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‘The Inbetweeners Movie 2′ Ready To Start Filming
The sequel to the UK’s most successful homegrown comedy film of all time is gearing up to shoot next week. The original Inbetweeners Movie was scripted by Iain Morris and Damon Beesley and based on the British TV series. Morris and Beesley will direct the second feature (Ben Palmer helmed the orignal) about four friends navigating their way through life, this time in Australia. The duo also scripted the film that’s got kangaroos, Aussies “and possibly koalas.” Bwark Productions is producer and will co-finance The Inbetweeners Movie 2 with Channel 4/Film4. There’s an August release set; a summer date that reflects the first film’s debut in 2011.

Tribeca Film Taking ‘Palo Alto’ To North America
palo-altoTribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Gia Coppola’s Venice debut Palo Alto. The ensemble teen drama stars Emma Roberts, Jack Kilmer, James Franco, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin and Val Kilmer. It’s written and directed by Coppola, based on Franco’s short story collection of the same name. Tribeca is planning a spring theatrical release. Read More »

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Jim Field Smith To Helm Paramount’s ‘The Inbetweeners’ Remake

By | Thursday August 22, 2013 @ 4:28pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount has found its director for Virgins America, the remake of the hit UK comedy The Inbetweeners, about a group of kids straddling the line between dorks and cool. The studio is setting Jim Field Smith to helm the remake. His credits include She’s Out Of My League, Butter, and the TV series Episodes, and The Wrong Mans. Aaron Kaplan is producing for Kapital Entertainment; Don Granger is producing for the studio. He’s repped by WME, United Agents and Underground.

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MTV’s Inbetweeners Won’t Get 2nd Season

By | Wednesday November 28, 2012 @ 3:54pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: MTV has decided not to pick up a second season of The Inbetweeners, a remake of the award-winning British series. “While we won’t be moving forward with another season of The Inbetweeners, we enjoyed working with the show’s creators and such a talented, funny cast,” MTV spokesperson said.

The writing was on the wall for the comedy, which had soft ratings and recently saw its biggest supporters — head of programming David Janollari and co-head of scripted Clay Spencer — depart in an executive shake-up at the cable network that had Susanne Daniels taking over as new programming chief. Besides Teen Wolf — which had big-name recognition and even bigger marketing muscle behind it, including a premiere behind the MTV Movie Awards — and comedy Awkward, MTV has not been able to make a scripted series stick. Shows like Inbetweeners and I Just Want My Pants Back received critical praise but didn’t get enough promotion and were often stuck with incompatible lead-ins, resulting in low ratings and swift cancellations after one season. That will also likely be the fate for Craig Wright’s freshman Underemployed as new topper Daniels seems to be clearing the decks in order to make her mark at the network. Read More »

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‘Branded’, ‘Hello I Must Be Going’, ‘Bachelorette’, ‘The Inbetweeners’, ‘Keep The Lights On’: Specialty B.O. Preview

Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.

As the specialty industry is focused on the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend, RADiUS will have a chance to display its theatrical muscle with the rollout of Bachelorette, which it picked up out of Sundance earlier this year. Roadside Attractions will give its action-mystery Branded a more extensive initial release for a specialty title, taking it into a few hundred locations. Oscilloscope picked up Hello I Must Be Going, which will bow in limited release but will head for expansion through September. The Inbetweeners, meanwhile, will take a more cautious approach after it opens this weekend, while Keep The Lights On from Music Box will platform in New York and Los Angeles.

Bachelorette
Writer-director: Leslye Headland
Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, Rebel Wilson, Paul Corning, Andrew Fannells
Distributor: RADiUS/TWC

This often racy story written by writer/director Leslye Headland made the Black List back in 2008, although the honor didn’t immediately get the studios calling. Headland segued the script to screen via the independent route and was encouraged by a friend to use her vision after it first manifested in an off-Broadway play. “The idea was that could I make a romantic comedy that I would want to see. It’s not overly dire, but it’s dramatic and they’re acting like people. They’re making mistakes and they’re learning from them,” she said. “I wanted to make a film about women that treated them like people and not paper dolls.”
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Paramount To Greenlight Teen Road Trip Movie From Creators Of UK’s ‘Inbetweeners’

