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Stephenie Meyer’s Production Company Options YA Novel ‘Not A Drop To Drink’

By | Thursday April 24, 2014 @ 10:34am PDT

Not A Drop To Drink MovieStephenie Meyer and Meghan Hibbett’s Fickle Fish Films has optioned rights to Mindy McGinnis’ debut young-adult novel Not A Drop To Drink, a survival story set in a world where fresh water is almost nonexistent. It’s the latest deal for Fickle Fish, which produced the film adaptation of Meyer’s novel The Host and the Sundance 2013 pic Austenland.

Published in September 2013 via HarperCollins, Drink centers on Lynn, whose survival in the dystopian world means protecting her precious freshwater pond against drought, snowless winters, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink.  Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand. But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers are coming. A companion novel, In A Handful Of Dust, is already available for pre-order. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Austenland’

By | Monday July 8, 2013 @ 1:26pm PDT

Keri Russell strays just a weensy bit from her badass Soviet spy character in FX’s The Americans for her latest film role. In the Sundance rom-com Austenland, she plays Jane, a single gal with a borderline-unhealthy Jane Austen obsession who’s looking for her very own Mr. Darcy. She books a pricey stay at the resort billed as “the world’s only immersive Austen experience,” but — having bought the lowest-level Austenland package — she is relegated to the servants’ quarters. Jane is determined, though: “An Austen heroine gets engaged by the end of the book,” she asserts. “That is what I am going to do.” J.J. Feild, Bret McKenzie, Jennifer Coolidge and Jane Seymour also star in the pic directed by Jerusha Hess, who co-scripted with the source novel’s author Shannon Hale. Produced by (Twihard alert!) Stephenie Meyer, Gina Mingacci and Meghan Hibbett, the Sony Pictures Classics film opens August 16. The first trailer:

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Host’

By | Wednesday March 27, 2013 @ 11:30am PDT

Open Road is gunning for a Twilight-sized hit with their adaptation of Stephenie Meyer‘s other romance bestseller. Saoirse Ronan stars as Melanie, a human whose mind is partially possessed when aliens invade the planet. Jake Abel and Max Irons flesh out the PG-13 love triangle. Andrew Niccol adapted and directs the March 29 opener. Here’s the latest trailer:

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Hot Featurette: Stephenie Meyer’s ‘The Host’

By | Friday February 15, 2013 @ 7:27pm PST

“This is the future and humanity is all but extinct” in The Twilight Saga creator’s next novel-to-movie adaptation. Here’s a glimpse of the tale of alien possession with commentary by Meyer and stars Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons. Andrew Niccol directed The Host which also stars Diane Kruger and Jake Abel. The Open Road release opens March 29th:

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Sundance: Famous Behind & In Front Of The Camera

On its fourth day, the Sundance Film Festival is wall to wall with some of Hollywood’s best known actors and actresses — and we don’t mean the ones who show up just to party hop. While the festival can be a great launching pad for emerging filmmakers, Park City has never been shy about letting the already well known show their wares there too. It was created by Robert Redford after all. This year sees a number of famous faces and names get behind the camera with new films. As buyers begin to dig in, expect to see these marquee names generating some serious interest as they play out of their regular position. And then there’s the plethora of Oscar winners and nominees, blockbuster and TV stars and indie superstars in front of the camera — check out our comprehensive list below.

James Franco – Executive Producer, kink; Co-director, Interior. Leather Bar.  - Actor, director, conceptual artist, grad student and failed Oscar host, Franco wears many hats. This year, he’s adding producer and co-director for two separate films for Sundance. Franco produced kink, a documentary directed by Christina Voros about the Internet’s biggest producer of BDSM. Franco also co-directed Interior. Leather Bar with Travis Matthews. The film seeks to re-create the 40 minutes of Gay S&M footage rumored to be cut from 1980’s Cruising staring Al Pacino to avoid an X rating. Sure the sexual subject matter of both films is similar but Franco’s ambition is wide ranging. Franco also makes an appearance in front of the camera in Interior. Leather Bar and Lovelace.

