Steve Carell is making a deal to star for Universal in "Evan Almighty." He'll likely increase his $500,000 salary for "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" at least tenfold.
Universal has set Chris Cooper and Ryan Phillippe to star in "Breach," a spy thriller based on the story of notorious FBI traitor Robert Hanssen, who sold secrets to the Soviet Union during the Cold…
Universal Pictures has upped Maria Pekurovskaya, who most recently oversaw marketing materials for "The 40 Year Old Virgin," to exec VP for creative advertising.
Master Chief is gunning for the bigscreen in summer '07. Fox and Universal have closed their deal to make a movie based on Microsoft's hit vidgame "Halo," with plans for a tentpole in two years…
Universal has optioned "My Outsourced Life," an A.J. Jacobs article in the September issue of Esquire magazine, for Jay Roach and his U-based Everyman Films.
Universal has bought laffer spec script "Book of Leo" and Seann William Scott is attached to star. Marc Platt and Scott's Identity Films will produce. Sale is the first for scribe Joe Lovero, who is…
Jon Gordon has joined Universal Pictures as a president of production, a title he'll share with the recently promoted Donna Langley. Gordon, currently a co-prexy of production at Miramax Films, had…
Longtimeoverseas sales and distribution exec Alison Thompson has ankled U.K.-based Pathe Pictures Intl. to become prexy of Focus Intl., the sales division of Universal's Focus Features.
Jodie Foster will direct and likely star in "Sugar Kings," the Tribeca Films-produced drama for Universal Pictures. "Sugar" is about a young lawyer who teams with a veteran public-interest attorney…
Kate Hudson is joining Owen Wilson in Universal's "You, Me and Dupree." U's outgoing vice chairs, Scott Stuber and Mary Parent, are producing the laffer, making it their first title under their…
A survivor of four successive regimes in the last decade, Ron Meyer has renewed his contract to serve as president and chief operating officer of Universal Studios, his latest boss, NBC Universal…