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Beauty and The Beast 5/18/2015 Logline: In this live-action re-imagining of the fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast," a young woman takes her father's place as prisoner in a beast's castle, only to fall in love with her beastly captor, who turns out to be a prince. Studio: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Production Company(s): Mandeville Films/TV Director: Bill Condon Executive Producer(s): No Executive Producer Available. Producer(s): David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman Cast: Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Dan Stevens, Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson Writer(s): Stephen Chbosky, Evan Spiliotopoulos, Joe Ahearne Details: Re-imagining of the fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast". SSN Insight: Hot on the heels of the success of its live action adaptation of Cinderella, Disney is anxious to get this film out and has rounded out its cast and announced a release date of March 17, 2017.
Deepwater Horizon 5/18/2015 Logline: Based on the true events that occurred on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, the story chronicles the courage of those who worked on the Deepwater Horizon and the extreme moments of bravery and survival in the face of what would become one of the biggest man-made disasters in world history. Studio: Summit Entertainment, LLC Production Company(s): Leverage Management, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Participant Media, Closest To The Hole Productions Director: Peter Berg Producer(s): Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian, Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, David Womark Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Gina Rodriguez, Liam Neeson, Michael Keaton, Dylan O'Brien Writer(s): J.C. Chandor, Matthew Michael Carnahan, Matthew Sand Details: Based on the article "Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour" written by David Barstow, David Rohde, and Stephanie Saul and published in the New York Times on December 25, 2010. SSN Insight: Ric Roman Waugh previously in negotiations to direct. J.C. Chandor was previously attached to direct.
Keanu 5/18/2015 Logline: A group of friends pretend to be drug dealers in order to get back a stolen cat. Studio: New Line Cinema Director: Peter Atencio Producer(s): Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Peter Principato, Paul Young, Joel Zadak Cast: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Writer(s): Jordan Peele, Alex Rubens, Method Man SSN Insight: New Line had previously discussed reviving the “Police Academy” franchise with Key & Peele. Method Mad can next be seen in Adam Sandler’s The Cobbler “The Cobbler” and Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck.”
Leatherface 5/18/2015 Logline: The origin story of Leatherface’s early years in the 1970s. Studio: Nu Image/Millennium Films Production Company(s): Main Line Pictures Director: Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo Executive Producer(s): Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, John Thompson, Mark Gill Producer(s): Carl Mazzocone, Christa Campbell, Lati Dana Grobman, Les Weldon Cast: Sam Strike, Stephen Dorff, James Bloor, Sam Coleman, Jessica Madsen Writer(s): Seth Sherwood Details: Reboot of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (1974) directed by Toby Hooper and starring Marilyn Burns and Gunnar Hansen. SSN Insight: The 2003 reboot of “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” grossed $107 million worldwide. It was followed by “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning” in 2006 which grossed $50 million and “Texas Chainsaw 3D” in 2013 which grossed $47 million.
Mena 5/18/2015 Logline: The true story of pilot Barry Seal, who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel in the 1980s. Studio: Universal Pictures Production Company(s): Imagine Entertainment, Quadrant Pictures Director: Doug Liman Executive Producer(s): Kim Roth Producer(s): Doug Davison, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Brian Oliver, Tyler Thompson Cast: Tom Cruise, Sarah Wright, Jayma Mays, Domhnall Gleeson Writer(s): Gary Spinelli SSN Insight: Universal acquired the spec from Gary Spinelli for a reported $1 million. Screenplay was included in the 2014 Hit List. Ron Howard was previously attached to direct.
The Forest 5/18/2015 Logline: Against the backdrop of Japan’s Aokigahara forest, where people go to end their lives, an American woman braves the mysterious, uncharted terrain to search for her missing sister. Production Company(s): Phantom Four, Lava Bear Films Director: Jason Zada Producer(s): David S. Goyer, David Linde Cast: Natalie Dormer, Michiel Huisman, Taylor Kinney Writer(s): Nick Antosca, Sarah Cornwell SSN Insight: Project was previously set up at Universal Pictures.
The Greasy Strangler 5/16/2015 Logline: In Los Angeles, a man and his son compete for the attention of a seductive woman just as an inhuman, murderous maniac appears to strangle the innocent. Production Company(s): Alamo Drafthouse Films, Rook Films, Timpson Films, SpectreVision Director: Jim Hosking Executive Producer(s): Ben Wheatley, Tim League Producer(s): Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, Elijah Wood, Andy Starke, Anthony Timpson Writer(s): Jim Hosking, Toby Harvard SSN Insight: Picture marks the feature directorial debut of British helmer Jim Hosking. His previous short, The ABCs of Death 2, was released through the Drafthouse-backed Fantastic Fest.
The Wolves at the Door 5/18/2015 Logline: Four friends endure a terrifying home invasion in the Hollywood hills in 1969. Studio: New Line Cinema Production Company(s): The Safran Company Director: John R Leonetti Producer(s): Peter Safran Cast: Katie Cassidy, Miles Fisher, Elizabeth Henstridge, Adam Campbell Writer(s): Gary Dauberman SSN Insight: Loosely inspired by the murder of Sharon Tate, wife of Roman Polanski by Charles Manson and cult members in 1969. The film will not make a reference to the actual events.
Untitled Lonely Island Project 5/14/2015 Logline: Comedy group The Lonely Island stars in a film set in the world of music, following the story of a rapper whose latest album bombs, prompting him to desperately attempt a reunion concert with his former boy band. Studio: Universal Pictures Production Company(s): Apatow Productions Directors: Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone Executive Producer(s): Morgan Sackett Producer(s): Judd Apatow, Rodney Rothman, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone Cast: Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Sarah Silverman Writer(s): Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone SSN Insight: On the TV side, Lonely Island has a three-year deal with Fox to oversee the development of comedy projects through digital platforms, with the goal of bringing the projects to series on network TV.
Zama 5/17/2015 Logline: In the 18th century, a highly-placed servant of the Spanish crown, obsessed with petty grudges and fantasies, plots his transfer to Buenos Aires. Production Company(s): El Deseo S.A., Bananeira Filmes, Rei Cine Director: Lucrecia Martel Producer(s): Pedro Almodovar, Augustin Almodovar, Benjamin Domenech, Santiago Gallelli, Vania Catani Cast: Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Lola Duenas, Juan Minujin, Matheus Nachtergaele Details: Based on the novel "Zama" written by Antonio Di Benedetto and published in 1956. SSN Insight: Argentine director Martel previously wrote and directed the films “The Swamp”, “The Holy Girl” and “The Headless Woman”. Pedro Almodovar was a producer on those last two films.
A Year by the Sea 5/13/2015 Logline: After years of being a loving wife and mother, a woman decides not to follow her husband to a new job out-of-state but, instead, to spend a year alone on Cape Cod. Production Company(s): Montabela Productions Director: Alexander Janko Cast: Karen Allen, S Epatha Merkerson, Michael Cristofer, Celia Imrie, Yannick Bisson Writer(s): Alexander Janko Details: Based on the memoir "A Year by the Sea" written by Joan Anderson and published by Doubleday in 1999. SSN Insight: Janko used a Kickstarter last May to help fund the film, asking $50,000 and receiving $53,012 in pledges with 277 backers.
Border Crossing 5/15/2015 Logline: A psychologist saves a drowning man, only to discover he’s the same person the psychologist put away for murder 12 years earlier. Production Company(s): The Film Community Director: Bette Gordon Executive Producer(s): Dean Devlin Producer(s): Jamin O'Brien, Daniel L. Blanc, Radium L. Cheung Cast: Josh Charles, Julia Stiles, Avan Jogia, Tracie Thoms, Leo Fitzpatrick Writer(s): Stephen Molton, Frank Pugliese, Andrew Bovell Details: Based on the novel "Border Crossing" by Pat Barker; published by Penguin UK January 1, 2001. SSN Insight: Project was previously in development at Slate Films with Andrea Calderwood attached to produce. Project was partially funded via Kickstarter.
