Category Archives: Deals (Film)

A place to track all film deals and the ever-evolving facts on pacts details.

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners Nabs World War II Drama “Daughters of the Resistance”

SpielbergExcerptThis project continues Spielberg’s ongoing interest in telling stories about World War II, as he directed Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List.

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Netflix Buys Universal Sci-Fi Thriller “Extinction” Starring Michael Peña, Lizzy Caplan

PenaCaplanExtinctionDirected by Ben Young (Hounds of Love), the movie was pulled from Universal’s release schedule a few months back, and it’s now going the way of Paramount’s The Cloverfield Paradox.

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“This is Where It Ends” Optioned by Gotham Group with Lysa Heslov Set to Direct

EndsExcerpt The novel focuses on an Alabama high school student armed with a gun who takes his schoolmate’s hostage in a locked gymnasium.

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Tri-Star Preemptively Picks Up “The Great Alone,” Kristin Hannah’s Follow-Up to “The Nightingale”

TristarGreatAloneThe Nightingale sold 2 million copies worldwide and is being adapted into a film directed by Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad director Michelle MacLaren.

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Lionsgate, Roadside Acquire Romantic Comedy “Juliet, Naked” Starring Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris O’Dowd

Juliet, Naked ReviewBased on the bestselling novel by Nick Hornby, Juliet, Naked is a comic account of life’s second chances. Jesse Peretz directed from a script by Tamara Jenkins, Jim Taylor and Evgenia Peretz.

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2018 Sundance Sales Sheet: Neon, SPWA Brought Their Checkbooks to Park City

SundanceAcquisitionsCollageMore than a dozen high-profile Sundance titles were picked up for distribution during the festival, but there are many other titles still trying to find a home… and an audience.

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Tom Hanks to Play Mister Rogers in TriStar Movie as Iconic TV Show Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

Tom Hanks Mister RogersMarielle Heller will direct You Are My Friend, which is inspired by the real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and award-winning journalist Tom Junod.

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Sundance: Bleecker Street Picks Up Debra Granik’s “Leave No Trace” Starring Ben Foster

LeaveNoTraceSundanceFoster stars as the father of a 13-year-old girl (breakout star Thomasin McKenzie), the two of them living in the wild in the forests of Portland. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions picked up the international rights earlier in the week.

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Financier James Leon Launches TV Development Company 8th Gear Entertainment

8thGearExcerpt

Leon and his executive team are beginning to fill their slate with a half-hour dramedy pilot titled Lead from American Heist‘s JoJo Ryder.

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Annapurna Buys “Sorry to Bother You” Starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson and Armie Hammer

Sorry to Bother You AnnapurnaBoots Riley’s directorial debut stars Get Out‘s Stanfield as an Oakland-based telemarketer who discovers a magical key to professional success, which propels him into a macabre universe.

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Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart’s Racy Drama “Lizzie” Sells to Saban Films, Roadside Attractions

LizzieBCraig William Macneill directed from a script by Bryce Kass, and Sevigny produced the film with Naomi Despres and Liz Destro.

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Sundance: Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Kelly Macdonald Drama “Puzzle” for $5 Million

PuzzleSundanceDirected by Marc Turtletaub, the Oscar-nominated producer of Little Miss Sunshine, the drama stars Kelly Macdonald as a bored housewife who takes up jigsaw puzzle -solving, teaming up with a charming puzzle champ played by Irrfan Khan.

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Sundance: “Blindspotting” Goes to Lionsgate, The Orchard and Moviepass Pick Up “American Animals”

BlindspottingAmericanAnimalsTwo of the more high-profile Sundance premieres were screened early in the fest with the Daveed Diggs starrer Blindspotting being one of the Day One premieres and Bart Layton’s American Animals screening shortly afterwards. The latter is the first acquisition by MoviePass Ventures.

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“The Cat in the Hat” is Back as Warner Animation Group Forms Creative Partnership With Dr. Seuss Enterprises

CatExcerpt They are currently assembling a team of directors, writers, and producers for upcoming Dr. Seuss projects.

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Margot Robbie’s Noir Thriller “Terminal” Goes to RLJE Films

MargotExcerpt A spring 2018 theatrical release is planned for Terminal, which also stars Simon Pegg, Mike Myers, Max Irons, and Dexter Fletcher.

