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See Summit’s The Legend of Hercules New One-Sheet

Her_KA_R1_02_ps_f3.0SANTA MONICA, CA  November 12, 2013 – Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF) company, has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Millennium Films’ action-adventure HERCULES: THE LEGEND BEGINS starring Kellan Lutz (THE TWILIGHT SAGA, the upcoming THE EXPENDABLES 3) and directed by Renny Harlin (DIE HARD 2, CLIFFHANGER).  Summit will release the film in 3D and 2D nationwide on February 7, 2014.  The deal was announced today by Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, and Avi Lerner, Chairman of Millennium Films.

Lutz stars as Hercules, the mythical Greek hero, demigod and son of Zeus.  Betrayed by his King and sold into slavery, Hercules must use his formidable strength to fight for his freedom and return to his true love, Hebe, the Princess of Crete (played by Gaia Weiss).

The supporting cast includes Scott Adkins (THE EXPENDABLES 2), Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), Liam Garrigan (Strike Back), Johnathon Schaech (Ray Donovan, The Client List), Roxanne McKee (Game Of Thrones) and Rade Serbedzija (Red Widow).  Screenplay is by Daniel Gliat.  Producers are Danny Lerner, Les Weldon, Boaz Davidson and Renny Harlin.  Executive Producers are Avi Lerner, Trevor Short and John Thompson.

“We look forward to working with Millennium to bring this larger-than-life hero to theaters and action fans in the new year,” said Friedman and Wachsberger.  “We are also very proud to work on a project starring Kellan, with whom we have grown very close throughout the release of all five TWILIGHT SAGA films as well as the production of THE EXPENDABLES 3 scheduled for release next year.”

“We’re thrilled to be expanding our relationship with the very talented team at Lionsgate and Summit, who had such extraordinary success with Kellan in THE TWILIGHT SAGA franchise and with whom we have a great partnership on THE EXPENDABLES franchise,” Lerner said. “And I’m very pleased that ours will be the first movie in the 21st century to reintroduce modern audiences to this classic, timeless story.”

The deal was negotiated on behalf of Lionsgate and Summit by Jason Constantine, Lionsgate’s President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Eda Kowan, Lionsgate’s SVP of Acquisitions, and Wendy Jaffe, Lionsgate’s EVP of Business & Legal Affairs for Acquisitions & Co-Productions, and on behalf of Millennium by Avi Lerner and Mark Gill.


In the epic origin story THE LEGEND OF HERCULES, Kellan Lutz stars as the mythical Greek hero – the son of Zeus, a half-god, half-man blessed with extraordinary strength.  Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom.  Through harrowing battles and gladiator-arena death matches, Hercules embarks on a legendary odyssey to overthrow the King and restore peace to the land.

U.S. release via SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT on January 10, 2014.


Red 2 Character One-Sheets Unveiled

Red2_OnlineCharacter posters_AH_fin4While there has been a lot of justifiable excitement over the May and June movies, we’re also seeing hints from later releases that proclaim the fun will not relent, as it usually does.

Red 2, based on the WildStorm comic by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, is one of those films, opening July 19 and Summit Entertainment has released new one-sheets for the retired secret agents, their friends, and foes. The film is being directed by Dean Parisot, working from a script by Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber.

Returning to active duty are Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren while Mary-Louise Parker is back for the fun. Joining the crew this time around are Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, Brian Cox, and Neal McDounough.

In Red 2, the high-octane action-comedy sequel to the worldwide sleeper hit, retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing, next-generation lethal device that can change the balance of world power. To succeed, they’ll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the technologically advanced super weapon. The mission takes Frank and his motley crew to Paris, London and Moscow. Outgunned and outmanned, they have only their cunning wits, their old-school skills, and each other to rely on as they try to save the world-and stay alive in the process.  Red2_OnlineCharacter posters_BW_fin6Red2_OnlineCharacter posters_CZJ_fin7Red2_OnlineCharacter posters_JM_fin5Red2_OnlineCharacter posters_HM_fin5Red2_OnlineCharacter posters_BHL_fin2

Look at Ender’s Game One-Sheet

EG_188 teaser fin14 theater crop_Ender’s Game has been percolating for years and the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s best-selling novel is finally being released in November. Here’s the first one-sheet for the movie and Summit Entertainment has released a new synopsis for the film.

