Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Summit Plans A TV "Push"

Toronto-based Summit Entertainment and E1 Entertainment plan to develop/produce a TV series, based on Summit’s 2009 feature film "Push".

Directed by Paul McGuigan, "Push" stars Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Djimon Hounsou, and Camilla Belle, following a group of people born with super powers who band together to attempt to take down a government agency using a dangerous drug to create an army of super soldiers.

Screenwriter David "Watchmen" Hayter, will script the TV series pilot.

E1 and Dark Hero Studios, co-owned by Hayter and producing partner Benedict Carver, will jointly produce the series based on the screenplay created by David Bourla for Summit Entertainment. Hayter and Carver will be executive producers, along with E1’s Noreen Halpern and John Morayniss.

"The concept behind the Push feature film offers a broad and rich canvas on which to extend the storyline and characters introduced in the feature film," said Summit Co-Chairmen Rob Friedman. "The project is also the perfect vehicle to initiate Summit’s plans of producing programming for the global television marketplace.'

"I’m looking forward to translating the fantastic concept behind 'Push' to the small screen," said Hayter. "I’m also thrilled for Dark Hero to be in business with two independent powerhouses like Summit and E1."

Summit and E1 will jointly arrange for the US television license to the [i]Push[/i] series, with E1 handling TV sales in Canada as well as home entertainment/broadcasting rights in Canada, UK, and The Benelux. Summit will distribute home entertainment in the US. Both Summit and E1 will split foreign sales by each handling separate territories as part of their stated multi-territory content distribution strategy.