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Fox 2000 Makes First-Look With ‘Hunger Games’ Producer Nina Jacobson

Mike Fleming

Fox 2000 Makes First-Look With ‘Hunger Games’ Producer Nina JacobsonFox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler has made a three-year first look deal with Color Force, the production banner run by Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson. The first film under the new pact will be an adaptation of the Robert Crais novel Suspect.

Deal comes after Jacobson completed the quartet of The Hunger Games films for Lionsgate, pictures which have preoccupied the former Disney production chief for several years. Color Force worked with Gabler’s division on the Wimpy Kid series, and Jacobson and Simpson have numerous book related projects percolating. They include Where’d You Go, Bernadette, and Crazy Rich Asians, and there is also an enduring courtship if novelist Donna Tartt for her title The Goldfinch, which would land at Warner Bros. The author has shown reluctance, as that studio has sat on her debut novel, The Secret History, and has resisted demands by the author to give back the rights. Color Force senior veep Bryan Unkeless will be the liaison.
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Dante Harper Boards Fox 2000′s ‘The Secret Of The Temple’

By | Monday July 14, 2014 @ 10:16am PDT
Mike Fleming

Dante Harper Boards Fox 2000′s ‘The Secret Of The Temple’Dante Harper has been set by Fox 2000 to rewrite The Secret Of The Temple, based on the Jake Halpern New Yorker magazine article published two years ago. The article is about a fight over treasure vaults worth $20 billion, hidden beneath a temple in the jungle of India, and supposedly cursed, with a bunch of thieves, radicals and the royal family that guards the temple all trying to get at the loot. The facts will ground a heist adventure movie with an international cast. David Heyman’s Heyday is producing.

Harper was the first writer on Edge Of Tomorrow, and it seems bizarre to me that he didn’t get credit. After all, though Warner Bros changed the title, it paid $3 million in a spec auction for the scribe’s adaptation of All You Need Is Kill, the Japanese novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Other writers came and went, but usually the Writers Guild favors the first scribe who adapts a novel and in this case, was the initial  propulsion for the project. I will never understand the inconsistencies of the WGA arbitration process, just as I am still surprised that the Doug Liman-directed Tom Cruise-starrer didn’t get more love for being a new intellectual property creation that was sharp, tense, funny big-scale storytelling in a summer littered with sequels. Harper is currently working with Warner Bros, Appian Way, Mad Chance and director Jaume Collet-Serra on Akira, and recently did a draft on The Last Witch Hunter for Lionsgate. He’s repped … Read More »

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‘Fault In Our Stars’ Crosses $100M To Become One Of This Year’s Most Profitable Films

By | Tuesday June 24, 2014 @ 10:28am PDT

‘Fault In Our Stars’ Crosses $100M To Become One Of This Year’s Most Profitable FilmsFox 2000‘s The Fault In Our Stars just crossed $100M domestically to become one of the most profitable films released in 2014. On a $12M negative (not counting marketing and distribution costs), the film based on the best-selling John Green book is also besting Twilight’s opening in the UK and in Brazil. In fact, in Brazil, where the World Cup is in full swing, the tearjerker is on fire and remains the top market for overseas where it has earned $18.2M to date. And, how surprising is this? In Brazil, in 11 days it surpassed the lifetime gross of not only Twilight, but also The Hunger Games and Divergent (which featured Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as brother and sister).  Fox can thank their international distribution team of Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus and their staff.

The international cume is now $64.9M a for a worldwide cume of over $165M. How cool is that for these two young actors? Elgort and Woodley’s stars have been rising and now they are certified international presences. Great news for the filmmakers who just signed Elgort in Van Cliburn. As my colleague Mike Fleming reported exclusively yesterday, Elgort will star in a movie about the famous Texas-born pianist who rose to prominence during the Cold War between Russia and the U.S. It’s also great news for Lionsgate Films, where Woodley and Elgort are currently shooting the Divergent sequel Insurgent. Elgort will next be seen in Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children opposite Adam Sandler. Read More »

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Alan Alda Joins ‘The Longest Ride’ At Fox 2000

By | Thursday June 5, 2014 @ 4:52pm PDT
Mike Fleming

alanaldaHere’s a guy you never get tired of seeing. Fox 2000 has set Alan Alda to star in The Longest Ride, the George Tillman Jr-directed adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks bestselling novel. The Fault In Our Stars‘ Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen at Temple Hill are producing with Theresa Park.

