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‘Big Hero 6’ May Not Have Won the Weekend at the Box Office, But It Did Something Else Very Big For DisneyThe Mouse House becomes the second studio this year to cross the $4 billion mark, following 20th Century Fox. It’s the second time the studio has crossed that threshold. (VAR) (DH) (THR) (SF) (TVG) (SM)
Cook 11/17/2014 Logline: When a young girl and her dying mother inherit a black, male cook to come live with them, little do they know that their lives are about to change forever. Inspired by true events and set in New Orleans, Cook tells the story of a most unique friendship built not on the color of one's skin but on the unconditional love within one's heart. Studio: No Studio Available. Production Company: Envision Media Arts Director: Bruce Beresford Executive Producer(s): Brad Kaplan Producer(s): Lee Nelson, David Buelow, David Tish, Courtney Solomon, Mark Canton Cast: Eddie Murphy Screenwriter(s): Susan McMartin SSN Insight: David Anspaugh previously attached to direct. Samuel L. Jackson was previously mentioned to star.
Daddy's Home 11/17/2014 Logline: A man becomes distraught when the "perfect" family he's formed with his wife and her two children from a previous marriage is torn apart by the return of the wife's ex-husband. Studio: Paramount Pictures Production Companies: Gary Sanchez Productions, Red Granite Pictures Director: Sean Anders Executive Producer(s): Jessica Elbaum, Riza Aziz, Joey McFarland, Sean Anders, Diana Pokorny Producer(s): Will Ferrell, John Morris, Adam McKay, Kevin J. Messick, Chris Henchy Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg Screenwriter(s): Sean Anders, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy, Etan Cohen, John Morris SSN Insight: Ed Helms was previously mentioned to co-star. Steve Carell was previously mentioned to co-star. Zach Galifianakis was previously mentioned to co-star.
Go With Me 11/11/2014 Logline: When a young woman returns to her hometown in the Pacific Northwest, she is harassed by a sociopathic stalker and turns to an ex-logger and his friend to help her fight back. Studio: No Studio Available. Production Companies: Gotham/Principal, Enderby Entertainment Director: Daniel Alfredson Producer(s): Rick Dugdale, Lindsay Williams, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Gregory Jacobs, Anthony Hopkins Cast: Anthony Hopkins Screenwriter(s): No Screenplay Available. Details: Based on the novel "Go With Me" written by Castle Freeman, Jr. and published by Steerforth Press in 2008.
Life at These Speeds 11/17/2014 Logline: No Logline Available. Studio: No Studio Available. Production Companies: Cinema Revival, Inc., Culmination Productions Director: Leif Tilden Executive Producer(s): Sam Rockwell Producer(s): Scott William Alvarez, Peter Holden, Frank Vitolo, Tom Butterfield Cast: Devon Bostick, Billy Crudup, Anne Heche, AnnaSophia Robb, Aimee Teegarden Screenwriter(s): Marc Novak Details: Based on the novel "Life at These Speeds" written by Jeremy Jackson and published by Thomas Dunne Books on July 5, 2002. SSN Insight: Justin Long previously attached to star. Sam Rockwell previously attached to star.
The Condemned 2 11/17/2014 Logline: A bounty hunter serving time turns fugitive when he is recruited for a tournament in which convicts must fight each other to the death for televised entertainment. Studio: Lionsgate Production Company: WWE Studios Director: Roel Reine Producer(s): Michael J. Luisi Cast: Randy Orton Screenwriter(s): Alan McElroy Details: Sequel to "The Condemned" (2007) directed by Scott Wiper and starring Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Christ the Lord 11/11/2014 Logline: Depicts Jesus Christ at age seven, as he goes back home to Nazareth to find out where he's from and who he is. Production Companies: 1492 Pictures, Hyde Park Entertainment, Echo Lake Entertainment, Ingenious Media Services Limited, CJ Entertainment, Rise Entertainment, Ocean Blue Entertainment Director: Cyrus Nowrasteh Executive Producer(s): Enzo Sisti Producer(s): Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, Mark Radcliffe, Michael J Witherill Cast: No Actor Available. Screenwriter(s): Cyrus Nowrasteh, Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh Details: Based on the novel "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt" written by Anne Rice and published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2005. SSN Insight: Nowrasteh to come on board after watching his film “The Stoning of Soraya M.” After signing on to write and direct the project, he brought it to Columbus and Barnathan at 1492.
Life on the Line 11/13/2014 Logline: A team of electrical linemen are in the midst of high-wire electrical grid repairs when a dangerous storm strikes. Production Company: Marro Entertainment Company Director: David Hackl Executive Producer(s): Chad Dubeau Producer(s): Marvin Peart, Phillip Glasser Cast: John Travolta, Kate Bosworth, Sharon Stone, Devon Sawa, Gil Bellows Screenwriter(s): Primo Brown, Dylan Scott, Peter I Horton SSN Insight: Budget reported between $10-12 million.
