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Dean Devlin Leverage’s New Deal with Skydance Productions

Written by Alexander Tucker   // 01/09/2013

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I got my start at TV Film News writing about the Dean Devlin/Electric Entertainment production “Leverage” and have been a fan of Devlin’s work since Independence Day. While I am still awaiting news of Leverage, I can’t help but share this good fortune tweeted by Dean Devlin earlier today.



Deadline’s Mike Flemming JR reports on January 9th, 2013, “Skydance Spends Big For Global Disaster Film By Dean Devlin And Paul Guyot”


In a seven-figure deal, David Ellison’s Skydance Productions has pre-emptively purchased an untitled global disaster film spec script written by Dean Devlin and Paul Guyot. Devlin will make his feature directing debut. Skydance’s Ellison and Dana Goldberg will produce with Devlin and his Electric Entertainment team of Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan.


Devlin returns to the global destruction sandbox he played in when he and then-partner Roland Emmerich sold their Independence Day spec for millions, a guaranteed Fox green light and release date, and a global gross north of $800 million. They continued the destruction with Godzilla. While Emmerich continued crushing the planet with The Day After and 2012 (he and Devlin are working on two Independence Day sequels), Devlin formed Electric Entertainment and has put together movies (one was Flyboys, which featured avid aviator Ellison onscreen), and the Noah Wyle telepic series The Librarian. Devlin is currently exec producer of the TNT series Leverage. Guyot, Devlin’s cowriter on the spec, is supervising producer of that series.


Neither Devlin nor Ellison would reveal how this picture will destroy the world, but they confirmed the deal, with Ellison calling Devlin “a premiere creator of original event entertainment. I’m thrilled to be working with him on his directorial debut, as this project is perfect for both of our sensibilities.”


Per Devlin: “Since meeting David, I have admired and respected his creative work an am excited for the opportunity to collaborate with him on this upcoming project. This film is very important to me and I’m so grateful for the chance to make this with people I know and consider friends.”



Electric Entertainment owns the Leverage franchise and Dean Devlin says they are in negotiations to release Leverage Season 5 on DVD. Skydance Productions is riding high after the release of Jack Reacher and have a full plate with the release of Star Trek Into Darkness later this year, among other projects.


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