Brenton Thwaites Lands ‘Gods Of Egypt’ Lead

By | Monday October 7, 2013 @ 10:47am PDT
Mike Fleming

Brenton Thwaites is being set to star alongside Gerard Butler, Game Of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Geoffrey Rush in Gods Of Egypt, the Summit Entertainment period epic film to be directed by Alex Proyas. Butler plays Set, a god of … Read More »

Comments (15)

Gerard Butler Circling Summit’s ‘Gods Of Egypt’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Olympus Has Fallen star Gerard Butler is in discussions to join Game Of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Gods Of Egypt, the Summit Entertainment film to be directed by Alex Proyas. The script was written by … Read More »

Comments 59

Briana Evigan & Ryan Guzman Return For ‘Step Up 5′; Sequel Adds Izabella Miko; Boyd Holbrook Joins ‘Run All Night’ & ‘Gone Girl’

By | Tuesday September 10, 2013 @ 1:01pm PDT

Briana Evigan & Ryan Guzman Step Up 5Step Up 2: The Street‘s Briana Evigan and Step Up: Revolution‘s Ryan Guzman will return to lead the Summit dance franchise in Step Up 5. They’ll reprise their roles as Andie and Sean, respectively, as the fivequel reunites over a dozen cast members from previous films in the franchise. Despite being rumored for another franchise appearance, original Step Up star Channing Tatum is not among the returning cast confirmed today by the studio which include fan favorites Adam Sevani (Moose), Misha Gabriel (Eddy), Alyson Stoner (Camille), Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss (Jason), Mari Koda (Jenny Kido), Chris Scott (Hair), Luis Rosado (Monster), Chadd Smith (Vladd AKA Robot Guy), and Martin & Facundo Lombard (The Santiago Twins). Series dancers Marc “Marvelous” Iniss, Nolan Padilla, Phillip Chbeeb, Bianca Brewton, Tony Bellissimo, Josue “Beastmode” Figueroa, and Brandy Lamkim will also stomp back for the sequel being directed by Trish Sie from John Swetnam’s script. Evigan is repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment, Gersh, and David Feldman. Guzman is repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment and Neil Meyer.

Also joining Step Up 5 is Izabella Miko (Coyote Ugly, Save The Last Dance 2, Clash of the Titans) in a supporting role. Miko will play Alexxa, the entertainment director for luxury Vegas hotel Valhalla, who hosts a dance contest to find the best crew in the world. The winning team inks a three-year contract to perform in Vegas. Miko is repped by Evolution Entertainment and Emptage Hallett in the UK. Read More »

Comments (19)

Vincent Cassel Replacing Philip Seymour Hoffman In ‘Child 44′

By | Thursday August 29, 2013 @ 10:26am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Mesrine, Ocean’s Twelve and Thirteen) has been tapped as a last-minute addition to Summit’s now-filming Soviet thriller Child 44. The Cesar-winning thesp is replacing previously cast Philip Seymour Hoffman in the pic which has been filming since June under director Daniel Espinosa (Easy Money, Safe House). Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, and Joel Kinnaman also star in the tale of a military cop investigating a series of child murders in 1950s Stalinist Russia, adapted by Oscar-nominated Richard Price from Tom Rob Smith’s bestseller.

Child 44 is the first book in Smith’s trilogy featuring protagonist Leo Stepanovich Demidov, played by Hardy in the pic. Ridley Scott is producing Child 44 for his Scott Free Productions with Michael Schaefer and Greg Shapiro. Pic is co-financed and exec produced by Worldview Entertainment, whose Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners, Maria Cestone, Sarah Johnson Redlich are executive producing along with Douglas Urbanski. Lionsgate’s Erik Feig and Jim Miller are overseeing for the studio. Read More »

Comments (6)

Hot Trailer: ‘Divergent’

By | Sunday August 25, 2013 @ 8:46pm PDT

Shailene Woodley stars in Summit‘s next YA franchise as a teenager who discovers she’s a “divergent” who doesn’t fit into any one group in her futuristic society. When danger looms she sets out to uncover what’s behind a conspiracy to eliminate all of her kind. … Read More »

Comments 43

Comic-Con: Summit Panel Champions LGBT Rights — As Well As Franchise Hopefuls ‘Ender’s Game’ and ‘Divergent’

Mike Fleming

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 »

Comments 23

‘Divergent’ Sets March 21, 2014 IMAX Release

By | Thursday July 18, 2013 @ 8:41am PDT

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 »

Comments (1)

Comic-Con: ‘Divergent’ First Look To Debut

By | Monday July 1, 2013 @ 9:30am PDT

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 »

Comments (0)

Comic-Con: Summit Plots Big ‘Ender’s Game’ Push Without Orson Scott Card

By | Thursday June 27, 2013 @ 9:50am PDT

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 »

Comments 33

Philip Seymour Hoffman Joins ‘Child 44′

Mike Fleming

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 »

Comments (5)

Has Summit Pulled A Rabbit Out Of The Hat With Dean Parisot And Houdini?

By | Monday June 17, 2013 @ 8:10pm PDT
Mike Fleming

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 »

Comments (3)

Hot Trailer: ‘Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain’

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 »

Comments (8)

‘Red’ Scribes Re-Sign For Third Pic

By | Friday May 17, 2013 @ 3:06pm PDT

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.

Comments (12)

Hot Trailer: ‘Now You See Me’

By | Monday May 13, 2013 @ 7:13pm PDT

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 »

Comments (5)

Summit Sets ‘Jane Got A Gun’ Scribe Brian Duffield To Script ‘Divergent’ Sequel

By | Tuesday May 7, 2013 @ 4:13pm PDT
Mike Fleming

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 »

Comments (1)

Hot Trailer: ‘Red 2′

By | Monday April 29, 2013 @ 4:25am PDT

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 »

Comments (11)

Summit/OddLot’s ‘Draft Day’ Finalizes Cast Ahead Of Real NFL Draft

By | Wednesday April 24, 2013 @ 1:20pm PDT

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 »

Comments (5)

Summit Buys Screen Rights To Runaway Bestseller ‘The Shack’

By | Monday April 22, 2013 @ 8:18am PDT
Mike Fleming

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 »

Comments 25

Hot Trailer: ‘Now You See Me’

By | Thursday April 11, 2013 @ 10:12pm PDT

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 »

Comments (10)
More Deadline | Hollywood »
« Previous Deadline | Hollywood