The actioner sees Butler play a commercial pilot who lands in a war zone.
Lionsgate has boarded The Plane, Gerard Butler's latest action vehicle that was launched at this year's American Film Market, taking North American rights, plus Latin America, the U.K. and India.
CAA Media Finance handled domestic rights, while MadRiver International is looking after international.
The Plane — uniting Butler with Lionsgate, which released Angel Has Fallen — sees the actor play commercial pilot Ray Torrance, who after a heroic job of successfully landing his storm-damaged aircraft in a war zone, finds himself caught between the agendas of multiple militia who are planning to take the plane and its passengers hostage.Written by JP Davis and Charles Cumming Violence Of Action based on Cumming's book, The Plane is set to go into production in 2020.
Producers are Di Bonaventura Pictures' Lorenzo di Bonvaventura and Mark Vahradian, MadRiver Pictures' Marc Butan and Ara Keshishian, and Butler and Alan Siegel under their G-BASE banner.
Jason Constantine, president of acquisitions and co-productions, oversaw the deal for Lionsgate, along with executive vp of acquisitions Eda Kowan and John Biondo, executive vp of business and legal affairs.
Butler is represented by CAA and Alan Siegel Entertainment.
The cuts, numbering in the high teens, go into effect this week.
Lionsgate has laid off a number of employees within the film marketing and distribution team, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
According to a source familiar with the matter, some 15 to 20 employees across the entire company were given pink slips, many as part of an ongoing restructuring of the film group's marketing and distribution divisions. The source added that the layoffs had been in the works for months and were not impacted by the shutdowns caused by the growing coronavirus pandemic. No other layoffs are currently planned at the studio, which concludes its fiscal year on March 31.
Lionsgate's movie studio has seen success with Rian Johnson's Knives Out which grossed $311 million worldwide, and with a sequel in the works, Jay Roach's Bombshell $60 million worldwide and its newest release, the faith-based film I Still Believe which grossed $10 million earlier this month before theaters shuttered.
The layoffs come as Hollywood grapples with the closure of film and TV productions and movie theaters going dark to prevent the growing spread of COVID-19 amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
Lionsgate was forced to push back the bows of the upcoming films Antebellum originally slated for April 24, Run May 8 and Saw spinoff Spiral May 15, opting to hold for a theatrical release rather than an early VOD release. I Still Believe and Brahms: The Boy II are receiving early digital releases to cater to the audience at home.
This is the second round of layoffs under Joe Drake, who was named chairman of the film group in 2018. In January 2019, some 25 employees were let go from the marketing and distribution teams in the company's Santa Monica headquarters amid restructuring of the theatrical marketing division, run by Damon Wolf.
In its most recent earnings report, the studio's motion picture revenues were $473.9 million, up from $362.3 million a year ago, on strong box office from Knives Out and John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
While most may be familiar with the Bong Joon-Ho film that earned critical acclaim and helped spread the Korean auteur’s name in the States, many probably weren’t aware that Snowpiercer is based on the 1982 French graphic novel Le Transperceneige. Bong’s film took liberties with the graphic novel upon which it was based, but the upcoming dystopian sci-fi series starring Daveed Diggs and Jennifer Connolly will hew a little closer to it. Quite literally, as the new animated Snowpiercer teaser shows us. The minute-long teaser shows the opening of the first episode, illustrated in a style inspired by the art of the graphic novel. Watch the Snowpiercer teaser below.
With Snowpiercer back on the rails at TNT following a short detour to TBS, the network has released a new teaser following the dystopian sci-fi series’ New York Comic-Con panel. The teaser is an animated sequence narrated by Diggs as Layton Well, which shows the planet freezing as the last vestiges of humanity board the “arc,” a high-tech train powered by a perpetual-motion engine that circles the globe. But the calm boarding process by the elite who have managed to score tickets is interrupted when a mob of desperate survivors storm the gate and run toward the tail end of the train under a barrage of bullets from soldiers.
The teaser is animated in a beautifully fluid, surreal style in homage to the graphic novel created by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette. It’s in line with the show’s creative team confirmation that the show will be inspired by both Bong’s 2013 movie and the trilogy of graphic novels.
Graeme Manson is the showrunner for Snowpiercer, which is produced by Tomorrow Studios a joint venture between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios, along with CJ Entertainment, who produced the original film. The series has had a rocky path to premiere, with series developer and original showrunner Josh Friedman exiting the project as Snowpiercer moved from TNT to TBS, back to TNT. But a second season has already been greenlit ahead of the first season’s premiere on TNT in Spring 2020.
Here is the synopsis for Snowpiercer:
Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a 1001 car, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in this riveting television adaptation based on the acclaimed movie and graphic novel series of the same name.