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FilmNation Taps ‘The Help’s Tate Taylor For ‘In The Event Of A Moon Disaster’

By | Wednesday June 25, 2014 @ 10:20am PDT
Mike Fleming

FilmNation Taps ‘The Help’s Tate Taylor For ‘In The Event Of A Moon Disaster’FilmNation Entertainment set The Help‘s Tate Taylor to helm In The Event Of A Moon Disaster, with liftoff scheduled for next year. FilmNation is producing and handling international and Taylor will produce with production partner John Norris. It’s based on a script by Mike Jones, and this premise: when Pulitzer Prize winning author and presidential speechwriter William Safire died in 2009, a speech called “In Event Of Moon Disaster” was discovered in his papers. Written in 1969, the speech was to be read by President Nixon in the event that the Apollo 11 mission to the moon was met with tragedy. That speech is the inspiration for this film which plays out as a fictionalization or alternate reality of the events. Taylor will make it after he completes the James Brown pic Get On Up for Universal. CAA reps Taylor and the scribe.

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FilmNation Scores Sci-Fi Thriller Spec ‘Aether’

By | Thursday March 13, 2014 @ 9:48am PDT
Mike Fleming

filmnEXCLUSIVE: Just when it seemed we might see a week without a big spec script auction, FilmNation Entertainment just landed Aether, and will produce, finance and handle worldwide sales on the sci-fi thriller written by Krysty Wilson-Cairns. FilmNation is moving quickly, already looking for a director for the British writer’s script. Plot details are currently being kept under wraps. “I’m astounded by the level of talent and inventiveness we’ve come across from such a young voice,” said FilmNation production president Aaron Ryder. “We’re terribly excited to produce this film. We’re also anxious to learn how to pronounce its title!”

Wilson-Cairns initially developed the script with her UK agent and then wrote on spec. It was brought in by FilmNation director of development Patrick Chu. Ryder, along with EVP Karen Lunder, will shepherd the project. The deal was done by FilmNation’s Alison Cohen and United Agents’ Marnie Podos and attorney Tara S. Kole. Read More »

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AFM: The Weinstein Company Makes Big U.S. Deal To Reteam With ‘The Others’ Helmer On ‘Regression’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In a whopping deal with a mid-seven figure minimum guarantee and a wide release-caliber P&A commitment, The Weinstein Company-Dimension has acquired U.S. rights to Regression, an elevated suspense thriller that will star Ethan Hawke and will be directed by Alejandro Amenabar. This establishes the film as a major title coming into the start of AFM where FilmNation will be selling offshore territories. CAA brokered the deal.

This marks a re-team between Amenabar and Harvey and Bob Weinstein, who last worked with the helmer at Miramax on The Others, the sleeper hit thriller that starred Nicole Kidman and grossed $97 million U.S. and $210 million worldwide in 2001. Amenabar returns to the English language terrain on Regression, which is set in 1980 in a small Minnesota town where a man is arrested for sexually abusing his daughter. He admits his guilt despite having no memory of it. With the help of a psychologist, he relives the memories and implicates a police officer as his partner in crime. The man’s estranged son and other townspeople are also suddenly able to relive suppressed memories of horrific abuse. At the same time, the local news reports blame a Satanic cult that has been performing rituals of orgies, assault, killing animals and even babies, for years. The officers are alarmed when similar reports come in … Read More »

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Hot Festival Teaser: ‘Under The Skin’

Sexy Beast helmer Jonathan Glazer‘s latest film, Under The Skin, had its official screening in Venice tonight. The tale of an alien traveling around Scotland in human form stars Scarlett Johansson. The movie next heads to Toronto, and FilmNation has international sales. Here’s the first official clip:

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Berlin: Killer Role For Colin Farrell, Joining Anthony Hopkins In ‘Solace’

By | Monday February 4, 2013 @ 8:58am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Colin Farrell is closing a deal to star with Anthony Hopkins in Solace, the supernatural thriller that Afonso Poyart (Two Rabbits) will direct with production to begin in May. The film will be sold at Berlin by FilmNation’s Glen Basner, and domestic distribution rights are also up for grabs and are being repped by UTA.

