Global Showbiz Briefs: Production Starts Next Week On ‘The Inbetweeners Movie 2′; Tribeca Film Picks Up ‘Palo Alto’; More

‘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 SmithRead More »

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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.

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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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:

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.

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’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 … 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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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

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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 Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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