Looking hard for new youth-oriented franchises to line up alongside The Hunger Games, Summit Entertainment gave the Comic-Con crowd in Hall H a peek at two aspirants to be franchises in Divergent and Ender’s Game.
Even though it went second today, I will focus first on Ender’s Game, the Gavin Hood-directed adaptation of the Orson Scott Card novel series about the attempt to find youthful prodigies with the gunner skills to save humanity from invading aliens. The film has gotten recent unwanted exposure because of the personal views the author has expressed against same-sex marriage, prompting distributor Summit to disavow attitudes that have nothing to do with the film.
While the film company might have preferred the issue not come up — the author was conspicuously absent — there was no such luck. When the panelists fielded questions, the first one was to ask how the makers of the film are dealing with the Card controversy. Producer Roberto Orci said they stood behind Summit and Lionsgate’s statement supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights and that he would hate to see the fortunes of the movie discounted, given its themes of tolerance and empathy. “Rather than shy away from this, I would reiterate that we support LGBT rights, and human rights,” Orci said. Read More »
Summit Entertainment is offering a first-look at footage of Divergent at Comic-Con this week. Today comes word that the futuristic sci-fi actioner will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX format and released in … Read More »
Summit Entertainment is rolling deep to Comic-Con with Divergent, the March 2014 pic the studio hopes will launch its next Hunger Games-esque franchise. The futuristic sci-fi actioner is adapted from Veronica Roth’s #1 … Read More »
Harrison Ford will return for the second time to San Diego Comic-Con as Summit presents its next would-be franchise, Ender’s Game – but controversial author Orson Scott Card will not … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: The strong cast that director Daniel Espinosa assembled for Child 44 just got better. Philip Seymour Hoffman is negotiating to join Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, and Joel Kinnaman in the film. The picture is being made by Summit Entertainment and co-financed and executive produced by Worldview Entertainment.
An adaptation of the Tom Rob Smith bestseller, the Richard Price-scripted Child 44 focuses on a member of the Soviet military police who investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union. His biggest impediment is a government that refuses to acknowledge a serial killer is in their midst. Ridley Scott is producing under his Scott Free Productions banner with Michael Schaefer and Greg Shapiro. Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners, Maria Cestone, Sarah Johnson Redlich will executive produce along with Douglas Urbanski. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Summit Entertainment is in early negotiations with Dean Parisot to direct the Noah Oppenheim-scripted feature about Harry Houdini that Summit has been developing the project for several years. It’s based on the William Kalush and Larry Sloman … Read More »
Days after landing a buddy comedy alongside Josh Gad — to go along with a recent renewal for Real Husbands Of Hollywood, the semi-scripted BET comedy he co-created and stars in — Kevin Hart has a stand-up movie hitting theaters just in time for Independence Day. Kevin … Read More »
Summit Entertainment has hired Red and Red 2 writers Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber to write Red 3. Red 2 opens July 19 and returns Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich among others. The screenwriting brothers’ recent credits include Battleship.
Four days after Summit released the first four minutes of its ensemble heist thriller Now You See Me, another trailer has hit the web. The newest look at Louis Leterrier’s first helming effort since Clash Of The Titans shows a group of Vegas illusionists pulling off a … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Summit Entertainment is certainly bullish on its adaptation of the Veronica Roth bestselling series Divergent. It not only has assigned the film the March 21, 2014 slot that got The Hunger Games off to a flying … Read More »
Here’s the second trailer from Red 2, Summit‘s comedy-action sequel that releases July 19. Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker and Helen Mirren are joined by new cast members Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones, who get extra screentime in this new look. Dean Parisot directed the film … Read More »
Summit and OddLot Entertainment’s dramedy Draft Day began filming today in New York, timed to the real NFL Draft that begins Thursday at Radio City Music Hall. Kevin Costner stars alongside Jennifer Garner, Ellen Burstyn, Denis Leary and Frank Langella as the GM of the Cleveland Browns who tries to trade up for the first pick and save football in the city. The pic is directed and produced by Ivan Reitman from a Black List script by Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman. 42 star Chadwick Boseman has a small role as former star college player, and Terry Crews, Sean Combs, Josh Pence, Rosanna Arquette, Timothy Simons, David Ramsey, Wade Williams, Chi McBride, W. Earl Brown, Brad Henke, Griffin Newman, Kevin Dunn, Patrick St. Esprit, Arian Foster, Christopher Cousins, Pat Healy, Laura Steinel and Wallace Langham are also aboard. Read More »
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 »