Warner Bros Hit With ‘Conjuring’ Rights Lawsuit By Producer, Lionsgate Exited TV Series Deal

By | Monday March 31, 2014 @ 11:47am PDT

DJP LEGAL BADGELooks like more than the paranormal are a threat when it comes to The Conjuring. After months in arbitration with Warner Bros over who owns what rights to the sequels and spinoffs of the successful New Line-released supernatural thriller, The Conjuringproducer Tony DeRosa-Grund and his Evergreen Media late last week filed a breach of contract complaint (read it here) against the studio and its subsidiary. And it’s not just over movies: the 30-page complaint alleges that because of this dispute with Warners and New Line, Lionsgate eventually pulled out of a proposed Conjuring TV series deal it had with Evergreen in late summer last year. “As a direct consequence of Defendants’ deliberate actions and interference, Evergreen is unable to collect the compensation owed under its agreement with Lionsgate and has suffered monetary damages that reach well into the millions of dollars,” says the complaint filed in federal court in Texas on March 28. Released on July 19 last year,  Conjuring has pulled in more than $318 million globally, and a sequel set for October 2015 was announced last month. Among other claims by DeRosa-Grund and Evergreen is that the producer has not been paid the profit participation he and New Line agreed on out of their use of case-file material the plaintiffs owned of the investigations of Ed and Lorrain Warren.

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The plaintiffs evoke the names of Bob and Harvey Weinstein in their dense complaint as yet another example of Warner Bros and New Line playing a rights shell game.
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2013 Most Valuable Blockbuster Tournament Tip-Off – #1 ‘Iron Man 3′ Vs. #16 ‘The Conjuring’; #8 ‘Gravity’ Vs. #9 ‘Man Of Steel’

Mike Fleming

Oscar crowned a Best Picture winner two weeks ago, Iron Man 3 Gravity Profitbut which 2013 film deserves to be called the profitability champ? This is hard to ascertain. We can reliably track box office grosses domestic and offshore, but … Read More »

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Gulfstream Pictures Lands ‘The Feud’ Spec By ‘The Conjuring’ Scribes Chad And Carey W. Hayes

By | Wednesday July 31, 2013 @ 1:01pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In a high six-figure deal, Gulfstream Pictures has acquired The Feud, a spec script written by Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes. It’s the first deal for the duo since the thriller they scripted, The Conjuring, became the sleeper hit of summer. The new one is an action thriller about two prominent Hong Kong families caught up in a centuries old conflict. Gulfstream is Mike Karz and Bill Bindley’s Warner Bros-based shingle that launched with a multi-million-dollar development fund from Korea-based 3D stereoscopic leader Redrover Ltd. and a consortium of U.S. private equity funds.

That has allowed them to get going quickly because they have the resources to buy without asking permission. Karz and Bindley will produce with Circle of Confusion’s David Alpert, Ken Freimann and Rick Jacobs. Gulfstream exec Josie Rosen is overseeing the project with Matt Phelps.

“We have been fans of the Hayes Brothers for years, and they are friends,” Bindley told me. “We have been trying to find something to do together. This fits in perfectly and we bought it preemptively. It’s a big thriller, set in Hong Kong. There is an Asian aspect to it and it is a big global movie by writers who are great with characters and at creating scenes that evoke suspense, as we saw in The Conjuring.” Read More »

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#1 ‘The Conjuring’ Scares Up $41.5M Weekend But Other New Films Sink Or Soft: ‘R.I.P.D.’, ‘Turbo’, ‘Red 2′, As Sizzling Summer Fizzles

By | Sunday July 21, 2013 @ 7:38am PDT

SUNDAY 7:30 AM,  3RD UPDATE: Sizzling Summer 2013 is now fizzling, and $200M total moviegoing this domestic weekend was down -20% from last year. Hollywood was especially glum while the media was annoyingly gleeful over more big-budget movies bombing. … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Conjuring’

By | Thursday June 27, 2013 @ 4:30pm PDT

WB‘s hot on their James Wan-directed horror pic The Conjuring, about paranormal investigators (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) on the case of a family spooked by a demonic entity. Here’s the latest peek at the July 19 release:

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What’s In A Title? ‘The Conjuring’ Producer And New Line In Dispute Over TV Rights

By | Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:34pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: There may be some awkward moments at the world premiere for the supernatural thriller The Conjuring tonight at LA Film Fest. I’ve learned that one of the movie’s producers, Tony DeRosa-Grund, and the studio behind it, New Line, are heading to arbitration over the TV rights to the project. Make that the TV rights to the title of the project.

