"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 - Summer 2007. Studios will pay the tech giant $5 million against 10% of the gross. Universal will oversee the production and is handling domestic distribution, while Fox will take foreign distrib. Studios will split revenues 50/50 out of a shared pot..." (full details)
"Paramount Pictures has tapped Antoine Fuqua ("Training Day", "King Arthur") to direct "By Any Means Necessary," a contemporary action-adventure pic set up with Lorenzo Di Bonaventura. Based on a script by Dan Pyne ("The Manchurian Candidate"), it centers on law enforcement turning to a jailed mobster to help prevent a possible terrorist attack. The studio is aiming to begin production early next year..." (full details)
"Emmy-winning TV director Todd Holland has signed on to helm "Firehouse Dog" for Regency Enterprises. Josh Hutcherson is on board to star in the live-action feature, which is being produced by Michael Colleary and Mike Werb. The story centers on Rexxx, Hollywood's most in-demand canine star. After getting lost, the divalike dog is adopted by a down-on-its-luck firehouse. Rexxx teams with a 12-year-old boy (Hutcherson) to turn the scrappy firehouse into the city's finest..." (full details)
"Foreign sales outfit Fortissimo Films has acquired world rights to "Candy," an independent drama starring Heath Ledger and Geoffrey Rush. Pic, about an extreme love affair, is the helming debut of Australian legit director Neil Armfield and is based on Luke Davies' novel of the same title. Production in Sydney began in March, and the film is on course for completion in early 2006, with Dendy skedded to release it in Australia..." (full details)
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