EXCLUSIVE: Summit Entertainment has acquired screen rights to the William Paul Young novel The Shack, with John Fusco aboard to write the script. The film will be produced by Gill Netter through his Netter Productions banner, and Brad Cummings.
The logline: In the aftermath of a devastating personal tragedy, Mackenzie Allen Philips receives a mysterious note in his mailbox inviting him to The Shack. The letter is signed Papa, his wife’s nickname for God. Mack responds and finds himself in the presence of God, and a life-transforming journey of truth, forgiveness, and ultimately acceptance. The book was originally published in 2007 out of a garage by Cummings and Wayne Jacobsen, caught on and has become a global bestseller that has sold over 18 million copies in 39 languages, with 10 million in the U.S. It has ben on The New York Times Bestseller List for more than 180 straight weeks.
It might not be the easiest sounding book to adapt, but is certainly in good hands with Netter, who has a strong track record with heartfelt family fare, even if it takes years to find the handle. Netter struggled for over a decade through the development process on the Yann Martel novel Life Of Pi, and that turned into an Oscar-winning film that grossed north of $600 million worldwide. He also produced The Blind Side and Marley & Me, two other challenging book adaptations that worked well on the screen. READ MORE »
Summit‘s second trailer for Now You See Me dropped today. This is looking pretty slick, with helmer Louis Leterrier applying his tentpole abilities to what is essentially a noir heist plot. It also has a killer cast in Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher and Mark … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Barbara Marshall has been brought on to write Summit Entertainment’s Exorcism Diaries. The log line is being kept under wraps, but the film is inspired by the book The Real Story Behind The Exorcist by … Read More »
Summit just confirmed our break last week that Kate Winslet is aboard Divergent, the Neil Burger-directed film based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling novel about a futuristic world where people are herded into factions based on their … Read More »
BREAKING: The male lead in Summit‘s Neil Burger-directed adaptation of Divergent has gone to Theo James, currently the star of the CBS series Golden Boy and whose credits include Downton Abbey and Underworld: The Awakening. He will star opposite The Spectacular Now‘s Shailene Woodley. The film’s set in a futuristic world where people are herded into factions based on their personalities. Woodley plays Tris Prior, who is deemed a “divergent” who doesn’t fit into any group and who learns she and other divergents are going to be destroyed. She needs to find out what makes these divergents so dangerous. James’ character Four is her intense instructor and one of the leaders of the Dauntless faction. For James, it’s a potential star-making role.
Summit is also closing deals with Kate Winslet, Aaron Eckhart, Ray Stevenson and Miles Teller. They will join Jai Courtney, Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort and Maggie Q in the cast. Erik Feig and Gillian Bohrer are overseeing for Lionsgate. The film is based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling novel, and Vanessa Taylor and Evan Daugherty wrote the script. Production begins April in Chicago.
Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing the project via their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. Red Wagon’s Rachel Shane is executive producing. Summit will release the film theatrically in North America in The Hunger Games slot on Friday, March 21, 2014.
In a joint statement, Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, co-chairmen of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, said, “Theo is not only an incredibly talented actor, he is also who we envisioned as Four when reading Veronica’s novel which has taken the world by storm. As we continue to develop the film, the studio remains committed to providing fans with a movie adaptation that stays as true to the book as possible and we are confident that we have done so with our selection of Shailene and Theo in the leading roles.” Read More »
Jai Courtney, the former Spartacus star who played John McClane’s son in A Good Day To Die Hard, has joined Divergent, Summit Entertainment‘s film adaptation of the Veronica Roth bestseller. The film’s directed by Neil Burger, and Courtney joins Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort and Maggie Q. Evan Daugherty wrote the script and Red Wagon Entertainment’s Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing with Pouya Shahbazian. The futuristic adventure is set in a world where people are divided into factions based on personality. Woodley plays the young protagonist, who is classified a “divergent,” and told she will never fit into any specific group. She uncovers a conspiracy to destroy all “divergents,” and must find out why and and others like her are considered so dangerous. Summit has set a March 21, 2014 release. Read More »
Now You See Me, the Summit Entertainment heist pic about a team of illusionists who rob banks during their performances and share the booty with their audiences, will now open wide May 31, 2013, up from its previous … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Breck Eisner has been set to direct The Last Witch Hunter, and Vin Diesel is in early talks to star. The film is being co-financed by Summit Entertainment and Emmett/Furla Films. In the Cory Goodman-scripted … Read More »
The Summit franchise has already grossed $3.3 billion in global box office culminating with the finale of the series, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, which has taken in $821.8 million of that. The weekend release date will surely allow for strong midnight events surrounding the home … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Get ready for another installment of Step Up, the under the radar franchise that continues to do strong business, particularly overseas. Summit Entertainment has just set John Swetnam to write the script for a film that has … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: After scripting Red and seeing it hit as an action comedy built around an aging cast, Jon and Erich Hoeber have been set by Summit Entertainment for another action comedy. This one doesn’t have a … Read More »
Chase Novak‘s Breed: A Novel was published in September by Mulholland Books and centers on a couple that undergoes an experimental fertility treatment that turns them into bloodthirsty savages, leading them on a desperate quest to find a cure. Summit has acquired rights and hired Burr Steers to write and direct the horror thriller, which will be produced by David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford of Heyday Films. A sequel novel is already in the works. The Breed deal marks the second partnership for the Lionsgate company and Heyday, after the studio acquired Erin Morgenstern’s novel The Night Circus and tapped Moira Buffini to write it. Last month, DreamWorks Studios was in exclusive talks to acquire M.L. Stedman’s debut novel The Light Between Oceans, which Harry Potter series producer Heyman will produce with Clifford.
