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Amy Ryan To Co-Star In Steven Spielberg’s Cold War Pic; Alan Alda & Two Others In Talks

By | Monday July 21, 2014 @ 4:29pm PDT

Amy Ryan To Co-Star In Steven Spielberg’s Cold War Pic; Alan Alda & Two Others In TalksAmy Ryan will co-star opposite Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg’s untitled Cold War Spy thriller for DreamWorks. Production is set to begin in September and will be shot on location in New York and Berlin ahead of its October 16, 2015 release date. In talks for roles are Alan Alda, Boardwalk Empire‘s Billy Magnussen and The Knick‘s Eve Hewson. Mark Rylance is already aboard.

The pic is based on the true story of James Donovan (Hanks), the CIA attorney who is thrust behind the Iron Curtain when he is sent to negotiate the release of captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers. The Coen brothers wrote the 1960s-set screenplay off Matt Charman’s original script. Ryan, repped by Gersh and attorney Dave Feldman, will play Donovan’s wife. Read More »

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Comic-Con 2014 Film Schedule: Paramount, Legendary, TWC Attending

By | Sunday July 13, 2014 @ 9:59am PDT

Comic-Con 2014 Film Schedule: Paramount, Legendary, TWC AttendingComic-Con has announced its film schedule in full. Here are a few events we think you should get in line for. Check back for updates.

Wednesday, July 23
10 PM, Gaslamp Theater
Screening of Warner Bros. Into the Storm

Thursday, July 24
11:30 AM – 1 PM, Hall H
DreamWorks Animations
Penguins of Madagascar
Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Tom McGrath, directors Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell
Home:
 director Tim Johnson

12:30-1:30 PM, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront
Sony Pictures
Goosebumps: 
Jack Black, director Rob Letterman
Pixels:  director Chris Columbus

the_giver_payoff_poster_final1:30-2:30 PM, Hall H
Weinstein Co.: Walden Media
The Giver:
Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, director Phillip Noyce, and bestselling author Lois Lowry.

3-4 PM, Hall H
Paramount Pictures 
Attendees TBD

6-7PM, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront
Goonies Never Say Die

A reunion with the cast of the cult Richard Donner ’80s film.

Related: TV Lineup For Comic-Con 2014
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Fox To Fly Co-Pilot On Steven Spielberg-Tom Hanks Spy Pic

By | Friday June 20, 2014 @ 5:17pm PDT

Fox To Fly Co-Pilot On Steven Spielberg-Tom Hanks Spy Pic20th Century Fox has come aboard to co-finance DreamWorks Studios‘ untitled Cold War spy thriller, one of two pics being helmed by Steven Spielberg. Fox also will distribute the film overseas, with DreamWorks partner Disney handling domestic. Tom Hanks stars in the pic, based on the true story of James Donovan (Hanks), the CIA attorney who is thrust behind the Iron Curtain when he is sent to negotiate the release of captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers. The Coen Brothers wrote the 1960s-set screenplay off Matt Charman’s original script.

Image (2) 20th_century_fox_logo__131009230834-275x154.jpg for post 741629As we told you earlier this week, Spielberg will shoot this one first before moving on to the children’s fantasy adventure The BFG; shooting on the spy thriller is set for September, with Disney setting a wide release of October 16, 2015. It’s possible with both projects in active development that they could be shot back-to-back, which has been Spielberg’s style in the past with such productions as Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List in 1993, The Lost World: Jurassic Park  and Amistad in 1997, War Of The Worlds and Munich in 2005, and War Horse and The Adventures Of Tintin in 2011. BFG has been given a July 4, 2016, release date.

Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger are producing the spy drama, with Adam Somner and Daniel Lupi executive producing.

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Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris Exit DreamWorks’ ‘The Good Luck Of Right Now’

By | Wednesday May 28, 2014 @ 7:40am PDT
Mike Fleming

daytEXCLUSIVE: Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris have exited the DreamWorks film The Good Luck Of Right Now. The Mike White-scripted adaptation of the novel by Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick was moving into the casting stage, and I’ve heard creative disagreements between the directors and the film company over casting the ensemble prompted the exit yesterday.

goodlThis is not good luck for DreamWorks, which is in flux as Stacey Snider prepares to exit for a job at Fox when her contract expires at year’s end. Landing Dayton & Faris was a coup, because they are so choosy about what projects they make. As evidenced by their debut Little Miss Sunshine, Dayton and Faris are very good at subject matter that mixes family dysfunction with humor; that cuts to the core of Quick’s book about four grieving people who, through their pain, form a bond and become something of a family. Brie Larson has been reportedly circling the project, but DreamWorks’ first order of business will be to find a new filmmaker for the project. The parting of the ways was amicable.