Love Is All You Need? 11/17/2014 Logline: When a female quarterback falls in love with a journalist they are harassed after their relationship becomes public as the world is overwhelmingly homosexual and heterosexuality is the exception. Production Company: Wingspan Pictures Director: Kim Rocco Shields Producer(s): Kim Rocco Shields, Rachel Diana Cast: Tyler Blackburn, Briana Evigan, Emily Osment, Jeremy Sisto, Ana Ortiz Screenwriter(s): Kim Rocco Shields, David Tillman Details: Based on the short film "Love Is All You Need?" directed by Kim Rocco Shields. SSN Insight: Kellan Lutz and Camilla Belle were previously attached to star.
Mr. Right 11/17/2014 Logline: A woman has found Mr. Right at last. But heâ€™s a reformed hit man, and when his past catches up with him, their new relationship and their lives are in danger. Production Company: Circle of Confusion Director: Paco Cabezas Executive Producer(s): Stephen Emery, Max Landis, Avram "Butch" Kaplan Producer(s): Michael Helfant, Bradley Gallo, Lawrence Mattis, Rick Jacobs Cast: Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick, Tim Roth, RZA, Anson Mount Screenwriter(s): Max Landis SSN Insight: Don Johnson was previously in talks to join the cast.
Ricki and the Flash 11/17/2014 Logline: A fading rock star tries to reconnect with her children as one of them goes through a difficult divorce. Studio: TriStar Productions Production Companies: Marc Platt Productions, MXN Entertainment Director: Jonathan Demme Producer(s): Marc Platt, Mason Novick Cast: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, Ben Platt, Rick Springfield Screenwriter(s): Diablo Cody SSN Insight: TriStar Productions Chairman Tom Rothman assertively pursued, and ultimately won, a competitive situation in March 2014 that also saw Universal, The Weinstein Company, and Fox 2000 vying to collaborate on the project.
Ted 2 11/13/2014 Logline: John Bennett's new love interest poses problems for Ted, but the talking bear ultimately has bigger fish to fry. Studio: Universal Pictures Production Companies: Bluegrass Films, Media Rights Capital Director: Seth MacFarlane Producer(s): Scott Stuber, Seth MacFarlane Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Jessica Barth, Amanda Seyfried, Patrick Warburton Screenwriter(s): Seth MacFarlane, Wellesley Wild, Alec Sulkin Details: Sequel to "Ted" (2012) directed by Seth MacFarlane and starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. SSN Insight: Currently filming in Boston, many A-list cameos are expected. Morgan Freeman is also signed on and rumored to play an iconic civil rights lawyer who helps Ted.
Urge 11/14/2014 Logline: A group of friends on holiday on an island experiment a new designer drug that makes them lose their ability to control their urges. Production Company: Blackmrkt Incorporated Director: Aaron Kaufman Executive Producer(s): Tim Smith, Alastair Burlingham, Lee Vandermolen, Yoram Barzilai, Frank Martinez Producer(s): Skip Williamson, Mark Neveldine, Danny Masterson Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Ashley Greene, Danny Masterson, Kea Ho, Bar Paly Screenwriter(s): Aaron Kaufman, Jason Zumwalt, Jerry Stahl SSN Insight: Previously in development with Don Kuber at Barbarian Films and Darby Parker at Williamsburg Media Cult. Directorial debut of noted feature film producer Aaron Kaufman.
Zeroville 11/17/2014 Logline: Ike Jerome, a 24-year-old student, arrives in Hollywood in 1969 with dreams of breaking into the movie business. He becomes a successful film editor and embarks on a Hollywood journey that ends in both tragedy and discovery. Production Companies: Patriot Pictures LLC, Rabbit Bandini Productions, Made-in-Film-Land Director: James Franco Producer(s): James Franco, Miles Levy, Vince Jolivette, Caroline Aragon Cast: James Franco, Jacki Weaver, Seth Rogen, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell Screenwriter(s): No Screenplay Available. Details: Based on the novel "Zeroville" written by Steve Erickson and published by Europa Editions on November 1, 2007. SSN Insight: The film was at AFM with Embankment handling international rights.
On the Set For 11/17/14: Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg Start Shooting ‘Daddy’s Home,’ While ‘Ted 2’ and ‘Zeroville’ WrapOther movies starting up include a new starring venture for Eddie Murphy, a revenge flick with Anthony Hopkins, and a Condemned sequel, while a handful of other films finish production. (SSN)
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Donnie Loves Jenny Network: A&E Production Companies: 44 Blue Productions, D&J Productions Executive Producer(s): Donnie Wahlberg, Jenny McCarthy, Rasha Drachkovitch Logline: Will show behind-the-scenes moments from Wahlberg and McCarthy's wedding and follow the couple through their nuptials into their first experiences as a married couple as they navigate through life as newlyweds, including blending their families and balancing their busy schedules. SSN Insight: A&E has ordered 10 episodes. It is the first project for McCarthy and Wahlberg’s new joint production company, D&J Productions which signed an overall development and production deal with A&E.
