EXCLUSIVE: Dimension Films is planning a big splash for its Aug. 22 release Sin City: A Dame To Kill For down at San Diego’s Comic-Con. In addition to the film’s Hall H presentation on Saturday, July 26 from 2:50pm – 3:50pm with directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller and actors Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin and Rosario Dawson; six of the film’s classic picture cars will be parked against a 102-foot long Sin City skyline over at the Petco Park parking lot throughout the confab (July 24-27). Present from the film will be the 1985 Dodge Diplomat, 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, 1960 Chevy Corvette, 1959 Cadillac el dorado, 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang convertible and 1949 Cadillac Sedanette. There will also be a Sin City style photo booth, a live DJ every day, not to mention the Suicide Girls will be available for photos. Stop by for branded promo giveaways (t-shirts, poker chips, playing cards, mini posters and books). Event is sponsored by Suicide Girls, Dodge, VSN Mobil, Zico Water, IGN and Time Warner Cable. Two years ago in Petco Park, Weinstein Co. set up a faux western village to promo the release of Django Unchained. Also, on Thursday July 24, from 1:30-2:30 PM in Hall H, Weinstein Co. will be showcasing the Walden Media sci-drama The Giver with Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, director Phillip Noyce, and bestselling author Lois Lowry. The Giver opens on Aug. 15.
EXCLUSIVE: Hot from a recent scripting run that includes Snow White And The Huntsman, Divergent, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and G.I. Joe 3, Evan Daugherty has been set by Dimension Films to make his feature directorial debut on Ink And Bone. The Weinstein Company genre arm last year bought the project as a spec script by Zak Olkewicz. Daugherty will do a rewrite before helming it. He takes the leap into directing after self-financing and directing a series of short films that premiered last fall. Called The Four Players, the shorts were a gritty re-imagining of the Mario Bros video game characters. They got over 1.7 million views after a release through Maker Studios.
In Ink And Bone, a female book editor visits the home of a horror writer so she can coax him to complete his novel. She discovers that all of his creations are holding him hostage. Lee Clay is producing, and Dimension execs Matthew Signer and Keith Levine are overseeing it. Daugherty is repped by UTA, Benderspink and Jeff Frankel.
Here is one of Daugherty’s Mario Bros films:
Dimension Films has acquired N.A. rights to 47 Meters Down, a thriller set at the bottom of the ocean about two sisters trapped in an undersea observation cage who must survive a dwindling oxygen supply and the hungry great whites circling nearby. The contained two-hander is being touted as “Gravity, but underwater.” Copy that. Pic will be directed by Johannes Roberts (Storage 24) with Mark Lane and James Harris producing for their The Tea Shop and Film Company. Dimension’s Matthew Signer, Keith Levine, and Robert Walak are overseeing for the studio. Roberts is repped by WME. Walak and Michal Steinberg negotiated the deal with Altitude Film Sales’ Mike Runagall on behalf of the filmmakers. Altitude is repping worldwide sales.
EXCLUSIVE: Material sales slowed the last two weeks while the town was preoccupied with vacations, but stuff is selling again. Yesterday, Dimension Films made a preemptive deal to acquire Transference, a horror pitch from scribes Brandon and Phillip Murphy. The movie is in the spirit of Night Of The Living Dead and World War Z, where residents of a small Bible belt town grapple with the onset of a global outbreak of demonic possession that spreads like virus. Not sure if this fits into Hollywood’s fixation on faith-based fare, but if there are plodding dead guys eating the flesh of slow moving townsfolk like the films that inspired this project, combined with some demonic possession, I am there.
The duo most recently sold their horror spec The Bringing to Sony. They are repped by WME and Mosaic.
Dimension Films has preemptively purchased The Witches Ballroom, a pitch by The Crazies screenwriter Ray Wright. Shawn Levy and Dan Levine at 21 Laps are producing, and there’s no word yet on the plot. Dimension SVP Production and Creative Affairs Matthew Signer and VP Production and Development Keith Levine are overseeing. “It’s exciting when an original idea takes off, particularly psychological horror which is such a visceral thrill to write,” Wright said in the release announcing the deal. “Dimension is the perfect home for it.” Wright’s last spec, The Widow, was acquired last year by Vendome Pictures. That one centers on a young woman who befriends a lonely widow only to discover that their encounter was not a coincidence.
The latest deal was negotiated for Dimension Films by VP Business and Legal Adrian Lopez and Signer and for Wright by UTA and attorney Mark Temple.
BREAKING: The facility announced today by CIT Group will be used to refinance an existing arrangement and provide working capital to pay for the production, acquisition and distribution of future Weinstein Co- and Dimension Films-labeled films. TWC COO David Glasser also said in the release detailing the deal that the infusion will give the company “the ability to form additional partnerships to distribute our films domestically and internationally”. This deal or one like it was tipped just after the Toronto Film Festival — where Weinstein picked up a slew of big-ticket product including The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Him And Her, Can A Song Save Your Life? and The Railway Man. TWC was reportedly negotiating with several banks to replace two separate facilities: one worth about $90M tied to its Netflix streaming deal and one for $125M linked to receivables on its films.
