The Oscar-winning actress will be starring in The Hundred Foot Journey, DreamWorks Studios officially announced today. Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr first reported in early June that Helen Mirren was circling the project to play eccentric and famous chef Madame Mallory. Mirren will be joined in the adaptation of Richard Morais’ bestseller by Manish Dayal from 90210 and ABC Family’s Switched At Birth in the role of Hassan Haji. Lasse Hallstrom will direct the culinary competition drama about an Indian restaurant and a three-Michelin-star joint literally across the street from each other in Southern France. Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake are producing. Steve Knight wrote the screenplay for the film, which is set to begin production this fall in France and India. The Hundred Foot Journey will be released on August 8, 2014. The Walt Disney Company is distributing the film in the United States and in select international territories, while Mister Smith Entertainment is handling distribution in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. DreamWorks’ partner Reliance will distribute the film in India. Dayal is repped by Innovative Artists, Industry Entertainment and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman. Soon to be seen in the seniors spy action sequel Reds 2, Helen Mirren is repped by CAA.
The re-up between Showtime and DreamWorks came after that studio went through a courtship with Netflix, we’re told. This is a strategically important deal for Showtime, particularly as Netflix continues to add an inventory of original series and has a movie inventory that makes it an alternative to the pay channel. The question is whether DreamWorks generates enough to satisfy Showtime’s appetite for films. The studio doesn’t crank them out like they once did; there are two films so far scheduled for 2013 and two more for 2014. Showtime might have to add another supplier to fill that shortfall. It also has a deal with The Weinstein Company that is up in 2015 and that becomes more important because of TWC’s higher output.
LOS ANGELES, CA – March 14, 2013 – Showtime Networks Inc. and The Walt Disney Studios have extended their exclusive output agreement under which DreamWorks Studios’ films theatrically released by Disney through 2018 will air across SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, as well as its multiplex channels. Under the current agreement, which was set to run through 2015, Showtime Networks will continue to air high-profile DreamWorks features including The Help and War Horse across its premium channels. Lincoln will make its debut later this year. The announcement was made today by Gary Garfinkel, Senior Vice President, Content Acquisitions and Kent Sevener, Senior Vice President, Content Acquisitions and Business & Legal Affairs, Showtime Networks Inc., and Janice Marinelli, President, Disney-ABC Domestic Television.
LOS ANGELES, CA(AUGUST 29, 2012) – DreamWorks Studios has signed an agency deal with Mister Smith Entertainment, it was announced today by Jeff Small, President and COO at DreamWorks Studios, and David Garrett, CEO at Mister Smith Entertainment. The London based Mister Smith Entertainment will handle the licensing and servicing of DreamWorks Studios product in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and the deal covers all media.
The Walt Disney Company will continue to manage distribution of DreamWorks’ films in the United States and other territories not covered by Mister Smith Entertainment. DreamWorks’ partner, Reliance, retains distribution of the films in India. The first group of films covered under the deal with Mister Smith includes the untitled Ken Scott project, which begins principal photography in October, and “Need for Speed,” which begins shooting early next year. As previously announced, foreign distribution on upcoming DreamWorks releases “Lincoln” and “Robopocalypse” will be handled by 20th Century Fox, who is also a co-financier on both of those projects.
LOS ANGELES, CA (May 30, 2012) – Mark Sourian has signed a first-look production deal with DreamWorks Studios, it was announced today by Stacey Snider, Co-Chair and CEO of DreamWorks. Sourian has increasingly taken on an expanded role on the projects he was overseeing for the studio and expressed an interest in shifting his responsibilities from studio executive to producer on those projects. For DreamWorks, Sourian’s new role will put one of its most skilled executives on some of the studio’s most high profile projects, several of which are being fast-tracked for starts later this year. Sourian will take fuller responsibility for seeing projects all the way through every stage of production.
Among the projects that Sourian will join include “Need for Speed” and “Starbuck,” both recent acquisitions by the studio with start dates in the next six to nine months, as well as “A Dog’s Purpose.” Sourian will remain at the company’s Universal lot based offices.
LOS ANGELES, CA (May 5, 2011) – Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, John Hawkes, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill and Joseph Cross are in negotiations to join the cast of DreamWorks Studios’ “Lincoln,” it was announced today by DreamWorks partners Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider.
Los Angeles, CA (April 13, 2011) – Two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field will star as Mary Todd Lincoln, wife to the 16th President of the United States, in DreamWorks Studios’ “Lincoln” to be directed by Steven Spielberg. The announcement was made today by Spielberg and Stacey Snider, Co-Chairman and CEO of DreamWorks Studios.
Sally Field joins Daniel Day-Lewis, who has been cast to play Abraham Lincoln in the Spielberg film.
“I’m excited to be working with Sally for the first time,” said Steven Spielberg. “I’ve admired her films and she has always been my first choice to portray all the fragility and complexity that was Mary Todd Lincoln.”
“To have the opportunity to work with Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis and to play one of the most complicated and colorful women in American history is simply as good as it gets,” said Sally Field.
So DreamWorks Studios is holding an open casting call this Saturday for the lead role of “Josh” in its upcoming movie Welcome To People starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks and the feature film directorial debut of Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, Star Trek) with a script written by Kurtzman & Roberto Orci …