Alicia Keys – Executive Producer, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete - The multi-platinum singer/songwriter is no stranger to cinema. More than a few films feature her tunes on their soundtracks and Keys was in front of the camera in 2006’s Smokin’ Aces. However, this Sundance is Keys’ debut as a producer. Directed George Tillman Jr. and starring Skylan Brooks, Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Hudson and Anthony Mackie, the coming of age film could be the start of a whole new career for Keys.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Director/Writer, Don Jon’s Addiction He sings, he dances, he starred in The Dark Knight Rises and Looper last year, and now Gordon-Levitt slips into the director’s role on the comedy Don Jon’s Addiction. The actor’s directorial debut, which he also wrote the script for, stars Gordon-Levitt himself as a lady’s man who begins seeking a more fulfilling emotional life. Scarlett Jonansson, Julianne Moore, Brie Larson and Tony Danza co-star in the film.

Related: Sundance: Fleming Q&As Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Dave Grohl – Director/Producer, Sound City - No stranger to movie soundtracks, the Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer has now moved into the director’s chair with his debut documentary Sound City.  Debuting early in the Festival, the film is about the famous Van Nuys studio where Nirvana, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Guns and Roses and others have recorded. Even before the Festival began, Gravitas Ventures acquired worldwide VOD to Grohl’s movie.

Related: Sundance: Dave Grohl’s ‘Sound City’ Concert Rocks Park City

Julie Delpy/Ethan Hawke – Writers, Before Midnight - This one’s a bit of a cheat because the duo are actually on both sides of the camera at this year’s Sundance. Premiering tonight, the Richard Linklater directed Before Midnight sees Delpy and Hawke return to their roles as Jesse and Celine from 1995’s Before Sunrise and 2004’s Before Sunset. The onscreen duo also retuned to their off screen roles as writers. Like Before Sunset, which was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay, Delpy and Hawke crafted Before Midnight’s script with Linklater. This year marks the second time the trio have premiered their tale of the perpetually unfulfilled lovers to Sundance –Before Sunrise debuted at the Festival in 1995. Read More »

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Sundance: Stephenie Meyer Q&A On Her ‘Austenland’ Producing Debut & What’s Next

Best known as the author of The Twilight Saga novels, Stephenie Meyer has brought the first feature from her Fickle Fish Films to the Sundance Film Festival this year. Based on Shannon Hale’s novel of the same name, Austenland focuses an obsessed Jane Austen fan’s search for love and visit to a theme park based on the famous author. Selected for the U.S. Dramatic competition, the comedy stars Keri Russell, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour and Bret McKenzie and marks the directorial debut of Napoleon Dynamite co-writer Jerusha Hess. Austenland premiered at the Festival on January 18 with a sold out screening yesterday and four more screenings planned, all of which are sold out too. A producer on all The Twilight Saga movies as well as the upcoming The Host, Meyer sat down with Deadline at Sundance to talk about producing a film not based on a book she wrote, adaptations and an Austenland sequel.

Deadline: How did Austenland come together as Fickle Fish’s first feature?
Stephenie Meyer: Austenland happened because years ago my good friend and author Shannon Hale sent me the manuscript for her book. I loved it obviously and I thought it read like a movie to me. You could see everything, it’s very visual. And I got halfway through and thought how much fun it would be to go and make it real. So I figured 10 years down the road, we’re going to go to England and film it ourselves. Which my partner Meghan Hibbett and I did but a little earlier than scheduled and a little more elaborately than we planned. I’ve always loved book adaptations. I don’t always love what comes out of it but I love the idea of it. Every time I read a book I’m casting it in my head. So producing for me started out as really cool hobby and Austenland was the perfect place to start.  Read More »

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Sundance: Five Producers To Watch

By | Friday January 18, 2013 @ 1:35pm PST

One day in, the Sundance Film Festival is already packed with producers gauging audience reaction at screenings and meeting with potential distributors. As the sale today of Twenty Feet From Stardom to Radius/TWC shows, this is where the art of the deal becomes reality. This year’s festival sees some producing veterans return and some relative newcomers put their shingle out. Here are a few worth noting and watching both at Sundance and afterward.

