Universal has tapped Lasse Hallstrom to direct its adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Leslie Holleran, Jon Berg, Todd Komarnicki and Karen Tenkhoff will produce.
Universal has made a high six-figure purchase of "Nightmare Academy," the first installment of a trilogy of fantasy novels written by "Arrested Development" co-executive producer Dean Lorey.
Jon Gordon is ankling as Universal production prexy less than a year since joining the studio after spending 15 years at Miramax. U has no plans to replace him; Donna Langley will be the sole…
Universal Pictures and Focus Features have inked a three-year first-look production pact with helmer Fernando Meirelles to bring Portuguese- and English-language pics by Brazilian helmers to the…
Tom Shadyac and Universal have picked up “Magic 8 Ball,” a high-concept comedy pitch about the soothsaying toy by Barry Blaustein and Jason Hefter, with an eye for Shadyac to direct. Blaustein’s…
Universal Pictures and Working Title have acquired Adam Brooks' script "Definitely, Maybe," with Ryan Reynolds, Derek Luke and Isla Fisher set to star in the romantic comedy, which Brooks will also…
Universal Pictures has upped a trio of execs on the business side, solidifying its senior management team under chair Marc Shmuger and co-chair David Linde.
Dracula is rising once again at Universal. Studio has acquired the spec script "Dracula Year Zero" by tyro scribes Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless and set it up with Michael De Luca to produce via his…
Robert Nelson Jacobs has been tapped to pen a version of Universal Pictures' untitled Hunter Scott project. Previously known as "U.S.S. Indianapolis" and "The Good Sailor," project has been in…
John Singleton's New Deal Prods. has inked a five-picture domestic distribution pact with Universal Pictures, giving him a beachhead at a second major studio.