EXCLUSIVE: Franklin Leonard’s Black List has become a buzzy barometer for promising screenplays, but here’s a genre-centric version of the script service suited for the spooky season. The Blood List names the 13 best unproduced horror, thriller, and sci-fi scripts of the October-to-October calendar year as voted on by more than 100 film execs. This year’s #1 pick: Ink and Bone, Zak Olkewicz’s horror spec about a writer held hostage by his own creations that Dimension snapped up earlier this year. Independent manager/producer Kailey Marsh runs the annual Blood List, which has no affiliation with the more mainstream-leaning Black List but in its fifth year is turning out more and more high-profile alums. 2012 Blood List topper The Disciple Program landed at Universal with Mark Wahlberg attached to star for Morten Tyldum, while Barbara Curry’s 2011 selection The Boy Next Door is in production under the Blumhouse banner with Jennifer Lopez starring.
The 2013 edition was voted on by 108 feature execs, each of whom chose their top three favorite genre screenplays. Seventy-seven of them earned votes, with screenplays requiring a minimum of four votes in order to make the final cut. The 2013 class is announced, as it has been for four years, on Halloween:
EXCLUSIVE: In what might well be the last major deal for a buzz title that world premiered at last month’s Toronto Film Festival, Dimension and RADiUS-TWC have acquired U.S. rights to Horns, the Alexandre Aja-directed thriller that stars Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, Heather Graham, David Morse, Kathleen Quinlan and James Remar. The deal was for multiple millions, rivaling the largest deals made for the other Toronto films.
Keith Bunin wrote the script, based on the novel by comic book author Joe Hill. The logline: After being blamed for the death of his longtime girlfriend (Temple), a small-town guy (Radcliffe) awakens one morning to find a pair of horns growing from his head. The film was produced by Red Granite Pictures founders and producing partners Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland in addition to Mandalay’s Cathy Shulman. Aja is also a producer.
Dimension chief Bob Weinstein and RADiUS-TWC co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego have been working on this deal since the festival. It was certainly a talked-up title that several distributors pursued. They haven’t figured out the release configuration but are looking at 2014.
Dimension Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the horror thriller Peste, directed by Mark Tonderai (House At The End Of The Street) from IM Global and Blumhouse Productions. Octane, the genre division of IM Global — a subsidiary of Indian conglomerate Reliance ADA — will fully finance the film which will be produced by Blumhouse’s Jason Blum. He has been on fire with modest budget genre fare that includes Sinister, Insidious, Paranormal Activity and The Purge. Blum is teamed with Sherryl Clark of Busted Shark (Cloverfield). Blumhouse International is overseeing foreign sales. BHI has a worldwide distribution and servicing deal with IM Global. IM Global CEO Stuart Ford, Charles Layton and Matt Kaplan are executive producers. Peste is based on Barbara Marshall’s original screenplay, which appeared on the Black List, the Blood List, and the Hit List in 2012. Discussions are underway for the lead roles with some top talent in consideration. In Peste, when a deadly virus invades their hometown, a teen documents her family’s new life in quarantine and tries to protect her infected sister as society begins to crumble outside.
So is this a candidate for most gory trailer ever, joining a rogues’ gallery that off the top of our heads includes the likes of Machete Kills (see one of those here) and the latest Evil Dead (see that red-band one here)? Eli Roth certainly has put his stamp on Aftershock, which he stars in/produced/co-wrote with helmer Nicolas Lopez and leaves no blood unsplattered in a story about what happens after a major earthquake hits Chile — spoiler alert: nothing good happens. Audiences seem to love this stuff. Dimension Films and Radius-TWC open it May 10 so we’ll see.
New York, NY, March 27, 2013 – Dimension Films is dipping their pen in INK AND BONE, a spec written by writer Zak Olkewicz. The spec, which was preemptively purchased, has been described as a horror thriller in the vein of Dimension’s hit film 1408.
In the film, when an editor is dispatched to help a reclusive horror writer finish his latest book, she discovers he’s being held prisoner in his house by everything he’s ever written.
Dark Shadows’ star Eva Green has joined the burgeoning cast of Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Green will play Ava Lord, the deadly muse from Frank Miller’s graphic novel of the same name in the Dimension Film’s movie. Ava is “every man’s most glorious dreams come true, she’s also every man’s darkest nightmares,” said Miller in a statement today. Miller and Robert Rodriguez are co-directing the sequel to 2005’s Sin City together. The film is being shot now in Austin at Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios. Rodriguez’s Quick Draw Productions, Aldamisa, AR Films, Miramax and Solipsist are producing. The new Sin City is scheduled to be released on October 4, 2013 with Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Michael Madsen, Rosario Dawson, Jamie King, and Clive Owen returning. Josh Brolin, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, Dennis Haysbert, and Juno Temple are making their Sin City debut in A Dame To Kill For.