It’s unclear whether Dayton & Faris will move on to another high profile project to which they are attached. They are developing I’m Proud Of You, an adaptation of Tim Madigan’s book about his friendship with the late Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood host Fred … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’

By | Tuesday May 13, 2014 @ 10:02am PDT

HundredFootJourney_cDreamWorks and Participant Media’s adaptation of Richard Morais’ bestseller stars Hellen Mirren as famed French chef Madame Mallory in The Hundred-Foot Journey, a culinary drama about an Indian restaurant and a three-Michelin-star restaurant across the street from each other in southern France. Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake are producing Steve Knight’s script, and Lasse Hallström is directing. Disney is releasing it August 8. Check out the first trailer:

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DreamWorks Acquires Heist Novel ‘Made In Sweden’

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 12:45pm PDT
Mike Fleming

There is no question that the town is wondering what’s going to happen to DreamWorks Studios if its leader Stacey Snider heads for a top job at Fox, but the company is still buying material. DreamWorks just optioned Made in Sweden, a novel by Anders Roslund and Stefan Thunberg, in a deal made by production president Holly Bario. Mark Sourian will produce and Nicolas Salomonsson will executive produce along with authors Roslund and Thunberg.

Book covers the true story of largest wave of bank robberies in Sweden’s history, heists pulled by three brothers and their childhood best friend, twentysomethings who went by the name ‘The Military Gang’. The novel looks at how a rough upbringing forges this alliance. “This has been a very personal and challenging story to write and it is exciting to know that a studio of such great taste will be responsible for bringing it to life,” said Roslund and Thunberg. “We’ve always been avid fans of Steven Spielberg and the fact that our story now resides with his studio is like a dream come true.”

Novel will be published in Sweden by Piratförlaget on May 28, 2014. A U.S. publisher will be set shortly. RWSG Literary and Keith Fleer brokered on behalf of the Salomonsson Agency.

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Oren Uziel Scripting Blueprint For DreamWorks’ ‘Heist’

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 10:04am PDT
Mike Fleming

dreamworksDreamWorks has set Oren Uziel to script Heist, a thriller that has Need For Speed helmer Scott Waugh attached to direct. It’s considered a project with a strong lead role. Uziel has been writing up a storm. His genre mashup script Kitchen Sink is now in postproduction at Sony, where he has been drafting the Men In Black reboot and where he also scripted the upcoming sequel 22 Jump Street. Uziel most recently came aboard Overnight, the Disney-based Home Alone-in-a-toy-store project that has Ruben Fleischer directing (though I hear that might be a bit tenuous). He’s repped by WME, Circle Of Confusion and attorney David Fox.

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Scott Silver To Script ‘Noble Assassin’ For ‘True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga To Direct

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 11:34am PDT
Mike Fleming

robertEXCLUSIVE: DreamWorks has set Scott Silver to adapt Noble Assassin, an unpublished novel by Paul Kix. Cary Fukunaga, who helmed the entire first season of HBO’s acclaimed True Detective, will direct it. How’s this for a cool logline: Pic tells the war-time story of French aristocrat-turned-anti-Nazi-saboteur Robert de la Rochefoucauld, who joined the British Special Operations Executive and was trained in every manner of dark arts before being sent back to France to help organize the resistance, blowing up train stations and munitions factories. In the process, he was caught, endured months of torture and escaped his own execution. Silver’s credits include The Fighter and 8 Mile.

The film will be produced by Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar along with Carla Hacken and Fukunaga. Silver’s repped by CAA and attorney Bryan Wolfe.

