April 24, 2013 |
Author/filmmaker Salman Rushdie joined Jon Stewart Tuesday night on "The Daily Show" to talk about the forthcoming film version of his bestselling novel "Midnight's Children. " The 1981 novel won a slew of awards -- including the Man Booker Prize, the James Tait Black Prize, and the "Booker of Bookers" (twice) -- but the film rights, Rushdie said, went for a dollar. Stewart, who is about to leave to work on a film of his own, seemed unimpressed. "We in the business refer to that as 'bupkis,'" he said.
October 8, 2012 |
"50 Shades of Grey" moved one step closer to its big-screen adaptation Monday with Universal Pictures and its subsidiary Focus Features announcing the hiring of Kelly Marcel to adapt the bestseller into a feature film. Marcel, 38, is best known for writing the spec script "Saving Mr. Banks," which landed on the Black List in 2011 and is now being turned into a feature film starring Tom Hanks for Universal Pictures. That film centers on the story of Walt Disney's 20-year pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers' novel “Mary Poppins” and the rocky relationship that formed between the two. Hanks is playing Disney; Emma Thompson takes on the role of Travers.
October 23, 2009
Michael Jackson movie: A Business article Thursday about "This Is It," the Michael Jackson concert film, reported that Sony Pictures had seen only 97 seconds of footage before bidding for the film rights. Some Sony executives viewed 12 minutes before bidding.
August 11, 2009 |
Sony Pictures Entertainment received court approval to bring Michael Jackson to the big screen, and it set a release date on what just may be the toughest weekend of the year at the U.S. box office. The court's authorization, announced Monday in Probate Court by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff, allows them to edit more than 80 hours of rehearsal and behind-the-scenes footage into a movie. The deal was negotiated last month by Sony Pictures and its sibling unit, Sony Music Entertainment, with the Michael Jackson Estate and AEG Live, producer of the late singer's planned London concert series.
July 22, 2009 |
Frenzied interest in all things Michael Jackson notwithstanding, it appears a TV special based on the pop star's comeback concerts won't be on the air this fall. AEG Live, the promoter behind Jackson's 50-date This Is It London concert engagement, has been negotiating for several days with movie studios for the film rights to high-definition video footage of his rehearsals as well as broadcast rights to a tie-in TV special.
February 10, 2009 |
Universal Studios, part of General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal, sold television rights to its 2009 film slate to GE's USA Network. USA Network will receive two dozen of the studio's films, the companies said.