Screen Gems Acquires Action Spec ‘Padre’

By | Tuesday April 8, 2014 @ 12:40pm PDT
Mike Fleming

screengemsEXCLUSIVE: In a solid six-figure deal, Screen Gems has acquired Padre, a stark drama spec by Mike Maples. Greg Champion and Mark Lawyer will be producers and Screen Gems’ James Lopez will oversee it. The script has a … Read More »

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Screen Gems Takes On Sony PlayStation Vidgame Adaptation ‘The Last Of Us’

Mike Fleming

lastofusEXCLUSIVE: Screen Gems has signed on to distribute The Last Of Us, a live-action adaptation of the PlayStation 3 vidgame from Naughty Dog. Neil Druckmann, the Creative Director for the game, will write the script. The creative architects will be Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra, as well as Druckmann and Game Director Bruce Straley. They’ll team with Sam Raimi and his Ghost House Pictures banner.

The logline: Hardened survivor Joel teams with young and capable companion Ellie to journey through a radically transformed world some 20 years after an infectious pandemic ravages humanity. The game has won numerous awards and has been a big seller since its release last summer.

Related: Warner Bros Acquires Rights To Video Game Sensation ‘Minecraft’

last“Screen Gems’ Brian Dukes and Eric Ling brought this game to my attention insisting we go after it, and when I saw the quality of the storytelling, I knew the audience for this project was far greater than just the gaming community and that Neil Druckmann must write the screenplay,” Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper said. “I am thrilled that SCEA’s Riley Russell was able to get me in front of Neil and Evan Wells to plead my case. Sam and his team at Ghost House round out the perfect team to help realize Neil’s vision.” Read More »

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‘Expendables 3′ Helmer Patrick Hughes Finalizes Deal To Direct ‘The Raid’ Remake

By | Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 4:04pm PST

Patrick HughesScreen Gems‘ long-in-the-works redo of Gareth Evans’ The Raid: Redemption now has a director: it’s The Expendables 3 helmer Patrick Hughes, who had been rumored for the gig for a while. The script is from Out Of Read More »

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It’s Official: Kevin Hart’s ‘The Wedding Ringer’ Set for 2015 MLK Holiday Frame

By | Monday January 27, 2014 @ 12:12pm PST

kevinhart1As Deadline reported yesterday, it looks like Hollywood has a new king of the MLK Day weekend. A week after the record-breaking debut of Ride Along, Sony said today that it has booked Kevin Hart starrer The Read More »

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Screen Gems Buys Spec ‘The Unsacred’

By | Thursday October 3, 2013 @ 12:35pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Screen Gems has bought the thriller spec The Unsacred by Amanda Gusack. The label is keeping the logline under wraps, but I’m told it’s The Possession meets The Haunting In Connecticut. So it sounds like a small … Read More »

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Marc Weinstock Is Out In Sony Marketing Shake-Up:

By | Monday September 23, 2013 @ 4:54pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Marc Weinstock is out as president of worldwide marketing at Sony Pictures, and I’m hearing that Dwight Caines is the odds-on favorite to replace him. Caines has strategized Sony’s online marketing activities on its films and … Read More »

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Screen Gems/Miramax’s Kevin Hart Pic Now Titled ‘The Wedding Ringer’, Rounds Out Cast

By | Thursday September 12, 2013 @ 8:54am PDT

Production is underway on The Wedding Ringer, the formerly untitled Kevin Hart comedy being directed by Jeremy Garelick in his feature helming debut. Among the finalized cast in the pic that co-stars Josh Gad and Kaley Cuoco, … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Carrie’ Remake

By | Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 3:04pm PDT

The second trailer for MGM/Screen Gems’ Carrie remake may spoil all the iconic scenes from the 1976 original. But Sissy Spacek’s telekinetic heroine never had to deal with mean girls in the cell phone age. Chloe Moretz stars as Stephen King‘s misfit teen opposite … Read More »

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Hot International Trailer: ‘The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones’

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, the adaptation of the first of Cassandra Clare’s novels, opens August 21 in the U.S. and the UK. The trailer below is a slightly different take on the first which was released last November. Lily Collins stars as Clary, a seemingly … Read More »

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Screen Gems, Miramax At Altar On Buddy Comedy; Kevin Hart, Josh Gad Star And Jeremy Garelick Directs

By | Monday June 10, 2013 @ 3:35pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Screen Gems and Miramax are collaborating on a currently untitled comedy that will star Think Like A Man‘s Kevin Hart and The Book Of Mormon‘s Josh Gad. Jeremy Garelick will make his feature directing debut on the film, which was written under The Golden Tux by Garelick and Jay Lavender back when they were writing partners on films like The Break-Up. They wrote this one for Miramax. In the comedy, Hart plays a charismatic guy who provides best man services for socially challenged guys, who can’t get somebody to agree to stand by them on the day of their wedding. Gad plays a groom-to-be who finds himself in just such a situation, but, to make matters worse, he fabricates the names of not only a best man but nine groomsmen as well. When all else fails, Doug seeks out Jimmy’s services to carry out a charade designed to make Doug look his best but threatens to destroy everything if it fails.

