Warner Bros And Todd Phillips Hire Peter O’Brien To Adapt ‘Trust Your Eyes’

By | Friday November 30, 2012 @ 12:07pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Peter O’Brien has just been hired by Warner Bros to adapt Trust Your Eyes, the Linwood Barclay novel that Todd Phillips is attached to direct. Phillips and his Green Hat Films banner are producing with Dan Lin.

The book is a Rear Window-style paranoid thriller. A map-obsessed schizophrenic savant witnesses a murder in New York through a computer map program, and then convinces his brother to investigate. These impulses never end well, and the siblings find themselves smack in the center of a deadly political conspiracy. It is the first thriller for The Hangover helmer. Jon Silk co-producing and Barclay and Scott Budnick and Mark O’Connor exec producing. Read More »

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Filmmakers Delve Into The Future Of Franchises: Produced By Conference

The future of Hollywood franchises is international and it is female, producers agreed this afternoon on the Studio Tentpoles panel at the PGA’s Produced By Conference. “I think Hollywood was too stupid to figure that out for a while” said The Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson, citing the recent success of the her own new franchise and The Twilight Saga as examples of female-driven blockbusters. “I think that there will be something really big that will reverse engineer itself for the American market,” said Transformers and Red producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, taking a different perspective and noting the changing nature of the French film industry toward more populist fare. “It’s going to come at us and I think that will be a good thing.” Jacobson also lamented Hollywood’s pursuit of what she called the “fanboy” audience. “Can you think, between movies, TV, video games and porn, any audience that has a shorter attention span?” she asked. She pointed out that women are the primary economic decision-makers in most households. Di Bonaventura and Jacobson were joined on the panel by The Hangover movies’ director Todd Phillips and “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” producer Debra Martin Chase. Former Warner Bros executive Kevin McCormick, producer of the upcoming Gangster Squad, moderated the panel. Philips declined to say anything about the plot of The Hangover 3 except that it is “not going to be another forgotten night.” Read More »

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Duplass Brothers Sign To Script ‘Mule’ For Todd Phillips To Direct At Warner Bros

By | Thursday April 26, 2012 @ 2:29pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros, Electric City Entertainment and Todd Phillips’ Green Hat Films have set Mark & Jay Duplass to adapt Mule, the Tony D’Souza novel about a young couple’s unexpected entry into the world of “muling” marijuana cross-country to scratch … Read More »

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Warner Bros Acquires ‘Clown’ Remake For Danny McBride and Todd Phillips

By | Friday April 13, 2012 @ 8:51am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has acquired remake rights to the Danish film and TV series Klovn. The studio has set Danny McBride to write and star in Clown, a film he will produce through his Rough House banner along with Todd … Read More »

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Warner Bros ‘Hangover III’ Will Be Finale

By | Thursday March 22, 2012 @ 3:52pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Related: Warner Bros Dates ‘The Hangover Part III′ And ’300′ Sequel For 2013, Shifts ‘Pacific Rim’

BURBANK, CA, March 22, 2011 – Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures are reteaming with Todd Phillips for “The Hangover Part III,” the third installment in the record-breaking comedy franchise, which is slated for release on May 24, 2013. The announcement was made today by Jeff Robinov, President Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

“The Hangover Part III” will star Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, who will reprise the roles of Phil, Stu and Alan, collectively known to moviegoers as “the Wolfpack.” In the previous two films, the three friends’ attempts to plan a celebration have resulted in disaster for them, but led to a combined billion-dollar success at the worldwide box office.

