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Comic-Con: Sam Raimi Vamps ‘The Last Of Us’ Movie At Screen Gems Panel

By and | Friday July 25, 2014 @ 12:21pm PDT

Comic-Con: Sam Raimi Vamps ‘The Last Of Us’ Movie At Screen Gems PanelScreen Gems today trotted out a Comic-Con god in Sam Raimi, who dealt the kind of catnip that fanboys love. Raimi was there with Neil Druckmann, creator of the Naughty Dog game The Last Of Us, to talk about how that PlayStation 3 survival The-Last-of-Ushorror action game is being turned into a feature with Raimi producing and Druckmann now writing the screenplay. Screen Gems President Clint Culpepper, whose previous big vidgame-to-movie transfer was Resident Evil, basically has given over big creative controls to Druckmann in the movie transfer. That includes casting, and choice of director.

At this point, Hugh Jackman and Josh Brolin have been the consensus fan favorites to play the role of Joel, and the choice most heavily favored to play Ellie is Maisie Williams, the Game Of Thrones star who’s so sparked about this prospect that she would have shown up for today’s panel were she not waylaid by being part of an Entertainment Weekly cover shoot for GOT.

comic-con-logoSaid Raimi: “It’s gonna be a great character journey, a great love story, and great horror fiction.” Raimi took a moment to tease the prospect of more Evil Dead: “I always loved working on that series with Bruce Campbell and Rob Tapert, and my brother and I are writing the Evil Dead TV show right now … with Bruce Campbell.” They even toyed with the idea of having Campbell … Read More »

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Sam Raimi Developing To Helm Jake Tapper’s Afghanistan War Tale ‘The Outpost’

By | Thursday June 26, 2014 @ 9:23am PDT
Mike Fleming

Sam Raimi Developing To Helm Jake Tapper’s Afghanistan War Tale ‘The Outpost’Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, Oscar-nominated writers of The Fighter, have partnered with Sam Raimi on the feature adaptation of Jake Tapper‘s bestselling book The Outpost: An Untold Story Of American Valor. Raimi will produce and supervise development of the script with an eye towards directing. Raimi will produce with Rob Tapert, and Paul Merryman will be co-producer.

raimiThe film becomes part of a growing number focusing on the bravery of American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. The focus of The Outpost is the defense of a remote U.S. camp in Eastern Afghanistan by 53 American soldiers as it was overrun by up to 400 Taliban fighters. The intense and deadly day-long clash resulted in multiple citations including Medals of Honor to two recipients, the first time America’s highest military award has been given to two living soldiers for the same battle since 1968.

tamasySaid Raimi: “The Outpost is an epic story of bravery, courage, and sacrifice of our men in uniform, and is absolutely a picture meant for the big screen. I’m honored to be a part of it.” Tapper, who’s reported extensively on Afghanistan, is the host of CNN’s The Lead With Jake Tapper, and is chief Washington correspondent for the cable news network. Read More »

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Sam Raimi To Direct ‘Army Of Darkness’ Sequel?

By | Sunday October 27, 2013 @ 12:45pm PDT

So says Fede Alvarez, the Uruguayan director who helmed Sony’s TriStar/FilmDistrict/Ghost House #1 box office hit Evil Dead remake earlier this year. Asked if he’d be directing Army Of Darkness 2, a sequel to 1992′s time-traveling Evil Dead threequel, he Tweeted that it’ll be original Evil Dead maestro Raimi in the director’s chair. Bruce Campbell has been talking up the Army of Darkness sequel lately and is expected to reprise his iconic demon-slaying Ash role. Alvarez instead has been working on Evil Dead 2 which he announced at his Evil Dead SXSW premiere in March. Just last month he also lined up Universal’s video game adaptation Dante’s Inferno. Alvarez and Campbell previously teased that the two parallel Evil Dead franchises could lead to a crossover picture starring reboot heroine Mia (Jane Levy) and Campbell’s Ash.