Scripted by Craig Bolotin, Brad Desch, Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, the story opens as a man snowbound and stuck in his car after a major crash on an isolated road. As he drifts in and out of consciousness awaiting rescue, the man sees visions of his life’s love, who died earlier. There is another romance between a young art history major and a handsome bull rider who fall in love despite coming from completely different backgrounds. Each has aspirations and dreams, and the cowboy is fighting the clock and should not be riding due to past injuries, but has a family ranch to save. A strange occurrence allows the two generations of lovers to save each other. Read More »

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Jack Huston To Star In Fox 2000′s ‘The Longest Ride’

By | Thursday May 29, 2014 @ 4:43pm PDT
Mike Fleming

jackhEXCLUSIVE: Boardwalk Empire’s Jack Huston has been set to star in The Longest Ride, Fox 2000′s adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks tale that will be directed by George Tillman and produced by Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey along with Theresa Park. Huston will play the young Ira in a tale that brings together two intertwining love stories. Pic has an April 3 release date.

Scripted by Craig Bolotin, Brad Desch, Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, the story opens with a 90-year-old man snowbound and stuck in his car after a major crash on an isolated road. As he drifts in and out of consciousness awaiting rescue, the man sees visions of his life’s love, who died earlier. Together they reminisce about their life together, including his difficulty in returning from WWII and being unable to have children with her because of a war wound. They become renowned art collectors and the man has been lost since she died from a stroke. There is another romance between a young art history major and a handsome bull rider who fall in love despite coming from completely different backgrounds. Each has aspirations and dreams, and the cowboy is fighting the clock and should not be riding due to past injuries, but has a family ranch to save. A strange occurrence allows the two generations of lovers to save each other. Read More »

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Fox 2000, Temple Hill To Bring EDM Mogul Pasquale Rotella’s Life To Screen, Buying James Frey-Penned Memoir

Mike Fleming

ELEEXCLUSIVE: Based on a book proposal, Fox 2000 has made a preemptive acquisition of Insomniac: The Life And Times of Pasquale Rotella, a memoir that the Electronic Dance Music mogul is writing with A Million Little Pieces author James Frey. The book, which St. Martin’s Press will publish next summer, tells of Rotella’s rags to riches ride as the architect of Insomniac, a company behind the biggest EDM events in the country. Rotella became a promoter at the beginning of the rave scene in the early 1990s, starting with 50 people in warehouses in Venice Beach, to staging events like the Electric Daisy Carnival Flagship Festival, which draws 400,000 to Vegas each June. He reportedly sold half his company to Live Nation for $50 million.

Temple Hill‘s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen will produce with Haven Entertainment’s Rachel Miller, and Fox 2000′s Elizabeth Gabler and Erin Siminoff will oversee it with Temple Hill’s Isaac Klausner. The studio views it as a way into the immensely popular EDM world, with an edgy 8 Mile/Social Network-type look look at a provocative character scratching for his share of the American dream. Mollie Glick at Foundry and Lev Ginsburg at Ginsburg Daniels brokered the deal. Frey’s repped by WME.

OWLIt is the second deal this year involving Frey and Fox and Temple Hill’s Godfrey and Bowen, the Twilight Saga producers whose next film with … Read More »

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Fox 2000, Temple Hill Land First Novel ‘Love Letters To The Dead’

Mike Fleming

lovelettersEXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 has optioned Ava Dellaira’s debut novel Love Letters to the Dead. Producing are Temple Hill‘s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, who produced the upcoming The Fault in Our Stars. The author will write the script, under the supervision of Fox 2000 execs Elizabeth Gabler and Erin Siminoff will oversee for Fox 2000.