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Need For Hit Fuels DreamWorks’ Lively And Raucous ‘Need For Speed’ Hollywood Premiere

By | Friday March 7, 2014 @ 2:54pm PST
Pete Hammond

Premiere Of DreamWorks Pictures' "Need For Speed" - Red CarpetThere may be lots of speculation about the future of DreamWorks in its current incarnation at Disney as my colleague Mike Fleming wrote earlier this week, but you would never know it from last night’s rip-roaring premiere of its latest film, Need For Speed, at the Chinese Theatre. I went in expecting a poor man’s Fast & Furious and instead got a riveting and fun entertainment with lots of heart and emotion in addition to all the stunt driving. The film, which opens Friday and stars Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul as a street racer out for revenge after being framed for a death of a young street-racing rookie, has all the requisite action you would expect from this kind of movie, but there’s so much more.  The fact that it marks the second feature directed by former stuntman Scott Waugh (the son of another stuntman, Fred Waugh, who passed away while his son was in preproduction) would lead one to believe it would be all pedal-to-the-metal and no soul, but that’s not the case. Waugh’s first feature behind the camera, Act Of Valor, proved he knew how to put humanity into a genre film. What he’s made here is a good old-fashioned movie that doesn’t rely on CGI, has a genuine story  to tell with three-dimensional characters (in 3D, no less), and great locations.

posterIt also presents yet another reason the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences needs to re-consider its decision not to create a 25th category for stunt work. Come on, these people deserve the recognition on a regular basis. I do understand the ticklish situation with the Actors branch, the Academy’s largest and most powerful, but this kind of work is definitely Oscar worthy. The Television Academy has a stunt peer group and recently even split comedy and drama stunt coordination into two separate Emmy categories. Veteran stuntman-director Hal Needham got an Honorary Oscar in 2012, and I suppose the Academy feels that’s enough recognition for now (Needham passed away several months after getting that Oscar). But it’s not.

Related: Hot Trailer: DreamWorks’ ‘Need For Speed’

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Fox Revives ‘West Side Story’ For Steven Spielberg As Town Ponders Stacey Snider Move And DreamWorks’ Future

By | Wednesday March 5, 2014 @ 9:20am PST
Mike Fleming

ANALYSIS: Even though the Robert Wise original musical West Side Story is WestSideStory2about as sacred a cow movie as you are going to find, Fox has unlocked that movie title for a remake specifically because Steven Spielberg is interested in making it. No writer has been set yet and Spielberg hasn’t done anything more than register his interest, which traditionally has always been enough to get a studio hot and bothered. Between this project and the Fox/DreamWorks team-up Robopocalypse, the Daniel H. Wilson sci-fi novel that has a Drew Goddard script and which Spielberg has said he will direct even though he stepped away to make Lincoln, it would be easy to see Spielberg directing movies at Fox for the next several years if in fact Stacey Snider makes a move to that studio after her contract expires at year’s end.

dworThat’s just part of why the town sees Snider’s move over there as such an easy transition. It is an easier fit than when Jeff Robinov eyed Fox at a landing place but he did not want to report to Jim Gianopulos, who likes calling the shots after sharing power so long with Tom Rothman. Snider is apparently willing to do that and she has a lot of experience to offer managing a studio pipeline, skills that are rusting with DreamWorks’ comparatively small output.

Robinov is now well on his way to finding his money to start a company that will allow him to take big swings at Sony, and I’ve heard that there’s a good chance the bulk of that investment will come from Len Blavatnik, the Ukraine-born billionaire whose worth has been pegged at north of $17 billion. What better way for a man with that kind of money to jump into the perilous Hollywood movie business than with Gravity and Argo architect Robinov and the distribution and marketing might of Sony Pictures?

Related: Is Jeff Robinov Headed To Sony Pictures?

robinoAfter a strong run when DreamWorks was sold to Paramount, a nasty divorce that left behind plum properties like the Transformer series, a near move to Snider’s past home Universal, and the Reliance financing/Disney arrangement which has been stepped down and has hobbled the company, I can easily imagine this finally calling a halt to the great DreamWorks experiment. The one that started with Jeffrey Katzenberg being denied the crown at the Mouse House by Disney’s Michael Eisner, and then joined into building what was to become the next great major studio by his pals Spielberg and David Geffen. I look at the recent crop of DreamWorks films, from the upcoming Need For Speed, the good but disappointing at the box office flop The Fifth Estate and the solid hit The Help, and DreamWorks just seems like an ordinary production company to me. That certainly didn’t have to be the case if the supremely ambitious principals hadn’t made all those deals that disrupted the company and instead stayed a solid course from the beginning and kept building a company on a consistent track. Read More »

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‘Need For Speed’ Getting 3D Release

By | Monday February 3, 2014 @ 3:55pm PST

DreamWorks‘ Aaron Paul-starrer Need For Speed will be available in 3D when it comes out March 14, Disney said today. The Scott Waugh-directed actioner is based on the EA video game franchise and Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Michael Keaton and Dakota Johnson co-star. Need For Speed originally would have been released this Friday — where it would have faced Sony’s Robocop and Warner Bros’ The Lego Movie — before it was shifted to March.