The film’s scripted by Sean Bailey, Ted Griffin, James Vanderbilt and Peter Morgan. It has percolating long enough that the film’s first credited writer, Bailey, is currently president of production at Disney. The film originated at New Line but never came together quite right, and producers Beau Flynn of FlynnPictureCo, Tripp Vinson and Thomas Augsberger. Flynn finally got it back and got the financing through Claudia Bluemhuber’s Silver Reel. Matthias Emcke is exec producer with Bluemhuber, Gerd Schepers and Jacob Pechenik.

An FBI detective seeks the help of a retired and reclusive doctor, to try and solve a series of grisly murders. The doctor was a wiz at the murder game, but lost his mojo when his daughter died tragically. Desperate, the detective presses the doctor to come out of retirement for one more case. Farrell will play the serial killer, putting him mano a mano against Hopkins. That should be fun. They’ve yet to cast the detective. Read More »

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UK-Based Good Films Picks Up Rights To Randall Sullivan Exposé ‘LAbyrinth’

By | Monday February 4, 2013 @ 2:43am PST

Miriam Segal’s Good Films has acquired rights to LAbyrinth, Randall Sullivan’s 2002 book that chronicles detective Russell Poole’s late-1990s investigation into ties between hip-hop, street gangs and the LAPD. The book, whose full title is LAbyrinth: A Detective Investigates The Murders Of Tupac Shakur And Notorious B.I.G., The Implication Of Death Row Records’ Suge Knight, And The Origins Of The Los Angeles Police Scandal, was originally serialized in Rolling Stone. Good Films recently entered a long-term international sales pact with Glen Basner’s FilmNation that will kick off at this week’s European Film Market in Berlin. The company and its packaging and development label, George Films, are working on a slate of films with budgets that range from $10M-$52M. The Infiltrator, with The Lincoln Lawyer‘s Brad Furman attached to direct, goes into production this year.

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Deadline-Launched Teaser Trailer ‘The Prototype’ Hatches Berlin-Bound Pic Package

By | Friday February 1, 2013 @ 9:46am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: What started as a cool teaser trailer on Deadline has turned into a full-fledged movie package that will be shopped hard at Berlin next week. Andrew Will has written and will direct The Prototype, a sci-fi thriller that will be produced by Will and Shawn Wallace of Variant Films, Sean Cushing of Cantina Creative and Max Leitman of Bandito Brothers. This is being put together in a similar fashion that the Bandito Brothers employed when it did Act Of Valor, the $12 million film that has grossed over $80 million. FilmNation is financing, and Glen Basner will be in Berlin next week selling international rights. WME Global’s Graham Taylor will be spearheading the domestic deal.

We run a lot of trailers on this site, and agency parodies that have gotten jobs and representation for actors and directors, but this is a new one for Deadline. Since we broke this trailer in June, it spread to YouTube, where it has gotten more than 10.5 million views and became a web phenomenon. It was around the seventh-most-viewed trailer on the site last year. Considering it was a trailer for a movie that didn’t exist, with no big stars to speak of, and with no marketing, that’s pretty good. But it’s also a pretty cool trailer. Here it is again:

Watch the video on YouTube.

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FilmNation To Handle Good Films’ Slate

By | Monday January 14, 2013 @ 2:03am PST

Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment and UK production company Good Films have entered a long-term international sales pact which will kick off at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin. Good Films, founded by producer Miriam Segal, currently has a slate of six films budgeted at $10M-$52M. Going into production this year, Good Films has The Infiltrator, with The Lincoln Lawyer‘s Brad Furman attached to direct, and Invisible, with Everado Gout (Days Of Grace) attached to direct. Other projects on the slate include the adaptation of crime novel Postcard Killers by James Patterson and Swedish author Liza Marklund and British director Polly Steele’s The F**k It Button.

