Sidney Kimmel To Finance & Produce Jessica Sanders-Directed ‘Picking Cotton’

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EXCLUSIVE: Sidney Kimmel Entertainment will finance and produce Picking Cotton, and the company has set Jessica Sanders to direct a David Birke & Tony Mosher-scripted adaptation of the bestselling memoir by Ronald Cotton, Jennifer Thompson and Erin…

Chloe Grace Moretz’s ‘Greta’ Gets Spring 2019 Release Date

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Chloe Grace Moretz’s “Greta” will be released on March 1, 2019, Focus Features announced Friday.

“Greta” stars Moretz and Isabelle Huppert and is described as a film about female obsession. Neil Jordan wrote and directed the film. Focus Features picked up the rights to the thriller following the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Maika Monroe, Colm Feore and Stephen Rea also star. Jordan co-wrote the script with Ray Wright. The film is produced by Sidney Kimmel, John Penotti, James Flynn, Lawrence Bender and Karen Richards.

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Moretz recently starred in “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” and “Suspiria,” and will next star in “The Addams Family” and “Love Is a Gun.” Her other credits include “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” and “The 5th Wave.”

Also slated to be released on March 1, 2019 is Tyler Perry’s “A Madea Family Funeral” and Daisy Ridley’s “Chaos Walking,” co-starring Tom Holland and Kurt Sutter.

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Star Michelle Yeoh Signs Overall Deal With SK Global Labels

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“Crazy Rich Asians” star Michelle Yeoh has entered into an overall deal with SK Global Entertainment and her label Mythical Films , the companies announced Wednesday

SK’s international shop Ivanhoe Pictures was one of the producers on last weekend’s box office winner “Crazy Rich,” a landmark in Hollywood representation and a revival of the romantic comedy genre.

Ivanhoe and its domestic counterpart in the SK Global portfolio, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, will work on “producing, directing and select acting opportunities” with Yeoh.

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“We are thrilled to be in business with such a versatile storyteller. One would be hard pressed to find a more universally loved and supremely talented global star,” SK Global president John Penotti said in a statement.

Yeoh said she’s excited to continue working with both companies  “to develop stories that bridge cultures. The success of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ has shown us that there are many more wonderful stories to tell from around the globe and I am delighted to partner with this very creative and wonderful team.”

Yeoh has is the star of features like Ang Lee’s award-winning “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” winner of 4 Academy Awards, as well as the James Bond title “Tomorrow Never Dies.” She also appeared in Marvel’s recent “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

Upcoming SK content includes the psychological thriller “Greta” from Neil Jordan with starring Isabelle Huppert and Chloë Grace Moretz. Additionally, the Hindi-language television series “Ghoul” will debut on Netflix on August 24 and was developed via Ivanhoe Pictures.

Yeoh is represented by David Unger at Artist International Group.

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Sequel in Development With Jon M Chu Planning to Return

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A sequel to “Crazy Rich Asians” is in development, with plans for director Jon M. Chu to return, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force and John Penotti of Ivanhoe are planning to reunite for the follow-up, as well as screenwriters Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim.

Warner Bros., which hasn’t officially greenlighted the film, has the option for the entire trilogy written by Kevin Kwan, which includes “China Rich Girlfriend” and “Rich People Problems.” Henry Golding, Constance Wu and Michelle Yeoh also have options for the sequels.

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Do not read on if you don’t want to read spoilers for “Crazy Rich Asians.”

Of course, the end of “Crazy Rich Asians,” which hit theaters last week, teases a follow-up film. The mid-credit scene focuses on Astrid Leong (Gemma Chan) and Charlie Wu (Harry Shum, Jr.), the latter being a big character in the second and third book.

When asked about a potential sequel, Chu told TheWrap, “We would love to, of course — we wouldn’t put that in if we didn’t have the intention [to make a sequel]. However, we don’t get to decide — the audience does.”

According to Thrillist, producer Nina Jacobson told reporters earlier this month, “We’ll just tease [it] a little bit at the end and hope that audiences ask for more movies so we can continue to tell the story.”

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

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Jon M. Chu Developing Second Thai Cave Rescue Film In An Effort To Avoid Whitewashing

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ First Trailer Takes You Into the Lives of the Ultra Fabulous (Video)

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The first trailer for “Crazy Rich Asians” will take you into the lives of the ultra fabulous living in Singapore.

Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) decides to travel to Singapore to meet the family of her boyfriend Nick Young (Henry Golding). However, their travel plans happen to have fallen around the time of the biggest wedding of the year, and Rachel sees just how rich her boyfriend’s family is.

“So your family is rich?” Rachel says while sitting in first class of Pacific Asian Airlines.

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“We’re comfortable,” Nick responds.

Later, Rachel realizes: “These people aren’t just rich… they are crazy rich.”

The film is based on Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel of the same name, which has almost 1 million copies in print around the world and has been in the top 10 in Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia since its release in 2013.

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John M. Chu directed the movie that also stars Gemma Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Ken Jeong, Harry Shum Jr., Jimmy O. Yang and Sonoya Mizuno, and it will be the first Hollywood studio movie with an all-Asian cast.

“Crazy Rich Asians” will be produced by Color Force’s Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson and Ivanhoe President John Penotti. Kwan will serve as executive producer alongside Ivanhoe Chairman Robert Friedland.

“Crazy Rich Asians” will hit theaters on August 17.

Watch the trailer above.

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Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Ivanhoe Pictures Merge to Form SK Global

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Indie production company Sidney Kimmel Entertainment has merged with Hong Kong’s Ivanhoe Pictures to form SK Global, the companies announced Wednesday in a joint statement.

SK Global will pursue opportunities to produce and finance film and television content internationally. The China Cultural and Entertainment Fund, a private equity firm, is taking a substantial equity position in SK Global.

SKE Chairman and CEO Sidney Kimmel and Ivanhoe Pictures Chairman Robert Friedland will be co-chairmen of the new entity.

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The two companies started to work together on a slate of local-language productions after Ivanhoe Co-Founder John Penotti introduced Kimmel and Friedland in 2015. SK Global will become the parent entity to both existing production companies, which will continue to release film and TV projects under their respective labels.

SK Global will control the more than 75 movies in the combined libraries of both companies, including Best Picture nominee “Hell or High Water.” Several films in SK Global’s library are being considered for international local-language adaptations on film and TV.

“Our recent collaborations have been immensely successful,” Kimmel and Friedland said in a joint statement. “Putting our respective operations under a larger tent has been an organic process. A unified SK Global gives us the strengthened operations and assets to grow our individual and collective businesses, and to expand the scope and creation of our international content. Initially, we have focused on the United States and Asian markets, but soon we will announce projects in Europe and Latin America where we are actively developing and financing a diverse slate of film and TV projects that will be the subject of forthcoming announcements.”

CCEF Chairwoman Yang Liu and Managing Director Alick Dong will provide strategic advice to SK Global. Dong will join Kimmel, Friedland and Penotti on the SK Global Board of Directors alongside Kimmel advisor Matthew Kamens and Ivanhoe Pictures Vice Chairman Gary Gartner, who will also come aboard.

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Goes to Warner Bros.

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Warner Bros. has landed the rights to “Crazy Rich Asians,” a film based on Kevin Kwan’s 2013 novel about wealthy Chinese families living in Singapore — and which will be the first studio movie with an all-Asian cast.

Jon M. Chu, who helmed “Now You See Me 2,” will direct the movie. Pete Chiarelli and Adele Lim are handling the screenplay.

“Crazy Rich Asians” will start shooting next spring in Singapore.

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The film is based on Kwan’s best-selling novel of the same name, which has almost 1 million copies in print around the world and has never left the top 10 in Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia since its release in 2013. It chronicles the adventures of a Chinese-American economics professor who joins her boyfriend for a friend’s wedding in Singapore, only to learn that the boyfriend is the heir to a massive fortune, entangling the professor in Singapore’s high society.

“Crazy Rich Asians” will be produced by Color Force’s Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson and Ivanhoe President John Penotti. Kwan will serve as executive producer alongside Ivanhoe Chairman Robert Friedland. Courtenay Valenti and Jon Gonda will oversee the project for Warner Bros.

“I am beyond thrilled that the amazing film my fans around the world have been waiting for is finally happening,” Kwan said in a statement announcing the deal. “I have such tremendous respect and trust in Nina, Brad, Jon and Warner Bros, and I know they are going to create an incredible, history-making movie.”

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According to a recent University of Southern California study, Asians made up only 3.9 percent of characters in 2015’s 100 highest-grossing films, and there were no Asian lead actors in any of them.

The deal was negotiated by Ziffren Brittenham LLP. Kwan is represented by Alexandra Machinist at ICM. Chu’s representatives are WME and Principato Young.

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