthal co-star. Sony releases the David Ayer picture November 14:

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Hot Featurette: David Ayer’s WWII Actioner ‘Fury’ Rolls Out At E3

By | Tuesday June 10, 2014 @ 8:49pm PDT

fury-brad-pittToday at E3 Sony unveiled a behind-the-scenes first look at David Ayer‘s WWII actioner Fury, the ensemble war film that Bill Block’s QED International paid a cool $1M for in last year’s pricey spec sale. Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena, Logan Lerman, and Jon Bernthal star in the story of the five-man crew of an American tank battling Germans, and the odds, behind enemy lines. Block is producing for QED with John Lesher and his Le Grisbi Productions banner alongside Ethan Smith. Fury will hit theaters November 14:

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Hot Trailer: David Ayer’s ‘Sabotage’ Red Band

By | Friday February 7, 2014 @ 5:36pm PST

Arnold Schwarzengger stars in Open Road’s actioner as the leader of an elite DEA task force that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels. One by one, team members mysteriously start to be eliminated and it’s up to Schwarzenegger to find out who’s killing his men. David Ayer’s Sabotage also stars Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello and Josh Holloway. Pic hits theaters on March 28. Check out the red band trailer:

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Hot Trailer: Arnold And Ayer’s ‘Sabotage’

By | Friday November 22, 2013 @ 10:52am PST

Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s return to big-screen actioners has been steady but slow, with January’s The Last Stand grossing $12.1M domestically and last month’s Escape Plan — with Sly Stallone and directed by Mikael Hafstrom — faring a bit better at $24.3M and counting. But those still feel like Arnold is warming up in the bullpen with new Conan and Terminator pics in the wings. However, next up for him is David Ayer‘s Sabotage, from QED and Open Road Films and due April 11. Schwarzenegger is doing his thing as the leader of an elite DEA task force that busts a big cartel and then deals with the payback, but Ayer’s stylish flair for action and a cast that includes Sam Worthington, Mireille Enos, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello and Olivia Williams makes this pic the most intriguing of the lot so far. Here’s the trailer that just dropped – you tell us if you think he’s getting into fighting shape:

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Brad Pitt WWII Tank Film Rolls Toward November 12 Date With ‘Gravity’ Composer Steven Price Scoring

By | Tuesday November 19, 2013 @ 8:14am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Composer Steven Price, who scored Gravity, has signed on to create the music for David Ayer‘s currently untitled WWII tank film, which stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal and Michael Peña. The film was put together under the title Fury. Price previously scored Edgar Wright’s The World’s End and Joe Cornish’s Attack The Block. The WWII film will be released by Sony Pictures November 12, 2014.

“Steven Price’s fresh approach to scoring and his extraordinary creativity make him the perfect collaborator for my film,” said Ayer. The film is set near the end of WWII in April 1945, as the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre. A battle-hardened army sergeant (Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, they face overwhelming odds as they strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. Read More »

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UPDATE: Sony Pictures Confirms Deadline Scoop; Studio Wins Brad Pitt WWII Pic ‘Fury’ Auction

By | Wednesday April 10, 2013 @ 5:35pm PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Sony Pictures has confirmed Deadline’s scoop that it captured the Brad Pitt WWII tank movie Fury from Bill Block’s QED. The release is at the bottom of our original break on the story.

EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, 4:42 PM PDT: Sony Pictures will emerge from a big auction with the rights on Fury, the David Ayer-directed WWII tank drama that will star Brad Pitt. This is all just unfolding, and I’m told that Sony and Universal Pictures were the big players for this film. It was shopped by Bill Block’s QED, who bought the Ayer spec for $1 million, and then got a Pitt commitment that made this the hottest project in town. I’ve heard that the budget will be $80 million plus and that QED retains some territories plus a gross position for the company and for Pitt.

Fury is a WWII script by the End Of Watch writer-director, and QED will produce with John Lesher and his Le Grisbi Productions banner. Ethan Smith, Block and Lesher are producing and they are eyeing a fall production start. The action takes place in 1945 as the Nazi regime collapses and the five-man crew of an American tank called Fury battles a desperate German army. Ayer and QED reteam after the action thriller Ten, which Ayer directed and which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington and Mireille Enos. Open Road will release it next January. Lesher produced Ayer’s End Of Read More »

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Brad Pitt To Star In David Ayer’s World War II Movie ‘Fury’

By | Wednesday April 3, 2013 @ 1:32pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Brad PittEXCLUSIVE: Brad Pitt is in final negotiations to star in Fury, the David Ayer-directed drama that will start production in September. This is the Ayer script that Bill Block‘s QED International paid $1 million to acquire back in February. It was QED’s biggest spec deal ever, and when an indie company hooks a star like Pitt, it’s money well spent. Fury is a WWII script by the End Of Watch writer-director, and QED will produce with John Lesher and his Le Grisbi Productions banner. Ethan Smith, Block and Lesher are producing and they are eyeing a fall production start. QED is selling foreign.

