QED Buys ‘Yellowstone Falls’; 52-Page Spec About Wolves Battling Mutated Humans

By | Monday April 14, 2014 @ 11:26am PDT
Mike Fleming

wolfesBREAKING: While we’ve got plenty of projects that mix genre staples from zombies to wolves, the town went wild for a highly unusual combination. In heated bidding, QED emerged victorious and acquired Yellowstone Falls, a spec script by … Read More »

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AFM: QED Revives Vince Vaughn-Hailee Steinfeld Pic ‘Term Life’

By | Friday November 1, 2013 @ 6:40pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Weeks after Deadline revealed that Universal put the brakes on the Peter Billingsley-directed Term Life with Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld, QED International and Worldview Entertainment have signed on to finance and produce the crime thriller. Universal, which developed … Read More »

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QED Sets Bill Murray For Barry Levinson-Directed ‘Rock The Kasbah’

By | Tuesday September 3, 2013 @ 12:24pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Bill Murray will star in Rock The Kasbah, with Barry Levinson directing a script by Mitch Glazer. The film is being backed and produced by … Read More »

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Logan Lerman Shares A Tank With Brad Pitt

By | Wednesday May 1, 2013 @ 3:37pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVELogan Lerman is joining Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf in Fury, the WWII tank thriller that David Ayer wrote and is directing for QED and Sony Pictures. Lerman will play Norman Ellison, an Army typist and the youngest and most inexperienced member of the crew who is thrust into being a tank gunner.

Sony Pictures won the right to distribute domestically and in most of the world, with some territories belonging to QED, whose Bill Block took a big risk by paying $1 million for Ayer’s spec, and then watched it pay off quickly when Pitt committed to the $80 million film. QED will produce with John Lesher and his Le Grisbi Productions banner. Ethan Smith, Block and Lesher are producing and they are eyeing a fall production start. The action takes place in 1945 as the Nazi regime collapses and the five-man crew of an American tank called Fury battles a desperate German army. Read More »

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QED Pays $1 Million For David Ayer WWII Spec Script ‘Fury’

By | Wednesday February 13, 2013 @ 6:07pm PST
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: In what amounts to the biggest spec deal so far this year, Bill Block‘s QED International has paid $1 million for Fury, a WWII spec script by End Of Watch writer/director David Ayer. Ayer will direct, and QED will produce with John Lesher and his Le Grisbi Productions banner. Ethan Smith, Block and Lesher are producing and they are eyeing a fall production start. QED is selling foreign.

The action takes place in 1945 as the Nazi regime collapses and the five man crew of an American tank called Fury battles a desperate German army. Ayer and QED reteam after the action thriller Ten, which Ayer directed and which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington and Mireille Enos. Open Road will release it next January. Lesher produced Ayer’s End Of Watch.

Describing his project, Ayer said his goal is to “bring a fresh execution to the genre. What these men went through is worthy of a complex, honest portrayal. This will have incredible, visceral action and complex rich characters. I plan to bring tank combat to life in a way that lands with a modern audience.” Read More »

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QED Sets Ex-Morgan Creek Exec Daniel Diamond As Intl Prexy

By | Tuesday August 21, 2012 @ 11:19am PDT
Mike Fleming

LOS ANGELES, August 21, 2012 – QED international has appointed Daniel Diamond as President of International, it was announced today by QED International CEO Bill Block. Diamond comes to QED International from Morgan Creek Prods. where he served as President of International Distribution.

Diamond’s appointment is part of an operational expansion of QED as it heads into the Toronto Intl. Film Festival and AFM with a robust film slate including TEN, directed by David Ayres and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; FADING GIGOLO, directed by John Turturro and starring Turturro and Woody Allen; and ELYSIUM, directed by Neil Blomkamp and starring Matt Damon. Earlier this year, Media Content Capital made an eight-figure investment in QED International.

“We’re committed to bringing the best films to our international partners, and heading into the fall markets, we’re better equipped than ever to deliver on that promise,” said Block. “Daniel will add significantly to our global fire power. His shrewd understanding of the changing rights business and his exceptional relationships in every market will allow us to achieve better market penetration globally, and we’re thrilled he can join us as we gear up for Toronto and AFM.”

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QED Prepping John Turturro Pic ‘Fading Gigolo’ For October Start

By | Tuesday July 17, 2012 @ 9:48am PDT

John Turturro Fading GigoloJohn Turturro wrote and will direct the comedy Fading Gigolo starring Turturro, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara, Vanessa Paradis and Liev Schreiber. An October start … Read More »

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Bill Block’s QED Gets Cash Infusion From Media Content Capital; Cannes

By | Wednesday May 16, 2012 @ 1:20am PDT
Mike Fleming

Media Content Capital has made an 8-figure investment and will become a shareholder of QED International, the financing and sales company run by Bill Block. The funds will be used to ramp up development, sales and financing operations as QED … Read More »

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Action Thriller ‘Ten’ To Team David Ayer And Arnold Schwarzenegger

By | Monday May 7, 2012 @ 9:41am PDT
Mike Fleming

Arnold Schwarzenegger TenOpen Road has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Ten, an action thriller that David Ayer will direct with Arnold Schwarzenegger starring. The film will be funded by QED International. Skip Woods wrote the script. It’s … Read More »

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‘I, Alex Cross’ Sparks Producers’ Lawsuit Over Claims Of Credit By Rivals

Producers of Summit Entertainment’s upcoming release I, Alex Cross, directed by Rob Cohen with Tyler Perry stepping into the role created by Morgan Freeman, have filed suit against other producers who claim they should receive compensation and screen credit for the movie. Bill Block and Paul Hanson are partners in QED, which produced the project that Summit has acquired for distribution. QED claims in the suit that prolonged negotiations that began in 2008 with potential producers Jan Korbelin and Marina Grasic (who with Mark Lindsay have launched Cargo Entertainment) and their company Visitor Pictures failed to come to an agreement on Visitor’s involvement with the development of I, Alex Cross. QED claims it drafted and redrafted multiple memorandums of understanding for Visitor’s involvement that were all rejected and no agreement was reached or signed. In 2009, QED says it formally notified Visitor that all previous offers were withdrawn. QED asserts that development of the movie proceeded without Visitor, who “indeed sought to have no involvement,” according to the suit.

Now that principal photography on I, Alex Cross has finished and the movie is expected to be released next year, QED claims that Visitor has resurfaced and is demanding compensation and screen credit, probably in preparation for legal action of their own. QED and other plaintiffs Suejack Inc and JPB Businesses are seeking a court ruling in the case to remove the “cloud” cast over I, Alex Cross by Visitor’s claims before the movie is released. Read More »

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Arnold Set For QED Action Film ‘Black Sands’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to star in Black Sands, an action film that will be directed by Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy. Financed by Bill Block’s QED, the film will begin production April 1, 2012. In the script that … Read More »

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