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CinemaCon: Directors Debate Whether They Should Try To Make Crowd-Pleasing Films

By | Wednesday April 17, 2013 @ 3:43pm PDT

Oliver Stone stole the show at CinemaCon‘s Filmmakers Forum today, making the most challenging comments on a panel with fellow directors Sam Raimi and Guillermo del Toro. Too many movies are made to please audiences, copy each other, and lack a compelling story, Stone said at a session moderated by film critic Elvis Mitchell. “I don’t see the difference between one action movie and another…It becomes a form of torture for the eyes. CIA torture: I’d make you watch GI Joe 3,000 times. Just kidding.” All of the directors said that they enjoy seeing their movies in theaters with audiences. “It’s almost like a theater actor who calibrates [his] performance,” del Toro said adding that being a director “is very lonely.” Raimi described himself as “definitely an audience filmmaker….We’re working to move that audience.” But Stone said it’s dangerous for filmmakers to “run after them like dogs” because difficult films “won’t get audiences slavering.” For example, he said that in “the good old days” he didn’t allow Warner Bros to have previews for his film JFK telling execs “you’re going to get mixed cards all over the place. We’ll never get out of here alive.” Del Toro agreed that directors must fulfill their own vision, something he has tried to do in his horror films. “You can’t make a cozy horror film.” If someone screen-tested The Exorcist today many would object “because it’s transgressive.” Read More »

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Sam Raimi To Direct Fox Pilot ‘Rake’

By | Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 8:52am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Sam Raimi, one of the hottest feature directors at the moment coming off helming blockbuster Oz The Great And Powerful, has signed on to direct Fox hourlong pilot Rake starring Greg Kinnear. This is a major coup for the network and Rake producer Sony Pictures TV, which started talks with the director weeks before Oz opened to a gigantic $80 million at the domestic box office, with its worldwide tally nearing $300 million after 10 days. Rake, which is slated to go into production in a few days, marks Raimi’s first pilot directing gig. In addition to directing, Raimi will serve as an executive producer on the pilot alongside original series creator Peter Duncan, Peter Tolan, Michael Wimer, Richard Roxburgh and Ian Collie. Kinnear is co-executive producing. Based on the Australian comedic drama, Rake follows the chaotic and comedic life of criminal defense lawyer Keegan Joye (Kinnear), brilliant, frustratingly charming, and with zero filter. Rake extends Raimi’s relationship with Sony, where he spearheaded the Spider-Man franchise on the feature side, directing the 2002 blockbuster and its two sequels. In TV, Raimi executive produces Starz’s flagship drama Spartacus. He is with CAA.

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‘Oz’ Wizardry Powers Great $150.2M Global: $80.3M Domestic Is 2013′s First Huge Weekend And Third Highest March Debut

By | Sunday March 10, 2013 @ 7:30am PDT

Box Office WeekendSUNDAY AM, 6TH UPDATE Disney‘s 3D wizardry Oz The Great And Powerful was magic for the U.S. and Canadian box office just like advance tracking showed it would be. Little wonder that the studio has gone into development of a first sequel and expects this new franchise to spin off not just films but mucho merchandising and park attractions for years to come. All after naysayers said no one could mess with a classic like The Wizard Of Oz. The $215M-costing Sam Raimi-directed fantasy was by far the biggest domestic film debut of what has been a disappointing 2013 start for Hollywood pics and opened to the third biggest March. It scored an $80.3M domestic debut – it isn’t even a holiday weekend. Overseas it made a good but not great $69.9M but that’s still a giant $150.2M worldwide. Reviews were lukewarm but a “B+” CinemaScore from audiences helped word of mouth so domestic grosses increased +25% from Friday to Saturday’s $33M for the all-important family fare bump. And that’s even with Friday’s $24.1M including $2 million from select theaters in Thursday pre-midnights and Friday post-midnights. (Friday’s early matinees also were ahead of Universal’s megahit toon Lorax.) Sunday’s gross is an estimated $23.1M. Disney played live-action Oz in traditional 2D, as well as Disney Digital 3D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D formats. Of all filmgoers, 3D formats drew 54% and 2D 46%. In North America, audience exit polling showed that moviegoers over 25 years old made up 55% while under 25 were 45%. Couples comprised 48%, families 35%, and teens 17%. Females outnumbered males 52% to 48%. The studio ensured its TV ads for PG-rated Oz were omnipresent as part of a $100M marketing spend and mirrored the colorful chaos of those for its 2010  Alice In Wonderland mega-hit. Oz even released the same weekend as Alice. But that Tim Burton pic offered not only worldwide star Johnny Depp but also one of the first truly rich 3D experiences and scored a $116 million domestic debut and went on to earn a superb $1 billion worldwide, making 2/3s of its money overseas. This Oz wizardry was less appealing with James Franco who struggles to open box office solo. Whether this pic earns back its hefty cost depends largely on overseas grosses - and I’ve been warning that the Land Of Oz is not the globally familiar place in literature Wonderland was and is.