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AFM Round-Up: Eli Roth’s ‘The Green Inferno’ & ‘Hold On To Me’ Up For Sale

By | Thursday October 25, 2012 @ 8:14pm PDT

Exclusive Media is handling international sales at the American Film Market for Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno. The horror thriller, produced and financed by Worldview Entertainment, is Roth’s first time back directing since 2007’s Hostel II. The movie stars Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy Aaron Burns, Daryl Sabara, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Magda Apanowicz and Sky Ferreria. Roth and Aftershock co-writer Guillermo Amoedo wrote The Green Inferno. Roth is producing alongside Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners, and Sobras International producers Miguel Asensio Llamas and Nicolás Lopez. Worldview’s Maria Cestone, Sarah Johnson Redlich and Hoyt David Morgan will executive produce. Filming is set to start in Peru on November 5 before moving to Chile.  Alex Walton, Exclusive Media’s President of International Sales and Distribution will be presenting the film to international buyers at AFM. CAA, which arranged financing for the film, is handling domestic rights.
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FilmNation Stakes Bandito Brothers On Thriller ‘The Prototype’

By | Wednesday September 19, 2012 @ 1:50pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: FilmNation Entertainment will provide financing for The Prototype, an action thriller written and directed by Andrew Will (Archangel) and produced by Bandito Brothers in much the same maverick fashion as they generated Act Of Valor.  FilmNation will handle international sales, and Bandito Brothers’ Max Leitman will produce with Shawn Wallace and Will of Variant Films, and Sean Cushing.

Deadline first caught wind of this project back in late June, when the short film by Will leaked when it was being shopped by WME Global. The Prototype is an experimental drone soldier that is being hunted by the FBI’s elite Critical Incident Response Group after it escapes from a top-secret military base and goes on the run. It’s based on a short film by the writer-director. It’s an under-$40 million film somewhat likened to District 9, with casting getting underway. Read More »

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Toronto: FilmNation In Deal For ‘A Tale Dark & Grimm’

By | Thursday September 6, 2012 @ 11:39am PDT
Mike Fleming

FilmNation Entertainment has acquired the feature film rights to the popular children’s book A Tale Dark & Grimm by author Adam Gidwitz. FilmNation will partner with Marissa McMahon of Kamala Films to finance the development and produce alongside FilmNation Entertainment’s Aaron Ryder and Karen Lunder. Jon Gunn (Mercy Streets, My Date with Drew) and John W. Mann (Mercy Streets) are confirmed to adapt the screenplay.

Currently in development, the live action feature film will be based on Gidwitz’s original frightening and witty stories. Inspired by some of Grimm’s more gruesome tales, the story follows the adventures of two unsuspecting children who hold the key to breaking out of the dark ages.

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FilmNation Acquires Most Of World On David Michod’s ‘The Rover’

Cannes, May 21, 2012 – FilmNation Entertainment has acquired the majority of worldwide rights to The Rover from Animal Kingdom writer-director David Michôd. Michôd has written the script based on a story he conceived with Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby).

This deal marks FilmNation’s migration into the acquisition space after ramping up their film investments and development slate. In addition to a full-fledged international sales arm, the banner now effectively develops, finances, and produces projects in-house as well as acquiring filmmaker driven content.

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Taylor Lautner Jumps On Parkour Thriller ‘Tracers’; FilmNation To Sell At Cannes

Taylor Lautner TracersEXCLUSIVE: Just in time for this week’s start of the Cannes Film Festival, Taylor Lautner has been set to star in Tracers, an action thriller that FilmNation Entertainment’s Glen Basner will unveil to international buyers. Directed by Daniel Benmayor (Bruc, The Manhunt), Tracers reunites Lautner with Twilight Saga producers Mary Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill Entertainment. WME is repping the domestic distribution rights.

