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Warner Bros. Axes WIP and Picturehouse

The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit and Gregg Goldstein have the scoop:

After Warner Bros. absorbed New Line as an in-house production label, industryites wondered which Warners specialty unit would be kept, Warner Independent Pictures or Picturehouse. The answer came Thursday: Neither.

In a move that sent ripples of shock around town, Warners said it is was shuttering both divisions, citing cost savings and an elimination of redundancies.

Most of the units’ 70 employees are expected to lose their jobs, including all 43 Picturehouse staffers. WIP president Polly Cohen said that some of her 27 staffers will remain on board to shepherd projects to the studio. The 11-year Warners vet’s contract runs for about two more years, and she will stay within Warners for now, though she’s unclear in what capacity.

Some Picturehouse staffers also might remain.

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Peter Jackson Heads Back To Middle Earth

tn2_peter_jackson_1.jpgAccording to Deadline Hollywood Daily:

The Hobbit and its sequel will finally be made back-to-back for New Line and MGM the way they should be — under the Academy-Award-winning creative vision of Mr. Lord Of The Rings. But Jackson won’t be directing this time out, because of his previous commitments to DreamWorks for The Lovely Bones and Tintin trilogy with Steven Spielberg. While that will disappoint his LOTR fans, they’ll be pleased to know that the famed director will be integrally involved as executive producer along with his partner Fran Walsh. I’m told Jackson will make all creative decisions in concert with New Line, which will manage the production of the films.

Trade Round-Up: Oct. 2, 2007

dick wolf.jpegWolf Readies Dynamite New Project
Dick Wolf is taking a dive outside his rich Law & Order pool for a new project on the small-screen, Variety is reporting. He’s teaming with Disturbia duo D.J. Caruso and J.H Wyman on a “comic-book style drama that will use the same greenscreen technology utilized in the hit pic 300.” It’s based on a graphic novel character by Max Allan Collins called Johnny Dynamite. Read the project deets here.

Strike Inches Closer to Reality
Variety also has the latest updates in the potential upcoming writers’ strike with a story by Dave McNary about the WGA‘s Monday email that seeks approval from its members for strike authorization. Check all the facts and the nasty back-and-forth here.

Friday the 13th, Again
Hollywood must be running out of original horror ideas. THR reports that New Line has hired Damian Shannon and Mark Swift to write Friday the 13th, a remake of the horror classic. This time, the trade paper says, the new pic will focus on horror icon Jason again in the infamous setting of Crystal Lake. Oh yeah, and Michael Bay is one of the producers.

- CHRIS GARDNER