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Joe Carnahan Tackling ‘Undying Love’ At Warner Bros

By | Tuesday November 27, 2012 @ 5:03pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Joe Carnahan is making a deal at Warner Bros to direct Undying Love, with Carnahan writing the script. It is based on the graphic novel and revolves around an ex-soldier who falls for a vampire, though in order to be with her, he must take on her creator. And that creator happens to be protected by an army of mobsters in the Hong Kong underworld. Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman created the novel and wrote the first script draft, and Michael De Luca and Stephen L’Heureux and Benderspink are producing.

Carnahan, who last helmed The Grey, said he sparked to the concept, even though it was a little outside his usual comfort zone. “I really took to it, and the metric I use is how fast I come up with ideas and an outline, and this brought about a bunch of ideas,” Carnahan said. “It is a little out of my wheelhouse, taking place in China with mysticism and swordplay, but there is a lot of potential here.” Read More »

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‘The Grey’ $20M Opening Shocks Showbiz, ‘One For The Money’ $11.7M, ‘Man On A Ledge’ $8.2M

Jan. 27-29 Weekend Actuals
 
1. The Grey (Open Road) NEW [3,185 Theaters] R
Friday $6.5M, Saturday $8.2M, Sunday $5M, Weekend $19.7M

2. Underworld Awakening (Screen Gems/Sony) Week 2 [3,078 Theaters] R
Friday $3.4M, Saturday $5.5M, Sunday $3.5M, Weekend $12.4M (-51%), Cume $45M

3. One for the Money (Lionsgate) NEW [2,737 Theaters] PG13
Friday $4.1M, Saturday $4.7M, Sunday $2.7M,  Weekend $11.5M

4. Red Tails  (LucasFilm/Fox)Week 2 [2,573 Theaters] PG13
Friday $2.8M, Saturday $4.8M, Sunday $2.8M, Weekend $10.4M (-45%), Cume $33.9M)

5. Man On A Ledge (Summit) NEW [2,998 Theaters] PG13
Friday $2.5M, Saturday $3.6M, Sunday $2M, Weekend $8M

6. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (Warner Bros) Week 6 [2,630 Theaters] PG13
Friday $2M, Saturday $3.2M, Sunday $1.8M, Weekend $7M (-31%),  Cume $20.9M

7. Contraband (Universal) Week 3 [2,650 Theaters] R
Friday $1.9M, Saturday $3M, Sunday $1.8M, Weekend $6.7M (-44%), Cume $56.6M

8. The Descendants (Fox Searchlight) Week 11 [2,001 Theaters] R
Friday $1.7M, Saturday $2.9M, Sunday $1.7M, Weekend $6.4M (+170%),  Cume $58.7M

9. Beauty And The Beast 3D (Disney) Week 3 [2,145 Theaters] G
Friday $1.2M, Saturday $2.4M, Sunday $1.6M, Weekend $5.3M (-40%), Cume $41.1M

10. Haywire (Relativity) Week 2 [2,441 Theaters] R
Friday $1.2M, Saturday $1.8M, Sunday $1.1M, Weekend $4M, Cume $15.3M

SUNDAY AM, 5TH UPDATE: COMING

 

Sources are telling me that the No. 1 movie at the North American box office is projected as Open Road Films acquisition of Liam Neeson-starrer The Grey with $6.5M for Friday and projected $17.6M for the weekend from 3,185 locations. Audiences gave it a ‘B-’ CinemaScore. At No. 2 is Lionsgate’s opener One For The Money starring Katherine Heigl and based on the Janet Evanovich’s bestselling novel. It came on stronger than the disaster which Hollywood thought it would be and received a ‘B-’ CinemaScore. It took in $4.1M for Friday and maybe … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Liam Neeson In ‘The Grey’

By | Thursday December 22, 2011 @ 4:13pm PST

Open Road Films released a new 90-second spot for Joe Carnahan’s chilly thriller The Grey starring Liam Neeson. It opens January 27. The trailer first was cut for Harry Knowles’s Aint It Cool News website after the film killed at Harry’s Butt-Numb-A-Thon, the 24-hour movie fest that has become a launching pad for films that appeal to the geek set.

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Grey’

By | Friday December 2, 2011 @ 2:07pm PST

The Liam Neeson-starring thriller The Grey is due out January 27 from Open Road Films and centers on an expert in survival skills whose plane crashes in the arctic wild. He must lead a group of survivors to safety while fighting off some bad doggies. So is it the winter weather that’s finally upon us or director Joe Carnahan’s action scenes that are responsible for the shivers we get when watching this?

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Trailer: Joe Carnahan’s ‘The Grey’

By | Wednesday September 21, 2011 @ 6:23pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Open Road has released a teaser trailer for The Grey, the Joe Carnahan-directed drama in which Liam Neeson leads a team of oil drillers whose plane crashes in the Alaskan wilds — right in the middle of a territorial pack of rogue wolves. Open Road acquired the film last month for around $8 million and a $25 million P&A commitment to launch early next year, with a possible platform release to put Neeson in the Oscar race. Here is the teaser:

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Open Road Stakes January 27 For ‘The Grey’; Might Oscar Platform For Liam Neeson Perf

