Archive for April 28th, 2011
Looks like [asin=0812550706]Ender’s Game[/asin], the short story that became a novel that became a series by Orson Scott Card, last seen at Warner Bros. as a potential movie, is now headed to Summit Entertainment and appears to be on the fast track to begin production early next year. Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) is set to direct, with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (via their K/O Paper Products company) and Gigi Pritzker and Linda McDonough (Odd Lot), along with Card and Lynn Hendee (The Tempest) as producers.
It appears that they are eying this to be the next Harry Potter-esque franchise with an epic story aimed at the younger audience.
Dimension Films has preemptively purchased a spec script entitled The Greys from writer Adam Cohen and from producing partners Sean and Bryan Furst (Daybreakers) , and F. Javier Gutierrez (Before The Fall) is attached to direct. It is being billed as a SF thriller – but the plot is being kept as mysterious as the Greys themselves so far.
Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company (TWC), made the announcement. “We are thrilled to be collaborating on this exciting script with Adam Cohen, Radar Pictures and The Fursts,” said Weinstein. “As a fan, I have wanted to work with F. Javier Gutierrez for some time and am happy to join forces on his English language directorial debut.”
Sean and Bryan Furst are producing in partnership with Radar Pictures’ Ted Field and Mike Weber. Overseeing for Dimension Films are SVP of Production, Matthew Stein and VP of Production and Creative Affairs, Matthew Signer.
“We’re energized by the incredible level of passion Bob Weinstein and Dimension have shown for Adam Cohen’s thrilling script and for the talented F. Javier Gutierrez, and we all feel it’s that kind of passion that makes for an ideal filmmaking partner,” said the producers.