Related: Hot Trailer: DreamWorks’ ‘Need For Speed’

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Rupert Sanders Set To Helm ‘Ghost In The Shell’ For DreamWorks

By | Friday January 24, 2014 @ 4:12pm PST
Mike Fleming

rupert-sanders-directorEXCLUSIVEDreamWorks has made a deal with Snow White And The Huntsman helmer Rupert Sanders to direct Ghost In The Shell, a live-action film based on the Japanese manga futuristic police thriller that has a new script from William Wheeler. The film is being produced by Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul. Fueled by the personal passion of Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks acquired the project several years ago with ambitious plans to shoot it in 3D.

ghostCreated by Masamune Shirow, Ghost in the Shell was first published in 1989 by Kodansha, one of the largest publishing companies in Japan. It went on to generate two additional manga editions, three anime film adaptations, an anime TV series and three videogames. DreamWorks released the second anime film.

The story follows the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime. Read More »

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DreamWorks To Remake French Thriller ‘The Prey’

By | Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 5:49pm PST
Mike Fleming

proiEXCLUSIVE: DreamWorks Studios has acquired the rights to remake The Prey, the French film that was released in 2011 under the title La Proie. The deal was spearheaded by production president Holly Bario, and the rights were acquired from Brio Films, Studio Canal and Cohen Media Group. Cohen Media Group chairman/CEO Charles S. Cohen will produce the remake and Cohn Media Group president Daniel Battsek will be exec producer. Luc Bossi, one of the writers on the original, will be involved in developing the English language redo.

proiDirected by Eric Valette, La Proie centered around a low-level crook who must break out of jail to save his family from his former cellmate and confidante, who, it turns out, is a sadistic serial killer. The original was written by Bossi and Laurent Turner and produced by Bossi’s Brio Films. StudioCanal coproduced and distributed the original film, and Cohen Media put it out in limited last summer. Bario called the original “an arresting story that had all of us at DreamWorks on the edge of our seats and we instantly saw the potential for a U.S. remake. The team at DreamWorks looks forward to working with Charles, Daniel and Luc to bring this thrilling story to a new audience.” Read More »

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Deadline’s Best Film Stories Of The Week

President Obama DreamWorksObama Set For DreamWorks Animation Visit Next Week
By Dominic Patten EXCLUSIVE: The last time President Obama was in town back in early August he had a private dinner with Jeffrey Katzenberg – now the Commander-in-Chief is heading over to his top bundler’s DreamWorks Animation Glendale campus for a very public pre-Thanksgiving visit.

Universal, Malcolm D. Lee In Talks To Make ‘The Best Man Holiday’ Sequel After Monster Opening
By Mike Fleming Jr. EXCLUSIVE: After a rousing opening weekend that saw his sequel The Best Man Holiday gross over $30 million domestically, Malcolm D. Lee is negotiating a deal with Universal to write, direct and produce another installment of the hit ensemble romantic comedy.

OSCARS: Why A Documentary Nomination Could Be Game-Changer For Gay Love Story ‘Bridegroom’
By Pete Hammond – The steady, emotional journey of award-winning documentary Bridegroom continues with its availability for sale beginning today on iTunes and Amazon. But it is an Academy Award nomination — or even just making that shortlist – that filmmakers Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and husband Harry Thomason really want in order to carry their message of love and tolerance for gay couples worldwide.

Hunger Games Catching Fire Box OfficeBox Office Top 10: ‘Catching Fire’s Global Opening Gross Will Hit $307.7 Million
By Mike Fleming Jr. – International numbers for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire are pouring in now, and they are as good as the domestic numbers. The film has grossed $146.6 million in 63 territories, which puts its global opening weekend gross at $307.7 in 65 territories. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: DreamWorks’ ‘Need For Speed’

By | Monday November 18, 2013 @ 1:27pm PST

Aaron Paul‘s first post-Breaking Bad gig is as the star of DreamWorks and Disney’s Need For Speed, the actioner based on the EA video game franchise. He plays a mechanic who races cars on an unsanctioned circuit and who, after doing time for a crime he didn’t commit, is bent on revenge on the driver who killed his best friend. Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Michael Keaton and Fifty Shades Of Grey‘s Dakota Johnson also star in the Scott Waugh-directed pic, which opens March 14. Here’s the full-length trailer that dropped today:

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Vince Vaughn Changes Pace And Delivers For DreamWorks At ‘Delivery Man’ Premiere

By | Monday November 4, 2013 @ 2:14pm PST
Pete Hammond

Hoping to gain some traction not only at the box office but also this awards season, DreamWorks and Disney unveiled their holiday comedy Delivery Man on Sunday night at the El Capitan in Hollywood. And judging from audience reaction (which included several members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association), star Vince Vaughn could find himself in the running for a Golden Globe as Lead Actor in a Musical or Comedy. It’s a career-best change-of-pace role for him as this is a rare studio comedy — or “dramedy,” or he puts it — that’s full of heart and poignant moments mixed with the laughs. Vaughn plays a meat truck driver who unknowingly fathered 533 kids thanks to endless sperm bank donations he made in the early ’90s to earn cash to pay off debts. Now about 150 of them have filed a class action to try to determine the true identity of the biological father they know only as Starbuck. It is based on writer-director Ken Scott’s 2011 Canadian film Starbuck. Scott helmed the American version as well.

Related: Hot Trailer: ‘Delivery Man’

DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snider and Disney Chair Alan Horn were among those gauging reaction to the November 22 release, which goes head to head that day against juggernaut sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Snider told me … Read More »

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DreamWorks Picks Up Rights To New Teddy Roosevelt Book By ‘Team Of Rivals’ Author Doris Kearns Goodwin

By | Wednesday October 30, 2013 @ 12:26pm PDT

Looks like there is another Presidential movie in DreamWorks’ future. The Lincoln studio announced today that it has picked up the rights to The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. Out on November 5 from Simon & Schuster, the book about the bitter rivalry between the two former friends and Presidents is the latest from Doris Kearns Goodwin. The bestselling and Pulitzer Prize winning historian’s Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln served partially as the basis for the studio’s Oscar winning 2012 film about the 16th President. “Doris has once again given us the best seats in the house where we can watch two dynamic American personalities in a battle for power and friendship,” said Steven Spielberg in a statement today. It is not yet determined if Spielberg will direct the film, insiders say. Doris Kearns Goodwin was repped in the deal by ICM Partners.

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DreamWorks Acquires 8th Grader’s Journal On How ’50s Advice Guide Made Her Popular

By | Monday October 28, 2013 @ 5:26pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Ok, get ready to feel inferior. When an eighth grader named Maya Van Wagenen found herself struggling to fit in with her new classmates, she followed the seemingly outdated wisdom from a 1950s advice book for help. Not only did Maya crack the code to becoming popular by using ancient tips from Betty Cornell’s Glamour Guide For Teens, she kept a diary. That journal is the basis for a six-figure two book deal with Penguin Group. And now, at the ripe age of 15, Van Wagenen has become the youngest non-actor to ever make a feature deal at DreamWorks.

The studio has optioned Popular: One Geek’s Quest For The Impossible, as well as that Betty Cornell book. They’ve set Amy B. Harris to script it into a coming of age feature. Harris certainly knows that terrain; she transitioned from Sex And The City scribe to showrunner of the popular spinoff The Carrie Diaries. Mad Chance Productions’ Andrew Lazar will produce with Kristie Macosko Krieger.

This is heady stuff for Van Wagenen, who is now 15, but book publishers went wild for her story of struggle, and how she found social footing by following such advice as: always wearing white gloves, using pearls as a fashion accessory; and never forgetting that a girdle can be a girl’s best friend. The most important lessons conveyed were timeless ones like being open and honest, and kind. She found that each social clique was distrustful of the others, and that all of the kids bore similar insecurities. She was able to find common ground and feel for the first time like she belonged. Read More »

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DreamWorks Buys John Twelve Hawks Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Spark’

By | Monday October 14, 2013 @ 3:10pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: DreamWorks has acquired the upcoming sci-fi thriller novel Spark by John Twelve Hawks. Doubleday is publishing the book in the U.S. and UK in October 2014, and the deal was just made by UTA’s Kassie Evashevski. The author, also repped by Writers House, is well-known for being reclusive. He’s known to his fans as J12H and supposedly communicates to the outside world through untraceable satellite calls using a voice scrambler. He just prefers to live off the grid, and that will be a little easier with some of that movie deal option cash. Warner Bros last year optioned his Fourth Realm Trilogy series.

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