By | Monday July 2, 2012 @ 1:54pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Paramount is close to giving the green light to a coming-of-age teen movie from Damon Beesley and Iain Morris, creators of the British comedy series The Inbetweeners and writers of the smash UK feature it spawned. The U.S. film, written by Beesley and Morris and to be directed by Morris in his American feature directorial debut, is inspired by the 2011 Inbetweeners movie about four teenage friends’ post-high school graduation holiday in Crete. Said to be in the same raunchy tone, the Paramount feature, budgeted at approximately $15 million, revolves around four boys just out of high school who go on a road trip to an exotic locale. The characters are different than those in Inbetweeners as the concept is being Americanized. Beesley and Morris will produce the film through their company Bwark Prods. along with Aaron Kaplan through his Kapital Entertainment. This marks the feature producing debut for Kaplan, who also is collaborating with Beesley and Morris on MTV’s upcoming series adaptation of The Inbetweeners, written/showrun by Brad Copeland, which premieres Aug. 20. Read More »

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MTV Sets Premiere Date For ‘Inbetweeners’

By | Friday June 22, 2012 @ 7:23am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The Inbetweeners, MTV’s adaptation of the praised British series, will premiere on Monday, August 20, at 10:30 PM, following the return of Rob Dyrdek’s Ridiculousness at 10:00 PM. Inbetweeners, a comedic look at a group of teenagers navigating high school and charging into adulthood, was adapted for the U.S. by Brad Copeland who is executive producing the series with Aaron Kaplan, along with UK series creators Damon Beesley and Iain Morris. The pilot was directed by Taika Waititi. Joey Pollari, Bubba Lewis, Zack Pearlman, Mark L. Young and Alex Frnka star.

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Wrekin Hill To Release Raunchy Brit Comedy ‘The Inbetweeners’ In U.S.

By | Thursday January 12, 2012 @ 10:30am PST
Mike Fleming

Wrekin Hill Entertainment acquired U.S. rights to the Ben Palmer-directed The Inbetweeners, a film that has grossed $70 million in the UK since opening last August. Iain Morris and Damon Beesley penned the script for the film based on the British TV series. The film stars James Buckley, Blake Harrison, and Joe Thomas. Christopher Young produced and Channel 4′s Shane Allen is executive producer with Beesley and Morris. Wrekin Hill plans to release theatrically in the U.S. in late spring.

The pic has grossed over $10 million in Australia/New Zealand, and MTV is shooting an American version of the television series that was created by Morris and Beesley, who are exec producers and writers of the show. Pic is a raunchy teen comedy about four loser friends navigating their way through life armed only with their hormones. Step into a world of humiliation and awkward moments as Will, Jay, Simon and Neil go on their first vacation to Greece in search of high times and wild sex — with no parents, no teachers, no money, and little to no chance with the ladies. The deal was negotiated by Wrekin’s Chris Ball and Rene Cogan with Stuart Ford and Jonathan Deckter of IM Global on behalf of Channel 4 and the filmmakers. CAA repped the writers.

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International Box Office Round-Up For 2011

Hollywood films continue to be globally dominant with overseas playing an increasingly big part of studio groses. But a number of local films found success in their home territories this year. Below is a look at the international box office trends and some of the local breakouts of 2011 as well as some insights into 2012:

UK:
As the Harry Potter era ends in Britain, local indies are vying to pick up the slack. Last year’s Oscar winner The King’s Speech brought in about $75 million, according to distrib Momentum and Ben Palmer’s adaptation of the TV teen comedy The Inbetweeners Movie, per Entertainment Film, took a healthy $70 million+. Overall, Warner Bros., spurred on by Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2, was the studio box office winner in the UK this year with a record £205.8 million in takings. While 2011 was a strong year overall for British films, 2012 will be a tough one. Not only will there be no Potter, the industry is also facing a big dent in its coffers thanks to competition from the summer Olympics and the European football championships.

FRANCE:
Local films were a huge boon to the box office this year with 41.6% of the market share. The total box office was the highest seen in France since 1966. Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s crowd-pleasing Untouchable (for which the Weinstein Co has US distribution and English-language remake rights) opened on November 2 and as of the end of its 9th weekend was still going strong with about 16.7 million tickets for over $129 million, according to studio Gaumont. By the end of 2011, the film was less than 3.8 million tickets behind the country’s biggest French hit of all time, Welcome To The Sticks. Only Titanic sits above that pic. It’s not unusual for France to have a homegrown hit at the top of the charts, but the one-two punch of Untouchable and the year’s No. 2 film, Pathe’s Nothing To Declare, is nevertheless notable. As he did on Welcome To The Sticks, director and star Dany Boon does double duty on Nothing To Declare which has sold over 8 million tickets. It just debuted on pay-TV and with 2.1 million viewers gave Canal Plus its largest audience for a film since 2009 when Sticks garnered 2.6 million subscribers. Other local films faring well include Cannes Jury Prize winner Poliss, EuropaCorp’s Un Monstre A Paris and awards contender The Artist with about $13 million in sales. Warner Bros. will re-release the film in France this month on 200 screens to capitalize on expected Golden Globes glory.