Evil Men Network: USA Network Studio: CBS Television Studios, Universal Cable Productions Production Company: Tannenbaum Company Executive Producer(s): Gary Fleder, Mary Beth Basile, Daniel Taplitz, Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Haswell-Tannenbaum Writer(s): Daniel Taplitz Logline: A man is plagued by mysterious visions and comes to the conclusion that he must kill 26 evil men in order to prevent the death of his family. SSN Insight: The casting of Dallas Roberts and Clifton Collins Jr. lifted the cast contingent pilot order. Evil Men is USA's fifth drama pilot this season. Previous pilot orders include Jennifer Carpenter's Stanistan, the Josh Hollowaystarrer Colony, Mr. Robot and Queen of the South.
Fox/ Untitled David Kohan Max Mutchnick Comedy Project Network: Fox Broadcasting Company Studio: Warner Bros. Television Production Company: KoMut Entertainment Executive Producer(s): David Kohan, Max Mutchnick Writer(s): David Kohan, Max Mutchnick Logline: A single mother, her three kids and her ex-grifter father move from their home in New Jersey to Los Angeles to start a new life though she probably should have told the kids. SSN Insight: This project marks Kohan and Mutchick’s first foray into cable. The pair previously won a best comedy series Emmy for Will & Grace in 2000. TBS will debut their latest multi-camera comedy series, Buzzy’s, in 2015.
Frequency Network: NBC Entertainment Studio: Warner Bros. Television Production Companies: Lin Pictures, Rickard Pictures Executive Producer(s): Jeremy Carver, Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz, Toby Emmerich, John Rickard Writer(s): Jeremy Carver Logline: An NYPD detective connects with his son, 30 years in the future. The two must work together to change the history of tragic events to come, while also getting the chance to heal their complicated relationship. Based on the film. Details: A re-imagining of the film, "Frequency" (2000) directed by Gregory Hoblit and starring Dennis Quaid. SSN Insight: NBC has given an initial script commitment plus penalty.
From Hell Network: FX Studio: Fox Television Studios Production Company: Angry Films Executive Producer(s): Don Murphy, Susan Montford, David Arata Writer(s): David Arata Logline: Based on the premise that Jack The Ripper was a Masonic conspiracy to cover up a scandal involving the Royal Family, and tells the story from the point of view of the victims, the chief inspector, and the killer -- the Queen's physician. Details: Based on the graphic novel, From Hell, written by Alan Moore and originally published in serialized form starting in 1989. SSN Insight: Fox has given an initial script commitment. From Hell is ranked by many as one of the top 10 graphic novels in history. From Hell is different from other comics as it contains 46 pages of footnotes. From Hell’s basis stems from historic records.
Hap and Leonard Network: SundanceTV Production Company: Paradise City Executive Producer(s): Nicholas Shumaker, Jeremy Platt Writer(s): Jim Mickle, Nick Damici, Nicholas Shumaker Logline: Centers on Hap Collins, a white working-class laborer who spent time in federal prison for refusing to be drafted into the military and serve in the Vietnam War. Now In his late 30s, he is just barely making ends meet picking roses on an East Texas plantation. His colleague and lifelong best friend is Leonard Pine, a six-foot-five, gay, black Vietnam vet with anger issues. Leonard was raised by his uncle who shunned him after learning he was gay leaving Hap as his only support in the not so progressive rural South. Details: Based on the series of books, novellas and short stories, written by Joe Lansdale. SSN Insight: Six one-hour episodes have been ordered for a 2016 premiere. In a comment to Deadline, SundanceTV president Sarah Barnett said, “Jim and Nick are true Sundance voices, having made a splash in recent years at Sundance Film Festival with their feature film.”
MTV/ Untitled Whiteness Project Network: MTV Production Company: Punched in the Head Productions, Define American Logline: An examination of what it means to be young and white in America. SSN Insight: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas will direct the project. His most recent documentary film Documented was screened in theaters earlier this year and was released as a CNN Films broadcast in June. He recently received the PEN Center USA’s Freedom to Write Award.
Port of Miami Network: NBC Entertainment Studio: Lionsgate Production Companies: Wind Dancer Films, Televisa USA Executive Producer(s): Matt Williams, David McFadzean, Judd Payne, Dete Meserve Writer(s): Mark Perez Logline: Set aboard a Miami-based cruise liner, the story follows an unmotivated white bartender who works with a variety of international employees, all of them aggressively seeking the American dream and incredulous that he is content to mix drinks, chase women and settle for less. SSN Insight: NBC has given an initial script commitment.
The Crown Network: Netflix Studio: Sony Pictures Television Production Company: Left Bank Pictures Executive Producer(s): Robert Fox, Matthew Byam-Shaw, Peter Morgan, Stephen Daldry, Andy Harries Logline: A scripted series centered on the weekly audiences given by Queen Elizabeth II to prime ministers that date back from her accession in 1952 to the present day. It will tell the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world of Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street as well as the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. Details: Inspired by the play "The Audience" written by Peter Morgan in 2013. SSN Insight: Netflix has ordered a 10 episode first season. The series has an estimate budget of $100 million and it’s Netflix’s first UK-based series. It’s rumored that at least three actresses will play the Queen over her six-decade reign.
