Category Archives: Deals (Film)

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

“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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Michael B. Jordan to Make Directorial Debut with “The Stars Beneath Our Feet”

Jordan Excerpt “Directing has been an area I’ve wanted to explore for some time now,” said Jordan. “The Stars Beneath Our Feet tells a story that really spoke to me, and I’m looking forward to jumping behind the camera.

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New “Star Wars” Trilogy In the Works From “The Last Jedi” Director Rian Johnson

Rian JohnsonThe new films will be set in a different galaxy and feature a brand new set of characters, Disney chief Bob Iger announced Thursday on an earnings call.

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Brad Weston’s New Company Makeready Wins Auction for Timely Sci-Fi Story “The Appearance”

Iain McDonald (“Rodney and Sheryl”) will adapt Matthew Baker’s short story, which has been compared to “Arrival” and “District 9.”

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“48 Meters Down” to Follow Five Girls in Brazil When It Hits Theaters in 2019

Will Mandy Moore return? Judging by the end of the first film, we doubt it, but anything’s possible in Hollywood these days.

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UNTITLED KANDELL COMEDY (PITCH)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM The storyline is being kept under wraps but is being described as a character-driven comedy riffing on the superhero genre.

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Christian Bale’s “Hostiles” Picked Up by Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios

HostilesTNThe latest from Scott Cooper (“Black Mass”) has Bale playing an army captain escorting an Indian chief from New Mexico to Montana. It will get a Dec. Oscar-run and a Jan. 2018 release.

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J.J. Abrams Developing Live-Action Version of Japanese Anime Movie “Your Name”

abrams-excerptParamount and Bad Robot have hired Oscar-nominated Arrival scribe Eric Heisserer to write the script, which follows a teenage boy and girl from different backgrounds who discover they can swap bodies.

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Casey Affleck, “Gilmore Girls” Creators Sign Overall Deals with Amazon Studios

affleckpalladinosTNAffleck won an Oscar for his role in the Amazon-released “Manchester by the Sea” while Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino are making “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” at the network.

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Toronto: Samuel Goldwyn Picks Up Award-Winning Western “Sweet Country”

sweetcountryexcerptWarwick Thornton’s Western set in the Australian Outback premiered at TIFF as part of the Platform section and won the jury-selected award in that section. It stars Hamilton Morris, Ewen Leslie and Sam Neill.

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“Thor: Ragnarok’s” Taika Waititi in Talks to Direct Live-Action “Akira” Movie for Warner Bros.

Taika Waititi BubblesWaititi may be a blessing in disguise for Akira, as he values diversity when it comes to casting, and I don’t see him embracing the idea of an all-white cast playing Japanese characters.

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Joe Cornish Eyes Patrick Stewart, Rebecca Ferguson for “The Kid Who Would Be King” (Exclusive)

The Kid Who Would Be King20th Century Fox’s family-friendly fantasy film will be Cornish’s first since his acclaimed 2011 debut Attack the Block, which launched John Boyega as a major star.

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“The Purge” Prequel Sets Two Leads, Including “Insecure” Star Y’lan Noel (Exclusive)

The Purge 4Lex Scott Davis, who starred in the Lifetime movie Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart, will co-star in the genre film from Universal, Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes.

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Neal Moritz and His Original Film Banner Heading to Paramount Once Sony Deal Expires in 2019

Neal MoritzThe producer of the Fast and Furious and Jump Street franchises will have a second-look deal with Paramount, effective immediately.

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The Terminator Will Be Back Thanks to New Skydance – Paramount Deal

paramountexcerptThere had been questions last year whether David Ellison’s company would repartner with Paramount, but with a new four-year deal in place, they’re looking at rebooting the franchise with James Cameron and Deadpool director Tim Miller.

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“Girls Trip” Director Malcolm D. Lee Signs First-Look Deal With Universal

Malcolm D Lee UniversalGirls Trip stars Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish, and could take some wind out of the box office sails of its big-budget competitors Dunkirk and Valerian.

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Hannah Hart Signs First-Look Deal with Lionsgate as Studio Secures Two-Thirds of YouTube’s “Holy Trinity”

Hannah Hart ExcerptStar and producer of the YouTube series “My Drunk Kitchen,” Hannah Hart, has signed a first-look deal with Lionsgate, further showcasing the increasing power and influence that YouTube stars have beyond the realm of free online videos.

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Media Star Grace Helbig Signs Overall Movie and TV Deal with Lionsgate

Grace Helbig ExcerptYouTube sensation and overall media star Grace Helbig has signed a deal with Lionsgate to develop both films and TV series. One of the first projects under the deal will be a romantic comedy starring her and Mamrie Hart.

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Michael Mann Inks Massive Book Deal With HarperCollins

HarperCollins won a multi-house auction to serve as the publisher of Michael Mann Books, the publishing imprint founded by the Oscar-nominated writer, director and producer earlier this year.

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Inks First-Look Deal With Paramount


Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way has landed a three-year, first-look deal with Paramount Pictures. The deal marks a shift for DiCaprio, who previously had a long-standing deal at Warner Bros.

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Martin Scorsese Extends Deal With Paramount Through 2019


Filmmaking legend Martin Scorsese isn’t slowing down any time soon. Today, Paramount CEO Brad Grey announced that Scorsese has extended his overall deal with the studio through 2019. Paramount also confirmed a new biopic is in development for Scorsese to direct.

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“PAPER TOWNS” Writer John Green Signs First-Look Deal With Fox 2000

The hugely popular YA writer of The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns has a new deal with Fox 2000

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Warner Bros. Signs Blind Script Deal With “Mr. Malcom’s List” Author Suzanne Allain

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Warner will now give Allaine a deal that includes two screenplays. Her first screenplay was a romantic comedy, but that may not be the genre of her two offerings that she will submit to Warner.

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“The Walking Dead” Comic Creator Signs First Look Deal With Universal

Robert Kirkman has inked a one year first look film deal with Universal.

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Michael De Luca Signs First Look Deal With Universal

The “Fifty Shades Of Grey” producer has signed a three year first look deal with Universal.

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