NL keeps option of selling pix to other nets within 5-year window
NEW YORK — Turner Broadcasting’s TBS and TNT have decided they can’t wait to nail the exclusive first basic-cable run of still another sequel to “Blade,” starring Wesley Snipes, and of a movie featuring Jane Fonda as the bete noire of Jennifer Lopez, “Monster-in-Law.”
New Line, the distributor of both pictures, won’t release them to the multiplexes until later this year, but the studio, a sibling of TBS and TNT, has sold them together with current release “Laws of Attraction” in a three-title bundle.
The license fee will be tied to domestic box office gross. As part of the deal, New Line has held back the option of selling each of the movies to a broadcast network or another cable network within the five-year window as a way to pull the total license fee up to as much as 13% of domestic. Turner confirmed the deal but wouldn’t comment on the details.
“Attraction,” a comedy starring Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore, has proven a disappointment in U.S. theaters, averaging only $16.9 million after 24 days.
But New Line hopes the third “Blade,” called “Blade: Trinity,” will continue the good news delivered by “Blade II” (2002). That sequel grossed $81.6 million in U.S. multiplexes, a dazzling 17% higher than the $70 million pocketed by the first “Blade” movie in 1998.
Also promising is the premise of “Monster-in-Law,” a departure for Fonda, who plays a scheming mother who’s pulling out all of the stops to prevent her son from marrying Lopez.