EXCLUSIVE: Based on a book proposal, Fox 2000 has made a preemptive acquisition of Insomniac: The Life And Times of Pasquale Rotella, a memoir that the Electronic Dance Music mogul is writing with A Million Little Pieces author James Frey. The book, which St. Martin’s Press will publish next summer, tells of Rotella’s rags to riches ride as the architect of Insomniac, a company behind the biggest EDM events in the country. Rotella became a promoter at the beginning of the rave scene in the early 1990s, starting with 50 people in warehouses in Venice Beach, to staging events like the Electric Daisy Carnival Flagship Festival, which draws 400,000 to Vegas each June. He reportedly sold half his company to Live Nation for $50 million.
Temple Hill‘s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen will produce with Haven Entertainment’s Rachel Miller, and Fox 2000′s Elizabeth Gabler and Erin Siminoff will oversee it with Temple Hill’s Isaac Klausner. The studio views it as a way into the immensely popular EDM world, with an edgy 8 Mile/Social Network-type look look at a provocative character scratching for his share of the American dream. Mollie Glick at Foundry and Lev Ginsburg at Ginsburg Daniels brokered the deal. Frey’s repped by WME.
It is the second deal this year involving Frey and Fox and Temple Hill’s Godfrey and Bowen, the Twilight Saga producers whose next film with … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 has optioned Ava Dellaira’s debut novel Love Letters to the Dead. Producing are Temple Hill‘s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, who produced the upcoming The Fault in Our Stars. The author will write the script, under the supervision of Fox 2000 execs Elizabeth Gabler and Erin Siminoff will oversee for Fox 2000.
The book was published in April by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, to much acclaim. The story follows Laurel, a high school student whose beloved older sister has died under mysterious circumstances. Emotionally frayed by the loss, she unexpectedly finds catharsis in an assignment from her English teacher: write a letter to a dead person. Instead of handing in the assignment, though, she begins an ongoing series of letters to an eclectic group of rock stars, poets, and popular icons such as Kurt Cobain, Judy Garland, Amelia Earhart, and Amy Winehouse. She writes to her epistolary confidants about navigating new and complicated friendships, learning to live with her splintering family, falling in love for the first time. Ultimately, the letters reveal the painful truth about her past. Read More »
BREAKING: Summit Entertainment has landed screen rights to John Corey Whaley’s upcoming Young Adult novel Noggin, with Jamie Linden attached to write the script and direct the film. Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen’s Temple Hill Entertainment will produce.
The book will be published in April by the Simon & Schuster imprint Atheneum Books. It’s a pretty clever premise. A dying young man agrees to be cryogenically frozen, Ted Williams style, for as long as it takes for medical science to be able to cure the disease that is killing him. He wakes up just five years later and finds his head grafted onto the body of someone else. He’s still 16, but discovers life has moved on without him. Seeing that his friends have grown up and his life love is engaged to someone else, he tries to find a way to build a new life, even if new scars are inevitable. Whaley’s first book, Where Things Come Back, was critically acclaimed and he became the first young adult author to be selected by the National Book Foundation as a Top 5 Under 35 author. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate has closed a deal for an untitled pitch by Matt Johnson, with Temple Hill‘s Marty Bowen producing. It’s an action movie centering around a group of U.S. Marines who start a high-stakes business venture when they return home from Afghanistan. Temple Hill is producing Tracers, the Daniel Benmayor-directed film that Johnson co-wrote, which stars Taylor Lautner. Johnson also recently did production work on The Huntdown for Echo Lake. His pilot The Outside Man is in contention for a slot at USA. Johnson is repped by UTA and Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment.
EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox has acquired the life rights to develop a feature based on the life of Kurt Warner, who went from stocking shelves at a grocery store for $5.50 an hour to become one of the most prolific passers in NFL history. The film will be produced by Temple Hill partners Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, and part of the rights package will include Warner’s autobiography All Things Possible: My Story Of Faith, Football And The Miracle Season. Warner’s about the closest thing you’ll find to being the antithesis of scandal-scarred jocks like Lance Armstrong or A-Rod. His single-season stats stack up favorably to football’s great passers, but what distinguishes Warner — and makes for a strong, feel-good underdog story — is how much adversity and futility he had to overcame before getting a chance. He’s like Rudy, if that Notre Dame practice player had a cannon arm. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen’s Temple Hill Entertainment has signed a new two-year deal with ABC Studios and has hired former Entertainment One Television executive Larry Gilbert as SVP of Television.
Temple Hill, which produces the hugely successful Twilight movie franchise, moved into television two years ago with a pact at ABC Studios. Its first project under the deal was a contemporary take on The Count of Monte Cristo from a female perspective written by Mike Kelley. The project, titled Revenge, went to pilot, then series, and, after a breakout first season, has been awarded ABC’s marquee Sunday 9 PM slot for fall. “The experience has been one hell of a ride”, said Bowen who, along with Godfrey, serves as an executive producer on Revenge. “We’ve had an embarrassment of riches with a studio that supports it, a network that believes in it, network and studio heads that have embraced it from the beginning, and a showrunner who has done the impossible task of putting on a great show and maintaining the quality”.
The goal for Temple Hill’s development going forward is “to build on the success of Revenge and build on the company’s success in the feature world,” including bringing feature writers to television, said Gilbert. At eOne, Gilbert oversaw the US and international co-production series, including Hell on Wheels (AMC), Rookie Blue (ABC/Global), Haven (Syfy/Showcase/NBCU International), and the upcoming Rogue (DirecTV/HBO Canada). Prior to that, he was VP of TVn Development for Icon Prods. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Summit Entertainment has acquired feature rights to Deadmail, a novel by Laurie Frankel that created a stir at the recent Frankfurt Book Fair. Twilight Saga producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill will produce. The novel is a love story about letting go, where a computer genius invents a way for people to email loved ones who have passed on. When he unexpectedly loses the woman he loves, he must face his own creation to keep her close or lose her forever. Summit production president Erik Feig and exec Jeyun Choi will oversee it along with Temple Hill’s Adam Londy.
The book won’t be published until next year by Doubleday, and Deadmail sold in 14 other territories at Frankfurt. That gives Summit and the producers a chance to be far along on a script when the book comes out. Summit and Temple Hill release Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 next Friday (fans already are camping out for it). The book deal was brokered by UTA for The Friedrich Agency. Deadmail is the second novel by Frankel, who debuted with The Atlas Of Love last year.
EXCLUSIVE: Nicholas Sparks is making his first foray into TV writing. The bestselling novelist, whose books have spawned several hit feature films, has sold an original story idea to ABC for a drama series that will be produced by ABC Studios and Twilight producer Temple Hill. The drama, titled The Watchers, tells the story of a fallen angel looking for his mortal love. Sparks teamed for the project with Temple Hill, which previously produced the film adaptation of Sparks’ novel Dear John and is now in pre-production on another Sparks feature adaptation, that of his 2010 novel Safe Haven. Sparks and Temple Hill then took the idea to ABC Studios, where Temple Hill has an overall deal. Kristin Hahn was brought in to co-write the script with Sparks and the pitch was taken to ABC, which bought it right away. Sparks is executive producing with Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey. Theresa Park, Sparks’ longtime publishing agent and president of his production company, is producing. Read More »