While New York and California struggle with budget problems, the outlook appears sunny for the film production incentive programs in both states.
Summit Entertainment has acquired feature rights to zombie romancer "Warm Bodies" and tapped Jonathan Levine to write and direct.
StudioCanal and Abandon Pictures are in advanced talks to team up again for a remake of the 1975 romantic comedy "Le Sauvage."
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles1Daily:$7.6M Cumulative:$79.8M Paramount Pictures 13.49%
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy2Daily:$6.6M Cumulative:$188.5M Disney 23.68%
Into the Storm
Into the Storm3Daily:$2.1M Cumulative:$21.1M Warner Brothers / New Line 21.06%
Hoping to replicate some of the box office success of "The Passion of the Christ," indie producer Bill McKay is mounting "The Resurrection of the Christ," with a 10-week shoot starting in July.
Indie vets Richard Abramowitz and Kirt Eftekhar are launching specialized film distributor Area23a to focus on event driven films with a special emphasis on social issue and music performance pics.
MGM's forging ahead with the auction of its assets despite indications of a less than enthusiastic response so far.
"The Hurt Locker" was hailed as best picture by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn.
MGM had received several bids as Friday's deadline arrived for initial offers for the troubled studio.