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Sophie Turner and Corey Hawkins To Star In Quibi Thriller ‘Survive’

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Sophie Turner and Corey Hawkins To Star In Quibi Thriller ‘Survive’
Sophie Turner and Corey Hawkins are set to star in the Quibi thriller Survive from EMH Consulting Group, Inc and Gunpowder & Sky.

Directed by Mark Pellington and based on the novel by Alex Morel, Survive follows Jane (Turner) whose plane crashes on a remote snow-covered mountain and she, along with Paul (Hawkins), the only remaining survivor must pull themselves out of the wreckage and fight for their lives. Together they embark on a harrowing journey out of the wilderness, battling brutal conditions and personal traumas.

“After reading the script, it was clear that we’d need to find the right artist to take on the lead role in Survive and we couldn’t be happier than to have Sophie starring who brings a high caliber of talent to the table,” said Van Toffler, CEO of Gunpowder & Sky.
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Director Jon M. Chu Speaks Out on ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Sequel Writer’s Pay Disparity Dispute

The immense critical and commercial success of Crazy Rich Asians last summer was a watershed moment for Asian representation in a major Hollywood movie. But behind the scenes, things haven’t been quite so rosy. We became aware of Crazy Rich Asians‘ crazy rich problems last week when writer Adele Lim exited the sequel over a huge pay disparity between […]

The post Director Jon M. Chu Speaks Out on ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Sequel Writer’s Pay Disparity Dispute appeared first on /Film.
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Crazy Rich Asians Director Stands Up for Writer Over Pay Dispute

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Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu has responded to writer Adele Lim departing the planned sequels to last year's rom-com hit. Lim was a co-writer of the first movie, which went on to become a box office smash. Peter Chiarelli co-wrote the movie, but was offered a great deal more money to return for the sequel. Negotiations with Warner Bros. stalled and Lim left. Now, Chu has made it clear he stands with Lim's decision.

Taking to Twitter, Jon M. Chu revealed a lengthy letter he penned in response to the situation. "For those Of you who are asking, you bet your ass I stand with Adele!" is how Chu opens the letter. He goes on to recap the events that led to the writer's departure, with negotiations breaking down. Chu makes it clear they really wanted her to return. Chu had this to say in defending Adele Lim's
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Jon M. Chu 'Stands With' Crazy Rich Asians Co-Writer Who Left Sequel Due to Pay Parity Dispute

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Jon M. Chu 'Stands With' Crazy Rich Asians Co-Writer Who Left Sequel Due to Pay Parity Dispute
Jon M. Chu, the director for Crazy Rich Asians, is opening up about Adele Lim — the screenwriter who co-wrote the highly successful 2018 film and left the sequel after a pay parity dispute.

In a lengthy statement posted to Twitter, Chu, 39, supported Lim after she turned down a job as co-writer on the sequel after failed negotiations.

“For those of you who are asking, you bet your a— I stand with Adele!” Chu wrote. “I believed in her before we ever shot the movie and believe in her beyond. As many of you can imagine, negotiations are tough and more often
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Jon M. Chu is ‘Proud’ of Adele Lim for Demanding Equal Pay

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Jon M. Chu is ‘Proud’ of Adele Lim for Demanding Equal Pay
Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu praised Adele Lim over her decision to leave the planned sequel for the hit Asian-American romantic comedy over a pay disparity between her and co-writer Peter Chiarelli.

“These things happen in negotiations, and I’m proud that she was able to stand up for her own measure of worth and walk away when she felt like she was being undervalued,” Chu wrote in a lengthy statement posted to Twitter.

Chu explained that when he learned that Lim was unhappy with her initial pay offer, he jumped in along with producers and Warner Bros. executives to try to reach an agreement.

Also Read: 'Crazy Rich Asians' Breakout Henry Golding in Talks to Play Snake Eyes in 'GI Joe' Movie Spinoff

“Unfortunately, by the time we came up with several different ways to satisfy everyone’s needs, a lot of time had passed and she declined the offer.
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Jon M. Chu Responds To Co-Writer Pay Disparity Dilemma: “I Stand With Adele!”

