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Dylan Clark Partners With Scott Stuber In Bluegrass Films

By | Wednesday December 18, 2013 @ 2:53pm PST
Mike Fleming

Dylan ClarkBREAKING: In a move that has been rumored now for two months, former Universal Pictures EVP Dylan Clark has joined Scott Stuber‘s Bluegrass Films as a partner who’ll oversee film and television. It reunites the duo, who worked together from 2001-2005 when Stuber was Universal vice chairman. Clark had been developing films as a producer since leaving Chernin Entertainment, where he BluegrassFilmshelped reboot a franchise with Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. The move follows the exit of Pam Abdy from Bluegrass to take the president post at New Regency. “Dylan is the perfect fit for the company,” said Stuber. “We have a great working relationship and have been friends for a long time and I can’t think of a better person to help Bluegrass Films continue to grow.” Clark takes the post as Stuber readies Seth MacFarlane’s Ted followup A Million Ways To Die In The West, Kill The Messenger and Ted 2, which starts production in Spring 2014. Read More »

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Dylan Clark Shifts To Producer Slot At Chernin Entertainment

By | Wednesday June 6, 2012 @ 6:38pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Dylan Clark, who three years ago transitioned from an exec veep post at Universal Pictures to become president of the film division of Chernin Entertainment, is in the process of transitioning out of that post to produce films for Peter Chernin’s shingle.

Clark has been in the center of Chernin’s big film productions, including Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and the upcoming sequel, and most recently Oblivion, the Joseph Kosinski-directed science fiction film that Tom Cruise stars in and which has been shooting in Baton Rouge. I’m told that his exit strategy is a work in progress, and that Clark, who wanted to focus on producing, will be likely producing numerous Chernin films going forward. Those pictures might include the untitled Paul Feig-directed comedy with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, and the Rise Of The Apes sequel. Chernin will likely bring in another executive to run development before Clark’s contract expires in the fall.

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‘X-Men: First Class’ Scribe Jane Goldman Scripting ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: While screenwriter Jane Goldman and director Matthew Vaughn are expected to return for the sequel to X-Men: First Class, Goldman is in talks with 20th Century Fox on another priority project with a major director. She’ll adapt Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, the Ransom Riggs novel that Chernin Entertainment is producing, and Tim Burton is circling to direct.

Goldman most recently adapted The Woman In Black, the CBS Films thriller that stars Daniel Radcliffe. In Miss Peregine’s Home For Peculiar Children, Jacob is a 16-year-old whose childhood was filled with stories his grandfather told him about an orphanage for unusual children. Among the residents: a girl who could hold fire in her hands, another whose feet never touched the ground, and twins who communicated without speaking. When his beloved grandfather dies unexpectedly but leaves a message behind for his grandson, the teen heads off to his grandfather’s home on an isolated island off Wales. There he discovers the abandoned remains of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. It is in great disrepair and as Jacob explores its bedrooms and hallways, he can see the children were more than peculiar, they might have been there because they were dangerous. And he can’t shake the feeling they are still lurking around. Peter Chernin, … Read More »

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Tim Burton Circles ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In a match that seems ideal, Tim Burton is in early talks to come aboard Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, the Ransom Riggs novel that 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment acquired last spring. Burton is in talks to develop the book as a potential directing project, and he would be involved in setting a writer to adapt the tale.

It involves Jacob, a 16-year-old whose childhood was filled with stories his grandfather told him about an orphanage for unusual children. Among the residents: a girl who could hold fire in her hands, another whose feet never touched the ground, and twins who communicated without speaking. When his beloved grandfather dies unexpectedly but leaves a message behind for his grandson, the teen heads off to his grandfather’s home on an isolated island off Wales. There he discovers the abandoned remains of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. It is in great disrepair and as Jacob explores its bedrooms and hallways, he can see the children were more than peculiar, they might have been there because they were dangerous. And he can’t shake the feeling they are still lurking around. Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark and Jenno Topping are producing. Read More »

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Chernin Buys ‘Foreign Exchange’ Pitch; Shawn Harwell Writing, Jeff Tomsic To Direct

