Warner Bros Hit With ‘Conjuring’ Rights Lawsuit By Producer, Lionsgate Exited TV Series Deal

By | Monday March 31, 2014 @ 11:47am PDT

DJP LEGAL BADGELooks like more than the paranormal are a threat when it comes to The Conjuring. After months in arbitration with Warner Bros over who owns what rights to the sequels and spinoffs of the successful New Line-released supernatural thriller, The Conjuringproducer Tony DeRosa-Grund and his Evergreen Media late last week filed a breach of contract complaint (read it here) against the studio and its subsidiary. And it’s not just over movies: the 30-page complaint alleges that because of this dispute with Warners and New Line, Lionsgate eventually pulled out of a proposed Conjuring TV series deal it had with Evergreen in late summer last year. “As a direct consequence of Defendants’ deliberate actions and interference, Evergreen is unable to collect the compensation owed under its agreement with Lionsgate and has suffered monetary damages that reach well into the millions of dollars,” says the complaint filed in federal court in Texas on March 28. Released on July 19 last year,  Conjuring has pulled in more than $318 million globally, and a sequel set for October 2015 was announced last month. Among other claims by DeRosa-Grund and Evergreen is that the producer has not been paid the profit participation he and New Line agreed on out of their use of case-file material the plaintiffs owned of the investigations of Ed and Lorrain Warren.

Related: What’s In A Title? ‘Conjuring’ Producer & New Line In Dispute Over TV Rights

The plaintiffs evoke the names of Bob and Harvey Weinstein in their dense complaint as yet another example of Warner Bros and New Line playing a rights shell game.
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‘Bates Motel’s Michael Vartan Checks Into New Line’s ‘Crawlspace

By | Thursday March 20, 2014 @ 2:16pm PDT
Mike Fleming

MVartanEXCLUSIVE: Bates Motel star Michael Vartan has landed the male lead in Crawlspace, the New Line genre film that’s directed by Phil Claydon (Vampire Killers) and produced by Peter Safran and Rick Alvarez. Vartan will play a … Read More »

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Up And Comer Alexandra Daddario Lands ‘San Andreas’ Lead Opposite The Rock

By | Tuesday February 4, 2014 @ 2:14pm PST
Mike Fleming

daddarioEXCLUSIVE: Alexandra Daddario just landed the female lead opposite Dwayne Johnson on San Andreas, which New Line hopes will be its next big tentpole. In the Brad Peyton-directed film, Johnson plays a chopper pilot who sets out to … Read More »

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New Line Engages In ‘Fist Fight’ Pitch With ‘New Girl’s Max Greenfield

By | Thursday December 12, 2013 @ 2:41pm PST
Mike Fleming

max greenfieldEXCLUSIVE: New Line Cinema has acquired Fist Fight, a comic pitch based on an idea by New Girl star Max Greenfield. The actor brought the idea to 21 Laps and developed it with them and writers … Read More »

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Warner Bros Slams Weinsteins’ $75M Lawsuit Over ‘Hobbit’ Profits

By | Wednesday December 11, 2013 @ 9:58am PST

NEW DJP LEGAL BADGEThe studio today said that Bob and Harvey Weinstein made a big “blunder” over the rights to The Hobbit movies and now they’re trying to fix their own mistake through the courts by suing over Read More »

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‘Mortal Kombat’ Movie Loses Director

By | Saturday October 26, 2013 @ 6:24pm PDT

New Line‘s Mortal Kombat movie project has lost its helmer. Kevin Tancharoen, who just about single-handedly jumpstarted interest in the martial arts video game-turned-live-action film property with his 2011 Mortal Kombat: LegacyRead More »

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UPDATE: Christoph Waltz In Talks For ‘Horrible Bosses’ Sequel

By | Friday October 25, 2013 @ 4:59pm PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Now it looks like Christoph Waltz will have room in his schedule for Horrible Bosses 2. New Line confirmed today that Waltz is in talks to play Chris Pine‘s father in the awful boss sequel. A deal is expected to close soon.

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‘Horrible Bosses 2′ To Be Released Thanksgiving Weekend 2014

By | Friday September 27, 2013 @ 6:02pm PDT

New Line has slated Horrible Bosses 2 for a November 26, 2014 release. It will go up against Fox’s animated pic Home that same day. The big competition that Thanksgiving weekend will be The Hunger Games: MockingjayRead More »

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New Line In Talks With Ted Melfi To Helm ‘Going In Style’ Heist Remake

By | Thursday September 19, 2013 @ 3:58pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Ted Melfi, who made his feature debut directing Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts and Chris O’Dowd in St. Vincent De Van Nuys for The Weinstein Company, is in talks to helm Going In Style, the … Read More »

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‘Horrible Bosses’ Scribes Make 7-Figure Pitch Deal At New Line

By | Tuesday July 23, 2013 @ 11:37am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Horrible Bosses scribes Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley have gone back to the well at New Line, selling the comic pitch The Bus DriverRead More »

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What’s In A Title? ‘The Conjuring’ Producer And New Line In Dispute Over TV Rights

By | Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:34pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: There may be some awkward moments at the world premiere for the supernatural thriller The Conjuring tonight at LA Film Fest. I’ve learned that one of the movie’s producers, Tony DeRosa-Grund, and the studio behind it, New Line, are heading to arbitration over the TV rights to the project. Make that the TV rights to the title of the project.

