Ben Kingsley Tapped By Shawn Levy For ‘Night At The Museum 3′

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 12:38pm PST
Mike Fleming

mandaEXCLUSIVE: Fox and director Shawn Levy have set Ben Kingsley to join the ensemble cast of Night At The Museum 3. Kingsley will play a formidable Egyptian pharaoh on display in the British museum, and he is revived … Read More »

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Warner Bros Slots ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ For September

By | Tuesday November 26, 2013 @ 6:37pm PST

Shawn Levy‘s ensemble dramedy about a dysfunctional family reluctantly brought together for the funeral of its patriarch will hit theaters September 12, Warners said tonight. This Is Where I Leave You stars Jason Bateman, … Read More »

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Fox Searchlight, Shawn Levy Nab Horror Pitch ‘Elimination’

By | Tuesday November 26, 2013 @ 3:06pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Fox Searchlight has picked up Zak Olkewicz‘s Elimination, a horror pitch to be produced by Shawn Levy through his 21 Laps banner. This marks the second studio sale this year for Olkewicz, who made a Dimension … Read More »

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Shawn Levy To Direct Fox’s ‘City That Sailed’ With Will Smith Aboard To Star

By | Thursday November 14, 2013 @ 3:39pm PST
Mike Fleming

Shawn Levy City That Sailed Will SmithEXCLUSIVE: Shawn Levy has been tapped to develop and direct City That Sailed, the 20th Century Fox adventure pic that now officially has Will Smith aboard to star. Audrey Wells … Read More »

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‘Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens In Lancelot Mode For ‘Night At The Museum 3′

By | Friday November 8, 2013 @ 5:23pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens has been cast as Lancelot in Fox‘s Night At The Museum 3. This is a pivotal role in the film, which is set in London. Ben Stiller is expected to return as museum security guard Larry Daley and Robin Williams is in talks to return as Theodore Roosevelt. Shawn Levy is expected to return to the director’s chair in his signature franchise which has grossed north of $1 billion. Production is expected to begin early next year.

Stevens was just seen in The Fifth Estate, and next stars in Adam Wingard’s The Guest. He’s co-starring with Liam Neeson in A Walk Among The Tombstones for director Scott Frank. Read More »

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Fox Searchlight Acquires Pitch From ‘Drinking Buddies’ Helmer Joe Swanberg

By | Tuesday August 20, 2013 @ 6:32pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Fox Searchlight has picked up a high-concept feature comedy pitch that will be written and directed Joe Swanberg, who is coming off Drinking Buddies. Shawn Levy will produce through his 21 Laps banner with Alicia Van … Read More »

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‘Girls’ Star Allison Williams Sets First Feature Starring Role

By | Tuesday April 30, 2013 @ 12:45pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Allison WilliamsEXCLUSIVE: Allison Williams, HBO Girls co-star and daughter of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, is in talks to play the title role in Rosaline, the Shawn Levy-produced feature based on Shakespeare that is mobilizing … Read More »

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‘Justified’s Timothy Olyphant, ‘House Of Lies’ Ben Schwartz Join ‘This Is Where I Leave You’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Just after completing the latest season as U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens in the FX series Justified, Timothy Olyphant has joined the Shawn Levy-directed Warner Bros pic This Is Where I Leave You. Ben Schwartz, … Read More »

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Jane Fonda In Talks To Join Shawn Levy’s ‘This Is Where I Leave You’

By | Thursday March 7, 2013 @ 12:02pm PST

Jane FondaEXCLUSIVE: Jane Fonda is in negotiations to join Tina Fey and Jason Bateman in This Is Where I Leave You. The two-time Oscar winner will play the newly widowed Hillary Foxman in the adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s comic … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Internship’

By | Wednesday February 13, 2013 @ 4:22pm PST

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play a couple of 40-ish sales guys who find themselves suddenly obsolete and out of jobs. Desperate to remain relevant and employable, they try to land internships at Google. With (naturally) Google+ as a promotional partner 20th Century Fox rolls out the movie … Read More »

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Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps Makes 3-Year Extension At Fox; Prepping A Slew Of Films

By | Wednesday December 12, 2012 @ 3:35pm PST
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Shawn Levy‘s 21 Laps will continue to be a cornerstone presence at 20th Century Fox. Levy’s label has closed a new 3-year overall first look deal with the studio. Levy and president Dan Levine have promoted Billy Rosenberg to Senior Vice President, Dan Cohen to Vice President, Will Rack to Director of Development, and Katie Baron to Creative Executive.