The book was published in April by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, to much acclaim. The story follows Laurel, a high school student whose beloved older sister has died under mysterious circumstances. Emotionally frayed by the loss, she unexpectedly finds catharsis in an assignment from her English teacher: write a letter to a dead person. Instead of handing in the assignment, though, she begins an ongoing series of letters to an eclectic group of rock stars, poets, and popular icons such as Kurt Cobain, Judy Garland, Amelia Earhart, and Amy Winehouse. She writes to her epistolary confidants about navigating new and complicated friendships, learning to live with her splintering family, falling in love for the first time. Ultimately, the letters reveal the painful truth about her past. Read More »

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‘Hells Angels’ Feature Rides Over To Writer-Producer Rob Weiss

By | Wednesday May 21, 2014 @ 8:46am PDT

Sonny Barger MovieEXCLUSIVE: Writer-producer Rob Weiss (Entourage) is taking over Fox 2000‘s Hells Angels feature about legendary member Sonny Barger, who has long been considered the undisputed godfather of the motorcycle club. Barger helped found the Oakland chapter in 1957 when he was only 18 and became instrumental in its rise as an international organization. Weiss will co-write with Jeff Santos and direct the story of Barger’s life, which has been a controversial one so he has a lot of material to draw on … 60 years’ worth. Weiss said he is looking to tell the story about the beginnings of Hells Angels.

robweiss3(1)“We’re approaching this as a genesis story of the motorcycle club culture,” Weiss said. “I’ve wanted to do something in the biker space for a long time.” He said they are going to focus on Barger’s entry into Hells Angels from the late 1950s and follow his story into the 1970s. He calls it “a period piece that explores the early days of the club, the philosophy of the formidable, most loyal brotherhood that started it and what drove Sonny, who had the leadership and the vision to expand the club. And he did so amid almost unsurmountable obstacles like rival clubs and law enforcement.” Weiss is drawing on the books Barger wrote himself as well as input from the Hells Angels legend. “His life is a metaphor for the wild ride that is set against a very shifting America,” Weiss said. Read More »

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Britt Robertson Boards Nicholas Sparks Romance ‘The Longest Ride’

By | Monday May 5, 2014 @ 3:41pm PDT

Britt Robertson Longest RideEXCLUSIVE: Britt Robertson is set for a lead role in Fox 2000′s Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride. The Secret Circle, Under The Dome, and Life Unexpected actress will play Sophia Danko, the college student who falls for a young cowboy while elsewhere a 91-year-old man trapped in a crashed car reflects on the love of his life in Sparks’ dual-romance saga. Scott Eastwood was cast last week in the Luke Collins role opposite Robertson. George Tillman Jr. is directing the film from a script by Craig Bolotin (Black Rain, That Night) and the studio has already dated the pic for an April 2015 release.

Robertson is now filming Cake opposite Jennifer Aniston and is set to star in Disney’s Tomorrowland for Brad Bird, opposite George Clooney. Recent films include Sundance romance The First Time, DreamWorks’ Delivery Man, and indie Undiscovered Gyrl from writer-director Allison Burnett. Robertson is repped by Innovative Artists.

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Scott Eastwood Lands Lead In Nicholas Sparks Adaptation ‘The Longest Ride’

By | Wednesday April 30, 2014 @ 2:44pm PDT

Scott Eastwood Longest Ride SparksEXCLUSIVE: Scott Eastwood is set to star in Fox 2000‘s Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride, which Notorious helmer George Tillman Jr. is directing. Published in 2013, the Sparks lit romance tracks a 91-year-old man trapped in a car crash who reflects on his life with his deceased wife as a young couple fall in love a few miles away. LongestRideIn his first major studio leading role, Eastwood will play Luke Collins, whose love affair with college senior Sophia Danko plays out as the youthful half of the romantic saga. Fox 2000 acquired rights in a bidding war last year and has already set an April 2015 release hoping to chase the success of big screen Sparks flicks like Safe Haven, Dear John, and the author’s 2004 hit adaptation The Notebook. Sparks is producing alongside Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, Theresa Park, and Robert Teitel. Read More »