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Netflix in Negotiations to Acquire Next “Cloverfield” Movie From Paramount (Updated)

Cloverfield DuoJulius Onah directed Bad Robot’s sci-fi movie, which boasts a strong international cast including David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O’Dowd, Daniel Bruhl, Elizabeth Debicki and Zhang Ziyi.

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Sundance: Sam Levinson’s “Assassination Nation” Picked Up by Neon, AGBO for Over $10 Million

AssassinationNationSundanceThe first acquisition (but probably not the last) from the Midnight section of Sundance is a topical horror-thriller starring Bella Thorne, Odessa Young, Hari Nef and Maude Apatow.

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Sundance: Magnolia Pictures Picks Up Scandinavian Thriller “The Guilty”

TheGuiltySundanceDirected by Gustav Möller, based on a screenplay co-written by Emil Nygaard Albertsen, the thriller involves an emergency call dispatcher who gets caught up in a far larger web of intrigue while trying to save a kidnapped woman.

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Ryan Reynolds’ Maximum Effort Makes 3 Year Deal with Fox; First Feature will be “Clue”

RyanExcerptReynold’s will develop Clue as a possible starring vehicle for the actor. The Deadpool writing team of Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese will pen the script.

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Sundance: Neon Acquires Police Shooting Drama “Monsters and Men”

Monsters and MenReinaldo Marcus Green’s directorial debut is a triptych following three stories — a family man captures an unlawful police shooting on video; a police officer with conflicting feelings about what that video shows; and a high school athlete who, in the aftermath of the shooting, is inspired to stand up for what he believes in.

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Sundance: Debra Granik’s Drama “Leave No Trace” Starring Ben Foster Sells Foreign to Sony Worldwide

ThomasinNewcomer Thomasin Harcourt McKenziefollows plays a teenage girl who lives in the woods outside of Portland, Oregon with her father (Foster). A chance encounter leads to their discovery and removal from Forest Park, and into the charge of a social service agency.

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Do You Like Puppies? IFC Gets Its Paws on Slamdance’s Doggy Documentary “Pick of the Litter”

Pick of the LitterThe film follows a litter of puppies from the moment they’re born as they begin their two-year quest to become guide dogs for the blind. The stakes are high and not every dog can make the cut. Only the best of the best. The pick of the litter.

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Sundance: Keira Knightley Drama “Colette” Sells to 30West, Bleecker Street in Festival’s First Major Deal

Colette SundanceSet in turn-of-the-century Paris, the film stars Knightley as a young woman who writes a series of bestselling romance novels, but is forced to publish them under her husband’s name. He takes all the credit, while she struggles to be recognized for her work.

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Justice for Barb! Netflix Acquires High School Rom-Com Starring “Stranger Things” Actress Shannon Purser

Justice for BarbThis Is Us star Chrissy Metz co-stars in the Ian Samuels-directed film, which is billed as a modern retelling of the Cyrano de Bergerac story set in high school.

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“Planet of the Apes” Helmer Matt Reeves Signs First Look Deal With Netflix

MattExcerpt Matt Reeves just wrapped the final installment in the Apes trilogy with War for the Planet of the Apes in July of 2017. The franchise has grossed over $1.5 billion at the global box office.

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“It” Director Andy Muschietti in Talks to Team With Russo Brothers on “The Electric State”

The Electric StateProduced with the help of Kickstarter contributions, Simon Stålenhag’s illustrated novel is described as a bold, apocalyptic vision of the American West.

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Screen Media Films Scores Chicago Bears Documentary “85: The Greatest Team in Football History” (Exclusive)

85 BearsThe film features interviews with famous Chicagoans from all walks of life, including President Obama, Bill Murray, Michael Wilbon, Bill Kurtis, Chris Myers, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Veep star Matt Walsh, who also serves as the narrator.

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“Annihilation” Buzz Souring as Producers Clash Over Natalie Portman’s Sci-Fi Movie

AnnihilationFollowing a poor test screening that rankled producers Scott Rudin and David Ellison, Paramount has decided to sell international rights to Alex Garland’s new film to Netflix.

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Lionsgate Drops John Travolta’s Mob Drama “Gotti,” Sells Film Back to Producers (Exclusive)

Gotti MovieEmmett/Furla/Oasis Films should find there’s actual interest in this mafia movie, which offers the Oscar-nominated actor his juiciest role in years.

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“Super Fly” Reboot in the Works at Sony With Joel Silver Producing

Super FlyWatchmen scribe Alex Tse has been hired to write the script for this update of the blaxploitation classic, and while no actor has been cast yet, we have a couple ideas.

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