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New Regency Taps TWC’s Jeff Elefterion, Focus Features’ Heta Paarte As New Marketing Heads

By | Tuesday July 8, 2014 @ 7:41am PDT

New Regency Taps TWC’s Jeff Elefterion, Focus Features’ Heta Paarte As New Marketing HeadsJeff Elefterion, who had been with The Weinstein Co. for 18 years and most recently served as head of creative advertising, has been named domestic marketing chief at New Regency, effective immediately. He replaces Valerie Van Galder, who exited the company earlier this year. The company also named UK-based Heta Paarte as its international marketing chief. She joins the company after spending over 10 years at Focus where she most recently served as EVP International Marketing and Distribution. She had been there since Focus began in 2002.

The move of Elefterion comes as a surprise as he had been with the Weinsteins seemingly forever, first at their Miramax Films and then staying with them at their new incarnation, where he oversaw the theatrical marketing campaigns of some 70 films including many that would go on to be recognized by the Academy, including The Artist, The King’s Speech, Silver Linings Playbook, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, and this year’s Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Philomena. Read More »

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New Regency Acquires ‘Marching Powder’ As Star Vehicle For Chiwetel Ejiofor

By | Friday June 6, 2014 @ 1:34pm PDT
Mike Fleming

chiwEXCLUSIVE: New Regency has acquired the nonfiction book Marching Powder and will develop it as a star vehicle for Chiwetel Ejiofor. He is coming off an Oscar nomination for 12 Years A Slave, which New Regency produced with River Road, Plan B and Fox Searchlight released. Pic will be based on the Rusty Young and Thomas McFadden book Marching Powder: A True Story of Friendship, Cocaine, and South America’s Strangest Jail.

Related: Cannes: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Gwyneth Paltrow To Keep ‘The Secret In Their Eyes’

Ejiofor will play McFadden, a convicted English drug trafficker who ran tours inside Bolivia’s notorious San Pedro prison. Young, an Australian journalist, heard about McFadden’s prison life while backpacking in South America, and he bribed the guards to allow him to live in the prison and share a cell with McFadden. The two went on to chronicle one of the strangest and most compelling prison stories of all time. Basically, the inmates ran the place. They were expected to buy their cells from real estate agents. There were shops and restaurants, and hundreds of women and children live with imprisoned family members. Corrupt politicians and drug lords lived in luxury apartments. While kids ran around during the day, some of Bolivia’s busiest cocaine laboratories percolated at night. Read More »

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Michael Fassbender Poised To Re-Team With ‘Macbeth’ Helmer On ‘Assassin’s Creed’

By | Tuesday April 29, 2014 @ 10:31am PDT
Mike Fleming

assEXCLUSIVE: New Regency and Ubisoft are in talks with Justin Kurzel to direct Assassin’s Creed, the live action adaptation of the Ubisoft video game that has Michael Fassbender attached to star.

macKurzel isn’t a household name in the action arena just yet, but he and Fassbender just came off Macbeth. They wrapped that Weinstein Company film, with Fassbender in the title role, and the actor must have really liked what he saw. No deal yet, but they are eager to get this film started, so it’ll come soon. Regency and Ubisoft are also moving quickly on Splinter Cell, which Doug Liman will direct with Tom Hardy starring. Kurzel is repped by CAA and 3 Arts.

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‘Zombieland’ Scribes Wernick & Reese To Script Ubisoft’s ‘Watch Dogs’ For Sony & New Regency: Video

By | Thursday April 24, 2014 @ 9:20am PDT
Mike Fleming

watchEXCLUSIVE: Zombieland scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese have been set to script Watch Dogs, a live-action feature based on the upcoming Ubisoft video game. Sony and New Regency are developing the film with Ubisoft. The story centers on Aiden Pearce, a hacker who turns the city of Chicago into his personal stomping grounds to carry out his own brand of justice after a violent family tragedy. He is certainly adept physically, but his true gift is his ability to tap into a citywide computer system and control everything from traffic lights to accessing intel that allows him to engage the bad guys, and thwart attempts to kill innocents.

