Caleb Landry Jones In Talks For Gay Rights Pic ‘Stonewall’

By | Thursday April 17, 2014 @ 1:10pm PDT

Caleb Landry Jones StonewallEXCLUSIVE: Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class, Antiviral) is in negotiations to join the cast of Roland Emmerich‘s Stonewall, about the 1969 Greenwich Village raid on the Stonewall Inn that became a flashpoint for the gay rights movement. War Horse‘s Jeremy Irvine was set earlier this month to lead the cast as Danny, a young man who experiences a political awakening during the riots. Jones will play an eccentric gay street hustler named Orphan Annie who at first resists then warms up to Danny and later participates in the Stonewall uprising. Jon Robin Baitz scripted the Centropolis Films production, which Michael Fossat, Marc Frydman, and Emmerich are producing. Kirstin Winkler and Adam Press are aboard as executive producers. Read More »

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Jeremy Irvine Stars In Roland Emmerich’s ‘Stonewall,’ Ground Zero For Gay Rights

Mike Fleming

jeremyiEXCLUSIVE: War Horse star Jeremy Irvine has been set to star in Stonewall, the next film that Roland Emmerich will direct. Scripted by Jon Robin Baitz, the film is about the June 28, 1969 police raid at the … Read More »

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Busy With ‘Stonewall’ And ‘Independence Day 2′, Roland Emmerich Buys Arctic Dive Spec

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Roland Emmerich has been at the RolandEmmerichcenter of some of the biggest spec script deals I have ever written about. Usually, he’s the co-writer and some studio is peeling off millions of dollars and making huge gross commitments to one of his global-scale adventure films. Today, Emmerich has completed a spec script deal, but this time, he’s the buyer. I hear his Centropolis Entertainment has acquired rights to an untitled action thriller scripted by actor-writers Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods. Centropolis executive Marco Shepherd, who brought the project to the company, will produce. The film is set on a diving ship in the Arctic.

This is a script that Emmerich will likely eye as a potential directing assignment, but that hasn’t been determined and he’s plenty busy. He’s prepping to next direct Stonewall, a Jon Robin Baitz-scripted drama about a young man’s political awakening in the backdrop of the Stonewall riots. Emmerich is simultaneously prepping with former partner Dean Devlin the sequel to Independence DayDeadline told you that Will Smith decided not to return, but Fox has set the film for a July 1, 2016 release date, so the clock is certainly ticking. Read More »

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Fox Pushes ‘Independence Day 2′ To 2016

By | Tuesday November 12, 2013 @ 5:48pm PST

The world will have to wait another year for its Independence Day 2. Fox said today that it is moving the long-in-coming sequel from July 3, 2015 — a date it had announced in JuneRead More »

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Outgoing Fox Exec Tony Sella Zinged At Charity Auction

20th Century Fox Film chief creative officer Tony Sella isn’t formally out the door yet, as Deadline exclusively revealed yesterday, but his departure is already a sales tool in some Hollywood circles. “You fired Tony Sella, … Read More »

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Fox Slates ‘Independence Day 2′ And Tim Burton’s ‘Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ For July 2015

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 5:20pm PDT

Who knows how long two Earth decades is to those creepy invading aliens, but it might as well be a millennium in show business. But Fox today secured a July 3, 2015, release date for Roland Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘White House Down’

By | Monday June 10, 2013 @ 8:30pm PDT

Sony‘s ramping up its White House Down campaign with less than three weeks to go until the June 28 Channing Tatum-Jamie Foxx actioner enters the summer blockbuster fray, sandwiched between Paramount‘s World War Z and Disney‘s … Read More »

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Produced By Conference: Producers Who Direct, Or Directors Who Produce?

By | Saturday June 8, 2013 @ 1:57pm PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s conference coverage.

The 5th Annual Produced By Conference, sponsored by the PGA, kicked off this morning on the 20th Century Fox lot with a panel discussion entitled “The Real Deal: Producers Who Direct? or Directors Who Produce?”. Producer Mark Gordon of Grey’s Anatomy fame moderated the discussion in the packed Zanuck Theater, peppering panelists Jon Favreau (Iron Man 1, 2 and 3) and Roland Emmerich (White House Down, Independence Day) with questions about how producers can effectively navigate the directorial waters and vice-versa. Of course, working with filmmakers at the level of Favreau and Emmerich who have abundant experience is rarely a problem, Gordon repeatedly acknowledged.

