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Ruben Fleischer Inks Overall Deal With Universal TV, Launches Production Company

By | Tuesday June 24, 2014 @ 3:00pm PDT

Ruben Fleischer Inks Overall Deal With Universal TV, Launches Production CompanyGangster Squad helmer Ruben Fleischer has closed an overall deal with Universal Television. Under the two-year pact, Fleischer will develop new drama and comedy programming for both network and cable. He also will work with and supervise other writers on projects that he will executive produce and occasionally direct. In addition, Fleischer announced the formation of his new production company, The District, and has brought on David Bernad, most recently with RipCord Prods, as producing partner.
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Ruben Fleischer In Talks For Disney’s ‘Overnight’

By | Tuesday February 25, 2014 @ 12:23pm PST
Mike Fleming

rubenBREAKING: Disney is in talks with Zombieland‘s Ruben Fleischer to helm Overnight. Produced by Neal Moritz’s Original Film, the pic is described to me as Home Alone in a toy store, as a father and son win an inaugural sleepover in an amazing toy store — the same night thieves decide to rob it. Fleischer, who most recently helmed Gangster Squad, is repped by UTA.

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NBC To Reboot ‘Remington Steele’ As Comedy With Ruben Fleischer, Jay Scherick & David Ronn

By | Wednesday October 9, 2013 @ 2:17pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Remington Steele Reboot NBCEXCLUSIVE: Three decades after Remington Steele launched the career of Pierce Brosnan, the romantic comedy/drama procedural is getting a next-generation reboot, this time as a half-hour comedy. NBC, which aired the original hourlong series for five seasons between 1982-1987, has nabbed the sequel project from 20th Century Fox TV, which owns rights to the show via News Corp’s acquisition of Remington Steele producer MTM. Titled Remington Steele, the reboot follows Olivia Holt, the daughter of Remington Steele and Laura Holt, as she reopens the once-world-famous Remington Steele Detective Agency — only to fall into the same hilarious, action-packed, romantic entanglements of her parents. Jay Scherick and David Ronn are writing the script and Ruben Fleischer is set to direct the project, which has a script commitment plus penalty. The three are executive producing, with Fleischer’s executive Heather Petrigala as producer. Read More »

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Fox Buys Thriller From Becky Hartman Edwards & Ruben Fleischer

By | Wednesday September 11, 2013 @ 12:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Thriller seems to be the drama genre du jeur so far this development season, with the broadcast networks stocking up on conspiracy/mystery serialized drama projects. The latest is Far From The Tree, from Switched At Birth executive producer Becky Hartman Edwards and Ruben Fleischer, which has sold to Fox through 20th Century Fox Television where Fleischer has a deal. Written by Edwards, it is a character-based thriller focusing on the members of an all-American family whose lives are turned upside down when their eldest son is involved in a large scale eco-terrorist attack. The show centers on the parents and siblings of the eco-terrorist as they deal with the FBI, media and community at large, all while unraveling the complex mystery as to how and why one of their own became so radicalized.

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Warner Bros Moving Full Speed On ‘Spy Hunter’: Ruben Fleischer To Helm, Carter Blanchard Writing

By | Wednesday February 13, 2013 @ 5:16pm PST
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Looks like Warner Bros now has a handle on Spy Hunter, the action film based on the best selling vidgame The studio, which has attached Ruben Fleischer to direct the film, just closed a deal with Carter Blanchard to write the script. Dan Lin and Roy Lee are producing. Fleischer most recently helmed Gangster Squad for the studio and directed Zombieland. Blanchard wrote Glimmer, a spec script that sold to DreamWorks and now has Ringan Ledwidge directing.

The video game has had a long history of film development, with turns taken on versions with Dwayne Johnson and directors including John Woo and Paul W.S. Anderson. Mark Bauch will be co-producer and Doug Davison will be exec producer along with John Middleton and Fleischer. Blanchard is repped by Paradigm and Madhouse, while Fleischer is repped by UTA.

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Andrew Miller Sells Project With Amblin TV To ABC, Drama With Ruben Fleischer To Fox

By | Wednesday November 14, 2012 @ 11:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Writer-producer Andrew Miller, who developed and executive produced the CW’s drama series The Secret Circle last season, has sold two hourlong projects: SAGA at ABC, co-produced by Amblin TV, and an untitled Rodeo project at Fox, which has Ruben Fleischer executive producing and potentially directing. Miller is writing/executive producing both shows.

