Production had been delayed following star Paul Walker's death in November
With the investment ZEFR is valued between $250 million and $500 million
Malcolm D. Lee will direct "Girls Trip" for producer Will Packer
Kornblau leaving after 16 years
Brie Larson is in talks to co-star in the comedy, which Universal will release on July 24, 2015
The studio is doubling down on the 23-year-old British actor by casting him as the young lead in its potential spy franchise
Dennis Iliadis is directing the supernatural movie, which Jason Blum is producing with Graham King, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Killoran
Deal will see larger studio overseeing "backroom" services
Red-hot producer Will Packer ("About Last Night") is behind the comedy sequel that Universal wants to start shooting this summer
Zach Gilford and Kiele Sanchez play the couple caught in the middle of it all in the sequel to last year's low-budget hit
"House of Cards" actor Michael Kelly has also been cast as “Into Thin Air” author Jon Krakauer in the Universal release
Without tentpoles or sequels, Universal will bank on mid-range budget movies over-performing. It's early -- but it's working
The studio also slots "Pitch Perfect 2," "Ouija" and three other films
Universal's comedy will be a period film, though it will feature contemporary language
Executives predict Universal poised to have huge 2015
Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson are expected to reprise their roles alongside Banks, who is also a producer on the project
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment will release the 3D comedy adventure on Feb. 12, 2016
The director of "The Grey" and "The A-Team" says the movie is "as good or better than my best film"
Gamble is leaving the company "to explore new opportunities"
Universal's buddy cop comedy drew a crowd that was 57 percent women on way to the best January opening ever
Pete Candeland will direct the animated movie.
Westlake worked there for 10 years
Universal's graphic Afghan war drama broke out after striking a patriotic chord with middle-America moviegoers
Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are producing the film along with Kevin Messick, Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake
Universal sets a summer 2015 opening for Apatow's first directing gig since "This Is 40"
YouTube gives studios more control -- and social reach -- than mainstays Apple and Yahoo
"Man of Steel" helps WB become only second studio to ring up more than $5 billion in worldwide grosses
James DeMonaco returns to write, direct and produce Universal's sequel to last year's sleeper hit
Lucas Shaw explains how Universal avoided the media "flop" firestorm
Early numbers suggest that Universal Pictures' samurai film starring Keanu Reeves could be joining "Lone Ranger" and "Jack the Giant Slayer" in this year's box-office...