Warner Bros. based Alcon Entertainment Developing The Iconic Brand, Chicken Soup for the Soul, as a Major Theatrical Feature With The Kerner Entertainment Company LOS ANGELES, Aug. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Alcon Entertainment ("The Blind Side," "Dolphin Tale," "P.S. I Love You") has acquired film and television rights to the famed Chicken Soup for the Soul brand from Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC, as was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
Alcon is set to finance
and produce a major feature film that shares the brand's name, "Chicken
Soup for the Soul." The film will be produced by The Kerner
Entertainment Company and its principal Jordan Kerner ("The Smurfs
1&2," "Charlotte's Web," "George of the Jungle," "Fried Green
Tomatoes," and many others) along with Johnson and Kosove.
Writer Brandon Camp ("Love Happens") will write the screenplay, which is
inspired by a variety of characters and stories from the "Chicken Soup
for the Soul" series. Warner Bros will release via Alcon's output deal.
The film will be Executive Produced by Ben Haber ("The Smurfs," "Across
the Universe"), Bill Rouhana and Tim Rouhana ("The Path of Most
Resistance") with Kate Moulene set as co-producer.
Kosove and Johnson: "We're thrilled to partner with 'Chicken Soup for
the Soul,' the world renowned brand that has become synonymous with
inspiration and life improvement and has touched hundreds of millions of
readers through the power of storytelling. The 'Chicken Soup for the
Soul' series lends itself perfectly to a fictional narrative that will
inspire, entertain and intrigue."
Kerner added: "I have so much
respect for the brand Bill Rouhana has built and continues to build and
accelerate at Chicken Soup for the Soul. It is based on inspiration
from true life stories, an inspiration which is much needed in the world
today, as well as a set of beliefs that I hold near and dear."
Originally created by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen in 1993,
Chicken Soup for the Soul has evolved into a worldwide multi-channel
brand now stewarded by publisher Amy Newmark and expanded by veteran CEO
"On the 20th anniversary of our first book, I'm
delighted to go back to my roots by adding movies and television to the
variety of servings that Chicken Soup for the Soul offers. Our fans and
readers trust us as their source for positive and moving stories and
they're hungry for more. It would be a disservice to them not to bring
'Chicken Soup for the Soul' to life in film. I know that Alcon, Kerner
and Camp are the right partners to make that happen," said Bill Rouhana
CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
The deal was negotiated by
Alcon's COO Scott Parish, and attorneys Scott Edel (Loeb & Loeb) for
Alcon, Chuck Scott (Gang Tyre) for Kerner, Peter Dekom for Chicken Soup
for the Soul and Paradigm agent, Rand Holston, who represents both
Kerner and Chicken Soup for the Soul.
ABOUT CHICKEN SOUP FOR
THE SOUL Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC, publishes the
famous "Chicken Soup for the Soul" book series. In 2007, USA Today named
"Chicken Soup for the Soul" one of the five most memorable books in the
last quarter century. With over 100 million books sold to date in the
U.S. and Canada alone, almost 250 titles in print and translations into
more than 40 languages, "chicken soup for the soul" is one of the
world's best-known phrases. Today, 20 years after it first began sharing
readers' experiences, Chicken Soup for the Soul continues to provide
extraordinary stories through its new books but has also evolved beyond
the bookstore. Chicken Soup for the Soul is known for high quality
products including wholesome and balanced pet food that recognizes the
unique relationship between pets and people and a new line of delicious
nutritious comfort food inspired by the connection between food and
feelings. Chicken Soup for the Soul is "always there for you(TM)." For
more information visit www.chickensoup.com
ENTERTAINMENT Alcon Entertainment co-founders and co-CEO's Andrew
Kosove and Broderick Johnson founded the Company in 1997 with financial
backing from Frederick W. Smith, the Founder, Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer of FedEx. Alcon, which is named after a mythological
archer and ally of Hercules, has financed, and/or co-financed/produced
over 19 films, including "My Dog Skip," "Dude, Where's My Car?,"
"Insomnia," "Racing Stripes," the Academy Award nominated Best Picture
"The Blind Side," which earned Sandra Bullock a Best Actress Oscar; "The
Book of Eli," starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman; "Insomnia,"
starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank and directed by
Chris Nolan; "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," "P.S. I Love You,"
starring Hilary Swank, and the box-office success "Dolphin Tale," a 3-D
family film starring Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and
Alcon's next film "Prisoners," is a
dramatic film about abduction directed by Denis Villeneuve starring Hugh
Jackman, Jake Gyllenhall, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo, Terrance Howard and
Paul Dano. It will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival
and be released wide via Alcon's output deal with Warner Bros. on
September 20, 2013. They recently wrapped production on Wally Pfister's
directorial debut "Transcendence" starring Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany,
Rebecca Hall and Morgan Freeman among others.
is working with Ridley Scott and Hampton Fancher on developing a follow
up to the iconic science fiction thriller "Blade Runner," to which they
acquired all-inclusive franchise rights. The filmmakers will reveal only
that the new story will take place some years after the first film
concluded. Scott will direct. Fancher will write.
KERNER ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY Mr. Kerner most recently produced the live
action/CG animation hybrid The Smurfs 2 for Columbia Pictures, which
was released earlier this month opening as the #1 film in the worldwide
boxoffice. It retained the same cast members as its predecessor,
including the addition of Brendan Gleeson, Christina Ricci, JB Smooth,
Jimmy Kimmel, Shaquille O'Neal, Sean White, Mario Lopez, and Kevin Lee
for this grand adventure in Paris. It was the sequel to The Smurfs,
released in 2011, which grossed over $550 Million Worldwide. Neil
Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria, Jayma Mays, and Sofia Vergara took live
action roles in this adaptation of the classic books by Peyo. Voice
talent included Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, George Lopez, Fred
Armisen, Alan Cumming, Anton Yelchin, Jeff Foxworthy, Keenan Thompson,
Paul Reubens, Wolfgang Puck, and Jon Oliver. It was directed by Raja
Kerner previously produced a faithful live action
adaptation of the revered E.B. White book Charlotte's Web for a Holiday
2006 release. It was written by Academy Award(R)-nominated screenwriter
Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) and Karey Kirkpatrick (Chicken Run).
The late Gary Winick (Letters to Juliette, 13 Going on 30) directed the
film. It starred Dakota Fanning as Fern. The animated voice cast
included Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford, Kathy Bates, John
Cleese, Steve Buscemi, and Thomas Hayden Church.
The Smurfs 1&2 and Charlotte's Web, Kerner's previous films include
such titles as Snow Dogs, George of the Jungle 1 and 2, Inspector Gadget
1 and 2, Red Corner, Up Close and Personal, The Mighty Ducks trilogy,
When a Man Loves a Woman, Fried Green Tomatoes, The War, and Less than
Kerner's next production will be SMURFS 3 in the winter
of 2014 and ALF for Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation and an
assortment of projects at various studios.
SOURCE: Press Release provided by Chicken Soup For The Soul