Michelle Darnell 5/15/2015 Logline: A former corporate bigshot attempts to rebuild her image after a prison stint for insider trading, but many of her victims are unwilling to let bygones be bygones. Studio: Universal Pictures Production Company(s): Gary Sanchez Productions, On the Day Productions Director: Ben Falcone Executive Producer(s): Kevin J. Messick Producer(s): Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Kathy Bates, Tyler Labine Writer(s): Melissa McCarthy, Steve Mallory, Ben Falcone SSN Insight: Gary Sanchez’s next films Welcome to Me and Daddy’s Home have wrapped. A sequel to Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, The House, Crazy U, Devil’s Night, and Manimal are in development at Sanchez.
Silence 5/15/2015 Logline: Two 17th century Portuguese missionaries return to Japan to minister to Christians, who've been outlawed. Production Company(s): Winkler Films, Sikelia Productions, Cecchi Gori Pictures, FM Films, LLC Director: Martin Scorsese Executive Producer(s): Dale Brown, Matthew Malek, Tyler Zacharia, George Furla, Chad Verdi Producer(s): Irwin Winkler, Gaston Pavlovich, Randall Emmett, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff Cast: Andrew Garfield, Issey Ogata, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano Writer(s): Martin Scorsese, Jay Cocks Details: Based on the novel "Silence" written by Shusaku Endo and published by Tuttle Publishing 1969. SSN Insight: Graham King was previously attached to produce for GK Films. Daniel Day-Lewis, Gael Garcia Bernal and Benicio Del Toro were previously in discussions to star.
Snowden 5/12/2015 Logline: The story of Edward Snowden is told. Snowden made thousands of classified documents public while working at the US National Security Agency. Production Company(s): Ixtlan Inc., Onda Entertainment Director: Oliver Stone Producer(s): Oliver Stone, Moritz Borman, Eric Kopeloff Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Scott Eastwood, Nicolas Cage, Melissa Leo Writer(s): Oliver Stone Details: 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: The film’s pre-production began in Germany with shooting set starting in Munich. Open Road Films and Endgame Entertainment announced in November, 2014 they would partner for the U.S. release.
The Girl in the Photographs 5/14/2015 Logline: When a beautiful young woman discovers a series of grisly photographs, she's spooked into ditching her small town and her dead-end job, but as she attempts to enter the big city fashion industry, she finds deeper horrors that are tailor-made for her. Production Company(s): Al-Ghanim Entertainment Director: Nick Simon Executive Producer(s): Wes Craven, Nawaf Alghanim, Brandon Michael Vayda, Krystal Vayda Producer(s): Andrea Chung, Thomas Mahoney Cast: Claudia Lee, Kal Penn, Mitch Pileggi, Katharine Isabelle, Miranda Rae Mayo Writer(s): Osgood Perkins, Robert Morast, Nick Simon SSN Insight: Halston Sage was previously attached to star.
On the Set For 5/18/15: Emma Watson Starts ‘Beauty and the Beast’, Oliver Stone Wraps ‘Snowden’, and MoreIn other filming news, Melissa McCarthy and her co-writer/director/husband Ben Falcone finish Michelle Darnell and Martin Scorsese completes shooting on Silence, while Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg get rolling on Deepwater Horizon, while Tom Cruise and Doug Liman re-team for Mena. (SSN)
The Unstoppable Rise Of Miles Teller Continues, With Open Road Taking His Boxing Pic, ‘Bleed For This’Indie distributor picked up the title at Cannes for a reported $4 million, after producers showed a 12-minute promo reel for the film, which stars Teller as world champion fighter Vinny Pazienza and Aaron Eckhart as the trainer who brought him back to the ring after a nearly fatal car wreck. Ben Younger wrote and directed the film, and Martin Scorsese is one of many executive producers. (TOH)
Meanwhile, Sony Pictures Classics Makes a Pickup Of Its Own, spends $6 Million For James Vanderbilt’s ‘Truth’The movie about the controversial “Rathergate” scandal that ended the careers of newsman Dan Rather (as played by Robert Redford) at CBS and his 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes (as played by Cate Blanchett), ends up at SPC, which may release it later this year. The film also stars Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace and Elisabeth Moss. (CS) (DH) (COL) (LF) (EMP)
Still Reeling From the Intense and Amazing Experience That Was Seeing ‘Mad Max: Fury Road” This Weekend? Here Are a Dozen Other Movies To See NextThis eclectic list of films is relevant in some way or another to George Miller’s action film, some with influences on Miller and his post-apocalyptic franchise, some with unintentional references that might just remind you of Fury Road and some earlier works by people involved with the new movie. (FSR) (WD)
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Fans Of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Can Rejoice Today, as Director George Miller Confirms There Will Be More Adventures Of MaxIn a tweet to fans, Miller thanked people for “all the kind words written and said about the film,” and promised there is more to come. Star Tom Hardy is contracted for more films, and Miller has previously said he has ideas for two more stories to tell. He also revealed that the next chapter in the tale of Max Rockatansky will be called Mad Max: The Wasteland. (EMP) (THR)
So, In Case You Were Wondering, Chris Pratt Has Not, Repeat NOT, Been Approached About a Male-Led ‘Ghostbusters’ MovieIn the cover story for this month’s issue of GQ, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World star was asked if he and Channing Tatum were being courted for one of the “shared universe” films, as has been previously reported. He said, in no uncertain terms, that he hadn’t. Read the story for all the info. (GQ) (COL)
Online Film School: Seven Things To Learn From ‘Mad Men’ Creator Matthew Weiner About Compelling StorytellingIn this exclusive video, the multiple Emmy Award-winning writer-director-producer talks about how to tell a story that will keep people engaged, and reveals at least one secret about great writers: he listens, he observes, he’s curious about people. (TOH)
Untitled Bass Reeves/Western Series Network: HBO Production Company(s): Revelations Entertainment, Bay Spring Productions Executive Producer(s): Morgan Freeman, Lori McCreary, James Pickens Jr. Writer(s): John Sayles Logline: The story of the great Bass Reeves who escaped from slavery during the civil war and fled to Indian territory. He became the first black U.S. Deputy Marshals in the Oklahoma territory. He was a master of disguises, an excellent shot and heroic, arresting more than 3,000 outlaws. Details: Based on Art T. Burton’s biography “Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life And Legend Of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves”. SSN Insight: Reeves has been thought of as one of the real-life inspirations for the Lone Ranger. He will be profiled in an upcoming episode of Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News series “Legends And Lies”. The miniseries will co-star James Pickens, Jr.
Jericho Network: ITV 1 Studio: ITV Studios Executive Producer(s): Kate Bartlett Writer(s): Steve Thompson Logline: Set in the 1870s, the story will focus on the shantytown of Jericho, home to a community that will live, thrive and die in the shadow of the viaduct they’ve been brought together to build. Pioneers, settlers and outcasts, they include people with secrets to hide and those looking to start again. SSN Insight: ITV gave a series order of eight episodes on May 14.
Peter & Wendy Network: ITV 1 Production Company(s): Headline Pictures, Juliette Films, Catalyst Global Media Writer(s): Adrian Hodges Logline: The story takes off from contemporary Great Ormond Street Hospital, where 12-year-old Lucy Rose is awaiting treatment for a serious heart condition. The day before her operation, Lucy reads "Peter Pan" to a crowd of sick children in the hospital, and she goes to sleep and dreams this version of "Peter Pan" into existence. The story is retold through the young girl’s imagination. Details: Based on the character, Peter Pan, first created by J.M. Barrie in 1902. SSN Insight: Stanley Tucci will star as Captain Hook, Laura Fraser will be Mrs. Darling and each will play dual roles. Paloma Faith has been cast as Tinker Bell with newcomers Zac Sutcliffe as Peter Pan and Hazel Doupe as Wendy. It will be produced in partnership with Lip Sync Productions and the Luxembourg Film Fund.