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Close to a week after the news broke about Crazy Rich Asians screenwriter Adele Lim leaving the sequels due to a huge pay disparity between her and co-writer Peter Chiarelli, director Jon M. Chu responded to the situation Monday championing Lim on Twitter, and explaining the challenging intricacies of deal-making.

THR, which broke the story last week, reported that starting offers were $800,000- $1 million for Chiarelli and $110K-plus for Lim, the business argument being that he was a seasoned feature scribe, and Lim largely a TV writer (Crazy Rich Asians was her first feature film). The sequels to the $238.5 million-grossing hit last summer — China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems, both also based on Kevin Kwan’s books — are expected to shoot back-to-back.

Chu responded with a lengthy statement tonight on how he stands with Lim, and that he’s proud “that she was able to stand up for her
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Jon M. Chu Addresses Screenwriter Drama, Supports Adele Lim

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Jon M. Chu Addresses Screenwriter Drama, Supports Adele Lim
Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu has addressed screenwriter Adele Lim leaving the hit 2018 movie’s planned sequel over a pay disparity between Lim and co-writer Peter Chiarelli.

In a lengthy post on social media, Chu wrote that he stands by Lim and her decision to part ways with the Warner Bros. project. He said when he learned that Lim was unhappy with her initial offer, he — as well as studio executives and producers — made an effort to reach pay parity between the two writers. Lim ultimately declined the offer.

Chu said while he is disappointed that Lim will not be a part of the “Crazy Rich Asians” sequels, he added that he plans on working with her again, calling her his “sister” and “co-conspirator.”

The film — set mostly in Singapore and starring an international all-Asian cast including Constance Wu, Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh — grossed $238 million worldwide and
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Jon M. Chu Responds to 'Crazy Rich Asians' Sequel's Pay-Gap Controversy

Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu has weighed in on screenwriter Adele Lim's exit from the franchise over pay disparity with co-writer Peter Chiarelli.

In a tweeted paragraph on Monday, Chu wrote that he "stand[s] with Adele" but that "negotiations are tough." When he learned that Lim wasn't pleased with her initial offer to co-pen the sequel, Chu wrote that he, Color Force producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson and Warner Bros. executives attempted to get "to a place of parity between the two writers at a significant number." The director claims that ...
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Writer Exits Sequels over Getting Paid a Fraction of Her Co-Writer’s Salary

The Crazy Rich Asians sequels have hit a major snag. THR reports that Adele Lim has left the sequels, which will shoot back-to-back, over a pay disparity with her co-writer Peter Chiarelli. Director Jon M. Chu hoped to keep the same creative team for the sequels, but Warner Bros. didn’t want to pay the writers equally for their work. According to THR, the studio wanted to pay $800,000 to $1 million for Chiarelli (a white guy) and $110,000-plus for Lim (an Asian woman). Warner Bros. argues that these are “industry-standard established ranges …
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'Crazy Rich Asians' writer quits sequel

"Crazy Rich Asians" writer Adele Lim has left the project after being denied equal pay.

Although director Jon M. Chu had hoped to keep the creative team intact, co-writer Adele Lim is no longer involved with the project.

Co-writer Peter Chiarelli, as an experienced feature scribe who broke out with 2009's "The Proposal", was to be paid a significantly higher fee than Lim, a veteran TV writer who never had penned a feature until Chu hired her to work on the screenplay, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

"Being evaluated that way can't help but make you feel that is how they view my contributions," said Lim, who believes that women and people of colour are often regarded as "soy sauce" -- hired to sprinkle culturally specific details on a screenplay, rather than credited with the substantive work of crafting the story.

She declined to provide specific figures, but sources say that Warner Bros.
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Crazy Rich Asians Female Co-Writer Exits Sequel After Pay Disparity Dispute: Report

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The Crazy Rich Asians sequel has lost one of its writers.

Adele Lim, who cowrote the 2018 box office hit with Peter Chiarelli, has left the project after alleged issues of pay disparity, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

A spokesperson for Warner Bros. did not immediately respond to People’s request for comment.

