The CEO of Anonymous Content today let loose against Lakeshore Entertainment over its firing of him last year from the romantic drama Adaline. “There is no polite way to put it: Lakeshore tried to pull a fast one to avoid honoring its obligations to prominent film, television, and commercial producer [Steve] Golin in connection with the upcoming film Adaline, featuring Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn, and Blake Lively,” says the breach of contract and unjust enrichment complaint Golin filed today by in LA Superior Court (read it here). Golin and his Overt Operations claim that he is owed “no less than $450,000 and no more than $1,000,000” under a Loanout Agreement with Lakeshore as well as a hefty backend on the pic. The talent and management company boss also says he had no idea about a section of the agreement that seems to give Lakeshore the right to can him as they did. Requesting a jury trial, Golin, who is an EP on HBO’s True Detective among his many credits, and his company are seeking unspecified damages, proper credit and a change in the agreement plus legal costs and the usual “for such other and further relief as the Court deems proper and just” in the 5-claim complaint.
EXCLUSIVE: David Ellison’s Skydance Productions has made a preemptive acquisition of Bad In Bed. The comedy pitch will be written by Pamela Falk and Michael Ellis, the scribes behind The Wedding Planner. They describe it as a racy high concept comedy but they are keeping the specifics under wraps. The title makes it seem self evident. Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Joy Gorman developed it with the writers and will produce. Skydance principal Ellison and his production president Dana Goldberg made the deal with WME and Anonymous Content. The scribes are separately developing an untitled project with Offspring Entertainment’s Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot, along with Anne Fletcher for Warner Bros. Skydance is co-financing and producing a slew of Paramount tent poles, including the upcoming Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation, the Barbra Streisand-Seth Rogen comedy My Mother’s Curse, the Tom Cruise-starrer One Shot, the Brad Pitt-starrer World War Z and the relaunch of the Jack Ryan franchise that will star Chris Pine.
EXCLUSIVE: Annette Bening has signed on to star with Kristen Wiig in Imogene for American Splendor helmers Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini. Shooting starts in late summer. Wiig plays a moderately successful Gotham playwright who stages a fake suicide attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend, only to end up forced into the custody of her gambling-addict mother. Bening will play mom. The script’s by Michelle Morgan, and pic’s being produced by Maven Pictures’ Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler and Anonymous Content’s Alix Madigan, with Steve Golin, Wiig and Morgan the exec producers. UTA is repping North American rights on the film.
Bening, who was Oscar-nominated for The Kids Are All Right, is currently starring with Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan in Fox Searchlight’s He Loves Me, which is being directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. I’ve heard it’s likely that Bening will be part of the Howard Hughes film that Warren Beatty will star in and direct for Paramount Pictures. She’s repped by CAA.
EXCLUSIVE: After launching his production shingle Before The Door Pictures with the JC Chandor-directed Margin Call, Star Trek star Zachary Quinto is teaming with Anonymous Content on a second project. It’s an untitled “found footage” romantic comedy that will be produced by Quinto and his partners Neal Dodson and Corey Moosa, with shooting to begin tomorrow in New York. Victor Quinaz will direct, and Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Richard Brown are also producing. Anonymous is co-financing with Fred Schaufeld, who’ll be the film’s executive producer. The pic’s premise is being kept under wraps, but the script was written by Quinaz, Anna Martemucci and Philip Quinaz. It’s a mix of scripted and improv comedy, with an ensemble cast of comics who’ve performed in Periods Films web shorts seen on Funny or Die and other websites.
Focus Features acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Lorene Scafaria-directed Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, which is Steve Carell’s first project since leaving The Office. He stars with Keira Knightley and shooting begins this month in L.A. The premise: the world is ending, and a man heads cross country to reunite with his school age girlfriend for their final days. A friend (Knightley) accompanies him on the road trip and complicates things. Scafaria wrote the script and Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Joy Gorman produce with Indian Paintbrush’s Steven Rales and Mark Roybal. The film’s co-financed by Indian Paintbrush and Mandate Pictures, with Mandate’s Nathan Kahane and Nicole Brown exec producing. Lionsgate is handling international sales on the pic.
Michel Gondry is adapting and is attached to direct Ubik, the legendary book by scifi author Philip K. Dick. Steve Zaillian and Steve Golin are producing through Film Rites and Anonymous Content, with Golin putting up the financing for development until they shop to studios. (Zaillian’s Film Rites has its first look through DreamWorks, so the project could end up there.) The book was called one of the 100 greatest novels of all-time by Time Magazine. Film Rites’ Garrett Basch will be exec producer. The book is a metaphysical comedy of death and salvation, revolving around dead characters who give business advice, plan their next incarnation, and risk dying once again.
The late author, whose Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep was turned into Blade Runner, next has The Adjustment Bureau coming with George Nolfi directing Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, and a remake of Total Recall in the works with Colin Farrell starring for director Len Wiseman.
Warner Bros and Anonymous Content have acquired the rights to Fletch, the Gregory McDonald novel series that starred Chevy Chase. Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar and Steve Golin will produce, along with David List, who reps the estate. The studio made an aggressive pre-emptive buy to reboot the series about an investigative reporter who solves mysteries. There are 11 books in the series. The studio is eyeing a new franchise with the property. Chase starred in the 1985 pic Fletch, followed by the 1989 sequel Fletch Lives.