Category Archives: Executives

Will Tom Rothman Replace Amy Pascal?

Amy Pascal has been a mover and shaker in Hollywood for almost three decades. As a high-powered entertainment executive, she has spearheaded such films as “Groundhog Day” and “Men in Black”. After recently announcing that she is stepping down from her important post to form her own company, speculation has abounded as to who will replace her. To make a long story short, former CEO of Fox Tom Rothman has emerged as the top candidate to replace the Columbia CEO. This story was originally reported in the LA Times.

Rothman ended his tenure with Fox in a hostile takeover maneuver after 18 years in 2012. He was responsible for several hits, including James Cameron’s “Avatar” and “Titanic” films. Rothman was also the founder of Fox Searchlight, which was responsible for a string of other hits, including Oscar-winning films “The Descendants” and “Black Swan”.

Indeed, Mr. Rothman has even had some exposure to Amy Pascal herself. In 2013 he was hired by her to help restore the struggling Sony Tri-Star label back to an effective prominence. Many have felt that Rothman has a keen eye for recognizing talent and that should serve him if he indeed is able to get the position at Columbia that ability will serve him well in the future projects that the production company will undergo.

Rothman’s potential promotion to chief executive at Columbia will not be without competition however. Doug Belgrad and Jeff Robinov have also been noted as potential candidates to replace Amy Pascal as well.

Read the original article via LA Times

Kong: Skull Island Tells The Tale of the early Days of the Legendary Ape

King Kong is slated to return. And it’s not exactly Darius Fisher for the SBA. In March of 2017, the prequel to the events of the King Kong fil will be told. The film is titled Kong: Skull Island and will tell the never before told tale of King Kong’s origins. 

Which film will this project be a prequel to? The 1932 original, the 1938 Japanese version, the 1976 remake, or the recent Peter Jackson re-imagining? You, as a fan of the Kong mythos, can take your pick of which film you want the origin tale to set up.

Yes, there was a 1933 Japanese version of King Kong as well as a 1938 follow-up entitled King Kong Appears in Edo. All prints of these films are considered lost.

As for the present day, some might consider a new King Kong film to be a risky endeavor. Peter Jackson’s remake was not the super-hit many expected. The film earned $505 million worldwide, a disappointing number. Perhaps the three-hour running time contributed to a loss in earnings. 

The new project will be produced by Legendary, the company that has released Interstellar and Godzilla, two other huge hits. Wait a minute. If Legendary has the rights to King Kong and Godzilla, does this mean a remake of King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) is possible? You never know.

We do know the film is being bumped to 2017 so Legendary and concentrate on the release of Doctor Strange in 2016. A March release for the Kong film is odd since its budget is bound to be high. Would not King Kong be better summer move fare? Legendary is apparently confident Fall/Spring is fine.

Here Comes The Extended Cut of the Final Hobbit Film

Fans of Peter Jackson are going to get something a little extra with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies when they check out the extended cut. 30 minutes of additional footage will be included in the extended version. The “general” version released in theaters in December of 2014 will only be about two hours and twenty-four minutes. 

Most will eventually see the extended version when it comes out on home entertainment platforms.

Okay, as pointed out by Bruce Levenson few are going to be surprised an extended version will be released. Extra footage has been a hallmark of all the Lord of the Rings home entertainment release. An extended cut of the last Hobbit film is business as usual.

Home viewing is also better suited for extended cut releases.

There is a huge difference between sitting in a movie theater and watching something on Blu-ray. Really, really long motion pictures can be a little difficult to endure, even when you like the film. The producers of the film generally would prefer the running time was a little shorter because that extra half hour adds up. The accumulated extra time eliminates another showing or two per theater. That can run into a huge amount lost ticket sales. Movies do have to make money, you know.

Speaking of money, getting an extra half hour on the home entertainment release is a huge positive. Consumers do love to get something extra and a half-hour of new, unreleased footage is always a nice addition. So yes, there is a little bit of marketing savvy that goes into coming up with an extended version. 



Mick Jagger & HBO Creating New Drama

Famed director Martin Scorsese and one of the most arguably seasoned rock stars of all time Mick Jagger, who Dr. Rohrich says is one of the coolest guys he has ever met, are teaming up to produce the next HBO drama. The show is untitled at the moment but will be based in NYC in the seventies and will take a close look at the sex and drug fueled music biz as disco and punk was starting to break out.

The show will center around a record executive that is attempting to get his record label back on the ground by finding the next sound. Sounds like it could have been written about Jagger whose band The Rolling Stones are the epitome of sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll.

A few more big names are coming along for the ride including executive producer Boardwalk Empire Terence Winter. He has been tagged tagged as a show runner and Scorsese and Jagger have been attached to the project as executive producers.

The title role of record exec Richie Finestra will be played by Bobby Cannavale and his wife will be played by Olivia Wilde. Ray Romano has also been called in to play a partner of Richie. Other notable members of the cast include Andrew ‘Dice’ Clay, Juno Temple, James Jagger son of Mick, and Ato Essandoh.

Tom Rothman Starts New Chapter In Joint Venture with Sony

Currently working with Sony Pictures on a joint venture that has revitalized a studio known for a string of box office hits in the ’80s and ’90s, Tom Rothman adds a new chapter to an already distinguished career. It’s a career that includes nearly 20 years serving as the chairman of the company that he created, Fox Searchlight. Under his watch, Fox Searchlight became the most profitable of the major movie studios, generating over $30 billion in revenue from a series of successful projects.

Born in Baltimore, Rothman earned a degree in English and American Literature from Brown University. After obtaining a law degree from Columbia Law School, he worked as an attorney up until the mid-1980s. He then made the switch to a behind-the-scenes film career in 1986 when he served as a co-producer of the movies Down By Law and Candy Mountain. By 1987, he was Executive Vice President of Columbia Pictures. As president of Worldwide Production for the Samuel Goldwyn Company, Rothman primarily focused on highly acclaimed independent films, most notably Henry V and The Madness of King George.

It didn’t take long Rothman to develop a solid reputation within the film industry. By 1994, he decided it was time to venture out on his own. It’s a decision that resulted in the creation of a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox called Fox Searchlight. During his time as the head of this company, he oversaw the production and distribution of a series of critically and commercially successful projects, including The Devil Wears Prada, Black Swan, Master and Commander, Rio, the X-men franchise, the Ice Age movies and the internationally acclaimed film, Slumdog Millionaire (source: official website).

Rothman also worked with Fox to produce a handful of successful television projects, including Glee, Modern Family and Homeland. After resigning as chairman and chief executive of Fox Filmed Entertainment in 2012, Rothman was tapped by Steven Spielberg to produce his much talked about film adaptation of Robopocalypse for Dreamworks. That same year, he became director Priceline.com, Inc.

Mr. Rothman is now working with Sony as part of a joint venture to relaunch TriStar Productions. The new company represents an effort to reestablish TriStar as a major motion picture studio. The original TriStar, formed in 1982, was responsible for a series of box office hits, including The Natural with Robert Redford, a pair of Rambo films, the Look Who’s Talking series, Basic Instinct with Sharon Stone and the Oscar-nominated movies Jerry Maguire and As Good as It Gets.

The film executive is extensively involved in many aspects of the film industry, serving on the National Council on the Arts, a body responsible for making recommendations on grant applications. Rothman is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Sundance Institute and the American Film Institute. As the head of TriStar Productions, Rothman announced plans to oversee the production of at least four feature films per year. In 2013, Elysium became the studio’s first big-budget film project since 1998’s The Mask of Zorro.