Berlin: Drake Doremus’ Kristen Stewart Pic ‘Equals’ Hot Sales Title

By | Thursday January 30, 2014 @ 1:29pm PST
Mike Fleming

kristen_stewart_1173995493The Drake Doremus-directed sci-fi pic Equals that we told you in the fall would star Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult is shaping up, and with financing in hand is now set to head to Berlin‘s European Film … Read More »

Comments (8)

Toronto: Jason Reitman Circling Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt For ‘Men, Women And Children’

By | Wednesday September 4, 2013 @ 5:37pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Jason Reitman, who’ll launch his film Labor Day in Toronto and preside over a reading of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights script there, is fast mobilizing his next film. I’m told that Indian Paintbrush is looking … Read More »

Comments (19)

Mark Roybal Leaving Indian Paintbrush To Become Exec Veep At 20th Century Fox

By | Tuesday April 16, 2013 @ 6:00pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Roybal, the well-respected president of Steven Rales’ indie production shingle Indian Paintbrush, is leaving. He is being hired by 20th Century Fox production president Emma Watts to become EVP Production. He fills the slot that Peter Kang left when he exited the studio and subsequently signed on at Paramount. I’m told that Roybal will oversee Gone Girl and the Matt Reeves-directed sequel Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. Gone Girl, an adaptation of the Gillian Flynn bestseller, is the odds-on favorite to be the next film that David Fincher directs.

He leaves Rales’ Indian Paintbrush in a good place. The company has established itself as a respected financier and producer of classy fare, from the Drake Doremus-directed Like Crazy to the Wes Anderson-directed Moonrise Kingdom and his follow-up The Grand Budapest Hotel. Also coming is Jason Reitman’s next film, Labor Day. Roybal’s exit is amicable. Read More »

Comments (14)

‘Black Swan’ Scribe Set To Adapt ‘Syndrome E’ For Indian Paintbrush And Paramount

By | Monday February 4, 2013 @ 3:50pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVEMark Heyman has been set by Paramount and Indian Paintbrush to adapt the international bestseller novel Syndrome E. Heyman’s recent script work includes the Darren Aronofsky-directed Black Swan. Originally published in France, the Franck ThilliezRead More »

Comments (11)

Sundance: ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’ Wins Indian Paintbrush Grant

Indian Paintbrush has chosen Sundance contender Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and producers Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston and their company Sailor Bear as recipients of the 2013 Indian Paintbrush Producer’s Award and accompanying $10,000 grant. Ain’t Them Read More »

Comments (2)

Post-’Twilight Saga’, Robert Pattinson Takes Showy Role In ‘Hold On To Me’

By | Tuesday October 16, 2012 @ 12:58pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Robert Pattinson Carey Mulligan Hold On To MeEXCLUSIVE: As packages firm up for AFM, here’s one that will surely reverberate in Santa Monica. Robert Pattinson is signing on to star with Carey Mulligan in Hold On To Me. The film will be directed by James Marsh, who won an Oscar for the docu Man On Wire and followed with Project Nim. Pic is based on a true story about a femme fatale who with her boyfriend kidnaps and ransoms the town’s richest man. They bury him in a box and things go horribly awry. Pattinson plays the flashy supporting role of the woman’s life love, Jimmy, who isn’t involved in the crime. The project was scripted by Brad Ingelsby. Read More »

Comments 26

Tobey Maguire Joins Jason Reitman’s ‘Labor Day’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Tobey Maguire has joined the cast of the Jason Reitman-directed Labor Day, which begins shooting this month in Massachusetts. Mr. Mudd’s Lianne Halfon and Russ Smith are producing along with Helen Estabrook and Reitman. Indian PaintbrushRead More »

Comments (4)

Indian Paintbrush Makes First-Look Deal With Jeremy Renner’s The Combine

By | Thursday May 31, 2012 @ 12:02pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Steven Rales’ Indian Paintbrush has made a two-year first-look deal with Jeremy Renner and writer-director Don Handfield, partners in the upstart production company The Combine. The financier/producer has deals with its Moonrise Kingdom helmer Wes Anderson and also with Jason Reitman, who is about to start Labor Day for Indian Paintbrush. This marks its first overall deal with an actor-producer.

The deal comes at a time when Renner is soaring. After successive Oscar nominations for The Hurt Locker and The Town, he starred alongside Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible –Ghost Protocol and played Hawkeye in The Avengers. Renner next stars in The Bourne Legacy, which Universal releases in August. Despite his growing bankability, the focus of the deal is to utilize Renner as producer and not necessarily as an actor. Indian Paintbrush’s Rales and Mark Roybal met with Renner and his partner and were impressed by their strong business plan and creative aspirations. They’ve already fixed on the first project, but were keeping it under wraps for the moment. It is likely their sensibility will be closer to The Hurt Locker than The Avengers.

