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Lionsgate to Adapt Z-Men Graphic Novel Into Film


The intense zombie graphic novel, “Z-Men” written by Jeff McComsey is heading to the big screen according to a report from Deadline. “Z-Men” followers government agents who must fight off a zombie outbreak.

The film adaptation will move forward via Lionsgate and comic book publisher Double Take, a subsidiary of video game publisher Take-Two Interactive Software. The partnership was announced earlier this week after Take-Two and Lionsgate announced a couple of months ago that the game publisher’s Borderlands would get a film adaptation.

“We’re delighted to expand our relationship with our friends at Take-Two by partnering with their comic book arm, Double Take, in bringing Z-Men to the big screen,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger in announcing the deal. “We continue to diversify our portfolio with films adapted from novels, video games and board games and look forward to translating 2T’s graphic novel into a spine-chilling film for moviegoers and comic book fans alike.”

There is no word yet on when the film adaptation of “Z-Men” will head into production or who the studio is eyeing for the starring roles. They have also not mentioned an anticipated release date.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Sells 3.9 Million DVD and Blu-ray Units Its First Week


This should be no surprise, but Lionsgate has announced that “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” has sold 3.9 million DVD’s and Blu-ray copies in its first weekend of its North American release. This is the biggest digital launch in the company’s history with opening weekend sales.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has grossed $424 million at the North American theatrical box office, the 10th highest-grossing domestic release of all time, marking the first time that the first two installments of a franchise grossed more than $400 million at the domestic box office. The next two “Hunger Games” films, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Parts 1 & 2, will be released on November 21, 2014 and November 20, 2015, respectively.

“This is a monster opening and a tremendous result for the second film in a franchise, underscoring the enormous momentum of ‘The Hunger Games’ films,” said Ron Schwartz, Lionsgate President and General Manager of Home Entertainment Sales & Distribution. “Opening weekend packaged media sales of ‘Catching Fire’ were comparable to the first ‘Hunger Games’ title released nearly two years ago while digital sales grew by nearly 40%. With strong increases in digital revenue and Blu-Ray accounting for 50% of packaged media sales, the opening weekend performance is driving significant margin growth and is a testament to the strength of the franchise.”

Jim Packer, Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution, said,

“We opened ‘Catching Fire’ on nearly 20 digital platforms, including six that have launched since the home entertainment debut of the first ‘Hunger Games’ film in 2012, and it was number one on almost all of them. The broad demographic appeal of ‘The Hunger Games’ franchise uniquely positions it for this surge in digital ownership.”

David Goyer to Direct “The Breach” for Lionsgate

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Lionsgate has officially won the bidding war over the film rights to the novel, “The Breach.” The deal is a package that include David Goyer as director. The film will be the big screen adaptation of the 2009 novel written by Patrick Lee.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing The Breach alongside Justin Rhodes who is writing the script.

The story centers on a corrupt ex-cop who is trying to get his life back in order when he discovers a crashed plane in the Alaskan wilderness. The first lady is among those dead in the wreckage. That sets off an adventure featuring a beautiful survivor, assassins, a secret organization, alien technology and an end-of-the-world scenario.

“The Breach” is the first novel in a trilogy. It is followed by “Ghost Country” and “Deep Sky.”

The plans to adapt the novel began last year when Goyer optioned the rights and began developing it independently with di Bonaventura. A studio bidding war began when Liongsate, Warner Bros., Fox, Relativity and Millennium showed interest in the project.

Lionsgate’s president of production Erik Feig and Geoff Shaevitz, Summit Entertainment’s president of production, will oversee the project for the studio.

“Divergent” Director Neil Burger Drops Out of Sequel


Neil Burger has announced that he will not be directing the second film in Lionsgate’s “Divergent” film franchise. The sequel is scheduled for release on March 20th, 2015. Burger is currently in post-production for “Divergent,” starring Shailene Woodley, for a March 21, 2014, release and Lionsgate has revealed they are currently seeking another director for “Insurgent.” The films are based on the novels of the same name written by Veronica Roth.

The “Divergent” franchise — released via its Summit brand — is viewed as a key to Lionsgate’s strategy to lead in the young-adult genre. Summit’s five “Twilight” films have topped $3.3 billion in worldwide grosses and Lionsgate’s  first two “Hunger Games” have pulled in over $1.4 billion.

The March, 2015, release date of “Insurgent” requires that production start this spring. Lionsgate also announced Monday that the third film, “Allegiant,” will be released a year later on March 18, 2016.

“Divergent” also stars Theo James, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller and Kate Winslet. Set in a dystopian Chicago, the  story centers on a society divided into five factions, each dedicated to a particular virtue — Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity and Erudite — with all 16-year-olds required on a particular day to select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives.

Summit has issued a statement in response to Burger leaving the project, saying that scheduling issues have precluded him from directing “Insurgent”:

“Neil Burger is a rock star and he is doing a fantastic job on Divergent.  We can’t wait for you to see the film.  But as amazing as Neil is he still cannot be in two places at once and thus needs to finish post production on Divergent while we gear up to start production on Insurgent.  So, although Neil will continue on as part of our Divergent family as an executive producer, we sadly have to find another director for the next chapter in Veronica Roth’s fantastic series.”

The Hunger Games Theme Park Attraction Planned


“The Hunger Games” could be getting it’s own theme park attractions. The Wrap has reported that Lionsgate has been approached regarding potential theme park opportunities in two different territories based on the popular novels and film series. There is no word yet on where these territories are or what the attraction could be.