In the high-concept SAGA, which could be a potential companion to ABC’s fairytale drama Once Upon A Time, when the author of a best-selling book series (think J.K. Rowling) goes missing before she can complete the final installment in her epic fantasy saga, a family of fans discovers she’s been kidnapped into the very real world of her books and attempts to rescue her. The project originated with Full Fathom Five, whose James Frey and Todd Cohen will executive produce alongside Amblin TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank as well as Miller. ABC Studios is producing. Read More »

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CBS Buys Legal Drama From ‘Trouble With The Curve’ Writer, Producer Bill Gerber

By | Monday October 15, 2012 @ 3:40pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: CBS has put in development Last Stop Savannah. The drama project is written by Randy Brown, who penned the most recent Clint Eastwood-starring movie Trouble With The Curve, and executive produced by Bill Gerber, who produced Eastwood’s previous starring vehicle Gran Torino. Last Stop Savannah, from Warner Bros TV and studio-based Gerber Pictures, centers on a high-profile Chicago attorney who suffers a fall from grace and loses his Illinois license. He returns to his hometown of Savannah for a job at his old college roommate’s firm — where his daughter works as a newly minted partner. Brown, who will co-executive produce, and Gerber are with UTA.

This is the second TV project for Gerber Pictures this season, along with an adaptation of comic Midnight, Mass. at NBC. On the feature side, the Gerber-produced Grudge Match starring Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone and Kevin Hart just received a green light by Warner Bros.

In other recent drama sales, director-producer Ruben Fleischer (Gangster Squad) has set up another project: an untitled U.S. marshal drama at Fox through 20th Century Fox TV, where he is under an overall deal. Written/exec produced by Paul Zbyszewski through a blind script deal at 20th TV, the project centers on Deputy U.S. Marshal Dan Shaker who, when members of the Federal Witness Security Program begin getting killed, leads the hunt for the person who stole the file with the secret identities of every member of the program. Fleischer is executive producing and may direct. Read More »

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‘Gangster Squad’ Helmer Ruben Fleischer, Scribe John Phillips Sell Comedy To Fox

By | Thursday September 13, 2012 @ 3:21pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

John Phillips and Ruben Fleischer have sold a comedy pitch to Fox through 20th Century Fox TV. Tentatively titled Starting Up, it is about two 20-something friends who quit their boring office jobs to form a startup company, but soon find themselves in over their heads as they try to juggle the challenges of adult life with running a company.

Kaplan Perrone Entertainment will executive produce the project which is based on an original idea from Kaplan Perrone. Phillips is a blacklist feature writer who recently sold his spec script Dirty Grandpa to Universal. Fleischer most recently directed Gangster Squad for Warner Bros set for an early 2013 release and is currently producing Two Night Stand. Fleischer also directed the features Zombieland and 30 Minutes Or Less. This marks Fleischer’s first project under the pod deal he signed with 20th TV in July. He is repped by UTA and attorney Warren Dern. Phillips is with UTA and Schreck Rose Dappello.

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Ruben Fleischer Signs Pod Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

Ruben Fleischer 20th Century Fox TVRuben Fleischer has closed a pod deal with 20th Century Fox TV. The two-year pact will see the director-producer develop, direct and executive produce new comedy and drama projects for network and cable TV. As a part of the deal, the Gangster Squad helmer will launch a new production company to be based at Fox. “We were so taken with Zombieland, it has such an original tone. The mix of scary and funny—he’s just incredibly creative. He has the greatest skill set, and we know he has what it takes to create a hit television show,” 20th Century Fox TV chair Dana Walden told Deadline today. Fleischer, who made his feature directorial debut with 2009’s Zombieland and followed up with 2011′s 30 Minutes Or Less, is producing the indie Two Night Stand, which Mike Nichols’ son Max is attached to direct. Fleischer started out directing music video and commercials. He moved on to directing segments for ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! as well as episodes of Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis and Funny Or Die videos plus creating and executive producing MTV’s Rob And Big and Fantasy Factory. The LA period drama Gangster Squad, starring Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin, comes out September 7. Fleischer is repped by UTA and attorney Warren Dern.

Related: ‘Zombieland’ Scribe Team Tackles Hasbro’s ‘Micronauts’ For JJ Abrams And Paramount

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Hot Trailer: ‘Gangster Squad’

Warner Bros has released the initial trailer Ruben Fleischer‘s Gangster Squad. The cast for the period mob drama about the LAPD’s battle against Mickey Cohen includes Sean Penn (as Cohen), Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Emma Stone, Mireille Enos, Anthony Mackie, Nick Nolte, Michael Pena, Giovanni Ribisi and others. Screenplay is by Will Beall, based on based on Paul Lieberman’s book. Pic’s release date is currently up in the air, after Warner Bros shifted calendar slots in October 2012.

