Trade Breaks: Emperor, Daughter, Focus

“Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have optioned Claire Messud novel “The Emperor’s Children” and set it as a potential Ron Howard directing vehicle. The comedy of manners set around the events of 9/11 follows three Brown University students, raised in upper-crust surroundings and expected to do something important, hit 30 while still struggling to fulfill that promise…” (full details)

“Gold Circle Films has acquired “Redwood” scribe John Travis’ horror thriller spec script “The New Daughter,” based on a John Connolly short story from his recent “Nocturnes” anthology. The story concerns a single father who moves his two children to a home in rural Illinois near a burial mound that may be the key to his daughter’s increasingly ominous behavior. Gold Circle will fully finance the project…” (full details)

“Focus Features has nabbed a slate financing deal worth some $200 million from Dresdner Kleinwort. Twins Financing will cover 20-25 movies potentially including all Focus titles. Pics made under the Rogue Pictures banner are covered under a different slate financing deal, and Working Title films are excluded as well. Execs said that the deal does not preclude them from seeking other forms of financing…” (full details)