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Fox 2000 Developing ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Sequel With ‘Elf’ Scribe Attached To Write

By | Wednesday April 16, 2014 @ 6:04pm PDT

Mrs. Doubtfire 2Elf screenwriter David Berenbaum has been tapped to write the sequel to the 1993 hit comedy Mrs. Doubtfire, which is in development at Fox 2000 and has star Robin Williams and director Chris Columbus attached to return. It’s been 21 years since Williams donned a wig, dress, and prosthetics in the original film, about a San Francisco father named Daniel Hillard who who dons drag to spend quality time with his kids as he undergoes a divorce. Sally Field co-starred as Hillard’s wife, with Pierce Brosnan, Matthew Lawrence, Mara Wilson, Lisa Jakub, and Harvey Fierstein rounding out the cast. After two decades of stalling out through numerous scripts, Berenbaum’s is an original take. Columbus and Williams haven’t officially signed deals for the sequel but Columbus is producing for his 1492 banner and is creatively shepherding the project.

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Fox 2000 Grabs John Green Novel ‘Paper Towns’, Reunites ‘Fault In Our Stars’ Team With Nat Wolff To Star

Mike Fleming

papertoEXCLUSIVE: After completing its adaptation of the John Green novel The Fault In Our Stars, Fox 2000 has made a deal for the 2008 Green novel Paper Towns, and it is working on bringing bring back together not only the producers and the screenwriters for another go but also one of the stars. Paper Towns will be built around actor-singer Nat Wolff, who co-stars in The Fault In Our Stars and stars in the upcoming Palo Alto. Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber are going to adapt, and Temple Hill’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen are producing. The scribes will be exec producers along with Green.

Fox will release the Josh Boone-directed The Fault In Our Stars on June 6, with Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort starring with Wolff. The scribe team wrote (500) Days Of Summer and The Spectacular Now, which Woodley also starred in. Fox 2000′s Elizabeth Gabler and Erin Siminoff are behind this, as they were The Fault In Our Stars.

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Fox 2000 Sets Greg Mottola To Helm ‘Keeping Up With The Joneses’ With Cast Circling

By | Friday March 14, 2014 @ 2:25pm PDT
Mike Fleming

motEXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 has set Superbad helmer Greg Mottola to direct Keeping Up With The Joneses, and the studio is getting ready to make offers to cast. I’ve heard that Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm are atop their list. Studio says no cast is set. The logline: a quiet, suburban cul de sac is turned upside down when an unfulfilled married couple begins to suspect that there’s something nefarious afoot with their sexy and charismatic new neighbors. The film’s being produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald through Parkes/MacDonald. Mike Lesieur wrote the script, Marc Resteghini is exec producer and Greg Mooradian is steering the pic for the studio.

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Former U.S. Prosecutor Barbara Curry Hired On To Rewrite ‘The Jury’ At Fox 2000

By | Thursday March 13, 2014 @ 4:28pm PDT

Barbara CurryEXCLUSIVE: Barbara Curry, who spent nearly 10 years at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Los Angeles in the major violent crimes unit, has been hired to rewrite The Jury for Fox 2000. The project has left the hands of Tate Taylor (The Help) and is now with a writer who is well-versed in crime and the behind-the-scenes machinations that accompany trials.