David AyerThe action takes place in 1945 as the Nazi regime collapses and the five-man crew of an American tank called Fury battles a desperate German army. Ayer and QED reteam after the action thriller Ten, which Ayer directed and which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington and Mireille Enos. Open Road will release it next January. Lesher produced Ayer’s End Of Watch. Pitt most recently starred in and produced World War Z, but he’s back in the WWII territory of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. Read More »

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QED Pays $1 Million For David Ayer WWII Spec Script ‘Fury’

By | Wednesday February 13, 2013 @ 6:07pm PST
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: In what amounts to the biggest spec deal so far this year, Bill Block‘s QED International has paid $1 million for Fury, a WWII spec script by End Of Watch writer/director David Ayer. Ayer will direct, and QED will produce with John Lesher and his Le Grisbi Productions banner. Ethan Smith, Block and Lesher are producing and they are eyeing a fall production start. QED is selling foreign.

The action takes place in 1945 as the Nazi regime collapses and the five man crew of an American tank called Fury battles a desperate German army. Ayer and QED reteam after the action thriller Ten, which Ayer directed and which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington and Mireille Enos. Open Road will release it next January. Lesher produced Ayer’s End Of Watch.

Describing his project, Ayer said his goal is to “bring a fresh execution to the genre. What these men went through is worthy of a complex, honest portrayal. This will have incredible, visceral action and complex rich characters. I plan to bring tank combat to life in a way that lands with a modern audience.” Read More »

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Open Road Dates Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘Ten’ For January 24, 2014

By | Wednesday December 19, 2012 @ 2:22pm PST

Open Road Films will release Ten, the David Ayer-directed action thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, nationwide on January 24, 2014. Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done — until, one-by-one, the 10 members mysteriously begin to be eliminated. Joe Manganiello, Sam Worthington, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Max Martin, Josh Holloway, Olivia Williams and Mireille Enos co-star. Skip Woods wrote the original screenplay. QED International financed the pic; Bill Block, Paul Hanson, Joe Roth, Palak Patel and Al Ruddy are producers. Open Road released Ayer’s last pic, End Of Watch, in September.

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‘End Of Watch’ Returns To Theaters Dec. 7 In Awards-Season Push

By | Friday November 30, 2012 @ 10:45am PST

End Of Watch, which opened to No. 1 at the box office in September, will be back in theaters nationwide December 7 to give awards voters another crack at the LA cop drama written and directed by David Ayer. Distributor Open Road Films said guild members and awards organizations — the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, ACE, ADG, ASC, BAFTA, CAS, DGA, HFPA, MPEG, MPSE, PGA, SAG NOM COM, WGA. — can use their cards to get in free depending on individual theater policy. End Of Watch stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a tough LA cop and Michael Peña as his partner; Peña was just nominated for supporting male actor by the Spirit Awards, which also gave a nom to DP Roman Vasyanov. The pic was produced by Ayer’s Crave Films, John Lesher under his Le Grisbi Productions, and Nigel Sinclair and Matt Jackson of Exclusive Media, which also financed the film, in association with Emmett/Furla Films.

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Schwarzenegger On Set Of ‘Ten’: Photo

By | Thursday October 25, 2012 @ 1:54pm PDT

Arnold Schwarzenegger tweeted “I’m having a great time working with @DavidAyerMovies on my new movie, Ten” plus the image below – “Check out my look” – from the set of the David Ayer-directed project. Bill Block’s QED is financing and producing and Open Road Films has U.S. distribution rights.

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Hot TV Spot: ‘End Of Watch’

By | Saturday September 8, 2012 @ 9:56am PDT

Open Road Films has posted a new TV spot for writer-director David Ayer’s unusual cop movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Anna Kendrick and Natalie Martinez. Premiering tonight at the Toronto Film Festival, End Of Watch opens September 21st:

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Mireille Enos Set For David Ayer-Directed ‘Ten’

By | Thursday August 23, 2012 @ 3:45pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The Killing star Mireille Enos is set to star in Ten, the David Ayer-directed film that stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington. QED is producing, financing and handling international sales. Shooting begins in October in Atlanta. The film has also gone under the working title Breacher.