Steers most recently directed Charlie St. Cloud and 17 Again, and his writing credits include How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days and Igby Goes Down, which he also helmed. He is repped by CAA and Gotham Group; CAA brokered the deal for Novak in conjunction with Janklow & Nesbit Associates. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: When it comes to directors on the movie Highlander, there can be only one. But it won’t be Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. The 28 Weeks Later helmer has exited Summit’s reboot of the film, which still has … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: One of the sleeper entries in this year’s Oscar race is the emotionally wrenching true story, The Impossible which chronicles a family split apart in the terrifying Tsunami in Thailand in 2004 and their efforts to survive and find each other, despite horrific injury and unspeakable devastation at the … Read More »
Lionsgate/Summit conjured this trailer for the heist movie in which a team of illusionists rob banks during their performances and share the booty with their audiences. Louis Leterrier directs from a script by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt. Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Michael … Read More »
UPDATE: More photos of global Twi-Hards at the Summit Entertainment-hosted tent city in Downtown LA and are assigned their “camping spot” at LA Live in front of the Nokia Theater. Fans line up for Monday’s premiere of the last movie in the Twilight Saga series – Breaking Dawn Part 2:
Do not diss these fans from around the world today braving the rain and beginning to arrive at the Summit Entertainment-hosted fan camp in Downtown LA. Given the precarious state of the North American box office, an event pic like this is just what the doctor ordered for Hollywood’s up-and-down box office. If you’re experiencing deja vu, that’s because this mania happens every time Summit has released one of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga novels as a film since 2008. But now the series is coming to a end. Here are photos of Twi-hards waiting to be assigned their ”camping spot” at LA Live in front of the Nokia Theater. All to glimpse the stars of the final installment Breaking Dawn Part 2 walk the red carpet at Monday’s premiere — especially Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson, together again — and live-streamed on Yahoo Movies. This year Summit is offering camping spots to 2,200, making this the franchise’s largest camp to date and nearly double last year’s. The studio has planned various events to relieve the inevitable boredom of the campers this weekend: fitness workouts, musical concerts, cast breakfasts, and Twilight Saga screenings. Meanwhile the big online ticket-sellers already are doing a brisk business for the film which releases in North America at 10 PM on November 15 at many local theaters and then around the world via multiple show times November 16th. Theater owners will be scrambling all Thursday to add more screenings to meet fan demand. Advance ticket sales for the film accounted for nearly 30% of MovieTickets and Fandango sales for Wednesday. Here’s the LA Live weekend schedule: Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Suddenly, The Descendants breakout Shailene Woodley has become the hot young actress in town. She’s in talks to play the Mary Jane role in The Amazing Spider-Man sequel, and now I hear she is … Read More »
Media companies usually don’t crow about the size of their revolving credit facilities. But Lionsgate‘s release today makes it clear that it sees its new deal as a vote of confidence by the banking community in the independent studio’s prospects following its acquisition of Summit Entertainment and success with The Hunger Games. JPMorgan Entertainment Industries Group’s David Shaheen calls it “a testament to the Company’s strong relationships with the financing community and the value of its franchises and filmed entertainment library, and it reflects the significant recent expansion of the Company’s borrowing base.”
The new facility replaces the five-year one due to expire this July. It carries the same interest rate, LIBOR plus 2.5% — which translates to about 3% in today’s low interest rate environment. That should enable the studio to pay down its $436M in high-yield debt which carries a 10% interest rate, potentially resulting in a savings of as much as $30M a year just on interest payments. Big as the Lionsgate facility is, it’s still smaller than Viacom’s $2B facility in 2010 and DreamWorks Animation’s $1B one in 2003.
Here’s the release: Read More »