Big day for reboots. First it was Cliffhanger, and now MGM and Warner Bros. announced they are teaming with Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin to create a re-imagined trilogy based on the sci-fi hit Stargate, one of the biggest titles in the MGM library. Emmerich, who directed and co-wrote the original 1994 film with Devlin, is on board to direct this one, with Devlin producing. Those two are already hard at work on a new version of Independence Day at Fox.
MGM’s Gary Barber called Emmerich and Devlin “world-class creators of the original Stargate,” and said they will “bring their reinvigorated vision of this wildly popular property to audiences of multiple generations.”
Said Emmerich and Devlin: “The Stargate universe is one that we missed terribly, and we cannot wait to get going on imagining new adventures and situations for the trilogy. This story is very close to our hearts, and getting the chance to revisit this world is in many ways like a long lost child that has found its way back home.” MGM’s Jonathan Glickman will oversee it with Warner Bros’ Greg Silverman. Warners will distribute with MGM handling some international territories. Back in its … Read More »
The $50M in corporate and production credit facilities Electric Entertainment announced this morning will give the company immediate access to capital in order to expand across its production, sales and distribution operations. The funds are made available by First Republic Bank. Headed by Dean Devlin, Electric is busy in both film and TV with several feature projects being repped here in Cannes by Head of International Distribution Sonia Mehandjiyska. It’s also currently shooting TNT series The Librarians which is due to air later this year and Devlin himself is in pre-production on his feature directorial debut Geostorm. “We needed a partner who understood the complexities of both television and feature film production as well as the knowledge of foreign sales to help structure debt facilities that best suits Electric’s expanding business and we found this with First Republic Bank,” said Jeff Gonzalez, Electric’s CFO. Electric’s Cannes slate includes SXSW debuts Kelly & Cal and Before I Disappear; the Terrence Malick-produced The Better Angels; John Slatttery’s God’s Pocket; and The Wannabe, exec produced by Martin Scorsese, Devlin and Traction Media with Patricia Arquette, Vincent Piazza and Michael Imperioli starring.
Well, that sure didn’t take long. A mere half-hour after Paramount’s Beverly Hills Copstaked the first claim to March 25, 2016, it already has a challenger. Warner Bros just announced that it has pegged that date for Skydance’s 3D sci-fi disaster pic Geostorm, from writer-director Dean Devlin and starring Gerard Butler. Will someone blink?
The directorial debut from Mad Men‘s John Slattery is going global with Dean Devlin‘s Electric Entertainment, which acquired international rights to the Sundance drama following its in-competition premiere last week. Slattery directs Mad Men co-star Christina Hendricks alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, John Turturro, and Caleb Landry Jones in the buzzy film about a man who tries to cover up the accidental death of his stepson in a blue collar neighborhood in South Philadelphia. Slattery, who previously got behind the camera for episodes of Mad Men, adapted the pic with Alex Metcalf from the 1983 novel by Pete Dexter (The Paperboy). Electric Entertainment won the title in Park City where Devlin was in hot pursuit following its world premiere, while IFC is taking U.S. rights.
Apple‘s share price fell right after CEO Tim Cook closed today’s new product event without a major surprise such as an update to the Apple TV or an iWatch. We’ll see whether investors warm to the gadgets as they digest the details. As expected, the company upgraded its iPad line: The new iPad Air tablet weighs 1 pound (down from 1.4 pounds) and is 7.5 mm thick (down 2 mm). The 16 GB Wi-Fi version with a Retina display will cost $499; a version that handles cell phone connections will cost $629. They’ll have the A7 chip, also in the iPhone 5S and ship beginning November 1. They’ll come in silver, white, black and “space gray.” The company will keep its iPad 2 which will cost $399. As for the iPad Mini, it will have a Retina display and A7 chip and a battery that’s supposed to last 10 hours. It will be available sometime next month for $399. No touch ID — which some expected to see. The original iPad Mini will remain in the line up for $299.
The company is stuffing its zippiest technology into a new, high-end Mac Pro computer that will cost $2,999 and be available by year end. With its ability to handle real-time 4K video editing, “it will change the way I make movies,” director-producer … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE:Dean Devlin‘s Electric Entertainment has acquired a new pair of feature projects, and I’ve learned the Independence Day producer will be directing one of them. As his second directorial effort, Devlin will helm Critical Hour, a pursuit action pic about a wounded hitman/whistleblower and two paramedics on the run from a cartel, from a script by Eric Tipton. Devlin, whose producer credits also include The Patriot and EP on the now-cancelled Leverage on TNT, is starting work on his feature directorial debut Geostorm from a script he wrote with Paul Guyot. As well as Critical Hour, Electric has picked up No Good Deed, a Brandon Boyce-penned thriller to be helmed by company exec Marc Roskin. Devlin, Roskin and Rachel Olschan are producing both projects. No Good Deed revolves around a pair of young valets who practice home burglary on the side. The two find themselves way out of their depth when they target the wrong house with a woman inside being held captive. Roskin is making his feature directing debut with the movie. Electric’s next project is The Wannabe, starring Patricia Arquette, Vincent Piazza and and Michael Imperiori and exec produced by Martin Scorsese.