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said,

“We’re excited about those opportunities and we’re pursuing them.”

Currently, the film adaptations of the novel series by Suzanne Collins, is about to release the second film in the series. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” hits theaters on November 23, 2013.

Also announced was the possibility of more the addition of more “Star Wars” attractions. peaking with Bloomberg.com, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger had this to say about future “Star Wars” expansions.

“The only thing I can share, which actually I don’t think we’ve talked about much, is there is a fair amount of development going on at Disney Imagineering right now to expand the Star Wars presence in California and in Orlando and eventually in other parks around the world. We do have Star Wars in other theme parks, France, Paris and in Tokyo, and we haven’t made any specific announcements of what will be in Shanghai or what will be added in Hong Kong after we build an Iron Man attraction, but I think it’s likely that Star Wars will be in more than just our two domestic parks.”

Lionsgate Releases Amazing Catching Fire IMAX Poster


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has revealed a pretty amazing new IMAX one sheet poster that has intense detail while remaining eye-catching and gorgeous. You can see the poster above. The poster was inspired by the work of artist Kris Kuksi.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is almost here. The sequel film based on Suzanne Collins’ novel, Catching Fire, was produced and distributed by Lionsgate. Francis Lawrence is set to direct a screenplay from Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt. Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen along with Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones and Willow Shields also reprising their roles.

The supporting cast for Catching Fire includes Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Lynn Cohen,Meta Golding, Amanda Plummer and Jeffrey Wright.

After winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games, Katniss returns home to District 12 along with fellow winner Peeta Shortly after returning home, they must embark on a “Victory Tour” of the districts, leaving behind their close friends and family again. On the day of the Victory Tour, President Snow (Sutherland) threatens Katniss’ best friend and pretend cousin, Gale Hawthorne, outraged after she and Peeta broke the rules of the 74th Hunger Games that allowed them both to win. During the tour, Katniss senses that a rebellion is brewing in the districts, but the Capitol is still firmly in control as Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games, known as a Quarter Quell, an event taken place every 25 years – a competition that could change Panem forever.

In this Hunger Games, the tributes will be reaped from the existing pool of victors, making all the other Games look like child’s play. As Peeta and Katniss end up in the arena again (as the only victors of District 12 with the exception of Haymitch), this time surrounded by experienced and vicious killers, President Snow is determined to eliminate them and destroy the rays of hope and the sparks of rebellions brewing up in the Districts. Now Katniss and Peeta must do whatever it takes to defeat their foes and come out on top once again and ignite the flames of rebellion in Panem.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is scheduled to be released in IMAX on November 22, 2013.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire Debuts Final Trailer


Lionsgate has debuted the final trailer for the upcoming film, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The film will see the return of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen along with Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones and Willow Shields also reprising their roles.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy. The film picks up where The Hunger Games left off as Katniss and Peeta have returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour’ of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.

The new trailer debuted during the fifth inning of Game 4 of the World Series on Fox. It contains very little dialogue but does feature President Snow, played by Donald Sutherland, in voice-over, saying: “Miss Everdeen, you fought very hard in the arena. But they were games. Would you like to be in a real war?” The clip then cuts to him watching Katniss, played by JenniferLawrence, on a TV screen as she wields her bow and arrow in the Hunger Games arena.

The trailer also includes a glimpse at Katniss’ and Peeta’s (Josh Hutcherson) fiery costumes as well as some intense action inside the arena.

Francis Lawrence is set to direct a screenplay from Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits theaters Nov. 22. Watch the final trailer below:

Lionsgate Plans Microbudget Horror Film Based On “Peekers”


According to a report from Deadline, Lionsgate has announced their plans to develop a film adaptation of the Kealan Patrick Burke short story, “Peekers.” The adaptation will be a microbudget feature from the adapted screenplay written by he Oculus duo of Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard.

The short story, published as an ebook in 2011, is officially described as follows:

Larry just wants to enjoy the first day of his retirement. But there are a couple of obstacles in his way. First, there are the kids next door who insist on racing their dirt bikes through his yard. And then there’s his eccentric neighbor Zach, who comes looking for Larry’s help, to verify that Zach isn’t losing his mind.

Because there is something in his house that couldn’t possibly be real… Something terrifying…

Lawrence Grey is attached to produce Peekers through his Grey Matter Productions. There is no word yet when the project will begin production or when we can expect it to be released. No actors have been announced in relation to the casting.

Flanagan and Howard co-wrote Oculus, which stars Katee Sackhoff, Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites and which was directed by Flanagan. Their next film, Somnia, is about to enter production with Sackhoff again set to star.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire Soundtrack List Unveiled


The official track listing for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack has been released. The soundtrack will be released through Lionsgate and Republic Records.  The full soundtrack list includes tracks by hit artists such as Imagine Dragons, Lorde, The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding, Santigold and Mikky Ekko. The album will be released Nov. 19, just days before the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Nov. 22 worldwide by Lionsgate. Continue reading

Lionsgate Adapting Life After Life For The Big Screen


Lionsgate has officially announced that they have acquired the film rights to the bestselling novel, “Life After Life.” The novel was written by Kate Atkinson and the screenplay will be written by Semi Chellas and Esta Spalding with Temple Hill Entertainment producing. Continue reading