Coat of Many Colors Network: NBC Entertainment Studio: Warner Bros. Television Production Company(s): Magnolia Hill Productions, DP Productions Executive Producer(s): Dolly Parton, Sam Haskell Writer(s): Pamela K Long Logline: The story goes inside the tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love, faith, and a raggedy patchwork coat that helped make Dolly who she is today. Details: Based on the life story of Dolly Parton as a child and on the song it inspired, "Coat of Many Colors." SSN Insight: This project marks the first original movie out of NBC’s development deal with Dolly Parton.
Twin Peaks Network: Showtime Executive Producer(s): David Lynch, Mark Frost Writer(s): David Lynch, Mark Frost Logline: Set in the present day, more than two decades after the events in the first two seasons, the series will continue the lore and story of the original series about the mysterious murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer. Details: Based on the “Twin Peaks” series, created by David Lynch and Mark Frost and aired on ABC (1990-1991). SSN Insight: This limited series picks up 20 years after the events in "Twin Peaks”. Showtime has given a nine+ episode series order. The project was up in the air due to ongoing negotiations between Showtime and David Lynch in April, but they’ve since been resolved and Lynch will direct all episodes.
Queen of the South Network: USA Studio: Universal Cable Productions, Fox 21 Television Studios Production Company(s): Friendly Films, Pancho Pictures Executive Producer(s): Mark Fortin, Joshua John Miller, David Friendly, Pancho Mansfield Writer(s): Mark Fortin, Joshua John Miller Logline: After her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico, Teresa Mendoza is forced to go on the run and seek refuge in America. There, she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the same drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. Details: Based on the novel, "La Reina Del Sur," written by Arturo Perez-Reverte and published by Alfaguara in 2002. SSN Insight: The novel was also the inspiration for the Telemundo series of the same name, which premiered in 2011. USA ordered the pilot in September. Ahead of its Upfront presentation, USA has given a 13-episode order with a 2016 premiere.
A History of Radness Network: Amazon Studio: Amazon Studios Executive Producer(s): Andrew Green, Skot Bright Writer(s): Andrew Green Logline: Twins tell the story of their rise to success starting from their middle school days. SSN Insight: Pilot will screen on Amazon Instant Video this summer, and user feedback will determine if it goes forward as a series. The live-action kids show geared for ages 6-11.
Bear in Underwear Network: Amazon Studio: Amazon Studios Writer(s): Todd Goldman, Dave Schiff Logline: Eddie Behr, an eternally optimistic, high energy bear, and his quirky group of animal friends and family reside. Eddie aspires to be a forest legend just like his dad, who discovered "pants" at an abandoned campsite (well, actually, what he really discovered were tighty whiteys, but no one knows the difference!). Although Eddie is eager to make just as positive an impact on his community as his father did, he soon realizes that success may not be all that it's cracked up to be. Details: Based on the bestselling books by Todd Goldman. SSN Insight: Pilot will screen on Amazon Instant Video this summer, and user feedback will determine if it goes forward as a series. The animated kids show geared for ages 6-11.
Edge Network: Amazon Studio: Amazon Studios Production Company(s): Josephson Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Barry Josephson, David Greenblatt, Shane Black, Fred Dekker Writer(s): Shane Black, Fred Dekker Logline: A western about a guy who sets out to avenge his brother’s murder. Details: Based on the "Edge" book series written by George Gilman. SSN Insight: Ordered to pilot. (5/14/2015)
Lily the Unicorn Network: Amazon Studio: Amazon Studios Production Company(s): The Jim Henson Company Logline: Lily is not only a remarkable, colorful, and comical gal, she is truly one-in-a-million. Her unique perspective and independent spirit can brighten up any situation and often leads her and her loyal friends into unexpected shenanigans. Details: Based on the children's book. "An Awesome book" by Dallas Clayton. SSN Insight: Pilot will screen on Amazon Instant Video this summer, and user feedback will determine if it goes forward as a series. The animated kids show geared for ages 6-11. The Jim Henson Company is also behind the new “Muppets” series that will air in Fall.
Lost in Oz Network: Amazon Studio: Amazon Studios Logline: Set in a modern, metropolitan Emerald City and stranded in this spectacular world is 12-year-old Dorothy Gale befriends West, a young, street-smart witch grappling with dark temptations, and Ojo, a giant munchkin. With Dorothy's dog Toto, this unlikely crew embarks on an epic journey, seeking out the magic Dorothy needs to get back to Kansas. The challenge for Dorothy, and everyone else in this world, is that Oz is facing the greatest magic crisis in eons. SSN Insight: Pilot will screen on Amazon Instant Video this summer, and user feedback will determine if it goes forward as a series. The animated kids show geared for ages 6-11.
The Adventures of Knickerbock Teetertop Network: Amazon Studio: Amazon Studios, Karrot Animation Logline: Knickerbock Teetertop, the smallest kid on the enchanted Wonderpine Mountain, wants to be a big adventurer just like his grandpa. Joined by friends on his magical Wonderboggan, Knickerbock, Holly, and Otto have wondrous, challenging adventures discovering new places and creatures - and it's not easy. Knickerbock bounces along rugged terrain, pushes against the elements, and challenges himself to overcome obstacles. As he encounters problems Knickerbock uses perseverance, grit, and some encouragement from Grandpa. SSN Insight: Pilot will screen on Amazon Instant Video this summer, and user feedback will determine if it goes forward as a series. The animated kids show geared for preschoolers.
The Good Girls Revolt Network: Amazon Studio: Amazon Studios Executive Producer(s): Lynda Obst, Jeff Okin Writer(s): Dana Calvo Logline: A 1970s drama set at Newsweek. SSN Insight: Amazon ordered the pilot on May 14.
The Kicks Network: Amazon Studio: Amazon Studios Production Company(s): Full Fathom Five Executive Producer(s): James Frey, Todd Cohen Writer(s): David Babcock Logline: An empowering story of a twelve-year-old soccer player Devin who is on the verge of being named seventh-grade captain on her Connecticut school soccer team when her family moves to California and she has to start from scratch in one of the most competitive soccer states. Details: Based on the Full Fathom Five middle school book series "The Kicks" (USA/2013), by Olympic gold Medalist Alex Morgan. Ordered to pilot. (9/15/2015) SSN Insight: Pilot will screen on Amazon Instant Video this summer, and user feedback will determine if it goes forward as a series. The live-action kids show geared for ages 6-11.
The Patriot Network: Amazon Studio: Amazon Studios Executive Producer(s): Steve Conrad Writer(s): Steve Conrad Logline: A political family drama that follows a patriarch who works in the State Department, one son who is a State Senator and a Iraq war veteran with PTSD who wants to be a folk singer. SSN Insight: Amazon ordered the pilot on May 14.
Trial Network: Amazon Studio: Amazon Studios Production Company(s): No Production Company Available. Executive Producer(s): No Executive Producer Available. Writer(s): No Writer Available. Logline: A legal drama. SSN Insight: Amazon ordered the pilot on May 14.
Untitled Jason Alexander Comedy Project Network: Adult Swim Production Company(s): Alive & Kicking, Inc. Executive Producer(s): Adam Lustick Logline: An award-winning psychotherapist snaps one day and his therapy with his patients becomes more and more bizarre. However, he is such a celebrated doctor that his peers are reluctant to question his strange and unconventional methods. SSN Insight: The pilot order was given a week prior to the Turner Upfront. Jason Alexander will also start in the project.
