True Blood creator Alan Ball is returning to the big screen. Ball developed an idea for a dark comedy with screenwriter Elan Mastai, who’s sold the pitch to Paramount. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ball will produce as well as direct the untitled film. The plot of the movie is under wraps. Deadline, which first reported the news, says to expect a big twist.
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Carl Icahn’s attempted takeover of Lions Gate Entertainment hit a roadblock today, as a British Columbia court dismissed the financier’s lawsuit over a stock transaction involving a company board member that diminished his stake in the Canadian-based company. According to the Los Angeles Times, had Icahn’s suit been successful, he would have owned 38 percent of Lions Gate’s stock; as a result of today’s ruling, his stake remains at 33.5 percent. Last week Lions Gate sued Icahn for “secretly plotting” to merge the company with MGM.
Director Robert Rodriquez has formed his own independent film company, Variety is reporting. Quick Draw films will finance and produce action-oriented projects; Rodriguez will direct or produce each one. Rodriguez’s latest directorial effort, Machete, has grossed $26.6 million in two months of release; his next project, Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World, is set for release next year.
Nicole Scherzinger has been cast in a small villainous role in Men in Black 3, a rep for Sony confirms to EW. Scherzinger told E! Online, “I’m so excited because I get to die. I make an appearance. I say a couple of lines and then I die.” While Scherzinger also said Betty White has joined the cast, Sony says that deal is not set. The studio announced in May that MIB3 will be released in 3-D on May 25, 2012.
Doug Belgrad, who shared responsibilities with Matt Tolmach as copresidents, has been promoted and will assume primary control of Columbia Pictures, according to a Sony Pictures press release. Tolmach will launch his own production company and produce Sony’s new Spider-Man reboot. Hannah Minghella, who had been president of production for Sony Pictures Animation since 2008, was also promoted to president of production of Columbia.
The Bourne Legacy, the fourth installment in the action thriller series, will open in theaters on Aug. 3, 2012, Universal announced today. That’s a mere 644 days from now, so mark your calendars accordingly.
The Bourne Identity was released in the middle of June 2002, The Bourne Supremacy at the end of July 2004, and The Bourne Ultimatum the first weekend in August 2007. Each film grossed more money at the box-office than its predecessor, but that feat will be tested by the fact that Matt Damon will not star in Legacy.
Lions Gate has sued billionaire Carl Icahn for “secretly plotting” to merge the film studio with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, according to Bloomberg. The lawsuit alleges that Icahn, Lions Gate’s largest shareholder, became aware that the studio was in negotiations in June with two other studios. Concerned that any deal would minimize his own control, Icahn is accused of making false public statements to stall any deal until he could position himself for a greater profit. “He wanted to postpone [a merger with MGM] until he could buy as much of both companies as he could and thus extract for himself as much of the value stemming from the merger as possible,” Lions Gate stated in its complaint. Icahn, who currently owns about 33 percent of Lions Gate, had sued the company in July.
New Zealand’s parliament passed a law on Friday that will ensure one of Hollywood’s most anticipated film projects, The Hobbit, will indeed be shot in their country, according to Variety. By a 66-50 vote, the country’s legislative body amended an existing labor law — now being dubbed the “Hobbit law,” in reference to the film project — clarifying that film workers employed as independent contractors cannot also claim to be employees. The move stems from a 2005 case where a modelmaker at Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson’s workshop successfully sued for the right to be considered an employee rather than a contractor. This vote effectively ends the protracted battle over where Jackson would film his two upcoming Hobbit films.
Lionsgate announced today that it has picked up the U.S. distribution rights to the Miley Cyrus comedy LOL from Mandate Pictures (which is owned by Lionsgate but runs independently). The remake of the French film Laughing Out Loud co-stars Ashley Green (Twilight), Thomas Jane (HBO’s Hung), and Demi Moore as Cyrus’ mother. The film does not yet have a release date.
George Clooney will direct and star in The Ides of March, an adaptation of the 2008 Broadway play Farragut North by Beau Willimon, reports Variety. Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood have been cast in the drama, which focuses on a political press spokesman (Gosling) who works for a Democratic presidential candidate (Clooney) and tangles with a rival campaign manage (Giamatti), a reporter (Tomei) and an alluring intern (Wood). Clooney and producing partner Grant Heslov wrote the screenplay with help from Willimon.
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