EXCLUSIVE: Ben Ripley, who most recently penned Source Code, has been signed to a development deal with Sony to write a contemporary reimagining of Flatliners, the 1990 Joel Schumacher drama about medical students who dabble too far into near-death experiments that starred then-emerging actors like Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts and William Baldwin, as well as Kevin Bacon. Maybe Sony thinks a redo can launch a few more young careers in the same manner? Laurence Mark is set to produce, likely with Further Films, for Columbia Pictures. David Blackman is overseeing for Laurence Mark Prods. Ripley penned the April release Source Code for Summit Entertainment; the film was a surprise hit and has made $123.3 million worldwide to date.
Los Angeles, CA May 31, 2011 – Summit Home Entertainment announced today that its Sci-fi film SOURCE CODE will be available to consumers via VOD and EST on Friday, July 8, 2011, approximately two weeks prior to the film’s home entertainment release date of Tuesday, July 26, 2011. Traditionally standard VOD and EST are available day and date with physical discs. This particular case will test the demand for viewing a bigger budgeted film digitally prior to the release of physical discs. Summit is not shortening the industry established window between a film’s theatrical release and its home entertainment debut, rather this test aligns with the studio’s ongoing efforts to find the best way to present its films digitally.
A CBS2 TV station’s investigative report (video below) is alleging that the local transit authority in Chicago tried to elicit an alleged bribe for services on the Summit Entertainment movie Source Code. I’m told that Summit is not commenting since the studio was not directly involved. But the TV station is calling this “like something out of a movie.” ”The movie industry has brought millions of dollars to the Chicago area, shooting scenes all over the city and suburbs. One or more Metra employees may have tried to get a piece of the action, CBS2 and the Better Government Association have learned. Now, the rail agency’s inspector general is investigating.” A Metra train has a starring role in the film and was ”one of the many movie negotiations handled for more than a decade by Jonathan Gottlieb, a Metra special transportation services manager. But after Gottlieb negotiated a $19,000 contract for Source Code last year, a film location manager reportedly complained that Gottlieb demanded additional cash for all his hard work — $2,000 — be delivered in an envelope to him or another Metra employee. On the morning of the first shoot, the complainant said, Gottlieb was furious to learn the money would not be delivered and told her she’d never be able to work with Metra again.” Gottlieb has denied any involvement and said his record is unblemished. But “soon after the alleged incident, he retired from his $73,000-a-year job,” CBS2 reported.