In the near future, a hostile alien race called the Formics have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer.

Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is recruited to join the elite.  Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School.  Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.

Based on the best-selling, award winning novel, ENDER’S GAME is an epic adventure which stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, with Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford.

Kate Winslet Joins Divergent Cast

Orange British Academy Film Awards 2010 - Inside Red Carpet ArrivalsSummit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company, confirmed today that Kate Winslet will star as Jeanine Matthews in the studio’s futuristic action adventure Divergent. Starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James, the other confirmed cast members including Jai Courtney, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort and Maggie Q.

The futuristic action adventure, based on author Veronica Roth’s New York Times best seller, will be directed by Neil Burger from a script by Vanessa Taylor and commences principal photography this April in Chicago.  The original draft of the script was written by Evan Daugherty.  Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing the project via their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. Red Wagon’s Rachel Shane is executive producing.  Summit will release the film theatrically in North America in The Hunger Games slot on Friday, March 21, 2014.

Divergent is described as a thrilling adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, Tris Prior (Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late.

The extremely popular young adult novel Divergent was written by Roth, a first time author, and has topped the New York Times Best Sellers list ever since being published in May of 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins Publishers. The book was written by Roth while she was earning her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University.  She followed her first novel with the book Insurgent, which has also made its way to the #1 position on specific New York Times Best Sellers lists.  To date, book sales are now over 2.6 million copies for both novels combined, and both titles are HarperCollins most successful e-books ever in regards to sales.  The studio acquired the film rights to the novel in early 2011 several months before the book Divergent was published.

Watch the Snitch Super Bowl Ad Now

Snitch_c19_tsr1ht_fin4Brev2Summit Entertainment is getting in on the Super Bowl fun with an ad for their film, Snitch, opening in a few weeks.

The studio describes the film, starring the odd combination of the Rock and Susan Sarandon, this way: In this fast-paced action thriller inspired by true events, Dwayne Johnson stars as a father whose teenage son is wrongly accused of a drug distribution crime and is looking at a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years.  Desperate and determined to rescue his son at all costs, he makes a deal with the U.S. attorney to work as an undercover informant and infiltrate a drug cartel on a dangerous mission — risking everything, including his family and his own life.

For those of you not inclined to watch, we have the spot below.

Studio: Summit Entertainment

Genre: Action/Thriller

Rating: PG-13

Release date: February 22, 2013

Director: Ric Roman Waugh

Writers: Justin Haythe and Ric Roman Waugh

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Benjamin Bratt and Barry Pepper


Summit Signs On For Area 52

Summit Entertainment just acquired screen rights to Area 52, and will develop a live action adaptation based on the four-issue comic book series from Brian Haberlin published by Image Comics in 2001.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian will produce, and JC Spink will be executive producer through Benderspink. The comic focused on a top secret warehouse in Antarctica called Area 52, a government storage dump for otherworldly discoveries, manned by a ragtag group of misfits who have been exiled to the middle of nowhere to staff it. When an alien killing machine is accidentally hatched in this repository, the group must band together and use the stored mythological weapons and artifacts to save themselves and the world.

via Summit Signs On For ‘Area 52′ With Lorenzo Di Bonaventura – Deadline.com.

‘Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ goes IMAX

‘Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ goes IMAX

It was almost inevitable.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the third movie in Summit Entertainment’s adaptations of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books, will be released in IMAX theatres simultaneously with the movie’s nationwide release on June 30, 2010. The first Twilight movie to be released in IMAX theatres, IMAX Corporation and Summit Entertainment will digitally re-master Eclipse to enhance both the image and sound quality. Eclipse once again stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.

