Fox 2000 Lands ‘Highrise’, A Spec Redo Of ‘The Collector’ By Scribe Peter Dowling

By | Thursday April 11, 2013 @ 11:11am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 has acquired Highrise, a spec script by Peter Dowling (Flight Plan) that is described as a lush 21st century thriller inspired by the 1960s classic, The Collector. Jon Shestack is producing, and Fox 2000 … Read More »

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Spouse Scribe Team To Adapt ‘Go The F To Sleep’ For Fox 2000

By | Thursday April 11, 2013 @ 10:40am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Husband-wife scripting team Ken Marino & Erica Oyama have been hired to adapt the book Go The F To Sleep for Fox 2000 and Twilight Saga producer Karen Rosenfelt and All You Need Is KillRead More »

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Brewing A Franchise, Fox 2000 Nabs Rights To Sally Green Witch Novel ‘Half Bad’

By | Friday April 5, 2013 @ 3:18pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 has acquired film rights to Sally Green’s debut book Half Bad, a contemporary supernatural thriller. The film will be produced by Karen Rosenfelt, whose recent films include Twilight Saga, Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, and The Book Thief. Half Bad starts a trilogy taking place in a world inhabited by covert witches; one faction is good and the other evil. They are divided by hatred and united by one thing only — fear of a boy descended from both sides. The YA title will be published under the Penguin imprint in spring 2014. The book was a hot title at Bologna Children’s Book Fair, and since then, Zosia Knopp, Penguin Children’s Rights Director, concluded a six-figure U.S. rights deal at auction, along with Ken Wright, VP and Publisher of Viking, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. Read More »

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‘Townies’ Duo Sells Pitch To Fox 2000 Based On Viral Wedding Date Ad

By | Monday April 1, 2013 @ 11:21am PDT

Brendan O'Brien TowniesAndrew Cohen TowniesEXCLUSIVE: After scoring a seven-figure deal with Universal for their R-rated comedy Townies, Andrew Cohen and Brendan O’Brien sold another pitch over the Easter weekend. This one also went for 7-figures and is based on the Craiglist ad that went viral in February when brothers Mike and Dave Stangle took to the personals in search of wedding dates. The untitled project takes it one step further: When the hard-partying bros finally select plus-ones, their dates end up even being even bigger messes than they are. Read More »

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Fox 2000 Lands J. Courtney Sullivan Novel ‘The Engagements’ For Reese Witherspoon’s Pacific Standard

By | Wednesday March 20, 2013 @ 3:31pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Fox 2000 is in final negotiations to acquire film rights to J. Courtney Sullivan’s upcoming novel The Engagements. Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea of Pacific Standard will produce. Marisa Paiva is the exec at the studio. … Read More »

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Shailene Woodley Lands Lead In ‘The Fault In Our Stars’

By | Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 1:09pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Shailene WoodleyShailene Woodley is negotiating to star as Hazel Grace Lancaster in Fox 2000‘s The Fault In Our Stars. An adaptation of John Green’s bestseller, the film will be helmed by Josh Boone. Script is by (500) Days Of Summer and The Spectacular Now screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber. Temple Hill Entertainment’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen are producing.

This is the story of romance between Gus and Hazel, who meet in their cancer support group and fall head over heels in love. Rather than dwelling on the depressing nature of the limited time they have together, the two embark on a vibrant, passionate, and hilarious journey that proves that an entire life’s worth of meaning can be found in any stretch of time. Read More »

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Fox 2000 Acquiring Nicholas Sparks Novel ‘The Longest Ride’ For $5 Million

By | Thursday February 21, 2013 @ 7:44pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After spirited bidding from multiple studios, Fox 2000 is wrapping up a deal for The Longest Ride, the next novel by Safe Haven author Nicholas Sparks. I’m told the deal is worth $5 million upfront, which is consistent with what Sparks usually gets for his movie deals. Temple Hill’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen will produce with Sparks and Theresa Park. They were the producers on Safe Haven. The book went out when A Safe Haven was released last weekend, and it came down in the end to Elizabeth Gabler’s Fox 2000, Warner Bros and Relativity Media. While my brain is squarely in Oscar mode, by my count this is far and away the biggest book deal this year and for that matter in quite awhile. Read More »

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Fox 2000, Chernin Team To Acquire John Rocco’s Caldecott-Winning Book ‘Blackout’

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 4:40pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 has optioned artist and author John Rocco‘s Caldecott-winning picture book Blackout for a live action feature that will be produced by Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping, and producer/manager Rob Weisbach. … Read More »

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Fox 2000 And Ridley Scott Set ‘All You Need Is Kill’ Scribe D.W. Harper For ‘Forever War’

By | Tuesday November 27, 2012 @ 10:00am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: D.W. Harper has been set to write a new draft of The Forever War for Fox 2000 and Scott Free. It’s a directing vehicle for Ridley Scott, who for 25 years has wanted to helm an adaptation of Joe Haldeman’s 1974 seminal science fiction novel. The hope is to get the project moving with a script by Harper, who most recently wrote All You Need Is Kill, the sci-fi film that is in production with Tom Cruise starring and Doug Liman directing.

