Neal Moritz’s Original Film Inks Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios

By | Wednesday June 12, 2013 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Neal H. Moritz has signed an overall deal with CBS Television Studios for his Original Film banner. Under the pact, Moritz and Vivian Cannon will develop and executive produce one-hour and half-hour series projects. In … Read More »

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Sony, ‘Fast 6′ Producer Neal Moritz Remake French Crime Pic ‘A Prophet’

By | Wednesday June 5, 2013 @ 11:27am PDT
Mike Fleming

Sony Pictures and producer Neil Moritz have optioned remake rights to A Prophet, the French film released in the US in 2010. Moritz and Toby Jaffe are producing through the Original Film banner. The Jacques Audiard-directed … Read More »

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UTA Signs Neal Moritz For Television

By | Friday April 20, 2012 @ 5:50pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Neal Moritz’s Original Film has signed with UTA for television. The company, which has no film representation, was at CAA. Moritz, one of the most prolific feature producers on the Sony lot, has been based at Sony Pictures TV for … Read More »

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Sony Pictures Taps Valiant Comics Character ‘Bloodshot’ For Live Action Feature

By | Thursday March 1, 2012 @ 9:08am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has closed a deal to acquire Bloodshot, the Valiant Comics series. The deal came out of a spec script written by Jeff Wadlow, who is being paid  $450,000 against $1 million, I hear. Neal Moritz will produce … Read More »

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Chernin Buys ‘Foreign Exchange’ Pitch; Shawn Harwell Writing, Jeff Tomsic To Direct

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Chernin Entertainment has acquired Untitled Foreign Exchange, a comedy pitch that Shawn Harwell will write and Jeff Tomsic will direct.  Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark and Jenno Topping will produce for Chernin Entertainment, which won the pitch … Read More »

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AFM: IM Global Selling ‘Dead Man Down’ With Colin Farrell And ‘Dragon Tattoo’s Niels Arden Oplev And Noomi Rapace

By | Tuesday November 1, 2011 @ 12:01pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Los Angeles, October 28: Leading independent financing, production and sales company IM Global will fully finance DEAD MAN DOWN, to be produced by Neal H. Moritz’s Original Film and screenwriter J.H. Wyman of Frequency Films, it was announced today by IM Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford and Moritz.

Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) will direct the $30 million action thriller, which stars Colin Farrell (Total Recall, Horrible Bosses, Miami Vice, S.W.A.T.) and Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows).

Moritz (The Fast and the Furious franchise, I Am Legend, XXX) will produce alongside screenwriter J.H. Wyman (Fringe, The Mexican). Original’s Ori Marmur will executive produce with Reid Shane of Frequency.

Following the cinematic phenomenon The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, director Oplev and leading lady Rapace reunite for another thrilling tale of vengeance, with Colin Farrell joining the prestigious team as Victor, right hand man to an underground crime lord in New York City who is seduced and blackmailed by Beatrice (Rapace), a crime victim seeking retribution. Their intense chemistry leads them spiraling into payback delivered in violent catharsis.

DEAD MAN DOWN, a powerful action thriller and portrait of two people caught in the crosshairs of revenge, is scheduled to start shooting in early 2012.

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Fox Acquires Action Pitch ‘Riders On The Storm’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox had acquired Riders On The Storm, a pitch for an action film that will be written by Sean O’Keefe. The story follows a sophisticated heist crew that pulls off high-end robberies during severe weather events. The … Read More »

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It’s Official: Comedy ‘Save Me’ Gets Cast-Contingent Pilot Order At NBC

By | Tuesday September 27, 2011 @ 6:41pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC Nears Cast-Contingent Pilot Order To John Scott Shepherd/Neal Moritz Comedy
NBC has closed the deal for a cast-contingent, off-cycle pilot order to comedy Save Me. The … Read More »

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NBC Nears Cast-Contingent Pilot Order To John Scott Shepherd/Neal Moritz Comedy

By | Friday September 23, 2011 @ 3:53pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that NBC is finalizing a deal for an off-cycle pilot order to single-camera comedy Save Me. The order to the project, from writer John Scott Shepherd, Sony Pictures TV and Neal Morirz’s studio-based Original Films banner, is … Read More »

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Toronto: ‘Intruders’ Helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Is ‘Highlander’ Frontrunner

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, here for today’s world premiere of his latest film The Intruders, is Summit Entertainment’s choice to direct Highlander. That is the reboot of the 1986 film about immortals who battle with swords, and live and die by the mantra that “there can be only one.” Fresnadillo is now in discussions to direct a film that Summit will co-finance with RCR Media Group. Fresnadillo is also attached to direct a reboot of The Crow, which has Bradley Cooper attached.

