With The Expendables 2 hitting theaters this summer, a fourth installment of Step Up arriving in July and a sequel to Red in development, Lionsgate is pretty well set for film franchises. But now it sounds like the studio might be looking to bring those properties to the small screen as well. Deadline has word from a meeting that CEO Jon Feltheimer had with Wall Street analyst this morning where he explicitly mentioned turning RED and Step Up into TV series, properties that come from the studio’s recent merger with Summit Entertainment. And while it wasn’t mentioned at this specific meeting, apparently The Expendables is also part of this endeavor to bring the films’ brand to TV. More after the jump.
We just heard that a deal for AMC to pick up the fifth season of Mad Men, and now it’s official. However, Deadline reports that the cable network has not yet finalized a deal with the series creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner yet. The hold-up with Weiner is the reason the premiere of the fifth season will be pushed back to early 2012. The official statement from the network says, “AMC has officially authorized production of season 5 of Mad Men, triggering our option with Lionsgate. While we are getting a later start than in years past due to ongoing, key non-cast negotiations, Mad Men will be back for a fifth season in early 2012.” So it’s some bittersweet news for Mad Men fans as we get a fifth season, but not for another year.