The Frankenstein Chronicles Network: ITV Encore Studio: ITV Production Company: Rainmark Films Executive Producer(s): Tracey Scoffield, Frank Doelger Writer(s): Benjamin Ross, Barry Langford Logline: Set in 1827 London, Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel recruits Marlott to apprehend a gang of opium smugglers. During the arrest he discovers a corpse assembled from body parts washed up on the shore and is later tasked by Peel with tracking the horrific crime's perpetrator. SSN Insight: Sean Bean is set to star in this ITV commissioned series of 6 episodes. Filming for The Frankenstein Chronicles is scheduled to begin in Northern Ireland in January 2015. Rainmark Films also produced The Special Relationship for HBO along with Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight and is developing another event BBC mini-series written and directed by Steve McQueen.
Tinseltown Production Companies: Kapital Entertainment, KatCo Executive Producer(s): Aaron Kaplan, Tracy Katsky Logline: Season one, set in the 1920s, chronicles the murder of William Desmond Taylor, the popular president of the Motion Picture Directors Association and the scandal that surrounded it, set against the backdrop of censorship and the emergence of the movie business. Followup seasons would likely focus on subsequent decades in Hollywood, starting with the 1930s. Details: Based on the book, "Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood," written by William J. Mann and published by Harper on October 14, 2014. SSN Insight: Kaplan and Katsky beat out multiple film and TV producers in hot pursuit in order to land the rights to the book. The book is based on extensive research including recently unsealed FBI files.
Twinning Network: VH1 Production Company: Lighthearted Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Howard Schultz, Rob LaPlante, Jeff Spangler, Susan Levison, Jill Holmes Logline: Twelve sets of twins will go head to head for a grand prize of $222,222.22. But getting there won't be easy. Expect double the meltdowns, double the hook-ups, and, of course, double the twists as the contestants are pushed to their limits in unexpected ways. SSN Insight: VH1 has ordered 10 episodes of the reality competition project.
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TV Development For 11/18/14: Don Murphy Heads Up ‘From Hell’ Adaptation, Netflix Drops $100 Million On ‘The Crown,’ and MoreOther projects moving forward including a highly touted reality show starring newlyweds Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy and a new show from the creators of Will & Grace. (SSN)
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The director behind the short Feast which played before Big Hero 6, Patrick Osborne, has signed with WME. It was the filmmaker’s feature directorial debut. He was supervising animator on the Oscar-winning short Paperman and an animator on Wreck-It Ralph. He continues to also be repped by Anonymous and Hirsch Wallerstein.
ICM Phil Casey has returned to the concerts department at ICM Partners as a senior agent, after spending the last few years at Resolution. Casey worked in the department for two decades and made a name for himself booking urban music concerts. Casey has represented Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, the Notorious B.I.G. and Jennifer Lopez, to name just a few. He brings several clients with him, including Chris Brown.
UTA How to Get Away with Murder’s Charlie Weber has signed with UTA. The actor plays Frank Delfino on the show and has had recurring roles on 90210, MTV’s Underemployed, Burn Notice and Everwood. He also played Ben on Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans as Ben. He continues to be repped by Vanguard Management Group.
CAA The agency has terminated agent Ben Dogra, who repped more than 35 NFL players, including Adrian Peterson, Mario Williams, Richard Sherman and Patrick Willis. “I want to thank CAA for the great time we have had together,” Dogra said in a statement.
ICM Partners signed Karl Urban, who played Detective John Kennex in Almost Human and who first gained recognition in the Lord Of The Rings films. Urbanalso starred in The Bourne Supremacy and Red. His legal rep is McCuin Frankel Whitehead LLP. Publicists
Dillon Lane has signed with publicist Nicole Miller. The actor starred in the Nickelodeon comedy Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures and will be seen in History’s upcoming miniseries Texas Rising, playing Yancey Burns, a young Texas Ranger, alongside Bill Paxton, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Chad Michael Murray.
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As More Accusations Fly, NBC Drops New Bill Cosby Show, While Netflix Postpones Release Of His Comedy SpecialWhile the release of Bill Cosby 77 has been pushed to an undisclosed future date by the online streaming service, Peacock Network confirms that a sitcom project will no longer be in development. (HP) (MF)
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Paul Greengrass Might Be Getting Back Into the Jason Bourne Business, But He’s Also Attached To Another Classic Adaptation, TooThe director is now set to direct a new adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984, with James Graham, the scribe of the upcoming Finding Neverland Broadway musical, on writing duties and Scott Rudin producing. (DH) (COL) (FS) (IW) (DS)
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The Mountain Between Us Logline: When their flight is delayed due to weather conditions, a woman engaged to be married and a busy surgeon share a charter flight to get them home. When their plane crashes in a snowy wilderness, the two must work together to survive. Studio/Distributor: Fox 2000 Production Company: Chernin Entertainment Producers: Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping Cast: Rosamund Pike, Charlie Hunnam Writer: Scott Frank Director: Hany Abu-Hassad Notes: Based on the novel "The Mountain Between Us" written by Charles Martin and published by Broadway Books on June 1, 2010. SSN Insight: The movie is said to start shooting at the end of 2015 and will be the next major role for Pike after her rave performance in Gone Girl.