Lautner will play Cam, a messenger in New York City who is a wiz on a bike but who’s in debt to an organized crime gang. He crashes his bike into a sexy stranger and is seduced by her and the thrill of the world of parkour that she introduces him to. The buzz has begun spreading on the film and there is bidding among a number of territories. It is also very possible that a domestic deal will be made quickly. ”We’ve had great successes making films for this audience and believe this project will continue our solid track record,” Bowen said. Godfrey added that “We had a remarkable experience with Taylor on Twilight and look forward to bringing Cam to life.” Lautner’s next pic, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2, will be released November 16.

FilmNation will also be selling the Soflia Coppola-directed The Bling Ring and the Pedro Almodovar-directed Los Amantes Pasajeros; as well as the competition titles the John Hillcoat-directed Lawless with Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy, and the Jeff … Read More »

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TOLDJA! Robert Redford To Star In J.C. Chandor’s ‘All Is Lost’; FilmNation On Sales: Berlin

By | Thursday February 9, 2012 @ 2:40am PST

FilmNation is confirming what Deadline told you last year, that Robert Redford will star as the sole castmember in Margin Call writer and director J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales starting at the EFM with Lionsgate releasing in the US. Story follows one man’s journey to survive at sea. The film is to begin shooting this summer at Baja Studios in Rosarita Beach, Mexico. Margin Call‘s Neal Dodson will produce under the Before The Door Pictures banner alongside Teddy Schwarzman through his Black Bear Pictures shingle and Justin Nappi from Treehouse Pictures, who are fully financing the project. Before The Door will produce with Anna Gerb and Joshua Blum from Washington Square Films, who were partners on Margin Call. Before The Door’s Zachary Quinto and Corey Moosa, Cassian Elwes, Laura Rister, and Treehouse’s Kevin Turen will executive produce. Elwes and Rister negotiated the financing deals on behalf of the film, along with Alexis Garcia from WME. Redford is repped by lawyer Barry Tyerman and CAA. Chandor is repped by Rob Carlson and Simon Faber at WME.

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Paul Solet To Direct Thriller ‘The Faces’

By | Thursday August 25, 2011 @ 6:18pm PDT

Paul Solet (Grace) will direct the thriller The Faces, FilmNation Entertainment announced today. The Faces will be produced by FilmNation and Sonny Mallhi (The Strangers, The Roommate). Eric Reese’s script involves a pair of newlyweds who discover the existence of an elite underworld society that uses terror as a means of entertainment. Chuck Simon will executive produce and FilmNation will handle international sales. FilmNation recently completed House at the End of the Street starring Jennifer Lawrence and The Raven starring John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe. The company is also in pre-production on Mud starring Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey. Solet is managed by Principato-Young Entertainment.

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British Thesp Luke Evans Is ‘The Amateur American’

By | Friday March 11, 2011 @ 9:02am PST
Mike Fleming

FilmNation Entertainment is building the action-thriller The Amateur American around British actor Luke Evans. The pic, written and to be directed by Ross Katz, is scheduled to shoot in September.  It’s another case of a financier speculating on an actor it thinks will turn into one of the next young stars, and also another in a growing trend of offshore thesps tapped to play Americans. That has become a regular occurrence in superhero movies from Batman to Superman and Spider-Man, among others. What has happened to the American action hero gene pool?

FilmNation was sold on Evans after watching his work in its just-wrapped The Raven, in which he starred alongside John Cusack. Evans also played Apollo in Clash of the Titans, plays Zeus in the upcoming Immortals, and Aramis in The Three Musketeers.Writer-director Katz produced such indie films as In The Bedroom and Lost In Translation, and made his directorial debut on the Kevin Bacon-starrer Taking Chance for HBO.

The action-thriller is about a young American living in Paris who accepts a job working for a shadowy employer and soon finds himself framed for murder and caught up in a web of deceit. The pic will be produced by FilmNation Entertainment’s Aaron Ryder and Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman. FilmNation will begin selling  foreign territories. No domestic deal has yet been set.

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Berlin Day 3: FilmNation Takes ‘Shelter’; ATO Buys ‘The Woman In the Fifth’

FilmNation has taken overseas rights to Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter, which Sony Pictures Classics bought early on at the Sundance Film Festival. Michael Shannon stars opposite Jessica Chastain as a man haunted by his dreams who obsessively starts building a storm shelter in his backyard. But what he can’t tell those closest to him is what he really is afraid his dreams signify. Ad Vitam has already come on board for France. FilmNation will begin selling in earnest at Cannes.