New York, NY January 8, 2013 – Today Dimension Films announced another big name that has been added to the SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR cast roster, further ramping up the ensemble – Academy Award® nominee Josh Brolin (GANGSTER SQUAD, MILK). Brolin will star as “Dwight” in the follow up to FRANK MlLLER’S SIN CITY for co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. The part of the “Dame” has yet to be cast.
EXCLUSIVE: Joseph Gordon-Levitt will make his next film Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, the Dimension Films sequel to the stylish noir drama that Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller are directing based on Miller’s graphic novel. I’m told that Gordon-Levitt will play the role of Johnny, a part that the filmmakers originally offered to Johnny Depp. He’s one of the core characters in overlapping story lines that feature returning players like Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, along with newcomers that include Dennis Haysbert. Other tough guy actors will be added, with Gangster Squad‘s Josh Brolin among the potential names I’ve heard.
At the same time, the canoodling that was going on between Gordon-Levitt and Marvel Studios over the lead in Guardians Of The Galaxy has come to an end. He won’t be starring in the film and Marvel is evaluating its other candidates. Sin City 2 is already shooting, and Gordon-Levitt will mix in his work as he moves through a busy month.
He’ll be at the Sundance Film Festival where his feature directorial debut, Don Jon‘s Addiction, makes its world premiere. Gordon-Levitt also wrote the script and stars with Scarlett Johansson. He’s also hosting the Sundance Awards ceremony that closes the upcoming festival in Park City, Utah. Gordon-Levitt is coming off a strong 2012, where he starred in The Dark Knight Rises and ended the year with Looper and Lincoln. …
Dimension Films set Maria Bello to star in an untitled thriller to be directed by Will Canon from a Max La Bella script. The pic is based on an idea from James Wan, who’ll produce with Lee Clay. Clay worked with Bello on Beautiful Boy. Wan co-created the Saw and Insidious franchises and just wrapped The Conjuring for New Line. Shooting begins January 2013 in Baton Rouge, LA, and the film will be released by Dimension.
EXCLUSIVE: We are getting close on the first significant distribution deal on the ground here for a film playing at Toronto. I’m told that Bob Weinstein’s Dimension Films is near a deal to acquire Aftershock, which is screening here, and Clown, which will start production soon. These are two Eli Roth-produced genre films. Roth stars in Aftershock, his first big lead role since he brained Nazis as the Jew Bear in Inglourious Basterds. I’ve heard that the minimum guarantee commitment is upwards of $2 million for each film, plus a guarantee of a wide theatrical release.
Aftershock is an earthquake thriller scripted by Roth, Nicolas Lopez & Guillermo Amoedo and marks the English-language debut from director Lopez. His last two films, Que Pena Tu Vida and Que Pena Tu Boda, were the highest-grossing Chilean films of 2010 and 2011. I’d reported that distributors were chasing this earlier this year when production was just getting underway, but the sellers at CAA held off. Ultimately, who can resist a plot that revolves around an insane asylum on an island, where the inmates escape during the quake?
New York, NY, August 21, 2012 – Dimension Films announced today that they have acquired U.S. distribution rights to the psychological thriller ANGRY LITTLE GOD from director Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism). IM Global will finance and produce the film, an English-language remake of the Thai thriller 13: GAME OF DEATH alongside Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik and Kiki Miyake. Jason Blum of Blumhouse (SINISTER, INSIDIOUS, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY) will executive produce with Somsak Techaratanaprasert.
Stamm and his writing partner David Birke adapted the script from the original film which follows a bright but meek social services coordinator who’s drowning in debt and desperate as he’s about to marry the love of his life. He receives a mysterious phone call informing him that he’s on a hidden camera game show where he must execute 13 tasks to receive a cash prize of over $6,000,000. He accepts the challenge, but even with thousands of dollars suddenly appearing in his bank account, he realizes he’s in over his head. Trapped into the horrors manipulated by unseen spectators, his need to complete the game escalates as the tasks grow more extreme, to a devastating point of no return.
EXCLUSIVE: Steve Pink is in early talks to rewrite and direct Bad Santa 2, the sequel of the raucous 2003 comedy that is in the works from Dimension Films. Johnny Rosenthal wrote the previous draft of the script. Billy Bob Thornton is expected to reprise the title role in the sequel. Pink, who last helmed the feature Hot Tub Time Machine and before that Accepted, has been busy helming episodes of such TV series as New Girl, The Office and Happy Endings. He’s repped by UTA and Mosaic.