Related: Mike Fleming’s Sundance 2013 Preview

Stephenie Meyer, Austenland: Though she’s been a producer on all the adaptations of her best-selling The Twilight Saga books, Meyer is branching out to other material this Sundance. Premiering today, Austenland is the first project from Meyer’s Fickle Fish production company. The Jerusha Hess-directed film is an adaption of Shannon Hale’s novel about an obsessed Jane Austen fan’s search for love and visit to a theme park based on the famous author. Meyer is producing with Gina Mingacci, and Robert Fernandez and Dan Levinson are executive producers.

Sundance: Five Directors To Watch
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Hot Trailer: ‘The Host’

By | Tuesday November 13, 2012 @ 8:42am PST

A day after the final installment of her Twilight films had its world premiere, Stephenie Meyer‘s next book-turned-movie dropped its trailer. The sci-fi pic The Host stars Saoirse Ronan as one of the last humans on Earth trying to resist an alien invasion. When an alien parasite is injected into her, it becomes obsessed with her memories and free will. Diane Kruger, Max Irons and Jake Abel co-star. Scenes from the movie were shown at Comic-Con during Summit’s Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2 panel in July, a play for those dedicated Twi-hards to follow Meyer to her follow-up movie. The author has published one novel for The Host, but it’s believed she’s written the next two installments of a trilogy. Andrew Niccol directed Host, which Open Road releases March 29, 2013.

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UTA Promotes Literary Agent Kassie Evashevski To Partner

By | Friday November 9, 2012 @ 12:03pm PST

UTA Book Department Co-Head and literary agent Kassie Evashevski has been made Partner at the agency, it was announced today. “Her partner promotion reflects her invaluable contributions to the agency over the years and the important role she will continue to play in our success,” said David Kramer, UTA’s Managing Director and Head of Motion Picture Literary Department. Evashevski’s client roster includes Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, Salman Rushdie, Inheritance Cycle author Christopher Paolini, Wally Lamb, Jonathan Tropper, whose One Last Thing Before I Go was picked up by Paramount for $1 million in January and Ree Drummond whose cookbook/memoir The Pioneer Women was acquired by Sony in 2010 and will star Reese Witherspoon. Earlier this year, Evashevski negotiated the deal that saw 20th Century Fox acquire the rights to self-published dystopian future novel Wool. Evashevski joined UTA back in 2007 after a decade as a manager at Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Prior to that, Evashevski was at Writer’s House literary agency in New York and Random House.

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Comic-Con: ‘Twilight’ Finale, ‘Host’ Footage, Star Power Panel Don’t Disappoint

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

Today’s Twilight panel screened the first seven minutes of final installment and it looks as wildly over the top as director Bill Condon’s previous installment. As promised there was a first glimpse of The Host, based on another of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer‘s other bestseller. Comic-Con’s David Glanzer introduced the Twilight panel with a tribute to Gisella, the fan who was killed in traffic. Upon being reminded that it’s the final Twilight panel, crowd reaction was mixed with some cheers and some jeers.

Moderator Eric Moro of noted the panel featured the most Twilight talent ever: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Mackenzie Foy (Renesmee) plus Stephenie Meyer, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone (his first Comic-Con), Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz. Director Bill Condon couldn’t be there in person but sent a pre-recorded message – then introduced the first seven minutes of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2. With lots of sweeping zooms, exaggerated sound effects, Bella showing off her new strength and nearly choking Edward by accident plus wrestling a mountain lion and cliff climbing with her fingertips, this looks to be as refreshingly over-the-top as Breaking Dawn Part 1, from a franchise that previously been so … Read More »

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Comic-Con: An Eyeful For ‘Twilight’ Fans

Lionsgate-Summit delivered 28 actors from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, and Twilight fans converged on Comic-Con ahead of the movie’s panel Thursday to get a glimpse of their heroes and the woman who created them. Signing autographs last night clockwise from top right are author Stephenie Meyer, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli and Kellan Lutz.

