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Posts Tagged ‘David Koepp’

Marc Malkin Disputes THR’s Kristen Stewart-Snow White Item*

Just a few hours tonight after Kim Masters and Borys Kit filed a story for The Hollywood Reporter indicating that Kristen Stewart has been dropped from Universal’s Snow White and the Hunstman sequel plans, Marc Malkin over at E! News begs to differ.

Tying to an earlier item he wrote about Stewart in late May, Malkin insists the actress was never contractually committed to a SWATH sequel. Therefore, he argues, she cannot be “dropped” from the nascent follow-up:

Contrary to a report, Stewart has not been dropped from Universal’s planned Snow White and the Huntsman sequel because the concept is being retooled to focus on Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman.

Rather, she was never officially attached to one to begin with. (And, for that matter, neither is Hemsworth, as yet.) What’s true is that a new writer is being brought in to replace the first film’s scribe, David Koepp, sources confirmed to E! News Tuesday.

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Bay Area Novelist Sues Sony Pictures

This particular copyright infringement matter begins by the Bay in the late 1990s. After publishing suspense novel The Ultimate Rush, Oakland-based author Joe Quirk optioned the book to Warner Bros. and signed with powerhouse Hollywood agency CAA.

Then, last summer, many years after Quirk had given up hope of the project being adapted for the screen, his former literary agent ran into a New York City location shoot for Premium Rush, a Joseph Gordon-Levitt Sony Pictures drama written and directed by David Koepp. Quirk managed to obtain a copy of the script and after comparing notes, tells the Bay Citizen that he was turned down by four dozen lawyers before finally finding someone willing to take on his case. Here’s why:

“In the last 15 to 20 years, there have been virtually no success stories when it comes to plaintiffs suing major studios for copyright infringement,” said Aaron Moss, a Los Angeles intellectual-property lawyer who has represented writers in the past, but hasn’t taken such a case in a decade because of the slim chances of success.

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Trade Round-Up: Sept. 24, 2007

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Resident Evil Reigns Supreme
Milla Jovovich and her Resident Evil franchise again took the top spot at the boxoffice over the weekend. The Sony horror pic Resident Evil: Extinction raked in an estimated $24 million while the Jessica Alba, Dane Cook romantic comedy Good Luck Chuck was only good enough for a second place finish with $14 million, reports Variety.

Washington, Scott Together Again
Variety is also reporting that Denzel Washington will reteam with longtime collaborator Tony Scott on a remake of The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3 for Columbia Pictures. The studio’s Spider-Man 4 scribe David Koepp wrote the screenplay for the redo which will find Washington in a role originally played by Walter Matthau in the 1974 film.

Changes at MSNBC Confirmed
THR’s Paul Gough reports on some major changes inside MSNBC including news about Dan Abrams and Joe Scarborough. The latter, who replaced Don Imus with a morning show, will get to keep the job and continue hosting Morning Joe.

- CHRIS GARDNER