Guy Stodel, who ran Paramount Vantage until falling victim to a round of layoffs back in June 2009, has been tapped as president of production at Vendome Pictures, the producer behind Summit’s Source Code and Universal’s Larry Crowne. Stodel, who became an indie producer after leaving Paramount, will be charged with overseeing development of and ramping up Vendome’s slate; the ultimate goal is to produce 2-3 films per year. He will report to Vendome president and CEO Philippe Rousselet and co-CEO Fabrice Gianfermi. “I’m excited to work with Philippe and Fabrice at Vendome,” said Stodel, whose credits as a producer include the English-language remake of the French comedy Le Mac starring Ed Helms. “I’ve admired their passion, good taste, and commercial instincts for some time now and look forward to putting Vendome’s existing projects and new ones into production.”
Warner Bros said today that it will release its Ruben Fleischer-directed mob drama Gangster Squad on Oct. 19, 2012, right in the teeth of next year’s awards season. Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin and Emma Stone star in the pic, which is set in 1940s-era Los Angeles and centers on a police unit that is formed to take down head gangster Mickey Cohen, who is played by Penn. Also set to be released on that date is Lionsgate’s romantic comedy The Big Wedding with Robert De Niro and Susan Sarandon as well as Paramount Vantage’s untitled David Chase film, his feature directorial debut, about a group friends in 1960s New Jersey who form a garage band. UPDATE: The studio also said it is shifting its Zac Efron-starrer The Lucky One, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel, from Aug. 12, 2012 to April 20, 2012.
A screening of Paramount Vantage’s Like Crazy will open the three-day Film Independent Forum on Oct. 21 at the Directors Guild. The event is put on by Film Independent, the nonprofit organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival. The screening of the film, directed by Drake Doremus, will be followed by a Q&A and reception with writer Ben York Jones, producers Jonathan Schwartz and Andrea Sperling, editor Jonathan Alberts and cinematographer John Guleserian.
Toronto: Paramount Sets October 2012 Awards-Season Debut For ‘Sopranos’ Creator David Chase’s First Movie
EXCLUSIVE: Although Paramount is represented in Toronto this year by its Sundance pickup and awards hopeful Like Crazy (10/28), which will have its premiere here Tuesday night, and also by Steven Spielberg’s motion capture animated film The Adventures of TinTin (12/23), for which they will have preview showings Monday (the same 8-minute reel seen at Comic-Con), they are apparently already thinking about the 2012 awards season.
I have learned that the studio has dated The Sopranos creator David Chase’s anticipated and now untitled feature writing and directorial debut to open in the heart of next year’s awards season — on October 19, 2012. The film, known during production as Twylight Zones, will be released with the Paramount Vantage label. It was shot earlier this year, is now in post and is a suburban-set 1960s-set story about a group of friends in New Jersey who form a garage band in order to pursue their rock dreams. It stars Brad Garrett, Christopher McDonald, Molly Price, John Magaro, Lisa Lampanelli, Jack Huston and most notably reunites Chase with his Emmy-winning Sopranos star James Gandolfini, who plays a post-war, post-Depression Era parent who has worked hard to give his son everything he didn’t have but now feels some jealousy about the free-wheeling life the boy gets to experience. Growing up as a New Jersey teen in the 60s, Chase himself pursued similar musical dreams, so the story obviously has a major personal connection for him. Oscar winner Mark Johnson (Rainman) produces with Chase, …
Paramount Vantage will give a platform release to Jay and Mark Duplass’ Jeff Who Lives at Home on March 2, 2012, the studio said today. The comedy stars Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Judy Greer and Susan Sarandon and just was slated for a Special Presentation slot at September’s Toronto Film Festival, where it will have its world premiere.
Like Crazy, which won the U.S. dramatic grand jury prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, will bow Oct. 28 in limited release via Paramount Vantage, the studio announced. The coming-of-age drama stars Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones and Jennifer Lawrence. Meanwhile, Paramount’s Insurge division, formed to generate micro-budget movies after the studio’s success with Paranormal Activity, has set a wide-release date for its first acquisition, William Brent Bell’s The Devil Inside: Feb. 24, 2012. Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth and Suzan Crowley star in the dramatic thriller.