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Stephen Gaghan Focuses On Smuggling Of Cocaine And Humans For Next Two Films

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Stephen Gaghan has set up his next two directing projects, one covering the smuggling of cocaine from Mexico, the other human cargo from China. Gaghan, who last directed Syriana, has made a deal with Warner Bros for an untitled Cartel Project; and he has made a deal with Flashlight Pictures to direct an independent drama based on the book The Snakehead: An Epic Tale Of The Chinatown Underworld And The American Dream.

The latter is the title of a book by New Yorker writer Patrick Keefe; it will be Keefe who writes the script for the Cartel project at Warner Bros. Gaghan’s Unsupervised Shingle is producing the Cartel project along with Kevin McCormick’s Langley Park. The Warner Bros film will be partly based on Richard Marosi’s four-part series published in the Los Angeles Times this summer, about how an extensive DEA wiretap operation cracked a variety of smuggling rings transporting tons of cocaine from Sinaloa, Mexico, into Los Angeles and then across the country. Those methods included loading cocaine into everything from cars with elaborate hidden compartments to small airplanes and tractor trailers covered by pallets of frozen chicken. The wiretaps elicited highly personal information on smugglers, including one who would not make a move without the advice of a psychic. It’s the second project McCormick has set up from journalistic sources; Warner Bros is in production with the Ruben Fleischer-directed Gangster Squad with Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin … Read More »

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Ambyr Childers Signs With WME, Lands ‘Gangster Squad’

Mike Fleming

Ambyr ChildersAmbyr Childers, who played the daughter of the faith founder (Philip Seymour Hoffman) in Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film for Megan Ellison’s Annapurna and The Weinstein Company, has landed a key role in Gangster Squad, the Ruben Fleischer-directed period drama for Warner Bros. The film stars Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin. Childers just signed with WME and remains managed by McKeon-Myones Management.

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Warner Bros Dates ‘Gangster Squad’

Warner Bros said today that it will release its Ruben Fleischer-directed mob drama Gangster Squad on Oct. 19, 2012, right in the teeth of next year’s awards season. Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin and Emma Stone star in the pic, which is set in 1940s-era Los Angeles and centers on a police unit that is formed to take down head gangster Mickey Cohen, who is played by Penn. Also set to be released on that date is Lionsgate’s romantic comedy The Big Wedding with Robert De Niro and Susan Sarandon as well as Paramount Vantage’s untitled David Chase film, his feature directorial debut, about a group friends in 1960s New Jersey who form a garage band. UPDATE: The studio also said it is shifting its Zac Efron-starrer The Lucky One, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel, from Aug. 12, 2012 to April 20, 2012.

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Nick Nolte Joins ‘Gangster Squad’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Nick Nolte continues his recent career resurgence. He’s been set to join the cast of the Ruben Fleischer-directed Warner Bros drama Gangster Squad. Nolte will play Bill Parker, the new chief of police in Los Angeles, and the first in a awhile who hasn’t been corrupted by Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). The chief, a Purple Heart recipient at Normandy, is the one who starts the Gangster Squad, a crack team designed to bring down organized crime. Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Emma Stone, Mireille Enos and Anthony Mackie star.

Nolte stars in the Gavin O’Connor-directed Warrior, and he just wrapped the Taylor Hackford-directed action film Parker for FilmDistrict opposite Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez and Michael Chiklis. Nolte is about to begin work on the Robert Redford-directed The Company You Keep opposite Redford and Shia LaBeouf, and he also stars with Dustin Hoffman in the David Milch/Michael Mann HBO series Luck.

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Giovanni Ribisi Joins Warner Bros’ ‘The Gangster Squad’

EXCLUSIVE: Giovanni Ribisi has landed a co-starring role in Warner Bros’ The Gangster Squad, the period crime drama Ruben Fleischer is directing that stars Sean Penn as Mickey Cohen, and Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin as members of the elite cop squad that are after him in 1949 Los Angeles. Anthony Mackie and Michael Pena also are aboard. Will Beall wrote the script. Langley Park Pictures and Lin Pictures are producing. Ribisi, repped by CAA and Management 360, will play Conway Keeler, a cop in the group who is a master of electronics and wires. He is currently shooting Universal’s Ted and next appears in FilmDistrict’s The Rum Diary opposite Johnny Depp.