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Chernin Entertainment has acquired Untitled Foreign Exchange, a comedy pitch that Shawn Harwell will write and Jeff Tomsic will direct.  Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark and Jenno Topping will produce for Chernin Entertainment, which won the pitch with a preemptive offer made from the company’s discretionary fund. Tomsic gets the directing job after helming a number of shorts, including I’m Having A Difficult Time Killing My Parents, which debuted at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. He’s also directed shows for MTV and VH1 and campaigns for Dr. Pepper, Hasbro and other brands. Harwell cowrote Dog Fight, the Warner Bros comedy that Jay Roach is directing with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. He also scripted Hench with Danny McBride for Warner Bros and Neal Moritz, and was a staff writer in McBride’s HBO Series Eastbound & Down. Both are repped by CAA and Tomsic is managed by Generate.

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Peter Chernin And Gore Verbinski Landing Futuristic Pitch

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Chernin Entertainment is near a deal to acquire an untitled pitch by scribes Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark will produce with Blind Wink’s Gore Verbinski and John Krauss. Chernin will buy it out of his discretionary fund, a mid- to high-six-figure deal for a pitch that sounds like a futuristic Jungle Book. It was competitive, as Disney also bid, with Verbinski and Basil Iwanyk attached to produce. Disney, of course, made both animated and live-action Jungle Book films, and Verbinski is working hard there to nail down a start date for The Lone Ranger after the film was unplugged by the studio over budget. Sazama and Sharpless scripted Dracula Year Zero, are teamed with Iwanyk on an untitled project at Summit; and are writing the script for live-action adaptation of the board game Clue, which Verbinski is developing as a potential directing project. That project was recently kicked loose by Universal and its development is being funded by Hasbro. ICM and manager Sophy Holodnik repped the writers.

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Paul Greengrass In ‘Fear Index,’ Robert Zemeckis Out Of ‘Replay’ As He Takes ‘Flight’ With Denzel Washington

Mike Fleming

Back in June, Deadline revealed that Fox 2000 had acquired the Robert Harris thriller novel Fear Index, about a scientist who uses a revolutionary system of computer algorithms to trade on the volatility of the world’s financial markets. His hedge fund is wildly successful until he is targeted by an intruder who breaks into his home. At the time, I’d heard that Paul Greengrass was attached to direct, and his reps at CAA denied it. I wrote it anyway. Now, Harris has said in an interview for his soon to be published book that Greengrass is indeed going to direct and the filmmaker’s reps are now acknowledging it’s true. The novel will be published next month in the UK and January in the US. Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark and Jenno Topping are the producers. and Harris is scripting it. Greengrass next directs the Somali pirate pic A Captain’s Duty with Tom Hanks starring for Sony Pictures.

Robert Zemeckis has officially dropped out of the Warner Bros drama Replay, and the studio is trying to put the Jason Smilovic-scripted film back together with another filmmaker. Zemeckis exited because he has finally committed to direct Denzel Washington in the Paramount thriller Flight. Read More »

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Peter Chernin And Dylan Clark Board Tom Cruise-Starrer ‘Oblivion’ As Producers

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Peter Chernin and his top production executive Dylan Clark are coming aboard as producers of Oblivion, the futuristic science fiction film that has Tom Cruise starring and Tron: Legacy‘s Joseph Kosinski directing. Universal acquired the project in April and just dated it for a July 19, 2013 release. It shook loose from Disney because the filmmakers couldn’t make it a PG family film. How do Chernin and Clark fit in, considering Chernin Entertainment is becoming a major supplier for 20th Century Fox? Back when Disney bought the comic amid a heated bidding battle when it was sold as a comic from Barry Levine’s Radical Publishing, hatched from an idea by Kosinski, Chernin and Clark were among those chasing it hardest. When the filmmakers got the blessing of Disney to shop it elsewhere, Chernin and Clark tried to interest Fox, but that studio has a lot of science fiction projects. After Universal got it, the filmmakers invited Chernin and Clark to join the picture, I’m told.

