EXCLUSIVE: Fox has made a pre-emptive pitch deal for Breaker, an original sci-fi idea by VFX wiz and commercials director Trevor Cawood. Fox-based Hutch Parker Entertainment is producing. Matt Cook, whose scripts By Way Of Helena and 999 made the Black List, will write the script. The scribe and Parker previously teamed for an untitled heist project at the studio. Dan Wilson is running point for Hutch Parker Ent, and Jason Young is the Fox exec. Parker just produced The Wolverine and is working on X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Cook and Cawood are both repped at WME and Anonymous Content.
20th Century Fox has acquired Capsule, a spec by Ian Shorr that Hutch Parker and John Zaozirny are attached to produce through Parker’s Hutch Parker Entertainment banner. Parker exec Aaron Ensweiler will spearhead the project for the company. Matthias Hoene is attached to direct. It’s a sci-fi script, based on an original story by Hoene. A young man’s life is turned upside down when he mysteriously begins to receive metallic capsules containing messages from his future self.
EXCLUSIVE: Hutch Parker Entertainment has partnered with producer Shane Salerno to develop Savages author’s Don Winslow’s bestselling 2007 thriller California Fire And Life. The producers will be going out to screenwriters and filmmakers shortly.
California Fire And Life tells the story of Jack Wade, once a rising star cop who fell from grace in a scandal and now makes his living as an arson investigator. His cardinal rule is “don’t get involved”, but when Jack sees the charred corpse of a young woman that has been written off as an accident, he becomes obsessed with hunting down the killer. Both Savages and Winslow’s new novel The Kings Of Cool are on the bestseller list.
EXCLUSIVE: Hours after Deadline revealed the impending exit of New Regency chairmen Bob Harper and Hutch Parker, I’m told that former Paramount Pictures production president Brad Weston is in deep negotiations to run the production/financing company as president/CEO. That …
EXCLUSIVE: A major shake up is taking place at Arnon Milchan’s New Regency. Co-chairmen Bob Harper and Hutch Parker will not renew their contracts when they expire in December. I’ve confirmed with Harper that he and Parker are negotiating their exits. There had recently been a ripple of rumors about this, and there will be the inevitable speculation over whether the duo are jumping before being pushed. Harper didn’t get into that, but said that he was confirming because he and Parker were aware of the rumors and were most concerned with reassuring filmmakers with Regency projects that the duo would continue to be closely involved and see those films through to release. Harper also said the decision came after months of conversations with Milchan over whether or not to renew. Recently, they came to the conclusion that this was the best course. Milchan could conceivably name a replacement quickly, but Harper told me that he and Parker will continue to see through the completed films as well as some of the projects that are gearing up for production starts, regardless of how quickly the succession takes place.
Harper had been in the job for four years (he moved from the post of vice chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment and has worked for Fox since 1986), and Parker had been in the post for more than three years (he moved over from the post of 20th Century Fox vice chairman, and had been with the studio 13 years when he took the job). They have been involved in every facet of New Regency films, including production, marketing, distribution and administering the library. Harper said it is unclear what will happen next year, and that he and Harper haven’t solidified their plans. I wouldn’t be surprised if they remain on the Fox lot as producers or in some other capacity.
EXCLUSIVE: Regency Television, the boutique TV production company that produced Roswell, Malcolm In the Middle and Bernie Mac, is poised for a comeback. I hear former ABC Studios executive-turned-producer Morgan Wandell has emerged as the frontrunner to run the resurrected production company. The original Regency TV launched in 1998 as a 50-50 joint venture between Regency Enterprises and Fox TV Studios and existed for 10 years until the partners shut it down in July 2008.
Hutch Parker and Bob Harper, toppers of Regency Enterprises’ film division New Regency, hinted about the company’s plans to explore a return to television at the January announcement of the renewal of New Regency’s distribution deal with Fox. “We can see an opportunity for a restructured approach,” Parker said back then. Indeed, I hear that Regency TV 2.0 would operate under a new business model. For starters, the new incarnation of the company won’t be a co-venture with Fox TV Studios but a Regency-owned independent TV production company. But more importantly, unlike the original company, which deficit financed its series, I hear the new Regency TV won’t. I hear the company would emulate DreamWorks TV’s model instead, in which the production company develops projects independently but doesn’t deficit them, instead taking in producing fees. Despite Regency’s close ties with Fox (News Corp. also owns 20% of New Regency), I hear Regency TV won’t be affiliated with News Corp’s TV divisions 20th Century Fox TV or Fox TV Studios, through it is possibly for 20th TV to have some distribution responsibilities.
It was getting to the point that every few weeks I heard another rumor about where Hutch Parker, the vice chairman of Twentieth Century Fox Film Group, would be heading. Because it’s been common knowledge that Parker had one foot out the …