Untitled Edward Snowden Drama Logline: The story of Edward Snowden who made thousands of classified documents public while working at the US National Security Agency. Studio/Distributor: Open Road Films, Endgame Entertainment Production Company: Ixtlan Inc., Onda Entertainment Producers: Oliver Stone, Moritz Borman, Eric Kopeloff Cast: Shailene Woodley, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Writer: Oliver Stone Director: Oliver Stone Notes: Based on the books "The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man" written by Luke Harding and published by Vintage on February 7, 2014 and "Time of the Octopus" written by Snowden's Russian attorney Anatoly Kucherena and to be published soon. SSN Insight: Woodley signs on to play the role of Snowden’s (Gordon-Levitt) girlfriend. The film is in pre-production in Germany and set to start production in January.
Captain America: Civil War Logline: Tony Stark and Steve Rogers go head to head in battle over the Superhero Registration Act, which governs that those with superhuman abilities must reveal themselves as such to the United States government and pledge to enforce law in conjunction with government agencies. Studio/Distributor: Walt Disney Production Company: Marvel Entertainment Producers: Kevin Feige, Nate Moore Cast: Daniel Bruhl, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Sebastian Stan, Chadwick A. Boseman Writer: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely Director: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo Notes: Sequel to Captain America: The Winter Soldier (USA/2014) directed by Joe Russo and Anthony Russo and starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Hayley Atwell. SSN Insight: Bruhl is the latest actor cast in the Captain America sequel set for release May 6, 2016. He is said to be playing one of the villains who may return for later films such as Doctor Strange.
Money Monster Logline: After a man loses all his money in the stock market by following the advice of a Wall Street TV host, he takes the money adviser hostage on live television. Studio/ Distributor: Tristar Pictures Production Company: The Allegiance Theatre, Smokehouse Pictures Producers: Daniel Dubiecki, Lara Alameddine, George Clooney, Grant Heslov Cast: Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell, George Clooney Writer: Jamie Linden Director: Jodie Foster SSN Insight: One of Tom Rothman’s first films to start production since the ex-Fox Studios chief made a deal on the Sony Lot to resurrect the Tri-Star label. Roberts is said to be playing Clooney’s love interest and O’Connellsaid to be playing Kyle Budwell, a blue-collar man fed up with Wall Street who takes his money adviser hostage.
Bond 24 Logline: Storyline under wraps. Studio/ Distributor: MGM/ Columbia Pictures Production Company: Eon Productions, Danjaq, LLC Producers: Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson Cast: Christoph Waltz, Daniel Craig, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista Writer: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade Director: Sam Mendes SSN Insight: Waltz is the latest cast member said to be joining the new installment of the Bond series as a villain. After Sam Mendes bowed out as director due to prior stage commitments, the producers decided to wait for him and the film is set to start production in early December.
Boston Strong Logline: The reaction of the city of Boston to the fatal attacks at the Boston Marathon and the hunt for the brothers suspected of the bombings is dramatized. Studio/ Distributor: 20th Century Fox Production Company: Hutch Parker Entertainment, Dorothy Aufiero Producer: Hutch Parker Writer: Eric Johnson & Paul Tamasy Director: Daniel Espinosa Notes: Based on the book "Boston Strong" written by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge and to be published by University Press of New England in 2014. SSN Insight: Casey Affleck was previously attached to produce and star, alongside his producing partner John Ridley.
Can’t Touch This Logline: High school dance movie set in the 1990’s Studio/Distributor: Focus Features Production Company: Chu Studios Producers: Jon M. Chu, Hieu Ho Writer: Annie Mebane, Steve Basilone SSN Insight: Jon Chu stays in his wheelhouse with this 90’s dance movie after climbing to success after directing the Step Up Movies. Chu sold the pitch to Focus with Mebane and Basilone, writers on Community and Happy Endings, attached to write.
Enter Helen Logline: Trailblazer Helen Gurley Brown was one of the first women to become an editor of a national magazine when she took control of Cosmopolitan in 1965. Studio/ Distributor: Fox 2000 Production Company: Chernin Entertainment Producers: Peter Chernin Notes: Based on the book "Enter Helen: The Rise And Reign of the Original Cosmo Girl" written by Brooke Hauser and to be published by HarperCollins 2015. SSN Insight: This project should be a fun one to cast as characters in the book include Hugh Hefner, Nora Ephron and Gloria Steinem. It is set against the backdrop of the Sexual Revolution and the Women’s Movement.
The Hunt for El Chapo Logline: The true story of the capture of notorious Sinaloa drug cartel leader Joaquin Guzman is recounted. Studio/Distributor: Universal Pictures Production Company: Film 44 Producers: Peter Berg Writer: Craig Borten Director: Peter Berg Notes: Based on the article "The Hunt for El Chapo" written by Patrick Radden Keefe and published in The New Yorker on May 5, 2014. SSN Insight: Craig Borten, one of the writers on Dallas Buyers Club with writing partner Melissa Wallack, tackles this new project on his own.
Jackpot Logline: Six people who all work together in Detroit enter into a parlay and win $500K but soon start double crossing each other Studio/Distributor: Focus Features Production Company: Olive Bridge Entertainment Producers: Will Gluck Writer: David Callaham Director: Patty Jenkins Notes: Remake of Jackpot (Norway/2011) directed by Magnus Martens and based on the book "Arme riddere" written by Jo Nesbo. SSN Insight: Jo Nesbo is a best-selling crime author who also wrote the book Headhunters which was adapted into a movie and directed by Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum.
