OddLot Entertainment has acquired an untitled divorce comedy to be directed by Gillian Robespierre, who broke out at the Sundance Film Festival this year with her directorial debut, Obvious Child. That pic, which starred Saturday Night Live alum Jenny Slate, was acquired by A24 and will be released in June. Robespierre, who inked with UTA soon after Sundance, will co-write the new movie with Elisabeth Holm. Plot details are sketchy but it is set in NY and centers on three women.
OddLot is now producing Mortdecai starring Johnny Depp, which will be released by Lionsgate as part of a new co-production deal launched this year. The outfit is also behind Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater. It also produced the Kevin Costner-starrer Draft Day which was released this month.
EXCLUSIVE: OddLot Entertainment has acquired the Black List script Queen Of Hearts, and has set Seth Gordon to develop the project as a directing vehicle. OddLot will produce with Brillstein Entertainment Group, with Gordon’s manager David McIlvain to be one of the producers. It’s the first script by Stephanie Shannon, who worked as an assistant to McIlvain and wrote her script while holding that job. She won the 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting competition, and hit the 2013 Black List with her script.
At a time when studios are looking everywhere for revisionist fairy tales, Shannon’s script seems to hit the mark. The script is about how a passionate affair that leaves author Lewis Carroll brokenhearted prompts him to craft Alice In Wonderland.
Gordon, who’s coming off Identity Thief and Horrible Bosses, just got set to direct Uncharted, the Sony Pictures tentpole that will be his first priority. Queen Of Hearts will come later. Gordon’s repped by WME and BEG, while Shannon is repped by CAA.
The first pic to fall under this multi-movie, multi-year deal is Mortdecai, the Johnny Depp action comedy adapted from the 1970s novels by Kyril Bonfiglioli. David Koepp is set to direct from Eric Aronson’s script. Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany and, as we broke, The Newsroom‘s Olivia Munn are aboard to co-star. The two companies already have partnered for Ender’s Game, the sci-fi pic that Lionsgate releases November 1. One project we’re told is not in the mix: the Oddlot-financed Rosewater, directed by Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart. Here’s today’s release:
SANTA MONICA and CULVER CITY, CA, September 19, 2013 – Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) and OddLot Entertainment have formed a multiyear, multipicture co-financing and distribution deal beginning with OddLot’s co-financing of the action comedy Mortdecai starring Johnny Depp, the two companies announced today. The arrangement provides a framework for Lionsgate and OddLot to co-produce and co-finance additional pictures that may be sourced by either party, and it provides OddLot with access to committed distribution on certain pictures.
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Oddlot Entertainment has brought on Rachel Shane to head production and development as its new Executive Vice President of Production. She will oversee Oddlot’s production slate of projects financed and developed in-house, reporting to Co-Presidents Michael Nathanson and Bill Lischak. Shane previously served as EVP Production at Red Wagon Entertainment where she exec produced Lawless and the upcoming Divergent for the company. With Red Wagon she had been exec producing YA adaptation Gorgeous, set up at Lionsgate, and Taped, set up at Sony. She joined Red Wagon as a Creative Executive in 2000 after stints at Tall Trees Productions, Imagine Entertainment, and Televisa. Oddlot recently put out the critically acclaimed The Way, Way Back starring Steve Carell and Toni Collette. Their upcoming slate includes the Summit big budget release Ender’s Game, in theaters November 1; Ivan Reitman’s Draft Day starring Kevin Costner; and Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater.
OddLot Entertainment and its EVP of Production and Development Linda McDonough have sealed a deal in which McDonough will produce feature films and television full time. McDonough will continue as a producer on OddLot’s upcoming tent-pole feature Ender’s Game which is being released domestically by Summit Entertainment on November 1, and several other projects are being planned. McDonough has been with OddLot for the past ten years, overseeing all aspects of the company’s production and development slate. She served as executive producer on several titles, including John Cameron Mitchell’s Rabbit Hole starring Nicole Kidman and the Nicolas Winding Refn-helmed Drive. McDonough was a producer on From Prada To Nada, which was the flagship feature film for Pantelion, Lionsgate and Televisa’s joint venture distribution company. McDonough also served as an associate producer on the cult pic Green Street Hooligans. Prior to joining OddLot, McDonough served four years as VP Development at Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen’s company, Flower Films, and before that held positions at 1013 Productions (The X-Files) and 20th Century Fox Television.
Summit and OddLot Entertainment’s dramedy Draft Day began filming today in New York, timed to the real NFL Draft that begins Thursday at Radio City Music Hall. Kevin Costner stars alongside Jennifer Garner, Ellen Burstyn, Denis Leary and Frank Langella as the GM of the Cleveland Browns who tries to trade up for the first pick and save football in the city. The pic is directed and produced by Ivan Reitman from a Black List script by Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman. 42 star Chadwick Boseman has a small role as former star college player, and Terry Crews, Sean Combs, Josh Pence, Rosanna Arquette, Timothy Simons, David Ramsey, Wade Williams, Chi McBride, W. Earl Brown, Brad Henke, Griffin Newman, Kevin Dunn, Patrick St. Esprit, Arian Foster, Christopher Cousins, Pat Healy, Laura Steinel and Wallace Langham are also aboard. Read More »
Veteran Michael Nathanson is a former president and COO of MGM Pictures and onetime worldwide production boss at Columbia Pictures, and he had been consulting for OddLot Entertainment in mapping out its business plan. Now he will join longtime OddLot exec Bill Lischak as co-presidents of the production company behind pics like Drive, Rabbit Hole and the upcoming Ender’s Game. The two will work in tandem under the direction of OddLot founder and CEO Gigi Pritzker to oversee the company’s day-to-day operations and push forward its strategy. “Bill and Michael both bring incredible strengths and complementary skill sets to the table and I am privileged to be able to work with both to implement the robust business plan we have developed over the last six months”, Pritzker said in a release announcing the news. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: OddLot Entertainment is partnering with Sycamore Pictures to co-finance The Way, Way Back, the comedic drama written and being directed by Oscar-winning The Descendants co-scribes Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Production kicked off yesterday in Massachusetts on the film, which stars Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell and Liam James. Kevin Walsh is producing via his Walsh Company banner, along with Tom Rice of Sycamore. OddLot’s Gigi Pritzker will now executive produce with Faxon, Rash, Sycamore’s Ben Nearn, and George Parra. The story follows a teenager (James) who comes into his own over the course of the summer through an unlikely friendship with the manager of a local water park (Rockwell). Collette plays the boy’s mother and Carell is her carousing boyfriend. Pritzker’s production banner OddLot most recently produced the Ryan Gosling-starrer Drive, Rabbit Hole and From Prada To Nada.
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The company is a partnership between Rodriguez, OddLot Entertainment and Bold Films and will produce and finance action-oriented projects. The partnership is for multiple titles and all films will either be directed by or produced by Rodriguez. “This new venture allows us to develop, greenlight and produce films from the idea stage through delivery,” the Machete writer/director said. Quick Draw will be based in Austin, Texas. Bold Films and OddLot are both currently producing Drive, starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan. Separately, OddLot has two upcoming films scheduled for release in Rabbit Hole and From Prada to Nada, while one of Bold’s upcoming productions is Into Hell, directed by Alex Holmes.