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FilmNation Takes On ‘Message’ Movie

Mike Fleming

Message From The King, a thriller that once had Will Smith and Michael Mann circling before it languished when Warner Independent Pictures folded, is generating some new heat. Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment has come aboard to produce the action thriller and package it for spring 2011 production start. FilmNation’s Aaron Ryder will produce alongside Ash Shah. The script by Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell focuses on Jacob King, a mysterious outsider who comes to L.A. to bring those responsible for his younger sister’s disappearance to justice. Cornwell and Butcher wrote Unknown White Male, the upcoming Warner Bros thriller that stars Liam Neeson and January Jones.

Cornwell and Butcher’s new production company, White Hare, is also getting a producing credit and the shingle bears watching. Cornwell’s the son of The Constant Gardener author John Le Carre, and part of the company’s mandate is to package his father’s works into movies. That includes an adaptation of A Most Wanted Man, as well as the upcoming Our Kind of Traitor, the latter of which is being adapted by Hossein Amini.

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End Of Picturehouse Was Predicted; But End Of Warner Independent Not So Much

Everyone knew for months this was going to happen since it was just a matter of time after New Line was brought under Warner Bros. But the news still means that today is Black Thursday for all those people working at Picturehouse and Warner Independent Pictures. You have my deepest sympathies. Both were viable studios. Picturehouse had critical and commercial success with La Vie En Rose and Pan’s Labyrinth which garnered five Oscars between them. And let’s not forget that WIP under 2003 founder Mark Gill’s strong supervision had The March Of The Penguins which he snagged for $1 mil, made gazillions for Warner Bros., and won an Oscar for the studio. Only to get fired after warring from Day One with his boss Jeff Robinov, who then proceeded to make WIP as un-independent of him as possible. Here’s the statement:

(May 8, 2008 – Burbank, CA)  Picturehouse and Warner Independent Pictures will cease operations, it was announced today by Alan Horn, President & COO, Warner Bros.

“With New Line now a key part of Warner Bros., we’re able to handle films across the entire spectrum of genres and budgets without overlapping production, marketing and distribution infrastructures,” said Horn. “After much painstaking analysis, this was a difficult decision to make, but it reflects the reality of a changing marketplace and our need to prudently run our businesses with increased efficiencies.  We’re confident that the spirit of independent filmmaking

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