“There is a comfort level with directors who have a body of work,” said Gordon, who doesn’t direct. “It’s more difficult now because everybody specializes. In the old days of the Hollywood studio system, guys like John Ford and Billy Wilder did it all. They directed comedies. They directed dramas. They directed musicals. Today, you hear, ‘This guy is an action director, this guy directs comedy.’ I don’t believe in that. If you direct, you should be able to direct everything.” But Favreau pointed out that inexperienced directors are becoming less of a dice roll for producers and studios, what with the cost of admission to the club dropping to relative pennies. “There are tremendous filmmakers doing strong pieces of content online,” he said. “Those content walls are coming down. It’s becoming less and less of a guess. It isn’t like picking the new Dalai Lama. You can see what’s being done and say, ‘This kid’s got some vision’.” Read More »

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Roland Emmerich Buys Alien Invasion Sci-Fi Pitch ‘Emergence’ As Directing Vehicle

By | Friday June 7, 2013 @ 8:30am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Roland Emmerich‘s Centropolis Entertainment has acquired Emergence, a pitch for a large scale contemporary science fiction film by scribe Nic Kelman. Emmerich plans to direct the film, which I’ve heard is a new take on an … Read More »

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Roland Emmerich Teams On Lawrence Of Arabia Mini With Fremantle, Marc Frydman

FremantleMedia International is continuing its push into event drama with a six-hour miniseries based on the true story of T.E. Lawrence, aka Lawrence Of Arabia. Roland Emmerich will produce with Marc Frydman. Author Michael Korda, … Read More »

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Channing Tatum In ‘White House Down’ Talks

Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Channing Tatum is in talks to star in the Roland Emmerich-directed White House Down, the James Vanderbilt-scripted action drama. Sony Pictures paid $3 million for the James Vanderbilt spec that is a Die Hard in the White … Read More »

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Roland Emmerich in Talks to Helm $3 Million Sony Spec ‘White House Down’

By | Monday April 2, 2012 @ 6:07pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Roland Emmerich is in talks to next direct White House Down, the James Vanderbilt-scripted action drama. Sony Pictures paid $3 million when Vanderbilt and his Mythology Entertainment partners brought the spec script to market last week. The film focuses … Read More »

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Christian Petzold’s ‘Barbara’ Leads Nominations For Germany’s Lola Awards

Barbara LolasThe German Film Academy has announced nominations for its Lola awards, the country’s equivalent to the Oscar. Christian Petzold’s Barbara, the story of an East German doctor transferred to the countryside in 1980, scored eight nods, while Roland Emmerich’s controversial Shakespeare film Anonymous and Andreas Dresen’s Cannes Un Certain Regard title Stopped On Track took seven each. All three are in the best picture category along with Tim Fehlbaum’s Emmerich-produced post-apocalyptic thriller Hell; Christian Zübert’s Three Quarter Moon, about a curmudgeonly taxi driver and a precocious little girl; and David Wnendt’s neo-Nazi picture Combat Girls. Petzold won the best director prize in Berlin last month for Barbara and is nominated in that category along with Dresen and Hans Weingartner for Hut In The Woods. Vying for best actress are Read More »

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ABC Picks Up Roland Emmerich Drama Pilot About The 2012 Presidential Race

By | Wednesday January 4, 2012 @ 12:41pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The current presidential race has inspired a drama project co-written and directed by filmmaker Roland Emmerich (Independence Day), which just received a pilot order by ABC. In the first pickup of the regular pilot season, ABC has given the green … Read More »

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‘Singularity’ Put On Hold, But Not Because Roland Emmerich Is Peeved Over ‘Anonymous’ Release

By | Thursday November 10, 2011 @ 12:09pm PST
Mike Fleming

Word is spreading that the Sony Pictures film Singularity is in disarray and that it’s related to Roland Emmerich’s disappointment over the studio’s release of the his Shakespeare film Anonymous. That is being denied both by the studio and by … Read More »

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Sony Abruptly Switches To Platform Rollout For ‘Anonymous’

By | Wednesday October 19, 2011 @ 6:43pm PDT

Sony Pictures has rethought its approach to the October 28 opening of the Roland Emmerich-directed Anonymous, which originally was planned as a wide release. Instead, the studio is taking a platform approach and debuting in 250 theaters the … Read More »

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Hot Scribe Dante Harper Takes On Isaac Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ For Sony And Roland Emmerich

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has hired Dante Harper to adapt Foundation, the groundbreaking Isaac Asimov science fiction trilogy which Roland Emmerich is developing to direct. Emmerich has been attached since the studio acquired the property in early 2009 when he and … Read More »

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It’s Official: Sony Acquires Roland Emmerich’s ‘Singularity’ And Will Release It In May 2013

By | Wednesday June 29, 2011 @ 2:00pm PDT

Earlier today we told you that Sony was hot to make a deal for a new Roland Emmerich project with the working title Singularity. Well, we were right. The studio just confirmed the title and the release date: May 17, 2013. Harald Kloser, who co-wrote with Emmerich the Sony-released … Read More »

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Will Sony Buy Roland Emmerich Sci-Fi Pic ‘Singularity?’

By | Wednesday June 29, 2011 @ 9:52am PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Insiders tell me Sony Pictures won’t let this one get away. Expect Amy Pascal to announce shortly that she has filled a tent-pole slot in her release schedule. Emmerich deals generally mean a big upfront payment, big … Read More »

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