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Warner Bros Re-Ups Todd Phillips’ First Look Deal As He Sets Four Films To Helm

By | Monday February 6, 2012 @ 3:00pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After the first three films made at Warner Bros by Todd Phillips’ Green Hat Films banner grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide, he has been re-upped to a new first-look deal that keeps him on the lot until the end … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Teen Party Flick ‘Project X’

By | Friday January 20, 2012 @ 7:22pm PST

Warner Bros put up a new trailer for the R-Rated teen party movie Project X, produced by the director of Road Trip, Old School, Due Date and The Hangover movies. Directed by feature first-timer Nima Nourizadeh from a script by Matt Drake and Michael Bacall, it’s scheduled to open March … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Project X’

By | Wednesday November 2, 2011 @ 12:06pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Here’s a first look at Project X, the $12 million budget, hard R-rated comedy from Warner Bros that marks the directing debut of British video/commercials director Nima Nourizadeh. The project was deliberately crafted to be populated with a cast of complete newcomers, and it was creatively godfathered by … Read More »

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Warner Bros ‘Project X’ To Open March; Stallone’s ‘Bullet To The Head’ In April

Mike Fleming

What to do with Project X, the $12 million raunchy R-rated Warner Bros comedy that was constructed secretly and produced by Todd Phillips and executive produced by Joel Silver, and populated with a cast that was chosen on the … Read More »

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$200 Million Opening Weekend Has Warner Bros Thinking Third ‘Hangover’

Mike Fleming

FX Nabs Rights To ‘Hangover Part II’

In a move that seems to be about commerce as much as comedy, Warner Bros has started the process on a third installment of The Hangover. Though my sources say there are no deals and that the players involved won’t really get cracking on it for months, it seems likely that Craig Mazin will be writing the three-quel. Reports are surfacing based on an interview he did to promote the film; others involved have hinted at the third pic as well.  While Mazin doesn’t have a deal, after Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures just announced that the comedy crossed the $200 million worldwide mark and became the fastest comedy to surpass that number, developing the third film seems inevitable. The picture also blew past the Memorial Day weekend record for an R rated film.

Warner Bros hasn’t announced it’s going for three, and the timing of this film actually took longer than the last one: The Hangover Part II was commissioned before the original picture opened, because test audiences responded so well that Warner Bros knew it had a big hit. Now, there are hurdles to overcome. Warner Bros threatened to scrap The Hangover Part II because of salary disputes with stars Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms. Those guys were paid less than $1 million collectively to star in the first blockbuster, but luckily for the cast, they had no options for a sequel. Their reps smartly dug their heels in, and the trio each got around $5 million against 4% of gross, which ought to mean pretty good backend paydays for The Wolf Pack. Read More »

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Warner Bros Pulls Raunchy ‘Hangover II’ Trailer From PG-13 ‘Source Code’

By | Wednesday April 6, 2011 @ 12:46pm PDT
Mike Fleming

The nature of a hangover is that it’s dreadful because of the lingering headache. Warner Bros is experiencing just that after  mistakenly slapping its trailer for the R-rated Todd Phillips-directed The Hangover sequel on the front of the PG-13 film The Source Code, without first running that by the MPAA. … Read More »

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Paul Giamatti Set For ‘Hangover II’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paul Giamatti has been set to join The Hangover Part II. He will join director Todd Phillips and the film’s cast in Thailand in a few weeks. Giamatti is filming Too Big to Fail for HBO, playing Ben Bernanke, … Read More »

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Liam Neeson Replaces Mel Gibson On ‘Hangover 2′

Mike Fleming

Liam Neeson will shoot his cameo in The Hangover: Part II this Sunday in Los Angeles. Director Todd Phillips moved quickly to lock in a replacement for Mel Gibson, who was dropped from playing the role of an intense tattoo artist because of objections from cast and crew. Neeson recently … Read More »

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Cast & Crew Reject ‘Hangover 2′ For Mel

Mike Fleming

BREAKING NEWS… Mel Gibson won’t be appearing in The Hangover Part II despite web reports he’d play a tattoo artist in the Todd Phillips-directed pic. Warner Bros and its financing partner Legendary Pictures released a statement from Phillips. “I thought Mel would have been great in the movie … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Due Date’

Mike Fleming

Warner Bros has issued a new trailer for the Todd Phillips-directed Due Date, with Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifianakis. This one, for the international market, gives up a few more laughs than an earlier trailer. I’ve seen the movie and can report they haven’t given away all the best … Read More »

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