Sam Worthington will star in the action-thriller For The Dogs directed by Phillip Noyce. The screenplay is by Oren Moverman based on an adaptation by Paul Leyden of Kevin Wignall’s novel. Leydon wrote the script after optioning the rights out of his own pocket. For The Dogs is about an assassin who agrees to help a college girl exact revenge on the murderers of her parents and younger brother. FilmEngine’s Anthony Rhulen and Navid McIlhargey will produce along with Worthington, John Schwarz, and Michael Schwarz via their Full Clip Productions banner, and Paul Leyden. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales and Paradigm will be handling domestic. Worthington is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content. UTA handles Noyce. Moverman is represented by WME. Full Clip is represented by Jon Levin at CAA. Leyden is with Paradigm and Code Entertainment. Wignall is represented by Marjacq in the UK.
EXCLUSIVE: Phillip Noyce has closed an exclusive pilot directing/first-look deal with Universal Television. Under the deal, Phillip will direct and executive produce a drama pilot for NBC and the studio this coming pilot season. In addition, Noyce and his longtime manager/producing partner Ross Fineman will develop and executive produce new projects for NBC, with an eye for Noyce to direct one of the projects that they bring in. “We are big fans of Phillip’s feature and TV work,” Uni TV EVP Bela Bajaria said. “He brings a distinct style and point of view to all of his material. We are excited to be in business with him at Universal Television.” UTA-repped Noyce was most recently based at ABC Studios where he directed the pilot for hot soap Revenge and drama pilot Americana this past season. I hear ABC tried to re-up its deal with Noyce but NBC was aggressive in its pursuit of the Salt helmer. NBC topper Bob Greenblatt has been a fan of Noyce for years and has had a relationship with him since Noyce directed the pilot for the Showtime drama Brotherhood while Greenblatt was running the pay cable network.
EXCLUSIVE: Phillip Noyce, who helmed the pilot for ABC’s hot freshman series Revenge, is back on pilot directing duty at the network with another primetime soap. Noyce is set to direct and executive produce the Michael Seitzman-written Americana. The gig falls under Noyce’s first-look deal with ABC and ABC Studios inked last summer. Americana, from ABC Studios and studio-based Mark Gordon Co., is a soap set around a legendary fashion designer and his family and business. Noyce, repped by UTA and manager Ross Fineman, will executive produce with Seitzman, Mark Gordon and Nicholas Pepper.
Anthony and Joe Russo will direct and executive produce the NBC single-camera comedy pilot Animal Kingdom. The office comedy centers on a House-like veterinarian who loves animals but usually hates their owners. Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka wrote the script and are executive producing with the Russos, Scot Armstrong and Ravi Nandan for Universal TV and American Work. The Russo brothers will direct the pilot as part of the two-year exclusive development deal they signed with Universal TV last summer. Anthony and Joe Russo, repped by WME and 3 Arts, won an Emmy for directing the pilot for Fox’s Arrested Development. The two went on to direct the pilots and executive produce NBC’s Community and ABC’s Happy Endings.
EXCLUSIVE: Phillip Noyce, who directed the pilot for ABC’s upcoming series Revenge, will continue his relationship with the network and ABC Studios through a first-look development/exclusive directing deal. Under the pact, which covers this upcoming pilot season, ABC will have first crack at Noyce’s development, with Noyce set to executive produce any project he brings to the network. Additionally, he has committed to direct a pilot for ABC next season, with projects that he has developed in first position.
Revenge will air Wednesdays 10 PM this fall. Described as a contemporary re-imagening of Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo from a female perspective, it was written by Mike Kelley and stars Emily VanCamp as Emily Thorn, a mysterious young woman who comes to the Hamptons to exact revenge on the people who destroyed her family. This marks the third consecutive pilot directed by Noyce to go to series following Showtime’s Brotherhood and Fox’s Try Calling. He recently executive produced the FX drama series Lights Out and directed an episode of HBO’s upcoming drama series Luck starring Dustin Hoffman. On the feature side, Noyce, repped by UTA and manager Ross Fineman, most recently directed the Angelina Jolie-starring thriller Salt.
(Beverly Hills, CA) February 17, 2011 – Relativity Media has closed a deal with Phillip Noyce (Salt, The Bone Collector) to direct their upcoming Hunter Killer, based on the novel Firing Point by George Wallace (Final Bearing) Cdr. USN Ret. and Don Keith (Final Bearing). Production is targeted to start in late 2011.
From Evelyn Salt to Emily Thorn: Feature director Phillip Noyce is returning to pilot directing duty with ABC’s Revenge. Like Noyce’s most recent feature assignment, the Angelina Jolie starrer Salt, Revenge has a strong woman at its center. Written by Swingtown creator Mike Kelley, it is a contemporary re-imagening of Alexandre Dumas, pere’s The Count of Monte Cristo from a female perspective and centers on Emily Thorn, a mysterious young woman who comes to the Hamptons to exact revenge on the people who destroyed her family. ABC Studios and Temple Hill are producing. On the TV side, UTA-repped Noyce previously directed the pilots for Showtime’s Brotherhood and Fox’s Try Calling. He also executive produces the FX drama series Lights Out and directed an episode of HBO’s upcoming drama series Luck starring Dustin Hoffman.
EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Media has made a preemptive deal for Timeless, a spec script by Enchanted scribe Bill Kelly which Phillip Noyce is negotiating to direct. The premise involves time travel. A recently wed man loses his wife and discovers after the fact she has left him a fortune. Haunted by an unresolved issue between himself and his wife, the man invests the money to build a time travel device, just to see her one last time. Sunil Perkash will produce. Perkash produced the Noyce-directed Salt as well as Enchanted. After Kelly told Perkash the beats of the film, Perkash pitched them to Noyce and then Relativity Media’s Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker Tooley took the project off the table. WME brokered the deal for Kelly and UTA reps Noyce.
FX has acquired the TV rights of Salt, Sony Pictures’ upcoming action feature starring Angelina Jolie. With great reviews and promising early tracking, the Phillip Noyce-directed Salt is posed for a big opening weekend when it is released on Friday. The license fee FX would be paying for the movie is tied to its boxoffice performance and could be as much as 12% of Salt‘s domestic box-office tally if the the movie reaches a blockbuster status as expected. At FX, Salt will premiere in late 2012 along with other recent action film acquisitions by the cable network, including The Karate Kid, also from Sony, Iron Man 2 and Knight and Day, the movie Tom Cruise chose to do after exiting Salt, a move that promted the gender change of the lead for Jolie.