EXCLUSIVE: The Devil Inside‘s helmer William Brent Bell been hired to direct a supernatural thriller called The Inhabitant said to be in the vein of The Conjuring. Lakeshore Entertainment’s Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Vertigo’s Roy Lee, Matt Berenson (A Place Beyond The Pines), Jim Wedaa and Adam Stone are producing from a script by Stacey Menear.
The Devil Inside was released last year and did incredible business. The movie was done on a shoestring budget ($1M+) and made over $101.7M worldwide for the filmmakers and distributor Paramount. Talk about a profitable film. Bell is repped by ICM Partners and Jackoway Tyerman (Karl Austen). Menear is repped by WME.
The CEO of Anonymous Content today let loose against Lakeshore Entertainment over its firing of him last year from the romantic drama Adaline. “There is no polite way to put it: Lakeshore tried to pull a fast one to avoid honoring its obligations to prominent film, television, and commercial producer [Steve] Golin in connection with the upcoming film Adaline, featuring Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn, and Blake Lively,” says the breach of contract and unjust enrichment complaint Golin filed today by in LA Superior Court (read it here). Golin and his Overt Operations claim that he is owed “no less than $450,000 and no more than $1,000,000” under a Loanout Agreement with Lakeshore as well as a hefty backend on the pic. The talent and management company boss also says he had no idea about a section of the agreement that seems to give Lakeshore the right to can him as they did. Requesting a jury trial, Golin, who is an EP on HBO’s True Detective among his many credits, and his company are seeking unspecified damages, proper credit and a change in the agreement plus legal costs and the usual “for such other and further relief as the Court deems proper and just” in the 5-claim complaint. Read More »
Former ABC exec Chad Hoffman has come aboard to spearhead television strategy for Lakeshore Entertainment as the indie film production, finance, sales, and distribution company moves into the small screen biz. Lakeshore’s TV division launches with a pair of shows. The Sebastian Maniscalo Project, recently sold to NBC through Sony Pictures Television, will be executive produced by Lakeshore. The company is also producing the pilot Blanco for Cinemax in association with Fox TV Studios, which Lakeshore Chairman and CEO Tom Rosenberg is also producing. Lakeshore’s Gary Lucchesi will exec produce. As part of their expansion into TV, Lakeshore will look to solicit and develop new original materials and will tap their own film library for potential series adaptations. While at ABC Hoffman developed Twin Peaks, China Beach, and thirtysomething. He also exec produced Eerie, Indiana for Hearst Entertainment Productions before stints at Sony and start-up Permission TV.
Lionsgate and Lakeshore/Hopscotch’s Aaron Eckhart-starring I, Frankenstein will be released in IMAX theaters around the U.S. and in select overseas territories on January 24, 2014. That’s the same day as the CG-heavy dystopian thriller’s regular domestic release. The 3D pic written and helmed by Stuart Beattie stars Eckhart, Bill Nighy and Yvonne Strahovski in a story based on the Darkstorm Studios graphic novel about the monster in present day who finds himself in the middle of a war between immortal clans.
David Hayter has been brought on board by Lakeshore Entertainment and Hopscotch Features to write the screenplay for The Sword. The adaptation of what could be a potential franchise for the companies, as Deadline reported back in February, is based on Jonathan and Joshua Luna’s multi volume graphic novel of the same name The Sword, which was first published in 2007, tells the story of the orphaned and paraplegic Dara Brighton and the ancient sword she discovers to seek revenge on the killers of family. By the sound of it, the story fits well within Hayter’s wheelhouse with his previous credits of the likes of 2000’s X-Men, 2003’s X2, 2007’s The Scorpion King and 2009’s Watchmen. “David has a proven track record of bringing the multifaceted, beloved characters of graphic novels to mainstream audiences and we’re excited that he’ll be joining us for The Sword,” said Lakeshore Chairman and CEO Tom Rosenberg in a statement Monday. Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi, along with Skip Williamson, and Hopscotch’s Andrew Mason, will produce the adventure pic with Hopscotch’s Troy Lum as Executive Producer. This marks the second collaboration between Lakeshore and Hopscotch. The duo have previously partnered on upcoming I, Frankenstein, out early next year. CAA represents the Luna Brothers, as well as the graphic novel rights to The Sword. David Hayter is represented by UTA and attorney David Feldman.
Michael Pena has a very busy dance card. Today Lakeshore Entertainment and Lionsgate announced that the actor has boarded The Vatican Tapes. Pena will play Father Lozano in the demonic thriller directed by Mark Neveldine. The Lakeshore-produced pic will start filming next month with Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott, Kathleen Robertson, Peter Andersson, John Patrick Amedori, Alex Sparrow and Olivia Dudley also in the cast. Dudley plays a twentysomething who seems to cause death and destruction to those around her. Pena’s character is the local priest who first tries to help. In April, my colleague Mike Fleming Jr, revealed that Pena was joining David O Russell’s con-artist film with Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence. Last month it was announced that the End of Watch actor would reunite with the cop drama’s director David Ayer for Fury with Brad Pitt. Pena also will be heard as Tito in the upcoming Turbo from DreamWorks Animation. Read More »
Lakeshore Premium Digital Content will harness the company’s existing library of film titles under the guidance of new Senior Vice President of Lakeshore International Todd Olsson, formerly of Buena Vista Home Entertainment. Lakeshore Entertainment, founded in 1994, currently has 500 films in its catalogue which are being converted to digital formats for iTunes, Netflix, and additional digital services. Upcoming Lakeshore films include the Aaron Eckhart starrer I, Frankenstein and Elizabeth Banks and James Marsden’s Walk Of Shame.