ZOMBIELANDWernick and Rheese are currently developing Epsilon, a spec they sold to Sony for Greg Berlanti to direct and for Michael De Luca to produce. The scribes are repped by WME and Hansen, Jacobson. This is the third screen collaboration for New Regency and Ubisoft: Tom Hardy is starring in the Doug Liman-directed Splinter Cell, and Michael Fassbender is starring in Assassin’s Creed, which will have a director shortly. Here is a trailer that gives a better idea of Watch Dogs‘ movie potential.

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New Regency & Plan B Go Genre By Acquiring ‘3 Videotapes’

By | Tuesday April 22, 2014 @ 10:46am PDT
Mike Fleming

bpitEXCLUSIVE: New Regency, RatPac Entertainment and Plan B have acquired 3 Videotapes, a pitch by Ian McCulloch that puts both companies in the low-budget genre game. The film is an elevated thriller with aspects of The Ring and Memento. RatPac’s Brett Ratner is executive producer. New Regency’s Arnon Milchan and Brad Weston brought in Plan B last fall after they collaborated on Best Picture winner 12 Years A Slave. They recently acquired The Operators, which will be developed as a star vehicle for Brad Pitt with Animal Kingdom helmer David Michôd to write and direct  The latter project is also being done with RatPac, with Pitt producing with his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, and Ratner exec producing. WME reps McCulloch.

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Commit To September Start For New Regency’s ‘The Revenant’

Mike Fleming

leodEXCLUSIVE: Leonardo DiCaprio has committed to star this September in The Revenant, a gritty thriller that Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu will direct for New Regency, for fall 2015 release through Fox. Gonzalez Inarritu and Mark L. Smith co-wrote the script. DiCaprio had been attached to team with Gonzalez Inarritu, but he is attached to many projects; getting the star to commit off his Oscar-nominated The Wolf Of Wall Street performance is a big development for Arnon Milchan and Brad Weston’s game plan to make tasteful, star- and director-driven fare.

revenantAnonymous Content’s Steve Golin, Keith Redmon and David Kanter will produce with Gonzalez Iñárritu, Milchan and James Skotchdopole. Brett Ratner and Paul Green are exec producers. The film will be co-financed by RatPac and Worldview Entertainment, latter of which just partnered with Regency and Fox Searchlight in the Inarritu-directed Birdman, which was just set for release on October 17.

An adaptation of the Michael Punke novel The Revenant: A Novel Of Revenge, Inarritu Gonzalez’s next film will star DiCaprio as Hugh Glass, a 19th century fur trapper who gets mauled by a grizzly bear, and then is left for dead by cohorts who rob him. When he survives, he is as pissed as a bee-stung bear and sets out on a treacherous journey to exact revenge on those who betrayed him. Sean Penn had been circling as one of those bad guys, but he won’t be in the film. Read More »

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New Regency Taps Brad Pitt, David Michod To Tell Gen. Stanley McChrystal Afghan Story ‘The Operators’

By | Monday April 14, 2014 @ 8:37am PDT
Mike Fleming

pitttBREAKING: Animal Kingdom helmer David Michôd will write and direct The Operators, which will be developed as a star vehicle for Brad Pitt. The project’s backed by Plan B, New Regency and RatPac Entertainment, and it was announced by Brad Weston, New Regency’s president and CEO. Pitt will produce along with his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.

Based on the Michael Hastings book, The Operators focuses on the rise and fall of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan. It portrays the backrooms and politics behind the war, and the high-stake maneuvers and the political firestorm that shook the country.

michodNew Regency and RatPac made a multi-year producing partnership with Pitt’s Plan B late last year after Regency teamed with Plan B on the Best Picture Oscar winner 12 Years A Slave. Michôd is repped by UTA and attorney Alan Wertheimer, Pitt and Plan B by CAA and Brillstein.

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‘Exodus’ Scribes Adam Cooper & Bill Collage Take ‘Assassin’s Creed’

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 3:32pm PDT
Mike Fleming

assEXCLUSIVE: Adam Cooper and Bill Collage are rewriting for New Regency and Ubisoft Assassin’s Creed, the live-action adaptation of the Ubisoft vidgame that is coming together as a vehicle for 12 Years A Slave star Michael Fassbender. Cooper and Collage have been on a roll of late. They most recently scripted the original draft of Exodus: Gods & Kings, with Steve Zaillian rewriting the biblical epic that Ridley Scott is directing with Christian Bale starring as Moses. They also scripted the George Washington pic The General for Noah helmer Darren Aronofsky and his Protozoa Pictures banner. That film is set at Red Granite.