The Conjuring is inspired by Ed and Lorraine Warren, experts in paranormal activities, who investigated the spirits — both friendly and sinister — who allegedly inhabited the Rhode Island farmhouse of the Perron family. Texas-based DeRosa-Grund had been looking to turn the story into a movie for more tan two decades. After Ed played to him a tape from the case, he wrote a treatment and titled the project The Conjuring. Read More »

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‘The Conjuring’ To Debut At LA Film Fest

By | Monday June 10, 2013 @ 1:01pm PDT

New Line‘s July horror pic will unspool a month ahead of its nationwide release at the 2013 LA Film Festival. The James Wan-directed pic starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston, … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Conjuring’

By | Tuesday April 2, 2013 @ 11:12am PDT

Warner Bros has released the first trailer for The Conjuring, the haunted house pic based on a true story that stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as a pair of paranormal investigators called to help a family with serious ghost issues in a secluded New England farmhouse. SawRead More »

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NBC’s ‘Hannibal’ To Screen At WonderCon, Plus Previews Of ‘Hemlock Grove’, ‘Pacific Rim’, ‘Mortal Instruments’, ‘Hobbit 2′ & More

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Fans will get their first look at how Mads Mikkelsen measures up to Anthony Hopkins and Brian Cox when NBC screens the first two episodes of Hannibal later this month at WonderCon 2013. And Netflix will have its upcoming murder mystery series Hemlock Grove in advance of the show’s April premiere. Those and a host of other geeky confections were unveiled when the annual convention, landing March 29-31 in Anaheim, revealed the full programming schedule that boasts a heavy TV and film presence hinting of things to come later this year in San Diego (as well as some that have been there before).

Netflix will screen footage from Hemlock Grove on Friday with executive producer Eli Roth and cast including Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgard, Penelope Mitchell and others in attendance. The same day Warner Bros plans to premiere the direct-to-DVD animated film Superman: Unbound, followed the next day with a panel shared with Legendary pictures featuring Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro and New Line Cinema’s The Conjuring director James Wan. The same day, Sony hosts a huge panel of its own to showcase three upcoming films: Novelist Cassandra Clare, director Harald Zwart and stars Lily Collins, Kevin Zegers, and Jamie Campbell Bower will preview The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones; Bruce Campbell will join director Fede Alvarez and stars Jane Levy and Jessica Lucas to talk about the upcoming Evil Dead remake that screened at SXSW; and Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson will present a new trailer for This Is The End. On Sunday, there’s a panel discussion of Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing that also screened at SXSW, while J.R.R. Tolkien fan site Theonering.net will host a sneak peak of The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugRead More »

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Hot Teaser: ‘The Conjuring’

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 1:20pm PST

Warner Bros‘ horror pic The Conjuring is directed by Saw and Insidious helmer James Wan and is based on a true story about a pair of paranormal investigators who investigate a haunted New England farmhouse. Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor star in a script … Read More »

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Warner Bros Fills Out 2013 Slate, Dates ‘Burt Wonderstone’, ‘Millers’, ‘Prisoners’

Warner Bros has shifted the date of its Vera Farmiga horror thriller The Conjuring and added three movies to its 2013 release schedule. The new pics: The Steve Carell-Jim Carrey comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone will … Read More »

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Warner Bros Sets Release Date For ‘The Conjuring’

By | Tuesday July 24, 2012 @ 8:00pm PDT

Warner Bros announced today that the supernatural thriller The Conjuring will open wide on January 25, 2013. Directed by James Wan, The Conjuring tells the true story of paranormal … Read More »

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