Declassified Network: CNN Production Company(s): All3Media Executive Producer(s): Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Stephen Lambert, Mike Rogers Logline: Series will look into America’s covert operations around the world. Each episode will feature a newly declassified mission told firsthand by the agents involved, giving CNN viewers “unprecedented access to world of espionage.” SSN Insight: To be hosted by former U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, also the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
The Eighties Network: CNN Production Company(s): Playtone, HBO, Herzog & Company Executive Producer(s): Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Mark Herzog Logline: Each hourlong episode will explore the individuals and events that shaped the decade. SSN Insight: A follow-up to the CNN series “The Sixties” and “The Seventies” that bowed in 2014. The docuseries was announced on May 13 and will premiere next year.
The Group Network: TBS Studio: Warner Horizon Television Production Company(s): Conaco Productions Executive Producer(s): Conan O'Brien, David Kissinger, Dan Halsted, Jeff Ross, Greg Daniels Writer(s): David Jenkins Logline: A serious journalist is tapped to write an article about an alien abduction support group. Initially dismissive, he gradually learns that he has more in common with these people than he’d like to admit. Eventually, he must accept that either he is having a nervous breakdown or that the small, upstate town of Beacon, New York is about to be invaded by aliens. SSN Insight: Pilot order was announced during the Turner Upfront on May 13. O’Brien and Daniels were writing partners on “Saturday Night Live.”
Wrecked Network: TBS Executive Producer(s): Justin Shipley, Jordan Shipley, Jesse Hara, Moses Port Writer(s): Justin Shipley, Jordan Shipley Logline: Chronicles the aftermath of a plane crashing on a remote island. Two best friends, along with an extremely diverse group of survivors, must adjust to life in a dangerous new world that poses unique threats.which they mostly bring upon themselves. Danny and Owen, who weren’t quite killing it pre-crash, are given the chance to finally be the kind of men they’ve always wanted to be. No longer plugged in, they become the unexpected leaders of this new society devoid of such comforts as social media, wi-fi, indoor plumbing and fast food restaurants. SSN Insight: The project was originally ordered to pilot on October 24. The order of the ten episode miniseries was announced during the Turner Upfront on May 13.
Animal Kingdom Network: TNT Studio: Warner Horizon Television Production Company(s): John Wells Productions Executive Producer(s): John Wells, Jonathan Lisco Writer(s): No Writer Available. Logline: When 17-year-old Josh moves in with his wild, free-wheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town, he is pulled into their life of indulgence and excess. But after Josh discovers that it's all being funded by criminal activities, it becomes clear to him that joining the family comes with more danger and excitement than he might be ready to handle. Details: Based on the film, "Animal Kingdom," (Australia/ 2010) directed by David Michod and starring Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton and Jacki Weaver. SSN Insight: Pilot order was announced during the Turner Upfront on May 13.
The Alienist Network: TNT Studio: TNT, Paramount Television Production Company(s): Anonymous Content Executive Producer(s): Steve Golin, Rosalie Swedlin, Eric Roth, Cary Fukunaga, Hossein Amini Writer(s): Hossein Amini Logline: Set in New York City in 1896, the story of a journalist trying to solve a series of murders, and the investigative team assembled by police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt. Based on the novel by Caleb Carr. Details: Based on the novel "The Alienist" written by Caleb Carr and published by Random House April 1994. SSN Insight: Previously in development as a feature with Paramount Pictures and Scott Rudin Productions. Planned as an eight part event series. Pilot order was announced during the Turner Upfront on May 13.
Will Network: TNT Production Company(s): Cineflix Executive Producer(s): Vince Gerardis, Howard Braunstein, Louise Rosner, Craig Pearce Writer(s): Craig Pearce Logline: A look at William Shakespeare’s wild early years. SSN Insight: Previously had a straight to series order at Pivot in 2013. Pilot order was announced during the Turner Upfront on May 13.
TV Development For 5/19/15: All the Turner Upfront News, David Lynch To Direct ‘Twin Peaks’, Plus Amazon PickupsA ton of action as the TV world continues to look forward to the next batch of new shows soon to appear on your home screens. Also included, something new for HBO, the USA Network, NBC and ITV 1. Click on the link to get all the info. (SSN)
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Ang Lee Has Finally Finished Casting Bravo Company For His Upcoming ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ AdaptationFilling the ranks are Arturo Castro, who will play “Mango”; Barney Harris, who will play “Sykes”; Beau Knapp, who plays “Crack”; Mason Lee, who plays “Foo”; Brian “Astro” Bradley, who plays “Lodis”; and Ismael Cruz Cordova, who plays “Holiday.” In addition, Makenzie Leigh will play Faison, a Texas cheerleader and love interest to main character Billy Flynn. They join actor Joe Alwyn, already cast in the title role. (DH) (BTS)
MTV Continues To Expand Its Original Scripted Programming, Green Lights Animated Pilot ‘Fantasy Bastards’Brittany Snow will be doing voice work for the show, which follows five awkward outcasts who discover they have the same father (who just so happens to be a prince…and a total cad). The group of misfits become royalty overnight, but it’s not your typical fairytale. Sharon Osbourne, Natasha Leggero, Nasim Pedrad, John Roberts, Jameeliah Garrett and Jessica Lowe are also in the cast. (EW) (SAA)
Warner Bros. Just Dropped a Ton Of Information About When We’ll Be Seeing a Bunch Of Their Upcoming MoviesThe Ben Affleck action-thriller The Accountant has been given the release date of January 29th, The pic will open opposite Kung Fu Panda 3 and the Disney coast guard drama The Finest Hours, which stars Affleck’s brother Casey Affleck. Other release dates were announced for Project XX, Arms & the Dudes and a “Special Event Film” which might be the Annabelle sequel. (COL) (TP) (RT) (TVL) (GITS)
Box Office Insight: ‘Pitch Perfect 2' Won the Weekend, but Will It Win the War Against ‘Mad Max’ Around the World?One film is selling adult stylized violence while the other is selling girl power with music numbers. Films aiming at different audience segments compete most every weekend, but what’s interesting is that the films’ performances of this particular weekend were almost mirror images. SSN analyzes why. (SSN)
Rep Moves For 5/20/15: Josh Gad, Gal Gadot Follow Meredith Wechter To WME, While Hailee Steinfeld Chooses CAA InsteadIt was a busier week in rep moves than it has been of late, with several different agencies getting involved in the various comings and goings. To get all the info, click on the link and read on. (SSN)
So, If You’re Keeping Score, It’s Peter Sarsgaard In, Jason Momoa Out Of ‘Magnificent Seven’ Remake’The MGM/Sony remake of the 1960 film has found its bad guy. Sarsgaard is in final negotiations to play Bartholomew Bogue, a robber baron whose hired thugs kill the husband of a woman who hires a group of mercenaries to take back the small town that has become Bogue’s stomping grounds. Meanwhile, Momoa has dropped out due to, according to one report, the fact that his character had little to do. (DH) (EMP) (CS) (UR)
Meanwhile, a String Of Celebrities, Writers and Personalities Also Share Their Favorite Letterman MomentsPeople like Conan O’Brien, Tina Fey, Nathan Lane, Dane Cook, Rudy Giuliani, Gabourey Sidibe and Will Arnett chime in, among a host of others, about their favorite moments with Dave and watching Dave. Others, like James Cameron, for instance, were not fans at all. (VUL) (AA) (SF)
UTA Fires Back At CAA Over Agent Defection Lawsuit, Saying Action Is “Desperate Attempt To Save Face”The agency’s response begins with the statement, "Despite what CAA would like to believe, its front doors are not a one-way turnstile.” In dual demurrers and motions to strike filed yesterday in Los Angeles Superior Court, UTA came out swinging against its cross-town rival, accusing it of manufacturing a bogus lawsuit. (HESQ) (THR) (SF) (VAR)