Just One Day/ Just One Year Logline: A young couple who meet and share a wonderful day and night together, are then separated, and spend the next year looking for each other. Studio/Distributor: Universal Pictures Production Company: Fake Empire Producers: Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage Notes: Based on two YA novels written by Gayle Forman: "Just One Day" published by Dutton Books on August 20, 2013 and "Just One Year" also published by Dutton Books in September 2014. SSN Insight: The novelist, Gayle Forman is best known for her YA novel If I Stay, which was adapted by New Line into a drama starring Chloe Grace Moretz. The novel is currently at No. 1 on the New York Times young adult best-seller list.
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Film Development For 11/20/14: Daniel Bruhl Signs Up For ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ Shailene Woodley Joins Edward Snowden Drama, ‘Bond 24’ and MoreNew attachments are also announced for The Mountain Between Us and Money Monster, while a half dozen new projects move forward, including the Boston Marathon Bombing drama, Boston Strong. (SSN)
Steve McQueen Is Still Doing That Paul Robeson Biopic, But It Appears He’ll Do This Other Thing, FirstThe Oscar-winner is re-teaming with New Regency to adapt the ‘80s British TV show Widows, about the wives of three dead bank robbers who combine with a fourth woman to stage a heist of their own. (SAA) (THR) (DH) (VAR) (TP) (EMP) (HV)
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Comedy writer/director/producer John Hamburg (Meet The Parents) is launching Particular Pictures. The company will develop TV and film projects, and has signed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television.
Vanguard manager Bernard Kira has launched BMK-ENT. Kira brings several clients over to his new management and production company: The Killing’s Sterling Beaumon and Levi Meaden, Benched’s Jolene Purdy, Covert Affairs’ Nazneen Contractor, Jersey Boys’ Jackie Seiden, The Tank writer/director Kellie Madison and scribe Milan Tomasevic.
Viacom's Viacom International Media Networks France unit is launching its 18th network, which they say will offer more pay TV channels than any other international media company in the country.
Media financier Ingenious Investments CEO James Clayton has left the company and will join Simon Fuller’s management and production company XIX Entertainment as president. Clayton was instrumental in overseeing Ingenious’ equity relationship with Fox Searchlight as well as Pathe through its raising of an Enterprise Investment Scheme.
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia announced an exclusive deal with 3D printer manufacturer MakerBot to jointly sell designs and materials for products that consumers can produce in their own homes. The first Martha Stewart products for MakerBot’s line of 3D printers are the Trellis Collection: a set that includes a coaster, napkin ring/place-card holder, and LED votive holder.
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Disney Animation execs Andrew Millstein of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Jim Morris of Pixar Animation Studios have been promoted to new President posts at their respective studios. Both will continue to report directly to Ed Catmull.
Comcast Corporation announced that Devesh Raj has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Strategic and Financial Planning. Raj will help drive the overall growth strategy at Comcast and NBCUniversal. Turner Broadcasting PR vet Sal Petruzzi has been promoted to the new post of Senior VP and Domestic Communications Officer.
Aaron Janus has been namedVice President, at Platinum Dunes. Previously he was Director, Production, at 20th Century Fox.
Tracey Nyberg is moving into the role of Executive Vice President, Production, Mythology Entertainment after serving as Senior Vice President, Production & Development, Temple Hill Entertainment.
Comedy Central has tapped Lu Chekowsky as senior VP of brand creative. Chekowsky will lead Comedy Central’s in-house creative team and oversee the development of all branding and marketing creative across every platform. The MTV vet will handle shows that includes Broad City, South Park, Drunk History and the upcoming The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore. Lisa Berger is leaving ABC after a one-year run as EVP Alternative Series, Specials and Late Night. ABC's VP Alternative Series Rob Mills is expected to oversee the network's unscripted department until a replacement is tapped.
Dolores Gavin, EVP Development and Production, East has Discovery. Her West Coast counterpart, Denise Contis, EVP Development and Production, West, will now oversee the network’s development and programming slate originating from both the Los Angeles and Silver Spring, MD, offices.
Jeff Fager, Chairman of CBS News and Executive Producer of 60 Minutes, announced he will be stepping down from his role as chairman and will return to full focus on running the newsmagazine, effective at the beginning of 2015.
Tomorrow Studios, Marty Adelstein's recently launched partnership with TV Studios, has tapped Matthew Weinberg as EVP working on development and helping with managing productions. Weinberg will report to Tomorrow Studios CEO Adelstein and president Becky Clements.
Henrik Pabst will take sole charge at international TV sales and financing company Red Arrow Intl., whose slate includes The Weinstein Co./BBC show Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot, with Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench, Netflix’s Lilyhammer, Amazon’s Bosch, and ABC’s The Taste.
George Cheeks, who oversees business affairs for NBC and the Universal Television production arm, is taking on oversight of the network’s late-night franchises. Blair Levin, who took the lead in writing the FCC’s National Broadband Plan under then-chairman Julius Genachowski, is joining New Street Research as special adviser in the firm’s North American office.
