The yearlong Dumb And Dumber To legal battle between Red Granite Pictures and producers Steve Stabler and Brad Krevoy is over. The producers today requested their racketeering allegations against the financiers be dismissed. This filing (read it here) means, I’ve learned, that the two sides have reached a confidential settlement to the lawsuit that Red Granite launched last July 15 to get the franchise’s original producers off the sequel. RGP said at the time that Stabler and Krevoy had no right to be a part of the Universal-distributed follow-up to the 1994 hit. No right translated into no credits or fees for the producers on the $35 million budget-project. While details were not disclosed, settlements in cases like this mean it’s very likely you’ll see Stabler and Krevoy in the Dumb And Dumber To credits now.
This wasn’t exactly down to the wire but it was getting close. A hearing on the claims of racketeering and other illegal activity was set for August 19. Even with today’s filing, the case itself is still formally scheduled to go to trial October 9, or just more than a month before the Jim Carrey- and Jeff Daniels-starring comedy sequel opens November 15, 20 years after the original. However, expect that to disappear from the docket soon.
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It’s been 20 years since the antics of Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne scored a $247M worldwide hit for New Line and WB, and at long last Peter and Bobby Farrelly are back with more Dumb and Dumber. Here’s the first official trailer for Dumb and Dumber To, directed by the Farrelly brothers from a script credited to the Farrellys, Sean Anders, Mike Cerrone, John Morris, and Bennett Yellin. Watch Golden Globe-winner Jim Carrey and Emmy-winning Jeff Daniels reprise their most cherished screen roles in the November 14 Universal release:
No surprise here: The backers of the Dumb And Dumber sequel are hitting back against RICO claims made by the movie’s producers three weeks ago. In the latest salvo in the ongoing legal spat, Red Granite‘s Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland today urged a judge to toss Steve Stabler and Brad Krevoy’s April 9 claim that “Red Granite is funded with monies that include proceeds from unlawful activities.” In their demurrer motion (read it here), the defendants say they will file a motion for sanctions if the plaintiffs don’t withdraw their racketeering charges within 21 days. McFarland and Aziz assert in the filing that “the RICO claim fails for numerous reasons including: (a) Plaintiffs lack of standing to assert the claim; (b) there are literally no facts alleged to support the claim; and (c) there is no nexus whatsoever between any alleged “predicate act” of racketeering and any harm allegedly suffered by the Plaintiffs.” Krevoy and Stabler are suing for compensation they claim they’re owed on Dumb And Dumber To, which is being prepped without their involvement by Red Granite who stepped in to back the project after Warner Bros fell out.
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The long-simmering Dumb & Dumber To producers’ lawsuit has really heated up in recent weeks. Noting allegations that I reported back in late January, Steve Stabler and Brad Krevoy are now claiming that financiers Red Granite is awash in “ill-gotten gains” and dirty money. “Red Granite is funded with monies that include proceeds from unlawful activities,” says an amended complaint filed late last month by the two producers (read it here). “Defendants have engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity, in that they have engaged in multiple financial transactions within the United States — including financing of The Wolf Of Wall Street and then separately financing Dumb And Dumber To — with knowledge that the property involved represented the proceeds of unlawful activity and with knowledge that the transactions were designed to conceal the nature, location, source, ownership, or control of the proceeds of the illegal activity,” the 25-page March 25 filing adds alleging violations of much Mob-used RICO Act. Red Granite principal Riza Aziz is the stepson of the Prime Minister of Malaysia and has been accused by the likes of former UK PM Gordon Brown’s sister-in-law of financing the company through illicit funds from that country and others.
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The L-O-N-G-time-coming sequel will arrive in less than a year — well, four days less. Universal said today that Dumb And Dumber To, starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, is coming to your local multiplex on November 14, 2014. If you’re scoring along at home, that’ll be three weeks short of the 20-year anniversary of Dumb And Dumber, which raked in more than $250M worldwide. Peter and Bobby Farrelly, who made their directorial debuts on the original, are back to helm the new pic. They’re also producing with Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland of Red Granite Pictures, Charles Wessler and Bradley Thomas. Kathleen Turner, Rob Riggle, Rachel Melvin, Laurie Holden and Steve Tom also star in Dumb And Dumber To, which finds Lloyd and Harry on a road trip to locate a child never knew he had. Whether that kid is old enough to drink remains to be seen.
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Taylor Swift has been cast in The Giver, the feature adaptation of Lois Lowry’s dystopian young adult novel that kicks off production October 7 in South Africa ahead of a planned August 15, 2014 release via The Weinstein Company. Walden Media is co-financing and co-producing the film, which stars Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, and Cameron Monaghan. Philip Noyce is directing Michael Mitnick’s script based on the 1994 Newberry Award winner. The story centers on Jonas (Bridges), who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. …
Rob Riggle has just joined the cast of Dumb and Dumber To playing identical twins. He joins Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in Universal’s sequel from Red Granite. Kathleen Turner, Rachel Melvin, Laurie Holden and Steve Tom also star. The pic is eyeing a summer 2014 release, 20 years after the original movie. Riggle, repped by WME and Principato-Young, is next up in 22 Jump Street and Fox’s Let’s Be Cops. His film credits include The Other Guys and Dr Seuss’ The Lorax.