Miramax’s Adam Fields and Will Packer are producing the film. Screen Gems President Clint Culpepper will oversee the project on behalf of Screen Gems. Hart next will be seen in his concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain being released in July. In addition to starring in Screen Gems’ Think Like a Man, Hart will also be seen in Screen Gems’ upcoming projects About Last Night and Think Like a Man Too. Gad just opened in The Internship and the upcoming Jobs and Thanks For Sharing. Read More »

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Screen Gems’ ‘Think Like A Man Too’ Adds Adam Brody

By | Monday May 13, 2013 @ 2:52pm PDT

Adam BrodyEXCLUSIVE: Adam Brody is set for the sequel Think Like A Man Too. His character Isaac is a former frat brother of Kevin Hart’s Cedric who shows up and, to everyone’s surprise, is white. … Read More »

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Screen Gems Sets Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez And Olivia Munn For Exorcism Pic ‘Beware The Night’

By | Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 1:14pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Screen Gems has set Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez and Olivia Munn to star in Beware The Night, a film that re-teams Clint Culpepper’s Sony-based company with The Exorcism Of Emily Rose tandem of Scott … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Carrie’ Remake

By | Thursday April 4, 2013 @ 5:26pm PDT

It’s a tough road to fully wipe clear the iconic images of Brian De Palma’s 1976 original, based on the Stephen King book about a loner high school girl whose crazy mom and the mean kids at school eventually get the brunt of her blossoming telekinetic powers. But this first … Read More »

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Hot Teaser Trailer: ‘Carrie’

By | Monday October 15, 2012 @ 9:17pm PDT

Screen Gems and MGM‘s remake stars Julianne Moore and Chloe Moretz, who’s seen here for the first time as Stephen King’s idea of the girl next door. Kimberly Peirce directed Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s script for Carrie, which is due out March 15, 2013.

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Screen Gems Acquires Rights To Young-Adult Book Series ‘Black City’

By | Tuesday October 9, 2012 @ 11:30am PDT

Los Angeles – October 9, 2012 – Screen Gems has preemptively closed a deal to develop the feature film based on the highly anticipated young-adult fantasy series “Black City” written by Elizabeth Richards. The first book in the series, “Black City,” will be released this coming November 13 via publisher Putnam Juvenile, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. Screen Gems moved quickly to complete the rights deal for the series based on the high level of anticipation for the property in the online community and other young adult circles. Screen Gems is currently searching for a screenwriter to adapt the material for film.

“Black City” tells the story of a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable–they fall in love.

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Joy Bryant Wins The Role Demi Moore Played In ‘About Last Night’

By | Wednesday August 15, 2012 @ 3:04pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Parenthood’s Joy Bryant has won the female lead in the currently untitled Screen Gems’ romantic comedy that is based on the David Mamet play Sexual Perversity In Chicago, which was turned into the film About Last Read More »

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Steve Pink In Talks To Helm ‘Sexual Perversity In Chicago’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Steve Pink is in talks to direct Sexual Perversity In Chicago, the Screen Gems remake of the 1986 film About Last Night. I’m hearing that the film, scripted by Bachelorette‘s Leslye Headland, is on a fast … Read More »

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‘Mortal Instruments’ Adds Lena Headey, Jared Harris & Godfrey Gao

By | Thursday July 19, 2012 @ 2:47pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Jamie Campbell Bower and Lilly Collins star in The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, the adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s fantasy book series that Screen Gems picked up for an August 2013 release. Now Clare posted on her blog today more castings: Lena Headey will play Jocelyn Fray, newly Emmy-nominated Jared Harris will play Hodge Starkweather and Godfrey Gao is Magnus Bane. Robert Sheehan, Jemima West, Kevin Durand, and Robert Maillet also are aboard. Production is set to begin August 20 in Toronto. Constantin Film and Unique Features are producing the pic, which will be directed by Harald Zwart from Jessica Postigo Paquette and I. Marlete King’s adaptation. Constantin’s Robert Kulzer and Don Carmody are producing; Unique’s Bob Shaye and Michael Lynn are executive producing with Martin Moszkowicz for Constantin. Read More »

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‘Think Like A Man’ Sequel Set At Screen Gems; Scribes Merryman & Newman Back

By | Thursday June 28, 2012 @ 3:06pm PDT

Think Like A Man SequelKeith Merryman and David A. Newman have been hired to pen the sequel to their box office hit Think Like A Man, which Screen Gems opened No. 1 at the domestic box office Read More »

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