December 7, 2009
by admin / plan b Vlad

Summit Entertainment (“The Twilight Saga) is developing an action-oriented take on Dracula titled Vlad, written by actor Charlie Hunnam.

The studio is in negotiations with music video and photographer Anthony Mandler to direct. Brad Pitt is producing with Dede Gardner via the duo’s Plan B Entertainment production company.

Vlad centers on Dracula as a young prince; he is known to history as Vlad the Impaler, the man behind the Dracula myth.

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November 20, 2009
by admin / Kick-Ass plan b

Focus Features Intl. has snapped up multi-territory rights to Brit helmer Matthew Vaughn’s superhero pic “Kick-Ass.”
Focus has acquired the pic, about a teenager who decides to become a real-life superhero, for the U.K., Australia, Germany, Latin America, Austria, Switzerland and New Zealand, where it will be released via Universal Pictures Intl.

Deal was negotiated by Focus prexy Andrew Karpen and Mandate Intl.’s Joe Drake.

Lionsgate has already acquired the pic for the U.S. and will release next April.

“Kick-Ass” stars Nicolas Cage, Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Mark Strong.

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November 20, 2009
by admin / Dark Void plan b

Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Indian media conglom Reliance Big Pictures have inked a deal with vidgame company Capcom to develop a feature film based on the “Dark Void” computer game as a potential franchise and starring vehicle for the actor.
Capcom will release “Dark Void,” about a pilot who crash lands in the Bermuda Triangle following a routine mission and wakes up to find himself in an alternate world resembling a primitive earth where aliens with superior technology are planning to take over civilization, in North America and Europe in January next year.

Project is the first to come out of Reliance’s development silo with Plan B after the deal was first announced at the Cannes film festival last year.

Read more/discuss. Thanks SDR.

October 6, 2009
by admin / plan b World War Z

If you haven’t read it, “World War Z” is one of the sharpest books to be released in the past decade. Set in a grim possible future, the book is presented as a series of interviews with survivors of a globe-spanning zombie war, an incident which very nearly brought about the downfall of human society. Author Max Brooks, the son of Hollywood filmmaker Mel Brooks, employs the full spectrum of commentary to create a frighteningly believable scenario in which the human race responds to a complete societal breakdown.

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak with Brooks, who is busy promoting his upcoming appearance on the Starz Inside special Zombiemania, premiering October 13 at 10pm. He was more than happy to discuss the adaptation plans for “Z,” which was picked up by Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment a few years ago.

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August 17, 2009
by admin / plan b

LIONSGATE, the leading next generation studio, announced today that it has acquired U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to KICK-ASS, the hotly anticipated action-comedy from writer/director Matthew Vaughn. Based on the groundbreaking, best-selling comic by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., KICK-ASS stars Nicolas Cage, rising star Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Moretz. The screenplay is written by Vaughn and Jane Goldman. The producers are Matthew Vaughn, Brad Pitt, Tarquin Pack and Kris Thykier; Millar and Romita Jr. are co-producers. The announcement was made today by Joe Drake, Lionsgate President, Motion Picture Group, and Co-Chief Operating Officer, and Jason Constantine, Lionsgate President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions.

KICK-ASS was the buzz sensation of the July Comic-Con in San Diego, where early footage was shown to wildly appreciative fans. The film is a privately financed independent production from Vaughn’s Marv Films and Plan B Entertainment, and is currently in post-production. Lionsgate anticipates a wide release in 2010.

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Thanks Sandra.

August 13, 2009


• x27 The Time Traveler’s Wife – New York City, NY (08/12/09).

August 2, 2009
by admin / plan b

World Premiere of “The Time Traveler’s Wife” Wednesday, August 12. Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Ron Livingston and Alex Ferris, director Robert Schwentke, screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin, producers Dede Gardner and Nick Wechsler. Other celebrity guests to be announced shortly.

“The Time Traveler’s Wife” is based on the best-selling book about a love that transcends time. Clare (Rachel McAdams) has been in love with Henry (Eric Bana) her entire life. She believes they are destined to be together, even though she never knows when they will be separated: Henry is a time traveler—cursed with a rare genetic anomaly that causes him to live his life on a shifting timeline, skipping back and forth through the years with no control. Despite the fact that Henry’s travels force them apart with no warning, Clare desperately tries to build a life with her one true love.

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Most studios passed on Matthew Vaughn’s “Kick-Ass” at the script stage, but now some seem to want another look at the adaptation of the Mark Millar comicbook.

Vaughn, who co-wrote, directed and produced (along with partners like Brad Pitt), unveiled a few “Kick-Ass” clips at Comic-Con last week, and the fanboys went nuts over what they saw, giving it a standing ovation.

“I was asked to show the footage twice,” Vaughn marveled.

Studios and other distribs will get a peek at the rough cut of “Kick-Ass” today at a private unspooling at the DGA in Hollywood.

Vaughn, who privately funded the pic about teenagers who want to be superheroes, gets why he didn’t initially get a greenlight from U.S. distribs. “The script broke every taboo known to man,” the helmer said, but he “had fun with it.”

Read more. Thanks Intothegrinder.

Billy Crudup has joined “Eat, Pray, Love,” the Columbia Pictures adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestselling memoir that stars Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem and Richard Jenkins. Ryan Murphy is directing a script he wrote with Jennifer Salt.
Crudup will play Steven, who is married to Gilbert (Roberts). His hopes to have children are dashed when her quest to get pregnant leaves her feeling she is not living the life she wants. She embarks on a journey of self-discovery around the world.

Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner are producing through Plan B.

Pic begins shooting next week.

Source. Read the book, who did too? Wanna read your opinion for sure at the SB Forum.

June 8, 2009
by admin / plan b

Javier Bardem is negotiating to star in “Eat, Pray, Love,” the Ryan Murphy-directed adaptation of the Elizabeth Gilbert memoir for Columbia Pictures.Bardem joins Julia Roberts and Richard Jenkins in the cast.

Roberts plays the author, and Bardem will play Felipe, the man Gilbert meets and falls in love with on the final leg of a journey of self-discovery that began with the end of her marriage.

Richard Jenkins plays a Texan whom the heroine befriends at an Indian ashram.

Pic was adapted by Murphy, the “Nip/Tuck” creator who last helmed “Running With Scissors.”

Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner are producing through Plan B. Source. Thanks Intothegrinder.

April 15, 2009
by admin / plan b

Richard Jenkins has signed to star opposite Julia Roberts in “Eat, Pray, Love” for Columbia Pictures. Film, which will be helmed by Ryan Murphy, had been set up at Paramount Pictures but was put in turnaround earlier this year. Based on the international bestseller by Elizabeth Gilbert, story centers on a married woman who embarks on a journey of self-discovery after trying to get pregnant and realizing that she’s not living the life she wants. Murphy adapted the screenplay. Jenkins will play a Texan whom Roberts’ character befriends at an Indian ashram. Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner are producing through their Plan B shingle. Lensing begins in July and will take place in New York, Rome, India and Bali. Source. Thanks Sandra.

April 13, 2009
by admin / News plan b

Brad Pitt’s production company picked up rights to the forthcoming graphic novel written and illustrated by Paul Pope in November. The story line follows the son of a god who comes down from the top of a mountain at his father’s urging to rid the giant, continent-sized city of Monstropolis of a plague of beasts. First Second Books will publish the comic in the spring. Paramount execs Eben Davidson and Andrew Calof are overseeing Tse’s adaptation for the studio. Tse, who is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment, co-wrote the recent adaptation of “Watchmen,” which Paramount distributed internationally. The film has grossed $177 million worldwide. Read more.