Deadline’s Best Film Stories Of The Week

By | Sunday February 9, 2014 @ 5:11pm PST

Catch up on Deadline’s top film stories you missed this week:

James Franco The RoomJames Franco’s Production Company Acquires Book About So-Bad-It’s-Good Cult Movie ‘The Room’
By The Deadline Team – James Franco’s Rabbit Bandini Productions has optioned book and life rights to The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the book published last fall by Simon & Schuster from actor Greg Sestero and journalist Tom Bissell.

BOX OFFICE: ‘Lego’ Blockbuster $69M+; ‘Monuments Men’ Solid Second; ‘Vampire Academy’ Has No Bite
By Anita Busch The Lego Movie is in the record books as the biggest animated pic opener of all time for Warner Bros., surpassing Happy Feet which opened to $41.5M in 2006 (and went onto gross $384.3M worldwide). It’s also the biggest opener ever for the studio in February.

Universal Closes $1 Million Spec Deal For ‘Mena,’ 80s Drug Tale Ron Howard Will Direct
By Mike Fleming Jr.EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures today closed a $1 million spec deal for Mena, a script by Gary Spinelli that has Ron Howard attached to direct.

Benedict-CumberbatchBerlin Record Deal: Harvey Weinstein Pays $7 Million For Alan Turing WWII Tale ‘The Imitation Game’
By Mike Fleming Jr.EXCLUSIVE: In what I am told will go down as the highest price paid ever for U.S. rights on a movie at the European Film Market, The Weinstein Company has locked a deal to pay $7 million for The Imitation Game, the Graham Moore Black List script that Morten Tyldum directed with Benedict Cumberbatch playing Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Read More »

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James Franco’s Production Company Acquires Book About So-Bad-It’s-Good Cult Movie ‘The Room’

James Franco’s Rabbit Bandini Productions has optioned book and life rights DisasterArtistto The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the book published last fall by Simon & Schuster from actor Greg Sestero and journalist Tom Bissell. Read More »

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‘Fateful Findings’ And The Business Of Movies So Bad They’re Good: Video

By | Tuesday October 22, 2013 @ 4:00pm PDT

Neil Breen Fateful FindingsMicrobudget oddity Fateful Findings is the latest wannabe cult classic to wade into the waters infested by movies like SyFy’s low-budget phenomenon Sharknado. I can say with certainty it’s one of the most memorably terrible movies I’ve ever lived through. Filmmaker Neil Breen – a Las Vegas-based architect by day who wrote, directed, produced, edited, production designed, and cast himself front and center as the star of the pic to frequently awkward effect – has pacted with NY-based Panorama Entertainment targeting a handful of regional theatrical engagements hoping for hot word of mouth and repeat late-night bookings to propel the film into cult glory. Read More »

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