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CAA Signs ‘Karate Kid’ Helmer Harald Zwart

By | Tuesday August 14, 2012 @ 12:54pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: CAA just signed Harald Zwart, who is following up the hit remake The Karate Kid with Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, the adaptation of the first novel in the Cassandra Clare series that will star Jamie Campbell Bower, Lilly Collins, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Leana Headey for Constantin Films and Screen Gems.

Zwart, who was last repped at ICM Partners, comes to CAA with his production company, Zwart Arbeid. Zwart founded that shingle and runs it with producer Veslemoey Ruud Zwart. The Karate Kid, which starred Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, grossed $343 million globally, and before that Zwart directed the films The Pink Panther 2, Agent Cody Banks and One Night At McCool’s. Zwart continues with Warren Dern as his lawyer.

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Sony-Based Screen Gems Closing On ‘The Mortal Instruments’

By | Thursday March 29, 2012 @ 7:23pm PDT
Mike Fleming

With franchise fever heavy in the air after last weekend’s The Hunger Games opening and the big auction for Fifty Shades of Grey, I’m hearing that Screen Gems is closing a deal to partner with Constantin on the live action adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments, which just got Lily Collins as star and The Karate Kid helmer Harald Zwart as director. Screen Gems will distribute.

Sony Pictures, which has The Da Vinci Code and James Bond and is expected to go forward with the second installment in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo franchise, is looking to fortify its tent pole business. The studio was one of the most aggressive bidders for screen rights to the E.L. James trilogy Fifty Shades Of Grey. Screen Gems, which has the Resident Evil and Underworld franchises, had originally been involved with The Mortal Instruments, before letting it go. Constantin put it back together. The series starts with The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, set in contemporary New York City, where Clary, a seemingly ordinary teenager, discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. Collins is about to open … Read More »

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Constantin Sets Lily Collins For Harald Zwart-Helmed ‘Mortal Instruments’

By | Friday March 16, 2012 @ 9:13am PDT
Mike Fleming

Lily Collins The Mortal Instruments(Los Angeles, CA) March 16, 2012 – Putting to rest weeks of rampant speculation about director and cast, Constantin Film and Unique Features announced today that Harald Zwart will direct actress Lily Collins in the hotly anticipated film adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s #1 best-selling book series “The Mortal Instruments.”

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