After Years Of Development Hell and a Revolving Door Of Stars, 'The Crow’ Remake Seems To Finally Be Moving Forward, May Have Found Its VillainAndrea Riseborough looks set to join Jack Huston, who has been cast as the lead role originated by the late Brandon Lee. Riseborough would play Top Dollar, who in the novel and the original movie was the baddest of the bad guys — yes, a guy — in the story of Draven, who comes back from the dead to avenge his girlfriend’s death after both were killed in a deadly attack. Michael Wincott played Top Dollar in the first film, which came out in 1994. (DH) (TLF) (CB)
Denis Villeneuve Just Landed One Of the Industry’s Best Cinematographers For His ‘Blade Runner’ SequelTwelve-time Oscar nominee Roger Deakins has joined the project, which won’t even start shooting until the summer of 2016. Harrison Ford has been confirmed for a return as Rick Deckard, and Ryan Gosling has been heavily rumored for the lead role. The new film is written by Blade Runner co-writer Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, from an idea by Fancher and Ridley Scott. (GR) (COL) (SM)
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This Is Hollywood: Maggie Gyllenhaal Details How She Was Told That She Is “Too Old” To Play a 55-Year-Old Man’s Love InterestStrange to hear this about a 37-year-old actress, yes? The Oscar nominee, who is getting Emmy buzz for her work on the Sundance miniseries The Honourable Woman, tells all in an interview in which she reveals the astonishing fact, and says, “It made me feel bad, and then it made me feel angry, and then it made me laugh.” (TW) (UR)
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Smash Bestseller ‘The Girl On the Train’ Is Heading For the Big Screen, and Tate Taylor Will Direct ItThe man who directed the studio’s The Help is returning to helm the adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ novel. Erin Cressida Wilson is writing the script, which tells of an alcoholic woman who, devastated by a recent divorce, spends her daily train ride fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house her train passes every day. But she may come to be involved in their affairs when she comes home covered in blood after a black-out drinking episode. (THR) (VAR) (CS) (EW) (CB) (TW) (GITS)
Company Launches, Partnerships & Deals
Jenny Daly’s T Group Prods has inked an overall co-production deal with long-time producer Ann Lewis Roberts, and her new shingle Roberts Media which will relocate to T Group’s Santa Monica office. Under the agreement, Roberts will create, develop and produce unscripted programming to be co-produced with T Group in the U.S., Canada and UK and they’ll serve as EPs on all series.
Moroccan-born billionaire Patrick Drahi Luxembourg-based telecom company, Altice, has made a deal to buy 70% of Suddenlink in a deal that values $9.1 billion including debt. If approved, the deal would give Altice 1.5 million cable customers across the U.S. marking the company’s first customers in the country.
Greek businessman and ship owner Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis has launched the Hercules Film Fund and will finance three to five wide-release films a year. It’s first film out of the gate is Mena, starring Tom Cruise which Universal Pictures is distributing. Kasidokostas-Latsis’ partner Terry Dougas is starting new production banner Rhea as the production company for films financed by Hercules and will co-produce Mena. The two companies will operate independently from 1821 Media, the multimedia production and finance company, already owned by longtime business partners Kasidokostas-Latsis and Douglas.
Alex Garcia, Latin America’s largest indie film producer-financier, has launched AG Capital, an equity-backed fund that will fully fund English language films in the $5 million-$25 million range and co-produce films above $25 million dollar budgets. AG Capital will be under Garcia’s controlling company AG Studios and will be run by him and Laura Walker, formerly an agent at CAA for seven years. Walker has worked in production, serving as assistant director to Richard Linklater, Peter Berg and Robert Rodriguez.
Broadcasters and cable networks are partnering to form a new organization named the Video Advertising Bureau (VAB), formerly the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau, focused on maximizing advertising potential through quality content on traditional TV outlets. Sean Cunningham will serve as President and CEO. Joe Abruzzese, president of advertising sales at Discovery Networks has been named an inaugural co-chair of the VAB. The VAB will include 110 networks and the 11 largest MVPDs combining the biggest broadcast networks, cable networks and distributors to advance the power of video advertising.
Ben Latham-Jones has fully bought Ealing Studios Entertainment, the production entity of the legendary London-based studio. The former creative director for Fox will serve as the head of studio. Previous head Barnaby Thompson will focus on directing. In 2012, Latham-Jones raised $50 million in financing to produce films.
Broad Green Pictures has hired Travis Reid as President of Theatrical Distribution. In his new role, Reid will oversee the theatrical distribution of the company’s current specialty, and forthcoming wide release slates, including theatrical sales, exhibitor relations, in-theatre marketing, and all associated operations in these areas. Emlyn Barrios has been named the SVP of Home Entertainment Sales. Barrios was previously at Paramount. Marco DiSilvio will be the VP of Home Entertainment Sales, formerly he worked at Redbox Instant. Vincent Gatewood has been hired as a CE. He was previously Lawrence Bender’s assistant. Dustin Howard has been named the new SVP of Home Ent. Sales, snagged from Cinedigm. Tom Parker has been hired as the VP of Promotions, Events & Field Publicity and was previously at Relativity Media. The company has also tapped Kathleen Kennedy’s previous assistant, Shary Shirazi to become a new CE.
Michael Dwyer is the new SVP International Sales & Distribution at IM Global. He previously served as VP, International Sales & Acquisitions at Screen Media.
New Line Cinema has named Catherine Nam as their VP of Publicity and Communication and will spearhead communications across all of the company’s operations and provide communications support for Warner Bros Theatre Ventures. She’s a veteran having spent 13 years in international PR at Warner Bros. Pictures. In the new role she will work closely with the publicity teams at Warner Bros. She reports to Toby Emmerich, President & COO of New Line Cinema.
Ennis Hensley has been promoted from EVP to President, International Sales & Distribution at The Weinstein Company.
Patrick Chu has been promoted from Director of Development to VP of Productions & Acquisitions at FilmNation Entertainment. Jennifer Fradlin has been promoted from Director to VP of Business & Legal Affairs at FilmNation Entertainment. Selena Saldana has been promoted to VP of Publicity, up from Director.
Mike Weatherley has been named the EVP, Director of the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation in LA/London. He previously served as British MP and Intellectual Property Rights Advisor to Prime Minister David Cameron in London.
ITV Studios America has upped Paul Reaney to SVP Development. Based in Los Angeles, Reaney will still focus on the growth of the company’s West Coast development slate for broadcast, cable and digital. He’ll report to Bruce Robertson, EVP of Creative Strategy.
Chetan Dave has been promoted from Coordinator to Manager of Comedy Development at 20th Century Fox Television. Jenna Dim has likewise been upped from Coordinator to Manager in the Drama Development department.
Michael Jackson is the new Head of Global Sales at Banijay International in London. He was previously Senior Sales & Acquisitions Executive at DCD Rights in the city.
Josh Levy has been named SVP of Television at Boom! Studios. He was formerly VP of Creative Affairs at Far Field Productions.
Long-time TV programming exec Holly Hines has joined Dynamic Television as SVP Content, and will develop and sell new scripted series and mini-series to U.S., UK, Canadian and Australian networks. Previously she was SVP Scripted Programming at Pivot. Hines will work with Managing Partners Daniel March and Klaus Zimmermann in handling Dynamic’s produced television series.