In a bid to build a new franchise akin to its Underworld series, Lakeshore Entertainment has secured rights to Jonathan and Joshua Luna’s graphic novel, The Sword. The female-led revenge story is divided into four volumes and the first installment is expected to go into production this year with Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi producing.
Story follows a young paraplegic who leads an ordinary existence until her family is brutally murdered by a mysterious trio. Escaping from the assassins, she discovers a sword that restores her ability to walk and grants her physical powers. With her new weapon she sets out on a journey of brutal retribution. The Luna Brothers are known for their penchant for female protagonists including Spider-Woman, Ultra Girls and The Sword. They and the graphic novel rights to The Sword are repped by CAA.
Bill Burr, Liz Carey, Willie Garson, Lawrence Gilliard Jr, Oliver Hudson, Alphonso McAuley, Kevin Nealon, Tig Notaro, Ethan Suplee and Sarah Wright will join Elizabeth Banks and James Marsden in Lakeshore and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment‘s Walk Of Shame. Steven Brill wrote and is directing the comedy, about a high-strung news anchor (Banks) who, after a wild night out, finds herself locked out on the street with no phone, money, ID or car, and embarks on a series of misadventures as she finds her way to the most important job interview of her life. Gillian Jacobs and Ken Davitian also are aboard. Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing with Sidney Kimmel.
We now have an answer to the question, who is going to produce and finance the remake of the Bette Davis-Joan Crawford classic Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? The answer is Lakeshore partners Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi, who’ll produce with The Aldrich Company’s Adell Aldrich. Robert Aldrich helmed the 1962 original, and as Deadline revealed during Comic-Con, Walter Hill is helming the remake.
Hill, who most recently wrapped the Sylvester Stallone-starrer Bullet To The Head, partnered with The Aldrich Company to develop the remake, which Lukas Heller adapted from the Henry Farrell novel.
Lakeshore will help Hill re-create the nightmarish relationship between two sisters in a crumbling Hollywood mansion, where former child star Jane Hudson (Davis) holds captive her crippled former movie-queen sister (Crawford). “The idea is to make a modern film without modernizing the period,” Hill told me at the time. “It needs to resonate the golden age of Hollywood.” Hill is repped by ICM Partners as is The Aldrich Company.
‘Arthur Christmas’ Slays ‘Em In The UK
Sony Pictures Animation and Aardman’s Arthur Christmas jumped to the top of the UK box office this weekend – in its fourth week of release. This bit of holiday magic came courtesy of a £1.9 million weekend take for a cume of £11.5 million. The film has been holding steady in second place since it bowed on November 11 and this weekend faced off against Happy Feet Two for the family audience. Largely positive notices and the British voice cast — including James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton — have no doubt been a local draw. Sony Pictures Releasing UK’s Peter Taylor said: “Opening a movie at No. 1 in such a competitive market as the UK is difficult enough, but to reach the top of the chart in the fourth week of release is almost unprecedented. We are all delighted.”
Tom Hooper Decides Against 3D For ‘Les Miserables’
Although director Tom Hooper flirted with the idea of filming the new movie version of the hit stage musical Les Miserables in 3D, the Oscar-winning helmer of The King’s Speech has decided to stick with 2D. Hooper told the BBC he had been “very tempted” to use 3D but worried that some audiences might “physically struggle” with the format. Not to worry, purists. “I can definitely announce it’s good old-fashioned 2D,” Hooper said at the British Independent Film Awards. “I wanted to make a film that would touch everyone. I believe the story is so strong, 3D is not essential.” Hooper added that the casting of Eponine and Cosette would be announced soon. “I’ve never done a film where big star actors are as obsessed with being in it as this.” Starring Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe as Javert, Read More »
Jessica Chastain will star with Tom Cruise in the untitled Universal film that Tron: Legacy helmer Joseph Kosinski will direct. The film was developed at Disney under Oblivion and retitled Horizons, but the sci-fi action film is currently untitled. Cruise plays the last man on Earth who patrols and blasts predatory aliens until he discovers a beautiful intruder who makes him question his role on Earth, which has become a practically uninhabitable place. I think they still have to set the intruder. …
Eric Bana is in talks to star in Lakeshore’s Brilliant, a thriller that Robert Luketic will direct from a Gillian Gorfil script. The film revolves around a small-time crook who joins accomplished thieves in a diamond heist. WME and Robert Offer rep Bana.
Sidney Kimmel, the schmatta magnate who verged on quitting the movie biz after making a bunch of good indie films that flopped, seems reinvigorated with a new strategy: make every film possible with Katherine Heigl.
Kimmel has joined forces with Lakeshore Entertainment on Adaline, an “epic romance” that will star Heigl, with Andy Tennant directing. This comes as Kimmel and Lakeshore have Heigl set to play bounty hunter Stephanie Plum in One for the Money, with Julie Anne Robinson directing the adaptation of the Janet Evanovich novel, with Lionsgate distributing. Adaline, written by Mills Goodloe and Sal Paskowitz and revised by Allison Burnett, revolves around a beautiful woman who hasn’t aged in 100 years but hasn’t found love, either. She finally meets that guy who might be worth embracing mortality, and all the wrinkles and sagging that comes with it. Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Alix Madigan are producing with Kimmel and Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi. Heigl, Nancy Heigl and Jim Tauber are exec producers. They hope to shoot early next year.