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EXCLUSIVE: Who hasn’t seen boys big and small intently watching monster trucks do their stuff? I’ve learned that there’s a combination live action/computer animation feature about them which is Adam Goodman‘s priority project for Paramount Animation right now. And he’s kicking off the toon division’s second project by going after one of Blue Sky Studios’ biggest names. Based on an original idea and planned for Summer 2015, Monster Trucks could hopefully become a Transformers-like franchise the way Paramount sees it. So my sources say the studio is in final negotiations with Chris Wedge (Ice Age, Robots, Epic) to direct the planned $100M budget film which should start production in the first half of 2014. Mary Parent is producing, and Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger writing. Those scribes also scripted DWA’s Kung Fu Panda and Paramount Animation’s first project, the untitled SpongeBob SquarePants, which Parent also is producing as well as Noah for big Paramount.
Wedge is the multi-hyphenate producer, helmer, and voice actor is best known as a co-founder of Blue Sky Studios and for directing that company’s first computer animated film, 2002′s Ice Age. Not only did he voiced Scrat in the film and its following sequels which he also executive produced, but the toon received a Best Animated Feature Oscar nomination. That Twentieth Century Fox franchise went on to become the 11th highest grossing franchise of all time to make almost $2.8B worldwide. One of the principal animators/scene programmers on the 1982 original Disney film Tron, Wedge won a 1998 Academy Award for the short animated film Bunny. In 2005, Wedge directed Robots based on a story he created with William Joyce and in 2013 directed Epic loosely based on Joyce’s book. Wedge also is the owner of the film production banner WedgeWorks.
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EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures is buying Agatha, spec screenplay written by Allison Schroeder which has Will Gluck attached to direct. Disruption Entertainment’s Mary Parent and Cale Boyter are producing with Benderspink’s Chris Bender, Jake Weiner, and JC Spink…. Read More »
Warner Bros has acquired screen rights to the William Landay suspense novel Defending Jacob for Mary Parent to produce through her Disruption banner. The novel involves a district attorney in Boston whose son is accused of killing a classmate. As … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has acquired screen rights to the Colleen Houck novel Tiger’s Curse. Mary Parent will produce through her Disruption Entertainment banner with Raphael Kryszek. The novel is about a 17-year-old girl who takes a temp job caring for … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Screenwriter John Glenn has been brought on to re-imagine Abducted, a science fiction thriller that was originally acquired by the studio as a spec by John Heffernan. Disruption Entertainment’s Mary Parent and Cale Boyter will produce. JC Spink, Chris Bender and Jake Weiner are exec producers. The story centers … Read More »
In her first producing effort since leaving as chairman of the MGM Worldwide Motion Picture Group, Mary Parent has come aboard as producer of Pacific Rim, Legendary Pictures’ big-budget action film that Guillermo del Toro will begin shooting in November. … Read More »
UPDATE: I received a more detailed logline, which is below original story break.
EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that Paramount Pictures has acquired The Mighty, a graphic novel published by DC Comics. Mary Parent’s Paramount-based Disruption Entertainment will produce. Parent … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that New Line closed a deal Friday night for The Watching Hour, a horror film written by Carey and Shane Van Dyke that will be produced by Mary Parent and Michael Connolly of Mad Hatter Entertainment. The spec’s described as a home invasion film, only with aliens. … Read More »
BREAKING NEWS… UPDATE: She has signed a non-disclosure agreement and therefore can’t talk publicly to the media. But, making no secret that she was negotiating her exit from MGM after taking the job in April 2008, Mary Parent this afternoon is now officially out at the studio where she was Chairman of the Motion Picture Group and Co-CEO. It’s a sad ending to Parent’s struggle to revive the debt-ridden cash-strapped studio and get it producing and distributing movies again against huge odds. That she was able to accomplish anything at all, even a few releases and co-productions, is testament to her professionalism and personality. Hollywood needs to salute her.
Parent and her staff, meanwhile, has had to go into the Century City offices every day for months and basically do nothing. “A really good group of people came in here to sit on the bench in their prime. What wasted capabilities and wasted potential,” she has told pals. In private conversations with Hollywood, she called it “a perfect storm against us” of events that sank her management team. She’ll probably catch her breath before thinking about another job. (The offers are just coming in now.) In the end, she like everybody else puts all the responsibility for the studio’s demise on Harry Sloan and his inability to tell the truth. ”In a weird way, it’s like coming off a bad relationship,” she told a friend Friday. “I married the wrong guy and woke up pregnant.” (see below for more) Read More »
Where in heck is all the money supposedly coming from to fund this beleaguered studio’s “renewed” movie slate? No one seems to know. Nevertheless, MGM announced today that it has named Cale Boyter as executive VP of production. He’s billed as … Read More »
One day after Mary Parent’s appointment, Hollywood wants to know where all this money is coming from to revitalize the studio. The town is starting to wonder if maybe Harry Sloan is using Parent as bait to attract big bucks. Meanwhile, ousted New Line marketing dude Russell Schwartz is coming to MGM but only to consult/help … Read More »