… ARC Entertainment and XLrator Media Partnership have also taken U.S. rights to John Carpenter’s The Ward, the cult director’s first feature since the late 90s. Amber Heard (Drive Angry 3D), Mamie Gummer (Off the Map) and Danielle Panabaker (Friday the 13th) star in this shocker set in a 60s mental institution terrorised by malevolent forces. Doug Mankoff, Andrew Spaulding of Echo Lake Entertainment (Tsotsi) produce along with Peter Block of A Bigger Boat. XLrator negotiated the deal with Cinetic Media’s John Sloss and Echo Lake’s Andy Spaulding. FilmNation is handling overseas.

… And Blue Lake Entertainment Fund, an “8-figure” fund launched by Echo Lake Entertainment and Canadian financier Blue Ice Entertainment, is to finance projects on the books of Paris-based sales agent Celluloid Dreams. Blue Lake will finance projects budgeted over $10 million by proven directors with global appeal. Celluloid Dreams has a reputation of being one of the toniest sales agents in Europe, having in the past worked with directors Michael Haneke, Jacques Audiard and Francois Ozon. Celluloid Dreams CEO … Read More »

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Berlin: Echo Lake, Blue Ice Launch Film Fund With Pedro Almodovar First Up

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Echo Lake Entertainment president Doug Mankoff and Blue Ice Entertainment’s Steven Silver  and Neil Tabatznik have unveiled Blue Lake Entertainment, a fund to finance films with budget $10 million and higher. The 8-figure fund is backed by private investors in the US and Canada and will invest in up to four films per year. The emphasis is on commercial fare with bankable directors and casts. Blue Lake will have a non-exclusive relationship with Glen Basner’s FilmNation, which will handle foreign sales on select titles. Blue Lake’s first investment is La Piel Que Habito, the Pedro Almodovar-directed film which just wrapped and has Sony Pictures Classics aboard for domestic distribution. FilmNation is selling foreign on that film.

“The relationship with FilmNation is critical in helping Blue Lake identify and sensibly invest in commercially viable films,” Echo Lake president Doug Mankoff said. “While our first picture is a high-end specialty film, we fully intend to invest in genre and cast driven films.” Targets will be comparable to Echo Lake’s last two films, the upcoming John Carpenter’s The Ward, and the Demi Moore-David Duchovny-starrer The Joneses. Echo Lake’s other films include the Sarah Polley-directed Away From Her and Gavin Hood’s Tsotsi. Echo Lake’s management division, headed by Mike Marcus and Amotz Zakai, reps Carpenter, Walter Hill, Deepa Mehta, Michael Caton-Jones and Fred Schepisi. Blue Ice is a division of the Blue Ice Capital Group, which in 2009 sold off its film/TV production company … Read More »

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FilmNation, Relativity Media Seal Offshore Distribution Deal

(Beverly Hills, CA) January 13, 2011 – FilmNation Entertainment and Relativity Media LLC. are in final negotiations to solidify an exclusive multi-year deal whereby FilmNation would oversee the international sales and distribution of Relativity titles, produced under their single picture business. The union is slated to begin prior to the Berlin Film Festival. Final details of the deal will be disclosed in the coming weeks along with the films that will fall into this new arrangement.

Relativity’s 2011 slate includes Season of the Witch, currently in theaters, starring Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman. After that is Take Me Home Tonight on March 4th, starring Topher Grace and Anna Faris. Following on March 18th, is the much-anticipated Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish and Oscar®-winner Robert De Niro. Relativity recently announced its acquisition of the Untitled David R. Ellis 3D Shark Thriller which will release in theaters on September 2nd.

The companies are currently collaborating on upcoming Relativity / Universal release, James Cameron’s Sanctum – with FilmNation handling the international sales.

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