Megan Ellison Revenant

Megan Ellison has been a huge boon to many an auteur-driven passion project over the past several years, and now she may be about to save another. Her Annapurna Pictures is reportedly in talks to finance Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s The Revenant, which is facing serious budgetary woes as backer Worldview Entertainment pulls out.

Also not helping matters from a financial standpoint is Iñárritu’s desire to shoot the film in sequence. But from a cinephile’s point of view, Iñárritu’s insistence on sticking to his guns is what makes The Revenant sound interesting. Not to mention the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, and Will Poulter are all on board to star. Hit the jump for the details.

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House in the Sky movie

Rooney Mara has never been one to back away from dark or difficult material, as she demonstrated with her breakout role in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Now she’s looking to tackle the dramatization of a real-life kidnapping tale in A House in the Sky.

Based on Amanda Lindhout‘s autobiographical memoir of the same title, A House in the Sky will chronicle the Canadian journalist’s abduction by terrorists in Somalia and her subsequent fifteen-month imprisonment. Hit the jump for more details.

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Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures was the one that got the ball rolling on the new Terminator movie in the first place, beating out Lionsgate to pick up the rights back in 2011. And the project’s made some significant progress lately, picking up cast members and a director. But as pre-production comes along, Annapurna has decided that it no longer wants to fund the film.

The company has dropped out of Terminator: Genesis as a co-financier, although Megan Ellison will retain an executive producer credit. The picture will now be paid for by her brother David Ellison‘s Skydance Productions and distributor Paramount Pictures. More details after the jump.

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The Terminator

Paramount is about to add another massive franchise to its stable. Last week, sources revealed the studio reacquired the full rights to make new Friday the 13th and South Park movies and now, they’re in negotiations to acquire distribution rights for the Terminator franchise.

Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures and David Ellison‘s Skydance Productions own the rights to the film series about the epic struggle between man and machine. They hired screenwriters Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier to write a fifth installment back in January and Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to return for a fifth film. No director is attached. Read More »

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Briefly: Harmony Korine‘s latest film, Spring Breakers, is a huge success in limited release, earning a $90k per-screen average on the few screens it hit this past weekend. That may not sound like much, compared to far bigger and more excessively marketed releases, but the movie is already Korine’s most successful — the earnings from just one of this weekend’s screens are already more than Julien Donkey Boy made in its whole limited run.

With Spring Breakers set to hit 1000 theaters this week — an astounding expansion for a Harmony Korine movie — the director is already setting up his next film. He’s got one project in the works with John Lesher’s Le Grisbi Productions and DCM Productions, but is also developing new movies with Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Productions. Read More »

Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Be in ‘Terminator 5′

Arnold Schwarzenegger took a few years off from acting so he could properly govern the state of California, but now that the hiatus is over he seems to have picked up where he left off. Like, exactly where he left off. His upcoming slate includes new sequels to Twins and Conan the Barbarian, and now he’s also confirmed that he’ll be appearing in the next installment of the Terminator franchise. Progress on the sci-fi film has been halting so far, but it recently took a big step forward as writers Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier signed on. More after the jump.

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Just as promised, the Terminator will be back. Progress on Terminator 5 has been on-again, off-again for the past couple of years, but now it’s picking back up with the hiring of writers Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier. While the pair have yet to complete any projects together, they’ve collaborated on a couple of things that haven’t made it to the screen yet. Seperately, Lussier is best known for the Nic Cage thriller Drive Angry, while Kalogridis’ credits include Shutter Island, Alexander, and Avatar. More details after the jump.

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The team behind The Master and Zero Dark Thirty has agreed to bring a recent popular novel to the big screen, and they’ve got some high-end indie screenwriters to make it work. Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures has teamed up with Hunger Games producing team Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson to purchase the rights to Where’d You Go, Bernadette, a comedic novel published last year from author Maria Semple.

As previously reportedScott Neustadter and Michael Weber will adapt the screenplay. The pair is best known for writing (500) Days of Summer and also have a new film, The Spectacular Now, at Sundance later this month. Read more about the novel and the producer’s thoughts after the jump. Read More »

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