Hot Trailer: Eli Roth’s ‘The Green Inferno’

By | Wednesday April 16, 2014 @ 2:43pm PDT

Open Road Films is set to release the Eli Roth-directed The Green Inferno on September 5 after acquiring it at last year’s Toronto Film Festival. It’s Roth’s first directing gig since 2007′s Hostel 2, and he co-wrote the horror thriller with Guillermo Amoedo and produced the … Read More »

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Open Road Acquires U.S. On ‘Tupac’, John Singleton-Directed Pic On Hip-Hop Icon

By | Wednesday April 16, 2014 @ 11:43am PDT
Mike Fleming

tupacEXCLUSIVE: Open Road Films has acquired U.S. rights to Tupac, the long-awaited and highly anticipated feature on the life of Tupac Shakur directed by John Singleton. Scripted by Jeremy Haft & Ed Gonzalez and Singleton, the film traces … Read More »

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‘Midnight Rider’ Director Randall Miller Attempting To Move Forward With Film In LA Following Sarah Jones Death

Sarah Jones Midnight RiderEXCLUSIVE: Filming was suspended following the fatal February 20 train accident that killed camera assistant Sarah Jones on the Georgia set of Midnight Rider – but Deadline has learned that director/producer Randall Miller is hoping to move forward with the production as early as June.

A source close to Miller confirms that discussions are underway on proceeding with the Gregg Allman biopic, but not in the Savannah-Atlanta region where the Jones death occurred. According to sources with knowledge of the plans, Miller wants to instead resume filming in the Los Angeles area where he and his Unclaimed Freight banner are based. According to one source with knowledge of the production, Allman, who is the executive producer on Midnight Rider, has to sign off on it too but it’s not clear if he has yet. A rep for Allman did not return calls seeking comment. It appears that Miller and Unclaimed Freight believe they have a legal right to move forward to complete the film.

Related: The Death Of Sarah Jones: Safety Concerns Raised Over ‘Midnight Rider’ Crew’s Previous Film In Georgia

Midnight Rider Doctortown trestleAtlanta-based Jones, 27, died when a train collided with equipment on active tracks in rural Doctortown, GA where the crew of Midnight Rider was set up for filming on a train trestle overlooking the Altamaha River. The film’s producers were reportedly still trying to rally crew to continue filming in the days immediately following the accident. Production was officially suspended six days later; Open Road Films still has a distribution agreement to release the film. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘A Haunted House 2′ Red Band

By | Monday March 31, 2014 @ 1:20pm PDT

The new decidedly NSFW trailer for the horror-spoof sequel also has some fun at the expense of those semi-disturbing Facebook Look Back things. The Open Road pic sees Marlon Wayans moving into his dream house with new squeeze Jaime Pressly, but nightmare house is more like it. Michael … Read More »

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‘True Detective’s Woody Harrelson Joins John Hillcoat’s ‘Triple Nine’

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 2:44pm PDT
Mike Fleming

woodyhaEXCLUSIVE: True Detective star Woody Harrelson has joined the cast of Triple Nine, the John Hillcoat-directed heist thriller which begins production this summer. Open Road Films pre-bought domestic distribution rights just prior to Berlin and … Read More »

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UPDATE: Open Road Says It Will Still Release ‘Midnight Rider’; Female Crew Member Killed In On-Set Train Accident Identified

By | Friday February 21, 2014 @ 9:10am PST

openroad2ND UPDATE, 12:30 PM: The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office said today that the victim’s name is Sarah Elizabeth Jones from Atlanta. The investigation is ongoing, with railroad and film crew personnel cooperating. Here’s the official statement just released about the incident:

MidnightRiderTrainSheriff John Carter reports that on 02/20/2014 at approximately 4:30pm Deputies of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office along with other emergency personnel responded to a call of a train hitting persons on the Doctortown train trestle. Deputies arrived to find that there were several people from Open Road films and the Meddin Studios from Savannah, Georgia filming a movie called Midnight Rider in the area and had gotten onto the train tracks. A north bound train struck some of these persons. There was one fatality and seven others injured. One of the injured was flown to a Savannah hospital while others were taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital for treatment. The fatality was a 27 year old white female from Atlanta, Georgia. Her name is Sarah Elizabeth Jones. This investigation is ongoing and CSX Railroad personnel, Rayonier Mill personnel, and the film crew personnel are all cooperating in the investigation. Due to the ongoing investigation no further information can be released at this time.

UPDATE, 9:10 AM: Open Road Films says it is not pulling out of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider: The Gregg Allman Story, despite information Deadline was told to the contrary by those involved with the film. According to spokesman Liz Biber, the company says it still plans to release the picture in the U.S. but does not have a release date set. We were told that the distributor was close to announcing its plans to pull out before yesterday’s tragic accident during production in Wayne County, GA, in which gregg-allman-my-cross-to-bearjpg-392e2a8bbc089d31one female crew member was killed and seven others were injured when they were hit by a train while filming. So time will tell.