THR reported Chiarelli, who broke through with the 2009 Sandra Bullock film The Proposal and has since written Now You See Me 2, was offered a significantly higher amount than Lim, who has several TV writing credits for shows such as Dynasty, Reign, Private Practice and One Tree Hill.
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Co-Writer Leaves Sequel Due To Pay Disparity & Says Studios Only View Diverse Writers As “Soy Sauce”

One of the biggest surprises of 2018, both critically and at the box office, was Jon M. Chu’s “Crazy Rich Asians.” One of the only major studio films to ever feature a predominantly Asian cast, ‘Cra’ became a global sensation that ended up earning over $238 million worldwide. And with that type of money, you’d expect that Warner Bros. would be more than willing to hand out some raises for the upcoming sequel.

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'Crazy Rich Asians' Co-Writer Exits Sequel Amid Pay Disparity Dispute (Exclusive)

'Crazy Rich Asians' Co-Writer Exits Sequel Amid Pay Disparity Dispute (Exclusive)
Crazy Rich Asians opened No. 1 at the box office (on its way to a $238.5 million global gross) and raised Asian representation in Hollywood to new heights, its sequels have been slow to launch.

Although director Jon M. Chu had hoped to keep the creative team intact, co-writer Adele Lim no longer is involved with the project, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. At issue is pay parity: Co-writer Peter Chiarelli, as an experienced feature scribe who broke out with 2009's The Proposal, was to be paid a significantly higher fee than Lim, a veteran TV writer who never ...

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Jon M. Chu Talk, Screening of Amazon's Adam Driver Starrer 'The Report' Set for Ifp Week (Exclusive)

Jon M. Chu Talk, Screening of Amazon's Adam Driver Starrer 'The Report' Set for Ifp Week (Exclusive)
Talks featuring directors Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians and In the Heights), Joe Berlinger (Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes and Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile), Kasi Lemmons (Harriet) and Ira Sachs (Frankie) and a special screening of Amazon's Adam Driver-starring CIA drama The Report are among the highlights of the public programming for this year's Ifp Week, which is set to run Sept. 15-19 in Brooklyn.

The Independent Filmmaker Project's annual market serves as a place for directors, producers, distributors and other entities to make the connections they need to help films ranging from early development ...
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Corrine Aquino Joins Artists First

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Exclusive: Corrine Aquino has joined Emmy-award winning management and production company Artists First.

Aquino comes to Artists First after working as a manager at The Mission Entertainment and Rain Management Group. Aquino began her career in entertainment working in the Motion Picture Literary department at CAA before working at Bad Robot and in international sales at FilmNation Entertainment in New York. At Artists First, she will continue to focus on high concept genre and diverse material.

Artists First, formerly Principato-Young Entertainment, has a client list that includes Jordan Peele, Will Arnett, John Travolta, Tiffany Haddish, Awkwafina, Kate McKinnon, Anthony Anderson, Ed Helms, Jon M. Chu, Judy Greer, Michael Showalter, and more.

Current Artists First productions include ABC’s Black-ish and Freeform’s Grown-ish as well as the upcoming ABC series Mixed-ish, TBS’ The Last O.G., Comedy Central’s Awkwafina and Netflix’s Hit & Run. Recent productions also include ABC’s The Gong Show,
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‘Legally Blonde: The Musical’ Creators Nell Benjamin & Laurence O’Keefe Team For Melodic Comedy At Universal

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Exclusive: Legally Blonde: The Musical music/lyricists Nell Benjamin and Laurence O’Keefe are in the works on an untitled comedy musical at Universal for which they will write the songs and screenplay.

The pic, whose plot is being kept under wraps, is being produced by Scott Sanders and Mara Jacobs at Scott Sanders Productions.

“Nell and Larry’s script perfectly captures the blend of irreverence and emotion that they have brought to their stage shows in an irresistible story that I can’t wait for movie audiences to experience,” Sanders told Deadline.