Former Global Screen exec Sonia Mehandjiyska has been tapped to head the new international sales divison at Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment. The outfit debuts at this week’s Toronto Film Festival and will work with Electric’s original productions as well as third-party film and TV content. The first project on the slate is The Wannabe, Nick Sandow’s film about a man obsessed with mob culture. Patricia Arquette, Vincent Piazza and Michael Imperioli are starring. Martin Scorsese will exec produce. Electric is fully financing and executive producing along with Traction Media. Full details follow: Read More »
Looks as though TNT will not go forward with its Geena Davis bounty hunter drama series. According to sources with knowledge of the situation, the network has decided not to take the next step after seeing the pilot, which was shot in April. Something to do with its tone. This project, from Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, Ternion Productions and 3 Arts, was one of the cable net’s more high-profile projects. Written by Scott Prendergast and Amy Berg, it was inspired by the real-life story of bounty hunter Mackenzie Green. Davis was cast in the role of the unconventional bail bondswoman and bounty hunter, whose eccentric personality and unusual tactics give her an advantage in a tough and unpredictable business. Back in March, when Deadline last checked in on the project, Men Of A Certain Age star Scott Bakula had been cast, marking his return to TNT playing Mackenzie’s former husband, a cop. The tony cast also included Gloria Reuben, Marsha Mason, and Enrico Colantoni. Reuben was to have played an Assistant DA. Colantoni was cast as Mackenzie’s former accountant, and Mason was to play Mack’s tough-as-nails mother.
EXCLUSIVE: Only days after TNT opted to end his drama seriesLeverage after five seasons, Dean Devlin is back at the cable network with a high-profile new hourlong project. TNT has greenlighted a pilot for an untitled quirky bounty hunter drama starring Geena Davis. The show is inspired by the real-life story of bounty hunter Mackenzie Green (watch a short film about her below). It will star the Oscar winner as an unconventional bail bondswoman and bounty hunter whose eccentric personality and unusual tactics give her an advantage in a tough and unpredictable business. Devlin is set to direct the pilot, produced by his independent company Electric Entertainment, Ternion Productions and 3 Arts. Scott Prendergast and Leverage writer-producer Amy Berg wrote the script; Berg and Devlin and will serve as showrunners. The trio will executive produce with Ternion’s John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky and 3 Arts’ Tom Lassally and Michael Rotenberg. Davis serves as co-executive producer. In addition to Leverage, Devlin also executive produced TNT’s successful Librarian original movie trilogy. This marks TNT’s second drama pilot order in as many days, following the pickup of Steven Bochco’s Murder In The First yesterday. Berg and Prendergast are with UTA.
TNT has cancelled Leveragebut the show might not be dead after all says Dean Devlin. “We’re going to try to shop it around now and see if there is any other interest elsewhere,” the executive producer told Deadline today. That elsewhere could include a feature film version of the drama. “That would be fun to do. That’s definitely a possibility,” said Devlin, who is scheduled to make his own feature directorial debut with a global disaster film written by himself and Paul Guyot. “Look, it’s a long shot but we have a lot of love for the show and the fans have been tremendously supportive. If we can find a way for it to continue we’ll pursue,” he added of Leverage’s future. Produced by Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, the Timothy Hutton-led ensemble was formally cancelled by TNT after five seasons on December 21. The series finale aired four days later on December 25. Two weeks earlier Devlin had told a fan site for the show that he and co-creator John Rogers would be wrapping things up for season five in the anticipation there might not be a season six. Not that the producer and Independence Day co-writer is out of Leverage ideas. “I have a giant pile of stories we still wanted to tell. Creatively the show was far from exhausted.” Devlin says of the … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: In a seven-figure deal, David Ellison’s Skydance Productions has pre-emptively purchased an untitled global disaster film spec script written by Dean Devlin and Paul Guyot. Devlin will make his feature directing debut. Skydance’s Ellison and Dana Goldberg will produce with Devlin and his Electric Entertainment team of Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan.
Devlin returns to the global destruction sandbox he played in when he and then-partner Roland Emmerich sold their Independence Day spec for millions, a guaranteed Fox green light and release date, and a global gross north of $800 million. They continued the destruction with Godzilla. While Emmerich continued crushing the planet with The Day After and 2012 (he and Devlin are working on two Independence Day sequels), Devlin formed Electric Entertainment and has put together movies (one was Flyboys, which featured avid aviator Ellison onscreen), and the Noah Wyle telepic series The Librarian. Devlin is currently exec producer of the TNT series Leverage. Guyot, Devlin’s co-writer on the spec, is supervising producer of that series. Read More »
With the future of TNT‘s drama Leverage still in limbo, the executive producer took to the show’s fan site to post an open letter saying he and co-creator John Rogers decided to end the current Season 5 finale they way they envisioned the series would end — in case there was no Season 6. There had been speculation that Leverage may be cancelled after Season 5, but the network has yet to officially weigh in on the drama series’ future. Leverage, which is independently produced by Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, has been on the bubble the past couple of years but has managed to secure last-minute renewals. The Season 5 finale is set for Christmas, December 25.
Dear LEVERAGE Fans,
As of the writing of this letter, we still do not know if there will be a season six of our show. Just as we didn’t know when we created the last three episodes which are about to air. Because of this uncertainty, John Rogers and I decided to end this season with the episode we had planned to make to end the series, way back when we shot the pilot. So, the episode that will air on Christmas is, in fact, the series finale we had always envisioned.
This is not to say we would not do a season six should we get the opportunity. Everyone involved with the show, from the cast, the crew, the writers and producers,