11
Aug
2009

WARNER BUILDS PIC WITH LEGO

Movies based on toys couldn’t be hotter in Hollywood, with nearly every studio adapting playthings for the bigscreen. Now count Warner Bros. as one of those studios: WB is toying with plans to develop a movie around Lego and its popular building blocks. Scribes Dan and Kevin Hageman are penning the script for the family [...]


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17
Mar
2009

MCG, THE MACHINE BEHIND ‘TERMINATOR SALVATION’

This week the “Terminator” franchise returns to theaters with its darkest chapter yet, a relentless, spirit-crushing vision of the future where humans are snuffed by killer robots. There are not a lot of lighthearted moments in this film, but you might hear chuckles in the theater during the screen credits because of one line: “A [...]


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12
Mar
2009

WARNER BROS. TAPS KAJGANICH FOR ‘IT’

Warner Bros. is doing “It,” tapping Dave Kajganich to adapt Stephen King’s novel, with Dan Lin and Vertigo’s Roy Lee and Doug Davison producing. “It” centers on seven children in a small Maine town who confront the source of a series of murders in 1958 and again in 1985, when the cycle begins again. The [...]


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25
Feb
2009

WARNER BROS. SETS UP ‘SUICIDE SQUAD’

Warner Bros. is going on a suicide mission, setting up the DC Comics property “Suicide Squad” for Dan Lin (“Sherlock Holmes”) to produce as a potential franchise. In a departure from normal comic-based fare, “Suicide Squad” concentrates on a group of incarcerated supervillains rather than the usual focus on superheroes. The first version of the [...]


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10
Sep
2008

WB, LIN JOIN CHRISTENSEN’S ‘COALITION’

Warner Bros. has snapped up Shawn Christensen’s sci-fi thriller “Karma Coalition” for Dan Lin to produce. Preemptive deal is pegged at high-six against mid-seven figures. Christensen, who is the lead singer of the indie rock band stellastarr*, penned the screenplay while working on the Gotham-based group’s upcoming third album. “Karma Coalition” centers on a falsely [...]


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03
Sep
2008

DAN LIN NAMED IN VARIETY’S 10 PRODUCERS TO WATCH

When Dan Lin transitioned from Warner Bros. creative exec to producer, he hoped his finance background (Harvard Business School), understanding of studio politics and talent relations would make him a valuable bridge between studios and makers of global-minded tentpole fare. Apparently he was right. With five pictures on the WB release calendar for 2009, Lin’s [...]


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09
Jul
2008

DOWNEY JR. SET FOR ‘SHERLOCK HOLMES’

In what will be his first job since the blockbuster “Iron Man,” Robert Downey Jr. is set to star in “Sherlock Holmes,” the drama that Guy Ritchie will direct for Warner Bros. Downey committed to the pic, which begins shooting in October, after Ritchie turned in a polish of the latest version of the script, [...]


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04
Jun
2008

RITCHIE, WB ON CASE OF THE EDGIER HOLMES

Guy Ritchie has signed on to write and direct a reimagining of super sleuth Sherlock Holmes for Warner Bros. Lionel Wigram and Dan Lin are producing the movie, which will take its cue from a forthcoming comic book that Wigram wrote as a selling tool for a new take on the classic Sir Arthur Conan [...]


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09
Mar
2008

WARNER PICKS A ‘BONE’

Warner has scooped up rights to Jeff Smith’s comicbook series “Bone” for Dan Lin to produce through his lot-based shingle. Deal is a mid-six-figure option against seven figures for purchase. Property, described as Bugs Bunny meets “The Lord of the Rings,” likely will be developed as a CG toon for a broad family aud, but [...]


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11
Dec
2007

DAN LIN EXITS POST AT WB

Dan Lin will exit his post as senior VP of production for Warner Bros. to hang his own shingle on the lot. He will segue to Lin Pictures on Jan. 1, the same date that his boss, Jeff Robinov, segues into the post of prexy of Warner Bros. Pictures Group. Lin plans to develop alternate [...]


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