Oz released day and date in 80% of the international marketplace. It began with Russia, Germany, Australia, Korea and Italy on Thursday, and then Friday expanded into a total 46 territories, including UK, Spain, Mexico, Japan, Brazil. Talent and filmmakers did a global press tour across 8 major markets which helped Russia become the lead market with $15M followed by the UK ($5.7M), Mexico ($5.1M), Australia ($5.0M), and Germany ($4.2M).

For IMAX, the domestic performance of Disney’s Oz delivered a robust $8.2M on 307 screens, second best for its March 3D titles. IMAX’s international box office on 135 screens hit $4Ml for the weekend, setting a new record for a March opening. The Fri-Sun result in Russia was a territory 3-day record of $1.4M (per screen of $50K). IMAX’s global weekend gross for Oz is an estimated $12.2M from 442 digital only screens, which is a second-best for a March opening (bested only by Alice In Wonderland‘s extraordinary performance in 2010)..

Meanwhile, FilmDistrict’s R-rated action thriller Dead Man Down also opened but to an anemic first weekend of $5.3M from 2,188 theaters. FilmDistrict acquired the U.S. rights from IM Global, Original Film, and Frequency Films for no minimum guarantee and had a P&A backstop. Marketed to an adult audience with a focus on urban and ethnic moviegoers, the film grossed on the low end of expectations. That despite the trailer debuting on Django Unchained and promos highlighting director Niels Arden Oplev who helmed the original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo also starring Noomi Rapace. This is yet another loser for Colin Farrell who continues to demonstrate he can’t open a movie. Pic was scripted by J.H. Wyman and earned a ‘B-’ CinemaScore from audiences who were 60% male and 40% female and 75% aged 25 and older.

So Oz faced no competition at this weekend’s cineplex, especially after Warner Bros’ Jack The Giant Slayer (another $200M budgetbuster) bombed last weekend and fell apart this one. And DreamWorks Animation’s family toon The Croods doesn’t open until March 22nd. Expectedly, the Disney marketing machine was in high gear for its witches/wizards and put together a really spectacular campaign that worked. Tracking services stayed steady in the weeks leading up to release with the pic expected to earn from the $70sM to $80sM even with box office down significantly since Christmas/New Year. A high-profile Super Bowl spot with Disney online homepage takeover, followed by digital takeovers on Moviefone, Fandango, IMDb, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter) and presence in major broadcast events like the Academy Awards, Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, and Rose Parade did the trick. Trailers accompanied 2012 blockbusters while the world premiere was held February 13th at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood followed by international premieres in Tokyo, Moscow, London, and Paris. Talent and filmmakers were out in force in support of the film, with appearances across daytime and late-night, print media (10+ cover stories), an E! movie special that aired March 7, and exclusive screenings and special events including Comic-Con (featuring buzzed-about Hall H panel and footage debut), CinemaCon and Daytona 500 (with James Franco serving as Grand Marshal). And end-credit song “Almost Home” by Mariah Carey released February 19th via Island Def Jam while the music video directed by longtime Carey collaborator David LaChapelle debuted on American Idol. in terms of innovation, Google Chrome Experiment “Find Your Way to Oz” designed by Disney and Google created an immersive experience and included an unprecedented Google homepage takeover on February 7th. The “Journey to Oz” Balloon Tour, sponsored by HSN and IMAX, launched February 12 while Disney theme park integrations included an exclusive 8-minute 4D sneak peek of the film throughout March and a large-scale Oz garden with entry portal, carnival area, and Yellow Brick Road through May 19.