Kelli Raftery has been upped to SVP Communications at CBS Corporation, will help manage media relations for the CBS Corporate Communications Department and work closely to support the communications teams at each of CBS’s business segments. Shannon Jacobs, who was previously the SVP Communications at CBS Corporation will be the senior consultant to the department. She’ll continue in her current role through the launch of the new fall season.
Lindsey Springer has been named the new President of Carlton Cuse Productions. She was previously at Amblin TV as head of development. At Carlton, her series portfolio will include A&E’s Bates Motel and The Returned, FX’s The Strain and USA’s upcoming Colony. Carlton Cuse inked a three-year first-look deal with A+E Studios last fall.
Long-time comedy writer-producer Donick Cary has inked a two-year overall deal with CBS TV Studios. In the first year he’ll serve as a consulting producer on Silicon Valley while developing for CBS Studios. Cary began his writing career on Late Night and Late Show With David Letterman before moving to The Simpsons.
Robert Atwood has been named VP of Television Development at Fazekas & Butter. Formerly he was the Director of Development & Talent at TV Land.
Martha Sepulveda is the new Director of Development & Production in Kids and Family Entertainment at Breakthrough Entertainment in Toronto. She was previously the Development Manager at Sinking Ship Ent.
Antonio Pacheco has been promoted from Director to VP of Program Planning & Scheduling at Starz.
Simon Raikes will be the new Creative Director at Red Planet Pictures in London. He formerly served as a Commissioning Editor in Factual at Channel5 in London.
Jim Schubert has been promoted from Executive Director to VP of Program Planning & Scheduling at Encore.
René Santaella has been promoted from VP to SVP of Global Ad Strategy & Operations, Digital Networks at Sony Pictures Television.
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Deadline Hollywood founder Nikki Finke has announced plans for a new site called HollywoodDementia.com, centering around the creation of fictional stories about living and working in Hollywood. She will write and curate content for the site with a launch date planned for late June.
Tiffani Manabat has been tapped to be VP of Advertising & Games at Digital Domain 3.0. Previously he served as an Executive Producer of Post Production at Caviar.
Michael Brittain is the new Creative Director at Ignition Creative. He previously served as Director of Print Design at FX Networks.
Dan Clivner is now the Co-Managing Partner at Sidley Austin. He was previously Managing Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.
Machinima has just named former Sony and Fox digital marketing exec Joseph Epstein SVP, Marketing. At the studios he oversaw strategies and campaigns for films including The Croods, Good Day To Die Hard and The Wolverine. In the new role, he’ll report to COO Daniel Tibbets. Joerg Bachmaier has been named the SVP of Content Strategy & Co-Productions at Machinima. He was previously the EVP of International Production, BBC Worldwide.
Jarryd Gonzales, previous spokesperson at Verizon will head Public Relations & Communications for The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
Entertainment Weekly has tapped Ellie Duque as their new publisher, replacing Melissa Mattiace who stepped down. Duque will oversee the development and execution of advertising sales and marketing initiatives on all platforms for the magazine, website and digital offerings. She will report to People and EW Group Publisher, Karen Kovacs. EW has also promoted Lana LoRusso to vice president and associate publisher of sales and will report to Duque.
Richard Van Syckle has been named the Nashville Local Executive Director of SAG-AFTRA in the city. Previously he gained experience as a freelance producer and project manager.
Brian Hunt is now the EVP and head of Development at Believe Ent. Group in NYC. He was previously the head of Creative Development at Yahoo!
Viz Media, a North American distributor of manga and anime, has tapped Brad Woods as its new chief marketing officer and will develop marketing and product strategies to expand the Viz Media brand across multiple channels across all of the company’s imprints. Previously, Woods was at DreamWorks Animation and held senior positions at Mattel and Warner Bros.
Angela Megrey has shifted to VP of Social Media at Crown Media Family Networks, she previously served that role at Blaze PR.
Marketing Agency, Razorfish just hired Samih Fadli as its first chief intelligence officer. Fadli will lead Razorfish Global’s Data Intelligence Practice and expand marketing intelligence and data sciences practices. Prior to taking the Razorfish gig, Fahli was SVP of global engineering at Gravity4, an ad tech company with a problematic CEO who just got sued for gender discrimination.
Rolling Stone has hired Josh Swade as executive producer of film and video starting May 26. Swade will manage Rolling Stone’s team of about 10 recently hired employees. He was previously a senior producer at MaggieVision Prods. Where he produced ESPN’s “The ESPYs” and “NFL Honors” awards shows.
Amazon-owned Audible.com has tapped Eric Nuzum as the SVP of Original Content. He hails from NPR where he was VP of Programming.
Development Pick List: the #Future #Biopics, Dinosaur #Directors, Time-Traveling #Female #Heroes To Check OutJust in time for summer, SSN has sorted through the internet to find that available talent and content on the cusp of greatness. This list is filled with hidden gems in the form of talent and content that are steps from hitting the mainstream. Besides talent and produced content, some are articles that would make for a fascinating miniseries or film. (SSN)
Exec Shuffle For 5/22/15: Alex Garcia Launches AG Capital, Ben Latham-Jones Buys Ealing Studios, Plus Weinstein MovesAnother busy week in Hollywoodland, as lots of hirings and firings and comings and goings occur all over town. Companies are bought and sold, execs land golden parachutes, and the world keeps spinning. Click on the link to get all the info. (SSN)
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Richard Curtis Prepares To Suffer From Night Fever, but Will Keep Stayin’ Alive To Write Bee Gees BiopicThe screenwriter behind Four Weddings and a Funeral, Mr. Bean, Bridget Jones' Diary, and War Horse, will script a biopic of Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb — the brothers who formed the Bee Gees in 1958 — for DreamWorks and MGM. Barry Gibb, the lone surviving member of the group, and MGM's Gary Barber are set to produce. (TOH)
Second Movie Isn’t Hitting Theaters For Another Year? No Problem, Lionsgate Still Wants Another ‘Now You See Me’The studio confirms it’s already entered the “early planning” stages for the threequel, now that Now You See Me 2 has wrapped production. Now You See Me: The Second Act began shooting in late 2014, and is scheduled to arrive in theaters June 10th, 2016. Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Lizzy Caplan and Daniel Radcliffe star. (SF) (TLF) (THR) (EMP) (COL)
I.T. 5/25/2015 Logline: A successful businessman, who was once a thug in his youth but has since changed his ways, discovers that his new I.T. handyman is actually a dangerous lunatic who's out to destroy the businessman, his company, and his family. Production Company(s): Irish DreamTime, Friendly Films Director: John Moore Producer(s): David Friendly, Beau St. Clair, Craig J. Flores, Nicolas Chartier Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Anna Friel, James Frecheville, Stefanie Scott Writer(s): William Wisher, Daniel Kay SSN Insight: Previously set to start shooting in March. Stefano Sollima previously attached to direct. Voltage, which was behind the Joseph Gordon-Levitt-directed Don Jon, opened sales at AFM. Kay penned the script based on a concept by Friendly through his Friendly Films banner.
Special Correspondents 5/19/2015 Logline: A radio journalist who's desperate for ratings fakes his news coverage of a turbulent overseas rebel uprising from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in Manhattan. Production Company(s): Unanimous Pictures, Les Films Manuel Munz, Bron Studios, Creative Wealth Media Finance Director: Ricky Gervais Executive Producer(s): Jason Cloth Producer(s): Chris Coen, Aaron Gilbert, Manuel Munz, Larry Sanitsky Cast: Ricky Gervais, Eric Bana Details: Remake of "Special Correspondents" (France/2009) directed by Frederic Auburtin. SSN Insight: Netflix will release the film worldwide in 2016, but the film will not have a U.S. theatrical release.
