Trade Breaks: Hammer, Smoking, Child

“Dutch producer John De Mol is reviving famed British horror studio Hammer Film Productions. Private equity firm Cyrte Investments, led by de Mol, has acquired the rights to Hammer’s library, home of roughly 300 titles featuring the likes of Count Dracula, Frankenstein and the Mummy as well as the popular “Quatermass” franchise…” (full details)

“The MPAA said Thursday that its rating board will consider film depictions of smoking among the criteria for assigning movie ratings. Anti-tobacco activists have been pressing for an automatic R rating for films with smoking scenes, but MPAA chairman and CEO Dan Glickman rejected the proposal for a more nuanced approach…” (full details)

“Paramount Vantage and producer Nick Wechsler have optioned “Bless the Child,” a thriller novel by Justin Evans. The story follows a man welcomes his first child into the world and realizes he can’t touch it. In therapy he unearths a tragic childhood and realizes he may have murdered his mother’s boyfriend. Evans was formerly director of development for Paramount Pictures’ literary affairs division…” (full details)