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Soderbergh's Deal with Annapurna for 'Side Effects' Hits Snag UPDATED

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 22, 2012 at 2:01PM

Word is that the recently announced deal for Annapurna Pictures and Open Road Films to partner to produce Steven Soderbergh's "Side Effects" has hit a snag.
Steven Soderbergh.
Steven Soderbergh.

Word is that the recently announced deal  for Annapurna Pictures and Open Road Films to partner to produce Steven Soderbergh's "Side Effects" has hit a snag. The film was set to start shooting in April. Soderbergh rushed this into production to fill the slot in his packed schedule left vacant by  "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." It may not have helped that 'Haywire' opened to $9 million this weekend. UPDATE: The release deal with Open Road remains in place, the company confirmed.

"Side Effects" (formerly known as "Bitter Pill") will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Gregory Jacobs from a script by Scott Z. Burns, who penned Soderbergh's "Contagion" and "The Informant!"  Soderbergh's star-du-jour, Channing Tatum ("Haywire," "Magic Mike") will likely star with Blake Lively and Jude Law.

Year-old production company Annapurna was founded in 2010, but has some impressive projects in the works, including Kathryn Bigelow's untitled project about the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden and Paul Thomas Anderon's "The Master." 

Backed by the AMC and Regal theater chains, new indie distributor Open Road is only a year old--with upcoming releases such as "The Grey" and "The Host," from "Twilight" scribe Stephanie Meyer.  

Stay tuned for more details.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.