The Magnificent Seven 5/18/2015 Logline: A woman hires a group of gunslingers to protect her town from rampaging bandits. Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) Production Company(s): Roger Birnbaum Productions Director: Antoine Fuqua Executive Producer(s): Guy Riedel Producer(s): Roger Birnbaum, Todd Black Cast: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Haley Bennett, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio Writer(s): John Lee Hancock, Nic Pizzolatto Details: Remake of The Magnificent Seven released on October 23, 1960 film directed by John Sturges. SSN Insight: Tom Cruise was previously attached to star Lawrence Kasdan previously attached to direct when project was in development at United Artists. Previously in development at United Artists who hired Terry Swann and Mark Kasdan to write.
Untitled (BBC/StudioCanal Donald Crowhurst Yacht Race Project) 5/20/2015 Logline: True story of Donald Crowhurt who, despite being a novice, entered the most challenging nautical around-the-world boat race. Studio: StudioCanal Distribution Production Company(s): Galatee Films, BBC Films, Blue Print Pictures Director: James Marsh Executive Producer(s): Christine Langan Producer(s): Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin, Scott Burns, Nicolas Mauvernay, Jacques Perrin Cast: Rachel Weisz Writer(s): Scott Burns Details: Based on documentary "Deep Water" (USA/2006) directed by Louise Osmond and Jerry Rothwell. SSN Insight: Alejandro González Iñárritu was previously attached to direct. Colin Firth was previously attached to star.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip 5/20/2015 Logline: Chipmunks Alvin, Simon, and Theodore feel neglected because Dave is spending too much time with his girlfriend, Samantha, and they try to do everything in their power to prevent Dave from asking for her hand in marriage. Studio: Fox 2000 Production Company(s): New Regency Productions, Bagdasarian Productions, Sunswept Entertainment Director: Walt Becker Executive Producer(s): Karen Rosenfelt Producer(s): Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman Cast: Jason Lee, Tony Hale Writer(s): Adam Sztykiel, Randi Mayem Singer Details: Sequel to "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" (2011) directed by Mike Mitchell and starring Jason Lee. SSN Insight: Animation/live-action hybrid like the prior three films. The first film was released in 2007 and grossed $360 million worldwide, followed by the sequel in 2009 that grossed $443 million and the most recent film in 2011 that grossed $337 million.
Army of One 5/22/2015 Logline: A construction worker from Colorado tries to find Osama Bin Laden. Production Company(s): Conde Nast Publications, Inc., Endgame Entertainment, Emile Gladstone Productions Director: Larry Charles Executive Producer(s): Patrick Newall Producer(s): Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, Dawn Ostroff, Jeremy Steckler, Emile Gladstone Cast: Nicolas Cage, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Russell Brand, Ken Marino, Denis O'Hare Writer(s): Scott Rothman, Rajiv Joseph Details: Loosely based on the GQ article "An Army of One" written by Chris Heath and published September 2010. SSN Insight: Cage has a busy development slate with Bonjour Anne also in preproduction but has wrapped Snowden, The Trust, The Runner and Pay the Ghost.
Stephanie 5/22/2015 Logline: A young girl's powers force her into solitude. Studio: Universal Pictures Production Company(s): Gotham/Principal, Blumhouse Productions, Unbroken Pictures, Chapter One Director: Akiva Goldsman Executive Producer(s): Nate Matteson, Eric Robinson, Bryan Bertino Producer(s): Jason Blum, Matt Kaplan, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Adrienne Biddle Cast: Frank Grillo, Anna Torv, Shree Crooks, Kenneth Choi Writer(s): Ben Collins, Luke Piotrowski SSN Insight: Screenplay was included on the 2012 Blood List. Jonathan van Tulleken was previously attached to direct. Actor Frank Grillo also starred in the Universal Pictures/Blumhouse Productions film "The Purge: Anarchy" (2014).
The Big Short 5/23/2015 Logline: A look at the American economy, the recession, and the subprime mortgage market focusing on a group of investors who aim to prey upon the economic collapse for riches. Studio: Paramount Pictures Production Company(s): Plan B Entertainment Director: Adam McKay Executive Producer(s): Kevin J. Messick Producer(s): Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Sarah Esberg Cast: Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Melissa Leo Writer(s): Adam McKay, Charles Randolph Details: Based on the book "The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine" written by Michael Lewis and published by W.W. Norton on March 15, 2010. SSN Insight: This film will continue to build Plan B’s reputation for tackling important issues, with “12 Years a Slave” landing the best picture Oscar and “Selma” garnering two Oscar noms as well.
The Neon Demon 5/22/2015 Logline: An aspiring model finds herself in a terrifying predicament with her survival hanging in the balance. Production Company(s): Space Rocket Nation Director: Nicolas Winding Refn Producer(s): Lene Borglum Cast: Elle Fanning, Abbey Lee, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Jena Malone Writer(s): Nicolas Winding Refn, Mary Laws SSN Insight: France’s Gaumont and Wild Bunch will co-finance and co-distribute the film. They previously partnered on Refn’s 2013 film, Only God Forgives.
We Still Steal the Old Way 5/18/2015 Logline: After the Archer gang are put in prison for a carrying out a gold robbery, they must plan their escape while fending off old enemies on the inside. Production Company(s): GFM Films, Richwater Films Director: Sacha Bennett Producer(s): Rod Smith, Jonathan Sothcott Cast: Steven Berkoff, Ian Ogilvy, Dani Dyer, Christopher Ellison, Lysette Anthony Writer(s): Simon Cluett Details: Sequel to "We Still Kill The Old Way" (UK/2014) directed by Sacha Bennett. SSN Insight: Besides acting, Steven Berkoff is also an author, playwright and theatre director. He is best known for portraying Lt. Col Podovsky in Rambo: First Blood Part II, General Orlov in the James Bond film Octopussy and Victor Maitland in Beverly Hills Cop.
On the Set For 5/25/15: Chris Pratt Starts On ‘The Magnificent Seven’, Brad Pitt and Christian Bale Wrap ‘The Big Short’Among the other movies that are up and running are the new film rom director-star Ricky Gervais and director James Marsh’s followup to The Theory of Everything, while Larry Charles and Nicolas Cage’s Army of One, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Neon Demon and the latest in the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise finish principal photography. (SSN) (IW) (EW) (COL)
Two Months Ahead Of ‘Rogue Nation’, Tom Cruise Already Has a New ‘Mission: Impossible’ In DevelopmentWhile details are limited, Paramount has already set into motion what would be the sixth film in the franchise. Cruise would return to star and produce, alongside David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and J.J. Abrams. Don Granger and Matt Grimm are set as executive producers and Elizabeth Raposa will oversee development. (CB)
The Ongoing Rise Of Alicia Vikander To Superstardom Continues Apace, With the Actress In Talks For Two Major RolesStar of Ex Machina is circling both Assassin’s Creed and the upcoming Bourne film, which means she will probably drop out of The Circle, which stars Tom Hanks and was a project Vikander had joined within the last couple weeks. Creed stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, and the new Bourne film stars Matt Damon. Both films are expected in theaters in 2016, Bourne in July and Creed in December. (CS) (YT) (TP) (SM)
Now That David Lynch Is Back On Board the ‘Twin Peaks’ Season Three Train, Showtime Has Doubled the OrderShowtime’s revival series has been through a number of ups and downs over the last few months after it was announced last October to wildly enthusiastic fan response. Now, after Lynch left the project because of budget issues and since returned, the network has extended the episode count from nine to 18. (COL) (TP) (SF) (THR) (EW) (UR)
Remember When George Miller Was Going To Direct a ‘Justice League’ Movie? Now, There’s a Documentary To Remind YouYou loved seeing what Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Dune would have looked like. You’re anxious to get the full details on the failure of Tim Burton’s Superman Lives. Now is a documentary in the works about George Miller‘s canceled DC superhero-team movie, Justice League: Mortal. (EMP) (TOH) (FSR)
Untitled Christian Hageseth Unscripted Series Production Company(s): High Noon Entertainment, Farah Films Executive Producer(s): Dan Farah, Jim Berger Logline: Chronicles Hageseth’s experience on the front lines of the cannabis business, exploring legal marijuana’s impact on American life as well as the cultural and economic shifts that will come in its wake. Details: Based on the book by Christian Hageseth entitled Big Weed: An Entrepreneur’s High-Stakes Adventures In The Budding Legal Marijuana Business. SSN Insight: The project is being shopped to cable networks. There’s an uptick in reality series about the marijuana industry with TruTV’s Medicine Man pilot, CNN’s High Profits and NBC’s scripted project Buds in development. Fluffy Breaks Even! Network: Fuse Studio: Fuse Media Executive Producer(s): Gabriel Iglesias Logline: The series will follow comedians and tour mates Gabriel Iglesias, Martin Moreno and Rick Gutierrez as they travel to new cities, exploring the comedic consequences when members of Fluffy’s crew want to eat a high-calorie meal. They’ll have to “break even” the next day by burning those calories, learning that fun comes with a price – exercise. SSN Insight: The half-hour stand-alone comedy has already begun production on Vegas.
