- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 17, 2009

FX gets ‘2012’

FX has snapped up TV rights to “2012’ on the heels of its blockbuster $225 million opening weekend worldwide, the Hollywood Reporter says.

According to the trade publication, the Roland Emmerich-directed apocalyptic movie will make its debut on the basic cable network in the beginning of 2012.

In addition to “2012,” FX has acquired another Sony film that opened at No. 1 this fall, the horror comedy “Zombieland,” which will be available at the end of next year.

The license fee for both movies is said to be standard, about 12 percent of their domestic box office, THR says.

If “2012” crosses the $200 million mark in North America, as expected after its big $65 million opening weekend, it could fetch as much as $24 million. For “Zombieland,” which stars Woody Harrelson and grossed $73 million domestically, the price tag is estimated to be $8 million to $9 million.

FX has been aggressive in pursuing blockbusters this year. “2012” and “Zombieland” add to the network’s extensive collection of 2009 movies that debuted at No. 1, including “Star Trek,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” “Monsters vs. Aliens,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “The Proposal.”

‘Pony’ gallops to TV

“My Little Pony” may become the first Hasbro property to spawn a TV series for the upcoming children’s cable channel, a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the newly formed Hasbro Studios, which is designed to be a main supplier of the toy maker’s new channel, has put “Pony” on a fast development track.

Hasbro Studios had been looking into several Hasbro brands as potential series vehicles. “Pony” emerged as a front-runner following the strong showing of the one-hour special “My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure” on the Disney Channel Nov. 6.

Hasbro, which also manufactures G.I. Joe, Mr. Potato Head and Play-Doh, introduced My Little Pony in 1983.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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