Beau Bryant, an agent with WME's digital unit, is nearing a deal to become SVP Talent and Programming at Fullscreen. The YouTube multichannel network was recently purchased by Otter Media, the joint venture between AT&T and the Chernin Group.
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Brad Kaplan joins Primary Wave as Producer, Manager, Literary. He was previously at Evolution Entertainment.
Mark Burg joins Primary Wave as Partner, Manager, Talent, also from Evolution Entertainment.
Varun Monga is moving to Equitable Stewardship for Artists as Agent, Feature Literary. He was a Jeff Berg’s Resolution.
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Those Of You Who Were Looking Forward To Seeing John Stamos In ABC’s ‘Members Only’ Are Sadly Out Of LuckThe mid-season drama from David O. Russell and Susannah Grant, originally picked up straight to series back in January, has been dropped. Russell left the project shortly after it was announced, but the Alphabet finalized the decision over the weekend. (LF) (HP) (VUL) (SAA) (TFS) (UR) (SM)
The Blunderer 11/17/2014 Logline: A husband becomes a suspect in his wife's murder and tries to clear his name while on the run. Production Companies: Killer Films, Sierra/Affinity Director: Andy Goddard Executive Producer(s): William Boyd, Nicolas Meyer, Marc Schaberg, Kelly McCormick Producers: Ted Hope, Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa Cast: Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, Toby Jones, Haley Bennett Screenwriter(s): Susan Boyd Details: Based on the novel The Blunderer, written by Patricia Highsmith and published by Howard-McCann in 1954. SSN Insight: Imogen Poots was previously attached to co-star. Highsmith penned the Blunderer novel in between Strangers On A Train and The Talented Mr Ripley.
Abattoir 11/23/2014 Logline: An investigative reporter works to solve the mystery of a haunted house constructed from rooms of the deceased. Production Companies: Hydraulx, Radical Studios Director: Darren Lynn Bousman Executive Producer(s): Barry Levine, Jesse Berger, Greg Strause, William Brent Bell, Chris Contogouris Producers: Darren Lynn Bousman Cast: Dayton Callie, Lin Shaye Screenwriter(s): Chris Monfette, Darren Lynn Bousman SSN Insight: Radical Publishing plans to release a graphic novel based on the concept by Bousman and Michael Peterson.
Green Room 11/20/2014 Logline: After a punk band witnesses a murder at one of their shows, they find themselves trapped in the green room of the middle-of-nowhere venue and targeted for death by a gang of white power skinheads. Production Companies: Film Science, Broad Green Pictures Director: Jeremy Saulnier Executive Producer(s): Gabriel Hammond, Daniel Hammond, Vincent Savino Producers: Anish Savjani, Neil Kopp, Victor Moyers Cast: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Callum Turner, Joe Cole, Macon Blair, Patrick Stewart Screenwriter(s): Jeremy Saulnier SSN Insight: The director’s last film, Blue Ruin, premiered at Cannes in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar, and there won the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize. Production started this month in Portland, Oregon, and BGP plans to release the film next year.
Point Break 11/17/2014 Logline: An undercover FBI agent infiltrates a globe-trotting eco-terrorism ring made up of extreme athletes who surf, snowboard, motocross, wingsuit-fly, and rock climb. Production Company: Alcon Entertainment Director: Ericson Core Executive Producer(s): John McMurrick, Devesh Chetty Producers: Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, John Baldecchi, Chris Taylor, Kurt Wimmer Cast: Luke Bracey, Ray Winstone, Édgar Ramírez, Teresa Palmer Screenwriter(s): Kurt Wimmer Details: Remake of Point Break (1991) directed by Katherine Bigelow and starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. SSN Insight: Project was previously set up at Michael De Luca Productions. Gerard Butler was previously in discussions to play the role of Bodhi.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 11/21/2014 Logline: The timeless story of Elizabeth Bennet's quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the dead into zombies. Production Companies: Darko Entertainment, Handsomecharlie Films, Allison Shearmur Productions Director: Burr Steers Executive Producer(s): Ted Hamm, Aleen Keshishian Producers: Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Richard Kelly, Sean McKittrick, Allison Shearmur Cast: Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Jack Huston, Emma Greenwell Screenwriter(s): Burr Steers, David O. Russell, Marti Noxon, Craig Gillespie, Seth Grahame-Smith Details: Based on the novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies written by by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen and published by Quirk Books on April 1, 2009. SSN Insight: David O. Russell previously attached to direct. Natalie Portman was previously attached to star in the role of Elizabeth Bennett.
Spotlight 11/21/2014 Logline: The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core. Production Companies: Anonymous Content, Participant Media, Rocklin/Faust Director: Tom McCarthy Executive Producer(s): Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Michael Bederman, Tom Ortenberg, Peter Lawson Producers: Nicole Rocklin, Blye Pagon Faust, Steve Golin, Michael Sugar Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci, Liev Schreiber Screenwriter(s): Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy Details: Based on the series of articles written by the Boston Globe staff in 2002. Project was previously set up at DreamWorks Studios. SSN Insight: Matt Damon was previously mentioned to star.
