Solstice Studios Eyes Action Thriller ‘Split Second’ As First Movie In Production

Scripted by former military intelligence officer Mitchell LaFortune, Split Second is an action thriller about an assassin who suffers a psychological break when he is ordered to kill the woman who is his lifeline. EXCLUSIVE: Solstice Studios, the upstart producer, financier and theatrical distribution venture launched last October by Mark Gill, Andrew Gunn, Guy Botham and Vincent Bruzzese, has targeted its first homegrown picture that will go into production. The story follows two versions of the same character: one who pulls the trigger and descends into madness, the other who takes the road to redemption and goes on the run with her. Deadline hears that Split Second is out to directors, with a plan to begin production later this year.
LaFortune is repped by Verve, and managed by Kaplan/Perrone.” /> Solstice will make mid-budget films for wide theatrical release.

‘The Lord Of the Rings’: Writers JD Payne & Patrick McKay To Develop Amazon Series – TCA

After an extensive search, feature writers JD Payne and Patrick McKay have been tapped by Amazon Studios to develop the company's high-profile The Lord of the Rings series.
"The rich world that J.R.R. We feel like Frodo, setting out from the Shire, with a great responsibility in our care — it is the beginning of the adventure of a lifetime.” "We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Amazon to bring it to life anew. Tolkien created is filled with majesty and heart, wisdom and complexity," Payne & McKay said.
JD Payne and Patrick McKay have been working together since meeting on the high school debate team more than two decades ago. They are repped by Verve, Kaplan Perrone, and Hansen Jacobson.” /> Their most recent projects include writing Star Trek 4 for Paramount and producer J.J. Abrams, adapting Jungle Cruise for Disney and stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, and setting up their original, 2017 Blacklist drama script Escape with producer Mike DeLuca.
It will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. The Lord of the Rings series, which has a multi-season commitment in a rights deal with the Tolkien estate believed to be close to $250 million, is based on the fantasy novels by Tolkien. Entertainment, which produced the Peter Jackson movies.
In an interview with Deadline last month, Salke  said, "I think you can know that we’re not remaking the movies, but we’re also not starting from scratch. Set in Middle Earth, the TV series will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. There has been speculation of some creative restrictions imposed by the rights holders on what can be done and what can’t be done in a LOTR TV series. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. So, it’ll be characters you love."
Amazon has been in conversation with Jackson about a potential involvement and about possibly filming the series on his sets in New Zealand.
Payne and McKay were selected from a shortlist of scribes considered for the job, most of them from features, in the talent search, overseen by Amazon's head of genre Sharon Tal Yguado. Amazon stopped short of calling Payne and McKay writers of the series adaptation of J.R.R. As Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke previously suggested, I hear creating the big-scope fantasy drama will involve a writers room. Tolkien's classic, which was brought to live by Peter Jackson in his blockbuster movie franchise.