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FilmDistrict Near U.S. Distribution Deal For Ryan Gosling-Nic Refn ‘Only God Forgives’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In a low-seven-figure minimum guarantee deal, FilmDistrict has acquired U.S. rights to Only God Forgives, a drama that will reteam Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn with Ryan Gosling. Several distributors were in the mix, but FilmDistrict’s Peter Schlessel had an edge because Refn was pleased with the way FilmDistrict’s Bob Berney has set up the marketing for Drive. That film, which stars Gosling as a stunt driver who moonlights as the wheel man for a heist crew, played the Cannes Film Festival and drew raves. It will be released Sept. 16. Funded by Wild Bunch, Only God Forgives will shoot in late summer in Thailand, with Gosling playing a guy on the run from British police. He runs a Thai boxing club in Bangkok that is a front for a drug-smuggling operation. He winds up getting in the ring for a shot at redemption. Buyers this week read a script and started making offers this week. Gosling is next starring for his Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance in A Place Beyond the Pines and he’s also starring with Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Anthony Mackie in the Ruben Fleischer-directed Gangster Squad for Warner Bros. He’s also set to star for Refn in a remake of Logan’s Run at Warner Bros, where he’ll next be seen starring with Steve Carell and Julianne Moore in Crazy, Stupid, Love.

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Hot Red Band Trailer: ’30 Minutes Or Less’

By | Friday June 17, 2011 @ 1:11pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Sony Pictures has released a new Red Band trailer for 30 Minutes Or Less, which reunites Zombieland star Jesse Eisenberg with director Ruben Fleischer and also stars Danny McBride, Nick Swardson and Aziz Ansari. The R-rated film will be released August 12.


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No ‘Idolmaker’ For Ryan Gosling

Mike Fleming

Here’s how fast things move in Hollywood. At Cannes, I got my confirmations and revealed that Ryan Gosling would direct and star in MGM’s remake of The Idolmaker. Now, a couple weeks later, I get to report that he’s had to back out of the picture, at least for now. He just informed the studio he would be too busy. He’s in pre-production on A Place Beyond the Pines, which reteams him with Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance, and then Gosling moves immediately into the Ruben Fleischer-directed Gangster Squad, starring with Sean Penn and Josh Brolin in the period crime drama for Warner Bros. MGM is convinced that Idolmaker is a plum project and the studio and will continue developing the picture. If Gosling is available, they will revisit it down the line. It is fun to watch Gosling’s transformation from darling of the independent film set to arguably the most coveted young leading man for studio films. After turning down lead roles in recent years I’ve heard included Superman, Jack Ryan, Akira and The Lone Ranger, Gosling is suddenly giving the studios a chance. He impressed the Cannes set with the Nicolas Refn-directed Drive, and Warner Bros is offering him everything after testing Crazy, Stupid, Love, with the studio getting Gosling to reteam with Refn in a remake of Logan’s Run. Read More »

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Mob Movie Mania: Relativity Buys ‘Ness/Capone’ As Other Pics Percolate

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: At a time when organized crime films are back in vogue, Relativity Media’s Ryan Kavanaugh is wetting his beak. He’s acquired Ness/Capone, a Grant Pierce Myers script that made the 2010 Black Script and puts a new spin on the epic battle between Eliot Ness and Al Capone during the Prohibition Era 1920s. That battle was famously chronicled in the Brian DePalma-directed movie based on the TV series The Untouchables. Myers went back to the history books and came away with a much different version of Ness. While Kevin Costner played him as an incorruptible married choirboy who had to be taught to meet the mob on its own crooked terms, Ness/Capone’s Ness is a skirt-chasing 26-year old publicity hound who seemed to get an adrenaline charge out of courting danger, kicking in doors, smashing moonshine stores and rubbing it in the noses of Capone and other mobsters. He paraded confiscated bootleg trucks past Capone’s hotel, calling Capone in advance to suggest he look out the window. Deals are still being worked out, but the film will be produced by Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Jeremy Bell along with Hollywood Gang’s Gianni Nunnari and Virgin Produced’s Jason Felts and Rene Rigal.

This puts Relativity Media in another potential pic race (it has already gone to the mattresses against Universal over rival Snow White films). Warner Bros has its own Capone project, the Walon Green-scripted Cicero, an origin story. I’ve reported that the project has interest from David Yates when he resurfaces from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, his fourth and final Potter pic. Warner Bros also is going gangbusters on Gangster Squad, the Ruben Fleischer-directed pic that has Sean Penn negotiating to play L.A. mobster Mickey Cohen, and Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin as the cops who try to bring him down. Read More »

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