The interesting question: for how long? New Moon had a huge opening and didn’t last long, so it will only stay in IMAX for two weeks, then be replaced on July 16th by Christopher Nolan’s Inception.

‘Twilight Saga: Eclipse’: Bryce Dallas Howard replacing Rachelle Lefevre as Victoria

‘Twilight Saga: Eclipse’: Bryce Dallas Howard replacing Rachelle Lefevre as Victoria

This just in from Access Hollywood:

Bryce Dallas Howard is joining the “Twilight” franchise.

“Terminator Salvation” star will replace Rachelle Lefevre in the role
of Victoria, according to Summit Entertainment, which produces the
vampire film series based on the books by Stephenie Meyer.

are incredibly happy that Bryce has agreed to come into the franchise,”
Erik Feig, Summit’s President of Worldwide Production and Acquisitions,
said in a statement to Access Hollywood. “Rachelle brought
‘Victoria’ to great screen life and Bryce will bring a new dimension to
the character. The franchise is lucky to have such a talented actress
as Bryce coming in to fill the role.”

Summit said Rachelle
would not be continuing on as Victoria, an evil vampire out for revenge
over the death of her lover, due to scheduling conflicts.

the daughter of director Ron Howard, will take over the role beginning
in “Eclipse,” the third installment in the “Twilight” series.

begins filming in Vancouver this coming August, Summit confirmed. The
film will be released in theaters on June 30, 2010.

‘Firefly’ stars reunite for ‘V’; Sheen joins ‘Twilight Saga: New Moon’

‘Firefly’ stars reunite for ‘V’; Sheen joins ‘Twilight Saga: New Moon’

Spring is in the air… and lots of actors are finding work.

Frost/Nixon’s Michael Sheen has joined the cast of The Twilight Saga: New Moon. The now-filming sequel has added Sheen as Aro, the head vampire of the Italian Volturi vampire clan. Summit Entertainment will release the eagerly awaited adaptation of the Stephenie Meyer best-seller on November 20.

Elisabeth Shue takes a detour from her usual dramatic fare to appear in Alexandre Aja’s remake of Piranha 3D. The actress will play "Sheriff Julie Forester, a take-charge authority figure in the community of Lake Victoria" according to Moviehole, and the mother of one of the lead characters. Look for this in March 2010

While we weren’t looking, the cast for the revamp of V has filled out with some very familiar names which improve our hopes for the ABC pilot.  The formal network announcement will be May 19 but we’re crossing our fingers.  The proposed series, based on Kenneth Johnson’s original concepts, now features Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost), Morena Baccarin (Firefly), Joel Gretsch (The 4400), Morris Chestnut (Ladder 49), Alan Tudyk (Firefly), Scott Wolf (Party of Five) David Richmond-Peck (The Day The Earth Stood Still), Laura Vandervoort (Smallville), Lourdes Benedicto (The Nine), and Christopher Shyer (The Day).

Finally, the seaons finale for Smallville will guest star Impulse (Kyle Gallner) and Black Canary (Alaina Huffman).

Twilight’s Catherine Hardwicke: ‘If I Stay’, a ‘Maximum Ride’?

Twilight’s Catherine Hardwicke: ‘If I Stay’, a ‘Maximum Ride’?

Mending their relationship, Twilight production company Summit Entertainment and director Catherine Hardwicke are coming together again for the new fantasy/drama movie If I Stay, according to Variety.  The movie is based on author Gayle Forman’s young adult novel If I Stay, which will be published this spring by Dutton children’s Books.

Additionally, via ICv2, Hardwicke is in discussions with Columbia Pictures to develop and direct a movie adaptation of James Patterson young-adult book series Maximum Ride. Ex-Marvel honcho Avi Arad is producing the adaptation of Patterson’s tale of six teens who have been genetically altered so that they can fly. On the one hand, both the text versions and Yen Press’ Maximum Ride graphic novels have done very well. On the other hand, Arad’s first film after leaving Marvel– was Bratz.