The scribes take on this high-profile job as they are adapting the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Devil In The Grove for producer Allison Shearmur at Lionsgate, and the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced earthquake movie Shake at Paramount. They also are working with Aronofsky and Protozoa on the epic The Maccabee for New Regency Television, as well as the limited event series Pinkerton for FX Studios and Fox, which is produced by Marc Abrams and Michael Benson. The scribes are repped by WME and lawyered by McKuin Frankel Whitehead.

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Doug Liman To Helm ‘Splinter Cell’ With Tom Hardy

By | Wednesday March 19, 2014 @ 3:09pm PDT
Mike Fleming

limanNew Regency and Ubisoft Motion Pictures have found a director for the movie adaptation of the vidgame  series Splinter Cell. Pic will be helmed by Doug Liman. The film’s being produced by Basil Iwanyk and it will star Tom Hardy, whom New Regency president/CEO Brad Weston and Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet confirmed they’d attached to star in a script by Eric Warren Singer. Liman just helmed the Tom Cruise-starrer Edge Of Tomorrow for Warner Bros. John Julian is producing with Dave Bartis and Liman. Production will start in August and the film will be released in 2015.

Hardy, who’s coming off The Dark Knight Rises and wrapped Mad Max: Fury Road, will play Sam Fisher, a highly-trained special operative in a fictional black-ops sub-division, “Echelon”. Sam Fisher and the agents of Echelon utilize combat skills, weapons and cutting-edge gadgets to neutralize international terrorist threats and rogue forces in modern, realistic stories ripped from the headlines. Liman met Hardy because they are working together on another project, Everest, about the attempts of George Mallory to be first to scale the mountain.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Noah’

By | Tuesday March 11, 2014 @ 12:53pm PDT

Paramount has released the second trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah starring Russell Crowe. Co-star Emma Watson intros the latest look at the pic after the trailer debuted earlier in the day on her social media feeds. There’s been plenty of back and forth on the Paramount-New Regency pic in a long lead-up, and now the release date of March 28 is just a couple weeks away. Until then check out the trailer, complete with the new explanatory message it is attaching to marketing material after consultation with the National Religious Broadcasters group:

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Gore Verbinski Inks Three-Year Deal With New Regency; ‘Pyongyang’ Among First Pics In Pipeline

By | Tuesday February 4, 2014 @ 11:17am PST

new-regency-logoNew Regency has made its latest three-year feature deal with a high-profile name, saying today it has signed a pact with Gore Verbinski‘s Blind Wink shingle. Verbinski directed three Pirates Of The Caribbean movies, last year’s big-budget miss The Lone Ranger, and the animated Oscar winner Rango, which marked Blind Wink’s first project. Under the new deal he will produce and direct films for New Regency, company president Brad Weston said in a release. New Regency and Blind Wink are already in development on two projects, the companies said. Winner  for Best Animated Feature Film "No titles were mentioned, but we are hearing that one is Pyongyang, a dark comedic film based on the Guy Delisle graphic novel that New Regency acquired last year for Blind Wink, with Verbinski directing and producing and Steve Conrad (The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty) scripting.

Today’s news follows two other recent deals from Arnon Milchan’s financier/production company under Weston. Blind Wink joins Brad Pitt’s Plan B, which migrated from its longtime home at Paramount, and Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures, which was teaming with New Regency and Paramount on Noah, which will be released March 28.
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Darren Aronofsky Makes New Regency His Film Home; Will Hatch TV Projects For HBO

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 10:15am PST
Mike Fleming

aronEXCLUSIVE: Fresh from completing the Biblical epic Noah with Russell Crowe, Darren Aronofsky has set his Protozoa Pictures to new three-year first look deals to develop film and TV projects. Aronofsky has made a feature deal with New Regency, which backed his film The Fountain as well as Noah. Aronofsky has set his first ever TV deal with HBO, where Protozoa will develop material for Aronofsky to direct and for the company to produce.