The Black Prince 11/22/2014 Logline: The last Sikh prince of Punjab is placed on the throne at five, but when India is annexed to the British, he is sent to England and never allowed to return to his home. Production Company: Brillstein Entertainment Partners Director: Kavi Raz Producers: Jai Khanna Cast: Satinder Sartaaj Screenwriter(s): Kavi Raz SSN Insight: Project is bilingual, in English and Hindi. The film’s estimated budget is $5 million. Brillstein will help coordinate the international cast, provide crew and production logistics, as well as assist in securing international sales.
The Choice 11/21/2014 Logline: When Travis and Gabby meet as neighbors, they begin a love affair that evolves and is tested during a decade. Production Companies: The Safran Company, Nicholas Sparks Productions Director: Ross Katz Executive Producer(s): No Executive Producer Available. Producers: Nicholas Sparks, Theresa Park, Peter Safran Cast: Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Tom Welling, Alexandra Daddario, Maggie Grace Screenwriter(s): Bryan Sipe Details: Based on the novel "The Choice" written by Nicholas Sparks and published by Grand Central Publishers in 2007. SSN Insight: Sparks invested in the project and developed it before shopping it, so Lionsgate bought a fully developed film. Project marks the first feature film to be independently developed and produced by Nicholas Sparks Productions.
The Light Between Oceans 11/24/2014 Logline: A couple who reside in a lighthouse discover a baby in a boat along with a dead body. They decide to raise the child, which later alters their lives along with others. Studio: DreamWorks Studios Production Companies: Heyday Films, Participant Media Director: Derek Cianfrance Executive Producer(s): Rosie Alison Producers: David Heyman, Jeffrey Clifford Cast: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz Screenwriter(s): Derek Cianfrance, William Nicholson Details: Based on the novel The Light Between Oceans, written by M.L. Stedman and published by Scribner on July 31, 2012. SSN Insight: EP Rosie Allen shepherded the project to Heyday Films. Former DreamWorks head Stacey Snider commented on the project to Deadline, saying, “We certainly believe Cianfrance can make a modern epic from M.L.’s poignant novel and will be able to capture the great epic sweep and emotional honestly of this story.”
Vacation 11/21/2014 Logline: No Logline Available. Studio: New Line Cinema Production Companies: Big Kid Pictures, S&K Pictures, Inc. Directors: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein Executive Producer(s): Nan Morales, Toby Emmerich Producers: David Dobkin, Chris Bender, Jeff Kleeman Cast: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Keegan-Michael Key Screenwriter(s): Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley Details: Sequel to National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) written by John Hughes, directed by Harold Ramis and starring Chevy Chase. SSN Insight: David Dobkin previously attached to possibly direct. Peter Segal had been mentioned to direct.
You Were Never Here 11/23/2014 Logline: An artist who follows and photographs strangers begins to suspect she’s being watched. Production Companies: Good 'N Proper, Before the Door Pictures Director: Camille Thoman Executive Producer(s): Zachary Quinto, Neal Dodson, Corey Moosa Producers: Bronwyn Cornelius, Julian Cautherley, Erika Hampson Cast: Mireille Enos, Josephine de la Baume Screenwriter(s): Camille Thoman SSN Insight: Project marks the narrative feature film directorial and screenwriting debut of former performance artist and documentarian Camille Thoman.
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Awards 2014 Spotlight: ‘Interstellar’ Producer Emma Thomas On Working With Husband Christopher Nolan, “He Has An Extremely Clear Cut Vision”As Thomas’ husband is on an upward trajectory of increasing clout and increasing budgets, critical acclaim and staggering commercial success, she spoke exclusively to SSN about her journey to the top, what a producer really does, and not having to fight for attention anymore. (SSN) (SSN) (SSN)
On The Set For 11/24/14: Natalie Portman Wraps Up ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,’ ‘Point Break’ Swims To Shore, and MoreThe Blunderer, based on a Patricia Highsmith novel, gets underway, while Abattoir, Green Room and the Black Prince are among the other films that have finished principal photography. (SSN) (VAR)
If You’re Really Interested In Seeing That ‘Star Wars’ Trailer This Weekend, There’s a List You’ll Want To ReadDisney has confirmed that the teaser trailer for next year's Star Wars sequel will be playing in approximately 30 theaters over the coming Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and has released a full list of which ones, exactly, will have it. (HV) (DH) (MF) (TP) (VUL)
It Appears That Your Director For That Highly Anticipated ‘Wonder Woman’ Flick Will Be Michelle MacLarenThe director of some of the best episodes of Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones had been rumored to be in the running, and now has officially landed the gig and will develop the script with the project’s writers. (IW)
If You Had Ernst Blofeld as the Character Christoph Waltz Will Be Playing In ‘Bond 24,’ You Just Won the PoolThe official announcement will apparently come next week, but an inside source is saying that the classic villain is being reborn in the new, rebooted, Daniel Craig-led Bond Universe. (BC) (TOH) (LR) (EMP) (VAR) (DH) (DOG) (EW) (FSR)
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