Solstice Studios has acquired and is fast-tracking late summer or early fall start Manhunt, the working title of an action film based on the Kazuhiro KiuchiJapanese novel and the Takashi Miike-directed cult classic film Shield of Straw. The American remake is produced in association with Depth of Field, Nippon TV and Anew. Andrew Miano, Dan Balgoyen and Naoaki Kitazima are the producers, with Paul & Chris Weitz, Sanford Climan, and Naomi Hatta the exec producers.
Kevin Hart is ready to show off his serious side. The comedian will star in Sony Pictures’ “Fatherhood,” a big-screen adaptation of the Matt Logelin bestseller “Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love.” The film, which centers on a widower who must raise his daughter after his wife dies in childbirth, is directed by Paul Weitz (“About a Boy”).
Screen Media has acquired North American rights to “Bel Canto,” Paul Weitz’s adaptation of the acclaimed Ann Patchett novel. The drama about a hostage crisis stars Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe. Opera legend Renée Fleming contributes vocals to the film. A national theatrical release is planned for September.
The Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell directed the sci-fi Western had its world premiere at SXSW.
Gunpowder & Sky will release the film theatrically in the U.S. later this year through its sci-fi label Dust. Independent will handle sales outside the U.S. The London-based sales firm will screen the film for buyers in Cannes.
Oscar Isaac, who just starred in The Promise about the Armenian genocide with Christian Bale, is taking to another historical drama — this one about the hunt for one of the most hated men of WWII. Isaac is sealing a deal to star in Operation Finale (previously known as Eichmann) for MGM and director Chris Weitz.
“Columbus” marks the feature directorial debut of Kogonada, who has been noted for his visual work and film criticism commissioned by the Criterion Collection and Sight & Sound.
The movie is being produced by Superlative Films and Depth of Field in association with Nonetheless Productions. Chris Weitz, Andrew Miano, Danielle Renfrew Behrens, Aaron Boyd, Ki Jin Kim, and Giulia Caruso serve as producers. Superlative Films is financing the pic.
The Amazon deal extends to Depth of Field president Andrew Miano. The company produced director Tom Ford’s film “A Single Man” and is producing Judy Greer’s upcoming directorial debut “A Happening of Monumental Proportions.”
Amazon Studios has signed a deal with a key creative auspice behind another critically praised comedy series: Mozart In The Jungle‘s executive producer, showrunner and director Paul Weitz. Amazon Studios has signed a two-year first-look deal with Weitz and his brother Chris Weitz’s production company Depth of Field. Under the pact, the duo will develop new projects for the streaming company.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association went classical tonight at the 73rd annual Golden Globes in awarding Mozart In The Jungle as Best Television Series – Musical Or Comedy. Winning its first Golden Globe, the Amazon series about the backstage and onstage shenanigans of an NYC orchestra is also up tonight for a Best Performance award for its lead Gael Garcia Bernal.
Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz and Andrew Miano are producing via their Depth of Field banner
All Nippon Entertainment Works and Japanese partner Nippon TV are teaming with Chris and Paul Weitz’s Depth of Field to develop and produce an English-language remake of Takashi Miike’s action thriller Shield Of Straw, which played in competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen husband-and-wife scribes Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt have been tapped to adapt the screenplay. No director has been set.
Sony Classics has closed a deal for worldwide rights to the road trip comedy Grandma.
The little seen but critically acclaimed Japanese horror thriller Birthright (known in Japan as Saitai) is getting an American remake.
This will be the latest project from All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW). This time it is being done in association with the Japanese filmmaker Naoki Hashimoto’s Wilco Co. Ltd and Hollywood filmmakers at Depth of Field.
CBS has given a script commitment with penalty to In Good Company, a half-hour hybrid comedy based on Paul Weitz’s 2004 movie, with Weitz on board to co-write and executive produce. His brother, Chris Weitz, also executive produces. Universal TV is producing with Weitz brothers’ Depth of Field banner, which also co-produced the movie with Uni TV sibling Universal Pictures.
Nicolas Chartier’s Voltage Pictures has set Ashley Judd and Demian Bichir to star with Nicholas Braun, Zoey Deutch, Israel Broussard and Mateo Arias in the teen coming-of-age comedy Good Kids, which also is being produced by Depth of Field. The film started shooting today in Massachusetts.