Sarah Colonna Joins Cast Of Untitled Diablo Cody Pic

By | Wednesday March 7, 2012 @ 12:45pm PST

Sarah Colonna Lamb Of GodEXCLUSIVE: Sarah Colonna has joined Mandate Pictures’ untitled Diablo Cody project in a supporting role opposite Julianne Hough, Octavia Spencer, Holly Hunter, and Russell Brand. The film from writer-director Diablo Cody centers on … Read More »

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Mandate Options Leah Rachel’s Coming-Of-Age Tale ‘The Young, The Hot, And The Bothered’

By | Thursday December 15, 2011 @ 12:32pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Mandate Pictures has optioned The Young, The Hot, And The Bothered, a script by Leah Rachel that is described as a coming-of-age comedy about the delusion, desperation, and absolute euphoria of first loves. Dan Jinks will produce Read More »

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Holly Hunter Joins Diablo Cody Comedy At Mandate

By | Thursday December 8, 2011 @ 10:18am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Holly Hunter has been set by Mandate Pictures to star in the untitled comedy that will mark the directing debut of Young Adult and Juno scribe Diablo Cody. Hunter joins Julianne Hough, Russell Brand and The Help‘s Octavia Spencer. … Read More »

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Commercials Helmer Randy Krallman Takes On Mandate’s ‘Bullies’ With Danny McBride

By | Wednesday November 2, 2011 @ 10:22am PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING; Mandate Pictures and Rough House Pictures have set commercials director Randy Krallman to make his feature directorial debut on Bullies, the comedy hatched by Danny McBride and written by Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul. The plot revolves around wo … Read More »

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Jon Turteltaub In Talks For ‘Last Vegas’

By | Tuesday September 20, 2011 @ 2:05pm PDT

Jon Turteltaub is in negotiations to direct CBS Films and Mandate Pictures’ comedy Last Vegas, which revolves around four best friends in their late 60s who decide to escape retirement and throw a Las … Read More »

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Josh Brolin To Star In Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ Redo For Mandate

By | Monday August 29, 2011 @ 12:24pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Josh Brolin was rumored to be on the short list to star in Spike Lee’s Oldboy, a remake of the cult 2003 Korean revenge thriller from Park Chan-wook. Now it’s official: Brolin will topline the Mandate Pictures redo, which … Read More »

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Spike Lee To Direct ‘Oldboy’ For Mandate

By | Monday July 11, 2011 @ 11:42am PDT

Mandate Pictures just announced that Spike Lee will direct Oldboy, a remake of the cult 2003 South Korean film directed by Park Chan-wook that won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Mark Protosevich has adapted the … Read More »

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Mandate Pictures Travels To ‘Jamaica’ With ’50/50′ Team

Mandate Pictures is moving fast on the feature comedy Jamaica, which will reunite the studio with the team behind the comedic drama 50/50, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anna Kendrick and is due out in September. Like that … Read More »

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Diablo Cody Makes Directing Debut On ‘Lamb Of God’ For Mandate

By | Wednesday June 29, 2011 @ 4:06pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Mandate Pictures has acquired Lamb of God, a script by Juno scribe Diablo Cody that will mark her feature directorial debut. Mason Novick (500 Days Of Summer) will produce. Mandate president Nathan Kahane will executive produce alongside Cody. Mandate has the project on the fast track and will begin casting right away. The comedy follows a young conservative religious woman who loses her faith after a plane crash. She decides to go to Vegas and live the life of a sinner, and somehow finds her faith along the way. Cody was a stripper who started a blog and found a voice as a screenwriter, which led to her breakout effort in writing Juno and emerging as a quite interesting screenwriting voice. She followed with Jennifer’s Body, a movie that didn’t hit, and most recently reteamed with Juno helmer Jason Reitman on Young Adult. Read More »

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Mandate Hires Phil Claydon To Direct ‘Miserable Excuse For A Hero’