new-regency-logoNoah, which New Regency made in partnership with Paramount Pictures, will be released March 28. This marks the second major talent deal made by Arnon Milchan’s financier/production company under Brad Weston, after Brad Pitt last month moved his Plan B producing banner from Paramount and into a 3-year deal hbo45with New Regency (which co-financed Plan B’s 12 Years A Slave) and RatPac partners James Packer and Brett Ratner. Noah was Aronofsky’s first film since he helmed the sleeper blockbuster Black Swan. The deal was confirmed for Deadline and Aronofsky issued this statement: Read More »

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Brad Pitt’s Plan B Move Unveiled: Moving To Deal With New Regency And RatPac Partners James Packer And Brett Ratner

pitttEXCLUSIVE: So, what is happening with Paramount and Plan B, the production shingle run by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner? We can report definitively that the company is moving to a new 3-year pact with New Regency and RatPac partners James Packer and Brett Ratner. This new marriage, which starts when the Plan B deal at Paramount expires at month’s end, comes after New Regency co-financed the Oscar contender 12 Years A Slave, and they are in postproduction on True Story, the film directed by Rupert Goold, with  James Franco and Jonah Hill starring. Plan B has five projects percolating at New Regency, Arnon Milchan has a strong relationship with Pitt that goes all the way back to Fight Club, and Weston has a strong relationship with Pitt and Gardner from the New Regency business and when Weston ran production at Paramount. Those projects include Black Hole, The Operators and Big Bucks.

Related: 2014 Spirit Awards: ‘12 Years A Slave’ Up For Best Feature

slaveWe’re told that this move is not acrimonious and that the relationship is fine between the Brads, as in Brad Pitt and Paramount chief Brad Grey. In fact, they completed their biggest film, World War Z — it was the highest-grossing film in Pitt’s career, though it’s unclear how profitable it was because of the high cost of re-shooting — and they are starting progress on a sequel that Juan Antonio Bayona directing. But the feeling was the Plan B label fit better with New Regency after the collaboration on 12 Years A Slave and so many other projects.

Related: Paramount Moving Forward On ‘World War Z’ Sequel

The move happens shortly after Pirates of the Caribbean producer Jerry Bruckheimer took residence at Paramount in a first-look deal he moves to from Disney. He joins Lorenzo di Bonaventura and David Ellison’s Skydance and JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot at the studio. Paramount doesn’t make a ton of movies, and a lot of Plan B’s projects languished. There should be more opportunity to get movies made in this deal, where Regency and RatPac go 50/50 on Plan B-developed projects. New Regency had a distribution deal with Fox. The way it works is, New Regency and RatPac finance future films from Plan B, and RatPac has the opportunity to co-finance the projects that Plan B currently has with New Regency.

New Regency sees this as a coup, a next step for a financier/producer establishing itself with tastemaker fare. Read More »

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Valerie Van Galder Exiting New Regency For Disney Imagineering

By | Wednesday December 4, 2013 @ 8:24am PST

valer__120724203315EXCLUSIVE: Valerie Van Galder has left Fox-based New Regency as the head of marketing after a little over a year at the production company to become a franchise management executive at Disney‘s Imagineering. During her stint at New Regency, she worked on such films as the crime drama Runner, Runner with Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake, and the Vince Vaughn-Owen Wilson comedy The Internship. She also contributed on the Oscar contender 12 Years A Slave, the marketing of which was led by Fox Searchlight’s team. 12 Years A Slave, directed by Steve McQueen, led the Independent Spirit Award nominations last week with seven, including best feature and best director.

Van Galder was hired by Brad Weston who came over from Paramount two years ago to reinvigorate New Regency. No replacement has yet been named for Van Galder who left her post last week. Van Galder’s exit follows Weston’s hire of Pam Abdy as president of production in October. Weston and Abdy had previously worked together at Paramount.

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UPDATED: Pam Abdy Moving To New Regency President Post

By | Wednesday October 23, 2013 @ 4:43pm PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: That was quick. New Regency has confirmed the Abdy deal. Release is below the original break.

EXCLUSIVE: I’m hearing that Pam Abdy, president of Scott Stuber’s Bluegrass, will be moving shortly to become president of production at New Regency under CEO Brad Weston. I’m trying to confirm. Stay tuned. She worked with Weston when he ran Paramount.

Pam Abdy has been named president of production for New Regency, it was announced today by Brad Weston, the company’s president and chief executive officer. Her appointment is effective immediately.

