Dimension Films Preemptively Acquires HOW TO DEFEAT YOUR OWN CLONE


New York, NY, July 5, 2011 - Dimension Films announced today that it has acquired the rights to the popular futuristic comedy guidebook HOW TO DEFEAT YOUR OWN CLONE written by Kyle Kurpinski and Terry D. Johnson. Ed Ricourt who wrote the feature treatment is also set to adapt the script. Ricourt was part of the Marvel writing program, and his script NOW YOU SEE ME is currently in pre-production, starring Jesse Eisenberg and to be directed by Louis Letterier. There is no director on CLONE attached at this early stage. The announcement was made by Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company (TWC).

In the year 2013 the first human clone was created and within years clones were in most homes only to be taken advantage of by their human owners and treated as slaves. Following a revolution, civil war erupted between Mankind and their Clone creations who were fighting for their freedom. The Clones won. In this new world where Clones dominate, we follow Ethan on his quest to turn the tide of the war back in our favor against impossible odds. Clones may have the same DNA blueprint as humans, but they are younger, stronger, healthier and more evolved. Is Mankind prepared to outsmart and defeat their own clones?

HOW TO DEFEAT YOUR OWN CLONE is being produced by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Eric Robinson at The Gotham Group. Peter McHugh at The Gotham Group is Executive Producer. Overseeing for Dimension Films are SVP of Production, Matthew Stein and VP of Production and Creative Affairs, Matthew Signer.

“I’m excited to be working with Gotham and Ed Ricourt and feel this story has a fun and unique take on cloning that will be an entertaining movie for audiences,” said Bob Weinstein.

"When I first found this book, I knew it had amazing potential for an exciting and unique film, and Ed Ricourt has delivered upon that potential. As a producer, I couldn't be more energized to be in business with Bob and my former colleagues at TWC/Dimension. This is the right home for this movie,” said Eric Robinson of The Gotham Group.

The deal was negotiated for Dimension Films by Matthew Stein, Matthew Signer and Adrian Lopez, Director of Business and Legal; for The Gotham Group by George Davis at Nelson Davis Wetzstein LLP; for Ed Ricourt by CAA and George Davis at Nelson Davis Wetzstein LLP; and for Kyle Kurpinski and Terry D. Johnson by Justin Manask at Office for Literary Adaptation and Marcy Morris at Jackoway Tyerman. Ricourt is represented by CAA and The Gotham Group. CAA also represents The Gotham Group who produced ABDUCTION, directed by John Singleton, which comes out later this year.


The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE. Together TWC and Dimension Films have released a broad range of mainstream, genre and specialty films that have been commercial and critical successes, including Tom Hooper’s THE KING’S SPEECH, winner of four 2011 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as GRINDHOUSE; I’M NOT THERE; THE GREAT DEBATERS; VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; THE ROAD; HALLOWEEN; THE PAT TILLMAN STORY; PIRANHA 3D; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; A SINGLE MAN; BLUE VALENTINE, THE COMPANY MEN; MIRAL; and SCRE4M. Upcoming releases include SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD IN 4D, APOLLO 18, OUR IDIOT BROTHER, THE DETAILS and MY WEEK WITH MARILYN. Recently wrapping are I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT and COGAN’S TRADE.

TWC is also active in television production, with credits including the Emmy® Award-winning hit reality series “Project Runway,” the new VH1 reality series “Mob Wives,” and the critically acclaimed HBO comedy/crime series “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.” The company is producing two “Project Runway” spinoffs, “Project Runway: All Stars” and “Project Runway: Accessories,” which are expected to debut in 2011. The company currently has 17 series in different stages of development, including: “Marco Polo,” a scripted historical series about the great explorer; “The Nanny Diaries,” based on the hit book; and “The Mad Ones,” adapted from the Mafia novel of the same name.


The Gotham Group is a multi-faceted management and production company, representing some of the most creative minds in Hollywood. Gotham also produces a host of live-action and animation projects that break barriers and defy convention. Gotham boasts a roster of over 500 top directors, screenwriters, producers, authors, illustrators, and artists, as well as book and comic book publishers and animation studios. Gotham represents more source material from major publishers and comic book companies than any other entity, including but not limited to works from such clients as Bloomsbury/Walker US, Dark Horse Entertainment, Penguin Group, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins (U.S. & UK), Houghton Mifflin/Harcourt, and Com.x.

On the production side, The Gotham Group is producing Abduction for Lionsgate starring Taylor Lautner, Sigourney Weaver and Alfred Molina. John Singleton directs the film, which begins filming in Pittsburgh in July. Gotham is producing How To Survive A Garden Gnome Attack for Sony Pictures Animation, in partnership with ImageMovers, with Robert Zemeckis attached to direct; Wake, with Miley Cyrus starring in the film adaptation of Lisa McCann’s bestselling young adult paranormal thriller novel for Paramount/MTV Films. Upcoming feature film credits include Quantum Quest, the Large Format, 3D CGI film with voice cast that includes Chris Pine, Samuel L. Jackson and Hayden Christensen; Saving Juliet at Disney, The Maze Runner at 20th Century Fox, Wicked at DreamWorks with clients the Borey Brothers adapting; The Devil You Know adapted by clients Ron Friedman & Steve Bencich with Shawn Levy and 20th Century Fox; Stargirl for DreamWorks to be directed by Paul Feig, based on the novel by Jerry Spinelli; client Doug TenNapel’s graphic novel Ghostopolis at Disney with Hugh Jackman attached to star, Big Brave Brian at CBS Films with Dwayne Johnson attached to star and clients Will McRobb & Chris Viscardi adapting, and The Family Hitchcock at New Regency, written by Jennifer Flacket and Mark Levin and to be published as a book by HarperCollins. Goldsmith-Vein was a producer on the feature film The Spiderwick Chronicles for Paramount/Nickelodeon Movies, based on the best-selling series of fantasy books written by clients, Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black.

The Gotham Group’s television projects include the Emmy Award-nominated and Annie Award-winning American version of Aardman Animations’ acclaimed UK series, Creature Comforts. Additionally, Gotham produced, in partnership with Sesame Workshop, Elmo’s Christmas Countdown starring Ben Stiller, Jamie Foxx and Anne Hathaway, among others.

For information contact:
Pantea Ghaderi
Dimension Films