Last Hope with Troy Dunn Network: UP Production Company(s): DunnDeal Studios Executive Producer(s): Troy Dunn Logline: Author and motivational speaker Troy Dunn will track down lost loved ones and facilitate reunions. SSN Insight: Reality series was greenlit by UP network which brands itself as “feel good TV for you and your family”. UP has also acquired all 44 episodes of Dunn’s reality series The Locator, which it will premiere on June 1.
A Very Murray Christmas Network: Netflix Executive Producer(s): Sofia Coppola, Mitch Glazer, Roman Coppola, Tony Hernandez Writer(s): Sofia Coppola, Bill Murray, Mitch Glazer Logline: A homage to the classic variety shows, featuring Bill Murray playing himself, as he worries no one will show up to his TV show due to a terrible snow storm in New York City. Through luck and perseverance, guests arrive at the Carlyle hotel to help him; dancing and singing in holiday spirit. SSN Insight: The cast will include Bill Murray, George Clooney, Paul Shaffer, Amy Poehler, Michael Cera, Chris Rock, David Johansen, Maya Rudolph, Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones and Miley Cyrus among others. Berlin Station Network: EPIX Studio: Paramount Television Production Company(s): Anonymous Content Executive Producer(s): Michael R. Roskam, Olen Steinhauer, Eric Roth Writer(s): Olen Steinhauer Logline: Daniel Meyer, a newly anointed case officer, has arrived at the CIA foreign station in Berlin, Germany. It with a clandestine mission: to uncover the source of a leak who has supplied information to a now-famous whistleblower named "Thomas Shaw." Details: Based on an original idea by Olen Steinhauer. SSN Insight: EPIX has given a straight to series order of 10 episodes. Fancy Bastards Network: MTV Production Company(s): Titmouse, Inc., Underground Executive Producer(s): Price Peterson, Ryan D Sandoval, Lily Sparks, Jason Micallef, Kristen Schaal Writer(s): Price Peterson, Ryan D Sandoval, Lily Sparks Logline: A small town is shocked to learn its five most awkward outcasts all share the same father â€” a notorious ginger cad who had an indiscretion filled night during a whirlwind visit to Vegas nine years ago â€¦ and just happens to be a prince. The misfits turn into royal rock stars overnight, but soon find that the "Fancy Bastard" life is no fairytale. SSN Insight: MTV has ordered the pilot presentation for the half-hour animated show with a voice cast that includes Brittany Snow, Sharon Osbourne and Kelly Osbourne. Graves Network: EPIX Studio: Lionsgate Production Company(s): Kingsgate Films Executive Producer(s): Joshua Michael Stern, Greg Shapiro Writer(s): Joshua Michael Stern Logline: Former U.S. president Graves has an epiphany, realizing that some of his policies have brought damage to the country. He embarks on a quest to right the wrongs while his wife is pursuing a career in politics. SSN Insight: EPIX has given a straight to series order of 10 episodes. Nick Nolte will play Graves. The Bastard Executioner Network: No Broadcast Network Available. Studio: FX Productions, Fox 21 Television Studios Production Company(s): Imagine Television, Sutter Ink Executive Producer(s): Kurt Sutter, Paris Barclay, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo Writer(s): Kurt Sutter Logline: A warrior knight in King Edward IIIâ€™s charge is broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword. But when that violence finds him again he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all. Details: Based on an idea by Brian Grazer. Ordered straight to pilot. (12/12/2013) Ordered to series. Network has ordered 10 episodes. (5/22/2015) The Underwriting Production Company(s): Endemol Shine North America Executive Producer(s): Carolyn Bernstein Logline: A tale of young wealth and ambition among the millennial generation, the story centers around a $14 billion IPO for the world’s hottest dating site app. Details: Based on the novel, "The Underwriting," written by Michelle Miller and published by G.P. Putnam's Sons on May 26, 2015. SSN Insight: The book was optioned by Endemol Shine Studios, the scripted The Underwriting Book Coverdivision of Endemol Shine North America. Endemol Shine Studios’ EVP Carolyn Bernstein will head development of the project for the studio. Warrior Network: Cinemax Production Company(s): Perfect Storm Entertainment, Bruce Lee Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Justin Lin, Troy Craig Poon, Danielle Woodrow, Jonathan Tropper, Shannon Lee Writer(s): Jonathan Tropper Logline: The story traces the path of a gifted but morally corrupt fighter thrown into crisis after a long quest for vengeance is undermined. Details: Inspired by a large collection of Bruce Lee’s handwritten notes found by his daughter after his death. SSN Insight: Lin has directed the first two episodes of True Detective’s second season for Cinemax sibling HBO. Lin also directed the pilot and is the executive producer on the hit CBS drama Scorpion. [Feature Image Photo Credit: Kharlozz2013]
TV Development For 5/26/15: Justin Lin Bringing Bruce Lee’s Passion Project To Life, High Noon Shops Marijuana Series, and MoreIn the wake of the upfronts over the last few weeks, this was a slower week on the television front, but there was still a fair amount of activity. Click on the link to get the full skinny. (SSN)
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Get Ready For a Brand New Horror Anthology, Entirely Made Up Of Work From African-American Female Writers and DirectorsSeven different writers and seven directors are teaming for the project, put together by L.C. Cruell, a longtime writer/director who felt inspired to break the monolithic stereotypes of Black people not being involved in horror, especially Black women. Authors Tananarive Due and Valjeanne Jeffers, filmmaker Tiffany D. Jackson, and actress/director Rae Dawn Chong are among those involved. (SAA) (DH) (EW) (CS) (TVL)
The Secret History Of Marvel’s Ultimate Universe, an Experiment That Changed Comics (and Movies) ForeverWhat began as something of a Hail Mary reboot became something that would have lasting and far-reaching aftereffects. It's a story of desperate ambition, shocking triumph, and fevered imagination. But it's also a cautionary tale: one about pushing limits too far, holding on too long, and learning to accept the forces of entropy. (VUL)
Remember That Whole Thing About How Dax Sheppard Is Writing, Directing and Starring In a ‘CHiPs’ Movie? Looks Like He Found His VillainBased on Rick Rosner’s cult TV series that saw Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox as dedicated, khaki-clad cops Frank “Ponch” Poncherrello and Jon Baker, who kept the mean streets of California’s highways safe from crime between 1977 and 1983, