EXCLUSIVE: Filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck has returned to CAA. Henckel von Donnersmarck blazed on the scene after the German filmmaker wrote and directed 2006′s The Lives Of Others, which won him the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and generated $77 million at the worldwide box office on a $3 million budget. A bright man who speaks five languages, he was expected to soar in Hollywood, but that ascent has been a slow one. He has bounced in and out of numerous project since then, and directed the Angelina Jolie-Johnny Depp film The Tourist, which disappointed in the U.S. comparative to that star power but grossed a solid $278 million worldwide. He had most recently been at UTA.
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has acquired the Olen Steinhauer series of books The Tourist, Nearest Exit and An American Spy, and the studio has attached Doug Liman to direct. Liman will produce with Dave Bartis, his partner in Hypnotic. Matt Corman and Chris Ord, co-creators and executive producers of Covert Affairs, will write the script. Liman and Bartis produce the USA Network series. The books revolve around Milo Weaver, a burned-out spy for a clandestine U.S. intelligence agency that battles global organized crime, terrorists and the like. Just when he has finally found some happiness, an investigation into the death of a hired killer he’d been hunting threatens to ruin everything.
‘The Tourist’ Tanks Despite Johnny Depp & Angelina Jolie; ‘Narnia 3D’ Opens Very Weak #1; ‘The Fighter’ & ‘Black Swan’ Strong
SUNDAY PM/MONDAY AM - 7TH UPDATE: Did the Midwest blizzards depress box office? Well, not a single studio exec mentioned it to me, and usually they’ll hide behind any excuse… Here are the Top 10 North American movie grosses for Friday and Saturday and Sunday. Both Walden/Fox’s The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader and GK Films’ The Tourist really underperformed domestically. The bright spot were specialty films in an otherwise disappointing weekend. Fox Searchlight’s Black Swan directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman easily cracked the Top 10 at #6 despite playing in only 90 locations. That $37,024 per screen gross average momentum should help its Oscar chances along with the $31,141 per screen gross average in 19 theaters for The King’s Speech from The Weinstein Co. Paramount/Relativity’s The Fighter with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale platformed as a knockout this weekend – a big $320K from only 4 theaters – also helping its Academy Awards stock:
1. Chronicles Of Narnia/Voyage Of Dawn Teader 3D (Walden/Fox) NEW [3,555 Theaters]
Friday $8.2M, Saturday $9.5M, Sunday $5.9M, Weekend $23.6M
Fox management will be glad to see 2010 end. Narnia 3 didn’t get much of a Saturday kids matinee bounce domestically. A weekend opening of $40 million would have been a home run for the studio restarting this fantasy franchise. Instead, Fox has only the low end of what it wanted for a 3D film. But “the real story of this movie’s performance may well be the multiple off its opening and not the opening itself,” a Fox exec …
I hear that the Sony Pictures brass just saw The Tourist starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp and decided it’s a big commercial thriller that’s going to play great during the holiday season on December 10th. That weekend Paramount’s David O Russell film The Fighter starring Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg is scheduled as well as Fox/Walden’s The Chronicles of Narnia 3: The Voyage of the Dawn. All sound very very different. Produced by Graham King and directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, The Tourist is already eagerly anticipated around the world since it was paralyzing Venice and those parts of Italy where it was filming.