EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed Mitch Glazer, the veteran screenwriter who has been spending most of his time recently writing his Starz dramatic series creation Magic City. Glazer had long been a client of Jeff Berg, and moved with him when he formed Resolution. He most recently wrote and directed the art house film Passion Play, which starred Mickey Rourke and Megan Fox, and his scripting credits include Scrooged and Great Expectations.
The Toronto pickup, a noirish thriller starring Mickey Rourke, Bill Murray and Megan Fox and written and directed by Mitch Glazer, begins its platform rollout in New York and Los Angeles. That’s a little less than two months before the rollout of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which Fox fell out of, a move that essentially reduced her opening-weekend screen count from 8000 to 2.
EXCLUSIVE: Grey’s Anatomy alum Jeffrey Dean Morgan is in final negotiations to play the lead in Starz’s upcoming 10-episode drama series Magic City. Set in Miami in the late 1950s-early 1960s, Magic City chronicles the collision of mobsters, politicians and entertainers at the first preeminent Miami hotel just as Fidel Castro takes control of Cuba and shuts down Havana as a gambling haven. It centers on a suave Jewish-American man (Morgan) who builds the hotel and along the way makes some strange bedfellows and many powerful enemies. The series was created by Mitch Glazer who is executive producing it with Geyer Kosinski and Tony To. Production is slated to begin shortly in Miami for a 2012 premiere.
Morgan, who simultaneously recurred on Grey’s as heart transplant patient Denny Duquette who had a relationship with Izzie (Katherine Heigl), and on Supernatural as the mysterious father of Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Deal (Jensen Ackles), recently starred in the features Watchmen and The Losers. The actor, repped by UTA and Precision, has just signed to star in Lionsgate’s horror thriller Dibbuk Box produced by Sam Raimi and wrapped the indies The Fields and Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding.
EXCLUSIVE: Starz has made a 10-episode commitment to Magic City, a period drama series that captures the collision of mobsters, politicians and entertainers at a posh Miami hotel just as Fidel Castro takes control of Cuba and shuts down Havana as a gambling haven. Mitch Glazer created the series and has written the first three episodes — he’ll write five more — of a series that will start production early next year in Miami and will air on Starz in 2012. It’s being produced by Media Talent Group, whose CEO, Geyer Kosinski will be executive producer with Glazer and Tony To. The subject matter is a tightrope in dealing with the mob, his own complicated family, racial tensions and a city that is about to blow up as a destination for decadence. “Mitch has created a world populated with unforgettable characters and with a big dynamic story,” said Starz president/CEO Chris Albrecht in a statement. “The talented creative team that has come together for Magic City will ensure a show that we think audiences won’t want to miss.” Glazer based the series on his own recollection of growing up in Miami. “I was born and raised in Miami Beach, grew up in those swank hotel lobbies,” Glazer said. “I love that world and those stories. Miami in the early ‘60s was a tropical crossroads, America’s Casablanca. The Rat Pack, CIA, the mob, JFK and anti-Castro warriors, all hanging out in the same Collins …
EXCLUSIVE: In a 7-figure deal for one of the last star-driven pictures to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Image Entertainment has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Passion Play, the Mitch Glazer-directed drama that stars Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox and Bill Murray. The deal includes a theatrical release component. The picture premiered September 10 at the festival. Rourke plays a down on his luck jazz trumpeter in 50s Los Angeles, targeted for death by a mob boss (Murray). He escapes, goes on the lam and winds up in the orbit of a winged girl (Fox) who’s the main attraction of a Mexican carnival. Daniel Dubiecki, Megan Ellison and Jonah Hirsch produced and Rebecca Wang is exec producer. Glazer made his directorial debut on the film. ICM packaged the film and represented the picture at the festival, as well as Glazer, Rourke and Fox. Second high profile deal for ICM this weekend after it teamed with CAA on a Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions deal for the Will Ferrell-starrer Everything Must Go on Friday night.
Below is some footage from the film:
A roundup of what else happened today on the deal front: HBO and Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are determined to show the versatility of Paul Giamatti. He played American patriot John Adams in the miniseries that won 13 Emmys for Playtone and HBO. Now, they’ve got him playing Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev in K Blows Top, an adaption of the Peter Carlson book that is being scripted as a telepic by Paul Bernbaum. Project was brought