ITALY:
Italy’s box office continued its trend of tight run-time comedies at the top of the charts. Gennaro Nunziante’s bumbling security officer comedy Che Bella Giornata (What A Beautiful Day) surpassed Roberto Benigni’s Life Is Beautiful as the territory’s biggest all-time grosser. With just under $60 million in receipts the Medusa release ruled a box office that included 2 other local pics in the top 5. Giulio Manfredonia’s comedy Qualunquemente (Whateverly) from Fandango took roughly $23 million while Paolo Genovese’s thirtysomething comedy Immaturi (The Immature) scored about $20 million in receipts for Medusa. Also in the top 10 was Fausto Brizzi’s sequel Femmine Contro Maschi (Women Vs Men) with $15 million in takings, according to Medusa.
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CAA Signs ‘The Inbetweeners’ Creators

By | Friday September 9, 2011 @ 1:23pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: British writer-producers Iain Morris and Damon Beesley, creators of the hit British series The Inbetweeners and writers of the hugely successful Inbetweeners feature, have signed with CAA. The Inbetweeners Movie, about four high school boys who are not the most cool and popular but not geeky enough to be branded uncool, has become the U.K.’s fastest-grossing live-action movie. Since its Aug. 17 release, the low-budget flick, which was made for under $5 million, has grossed more than $60 million at the British box office. Meanwhile, Morris and Beesley’s comedy series on E4 that spawned it is being remade in the U.S. by MTV. Morris and Beesley serve as executive producers on the adaptation, which has been picked up to series for a 2012 debut. Morris is directing episodes of the upcoming show, which is filming in Florida. Morris and Beesley continue to be with their U.K. agent Amanda Davies and their current U.S. representatives, manager Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment, who is executive producing MTV’s Inbetweeners with them, and attorney Jamie Mandelbaum. Kaplan repped Morris and Beesley when he was at WMA. The two had been without U.S. representation since leaving WME shortly after the WMA-Endeavor merger. The Inbetweeners crew has been sought after by U.S. agencies on the heels of the movie’s success. Ben Palmer, who directed the film as well as Seasons 2 and 3 … Read More »

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‘The Inbetweeners’ Film Starts Fast In U.K.

By | Thursday August 18, 2011 @ 10:09pm PDT

The low-budget film based on the hit Channel 4/E4 TV comedy series about four hapless teenage boys looks set for a big weekend in the UK. The Inbetweeners rang up $4.25M from 409 sites in its first day of previews for Entertainment Film Distributors Wednesday. That’s more than last year’s biggest UK production, StreetDance 3D, took in on its first weekend and previews combined.

Mark Batey, chief executive of the Film Distributors’ Association, indicated that the impressive first day could prompt exhibitors to increase its screen count. “This is an absolute bullseye score for the UK cinema audience around the country; that 15 to 24 demographic is key.” A two-for-one ticket offer sponsored by a mobile phone company boosted admissions. The film is directed by Ben Palmer and written by Damon Beesley and Ian Morris, the creative team from the TV version who are also behind the MTV Inbetweeners series adaptation, slated to launch next year. Producer Christopher Young and the cast are in, too. Film4 financed and produced with Young Bwark. IM Global is handling international sales on the film, which does not have a U.S. distributor.

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BBC America Launches Comedy Block

By | Wednesday May 4, 2011 @ 7:22am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

BBC America’s top U.K. comedy imports will air in a block. Branded Ministry of Laughs, the two-hour block will launch June 18 at 10 PM. Included in it are The Inbetweeners, an all-new season of the BAFTA-winning teen comedy, which is being remade by MTV; Come Fly With Me, the new project from Matt Lucas and David Walliams, creators and writers of Little Britain; and Friday Night Dinner, created and written by Robert Popper (South Park). Returning for all-new seasons are award-winning series That Mitchell & Webb Look, The Thick of It and Peep Show. Kicking off the first hour of the slot are U.S. premiere episodes of The Graham Norton Show. “There’s nothing quite like British comedy, and since joining last year one of my key ambitions has been to showcase the very best of it here on BBC America, said Perry Simon, General Manager, Channels, BBC Worldwide America.

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MTV Picks Up ‘Inbetweeners’ To Series

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 1:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

MTV has picked up its remake of the award-winning British series The Inbetweeners to series with a 12-episode order. Brad Copeland wrote the adaptation and serves as the showrunner. He is executive producing with Iain Morris and Damon Beesley, creators of the original series, and Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment.