Enos will play a member of the elite DEA team, and she is married to the character played by Worthington. Enos will next star in the Ruben Fleischer-directed Gangster Squad opposite Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin for Warner Bros. She recently completed the Marc Forster-directed World War Z with Brad Pitt, and with both of those films undergoing reshoots, it was complicated to get her into this role, but it all worked out. Enos is currently in production on Devil’s Knot, starring with Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth. Mireille received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her work in The Killing, which seems to be ending following its second season on AMC, though there has been talk of it possibly landing elsewhere. Enos also was part of the Big Love cast before that and got a Tony nom for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf on Broadway. She’s repped by CAA and Gartner/Green Entertainment.

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Max Martini In Talks To Join ‘Breacher’

By | Tuesday August 21, 2012 @ 8:41pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Max Martini is in negotiations to join the cast of Breacher. The actor will play Pyro, a member of the elite DEA team at the heart of the David Ayer-directed action thriller. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Avatar’s Sam Worthington, and Terrence Howard, Breacher chronicles the team as they are systematically killed off one by one following their theft of drug cartel money. Skip Woods wrote the script. QED International is providing the financing, with Open Road distributing. Read More »

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Hot Red Band Trailer: ‘End Of Watch’

By | Monday August 13, 2012 @ 9:15pm PDT

Open Road Films has put up this R-rated trailer for writer-director David Ayer’s End Of Watch, which looks at the workday activities of two L.A. cops — Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena — from the perspective of various hand-held, dashboard and security cameras. Co-starring Anna Kendrick, Frank Grillo, Cody Horn and America Ferrera, it opens September 21st:

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Action Thriller ‘Ten’ To Team David Ayer And Arnold Schwarzenegger

By | Monday May 7, 2012 @ 9:41am PDT
Mike Fleming

Arnold Schwarzenegger TenOpen Road has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Ten, an action thriller that David Ayer will direct with Arnold Schwarzenegger starring. The film will be funded by QED International. Skip Woods wrote the script. It’s about an elite DEA task force dealing with dangerous drug cartels that executes a tactical raid on a cartel safe house. It’s a ruse, and the DEA squad is stealing the merch. They think they’ve gotten away with millions, until team members begin getting bumped off.

Open Road is releasing Training Day scribe Ayer’s upcoming cop thriller End Of Watch on September 28. Bill Block, Paul Hanson, Joe Roth, Palak Patel and Al Ruddy are producers while Alex Ott of Ayer’s Crave Films is exec producing. QED CEO Block and Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg put together the deal. CAA reps Schwarzenegger and Ayer.

Schwarzenegger is starring in the QED-financed Black Sands, an action film that will be directed by Act Of Valor’s Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy. Woods did the rewrite on a script that has Schwarzenegger playing a loner who wages war against a ruthless weapons manufacturer and his private army in the Southwest.

Here is a trailer for Ayer’s upcoming film End Of Watch:

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Hot Trailer: ‘End Of Watch’

By | Thursday May 3, 2012 @ 11:24am PDT

Here’s one for writer-director David Ayer’s End Of Watch. With Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick and America Ferrera, the Open Road release is slated to hit theaters September 28.

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‘End Of Watch’ Release Set For Sept. 28

By | Friday March 2, 2012 @ 9:58am PST

End of Watch Release DateOpen Road’s deal last month to distribute the cop drama written and directed by David Ayer included a 2,000-screen rollout, a minimum guarantee just north of $2 million and a $20 million P&A commitment. Now the distributor has set a release date for the film that stars Jake Gyllenhaal (who’s also executive producing), Michael Pena and Anna Kendrick: September 28, 2012. The movie, from Exclusive Media in association with Emmett/Furla Films, centers on a pair of LAPD cops (Gyllenhaal and Pena) and is told via footage from the handheld cameras of the officers, gang members, surveillance cameras, and citizens caught in the line of fire. Ayer’s Crave Films, John Lesher under his Le Grisbi Prods, and Nigel Sinclair and Matt Jackson of Exclusive Media are producers. Exclusive financed with Emmett/Furla Films.

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Open Road Makes $2M Deal With $20M P&A For David Ayer’s ‘End Of Watch’

By | Thursday February 23, 2012 @ 5:31pm PST
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Open Road is closing a deal for U.S. distribution rights to End Of Watch, the David Ayer-directed cop drama that stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena and Anna Kendrick. I’m told that Open Road will release the film later this year. They’ve committed to a 2,000-screen run, with a minimum guarantee just north of $2 million and a $20 million P&A commitment. Read More »

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