“Shawn’s boundless energy, ambition and effortless creativity make him the perfect partner,” said 20th Century Fox production president Emma Watts. We are lucky he continues to call Fox his home.”

Levy has been busy. He directed the Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson comedy The Internship, which Fox releases June 7, 2013; 21 Laps produced The Spectacular Now, directed by James Ponsoldt and starring Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kyle Chandler and Brie Larson. That film premieres in competition at Sundance in January. Written by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber (500 Days Of Summer) and produced by 21 Laps alongside Tom McNulty and Andrew Lauren. Read More »

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Fox Moves Up ‘The Internship’ To June 7, 2013

By | Thursday October 4, 2012 @ 6:47pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox and New Regency are moving the Shawn Levy-directed comedy The Internship up three weeks to a June 7, 2013 berth. Summer 2013 is going to be brutal, and the studio saw … Read More »

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Shawn Levy To Direct ‘The 39 Clues’ For DreamWorks

By | Thursday May 10, 2012 @ 4:37pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Shawn Levy is making a deal to direct The 39 Clues, the 11-volume novel series that Scholastic Media began publishing in 2008. DreamWorks bought the project before the first book was published for Steven Spielberg to direct, and … Read More »

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Anne Fletcher To Helm Seth Meyers-Scripted ‘Alone For The Holidays’ For Fox 2000

By | Tuesday April 17, 2012 @ 11:32am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Anne Fletcher has been set to direct Alone For The Holidays, an original Christmas comedy script for Fox 2000 that was written by Saturday Night Live head writer and Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers. Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps Entertainment … Read More »

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ABC Picks Up Comedy Pilot Starring Mandy Moore & Directed By Shawn Levy

By | Tuesday February 7, 2012 @ 6:43pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC has given a late pilot order to a single-camera pilot starring actress/singer Mandy Moore, which will be directed by Shawn Levy. The project, written by Bob Fisher and Stacy Traub, centers on newlyweds Annie (Moore) and Ben who get … Read More »

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Superhero Scribes Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz Set Deal For First Novel

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz, whose recent credits include Thor and X-Men: First Class, have made a deal with the Penguin imprint Razorbill to publish their first novel. Colin Fischer is about a 14-year-old boy with severe Asperger’s syndrome … Read More »

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Paramount, Bad Robot Set Scribes For ‘Boilerplate’

By | Thursday November 3, 2011 @ 9:54am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures and JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot have hired JD Payne and Patrick McKay to write the script for Boilerplate, based on the Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett graphic novel Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel. Bad Robot will produce with … Read More »

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James Cameron Updates Progress Of Planned ‘Fantastic Voyage’ Remake

By | Friday October 28, 2011 @ 5:40pm PDT
Pete Hammond

EXCLUSIVE: Although James Cameron was at Paramount today to show off his 3D conversion of Titanic, I had to ask him and his producer partner Jon Landau about the progress of their planned remake of the campy but fun 1966 sci-fi hit Fantastic Voyage. Despite some terrible acting (from the likes of Raquel Welch and Stephen Boyd) and wooden dialogue, it did manage to win five nominations and a couple of Oscars for Art Direction and Special Visual Effects.

The original story, about a group of scientists who are reduced to microscopic size inside a submarine and injected into the body of an ill colleague, is taking on a new dimension in the version now in active development at 20th Century Fox. As first reported by Deadline, Cameron, busy with two sequels to Avatar among other projects, does not plan to direct — Shawn Levy (Real Steel) is attached as the helmer. “I gave him my idea about how this should be turned into a love story and he’s really run with it,” says Cameron, who noted that the script (originally written by Shane Salerno) with its complex premise has to be just right before it can get to the production level. Cameron says it’s about two thirds of the way there in the development process. Much like Titanic the new Voyage has a real emotional core to it, basically dealing with a doctor going through troubled times in his marriage who finds himself injected into his gravely ill wife in order to save her life. Apparently, once he gets to the brain, things really heat up. Compared to the original, the possibilities of this re-imagination are quite intriguing. Of course, with the massive advances in filmmaking technology in the 45 years since Richard Fleischer’s version, Fantastic Voyage is truly ripe for a reboot. Read More »

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Comedy Starring Mandy Moore And Directed By Shawn Levy Lands At ABC With Put Pilot

By | Tuesday October 18, 2011 @ 6:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation with 3 networks bidding, ABC has landed a single-camera comedy starring actress/singer Mandy Moore with a put pilot commitment. The project will be written by Wedding Crashers co-writer Bob Fisher, directed by Shawn Levy and … Read More »

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