April 23, 2008 |
Want some screenwriting advice? Add drawings to your script. And then put your dialogue in bubbles. If recent studio acquisitions are any evidence, then the fastest way to get a movie deal these days may just be to turn your next Big Idea into a graphic novel. In a faddish frenzy, no fewer than 22 film projects born of graphic novels or comics have been announced in the last six weeks.
February 28, 2008 |
Universal Pictures and Relativity Media are teaming up with their most sweeping movie co-financing deal to date, adding more than $1 billion to the already massive infusion of outside cash into Hollywood. The studio and Relativity Capital, a partnership between deal maker Ryan Kavanaugh's West Hollywood-based Relativity Media and the New York hedge fund Elliott Associates, will co-finance at least 75% of Universal's movies through 2011, the companies said Wednesday.
January 13, 2008
Babylon A.D. Vin Diesel transports a mysterious woman from Eastern Europe around a post-apocalyptic world to New York City. With Michelle Yeoh, Melanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson and Mark Strong. Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz. Screenplay by Kassovitz and Eric Besnard, based on the novel "Babylon Babies" by Maurice G. Dantec. 20th Century Fox, Aug. 29. The Dark Knight Christian Bale returns as Batman and his crusade to clean up Gotham City faces a new challenge: the Joker (Heath Ledger).
July 14, 2007 |
Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have extended their production relationship until 2013. The new five-year deal goes into effect in 2008, when their old deal expires. Imagine, headed by producer Brian Grazer and director Ron Howard, has been affiliated with Universal since 1986, resulting in such hits as the Oscar-winning "A Beautiful Mind," "Apollo 13" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
June 21, 2007 |
A federal judge will now determine whether Universal Pictures discriminated against an African American assistant director when it fired him from the film "2 Fast 2 Furious." The decision could come within days. With the conclusion of closing arguments Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Gary Allen Feess will weigh the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's contention that Frank Davis was unjustly terminated, the first racial discrimination case the agency has filed against a Hollywood studio.
June 20, 2007 |
When Hollywood finds religion, it usually runs away -- declining to distribute "The Passion of the Christ" or playing down spiritual themes in "The Chronicles of Narnia." But on Friday, Universal Pictures will release "Evan Almighty," an overtly spiritual Noah's ark comedy squarely aimed at the nation's faithful. In investing more than $200 million in the film's production and marketing, Universal is betting that blue-state filmmakers can once again tap into red-state values.
June 15, 2007 |
People who worked closely with Frank Davis on the film "2 Fast 2 Furious" testified Thursday that they found the first assistant director to be uncommunicative and lacking in people skills leading up to his 2002 firing by Universal Pictures from the movie. The testimony came on the third day of an anti-discrimination government lawsuit against Universal, alleging that Davis, who is African American, was wrongly fired because of his race.
June 14, 2007 |
One day after the start of a racial discrimination trial, Universal Pictures struck a settlement Wednesday with the former assistant director who brought the lawsuit, but it continued to defend itself against similar claims by the federal government. Frank Davis, an African American who was fired as first assistant director on the 2003 movie "2 Fast 2 Furious," settled his complaint for an undisclosed amount. Universal would not comment on the settlement.