The film, inspired by real events, is a fresh take on the Granada-produced miniseries in 2002 which followed the inner workings of a jury deliberating over the course of a murder trial involving a Sikh student and his tormentor. The British miniseries was originally scripted by Peter Morgan and directed by Pete Travis. Guymon Casady of Film 360 is producing the new project with Marc Forster, Brad Simpson and Quentin Curtis. The property was originally acquired in 2007 as a possible vehicle for Forster to direct. Read More »

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‘American Hustle’s David O Russell, Jennifer Lawrence Circle Joy Mangano Story At Fox 2000

By | Thursday January 30, 2014 @ 6:47pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: American Hustle helmer David O. Russell is in early talks to rewrite and direct an untitled Fox 2000 film about the remarkable life story jof Joy Mangano, a struggling Long Island single mom of three who became one of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs with her self-wringing Miracle Mop invention. He wants Jennifer Lawrence to play Mangano. Lawrence, after winning the Best Actress Oscar for the Russell-directed Silver Linings Playbook, is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for American Hustle. The project has a script by Annie Mumolo, who with Kristen Wiig got Oscar nominations for scripting Bridesmaids. This is a rags-to-riches story of a woman who worked three jobs to support her kids and who overcame long odds to finally get her due with an invention that became an HSN sensation and allowed Mangano to clean up. It is a strong empowerment tale.

Related: OSCARS: David O. Russell On Nomination Hot Streak: “I Don’t Know If You Could Force It To Ever Happen Again”

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Fault In Our Stars’

By | Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 10:53am PST

Shailene Woodley stars in Fox 2000‘s The Fault In Our Stars the adaptation of John Green’s bestseller that reteams her with Spectacular Now scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber. The story centers on the romance between Hazel (Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort), who meet and fall in love while at a cancer support group. The pic, directed by Josh Boone, opens June 6. Woodley is on a roll, with Summit’s YA sci-fi pic Divergent coming March 21. Here’s the first look at Fault:

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Fox 2000 Hires Paramount Exec Greg Mooradian

By | Monday December 9, 2013 @ 10:24am PST
Mike Fleming

Greg Mooradian Executive PortraitEXCLUSIVE: Greg Mooradian is joining Fox 2000 as EVP Production. He reports to Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler. Mooradian joins from Paramount, where he was SVP Production and helped initiate Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters and helped reinvigorate the G.I. Joe franchise with G.I. Joe: Retaliation, a sequel reconstructed at a lower price point. Before joining Paramount in 2009, he ran his own production shingle making youth-driven pictures that included the Screen Gems remake Stepfather, the Percy Jackson films for Fox 2000, and the Twilight Saga films for Summit. Mooradian started as a development exec for producer Arnold Kopelson on films like The Fugitive and Falling Down before becoming production president for Wendy Finerman and working on such films as The Fan and Drumline, the latter for Fox 2000. Read More »

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Hot International Trailer: ‘The Book Thief’

By | Thursday October 24, 2013 @ 4:46am PDT

Here’s the official international trailer for The Book Thief, the Fox 2000 film that’s stealthily entering awards season. When it bowed at Mill Valley, my colleague Pete Hammond wrote it played to a “huge standing ovation.” The movie is based on Markus Zusak’s No. 1 best-selling novel and follows a young girl in Nazi Germany who seeks refuge in books while her family hides a young Jewish man in the basement of their modest home. Brian Percival directed stars Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nélisse and Ben Schnetzer. The Book Thief is released domestically on November 8th.

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Fox 2000 Sets Frank Baldwin To Script John Grisham Legal Thriller ‘The Racketeer’

By | Wednesday October 9, 2013 @ 10:19am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 is moving forward with an adaptation of the 2012 John Grisham bestseller The Racketeer, setting Frank Baldwin to write the script. Double Features partners Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher are producing. The novel revolves around a former marine-turned-attorney in a small Virginia law firm who unwittingly gets caught up in a shady deal and is given a decade sentence after an FBI sweep. His career and marriage in tatters, he gains leverage when a judge is murdered and he’s the only one who knows why and what was kept in the judge’s empty safe. He gets sprung, but is not near done getting revenge against the feds that put him behind bars. The project was originally set up with Fox 2000 and New Regency but the latter exited when talks with Safe House helmer Daniel Espinosa hit the rocks. Baldwin has done the Black List scripts When Corruption Was King and The Art Of Making Money. Baldwin is repped by WME and Leverage’s Michael Garnett.

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