And now the moment a few of you might have been waiting for: Here’s the first look of the stars on the set of Dumb And Dumber To: Jeff Daniels, hot off his Best Actor Emmy win on Sunday, and Jim Carrey, hot off — well, Kick-Ass 2 and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. The lads appear to have lapsed easily back into those lovable knuckleheads Harry and Lloyd, a mere two decades after New Line’s Dumb And Dumber grossed a quarter-billion dollars worldwide. Universal is shepherding the silliness this time around. No word yet on a release date.
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EXCLUSIVE: The Walking Dead cast member Laurie Holden has landed a co-starring role in Dumb And Dumber To, starring alongside Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in the Peter and Bobby Farrelly-directed sequel that is being financed by Red Granite. Holden will play Adele Pichlow, the well to do wife of a doctor who is up to no good and who plans to use Harry and Lloyd to cover her tracks.The Farrellys wrote the script with Bennett Yellin and Mike Cerrone from an earlier draft by Sean Anders & John Morris. The Farrellys produce with Red Granite’s Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland along with Bradley Thomas and Charlie Wessler.
Holden played Andrea since the start of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Her character was often exasperating–every attempt to assert herself, from bedding the governor to learning to shoot and nearly killing Daryl to trying to broker peace between the governor and Rick–seemed to always be the wrong thing to do, but her exit at the conclusion of the top rated season three finale was very moving. Now she moves on. She previously appeared opposite Carrey in Frank Darabont’s The Majestic. She’s repped by APA and Alan Wertheimer.
David Koplan has joined upstart production, finance, and international sales outfit Red Granite Pictures as Head of Physical Production and Development. Koplan, whose producing credits include Sundance pic Chrystal and Tim Blake Nelson’s Leaves of Grass (as exec producer), is exec producing Marc Lawrence’s untitled Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei starrer and is producer on Stuart Blumberg’s Thanks For Sharing starring Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow. He’ll work closely with Red Granite Chairman Riza Aziz and Vice Chairman Joey McFarland in his new post starting with the comedy sequel Dumb and Dumber To. Red Granite’s upcoming slate includes Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, Daniel Radcliffe starrer Horns, and the Relativity release Out of the Furnace.
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Just a month after Universal locked its deal to distribute Dumb & Dumber To, the sequel to 1994′s Dumb & Dumber, financier-producer Red Granite Pictures is attempting to freeze out the franchise’s original producers. A lawsuit filed today in Los Angeles seeks the court’s declaration that Red Granite owes no contractual obligation to Dumb & Dumber producers Steve Stabler and Brad Krevoy and that the duo are not entitled to any producer fees or credits they claim they’re contractually owed on the sequel. (Read the complaint here.) The volley marks the second time in the span of a year that neophyte outfit Red Granite has scuffled with producers over prior agreements on projects it has taken over; just last year the company filed a similar suit attempting to cut producer Alexandra Milchan out of Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf Of Wall Street despite her contract with Warner Bros, from whom Red Granite assumed the pic. Milchan countersued, and the scuffle was settled with Milchan retaining exec producer credit on the film. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has closed a deal for domestic distribution on Dumb And Dumber To, the sequel to the classic comedy that brings back Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, with Peter and Bobby Farrelly directing their rewrite of the script by Sean Anders and John Morris. Wolf Of Wall Street financier Red Granite is stepping up to finance the $35 million budget film and sell foreign territories. Deadline reported this is how it would likely go after Warner Bros finally stepped away from the project, after hovering over it like a dark cloud since January. That studio will retain a participation stake in the film, but its exit made all this possible.
All this is going down as we speak, and now the scheduling will begin for a movie that will find its way into production very quickly, with Conundrum’s Bradley Thomas and The Farrellys producing with Charlie Wessler. The film will be PG-13 like the original, and once again it puts Lloyd (Carrey) and Harry (Daniels) back on a road trip. The urgency has to do with scheduling: Daniels needs to do it soon before returning for his Aaron Sorkin HBO series The Newsroom. Carrey also has that bank heist comedy at Relativity with Jared Hess directing and Owen Wilson co-starring. For physical comedy fans, this is a real win. The package was put together by CAA and WME, and attorneys Cindy Farrelly Gesner and Peter … Read More »
The news that Warner Bros exited Dumb And Dumber To is hardly surprising. The studio has hovered over this sequel package like a wet blanket since January, unable to decide what it wanted to do with the property that originated through its production label New Line. Warners execs have hemmed and hawed over whether to let someone else finance while they distributed, or let it go completely. That apathy finally led to Warner Bros bailing a few days ago. At Cannes, the project was being discussed a lot, and I’m told that Wolf Of Wall Street financier Red Granite is in first position to finance the film and sell foreign. That company launched in Cannes with a Kanye West concert and fireworks on the beach a couple of years ago with a solid sales team headed by Danny Dimbort. But everybody’s waiting for them to start committing to splashy projects beyond the Martin Scorsese-Leo DiCaprio stockbroker film. This might be the moment for Red Granite to walk the walk and not just talk the talk. There are about five distributors ready to take domestic. Keep an eye on Universal! Read More »