By | Wednesday August 10, 2011 @ 12:44pm PDT
Mike Fleming

In a surprise development, Tom Ortenberg’s Open Road has set the Joe Carnahan-directed killer wolf pack thriller The Grey to open wide on Jan. 27. Now, that puts the movie beyond the Oscars. But I’m told that Open Road has left open the possibility that the film could get a qualifying run in two theaters before year’s end so that Liam Neeson would qualify for the Best Actor category. I must say I am a bit surprised that the qualifying run isn’t an automatic. Buyers who watched the movie and bid on it in July before Open Road won it — paying near $8 million and a $25 million P&A commitment for U.S. rights — all hailed Neeson’s performance as Oscar bait. The deal was based on watching 30 minutes of scenes, but word was that opening this year, even just to qualify, was a priority for the sellers and a reason some distributors with full Oscar-season skeds shied away. Neeson plays the leader of a group of oil drillers who struggle to survive in the wilds of Alaska after their plane crashes smack in the middle of a territorial rogue wolf pack. Carnahan won’t finish the film in time to show it at Telluride, Toronto or the New York Film Festival, but they will get enough feedback from advance screenings to make a decision about whether it’s ready to wage an Oscar campaign for Neeson, who was nominated once in his career for Schindler’s List and has enjoyed a leading man resurgence thanks to Taken. Here is Open Road’s official announcement about the date: Read More »

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TOLDJA! Open Road Acquires U.S. Rights To Joe Carnahan’s Wolf Tale ‘The Grey’

By | Tuesday July 19, 2011 @ 1:17pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Deadline told you last Friday that upstart distributor Open Road would close a big deal for U.S. distribution rights to The Grey, Joe Carnahan’s thriller about a group of oil drillers whose plane crashes in Alaska, smack in the middle of the hunting grounds of a territorial rogue wolf pack. This happened after a 30-minute compilation of scenes was shown last week to distributors. Open Road, which Tom Ortenberg started early this year with backing from AMC and Regal, just confirmed the deal. I’d heard the distributor paid near the $8 million minimum guarantee asked by the sellers, with a $25 million P&A commitment and a gross corridor built into one of the pricier recent deals for a finished film. None of that’s in the release, nor is the release date. Open Road launches its first film, the Jason Statham-starrer The Killer Elite, on September 23, and I’ve heard The Grey will be released in time for Oscar season (Liam Neeson turns in a strong performance), which was part of the ask by the sellers. Here’s the official announcement:

LOS ANGELES, CA, July 19, 2011 – Open Road Films has acquired the U.S. rights to the highly anticipated, action-packed survival thriller, THE GREY, directed by Joe Carnahan (A-Team, Smokin’ Aces, Narc) and starring Liam Neeson, from Liddell Entertainment. The announcement was made today by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films and Mickey Liddell, CEO of Liddell Entertainment.

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Open Road Acquiring U.S. Rights To Joe Carnahan’s ‘The Grey’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Open Road is in the final stages of acquiring U.S. rights to Joe Carnahan’s The Grey, and it’s shaping up to be a whopper of a deal. The numbers I’m hearing are in the $8 million minimum guarantee range, with a $25 million P&A commitment and a gross corridor built in. Deadline told you Wednesday there was heat on the finished film as CAA was showing a 30-minute reel to buyers all week. The film is about an oil-drilling team struggling to survive in the wilds of Alaska after their plane crashes smack in the middle of a territorial rogue wolf pack, with Liam Neeson, Dallas Roberts, James Badge Dale, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Nonso Anozie and Joe Anderson starring. Scott Free’s Jules Daly produced the film with Mickey Liddell. I’d heard that Warner Bros, Open Road, Summit, Lionsgate, The Weinstein Company and FilmDistrict were all in the mix.

Nobody was confirming, and Open Road chief Tom Ortenberg didn’t return a text and a call, but the deal could be sealed by this evening. It gives Open Road a major film for its inaugural slate after being launched earlier this year by theater chains AMC and Regal. Ortenberg has been in the mix on numerous high-profile films shopped for acquisition, and Open Road also acquired The Host, the Andrew Niccol-directed adaptation of the novel by Twilight Saga’s Stephenie Meyer that will star Saoirse Ronan. The film … Read More »

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Joe Carnahan’s Wolf Pic ‘The Grey’ Has Bidders Hungry After 30-Minute Reel

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Based on a 30-minute reel being shown to distributors as we speak, bidding is getting hot and heavy on The Grey, the Joe Carnahan-directed drama about an oil-drilling team struggling to survive in the wilds of Alaska after their plane crashes smack in the middle of a territorial rogue wolf pack. Liam Neeson, Dallas Roberts, James Badge Dale, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Nonso Anozie and Joe Anderson star in the film. CAA is shopping the Scott Free-produced pic, and I’ve heard that Warner Bros, Open Road, Summit, Lionsgate, The Weinstein Company and FilmDistrict are all in the mix.

The movie’s had heat on it since CAA showed a three-minute reel right after the Cannes Film Festival. The ask is in the $8 million range minimum guarantee and a release upwards of 3000 screens and the deal will certainly be in the seven-figures based on what I’ve heard about the footage. But the bidding is complicated by one thing: the filmmakers are insisting that The Grey be released later this year. It makes sense for a cold-weather film that has a Neeson performance that could be in the Oscar mix. And the film is ready to build buzz that starts with festivals like Toronto. The complication is, several of the distributors have crowded late-year release schedules. This could give an edge to a distributor like Tom Ortenberg’s Open Road, which is looking for exactly this kind of wide-release film. Read More »

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