MGM announced today that it has picked up film rights to the Tomb Raider video game from GK Films and will be working with the company to reboot the action franchise. GK Films had acquired Tomb Raider rights back in late 2010 from interactive entertainment company Square Enix Ltd. Two previous Tomb Raider films starring Angelina Jolie were released in 2001 and 2003.
On the day that AFM 2012 opens, a film that was sold at AFM 2009 got pulled into court. In a civil complaint filed today (read it here), MIME Investments claims that they lost $4 million on Little Murder because GK Films lied to them about how much the film would make in international sales. “Defendants intentionally provided Plaintiffs with overinflated false estimates for the foreign sales of the Picture and provided Plaintiffs with false assurances that the estimates would be achieved”, says the Fraud and Negligent Misrepresentation suit. A Little Murder sizzle reel was shown to buyers at the 2009 AFM. The thriller released in 2011 stars Josh Lucas and Terrence Howard. GK Film’s former President of International Distribution Lisa Wilson, Parlay Films, cited as a banner of GK Films, and other company employees are also targeted as defendants in the case.
The Oscar winning actress denied in the strongest legal terms that she took key elements of a book on the Bosnian War for her 2011 film In The Land of Blood and Honey. “Defendants independently created the Motion Picture without any influence of Plaintiff’s Subject Work,” said Jolie, along with fellow defendants GK Films and distributor Film District, in a 13-page response (read it here) filed yesterday. “Defendants further deny that the protectible elements of the Motion Picture and the book entitled “The Soul Shattering” (“Subject Work”) are legally or substantially similar under controlling Ninth Circuit law,” the response also says. James J. Braddock sued Jolie and the others, on December 2, 2011 for copyright infringement. Filing his suit three weeks before the film came out in America on December 23, 2011, the author accused Jolie and the companies of copying key elements of his 2007 book for In The Land of Blood and Honey.
Two-time Academy Award-nominated writer, John Logan, has been hired to adapt the musical sensation, JERSEY BOYS: THE STORY OF FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS. GK Films’ Graham King and Tim Headington are producing with Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio serving as executive producers. It is anticipated that the project will be produced in partnership with Columbia Pictures with Columbia Pictures handling worldwide distribution of the project except for some international territories that GK may potentially sell.
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures and GK Films have issued a short feature that gives a behind-the-scenes look at Hugo, the 3D film that will be shown tonight as a surprise addition to the New York Film Festival. It’s Martin Scorsese’s first foray into …
The television division of Graham King and Tim Headington’s GK Films, GK-tv, announced it has inked a deal with Samuel Goldwyn Films to produce a contemporized TV adaptation of Lillian Hellman’s 1934 play The Children’s Hour. GK-tv will develop the project as an original TV movie. The modernized TV version of this story about relationships ruined by lies and rumors will incorporate the power of social media to alter and even destroy people’s lives. Search is underway for a writer to pen the 2-hour TV adaptation, and casting for the two female leads will begin immediately. The project was brought to GK-tv
GK Films has released a new trailer for London Boulevard, marking the directorial debut of William Monahan. The Oscar-winning writer of The Departed adapted the Ken Bruen novel. The drama opens next month in the UK and comes to the U.S. early next year.