Jeff Katz, Lou Arkoff, and Hal Sadoff plan to remake 10 titles in the Arkoff/Nicholson library of American International Pictures-produced 1950’s classics. That means a steady diet of antiheroes, monsters and naughty girls is back on the menu. They will start with these 1950’s drive-in classics: Girls In Prison, Viking Women & The Sea Serpent, The Brain Eaters, She-Creature, Teenage Caveman, Runaway Daughters, The Undead, War of The Colossal Beast, Cool & The Crazy and Day The World Ended. The plan is to shoot them all back to back, beginning this fall. The question will be how these films, distinguished more than anything by their titles, will play in the modern age.
AIP was founded in 1954 by Samuel Z. Arkoff and James H. Nicholson, and churned out 500 low-budget, indies for teens that included the Beach Party series with Frankie Avalon and the late Annette Funicello, as well as the early films of director Roger Corman. In 1979 AIP merged with Filmways which later was folded into Orion Pictures. Currently, the rest of the library is owned by MGM, Orion’s successor. Arkoff, son of Samuel, had previously produced remakes of AIP titles for Showtime’s Rebel Highway series in the 1990′s.
“The AIP spirit was all about innovation and giving new young talent a place to create,” said Arkoff. “We are now using that independent spirit and … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: ICM has named Jessica Lacy to head the agency’s international and independent film department. This comes after Deadline broke the story yesterday that 7-year vet Hal Sadoff was exiting. Lacy, a literary agent who joined the department in 2007, will lead the group in structuring and arranging financing, packaging and securing distribution for independent films.
“Jessica has grown tremendously in her role, and she is the ideal choice to lead and build this division, as we look to deepen our relationships in the creative and financial sectors and bring the best opportunities to our clients,” stated ICM President Chris Silbermann.
The department, which also includes agent Peter Trinh, brokered or co-repped eight distribution deals during and following the Sundance Film Festival, including the North American acquisitions of festival award winners Robot And Frank, starring Frank Langella and Susan Sarandon; the Duplass Bros-produced Safety Not Guaranteed, Ryan O’Nan’s Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best; The Giant Mechanical Man, starring Jenna Fischer, Topher Grace and Chris Messina; and LUV, starring Common, Dennis Haysbert and Danny Glover. International sales were closed on Cherry, Between Us, and It’s a Disaster. Now, Lacy gets to steer the department as ICM goes through a shakeout as it transitions to a partner-owned agency.
EXCLUSIVE: I’m hearing that ICM and Hal Sadoff have come to a parting of the way after seven years. Sadoff, a former investment banker at Cobalt Media Group and the London-based National Westminster Bank joined ICM seven years ago and has been the agency’s Head of International and Independent Film. Between ICM and the banks, he has played a role in putting together more than 400 films, with budgets totaling over $3.5 billion. This has been in the works for some time, and was a rumor going around Sundance and Berlin. Sadoff is a well liked guy whose annual Cannes Film Festival bash at La Pizza was always a highlight of the festival. It isn’t clear what he’ll do next, but I expect he’ll figure it out shortly.
Before joining ICM, Sadoff was exec producer and financial consultant on several films including Hotel Rwanda, which was nominated for three Academy Awards. Read More »