Abdy joins New Regency from Scott Stuber’s Bluegrass Films where she served as president, overseeing and producing films such as Identity Thief and the upcoming 47 Ronin, Endless Love and Kill The Messenger, which she executive produced. Prior to joining Bluegrass, she served as executive vice president of development and production at Paramount, where she oversaw films including Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island, Kimberly Peirce’s Stop-Loss, Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Babel and Mark Waters’ Mean Girls.

“I could not be more pleased to bring Pam into New Regency. Her exceptional taste, strong filmmaker relationships and incredible work ethic are precisely in line with our focus at New Regency. She is the perfect addition,” said Weston.

New Regency has several high profile projects currently in various stages of production. These include the critically acclaimed 12 Years A Slave, directed by Steve McQueen which is now in theaters via distributor Fox Searchlight;

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June Diane Raphael To Co-Star In ‘Business Trip’ Opposite Vince Vaughn

By | Thursday October 17, 2013 @ 3:39pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: June Diane Raphael has been set co-star as Vince Vaughn’s wife in Business Trip, the Ken Scott-directed comedy from New Regency. Steve Conrad wrote the script, which centers on a struggling Midwestern businessman (Vaughn) who takes his team cross-country to win a contract but everything seems to go wrong along the way. His wife (Raphael) wants him to spend more time with his family and kids. Tom Wilkinson is already aboard as one of Vaughn’s travel companions. Raphael and longtime writing partners Casey Wilson recently co-wrote and starred in the Sundance comedy Ass Backwards, which Gravitas Ventures picked up and will release theatrically next month. On the TV side, she and Wilson recently inked a premium blind script deal with ABC Studios for a new comedy series project to star Raphael, who also entered a talent hold deal with the studio. Last month, Raphael, Wilson and Jonathan Groff sold half-hour pilot pitch DINKS (Double Income, No Kids) to ABC with a pilot production commitment and Raphael set to star. She is repped by UTA, Silver Lining Entertainment and attorney PJ Shapiro.

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New Regency, RatPac Step Up To Co-Finance Cameron Crowe’s Sony Film

By | Wednesday October 16, 2013 @ 3:16pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: New Regency has become a co-financier on the untitled film that Cameron Crowe is directing for Sony Pictures, starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin and Bill Murray. Regency will share its 50% investment with RatPac, the company launched by James Packer and Brett Ratner that just recently teamed with Dune Entertainment for a $450 million slate financing deal with Warner Bros. That deal got off to a strong start as the studio brought them in on Gravity.

Crowe wrote the script and is producing the untitled film with Scott Rudin. They have been low key on the log line, but the film has romance and comedy and is said to in the spirit of past Crowe pics Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous. The film will be released domestically by Sony Pictures, and Fox International will release it overseas. New Regency principal Arnon Milchan had a long history with Kerry Packer, which made for an easy match with his son, RatPac partner James Packer.

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New Regency Collars Murder Mystery Novel ‘Graveland’ For Appian Way

By | Wednesday September 18, 2013 @ 10:08am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: New Regency has acquired the Alan Glynn thriller novel Graveland and set Brian Koppelman and David Levien to adapt it and direct. Appian Way partners Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran are producing. The novel is a murder mystery that begins with the discovery of a dead Wall Street investment banker, who was shot while jogging in Central Park. Later that day, a top hedge-fund managers is gunned down outside a restaurant. A female investigative journalist is on the trail as bodies pile up and she tries to figure out if terrorists are killing the financial industry’s best and brightest, or if someone is holding accountable those who engaged in Wall Street corruption. The novel was published by Picador in May, and Michael Hampton brought the project into Appian. Read More »

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Tom Wilkinson Joins Vince Vaughn On ‘The Business Trip’

By | Wednesday September 18, 2013 @ 8:44am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Tom Wilkinson will star opposite Vince Vaughn in The Business Trip, the Ken Scott-directed comedy for New Regency. Wilkinson comes aboard just as the film gets underway in Berlin. It’s produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Anthony Katagas and Steve Tisch. Steve Conrad wrote the script. Wilkinson plays Tim McWinters, a business associate and traveling companion of Vaughn’s character. Wilkinson next stars opposite Joel Edgerton in Felony as well as the Toronto film Belle and the upcoming Wes Anderson-directed The Grand Budapest Hotel. He’s repped by Principal LA and Lou Coulson Associates.

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