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Drac Attack! Sony Pictures Buys Period Bloodsucker Pitch From Jason Keller

By | Monday February 27, 2012 @ 11:16am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has acquired a pitch from scribe Jason Keller for a period origin story on the Dracula mythology that will be produced by Joe Roth and Palak Patel. I’m hearing the deal was high six-figures against seven-figures. It becomes the latest in a growing list of films about the iconic vampire borne out of the legend of Vlad the Impaler.

There is also a new version of Dracula Year Zero that has risen from the grave with Gary Shore directing, Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless writing and Moneyball‘s Mike De Luca producing. There is also an apocalyptic contemporary project coagulating that’s based on the book trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan that concluded with the recently released The Night Eternal, which del Toro will set up when he completes Pacific Rim. And Keller himself is attached to another contemporary vampire film, adapting the Justin Cronin novel The Passage for Matt Reeves, in which government experiments on terminally ill people launches a plague of vampires.

Insiders at Sony would only say the intention is to launch a period franchise. The deal brings together the combatants in the race to launch a Snow White film. Keller most recently scripted Relativity Media’s Mirror Mirror, and Roth and Patel produced Snow White And The Huntsman for Universal. Roth has been revived as … Read More »

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NALA Sets Steve Carr To Direct Rob Riggle And Thomas Lennon In ‘The Boondoggle’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: NALA Films has set Paul Blart: Mall Cop helmer Steve Carr to direct and Rob Riggle and Thomas Lennon to star in The Boondoggle, the comedy that the producer/financier bought in January as a spec. Riggle and Lennon play two guys who attend a boondoggle business trip. Despite the island-paradise setting, everything possible goes awry. Christopher Halvorson wrote the original draft. The film will shoot in late summer with NALA Films funding it.

NALA’s Emilio Diez Barroso and Darlene Caamano Loquet are producing with Joe Roth, Palak Patel and Barrett Stuart. Shooting will get underway in the summer. Carr’s Rumpus Entertainment partner Jason Taragan will be exec producer. Riggle will next be seen in the Tom Hanks-directed Larry Crowne and is shooting 21 Jump Street, while Lennon will next be seen in Bad Teacher. Lennon, who rewrote this script with Riggle, usually writes with Ben Garant, who hatched Night at the Museum and Reno 911!

NALA Films just financed and produced House of My Father, the Spanish-language comedy that stars Will Ferrell, and the Max Winkler-directed Ceremony.

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Justin Long Hangs Shingle, Sets TV And Film Projects

By | Wednesday January 12, 2011 @ 8:22am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Justin Long has formed I’m So Sorry Productions with partners Keir O’Donnell and Christian Long. There’s no apology needed for their early progress: they’ve sold a half-hour sitcom to CBS and CBS Television Studios in a preemptive deal; they’ve got producers Joe Roth and Palak Patel shopping their feature spec script A Case Of You as a star vehicle for Long; and they’ve sold the online series Fanfare to College Humor and will begin shooting episodes next month of a series that recreates bizarre encounters between fans and celebrities.

The CBS sitcom is about two high school science teachers–an endearing degenerate and a socially awkward misanthrope–who live together and have to balance contrasting lifestyles and school jobs. Long and his partners will write and exec produce. Electus’ Ben Silverman and Principato-Young’s Paul Young and Peter Principato will also be exec producers. The feature spec written by the trio is the story of a young writer (Long) who pursues his ideal girl with the help of her online profile. After he starts a relationship, the guy has to figure out how to keep up the facade he’s created that allows him to appear her perfect match. Roth is out to financiers.

The company formation comes while Long is shooting back-to-back movies. He’s … Read More »

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