The pre-release pressure on Disney was enormous. First came months of bad buzz. Then Wall Street was understandably nervous about another movie costing $200 million. Some business media even wrote headlines like “Oz The Great And Powerful Could Be Disney’s Next John Carter Flop”. (Granted, tracking is less and less an accurate indicator of actual theatrical performance. But John Carter, which also cost $200M, only opened to $30.1M and made just $73M domestically all-in.) This weekend success for Oz cements director Raimi as the real deal when it comes to helming blockbusters. Read More »

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‘Monster House’s Gil Kenan Finds New Haunt: He’ll Helm MGM ‘Poltergeist’ Remake

By | Wednesday March 6, 2013 @ 5:05pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVEMGM has found a director for its remake of the horror classic Poltergeist. It’s Gil Kenan, who’s best known for helming Monster House and City Of Ember. He separately has set up an original, A Giant, with Lava Bear and The Henson Company. The remake of the 1982 Tobe Hooper-directed pic is being produced by Sam Raimi, Nathan Kahane, and Roy Lee. The original starred Craig T. Nelson and Jobeth Williams as parents in a family whose dream house turns into a nightmare. Kenan is repped by WME and attorney Robert Offer.

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Super Bowl Spot: ‘Oz The Great And Powerful’

By | Sunday February 3, 2013 @ 4:18pm PST

Disney’s Oz The Great And Powerful — the Land of Oz as seen by wizard Sam Raimi:

Watch this video on YouTube.

Related: Super Bowl XLVII To Air 6 Studio Film Ads

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Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert & Good Universe Acquire Fantasy Book Series ‘Angelfall’

By | Wednesday November 14, 2012 @ 3:10pm PST

Angelfall was initially self-published by author Susan Ee before it was courted by publishers and finally released in the fall by Amazon Children’s Publishing. The second book in the young-adult fantasy series is due next year. Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert and Good Universe have acquired multipicture rights for a feature adaptation with Raimi and Tapert producing and Good Universe’s Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane exec producing. “Susan is a brilliant writer”, Raimi said. “She has created a fantastic world with instantly engaging and real characters. I immediately connected with the material and knew that she had conceived the perfect combination for a great fantasy film.” Read More »

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Hot Red Band Trailer: ‘Evil Dead’

By | Wednesday October 24, 2012 @ 3:41pm PDT

Here’s the red band trailer for the reboot of Evil Dead, following yesterday’s teaser. The movie directed by Fede Alvarez stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci and Elizabeth Blackmore. Produced by the original’s Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, it opens April 12, 2013 via Sony’s TriStar label.

Watch This Trailer On YouTube!

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Hot Teaser Trailer: ‘Evil Dead’

By | Tuesday October 23, 2012 @ 10:57am PDT

Yes this is a teaser trailer (the full one comes tomorrow) but unlike some other promos this one actually succeeds in teasing. Longtime fans have been split about rebooting Evil Dead, but originators Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell are involved, and it sounds like Campbell for one knows exactly what’s expected of the remake, being directed by Fede Alvarez. Sony‘s TriStar is releasing the pic April 12, 2013 as part of a deal with Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures and FilmDistrict.

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Sam Raimi Wins ‘Evil Dead’ Sequel Court Battle

By | Tuesday August 28, 2012 @ 11:02am PDT

The Evil Dead sequel is dead. A California federal court awarded Sam Raimi’s Renaissance Pictures a default judgment last week in its attempt to stop Awards Pictures from making an Evil Dead 4. In the four-page judgment (read it here), Judge Dale Fisher said that Awards Pictures are “permanently enjoined” from “using the EVIL DEAD name or mark or any derivation or colorable imitations thereof, or any name or mark that is confusingly similar thereto, including but not limited to the names Evil Dead; Evil Dead: Genesis of the Necronomicon; Evil Dead: Genesis of the Necronomicon, Part 2; Evil Dead: Consequences, (collectively, the “Prohibited Names”), as or as part of the title of a motion picture, television program, video game, play, book or any other form of entertainment provided or to be provided through any media, or in connection with the promotion, development, distribution, or production of any form of entertainment.” Renaissance, which was formed in 1979 by Raimi, Bruce Campbell and Robert Tapert for the original 1981 Evil Dead film, sued the little known Award Pictures back in early May for trademark infringement and a series of other related counts over the latter’s intention to produce an Evil Dead film of their own. Awards had claimed that Raimi, who is currently producing an Evil Dead reboot scheduled to come out next spring, abandoned the trademark when he publicly stated in 2000 that Renaissance would never do another Evil DealRead More »

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Michael Ross To Adapt ‘BZRK’ For Sony

By | Wednesday July 25, 2012 @ 7:59am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Michael Ross will adapt BZRK, the novel by Michael Grant, into a feature film for Sony Pictures and producers Sam Raimi and Josh Donen. Acquired last fall, BZRK is the first in a three-book series by Grant, who previously wrote Gone and co-created the Animorphs series. BZRK is a youth oriented tale with an ambitious premise. A team of gifted teens control biological nanobot robots warriors and they battle another group that is controlled by conjoined twins whose nanobots are brainwashing world leaders. The megalomaniacal twins are trying to take over the world.