The Inbetweeners, which was greenlighted to pilot in September, stars Joey Pollari (Avalon High), Bubba Lewis (To Save a Life), The Virginity Hit star Zack Pearlman and Mark L. Young  (Big Love) in a high school comedy described as Superbad meets Freaks and Geeks. It revolves around four high school boys (Pollari, Lewis, Pearlman, Young) who belong to the “inbetweeners” social class — teens who are not the most cool and popular but not geeky enough to be branded uncool. Taika Waititi (The Flight of the Concords) directed the pilot. This marks the third series pickup for Kapital Entertainment out of four produced pilots. The company has three more pilots now filming at the broadcast networks.

There is no word yet on the future of another high-profile British adaptation at MTV, controversial teen drama Skins, which recently wrapped its first season. Unlike the racy, sexually charged Skins, Inbetweeners is said to be a more innocent and sweet look at coming-of-age. The Inbetweeners pickup follows another recent order of a new scripted series, drama I Just Want My Pants Read More »

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Castings: TBS Assembles ‘Wedding Band’ & MTV’s ‘Inbetweeners’ Finds Female Lead

Nellie Andreeva

Beverly Hills, 90210 alum Brian Austin Green and Lost‘s Harold Perrineau will lead the cast of TBS’ hourlong comedy pilot The Wedding Band, while, Alex Frnka (Lifetime’s Unanswered Prayers) has landed the female lead in MTV’s half-hour pilot The Inbetweeners.

Peter Cambor (NCIS: Los Angeles) and Derek Miller (Secret Girlfriend) have also been cast in The Wedding Band, from FremantleMedia and Tollin Prods., which follows a group of guys who try to escape the stress and craziness of their lives by performing in a wedding band. The band, which will stop at nothing to make every wedding, birthday or bar mitzvah a concert to remember, is anchored by 2 lifelong best friends – one a perennial bachelor (Green) and the other a married father of two (Cambor). Josh Lobis and Darin Moiselle penned the script and are exec producing. Bryan Gordon will direct and co-exec produce. Green currently recurs on ABC’s Desperate Housewives as Bree’s (Marcia Cross) squeeze. APA-repped Perrineau most recently co-starred on ABC’s The Unusuals.

The Inbetweeners, a remake of the award-winning … Read More »

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MTV’s ‘Inbetweeners’ Finds Cast & Director

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: MTV has assembled the quartet of leads for its remake of the award-winning British series The Inbetweeners, which was greenlighted to pilot in September. Joey Pollari (Avalon High), Bubba Lewis (To Save a Life), The Virginity Hit star Zack Pearlman and Mark L. Young  (Big Love) are set to star in the high-school comedy described as Superbad meets Freeks and Geeks. It revolves around four high school boys (Pollari, Lewis, Pearlman, Young) who belong to the “inbetweeners” social class — teens who are not the most cool and popular but not geeky enough to be branded uncool. Taika Waititi (The Flight of the Concords) is set to direct the pilot, which is slated to begin production on January 10 in Orlando. Brad Copeland wrote the adaptation and serves as the showrunner. He is executive producing with Iain Morris and Damon Beesley, creators of the original series, and Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment. This marks the fourth pilot for 18-month-old Kapital Entertainment.

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MTV Greenlights ‘Inbetweeners’ Pilot

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: MTV is moving forward with the adaptation of the British award-winning high-school comedy series The Inbetweeners, handing a pilot order to the project.

Brad Copeland (Arrested Development, My Name Is Earl) has been tapped as writer/ showrunner/ executive producer, marking his return to TV full-time after a stint in features. Search for actors to play the leads in the pilot is already underway and is being led by casting directors Juel Bestrop and Seth Yanklewitz who cast blockbuster feature comedy The Hangover. The Inbetweeners has been a passion project for MTV’s EVP scripted development David Janollari, who won the rights to the format in a heated bidding this past summer. “The Inbetweeners is one of the best comedies to come out of the U.K. in years,” he said. “It’s unique and bold, its approach to contemporary teen coming-of-age stories is universal and simply hilarious, and it will resonate immensely with our core demographic.” Iain Morris and Damon Beesley, creators of the original series, which runs on Channel 4′s digital sibling E4, will executive produce the pilot alongside Copeland, Aaron Kaplan, who is producing through his Kapital Entertainment, and former Comedy Central head of original programming Lauren Corrao.

Described as Superbad meets Freeks and Geeks, The Inbetweeners takes a realistic look at life in high school. It revolves around four high school boys who belong to the “inbetweeners” social class — teens who are not the most cool and popular but not geeky enough … Read More »

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