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Warner Bros Goes to 10,000 B.C.

Published January 31, 2006 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Sony/Columbia Pictures
Spider-Man 2 Promotional Pic Spider-Man 3 will absorb a considerable portion of Sony/Columbia Pictures budget.
With film budgets going north of $200 million for 2006 (and beyond), the studios have found it to be extremely difficult to have more than one or two big-budget tentpole films each year.

Take for instance Walt Disney Pictures, who has been placing all their money on the success of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and the following sequel.

20th Century Fox has been dropping the skrilla into the X-Men 3 bucket and Warner Bros. are praying that Superman Returns can actually fly; the Bryan Singer pic has a suggested budget of $250 million (or more).

We also can't leave out Sony/Columbia Pictures, who plans to drop tons of money on the upcoming Sam Raimi sequel Spider-Man 3 for a 2007 release. And, since Sony counts on Spidy's return to carry the year for them, it looks like they may be one of the first studios to completely back off on other high-budget productions (for 2007).

When Sony/Columbia Pictures decided to push the release of the Emmerich film 10,000 B.C. back to 2008 from 2007 due to a dense release calendar for the year, Emmerich and company began shopping the production to other studios.

Who was there to pick up the film?

Well, let's just say that Superman got a bit jealous.

10,000 B.C. Goes to Warner Bros.

According to Variety, Warner Bros. Pictures has picked up Roland Emmerich's big-budget 10,000 B.C. immediately after the film dropped out of the hands of Sony.

Though Sony claims that their film line-up for 2007 is already packed, others have suggested that, given its turbulent financial performance of late, Sony is feeling fiscally prudent, particularly with Spider-Man 3 coming in 2007.

Budget for 10,000 B.C. is anticipated to be north of $100 million; which is not exactly that much thanks to the latest boost of standards.

Before Emmerich took 10,000 B.C. from Sony, the producer/director/writer already knew that Warner Bros was looking to acquire the rights to the film.

Written by Emmerich and composer Harald Kloser, 10,000 B.C. tells the story of a 21-year-old who lives among a primitive tribe that survives by hunting a mammoth each year as the herd migrates through the tribe's homeland.

Emmerich almost worked with Warner Bros on his last big-budget film The Day After Tomorrow but ended up with 20th Century Fox instead.

It has been assumed that Warner Bros will seek another picture house to co-finance the large budget behind 10,000 B.C.; something that can always ease buyers remorse.

Stay tuned for updates.

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