Two weeks after relaunching itself as a full-service studio, Summit Entertainment has unveiled its slate of development projects, with a pair of pics — “Get Some” and “Step Up 2” — going into production this summer.
The quick ramp-up is part of the overall plan by Summit principals Robert Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger to release and distribute 10-12 pics a year, including eight that will be inhouse productions.
Erik Feig, prexy of productions and acquisitions, told Daily Variety that the pics will be aimed at mainstream audiences. “We’re not interested in platform releases but in projects with broad commercial appeal,” he added.
Shooting on teen-action drama “Get Some,” directed by Jeff Wadlow (“Cry Wolf”) and penned by Chris Hauty and Richard Munic, will start in July. Summit teams with Mandalay, with Craig Baumgarten and David Zelon producing the story of a transplanted Iowa teen who winds up in an underground fighting league in Florida.
“Get Some” is the first title to emerge from newly minted Mandalay Independent, specializing in zeitgeist-type projects under Cathy Schulman’s leadership. Summit’s teaming with Adam Shankman’s Offspring Entertainment on “Step Up 2,” directed by John Chu and set at the Maryland School for the Arts. Shooting on the sequel will also start in July; producers include Wachsberger, Feig, Shankman, Offspring’s Jennifer Gigbot and Anne Fletcher.
Summit’s also agreed to co-finance Paul Haggis’ “In the Valley of Elah,” starring Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron and Susan Sarandon. Warner Independent is handling domestic distribution of the murder mystery.
Summit’s development lineup includes seven projects, all of which would be filling its domestic distribution pipeline:
- “Labyrinth,” a remake of the French thriller “Dedales,” will star Hilary Swank. Russell Gewirtz (“Inside Man”) is scripting and Maverick produces. Project’s out to directors.
- “Letters to Juliet,” directed by Gary Winnick, centers on a young woman who becomes one of the people who answer letters from the lovelorn left in a Verona courtyard. Summit’s teamed with Applehead Pictures.
- Action thriller “The Osterman Weekend,” based on Robert Ludlum’s novel, will see writer Simon Kinberg make his directorial debut. Peter Davis and Bill Panzer are producing. Shooting’s expected to start late this year.
- Romantic comedy “Parental Guidance,” a spec script acquired last week by Summit, will be produced by Mandeville Films’ Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman. Story revolves around parents who try to get their son back together with his old girlfriend after he brings home the fiancee from hell.
- “Rat Bastard,” directed by Winick, centers on a British conman who gets conned himself and is forced to take a job as a nanny. Summit’s teamed with Applehead on the project, which was picked up out of turnaround from Disney.
- “Sex Drive,” a teen comedy with Sean Anders directing, has Summit teamed with Alloy Entertainment; Lee Morgenstein and Bob Levy produce.
- Thriller-romance “Twilight” is based on Stephanie Meyer’s bestselling series about a family of vampires. Summit’s teamed with Maverick, with Mark Morgan and Brent Emery producing.