Related: Hot Trailer: ‘The Bourne Legacy’ With Jeremy Renner Read More »

Comments (9)

Paramount, Indian Paintbrush Acquire French Thriller Novel ‘Syndrome E’

By | Thursday March 29, 2012 @ 5:32pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush are closing a deal to acquire the rights to the international bestselling novel Syndrome E. Originally published in France, the Franck Thilliez novel is the first in a series, and it will be released … Read More »

Comments (12)

Brad Ingelsby Lands High-Six Figure Indian Paintbrush Deal For ‘The Signal’

By | Thursday March 22, 2012 @ 10:10am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Indian Paintbrush has put the finishing strokes on a high-six figure preemptively acquire The Signal, a pitch by hot scribe Brad Ingelsby. The company is keeping the logline under wraps, but it is a contained family-adventure film that has … Read More »

Comments (6)

Indian Paintbrush Buys Spec ‘Off The Grid’

By | Monday March 12, 2012 @ 3:31pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Indian Paintbrush Off The GridEXCLUSIVE: Indian Paintbrush has acquired Off The Grid, an action thriller spec by Christopher Cantwell and Christopher Rogers. The film will be produced by Indian Paintbrush’s Steven Rales and Mark Royal and Mike Pruss will … Read More »

Comments (7)

Indian Paintbrush Buys Screen Rights To Frankfurt Sensation ‘The Andalucian Friend’

By | Tuesday November 8, 2011 @ 7:07pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Indian Paintbrush has acquired screen rights to The Andalucian Friend, a debut novel by Swedish author Alexander Soderberg that created a huge buzz and sold big at the Frankfurt Book Fair several weeks ago. The novel sold strongly in … Read More »

Comments (0)

Hot Trailer: ‘Like Crazy’

Mike Fleming

Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush have released a trailer for Like Crazy, one of the hot titles that came out of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The Drake Doremus-directed film stars Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones and Jennifer Lawrence, it won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and good things are … Read More »

Comments (14)

Focus Features Acquires Worldwide Rights To Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’

Mike Fleming

Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights from Indian Paintbrush on Moonrise Kingdom, the Wes Anderson-directed film that stars Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Fran McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman. Anderson has begun filming, from a script he wrote with … Read More »

Comments 22

Post-’Office,’ Steve Carell Ponders Doomsday With Keira Knightley

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 3:43pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In what shapes up as his first feature project after leaving The Office, Steve Carell will star in Seeking A Friend For The End of The World. The film marks the directorial debut of its screenwriter, Lorene Scafaria. Keira Knightley is in negotiations for the female lead. Mandate Pictures and Indian Paintbrush will co-finance and production begins in May. The film takes place at a time when mankind is forced to absorb the fact that an incoming asteroid will end humanity. Carell plays a man suddenly alone when his wife leaves in a panic. His high school sweetheart writes him saying she wants to be with him when the world stops. His neighbor (Knightley) accompanies him on the road trip as love blooms at the worst possible time. Despite the doomsday climax, the film has a somewhat comic and romantic tone.

Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Joy Gorman will produce with Steven Rales and Mark Roybal from Indian Paintbrush. Mandate’s Nathan Kahane and Nicole Brown will be exec producers. It is the second collaboration between Mandate and Indian Paintbrush: they recently wrapped the Jason Reitman-directed Young Adult, which was scripted by Diablo Cody and stars Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt. Paramount will release the film. Read More »

Comments 28

Sundance: ‘Like Crazy’ Closes Deal With Paramount And Indian Paintbrush

Mike Fleming

UPDATE, 8:25 AM: As I tipped you yesterday, Paramount’s Adam Goodman and acquisitions exec Matt Brodie and Indian Paintbrush’s Peter McPartlin closed the deal with the UTA team today around 6 AM for the Super … Read More »

Comments (9)

Steven Rales Staffs Indian Paintbrush

Mike Fleming

Indian Paintbrush, the film financing/production arm of billionaire industrialist Steven Rales, is staffing up. Rales this fall brought in Mark Roybal to run the company, and the longtime president of Scott Rudin Productions has added two creative executives: Overbrook Entertainment executive Jeff Sommerville has signed on to be senior  veep … Read More »

Comments (2)

Billionaire Steven Rales Taps Mark Roybal To Ramp Up Indian Paintbrush Film Shingle

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In a move that signals billionaire Steven Rales’ intent to step up his output of auteur-driven prestige films, he has hired Mark Roybal to become president of production of his Indian Paintbrush banner. Roybal spent the last … Read More »

Comments (17)