EXCLUSIVE: New Regency has teamed with Gore Verbinski‘s Blind Wink banner on Pyongyang, a dark comedic film that Verbinski will direct and produce, based on the Guy Delisle graphic novel. Steve Conrad, who scripted The Pursuit …
Ubisoft Motion Pictures, the film and television division of Ubisoft, will develop the Splinter Cell movie in close collaboration with New Regency. Ubisoft also recently announced it attached award-winning actor Tom Hardy and up-and-coming screenwriter Eric Warren Singer (“The International”) to the film.
Israeli TV formats are already white-hot as source material for American series. Now Israeli books are looking to follow in their footsteps. In one of its first major moves in television since officially re-entering the space in June with the hire of Andrew Plotkin as EVP Television, New Regency Prods. has optioned the rights to awarded Israeli author Yoram Kanuik‘s novel Kesem Al Yam Kineret to develop a TV series based on it.
BREAKING: New Regency has made a deal to finance and distribute Assassin’s Creed, the screen adaptation of the Ubisoft video game that has Michael Fassbender attached to star. The project was hatched by the game maker’s Ubisoft Motion Pictures division, and the company will have strong creative input as the projects moves into the script stage. Details of the deal were not disclosed, but this is a whopping commitment for a franchise that has sold 37 million games, with the latest installment arriving in stores on Halloween.
“This is the perfect intersection of what we have been trying to do, and that is to work with top quality talent like Michael Fassbender,” said Regency CEO Brad Weston. “We see this as our first big commercial action franchise property. Fassbender just did 12 Years A Slave with us, and he is as good an actor as there is right now. The storyline we are pursuing has a great narrative and because Ubisoft’s games are so character- and story-driven, Assassin’s Creed lends itself perfectly to our goal to re-brand Regency as a filmmaker-driven company.”
Weston said he respected how selective the Paris-based company has been in turning their vidgame properties into features, and said he recalled taking the pilgrimage to Paris six years ago to try coaxing the company to make a deal. Ubisoft Motion Pictures is separately percolating two features based on the Tom Clancy-branded Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon video games.
BREAKING: Carla Hacken is leaving her post as production president at New Regency. Hacken, the former ICM agent and longtime Fox 2000 executive vice president, just took the post last November as Arnon Milchan and CEO Brad Weston began …
EXCLUSIVE: New Regency president/CEO Brad Weston has named Valerie Van Galder to be President of Marketing. At the same time, The Weinstein Company’s Tim Clawson has been hired to be New Regency’s EVP/Head of Physical Production, and Mandeville Films SVP David Manpearl is coming aboard as VP Production.
Weston, the former production president at Paramount and Dimension, was hired less than a year by New Regency majority owner Arnon Milchan to refashion the company into an enterprise that would make the kind of ballsy and memorable filmmaker-driven films that once distinguished the company, back when Milchan generated L.A. Confidential, Heat, JFK and Fight Club. Weston has slowly been putting his own team in place, including production president Carla Hacken and EVP Production Alexandra Milchan; TV head Andrew Plotkin; CFO Mimi Tseng and COO Jonathan Fisher. Weston said Van Galder is a big hire for the company, and he feels New Regency has the final major pieces of its executive team in place, at a time with the film slate has begun to bear fruit.
Michael Kenneth Williams has been added to the cast of Twelve Years A Slave. The actor joins Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Brad Pitt in the Steve McQueen-directed film. Raising Hope‘s Garret Dillahunt, Paul Dano and SNL’s …
Development and production under the agreement will be led by New Regency Executive Vice President and EMJAG Digital Principal and CEO Alexandra Milchan, along with EMJAG President Jamie Boscardin Martin.
After a lengthy search, New Regency has found an executive to lead the company’s return to television. Syfy programming executive Andrew Plotkin has been named EVP Television for New Regency. The move comes five years after New Regency’s previous TV outfit, Regency Television, a co-venture with Fox TV Studios, was shut down. Regency’s nearly 10 years of operation produced such series and Malcolm In The Middle and The Bernie Mac Show. Plotkin will oversee New Regency’s original television production, co-finance, and domestic and international distribution activities, reporting to CEO Brad Weston. “We set out to grow our television business in much the same way that we have built our film business — through a talent-driven and hands-on approach that allows Regency to be a part of projects and partnerships that we believe in,” said Weston. “Andrew brings immense talent and unparalleled enthusiasm to Regency. We could not be more thrilled to have him on our team as we re-energize our television division.”