David Koplan has joined upstart production, finance, and international sales outfit Red Granite Pictures as Head of Physical Production and Development. Koplan, whose producing credits include Sundance pic Chrystal and Tim Blake Nelson’s Leaves of Grass (as exec producer), is exec producing Marc Lawrence’s untitled Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei starrer and is producer on Stuart Blumberg’s Thanks For Sharing starring Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow. He’ll work closely with Red Granite Chairman Riza Aziz and Vice Chairman Joey McFarland in his new post starting with the comedy sequel Dumb and Dumber To. Red Granite’s upcoming slate includes Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, Daniel Radcliffe starrer Horns, and the Relativity release Out of the Furnace.
Dumb And Dumber producers Brad Krevoy and Steve Stabler got personal in a countersuit filed today against Red Granite Pictures and its principals Joey McFarland and Riza Aziz. The pair are suing for compensation they claim they’re owed on the upcoming sequel Dumb And Dumber To, which is being prepped without their involvement by Red Granite who stepped in to back the project after WB fell out. Accusing McFarland and Aziz of “unlawful and unethical conduct,” Krevoy and Stabler’s suit asserts that they were wrongfully squeezed out of the sequel by the Red Granite camp and demand $400K they say they’re entitled to based on their initial contract with New Line.
But it gets juicier. “McFarland’s and [Aziz’s] misconduct and hubris will cause Red Granite to crash and burn,” continues the suit, questioning whether other talent on the project will want to work with the company. “Further, McFarland and [Aziz] lack the experience necessary to successfully produce motion pictures themselves. Although Red Granite apparently has family money from [Aziz], Red Granite will not succeed with money alone because McFarland and [Aziz]‘s experience producing motion pictures during their short tenure in the industry consists of cavorting at nightclubs with Paris Hilton and making dinner reservations at posh nightclubs in New York and Los Angeles.”
The multiple legal disputes between producers over credit on the upcoming Martin Scorsese-directed The Wolf Of Wall Street are over. Red Granite Pictures and Alexandra Milchan issued the following statement today:
Los Angeles, CA – October 3, 2012 – It was announced today that Red Granite Pictures and Alexandra Milchan have settled their legal dispute over the much anticipated film “The Wolf of Wall Street” and dismissed their respective lawsuits against one another.
Red Granite Pictures owns the rights to Jordan Belfort’s best-selling memoir The Wolf of Wall Street, on which the film is based and is fully financing the film and producing with Appian Way, Sikelia Productions and EMJAG Productions.
Producers are Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland (Red Granite Pictures), Leonardo DiCaprio (Appian Way) and Martin Scorsese and Emma Koskoff (Sikelia Productions). Alexandra Milchan is an executive producer.
Red Granite’s foreign sales arm, Red Granite International, led by Danny Dimbort and Christian Mercuri, is handling international sales on the film.
Avi Lerner’s Foreign Sales Ace Danny Dimbort Exits With Millennium Execs To Launch Red Granite International
BREAKING: In a pre-Cannes foreign sales shakeup bombshell, Millennium/Nu Image partner Danny Dimbort has left and joined forces with Red Granite Pictures. He’s taking the role of president in the foreign sales company Red Granite International, and has taken with him Christian Mercuri, who’ll be co-president, and Joe Gatta, who’ll be president of production. Relations between Dimbort and Avi Lerner have been strained for a long time. In January 2010, I reported as much, when Dimbort was gone for weeks and speculation was high that he would leave because he and Lerner disagreed on the kinds of movies they should be making. At the time, Lerner scoffed at the speculation, saying Dimbort was “categorically not departing, and whoever is telling you that is just being mean. We’ve been partners for 30 years, he’s my best friend, and I love him to death. You want a problem? It’s that the American government doesn’t give a shit about the piracy of our product that’s taking place around the world. The stuff about Danny is bullshit.”
Relations got even more strained when Dimbort was busted by the Producers Guild for giving a producing credit to his teenage granddaughter. Now, I’d always heard Dimbort did this to make a point, because he was pissed that Lerner was putting girlfriends into producing and other positions where they would receive credit. Last year, I’d heard that Dimbort was bought out of his equity position in the company, but that it didn’t mean he was leaving. Now, he’s gone.
New York, NY (January 14, 2011) – Production companies Point West Pictures (principals Jennifer Westfeldt and Jon Hamm) and Red Granite Pictures (principals Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland) announced today the start of principal photography in New York City on the independent feature film, Friends With Kids.