The Conjuring is inspired by Ed and Lorraine Warren, experts in paranormal activities, who investigated the spirits — both friendly and sinister — who allegedly inhabited the Rhode Island farmhouse of the Perron family. Texas-based DeRosa-Grund had been looking to turn the story into a movie for more tan two decades. After Ed played to him a tape from the case, he wrote a treatment and titled the project The Conjuring. Read More »

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Jesse Andrews Set To Script ‘Crazy U’ For Will Ferrell At New Line

By | Thursday March 21, 2013 @ 11:06am PDT
Mike Fleming

Jesse AndrewsEXCLUSIVE: New Line has set Jesse Andrews to adapt Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course In Getting His Kid Into Collegean adaptation of the Andrew Ferguson book that is being fashioned as a star vehicle for … Read More »

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New Line Gets Medieval With Untitled Knights Pitch Deal

By | Friday February 8, 2013 @ 4:42pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: New Line has spent mid six figures for an untitled pitch by Joe Ballarini. The pitch, in a deal closed tonight, is a high concept action fantasy set in medieval times, and it was bought preemptively. Offspring … Read More »

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On Eve Of ‘Identity Thief,’ Jason Bateman Sets ‘Game Night’ Pitch At New Line

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 4:23pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Jason Bateman and Jim Garavente’s Aggregrate Films and Davis Entertainment’s John Davis and John Fox have joined to produce Game Night, a comedy that was acquired by New Line Cinema from a pitch by Mark Read More »

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Warner Bros Says It Limited ‘The Hobbit’ High Frame Rate Screens To “Do It Right”

By | Thursday November 15, 2012 @ 11:41am PST

Only about 4.5% of the 10,000 or so domestic screens that will show New Line and MGM’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on December 14 will present it the way director Peter Jackson wants — at 48 frames per second instead of the conventional 24 frames. But Warner Bros Domestic Distribution President Dan Fellman tells me that this reflects a cautious rollout strategy, not a failure to win support from exhibition execs. Even now, “equipment is being tested” and some glitches have been corrected, he says. “So we did the right thing” by limiting the rollout to anywhere from 400 to 450 screens covering most major cities. “This is a technology that is going to change the way people see movies…You have to do it right.”

Warner Bros seemed to have bigger ambitions for the visually vivid 3D projection technology — which the studio’s calling “HFR” (for High Frame Rate) — at the exhibition industry’s CinemaCon trade confab in April. That effort hit a huge PR speed bump when several viewers said that they were unmoved by a 10-minute excerpt of the film in 48 fps. Carmike Cinemas’ Terrel Mayton said at the time that HFR “has to be a kick-the-picture-out (advancement) or it just becomes one of a long line of technology advances that’s here for a while and then move into oblivion.” Theater owners have to pay about $5,000 for a projector to handle HFR — first-generation digital ones can’t be upgraded. More recent projectors only require a software upgrade which can run $1,500. It can cost as much as $20,000 to make the change at an IMAX venue. Theaters also have to shell out more to store HFR prints than they do for conventional 24 fps digital films. Read More »

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New Line Buys ‘Spy Guys’ Pitch

By | Thursday September 20, 2012 @ 6:05pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: New Line has bought Spy Guys, an action comedy pitch to be scripted by Due Date scribe Adam Sztykiel. Jorma Taccone will direct and John Rickard will produce through his Rickard Pictures banner along with the … Read More »

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‘Narnia’s’ Will Poulter Joins ‘We’re The Millers’

By | Monday June 25, 2012 @ 5:03pm PDT

Will Poulter has joined the cast of We’re The Millers. The actor joins Jennifer Aniston and SNL’s Jason Sudeikis in the film. Poulter, who starts shooting on the movie on July 18, plays “Kenny” a teen … Read More »

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Jeremy Garelick Enlists In ‘Police Academy’ Rewrite

By | Tuesday June 5, 2012 @ 11:29am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The Break-Up scribe Jeremy Garelick has come aboard New Line’s reboot of the Police Academy franchise that launched in the 1980s and spanned seven films through the mid-’90s. The comedy, once again produced by Paul Maslansky, picks up the … Read More »

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Alec Baldwin Up For Re-Teams With Both Russell Brand And Woody Allen

By | Friday May 11, 2012 @ 9:33am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In separate deals, 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin is reuniting with his To Rome With Love helmer Woody Allen, and his Rock Of Ages co-star Russell Brand. I’m told that Baldwin will be part of the cast of Allen’s … Read More »

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