UPDATE: A spokesperson for Millennium Films said that the log line has changed. Here is their new one: The Expendables universe has a new team. An elite group of highly trained female mercenaries are brought together for a covert hostage rescue mission. Once they are behind enemy lines, the women discover that they will also need to topple an evil dictator bent on world domination. It becomes clear there there is no such thing as the right man for the job. The Expendabelles is the ultimate story of female empowerment and kick-ass teamwork. So, there you go.
PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, 6:18 AM: Robert Luketic has come aboard to direct The ExpendaBelles, the estrogen-powered equivalent of the testosterone-fueled Millennium Films franchise The Expendables. The move re-teams Luketic with his Legally Blonde scribes Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah, who wrote the original screenplay for the female action comedy spinoff. The film will begin shooting this summer and Luketic will soon begin casting the gals. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: In a hot package fast coming together to start production this summer, Robert Luketic will direct Paranoia, a corporate espionage thriller that is set in the world of dueling telecom giants. The Hunger Games‘ Liam Hemsworth is set to play the lead, and Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman are in advanced negotiations to join him.
The film, an adaptation of the Joseph Finder novel, is being fully financed by Stuart Ford’s IM Global, and the most recent script draft is by Jason Hall. Barry Levy (Vantage Point) wrote the initial version. The film’s being produced by Emjag’s Alexandra Milchan, Film 360′s Scott Lambert and Gaumont. Hemsworth’s repped by WME and ROAR, Ford by UTA and Oldman by Douglas Management Group and APA.
EXCLUSIVE: Landscape Entertainment CEO Bob Cooper has hired producer Tyler Mitchell to be his head of feature films. Mitchell is one of the producers of Burt Wonderstone, the Don Scardino-directed New Line comedy that has Steve Carell set to star and Jim Carrey in talks to play rival Las Vegas magicians. He’s also a producer on the period bank robbery drama The Architect at Warner Bros and recently sold the Jonathan Abrams pitch Legal Aide to the CW. Mitchell is exec producing that pilot with Jason Smilovic, Timberman/Beverly and Robert Luketic. Luketic is directing the pilot.
“Tyler’s expertise in all aspects of production will make him a huge asset to our company,” Cooper said.
Mitchell started as a production vice president and head of development for FilmEngine, where he worked on the films The Butterfly Effect and Lucky Number Slevin. He left to become a partner in Dark & Stormy Entertainment, a partnership with Smilovic and Robert Kravis that hatched the NBC series Kidnapped and My Own Worst Enemy.
The CW has bought Legal Aid, a dramedy from writer Jonathan Abrams (NBC’s Zip). Tyler Mitchell, Jason Smilovic, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Robert Luketic will executive produce. The Ugly Truth and Legally Blonde helmer Luketic is also attached to direct the pilot. Legal Aid centers on a young first-year law associate whose world is turned upside-down when her estranged father, an iconic 1990s TV star, joins her firm. The CAA-repped project reteams Mitchell and Smilovic with Timberman and Beverly. The four produced together the Smilovic-created NBC drama Kidnapped. Abrams, managed by Underground, has feature The Wedding Doctor in development at Relativity.
Feature writer Adam Sztykiel (Due Date, Made of Honor) has sold a half-hour comedy to ABC through 20th Century Fox TV. Based on Sztykiel’s own experiences in a long-distance relationship, the show follows a group of 24-year-old guys who move to a new city, one of them choosing to stay in relationship even though his girlfriend is now 2,000 miles away. In addition to writing, UTA-repped Sztykiel is executive producing with Aaron Kaplan and Sean Perrone of Kaplan-Perrone.