Horror Hit ‘The Grudge’ Going Reboot Route

By | Thursday March 20, 2014 @ 12:01pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Grudge Remake RebootEXCLUSIVE: The Grudge, the Takashi Shimazu-directed 2004 film that helped establish the viability of low-cost genre films, is getting a reboot. Ghost House Pictures and Good Universe will relaunch the franchise, and they’ve set Midnight Meat Read More »

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Point Grey Pictures And Good Universe Enter Joint Venture To Develop Comedies

By | Wednesday March 5, 2014 @ 3:54pm PST

GoodUniverse_logoSeth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver’s Point Grey Pictures have entered into a joint venture with Good Universe to develop comedies together. The two companies already have found great success working on such films as 50/50 and This Read More »

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Zooey Deschanel’s Hello Giggles Sells ‘Sister-In-Law’ To Good Universe; Sets ‘Girls’ Writer To Script

By | Wednesday October 30, 2013 @ 11:46am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: New Girls Zooey Deschanel and her Hello Giggles cohorts are expanding into film with Sister-In-Law, a comedy they’ve just sold to Good Universe. The production company Deschanel formed … Read More »

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Good Universe Sets Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg To Direct Sex Romp; Seth Rogen And Evan Goldberg To Produce

By | Wednesday October 2, 2013 @ 2:08pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: At Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake’s Good Universe, Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg are set to direct the racy untitled comedy once called Cherries, and Point Grey’s Seth Rogen, Evan GoldbergRead More »

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Cannes: Antonio Banderas Joins ‘The 33′; Good Universe Selling Chilean Miners Movie

Antonio Banderas will play Mario Sepulveda, aka Super Mario, in The 33, the feature version of the saga of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped … Read More »

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Cannes Briefs: Radiant Films Goes ‘Wild’; Image Acquires ‘ ZoZo’; ‘November Man’ Firms Cast; ‘Heat’ Sales Hot; ‘Oh Boy’ & ‘Child’s Pose’; Spike Lee Finds ‘Gold;’ Image Feels Domestic ‘Shiver’; More

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Radiant Films International has acquired international rights to the comedy drama Wild. Written and directed by Vivienne DeCourcy, the movie stars Ella Greenwell and Tom Hughes. It tells the story of Mary Reynolds, a visionary young garden designer who puts everything on the line in order to compete in the Chelsea Flower show. Hughes stars as Christy, an idealistic environmentalist, whom Mary enlists to help her compete at the Chelsea, the Olympics of gardening. Wild is funded by Green Earth, the Irish Film Board, RTE and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. It will shoot in Ireland and Ethiopia over the coming months. Pic is produced by Treasure Entertainment and Crowe’s Nest in Ireland, together with Green Earth in the US. Rebecca O’Flanagan and Rob Walpole will produce from Treasure, with Sarah Johnson and Chloe Kassis Crowe exec-producing. Jay Cohen from the Gersh Agency is handling U.S. rights. Read More »

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Cannes: Good Universe Sets Billy Ray To Helm ‘Departure’

By | Wednesday May 15, 2013 @ 10:27am PDT
Mike Fleming

Good Universe has set Captain Phillips scribe Billy Ray to direct his script Departure. Jim Whitaker will produce the sci-fi/romance film and Good Universe’s Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce. Good Universe has the project on the fast-track and will begin casting right away. Based … Read More »

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Cannes: Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’ Picked Up By Good Universe

Good Universe will handle international sales for Rocketman at the Cannes film market, pic producer Rocket Pictures said today. Michael Gracey is directing the musically inspired retelling of the life of Elton John from the original … Read More »

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Jason Clarke And Omar Sy To Star In Stephen Gaghan Thriller ‘Candy Store’

By | Thursday April 4, 2013 @ 12:14pm PDT

Lionsgate and Good Universe are partnering on Candy Store, a character-driven action thriller co-written and to be directed … Read More »

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Good Universe Buys Sascha Penn Action Crime Pitch

By | Friday March 22, 2013 @ 8:07am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Good Universe, the upstart shingle run by former Mandate men Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane, have acquired an untitled pitch from Sascha Penn. It’s described as an action-heavy film that pits the criminal organizations the Yakuza and the Mafia against one another in a winner-take-all battle. Oasis … Read More »

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Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert & Good Universe Acquire Fantasy Book Series ‘Angelfall’

By | Wednesday November 14, 2012 @ 3:10pm PST

Angelfall was initially self-published by author Susan Ee before it was courted by publishers and finally released in the fall by Amazon Children’s Publishing. The second book in the young-adult fantasy series is due next year. Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert and Good Universe have acquired multipicture rights for a feature adaptation with Raimi and Tapert producing and Good Universe’s Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane exec producing. “Susan is a brilliant writer”, Raimi said. “She has created a fantastic world with instantly engaging and real characters. I immediately connected with the material and knew that she had conceived the perfect combination for a great fantasy film.” Read More »

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Good Universe Taps Helen Lee-Kim To Head International

By | Wednesday October 17, 2012 @ 3:22pm PDT
Mike Fleming

SANTA MONICA (October 17, 2012) – GOOD UNIVERSE, a full-service motion picture financing and production company, is upping its commitment to being a leading force in international sales and distribution with the expansion of its global sales arm. Industry veteran Helen Lee-Kim has come onboard as partner and president of international to jointly build Good Universe with co-founders Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane. Brent Jack also joins as the head of international marketing and publicity.

Building upon key relationships, Lee-Kim will align the company with third party producers and financiers who are also committed to bringing feature films with broad commercial appeal to the international marketplace. She will also help drive the international group’s evolution into the television business. Jack will continue his decade long partnership with Lee-Kim, developing customized sales launches and supervising international rollouts for all films on the company’s growing slate.

Lee-Kim and Jack have long standing ties with Drake and Kahane following successful runs together at Lionsgate, as well as Mandate Pictures and Senator International. Together they have launched over 70 films which have generated over 4.5 billion dollars in worldwide box office.

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Good Universe Continues Ramp-Up With Promotions

By | Monday July 23, 2012 @ 6:05pm PDT

Joe Drake Nathan Kahane Good UniverseEXCLUSIVE: Good Universe, the full-service movie financing, production and sales company launched by Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane just ahead of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, has promoted a trio of execs. … Read More »

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Kevin Kline To Join Cast Of ‘Last Vegas’

By | Wednesday July 18, 2012 @ 3:06pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Kevin Kline Last Vegas CastingKevin Kline is joining Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Michael Douglas as the fourth buddy in the CBS Films and Good Universe comedy about old … Read More »

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It’s Official: Morgan Freeman Joins ‘Last Vegas’

By | Thursday May 17, 2012 @ 12:14pm PDT

Related: Morgan Freeman In Talks For ‘Last Vegas’

LOS ANGELES – May 17, 2012 – CBS Films and Good Universe announced today that Oscar®-winner Morgan Freeman will join fellow Oscar®-winners Michael Douglas and Robert De Niro in the comedy LAST VEGAS.

Directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure, While You Were Sleeping) from a screenplay by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love, Tangled), LAST VEGAS is a comedy about four old friends who decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single.

Freeman is set to play Archie Clay, an army veteran, who looks to escape the watchful eyes of his son and daughter-in-law and accompany his best friends on a trip to Vegas.

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‘Hunger Games’ Joe Drake Starts New Film Label With Mandate Partner Nathan Kahane

By | Tuesday May 1, 2012 @ 3:00pm PDT

Santa Monica, CA (May 1, 2012) — Longtime partners Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane have launched Good Universe, a new full-service motion picture financing, production and global sales company. The new company — which kicks off its upcoming

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