EXCLUSIVE: Lava Bear and producer David S. Goyer have hired Jason Zada to direct The Forest, the Japan-set supernatural horror film. This is the project that had been known as the untitled David Goyer, as the Man Of Steel and The Dark Knight trilogy scribe hatched the story. The project has a rewrite from Sarah Cornwell. The film takes place in the Aokigahara forest of Japan. Goyer and Lava Bear will produce.
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This is the feature directorial debut for Zada, who has helmed inventive commercials, music videos and the interactive short films including Take This Lollipop, which got 7 million YouTube views when it surfaced in 2011. Read More »
Lava Bear and QED International will finance and co-produce Intrusion, a thriller to be directed by David Bruckner from a script by writer L.D. Goffigan that got a rewrite from Amy Herzog. Quadrant Pictures’ Doug Davison will produce the project with Tariq Jalil, Lava Bear, and QED’s Bill Block. QED’s John Hegeman will executive produce. Bruckner helmed the segment Amateur Nights from the anthology pic V/H/S. A young woman’s life begins to unravel shortly after moving to San Francisco, when she realizes she’s being pursued by a disturbed stalker. As the assaults and creepy incidents escalate she realizes that she has become the target of something far more sinister and horrifying. Pic will shoot later this year.
EXCLUSIVE: David Linde‘s Lava Bear has set David Bruckner (The Signal, V/H/S) to direct Intrusion, a thriller script written by L.D. Goffigan. Along with Doug Davison, Tariq Jalil and Lucas Carter, Lava Bear will produce and production has been set to start later this year.
A young woman’s life begins to unravel shortly after moving to San Francisco, when she realizes she’s being pursued by a disturbed stalker. As the assaults and creepy incidents escalate she realizes that she has become the target of something far more sinister and horrifying.
Bruckner directed Amateur Night, the opening segment of the 2012 found-footage horror anthology V/H/S. He made his debut on the 2007 pic The Signal, which he co-directed with Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: David Linde’s Lava Bear has made a deal to develop an untitled feature based on an original idea by David S. Goyer. Lava Bear will produce the supernatural thriller along with Goyer. They will put a writer on it shortly. Goyer scripted the upcoming Superman: Man of Steel for Warner Bros, and Godzilla for Legendary Pictures. After co-writing Batman Begins with Chris Nolan, he co-wrote the story for both The Dark Knight and the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises, and Marvel’s Blade films and Ghost Rider. He previously worked with Linde while the latter was Universal Pictures co-chairman and Goyer directed the supernatural thriller The Unborn for Rogue Pictures. Lava Bear president Tory Metzger will oversee the project.
Lava Bear is currently developing films that include the Gil Kenan-directed A Giant, an untitled thriller from writer L.D. Goffigan, and the David Michod-directed The Rover. Goyer is represented by WME.
EXCLUSIVE: David Linde’s Lava Bear has made its first spec script buy as Linde and Lava Bear president Tory Metzger acquired an untitled thriller by scribe L.D. Goffigan. Lava Bear will produce with Quadrant Pictures’ Doug Davison and Tariq Jalil. Lucas Carter is exec producer. They are keeping the logline under wraps. It’s the first sale for the writer, who has been working as an assistant. Three offers materialized when the script went out under the title Intrusion. Davison and Linde worked together previously on the horror hit The Strangers, a factor in why this went the way of Lava Bear. Lava Bear is out to directors with plans to begin production in 2013. The scribe is repped by CAA and manager Jewerl Ross.
Former Universal Pictures co-chairman David Linde has formalized a funding arrangement with Reliance Entertainment and set Tory Metzger to be head of production for his new company, both of which Deadline told you would happen months ago. I still expect the company to be called Lava Bear when all is said and done, but as of now it’s unnamed. Linde has also named Adam Rymer COO. He intends to make one to three movies a year for the next four years. Here’s the release that makes the whole thing official:
Los Angeles, CA – May 24, 2011 – David Linde and Reliance Entertainment jointly announced today the official formation and funding of Linde’s new company, a new platform for film production and financing. Reliance Entertainment is providing the capital to finance the yet unnamed new venture. Working from a global distribution structure combining studio and independent distribution, the company will both produce and finance projects creating a clear “brand” of films designed for the worldwide marketplace.
For nearly two decades, Linde has proven a unique ability to join a singular vision with the intricacies of the domestic and international film marketplace. The new entity is specifically designed to take advantage of Linde’s experience in successfully bridging studio and independent production and distribution while managing and building both existing and start-up companies.
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EXCLUSIVE: Tory Metzger is ready to jump back into the production game. Metzger, one of CAA’s top talent agents when she left the agency in 2008 to run production for Media Rights Capital, is in talks to steer creative and production for David Linde’s Lava Bear. That’s the global platform for film production, financing and distribution that the former Universal Pictures chief is getting off the ground with discussions for a first-look Universal deal and a relationship with Reliance ADA. Metzger left Media Rights Capital last summer. She and Linde have a long relationship working on high profile films both while she was at CAA and MRC. All sides declined comment.