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Hyde Park Closes At Cannes on Elmore Leonard Project & ‘Midnight Sun’

Hyde Park International closed deals at the Cannes Film Festival on Midnight Sun and the Untitled Elmore Leonard Project starring Jennifer Aniston and Dennis Quaid.

Ashok Amritraj’s company sold the Italian rights to Midnight Sun to Medusa. The Canadian rights to Midnight Sun were purchased by Alliance, Pa-dora purchased the Eastern Europe rights and Lumix picked up the South Korean rights.  The Aniston/Quaid film, based on Elmore Leonard’s The Switch was sold to Arum in Spain. Top Film took the Russian territories rights to the crime flick while Italia bought multiple territories, all of Eastern Europe with Pa-Dora, and Latin America was picked up by Swen.

Hyde Park sold the film Adult World, starring John Cusack and Emma Roberts, to multiple territories. The company also sold Sunlight Jr., with Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon, to multiple territories. Hyde Park International announced today that in addition to individual movies in individual territories, the company closed sales on all of their titles in Portugal, the Middle East, Turkey, Latin America and South Asia.

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PRIMETIME PILOT PANIC: The Early Buzz

Nellie Andreeva

(RE-POSTED FROM FRIDAY): Back by popular demand: Deadline’s Pilot Buzz lists. We’re earlier than normal this year while pilots have generally been late, with only a handful of them having cuts by now and the vast majority still in various stages of production. Therefore, everything on this list has to be taken with a gigantic grain of salt as a lot could change between a table read and a final cut. Take NBC’s comedy pilot SAVE ME for example. After some mixed and even negative chatter early on, mostly related to the tone of the show, originally developed for Showtime, the tide changed completely over the last two days when people saw the completed pilot, which is getting high marks. The list also doesn’t cover every pilot as some of them have not gotten into production yet or feedback has been insufficient:

The network already has one new scripted series on tap for next season, HANNIBAL, which I hear may go for midseason. With the network in such bad shape after years of neglect and bad decisions by previous regimes, NBC seems to have cast a very wide net this season, developing a vast range of projects that are all over the map, making it harder to handicap. On the drama side, mystery MIDNIGHT SUN and the Jekyll & Hyde-esque DO NO HARM are getting some solid early buzz. The Jason Katims/Jason Ritter medical drama COUNTY, which just wrapped, also has been getting positive feedback. Western-esque THE FRONTIER, which is shooting in Australia, is getting notices for its rich look. Comedy-wise, ANIMAL KINGDOM is hot, as is White House family comedy 1600 PENN, despite a last-minute recasting, as well as the Matthew Perry starrer GO ON and Greg Daniels’ FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER. The network also is high on a couple of multi-camera comedies, the untitled KARI LIZER and JIMMY FALLON projects, with TABLE FOR THREE also looking encouraging so far. The Ryan Murphy/Ali Adler blended family comedy THE NEW NORMAL is still shooting but, with the auspices involved, it is considered a strong contender. NBC brass seem to like the SARAH SILVERMAN pilot, which had an early order, but Silverman is considered acquired taste, so a lot will depend on testing.

The KEVIN WILLIAMSON project was very strong at the script stage, got even stronger with the casting of Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy, and seems to be sailing through production. Meanwhile the untitled KARYN USHER teen-spy drama, which also was an early standout during the script phase, then hit a speed bump in casting the lead, which took a very long time, now appears to be in great shape, with newcomer Saxon Sharbino getting strong reviews. The Williamson and Karyn projects seem to be the top drama contenders at the moment, Read More »

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Julia Stiles To Star In NBC Drama Pilot ‘Midnight Sun’

By | Friday March 2, 2012 @ 5:17pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Julia Stiles is set as the lead in NBC’s drama pilot Midnight Sun. The thriller, based on an Israeli format, follows the mysterious disappearance of Midnight Sun, a group living on a cult-like commune in Alaska. It centers on Leah Kafka (Stiles), a female FBI cult specialist leading the investigation that uncovers a larger conspiracy. Also cast in the pilot, written by Lisa Zwirling, are Connor O’Farrell (The Pacific) as Dugan’s Police Chief Garth Harring, Emma Bell (The Walking Dead) as his daughter Rory, and Daniella Pineda as the receptionist at the police station. This marks the first series regular gig for Stiles, whose feature credits include the blockbuster Bourne franchise. She previously did a season-long guest arc on Showtime’s Dexter, which earned her an Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Midnight Sun reunites Stiles with NBC where she starred in the hit 1999 miniseries The ’60s. Stiles, who had multiple pilot offers, is with ICM, Untitled and attorney David Weber. O’Farrell is with SDB Partners; Bell with ICM and Brillstein Entertainment; Pineda with Innovative and manager Kirsten Ames.

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Titus Welliver To Star In NBC’s ‘Midnight Sun’, CW’s ‘Arrow’ Adds Colin Donnell

By | Tuesday February 21, 2012 @ 12:58pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Lost and Sons Of Anarchy alum Titus Welliver is the first actor cast in NBC’s drama pilot Midnight Sun. The thriller, based on an Israeli format, follows the mysterious disappearance of Midnight Sun, a group living on a cult-like commune in Alaska, and a female FBI cult specialist leading the investigation that uncovers a larger conspiracy. Welliver will play Bennett Maxwell, the charismatic and manipulative leader of Midnight Sun. The always in-demand Welliver, repped by Paradigm and Leverage, has recurred on CBS The Good Wife and CSI, played a key role in the pilot of Fox’s new Kiefer Sutherland midseason drama Touch and is currently seen in the feature Man On A Ledge.

New York stage actor Colin Donnell, who made his series debut in an arc on Pan Am this season, has been cast in the CW drama pilot Arrow, a modern retelling of the story of DC Comics character Green Arrow that stars Stephen Amell as the vigilante superhero who fights crime using archery, martial arts and technology under his secret identity as Oliver Queen, a wealthy playboy and billionaire industrialist-turned-outspoken politician in Star City. Gersh-repped Donnell will play Tommy Merlyn, Oliver’s best friend, a playboy “trustafarian” who assumes the good times will roll again now that Oliver has returned, only to learn Oliver is a changed man.

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UPDATE: NBC Picks Up Drama Pilots ‘Frontier’, ‘Midnights Sun’ & ‘Do No Harm’

By | Friday January 13, 2012 @ 4:32pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: After the 2 pilot orders to Universal TV-produced pilots Midnight Sun and Do No Harm, NBC just gave the green light to the Sony TV-produced period Western The Frontier, from writer Shaun Cassidy and Prospect Park. Thomas Schlamme is attached to direct and executive produce the pilot, which chronicles the journey of a group of disparate travelers from Missouri to the West Coast in 1840. As they struggle to survive, these strangers will be forced to band together and form a family, while they boldly press forward into the great unknown that is the Frontier. The Frontier is one of 3 Western drama scripts commissioned by NBC this season. I hear the network is happy with all 3 and might pick up more than one.

PREVIOUS: NBC has picked up 2 drama pilots from sister studio Universal TV: Midnight Sun aka Pillars Of Smoke and Do No Harm. Both hail from Peter Traugott’s new Universal TV-based production company, which he launched last summer after a 15-year stint at Brillstein Entertainment.

Midnight Sun, based on the Israeli series Timrot Ashan, aka Pillars of Smoke, is a thriller following the mysterious disappearance of a group living on a commune in Alaska. The Alaska setting is appropriate given that the original series is being described as described as Twin Peaks meets Northern Exposure meets Lost. Midnight Sun centers on a female … Read More »

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