Ross previously wrote Turistas, the thriller directed by John Stockwell. He also recently did a rewrite on Robin Hood 2058 and scripted I Owe You, an original screenplay for Media Rights Capital, which Jacob Estes is attached to direct. Russell Hollander is executive producer. Grant and Ross are repped by CAA, Ross also by Management 360.

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Comic-Con: Disney Unveils ‘Oz The Great And Powerful’, ‘The Lone Ranger’, And More

Luke Y. Thompson is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of Comic-Con.

The Disney panel at Comic-Con offered the first trailers for Sam Raimi’s Oz The Great And Powerful and Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger. Raimi’s Oz impressed and revealed plot details. New trailer for Burton’s Frankenweenie looks pretty much as expected amd Wreck-It Ralph shows 10 minutes of videogame crossover fun.

Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick introduced the latest Frankenweenie trailer in 3D (the one that’s been everywhere online, but its mix of retro-Universal monster-style narration and black-and-white stop motion looked great on the big screen). When Tim Burton, who was on hand, was asked what informs his sense of comedy, he replied “Growing up in Burbank.” Here’s the Frankenweenie trailer:

There was also a funny clip was shown in which a foreign-accented, Vincent Price-like science teacher becomes, shall we say, excessively enthusiastic about describing the science behind a man being struck by lightning. This leads to all the kids in the classroom speculating about why the town is cursed with so much lightning: is it the creepy windmill? The souls of dead miners? Funny stuff, and stays securely in the ’50s B mold.

The second clip included a very cool 3D moment of stop-motion fish in a giant tank, as the Igor-like kid blackmails Victor into trying to revive a dead fish for him. They succeed, but it turns out to be invisible except for the skeleton. Igor promises not to … Read More »

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Sam Raimi’s ‘Evil Dead’ Snared In Sequel Lawsuits As Reboot Begins Filming

By | Friday May 4, 2012 @ 2:03pm PDT

Sam Raimi Evil DeadA looming legal fight over who owns an Evil Dead sequel hasn’t stopped Sam Raimi’s reboot of his 1981 horror classic from moving forward. Principal photography began today in New Zealand. Directed by Fede Alvarez, the new Evil Dead is produced by the Raimi-led Ghost House Pictures, with Sony Pictures and FilmDistrict distributing. The film is scheduled to be released April 12, 2013. In the meantime, Renaissance Pictures, which was formed in 1979 by Raimi, Bruce Campbell and Robert Tapert for the original Evil Dead, has sued the below-the-radar Award Pictures for trademark infringement and a series of other related counts over the latter’s intention to produce an Evil Dead 4 film. Award countered that a published 2000 remark by Raimi that “we’re never going to do a sequel,” was “a public declaration by the defendant that the defendant abandoned the alleged ‘mark’ on Evil Dead decades ago.”

In Renaissance’s May 2 court filing, Raimi claims that Award’s Evil Dead 4 conflicts with plans he has for “another installment” in his Evil Dead franchise. Raimi wrote and directed 1987’s Evil Dead II and 1993’s Army of Darkness aka Evil Dead III. On June 1, 2010 Renaissance filed paperwork with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to register the Evil Dead trademark. It was Award’s objection to that filing that has left Renaissance’s application pending and court documents flying back and forth. The new Evil Dead reboot is scheduled to … Read More »

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Producing Partners Sam Raimi And Josh Donen To Split

By | Thursday March 15, 2012 @ 12:25pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Sam Raimi and Josh Donen will fold their Stars Road Entertainment banner when their Sony Pictures deal expires at the end of August. They’ve been together for seven years, since Donen left CAA and went from being Raimi’s agent to being his partner. There’s no acrimony, the partnership simply ran its course. They will continue to work together on projects they’ve developed. Raimi wants to focus on the pictures he’s directing, while Donen has not only been producing with Raimi but also others including David Fincher. Donen, Raimi and Rob Tapert (along with creator/show-runner Steven S. DeKnight) have the Starz series Spartacus going into its third season and also received a series order from the pay cable network for Noir. Separately, Star Road has had an overall deal at Sony Pictures Television since 2009. With Fincher, Donen is working on the Netflix series House Of Cards, and the film 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea at Disney.