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‘Twilight Saga’s Stephenie Meyer Planning Comic-Con Surprise For ‘The Host’

By | Wednesday July 11, 2012 @ 2:38pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Author Stephenie Meyer, whose Twilight Saga franchise helped make Comic-Con such an important cog in movie marketing, has something dramatic planned when she and the film’s cast gather tomorrow for their final Comic-Con panel for Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn–Part 2. I’m told that the surprise will focus on what is shaping up to be Meyers’ next film franchise, The Host. She and that film’s distributor, Open Road, will be doing something during the Twilight Saga panel. I could not  confirm whether this is a sneak peek at footage–the film wrapped just weeks ago–though that would certainly make sense as the author tries to entice Twihards to embrace her next major film.

The Host is Meyers’ first science fiction novel, and focuses on a parasitic alien soul injected into Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan), one of the last human holdouts trying to resist the alien invasion. Initially bent on breaking the girl’s spirit and thwarting the resistance effort, the alien soul becomes obsessed with her memories and free will.

There is a certain symmetry here, because while Meyer has only published a single novel, it’s believed she has already written the next two installments of a trilogy. Just as that vampire/werewolf saga focused on a love triangle between Kristin Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, the Andrew Niccol-directed … Read More »

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Hot Teaser: Stephenie Meyer’s ‘The Host’

By | Thursday March 22, 2012 @ 6:01pm PDT

With the tween-focused The Hunger Games opening imminently, Open Road is hoping to whet the appetite of that audience for another film in that vein, with the first teaser trailer from the adaptation of Twilight writer Stephenie Meyer‘s sci-fi novel. The Host stars Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, Diane Kruger, William Hurt and Frances Fisher. It is currently in production, being directed by Andrew Niccol. Ronan stars as Melanie Stryder, one of the last humans putting up a fight against an alien species called Souls, parasites that invade human bodies, fuse to each person’s consciousness and systematically erase their personalities. The Host was Meyer’s follow-up to her hit Twililght book series. Open Road is releasing the film March 29, 2013.

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Frances Fisher Joins Cast Of ‘The Host’

By | Friday February 24, 2012 @ 2:40pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: Fisher will star in the sic-fi feature written by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer. Fisher joins Diane Kruger, Saoirse Ronan and Jake Abel in the cast and will play Maggie, a stern aunt to Melanie (Ronan) and sister to Uncle Jeb (William Hurt). They are among the few human survivors of a parasitic alien species called the Souls which have plagued Earth. Andrew Niccol will direct from an adaptation first written by Meyer. Principal photography is scheduled to begin this month in Louisiana and New Mexico, and a wide release is set for March 29, 2013. Fisher is best known for her roles in Titanic, Unforgiven, The Lincoln Lawyer, and In The Valley Of Elah. She is repped by Greene & Associates and Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management.

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Diane Kruger To Play The Seeker In Stephenie Meyer’s ‘The Host’

By | Friday January 20, 2012 @ 1:16pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Diane Kruger is negotiating to star alongside Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons and Jake Abel in The Host, the Andrew Niccol-directed adaptation of the Stephenie Meyer science fiction novel. The film takes place at a time when a parasitic alien species called The Souls has just about wiped out the human population. The Inglourious Basterds star will play The Seeker, who is charged with overseeing the conversion of a young rebel soldier (Ronan) whose consciousness has been infiltrated by Wanderer, a soul that has taken control of bodies and minds but who is daunted by the young human’s spirit — and obsessed with the memories of her boyfriend and her brother — and sets out to track them down. The Seeker pursues her, knowing that the conversion of the rebel will lead to the discovery and eradication of the rebel movement.