By | Wednesday June 29, 2011 @ 11:07am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Phil Claydon has been hired by Mandate Pictures to direct Miserable Excuse For A Hero, the D.V. De Vincentis-scripted adaptation of Bob Powers’ comic novel You Are A Miserable Excuse For A Hero. In the book, a 30-year-old part-time … Read More »

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Cannes: Sony Pictures Closing Deal For Meryl Streep Comedy ‘Great Hope Springs’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The majority of deal buzz at the Cannes Film Festival market is where the Megan Ellison-financed Wettest County in the World will be dealt for distribution, I’m told the next big deal to come together will be a Sony … Read More »

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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 »

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Tommy Lee Jones For ‘Great Hope Springs’?

Mike Fleming

I’m told that Tommy Lee Jones has surfaced as the front-runner to play Meryl Streep’s husband in the David Frankel-directed Great Hope Springs. Mandate Pictures recently set Streep as one half of the troubled couple and Steve Carell to … Read More »

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Mandate Barks For Steve Carell Comedy ‘Dogs of Babel’

By | Tuesday February 22, 2011 @ 1:11pm PST
Mike Fleming

Los Angeles (February 22, 2011) – Steve Carell is attached to star in Mandate Pictures’ DOGS OF BABEL. Writer Jamie Linden (Ten Year, Dear John, We Are Marshall) adapted the best-selling novel for the big screen. David Heyman of

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Steve Carell In Talks To Join Meryl Streep In ‘Great Hope Springs’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Steve Carell has begun negotiating to star with Meryl Streep in the David Frankel-directed Great Hope Springs, I’m told. Mandate Pictures is in talks with Carell to play Dr. Feld, a marriage therapist who tries to help a couple … Read More »

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Meryl Streep, David Frankel Re-Team On ‘Great Hope Springs’

Mike Fleming

Meryl Streep is in final negotiations to star in Great Hope Springs, reuniting with The Devil Wears Prada helmer David Frankel-directed comedy for Mandate Pictures. Streep has been expected since last summer to star in the Vanessa Taylor-scripted comedy about … Read More »

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Lionsgate Picks Up Miley Cyrus Pic ‘LOL’

By | Thursday October 28, 2010 @ 4:10pm PDT
Mike Fleming

SANTA MONICA, CA, October 28, 2010 – Lionsgate today announced that it has acquired from Mandate Pictures the U.S. distribution rights to LOL, a coming-of-age comedy starring Miley Cyrus, Demi Moore, and Ashley Greene. Lisa Azuelos writes and directs the film, an American version of her 2008 French box

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Mandate Pictures And Sam Raimi Win Auction For ‘The Day Of The Triffids’

By | Wednesday October 20, 2010 @ 5:00pm PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Mandate Pictures has won the auction for The Day of the Triffids. The film will be produced by Ghost House, the partnership between Mandate, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert. The deal is seven-figures and I’ve heard it’s the most that Mandate has paid for a project package. Raimi wants to direct it; the original was one of his favorite films as a boy. Raimi and Tapert will board the producer roster, joining Michael Preger, Angry Films’ Don Murphy and Susan Montford, and Mark Gordon, who previously worked with Raimi on A Simple Plan.

EXCLUSIVE: Suitors are bidding on a rights package to do a new version of The Day of the Triffids. I’m told that Warner Bros bidding for David Yates, who graduated from directing the British miniseries State of Play to do the final four Harry Potter films. Among the other bidders is Mandate Pictures, on behalf of Sam Raimi. The deal will be in the seven-figures when the dust clears, and it was wrapped up by Mandate’s Nathan Kahane. Read More »

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Lionsgate Reports Net Q1 Loss Of $64M; Blames Underperformance Of ‘The Killers’; Spent $30.6 Million Fighting Off Carl Icahn

Earnings season has produced better-than-expected results at the major studios and networks with only Disney left to report tomorrow. (Watch for Deadline’s full summary.) But Lionsgate just reported bad news when Carl Icahn is breathing down its neck for that … Read More »

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