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John Hamburg Back In DreamWorks Fold

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: DreamWorks has given a two-year first look deal to John Hamburg, who got separated from the studio in its divorce with Paramount Pictures. Hamburg’s move puts the writer/director/producer on familiar ground, figuratively and literally. Aside from reuniting with DreamWorks, he’ll stay in the bungalow on the Universal lot where he has long had offices while co-writing all three films in the Uni/DreamWorks co-produced Meet the Parents franchise. He most recently co-wrote and produced Little Fockers. The deal was made by DreamWorks co-presidents of production Holly Bario and Mark Sourian. Read More »

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‘Little Fockers’ Brings Back Dustin Hoffman

UPDATES ‘Little Fockers’ Needs A Week Of Pickups

I’ve confirmed that those pickup shots which I first reported that Universal has scheduled for September on Little Fockers are now more than half a dozen full-blown scenes, including 4 with Dustin Hoffman. The notoriously difficult actor was written out of the Meet The Parents threequel altogether when Universal couldn’t reach a deal with him. But John Hamburg and Jay Roach helped convince Dustin to reprise his role which is “not dissimilar to what we were pitching him in the beginning,” an insider tells me. Hoffman won’t come cheap. “It’s costing what we were going to pay him in the first place,” my insider explains. Fortunately for the studio, the film was under budget, but even so it’s at least a $100M film. Hoffman will star in some pivotal scenes opposite Barbra Streisand, and then in a big scene at the end of the movie involving all the major characters. Other pickup scenes focus on Ben Stiller and the kids. Universal continues to spin that Little Fockers could have gone out “as is” since it scored an “85″ for the top 2 boxes with test audiences. ”But we want to make it better. It’s an investment in the future of the franchise.” So we’ll see whether the threequel still set for release in December kills Universal’s … Read More »

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John Hamburg In TV Development At 20th

By | Tuesday August 10, 2010 @ 8:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

John Hamburg, who co-wrote all 3 films in the Meet the Parents franchise, has signed a blind script deal with 20th Century Fox TV to develop a comedy series project targeted for the 2011-12 season. On the film side, Hamburg also wrote and directed I Love You, Man (co-penned with Larry Levin) and Along Came Polly. In TV, he previously created, executive produced and directed the short-lived CBS comedy series Welcome to the Captain and helmed 3 episodes for the cult Fox comedy Undeclared.

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