Lava Bear Sets ‘V/H/S’ Helmer David Bruckner To Direct ‘Intrusion’

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 1:46pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: David Linde‘s Lava Bear has set David Bruckner (The Signal, V/H/S) to direct Intrusion, a thriller script written by L.D. Goffigan. Along with Doug Davison, Tariq Jalil and Lucas Carter, Lava Bear will produce and production has been set to start later this year.

A young woman’s life begins to unravel shortly after moving to San Francisco, when she realizes she’s being pursued by a disturbed stalker. As the assaults and creepy incidents escalate she realizes that she has become the target of something far more sinister and horrifying.

Bruckner directed Amateur Night, the opening segment of the 2012 found-footage horror anthology V/H/S. He made his debut on the 2007 pic The Signal, which he co-directed with Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry. Read More »

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David Goyer Sets Supernatural Thriller With David Linde’s Lava Bear

By | Thursday April 19, 2012 @ 5:09pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: David Linde’s Lava Bear has made a deal to  develop an untitled feature based on an original idea by David S. Goyer. Lava Bear will produce the supernatural thriller along with Goyer. They will put a writer on … Read More »

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David Linde’s Lava Bear Makes First Spec Buy

By | Monday January 30, 2012 @ 2:50pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: David Linde’s Lava Bear has made its first spec script buy as Linde and Lava Bear president Tory Metzger acquired an untitled thriller by scribe L.D. Goffigan. Lava Bear will produce with Quadrant Pictures’ Doug Davison and Tariq Jalil. … Read More »

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Summit, Lava Bear In Mix For Steven Soderbergh Film ‘Bitter Pill’

Mike Fleming

Summit Entertainment and David Linde’s Lava Bear are the top two contenders for Bitter Pill, the Scott Z. Burns script that is being shopped as Steven Soderbergh’s likely next film. I’d say Summit is the frontrunner for a script that … Read More »

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Toronto: Magnolia Acquires U.S. Rights To Fernando Meirelles Drama ’360′

Mike Fleming

Magnolia Pictures bought U.S. rights to 360, the Fernando Meirelles-directed ensemble drama that stars Rachel Weisz, Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Ben Foster, Jamel Debbouze and Moritz Bleibtreu. The film is a series of intersecting storylines that deal with love … Read More »

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Toronto: Buyers Get First Look At Christian Bale-Starrer ‘Heroes Of Nanking’, Now Titled ‘The Flowers Of War’

Buyers at the Toronto Film Festival got their first look today at Zhang Yimou’s The Flowers of War, which previously was known as Heroes of Nanking. The true-life drama stars Christian Bale and is set against the backdrop … Read More »

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TOLDJA! David Linde Formalizes Funding And Staff For New Shingle

By | Tuesday May 24, 2011 @ 9:50am PDT
Mike Fleming

Former Universal Pictures co-chairman David Linde has formalized a funding arrangement with Reliance Entertainment and set Tory Metzger to be head of production for his new company, both of which Deadline told you would happen months ago. I still expect the company to be called Lava Bear when all is said and done, but as of now it’s unnamed. Linde has also named Adam Rymer COO. He intends to make one to three movies a year for the next four years. Here’s the release that makes the whole thing official:

Los Angeles, CA – May 24, 2011 – David Linde and Reliance Entertainment jointly announced today the official formation and funding of Linde’s new company, a new platform for film production and financing. Reliance Entertainment is providing the capital to finance the yet unnamed new venture. Working from a global distribution structure combining studio and independent distribution, the company will both produce and finance projects creating a clear “brand” of films designed for the worldwide marketplace.

For nearly two decades, Linde has proven a unique ability to join a singular vision with the intricacies of the domestic and international film marketplace. The new entity is specifically designed to take advantage of Linde’s experience in successfully bridging studio and independent production and distribution while managing and building both existing and start-up companies.

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Ex-Universal Pic Chief Marc Shmuger Launches Global Produce Shingle

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Former Universal co-chairman Marc Shmuger next month opens the doors on his new producing venture. Global Produce will be the name of his new Universal-based company, and I’m told that Shmuger has hired Tom McNulty to be his top … Read More »

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Tory Metzger Nearing Deal To Head Production For David Linde’s Lava Bear

By | Thursday January 20, 2011 @ 5:30pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Tory Metzger is ready to jump back into the production game. Metzger, one of CAA’s top talent agents when she left the agency in 2008 to run production for Media Rights Capital, is in talks to steer creative and production for David Linde’s Lava Bear. That’s the global … Read More »

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David Linde To Receive Reliance Investment

By | Thursday October 7, 2010 @ 9:04am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Give me time to photoshop an Indian turban on David Linde’s head (like I previously did for Dreamworks’ Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider). Because I’ve just pieced together that Linde’s newly formed film entertainment company, Lava Bear Films, is in negotiations  with … Read More »

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Chris Meledandri’s Illumination Game Plan Includes ‘Despicable Me’ Sequel, ‘Minion’ Spinoffs, Dr. Seuss, The Addams Family

Mike Fleming

Film Review Despicable MeEXCLUSIVE: Three years ago, Universal Pictures brass wooed Chris Meledandri away from his president post at Fox Animation to start its first family film unit. Over the weekend, Illumination’s first effort, Despicable Me, nearly doubled … Read More »

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