May 30, 2009 |
Earlier this week, Sony announced that it had acquired the rights to the story of Richard Phillips, the captain of the Maersk Alabama freighter that was captured by Somali pirates, prompting a tense showdown that resulted in Phillips' rescue by Navy SEALs on the high seas. The studio also purchased the film rights to Phillips' upcoming memoirs. The interesting angle, for those of us who follow the inside workings of Hollywood, is the lineup of producers attached to the project.
January 15, 2014 |
For much of last year, Amy Pascal was under fire. The co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment presided over two of last year's big-budget bombs, "After Earth" and "White House Down. " Her studio reported losses of $181 million for the summer months. Activist investor Daniel Loeb hammered Pascal's division, demanding an end to the "free passes" Sony studio executives got when their films disappointed and calling on parent company Sony Corp. to spin off part of its entertainment business.
November 5, 2012 |
Writer, producer and director J.J. Abrams ("Felicity," "Lost," "Alias") will receive the 2012 Norman Lear Achievement in Television Award at the annual Producers Guild of America Awards on Jan. 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. "J.J. Abrams has produced some of the most iconic and highest-rated television shows of the past decade and longer-series that have changed the landscape of television," said PGA Awards chair Michael DeLuca in a statement Monday. Abrams, who has directed such films as "Star Trek," "Super 8" and the upcoming sequel to "Star Trek," is currently executive producer of CBS' "Person of Interest," Fox's "Fringe" and the new NBC series "Revolution.
March 16, 2004 |
Michael De Luca is out as production chief at DreamWorks SKG, the studio founded by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. He'll become a producer at Columbia Pictures in July, Amy Pascal, chairwoman of the Sony Pictures Entertainment's motion picture group, said Monday. During a 16-year run at New Line Cinema, De Luca became known for promoting such cutting-edge fare as "Austin Powers" and "Boogie Nights."
May 8, 2008 |
The deal Warner Independent Pictures options Edward Ugel's "Money for Nothing," the true story of a hustler who preys on cash-starved lottery winners. He pockets the balance of their future winnings in return for lump-sum checks -- and then has a crisis of conscience. The players Michael De Luca Productions and Maguire Entertainment producing. Peter Steinfeld ("21") to write the screenplay; Ugel is represented by Farley Chase with the Waxman Literary Agency and on film rights by CAA. The book is published by HarperCollins.
September 30, 1990 |
The producers of the "Nightmare on Elm Street" series, who caught some flak for having fun with a character who tortures and murders kids, have decided that young Freddy Krueger was himself . . . an abused child. That's the twist in New Line Cinema's "Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare," now being written, which will delve into Freddy's miserable childhood. "But we're not doing this to excuse Freddy for what he is.