Raimi is putting the finishing touches on Oz: The Great And Powerful at Disney, and he also has his Ghost House banner with Tapert and Nathan Kahane, where he produces genre pictures like the remake of Day Of The Triffids remake that has Luther creator Neil Cross scripting.

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MRC Teams With David Cronenberg & Sam Raimi For ‘Knifeman’ Series Project

By | Monday March 12, 2012 @ 5:03pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Beverly Hills, CA (March 12, 2012) Media Rights Capital announced today that director David Cronenberg will direct the pilot and serve as Executive Producer on its latest television series “KNIFEMAN,” which marks his first foray into television.  Cronenberg has directed such movies as Eastern Promises and The Fly.  He recently wrapped filming on Cosmopolis, based on the Don De Lillo novel and starring Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti and Juliette Binoche.

“KNIFEMAN” is written by Emmy nominated writer and producer Rolin Jones (Friday Night Lights) with the story by Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald (Friday Night Lights). Based on the novel by Wendy Moore, “KNIFEMAN” follows the trials and triumphs of a radical, self-educated surgeon delivering a visceral and psychological portrait of the extraordinary and unorthodox lengths he will go to uncover the secrets of the human body.  This is the latest television series to come from MRC after “House of Cards”, from director and executive producer David Fincher and starring Kevin Spacey, debuts on Netflix in 2012. “KNIFEMAN” is produced by MRC with Executive Producers David Cronenberg, Rolin Jones, Ron Fitzgerald and Sam Raimi, Josh Donen and Robert Zotnowski of Stars Road. Sentient’s Renee Tab will serve as Co-Executive Producer.

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FilmDistrict And Sony Partner On ‘Evil Dead’ Remake

By | Wednesday November 30, 2011 @ 12:00pm PST
Mike Fleming

Culver City, CA (November 30, 2011) – Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) and FilmDistrict have partnered with Ghost House Pictures on a worldwide deal—excluding U.K. and France —for Sony Pictures to distribute the remake of Evil Dead. The announcement was made by Steven Bersch, SPWA President, and Peter Schlessel, CEO of FilmDistrict. Lia Buman, FilmDistrict’s EVP of Acquisitions, will oversee the project.

Original producing partners Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell (who also starred in the original franchise) and Sam Raimi will produce. Ghost House Pictures partners Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce. Nicole Brown and J.R. Young will oversee the project for Ghost House.

Rob Tapert stated, “For 30 years, Sam, Bruce and I have been looking for the right home where we could return the deadites to the big screen. Amy Pascal and Jeff Blake at Sony and Peter Schlessel at FilmDistrict have always been incredible partners who share our passion for great storytelling as well as our obsession for scaring the pants off the audience. Together, we are looking forward to terrorizing a whole new generation.”

Added Schlessel, “I have been part of the extended Ghost House family for a long time. It’s fantastic to continue the relationship as we bring this classic horror film to a new generation of fans.”

“Sony Pictures has a fantastic history collaborating with both Ghost House and Film District and we couldn’t be more excited to continue working together

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Zach Braff Takes His Play ‘All New People’ To UK — This Time He’ll Star In It

By | Monday November 28, 2011 @ 11:59am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Zach Braff, whose play All New People premiered last summer at The Second Stage Theatre in New York, is bringing the comedy for a 10-week run at London’s Duke of York Theatre starting February 22. This time, Braff will star in his play, making his UK stage debut in a production directed by Peter Dubois. Braff didn’t appear in the New York run of the angst-filled comedy. In the UK performances, he’ll play Charlie, a guy who hits rock bottom on his 35th birthday and wants to be alone at his wealthy friends’ luxury Long Beach Island apartment. His escape is interrupted by a parade of misfits who turn his trip upside down. Before it hits London, All New People will play the Manchester Opera House February 8-11 and the King’s Theatre in Glasgow on February 14-18. Braff is currently shooting the Sam Raimi-directed Oz: The Great And Powerful, which will wrap by year’s end.

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