AFM: Worldview To Finance Hot Spec Package: Nancy Meyers To Helm ‘The Intern’; Robert De Niro, Reese Witherspoon To Star

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In a fast-mobilizing package at AFM, Worldview Entertainment has signed on to finance and produced The Intern, a new original comedy scripted and to be directed by Nancy Meyers. Robert De Niro and Reese Witherspoon are in talks to star. Meyers will produce with Scott Rudin and Worldview CEO Christopher Woodrow and COO Molly Conners. Lotus is selling offshore territories on the $35 million budget film, and CAA is brokering the domestic deal. I hear that three studios are vying for it, with Universal, The Weinstein Company and Warner Bros all in the mix.

Witherspoon will play the founder of a highly successful fashion website who is prompted to take part in her company’s Senior Intern Program. She is assigned a 70ish widower who shows up with a suit and a briefcase. Turns out he ran his own successful business before retiring. What starts initially as a clash between old world and new world business values grows into something more as the intern becomes a mentor to the young entrepreneur. Meyers has shown a generational zeitgeist touch with scripts that include What Women Want, Something’s Gotta Give and It’s Complicated. I’ve heard from some who’ve read it that this one really hits the mark and the modest budget is making it catnip to suitors. Meyers also writes great parts for actors, and this one seems strongly suited to Oscar winners De Niro and Witherspoon, both of whom Meyers hand-picked for the lead roles. Read More »

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AFM: Michel Hazanavicius’s ‘Artist’ Follow-Up ‘The Search’ Sells To Worldview

By | Wednesday November 6, 2013 @ 11:40am PST

The Artist helmer Michel Hazanavicius just inked actresses Bérénice Bejo and Annette Bening for his next film, a Chechnya-set adaptation of 1948 Oscar-winner The Search. … Read More »

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AFM Briefs: Spike Lee In Talks For ‘Spinning Gold’, Worldview Backing Stephen Gaghan’s ‘Candy Store’

By | Wednesday October 30, 2013 @ 6:26pm PDT

UPDATE, 6:26 PM: Spike Lee is in early negotiations with producers to direct Spinning Gold, sources say. Foresight Unlimited is selling the the biopic about iconic 1970s record exec Neil Bogart internationally at AFM. Justin Timberlake has long been set to play the flamboyant Bogart in the biopic. Timberlake and Foresight CEO Mark Damon are producing with Laurence Mark and Boardwalk Entertainment’s Timothy Scott Bogart and Gary Randall. Joyce Bogart-Trabulus, Foresight’s Tamara Birkemoe and Envision Entertainment’s Remington Chase, Stepan Martirosyan and Vitaly Grigoriants are EPS on the biopic. At market in Cannes earlier this year, Spinning Gold was acquired by SPWA in Latin America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Greece. U.S. rights are represented by CAA. Lee, who recently completed his latest film via Kickstarter funding, has the English-language remake of the Korean pic Oldboy out on November 27. 
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Cannes: Worldview Options Andrew Dominik’s Marilyn Monroe Biopic ‘Blonde’

This is a project that stirred a lot of excitement when it was initially announced in 2010. Writer-director Andrew Dominik was coming off of The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford at the time and then went on to make Killing Them Softly. He is still aboard to direct Blonde, which Worldview Entertainment has now optioned. The fictional biopic of Marilyn Monroe is based on a 700-page imagined memoir written by Joyce Carol Oates. Fans of the book are legion. It was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 2001, and the prolific Oates has said she thinks it may be the book for which she will be most remembered. Dominik wrote the adaptation. The filmmakers are currently casting (Naomi Watts was originally attached to play Monroe). CAA arranged financing and is packaging. The agency reps Dominik and will handle domestic rights. Wild Bunch is selling internationally. Read More »

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Cannes: Worldview Backing Anne Hathaway In ‘Song One’

Anne Hathaway won an Oscar this year based in part on her performance of one song in Les Misérables. Now she’s starring in Song One which Worldview Entertainment has signed on to finance and produce. The … Read More »

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Cannes TOLDJA! Al Pacino Set For David Gordon Green’s ‘Manglehorn’; Worldview Funding

Deadline’s Mike Fleming revealed May 1 that Worldview Entertainment would finance and produce David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn with an offer going out to Al Pacino for the lead role. Pacino has now signed to play A.J. Manglehorn, an aging, ordinary guy in a small town who’s more than meets the eye. Here’s the official release on the title that’s likely to be a hot seller in Cannes:

May 14, 2013 (Cannes)—Academy Award winner Al Pacino has signed on to star in David Gordon Green’s drama, “Manglehorn,” financed and produced by Worldview Entertainment. Pacino will play the lead character of A.J. Manglehorn from a screenplay written by Paul Logan, based on an original story by Green and Logan. This is Worldview’s second collaboration with Green and his production team, following the drama, “Joe,” starring Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage. Worldview CEO, Christopher Woodrow, and COO, Molly Conners, will produce alongside Lisa Muskat and Green. Worldview’s Maria Cestone, Sarah Johnson Redlich and Hoyt David Morgan will executive produce alongside Todd Labrowski, Brad Coolidge and Melissa Coolidge for Dreambridge Films, which is making an investment in the film. Jody Hill and Danny McBride will executive produce for Rough House.

“Manglehorn” is the story of an eccentric man who tries to come to terms with a past crime that cost him the love of his life. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in the early fall in Los Angeles. London-based WestEnd Films will handle international sales and introduce the film to foreign buyers this week in Cannes while CAA, who arranged financing for the film, is repping domestic rights.

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Cannes: Worldview Acquires Domestic Rights To Competition Title ‘Jimmy P’ With Benicio Del Toro

Mike Fleming

Worldview Entertainment has grabbed U.S. rights from Wild Bunch to the Arnaud Desplechin-directed drama Jimmy P, which stars Benicio Del Toro and makes its debut in competition at Cannes. CAA repped Worldview in the deal, … Read More »

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Worldview To Fund David Gordon Green-Helmed ‘Manglehorn’; Al Pacino In Crosshairs?

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Worldview Entertainment has committed to finance and produce Manglehorn, which David Gordon Green will direct from a script he wrote with Paul Logan. I hear they are going out to Al Pacino for the lead role of A.J. Manglehorn, an aging, ordinary guy in a small town who nurses his sick cat, squeezes out a conversation with the local bank teller every Friday, and eats at the same place every day. But there is more to Manglehorn than meets the eye: he’s an ex-con who, 40 years ago, gave up the woman of his dreams for a big “job”. He now obsesses daily over the choices he made. After a dramatic effort to start over, Manglehorn faces a terrifying moment and is unmasked as a guy with a very, very dark past.

This figures to be a hot sales title at Cannes, and in a pitch to potential buyers, Green describes Manglehorn “as the story of a guy who gave up the love of his life for a life of crime and now he regrets it as the world crumbles in front of him. His profession as a locksmith is symbolic of a guy who’s trying to find the key to put his life back together. It’s a love story, the choices you make in your youth and the situations you set up for yourself: you end up sitting alone at the dinner table talking to a cat! I do think there is a beautiful humor in this.” Read More »

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