New Details On James Frey’s Mammoth Book-Movie ‘Endgame’ Deal At Fox

Mike Fleming

Last Friday, James FreyDeadline broke news that author James Frey’s latest YA novel Endgame was part of a bidding war. Later I reported that the result was a movie deal upwards of $2 million with Fox, which came after the publishing deal with sister company HarperCollins, and Google part of the mix. This for a Hunger Games-style series. So here are more details about what happened for the author of I Am Number Four and A Million Little Pieces.

HarperCollins got this started by buying U.S. and UK English-language rights to a trilogy of novels Frey writes with Nils Johnson-Shelton, first of which is to be published on October 7, 2014. The book already has its foreign publishers lined up for a simultaneous release around the world in over 30 languages. Fox signed on quickly — 20th_century_fox_logoWarner Bros was trolling but never got to make a bid — for the movie rights, the first of which Frey will script based on the the opening book Endgame: The Calling, with Twilight Saga producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen of Temple Hill producing a series of movies based on the three books. They also have access to e-book novellas that are part of the series. The interactive part of this has big potential and is being orchestrated by HarperCollins, Full Fathom Five (which created I Am Number Four) and Google’s Niantic Labs, which will publish six Endgame novels for the Google Play store, with the game launching on Android and iOS devices late next year. Read More »

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Fox Takes James Frey’s ‘Endgame’ In Year’s First 7-Figure Deal With Google In The Mix

By | Friday January 10, 2014 @ 9:49pm PST
Mike Fleming

James FreyUPDATED: 9:48 PMFox landed James Frey’s Endgame, and the deal was around $2 million with Temple Hill partners Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen. Details will be forthcoming, but Google is involved. Fox joins sister company … Read More »

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James Frey’s Full Fathom Five Hires Todd Cohen As President Of Film And Television

By | Wednesday April 4, 2012 @ 4:33pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Best-selling author James Frey’s book-packaging company Full Fathom Five is looking to expand into movies, TV, and the digital space with the hire of Reveille executive Todd Cohen as President of Film and Television. Cohen will oversee the mining of the company’s catalog, shepherding the company’s current projects through development and … Read More »

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Legal Drama About Ex-U.S. President Lands At CBS With Penalty

By | Sunday September 25, 2011 @ 6:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS has bought Legacy, a drama project from Jericho co-creator Jonathan E. Steinberg, DreamWorks TV and author James Frey’s book-packaging company Full Fathom Five. The project has received a script commitment plus penalty from the network and has been laid off at CBS TV Studios. It centers on a one-term president who goes back to work at his hometown law firm where he hand-picks the cases that really matter to him. Steinberg, who will write the script, is executive producing with Frey, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Read More »

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Hollywood & Religion: More Controversy To Come If New Films Anger The Faithful

Mike Fleming

Easter Sunday seems an appropriate time to focus on Hollywood’s treatment of the subject matter of religion. When it comes to making movies from various Biblical interpretations, conventional wisdom says stick close to scripture and the faithful will flock. Mel Read More »

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DreamWorks Craft Racing Vehicle For Alex Pettyfer

By | Friday December 17, 2010 @ 4:53pm PST
Mike Fleming

DreamWorks has big plans for Alex Pettyfer. He’s the star of I Am Number Four, the adaptation of the James Frey novel that is envisioned as the start of a film franchise when it’s released February 18. The studio has … Read More »

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