Kruger had been a candidate for a lead role in Universal’s Oblivion but withdrew from consideration and took The Host. While it’s based on one novel by Twilight Saga author Meyer, the movie is being set up as a trilogy. Open Road acquired U.S. distribution rights last year and production will start shortly for a March 29, 2013 release. Nick Wechsler, Chockstone Pictures’ Paula Mae Schwartz and Steve Schwartz are producing with Meyer. Kruger is repped by UTA, Untitled Entertainment and Ken McReddie Associates.

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‘Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part I’ Surpasses $500 Million In Global Box Office

Mike Fleming

If Summit Entertainment is actually serious about a merger or a sale, the company has the benefit of wheeling and dealing while it is at a high-water mark. Summit announced today that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1, flew past $500 million in global box office in just 12 days. The film is at $508 million today. It was released November 18 and single-handedly has brightened the overall box office picture. The film has generated $223 million domestic, making it one of only 12 films to reach $220 million in 10 days. Creatively, I thought the movie would have been much better had director Bill Condon finished Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn book in one movie. Let’s face it, the Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) wedding and subsequent pregnancy were sooooo drawn out, and nothing much happened. But then again, I am not a teenage girl or a Summit executive looking at another half-billion dollar haul once the second installment comes out next November 16. Read More »

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Max Irons Other Male Lead In ‘The Host’

By | Thursday November 10, 2011 @ 2:21pm PST
Mike Fleming

Max Irons is getting the role of Jared in The Host, the adaptation of the science fiction novel by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer that will star Saoirse Ronan and be directed by Andrew Niccol, who wrote the script. This comes after Jake Abel became frontrunner to play the role of Ian. The derby for the role of Jared included a small circle of actors including Liam Hemsworth (also a finalist to play Bruce Willis’ son in A Good Day To Die Hard), Kit Harington and Jai Courtney. Open Road acquired the film for domestic distribution. UTA and UK-based Tavistock Wood rep Irons.

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Jake Abel Is Frontrunner For Male Lead In ‘Twilight’ Author Stephenie Meyer’s ‘The Host’

By | Tuesday November 8, 2011 @ 6:32pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Actor Jake Abel is frontrunner to play one of the two male lead roles in The Host, the adaptation of the science fiction novel by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer that will star Saoirse Ronan and be directed by Andrew Niccol, who wrote the script. Negotiations are expected to begin soon. Abel was chosen from among a group of young thesps and he is negotiating for the role of Ian. The other male lead role of Jake is down to a small circle of actors including Liam Hemsworth (also a finalist to play Bruce Willis’s son in A Good Day To Die Hard), Max Irons, Kit Harington and Jai Courtney. Abel has starred alongside Ronan in The Lovely Bones, and his other recent credits include I Am Number Four and Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Open Road acquired the film for domestic distribution. Abel’s repped by UTA and Anthem Entertainment.

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Summit Targets Alleged ‘Twilight Saga’ Hacker In Argentina

By | Monday August 1, 2011 @ 11:26am PDT
Mike Fleming

Los Angeles, CA August 1, 2011 – In an action that further communicates that those who steal images, video and other intellectual property will be identified and prosecuted globally, Summit Entertainment communicated today that it has identified the principal hacker who earlier this year stole unreleased materials from THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN which were then distributed on the internet. Civil actions in the United States and Argentina name Daiana Santia, along with others, as being involved in stealing photographs, unfinished images and video from both parts of the yet to be released THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN which first appeared on the internet of March 31 of this year. Criminal action in Argentina has also been filed.

The investigation, which utilized the services of Kroll Inc. and the law firm of Keats McFarland & Wilson LLP, spanned four continents (North America, South America, Europe and Australia) and has led to the town of Posadas in northern Argentina. It is believed that others may also be involved in the crime and thus the investigation is on-going.

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