Benjamin and O’Keefe’s Legally Blonde: The Musical received seven Tony nominations in 2007. Separately, Benjamin wrote the lyrics to Mean Girls: The Musical, for which she was Tony-nominated for Best Original Score with Jeff Richmond. O’Keefe has worked on such popular musicals as Heathers and Bat Boy. The duo are represented by Wme and Epiphany Alliance.
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BAFTA Adds Film and Television Casting Awards, Will Oscars Be Next?

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If you’re looking for understatements about Hollywood, you can’t do much better than “the Academy Awards are changing.” From controversy over ethnic and gender diversity, to attempts to remove technical categories from the Oscars broadcast, to an experiment with a host-less show, nothing seems engraved in stone. The 90-year-old award show remains the gold standard of the film industry, but the sentiment that it doesn’t accurately reflect our world is not going away anytime soon.

A point of contention in recent years has been the fight to include an Oscar for Best Casting Director. Many have argued that a ceremony that celebrates acting should also recognize the artists who pair the actors with their roles. Casting directors remain the only crew members shown in the opening credits of films that do not have their own category at the Oscars.

The debate was partially fueled by the 2013 documentary “Casting By,
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In the Heights Director Jon Chu Names Son After Film ?— and Lin Manuel-Miranda Shares Sweet Message

In the Heights Director Jon Chu Names Son After Film ?— and Lin Manuel-Miranda Shares Sweet Message
Film director Jon M. Chu and his wife just welcomed their second child into the world.

The 38-year-old and his wife, Kristin Hodge, announced the birth of their son, Jonathan Heights Chu, on Twitter Saturday morning.

“I took the day off yesterday from shooting @Lin_Manuel’s #InTheHeightsMovie so I could witness my beautiful wife give birth to our first son… Introducing Jonathan Heights Chu (aka Heights),” Chu, who directed Crazy Rich Asians, wrote.

“May your hands always be connected to others but your view be towards the skies,” Chu added.

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Brad Weston’s Makeready Taps Peter Johnson As Head Of Television

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Brad Weston’s Makeready Taps Peter Johnson As Head Of Television
Exclusive: Veteran development executive and producer Peter Johnson has joined Makeready, Brad Weston’s independent studio and financier for film, television and branded content, as head of television.

Johnson, who recently departed Mrc after a two-year stint as President of Television Development, succeeds Scott Nemes who recently left Makeready to join Ucp as Evp Development and Current Programming.

At Mrc, Johnson worked on the company’s upcoming series The Great for Hulu and The Outsider for HBO.

Johnson previously served as Evp scripted at Legendary TV for four years. There, he oversaw such series as Colony for USA, Love for Netflix, Lost in Space for Netflix and Looming Tower for Hulu. Prior to that he spent nine years at McG’s Wonderland Sound & Vision, serving as President of Television & Digital Media and Executive Producer of content and shepherding such shows as Supernatural, Nikita, Chuck, Human Target and The Oc. Johnson
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‘500 Days of Summer’ Director Marc Webb Signs Multi-Year Overall Deal With ABC Studios

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‘500 Days of Summer’ Director Marc Webb Signs Multi-Year Overall Deal With ABC Studios
500 Days of Summer” and “The Amazing Spider-Man” director Marc Webb has signed a multi-year overall deal at ABC Studios, the Disney-owned studio said Wednesday.

Under the pact, he will direct pilots and develop projects across all forms of television — including streaming and series programming — as an executive producer exclusively for Abcs through his Black Lamb production company. Webb’s longtime executive producing partner Mark Martin and creative executive Karen Feldesman will continue to collaborate with him on all projects for ABC Studios that hail from Black Lamb.

Webb previously had a two-year overall deal with CBS TV Studios, which he signed in 2015.

Also Read: Disney TV Shakeup: Patrick Moran Out as ABC Studios President, 20th Century Fox's Jonnie Davis to Take Over

“Marc’s an extraordinarily inspired visual storyteller with a remarkable ability to bring diverse worlds to life,” ABC Studios president Jonnie Davis said. “His creative
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