Final AFM For Focus Features International
The 2013 edition of the American Film Market started on a downbeat Wednesday as Universal confirmed suspicions that Focus Features International will be out of business by the end of the year. Widely respected FFI chiefs Andrew Karpen and Alison Thompson will use AFM to wrap up business with buyers and bid their goodbyes.
Spike Lee Boards Disco Biopic
Foresight Unlimited’s Mark Damon and filmmaker Timothy Scott Bogart were delivered a sizeable gift: Spike Lee‘s deal to direct Justin Timberlake in their Neil Bogart biopic Spinning Gold is closed. Lee is a potent boost for the project, which stars Timberlake as the late Neil Bogart, the infamous record executive who was closely aligned with the rise of disco. Tim Bogart is Bogart’s son and wrote the script.
A Walk Among the Tombstones Director Scott Frank on the Liam Neeson Film
One of Hollywood’s most in-demand screenwriters, Scott Frank, 53, finished the first draft for A Walk Among the Tombstones in the late 1990s. But it took more than a decade of development hell, with multiple stars and directors attached, before Frank finally decided to helm the adaptation of the Lawrence Block best-seller himself, with go-to action star Liam Neeson in the lead as recovering alcoholic New York private eye Matt Scudder. The wait seems to have paid off. A Walk Among the Tombstones was one of last year’s hottest titles at AFM, with Exclusive Media virtually selling out the thriller worldwide.