The PG-13 film starts production in the fall, with a script by William Monahan and Karl Gajdusek. Oblivion is a futuristic science fiction love story that takes place in an apocalyptic future where most of the population lives in clouds above an earth’s surface that has been rendered for the most part uninhabitable. An earthbound soldier — stuck there repairing drones that patrol and blast a savage alien life form — encounters a beautiful woman who crashed in a craft, and they have an experience that forces him to question his world view. Read More »

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Fox 2000 And Peter Chernin Acquire Robert Harris Novel ‘The Fear Index’

By | Tuesday June 14, 2011 @ 10:57am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 and Chernin Entertainment have teamed on a deal for screen rights to the upcoming Robert Harris novel The Fear Index, a thriller Knopf will publish in January in the US after a September UK release. The pic will be produced by Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark and Jenno Topping. I’d initially heard that director Paul Greengrass might be involved, but his reps say that while he and the author go back to their BBC days, the filmmaker isn’t part of this deal.

The thriller involves a scientist who figures out how to use a revolutionary system of computer algorithms to trade on the world’s financial markets. His hedge fund, which is built around the standard measure of market volatility–called the Fear Index–reaps huge returns. Late one night while he’s asleep with his wife in their house beside Lake Geneva, an intruder awakens them. Over the course of a day, the scientist needs to figure out who’s trying to destroy him as the world’s financial markets teeter on collapse.

Harris’ books have always been magnets for movie deals. Roman Polanski directed The Ghost Writer based on his novel The Ghost, and Selling Hitler, Fatherland, Pompeii and Archangel have all been turned into telepics or miniseries. CAA made the deal.

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Peter Chernin Hires EVP For Film Division

EXCLUSIVE: Peter Chernin’s production company has quietly brought in veteran movie producer Jenno Topping to be EVP of the film department reporting to its president Dylan Clark. People who do business with the company say she’s already in place. I’m told she reports to Clark but appears to be running the film side alongside him. While Clark was an eight-year Universal Pictures executive and former EVP of Production there before starting at Chernin Entertainment 18 months ago, Topping has hands-on filmmaking experience especially on Sony Pictures productions. She had a first-look deal with Sony’s Columbia Pictures for nearly a decade before partnering with actor Tobey Maguire at his Columbia-based Maguire Entertainment where she oversaw the development slate and day-to-day production. But Chernin retired as News Corp’s No. 2 with an amazing goodbye package that included “put” Fox films and TV shows which is something no one gets in Hollywood these days. So working for his company is considered a sweet film gigUPDATE: An insider tells me: “I think this is much more straightforward than people are trying to interpret. Dylan wanted help running the group (especially with production since he was gone for 4 months this summer to produce Rise Of The Apes). He went looking, found Jenno, and brought her to Peter. This is just trying to improve and upgrade the operation.”

Topping most recently produced Country Strong, and her other credits include Catch And Release, Guess Who, the Charlie’s Angels franchise, 28 Days, Dr Doolittle, Can’t Hardly Wait, and The Brady Bunch Movie. Previously … Read More »

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‘Blades Of Glory’ Duo Dives Into ‘The Pool’

By | Tuesday February 8, 2011 @ 12:10pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment have set the Blades of Glory team of Will Speck & Josh Gordon to direct The Pool. The comedy is about a middle-class college graduate who jumps into the job market at the worst possible time, and the only gig he gets is teaching swim lessons at a prestigious country club full of beautiful women and their older inattentive husbands. Chernin Co.’s Dylan Clark and Josh McLaughlin are producing.

The comedy is in the vein of Risky Business and The Flamingo Kid. Script was written by Dan Lagana, who just adapted the Jake Wizner novel Spanking Shakespeare for Paramount, and is currently writing an MTV pilot to star Bo Burnham. Speck & Gordon, who also directed The Switch and have Office Christmas Party set up at DreamWorks, are reunited in this deal with Jeremy Kramer, who worked with the duo on Blades of Glory and recently joined Fox as an executive. CAA rep the directors and writer, Management 360 reps Speck & Gordon and Gotham Group Lagana.

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