Signed & Sealed: 7 Days of Deals
Ka-ching! Who’s inking on the dotted line this week
KENNEDYS LANDS AT REELZCHANNEL: After a three-week journey, The Kennedys has found a home on ReelzChannel. The controversial eight-hour miniseries from 24 executive producer Joel Surnow was abruptly yanked from History on Jan. 7 amid pressure from the Kennedy clan over its depiction of the family. At the time, History owner A&E Television Networks told THR that “after viewing the final product in its totality, we have concluded this dramatic interpretation is not a fit for the History brand.” Sources tell THR that ReelzChannel — a 5-year-old digital channel owned by Albuquerque-based Hubbard Communications and available in 60 million U.S. homes — stepped up with a big financial commitment for the $30 million mini starring Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes and produced by Asylum Entertainment and Muse Entertainment. — Matthew Belloni
Handsomecharlie Films, the banner run by Natalie Portman and producer Annette Savitch, has teamed with 1821 Pictures, run by Greek shipping heir Paris Latsis and Terry Douglas. The 18-month arrangement calls for 1821 to provide overhead funds to handsomecharlie with the opportunity for the two companies to co-produce projects that come out of the partnership. CAA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and attorney George Sheanshang repped handsomecharlie in the deal.
CBS Films has teamed with Warner Bros. to adapt Stephen King’s classic novel The Stand for the big screen. Mosaic and Roy Lee are producing. No writer or director is attached.
Michael Fassbender (CAA, the U.K.’s Troika) will star opposite Noomi Rapace in Prometheus, Fox’s sci-fi project from director Ridley Scott. Its release has been moved from spring 2012 to June 8, 2012.
Mark Heyman (CAA), who co-wrote Black Swan, will pen Age of Rage, a sophisticated sci-fi project set up at Fox Searchlight with helmer Marc Webb (the Spider-Man reboot) attached to direct. Mason Novick, who worked on Webb’s (500) Days of Summer, is producing with Webb.
SAG president Ken Howard (Greene & Associates, James Levy Management) has booked a role in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar. The Warner Bros. biopic starring Leonardo DiCaprio is due to begin shooting this month.
Nick Pustay (ICM, Jaret Entertainment, Eclipse Law) has been tapped to write Firelight, Mandalay’s adaptation of Sophie Jordan’s young-adult fantasy novel. The “Twilight with dragons” story is being produced by Cathy Schulman.
Halle Berry has pulled out of Garry Marshall’s ensemble comedy New Year’s Eve due to a custody battle over her daughter. She was replaced by Katherine Heigl (Paradigm, Barnes Morris). Jon Bon Jovi, Seth Meyers, Ice Cube, Josh Duhamel, Ryan Seacrest and Til Schweiger also recently joined the cast.
Paramount has greenlighted My Mother’s Curse, which will team Barbra Streisand (WME, Martin Erlichman, Manatt Phelps) and Seth Rogen (UTA, Principal Entertainment, Felker Toczek) as mother and son in a road-trip comedy. Anne Fletcher will direct from Dan Fogelman’s script.
Henry Cavill has landed the coveted role of Superman/Clark Kent in Zack Snyder’s reboot for Warner Bros. and producer Christopher Nolan. Cavill (CAA, the U.K.’s United Agents) is best known for Showtime’s The Tudors.
John Lithgow (CAA, Hansen Jacobson) will play Barney Stinson’s (Neil Patrick Harris) dad in an episode of CBS’ How I Met Your Mother that is slated to air near the end of February.
Former 7th Heaven star Geoff Stults (UTA, the Collective) will star in Fox’s upcoming Bones spinoff, The Locator. He joins Michael Clarke Duncan in the series based on the Locator books by Richard Greener.
CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 has booked Sean Combs as a guest star. Combs (WME, the Safran Co.) will play NYPD Detective Reggie Williams, who is looking for the people responsible for a crime against his family. The episode airs in the spring.
Will Ferrell (CAA, Mosaic, Jackoway Tyerman) will appear in an arc on NBC’s The Office this season in the run-up to Steve Carell’s exit.
In one of the biggest Los Angeles real estate deals in years, the asset management arm of JPMorgan Chase has agreed to pay about $300 million for a large office development in Playa Vista that is leased by Fox Interactive Media, the News Corp. unit that includes MySpace. The sale of the 501,000-square-foot, two-building complex at 12121 and 12181 Bluff Creek Drive by Lincoln Property and ASB Real Estate Investments breaks down to a robust $599 a square foot.
Investment firm Gordon Brothers Group has inked a strategic partnership with WME to target undervalued consumer brands and re-introduce them with the help of celebrities. Their collaboration started last year with Polaroid, which was revitalized in part due to a partnership with WME client Lady Gaga.
William Shatner (Talent Works, Larry Thompson) and Amanda Tapping (Sanctuary, Stargate SG-1) are teaming for The Zenoids, an animated series to launch on Shatner’s social site MyOuterSpace.com.
ICM has signed the toy company Whamo, which makes the Frisbee, Hula Hoop and other iconic playthings. … Actor Gary Oldman has signed with APA; he follows his agent Jim Osborne, who recently joined the agency. … Thomas McDonell, the young actor who will appear in Disney’s spring release Prom, has re-signed with WME after flirting with CAA. … Writer-actor John Viener, who voices several characters on The Cleveland Show and Family Guy, has signed with UTA.