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 HawkeRead 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 … Read More »

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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 Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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, … Read More »

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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 … 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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … 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 … 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

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FilmNation Not Alone In Contracting Scarlett Fever

Mike Fleming

The flood of AFM project packages has started (how many of them actually happen is a question for another day), and FilmNation has announced it will handle international sales for the Jonathan Glazer-directed Under the Skin. Scarlett Johansson has been attached to star in the science fiction film scripted by Walter Campbell and Glazer, the latter of whom directed Sexy Beast. She plays an alien on earth, disguised as a mesmerizing woman who uses her voracious sexuality to scour remote highways and desolate scenery to snare human prey. It’s based on a Michel Faber novel. Said FilmNation CEO Glen Basner: “We’re so excited to be working on this arrestingly original movie. How could we pass up the chance to work with a visionary director like Jonathan, especially when combined with the intriguing notion of Scarlett Johansson as a ruthless alien seductress?” Nick Wechsler is producing with James Wilson and Film4′s Tessa Ross is exec producing and the UK Film Council and Scottish Screen are also involved. Read More »

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