Summit Entertainment is Developing a TV Version of PUSH With David Hayter Writing and Executive Producing the Pilot

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dakota_fanning_and_chris_evans_push_movie_image__1_.jpgSummit Entertainment and E1 Entertainment have just announced screenwriter David Hayter is going to write and executive produce a pilot script for a TV version of the movie Push.  Hayter is best known for writing or co-writing Watchmen, The Scorpion King, X2 and X-Men.

For those who never saw Push…it’s essentially another version of NBC’s Heroes.  The movie was directed by Paul McGuigan and starred Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle and Djimon Hounsou and it made $50 million worldwide.

“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 and Patrick Wachsberger.  “The project is also the perfect vehicle to initiate Summit’s plans of producing programming for the global television marketplace.  The opportunity to do this with our trusted partners at E1 re-enforces that this is the right opportunity to grow Summit’s platform.”

More after the jump:

push_international_movie_poster.jpgWhile I enjoyed Push for what it was…I thought the film tried to introduce way too many characters and powers in the first film.  You had watchers, pushers, bleeders, sniffs, wipers, shadows, stiches and shifters.  I think the film would have been a lot better if it had been more focused on a few powers…that or not tried to explain each person with a name.

Saying that, a TV version of this universe could be cool, but it’s very similar to Heroes, and we all know how that show started strong and lost its way.  Ultimately it comes down to who is the showrunner and David Hayter clearly knows his superheroes.  He’s a good choice to write this universe and if he has a solid five year plan, the show might be good.

Of course it all comes down to who is going to air the show as a network or pay cable channel like HBO or Showtime will have a lot more money than say an FX.  When you’re dealing with superpowers, you need to have a great special effects budget or it’ll look terrible.

Since they are only announcing a pilot script has been commissioned, this is a long way off.  But Summit is clearly trying to enter the TV world and they’ve got plenty of Twilight cash to spend.  Let’s hope this thing comes together well.  Here’s the press release I was sent:

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SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT AND E1 ENTERTAINMENT TEAM UP FOR TELEVISION VERSION OF HIT FILM “PUSH”

Television Series Development and Production Marks

Summit’s Evolution into Production for the Small Screen

X-Men and Watchmen Screenwriter David Hayter to Write Pilot Script

and Executive Produce with Dark Hero Studios Partner Benedict Carver

Los Angeles/Toronto – January 19, 2009 – Summit Entertainment, a worldwide theatrical motion picture development, financing, production and distribution studio, and leading independent studio E1 Entertainment announced today that they plan to jointly develop and produce a television series based on Summit’s 2009 feature film Push.  The project marks a natural evolution for Summit of not only producing feature films but also developing and producing material for the global television marketplace.  The television series will be an extension of the film, a science fiction thriller, centered on people with paranormal powers who band together to take down a corrupt government agency.  The Push television series furthers the relationship established in 2007 between Summit and E1, with E1 licensing exclusive distribution rights to Summit produced feature films in the UK and Canada.

Screenwriter David Hayter, who penned the blockbuster films Watchmen, The Scorpion King, X2 and X-Men, will script the 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.  Summit, E1 and Dark Hero are currently in discussion with US broadcasters about the series.  Hayter and Dark Hero Studios are repped by UTA.

chris_evans_push_movie_image__1_.jpg“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 and Patrick Wachsberger.  “The project is also the perfect vehicle to initiate Summit’s plans of producing programming for the global television marketplace.  The opportunity to do this with our trusted partners at E1 re-enforces that this is the right opportunity to grow Summit’s platform.”

Patrice Theroux, E1′s President of Filmed Entertainment says, “It’s a pleasure to witness the next step forward of our theatrical relationship with Summit take place with the television series Push.  The strengths that exist between E1, Summit and Dark Hero are going to result in a phenomenal TV series, which will resonate on a worldwide basis.”

John Morayniss, CEO of E1 Television, added “This is one of those ‘perfect fit’ moments:  David Hayter’s work on Watchmen gives him super-hero status on the sci-fi front, and instantly ensures that Push gets the right kind of attention.”

“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 U.S. television license to the Push series. E1 is set to handle the TV sales in Canada as well as home entertainment and broadcasting rights in Canada, UK, and The Benelux.  Summit will distribute home entertainment in the U.S.  Both Summit and E1 will split foreign sales by each handling separate territories as part of their stated multi-territory content distribution strategy.

Summit Entertainment released the moderately budgeted feature film Push on February 6, 2009. The film, directed by Paul McGuigan and starring Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle and Djimon Hounsou, went on to gross nearly $50 million worldwide. The film is currently available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Summit Entertainment’s blockbuster franchise The Twilight Saga continued its worldwide success as The Twilight Saga: New Moon, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, arrived in theatres this past November to a record-breaking opening.  The third installment of the film franchise, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, will be released June 30, 2010. Other well-known Summit feature film titles include the Sci-fi hit Knowing starring Nicolas Cage and the critically acclaimed film The Hurt Locker directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

E1 is building worldwide recognition as one of the industry’s foremost creators, producers and international distributors of quality entertainment in all genres.  The studio has the ability to attract an impressive roster of in-demand creative partners, top networks and specialty broadcasters. E1 most recently announced a partnership with Stephen King to produce and distribute the television series Haven, based on the author’s novella, The Colorado Kid. E1 recently completed a deal with Universal Networks International to provide content in support of their revitalized channel portfolio launch.  E1 continues to make significant inroads with major broadcasters in the U.S. and around the world with high-profile series such as Hung for HBO, The Bridge for CBS and CTV and Copper for ABC and Canwest.




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  • Corin Prendiville

    Push was an alright action/adventure movie, I actually felt like the different mind powers introduced weren't too many. As long as Push doesn't attempt to introduce dozens and hundreds of different powers like X-Men or Heroes it can find an original route, it would need to focus more on character development and on plot than on novelty.

    Heroes does blow now, it was alright first season and meh' in second season then it just kept getting worse. The creators keep killing off the wrong characters, reusing the same plot from season 1 and aren't taking any real risks unless it is to cut their budget by removing the ensemble cast.

  • Corin Prendiville

    Push was an alright action/adventure movie, I actually felt like the different mind powers introduced weren't too many. As long as Push doesn't attempt to introduce dozens and hundreds of different powers like X-Men or Heroes it can find an original route, it would need to focus more on character development and on plot than on novelty.

    Heroes does blow now, it was alright first season and meh' in second season then it just kept getting worse. The creators keep killing off the wrong characters, reusing the same plot from season 1 and aren't taking any real risks unless it is to cut their budget by removing the ensemble cast.

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