This is a coveted job that became an open directing slot when Justin Lin dropped out to make the sixth installment of The Fast and the Furious.

Fresnadillo, who first attracted Hollywood’s attention with the genre film Intacto, followed with the superb 28 Weeks Later. Today he unveils Intruders, an intense psychological drama that stars Clive Owen as a father who cannot protect his young daughter from faceless intruders. The film also stars Daniel Bruhl, who starred Inglourious Basterds and next stars as Formula One racer Niki Lauda in the Ron Howard-directed Rush. The film is an acquisition title that is high on many buyers’ lists, and the director’s UTA reps are selling it. Read More »

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New Line Dropping ‘Escape From New York’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: If eye patch-wearing antihero Snake Plissken is going to slither in a reboot, it won’t be at New Line and Warner Bros. They’ve allowed the option to drop on a remake they’ve been developing, meaning that the reboot of … Read More »

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Jason Bateman Going ‘Insane Laws’ Route With Vince Vaughn

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures is in early talks with Jason Bateman to star with Vince Vaughn in The Insane Laws, a comedy that will mark the feature directorial debut of screenwriter Jeremy Garelick. Universal picked up the project in March after … Read More »

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Sony Pictures Lands Pitch ‘Save The Date’

By | Tuesday May 10, 2011 @ 8:15am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has acquired Save the Date, a pitch that will be written by Tom Gormican and produced by Neal Moritz and his Original Film banner. The romantic comedy is set around wedding season in New York City. In the run-up to a big celebration, the lives of many … Read More »

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Who’s Reading For ‘Total Recall’ Gals?

Mike Fleming

Sony Pictures is casting up its Total Recall remake, which Len Wiseman will direct with Colin Farrell starring in the role originated by Arnold Schwarzenegger. There are two major female roles in the film, and several top actresses are vying … Read More »

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Sony Pictures Buys Spec ‘Agent OX’ For Neal Moritz

By | Friday March 11, 2011 @ 8:28pm PST
Mike Fleming

A vigorous spec auction ended late Friday night with Sony Pictures paying mid-six figures for Agent OX, a Daniel Kunka script about a human spy on an alien planet. Neal Moritz is producing. Deal closed at 7:30 West Coast time. Producers all over town took the spec into different studios, … Read More »

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Sony Re-Ups Prolific Producer Neal Moritz Through 2015

By | Tuesday March 8, 2011 @ 11:11am PST
Mike Fleming

CULVER CITY, Calif., March 8, 2011 – Neal H. Moritz, founder of Original Film and producer of such high-profile forthcoming motion pictures as Battle: Los Angeles and Fast Five, has extended his first-look development and production pact with Columbia

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Ice Cube Joining ’21 Jump Street’ And Shops Directing Vehicle ‘Chrome And Paint’

Mike Fleming

Ice Cube is negotiating to join Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in 21 Jump Street. He is also preparing to shop Chrome and Paint, a gritty Boyz N’ The Hood-style drama that Cube wrote with Eva Vives as a starring … Read More »

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Comic-Con #7: Sony ‘Green Hornet’ Panel

Luke Y Thompson is covering the Con for Deadline:

Seth Rogen comes out. “I’m sorry if you were expecting Ryan Reynolds” (who’s in Warner Bros’ Green Lantern.) Introduces footage that expands on the trailer we’ve seen, where Rogen plays a drunken newspaper heir whose father dies suddenly, and becomes a hero when his father’s Asian chauffeur Kato (Jay Chou, stepping in for Bruce Lee) turns out to be an expert in combat. New scenes include Kato removing a beer bottle cap in such a way that it flies like a bommerang… Rogen saying  that Kato’s autobiography should be called ‘Balls Deep In Shit-Kickin’ Dudes,’… Kato insisting on “no tights” … Rogen deciding his hero identity should be “the green bee,” which a room full of friends agree is lame (they prefer “hornet” though he still tries to put it to a vote and get “bee”)… Christoph Waltz yelling “Nothing green should survive the night!”… Rogen accidentally shooting himself with gas gun (next thing he knows, he’s out for 31 days)… This clip was not in 3-D. Read More »

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