Detective Joe Gardner of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department told Deadline that the crew was on the tracks filming a scene in Jesup, GA yesterday at about 4 PM local time and couldn’t get out of the way in time when a CSX train travelling from Memphis to Savannah arrived unexpectedly. The 27-year-old woman, who Variety reported was the second camera assistant, was killed after trying to remove a mattress from the tracks, and it did have permission to shoot in the location, Gardner said during a press conference yesterday. The 20-person crew was from Savannah, GA-based Meddin Studios. “All of us on the production team are devastated by the tragic accident that happened today,” the production said in a release sent late last night. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of our crew member.” Read More »

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Open Road Acquires Gabriel Iglesias Comedy Concert Pic

By | Thursday February 13, 2014 @ 10:38am PST

GabrielIglesias2Open Road Films is back in business with stand-up comic Gabriel Iglesias, nabbing worldwide rights to The Fluffy Movie, a comedy concert film that will now hit theaters on July 11, 2014. Gulfstream Pictures, which teamed with Open … Read More »

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Berlin: Open Road Acquires Thriller ‘The Tank’

By | Tuesday February 11, 2014 @ 4:43pm PST
Mike Fleming

OpenRoad_cEXCLUSIVE: Open Road Films is picking up U.S. distribution rights to The Tank, a thriller from writer-director Kellie Madison. The pic revolves around six people entering an isolation tank designed to simulate the lengthy trip to Mars. Production is … Read More »

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Open Road Extends Ancillaries Deal With Universal Studios Home Entertainment

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 9:21am PST
Mike Fleming

Open Road, which made two of the biggest deals at Berlin acquiring domestic on Rock The Kasbah and the John Hillcoat-directed Triple Nine, has extended its deal for ancillaries with Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Here’s the release.

openroadOpen Road Films and Universal Studios Home Entertainment (USHE) have renewed their agreement in which Universal handles all marketing, sales and distribution services for Blu-ray, DVD, Electronic Sell-Through and VOD platforms of Open Road Films’ theatrical titles through 2017. The announcement was made today jointly by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films, and Craig Kornblau, President of USHE.

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Berlin: Open Road Acquires ‘Rock The Kasbah’

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 3:52pm PST
Mike Fleming

Opening Ceremony and "Moonrise Kingdom" Premiere - 65th Annual Cannes Film FestivalBREAKING: Open Road Films is loading its slate with strong pre-bought ensemble pics. Just a day after it pre-bought rights to the John Hillcoat heist thriller Triple Nine,Read More »

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Actioner ‘Sabotage’ To Be Released In March Against ‘Noah’

By | Monday January 27, 2014 @ 10:45am PST

_MG_9966.cr2Audiences will have a choice on March 28 … guns or God. The release date for Sabotage, the actioner starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, is being moved up from April 11th to March 28th, putting it face to face with Darren … Read More »

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‘The Nut Job 2′ Set For January 2016

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 10:13am PST

The-Nut-Job-Movie-2014Open Road’s animated indie pic The Nut Job opened this past weekend and grossed $25.7 million over the four-day MLK Day holiday — a record for the best animated debut for a non-studio film. Now the sequel as been set for January … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘A Haunted House 2′

By | Tuesday January 14, 2014 @ 10:48am PST

The found-footage horror thing was screaming for the spoof treatment. Sure enough, last year’s A Haunted House bled domestic audiences to the tune of $40M. Now co-writer and star Marlon Wayans is back for more: A Haunted House 2, which bows March 28, sees him moving into … Read More »

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Open Road To Bow ‘The Green Inferno’ On September 5

By | Thursday December 19, 2013 @ 12:23pm PST

GreenInferno__130211235645-275x183Open Road Films will release Eli Roth‘s The Green Inferno on September 5. Roth directed, co-wrote (with Guillermo Amoedo) and produced the horror thriller which follows a group of students who travel from New York City to the … Read More »

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Open Road Promotes Elliott Kleinberg COO, Re-Ups CFO Steven Andriuzzo

By | Monday December 16, 2013 @ 12:18pm PST
Mike Fleming

Steven_AndriuzzoElliot_KleinbergOpen Road Films has promoted Elliott Kleinberg to Chief Operating Officer and renewed Chief Financial Officer Steven Andriuzzo’s employment agreement. Kleinberg previously held the title of General Counsel and … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Arnold And Ayer’s ‘Sabotage’

By | Friday November 22, 2013 @ 10:52am PST

Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s return to big-screen actioners has been steady but slow, with January’s The Last Stand grossing $12.1M domestically and last month’s Escape Plan — with Sly Stallone and directed by Mikael Hafstrom — faring a bit better at $24.3M and counting. But those still feel like Arnold is … Read More »

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Justin Bieber Pic ‘Believe’ To Open On Christmas Day

By | Wednesday October 16, 2013 @ 10:43am PDT

Open Road Films has set a December 25 release date for Believe, the concert documentary directed by Justin Bieber: Never Say Never helmer Jon M. Chu. Footage from the pic, from SB Films and Dolphin Films, screened Read More »

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Open Road Inks Deal To Bring Pics To Showtime

By | Tuesday October 1, 2013 @ 9:39am PDT

Open Road‘s current premium window is with Netflix. All of the distributor’s titles — including the Liam Neeson-starrer The Grey, David Ayer’s End Of Watch, Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects, The Host and most recently the Steve Jobs biopic Jobs — will stay put. The Showtime deal kicks off … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Sly Stallone-Penned ‘Homefront’

By | Thursday September 12, 2013 @ 12:23pm PDT

Homefront stars Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, and Frank Grillo. Gary Fleder directed Sylvester Stallone’s adaptation based on the book by Chuck Logan. Statham plays a widowed ex-DEA agent who retires to a small town for the sake of his 10-year-old daughter. The only … Read More »

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