I first wrote about this one when the studio acquired the Haldeman book back in 2008, and at that time Scott told me it was “a science-fiction epic, a bit of ‘The Odyssey’ by way of ‘Blade Runner,’ built on a brilliant, disorienting premise.” Scott first pursued the book not long after it was published, but the rights were unavailable for a long time. Oscar-winning Raiders Of The Lost Ark VFX wiz Richard Edlund originally bought the rights with the intention of making his directing debut on the film, but it never got off the ground and finally Scott’s home studio was able to make a deal. His Scott Free is producing, with Vince Gerardis exec producing. Fox 2000’s Rodney Ferrell is steering the pic. Haldeman’s book won the 1975 Nebula Award and the 1976 Hugo Award. Read More »

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Fox 2000 Sets ‘Bridesmaids’ Co-Writer Annie Mumolo To Script Film About Single Mom Who Mopped Up With Cleaning Invention

By | Tuesday October 9, 2012 @ 4:16pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 has closed a deal to tell the life story of Joy Mangano, a struggling Long Island single mom of three who became one of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs. Her salvation came with a self-wringing mop that became a HSN sensation and allowed Mangano to stop working three jobs to support her kids. Annie Mumolo, who along with Kristen Wiig was Oscar nominated for writing Bridesmaids, will pen the script.

John Davis and John Fox will produce for Davis Entertainment, along with Ken Mok, who is exec producer of America’s Next Top Model. Fox 2000′s Rodney Ferrell will oversee the project. Mangano became known as the “Mother of Invention” after she sold her mop making enterprise, Ingenious Designs, LLC, in a multi-million dollar deal with HSN. She remains company president, continuing to be one of HSN’s most successful presenters, with hourly sales topping one million dollars. In addition to the Miracle Mop, Mangano developed Huggable Hangers and Fast Company ranked Mangano as one of its 100 Most Creative People in Business and one of the 10 Most Creative Women in Business. Read More »

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Fox 2000 Options ‘The Life List’ With Hutch Parker Producing

By | Wednesday May 23, 2012 @ 1:10pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Hutch Parker The Life ListEXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 has optioned film rights to The Life List, a debut novel by Lori Nelson Spielman that Ballantine Books will publish next year. Hutch Parker will produce the film through his Hutch … Read More »

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‘The Help’s Tate Taylor In Talks To Write And Direct ‘The Jury’ At Fox 2000

By | Tuesday April 24, 2012 @ 5:21pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Tate Taylor, who last wrote and directed the Best Picture nominee The Help, is in talks with Fox 2000 to write and direct The Jury. The film is a movie transfer of the Granada-produced 2002 British miniseries that was … Read More »

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Anne Fletcher To Helm Seth Meyers-Scripted ‘Alone For The Holidays’ For Fox 2000

By | Tuesday April 17, 2012 @ 11:32am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Anne Fletcher has been set to direct Alone For The Holidays, an original Christmas comedy script for Fox 2000 that was written by Saturday Night Live head writer and Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers. Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps Entertainment … Read More »

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Fox 2000 Sets Neustadter & Weber To Adapt ‘The Fault In Our Stars’

By | Wednesday March 28, 2012 @ 4:13pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 and Twilight Saga producers Temple Hill Productions have set Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber to adapt The Fault In Our Stars, the John Green novel. This comes after the duo handed in Royal Wedding, the seven-figure … Read More »

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Fox 2000 Taps Elizabeth Sarnoff To Re-Write ‘Garlic And Sapphires’

By | Monday March 26, 2012 @ 11:15am PDT

Elizabeth Sarnoff Garlic And SapphiresEXCLUSIVE: Elizabeth Sarnoff will shift to features to re-write the film version of Garlic And Sapphires, which Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) is attached to direct. Cary Brokaw (The Resident) will produce for Fox 2000. Based … Read More »

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Fox 2000 Taps ‘Downton Abbey’s Brian Percival To Direct ‘The Book Thief’

By | Wednesday February 29, 2012 @ 7:18pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 has set Downton Abbey helmer Brian Percival to direct The Book Thief, the Michael Petroni-scripted adaptation of the Marcus Zusak novel that has been on the Children’s Chapter Paperback New York Times bestseller list for 228 weeks. … Read More »

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Elizabeth Gabler Reups At Fox 2000 Exec, Hires Ex-Warner Bros Exec Jessica Goodman

By | Tuesday February 14, 2012 @ 1:28pm PST
Mike Fleming

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 14, 2012) __ Fox 2000 Pictures president Elizabeth Gabler has renewed her deal with the Studio, it was announced today by Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman, chairmen of Fox Filmed Entertainment.

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‘Rachel Getting Married’ Scribe Jenny Lumet Takes On ‘The Language Of Flowers’

By | Thursday February 2, 2012 @ 3:33pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Jenny Lumet has made a deal to adapt The Language of Flowers, Fox 2000’s adaptation of the novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Lucy Fisher and Douglas Wick are producing through Red Wagon Productions. The bestselling book is an inspirational story … Read More »

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Fox 2000 In Talks With ‘Funny Or Die’s Jake Szymanski For ‘He’s Fuckin’ Perfect’

By | Thursday December 15, 2011 @ 2:49pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 is zeroing in on Jake Szymanski to direct He’s Fuckin’ Perfect, a comedy spec script that the studio bought by Lauryn Kahn that will be produced by Gary Sanchez. This one has Funny Or Die written … Read More »

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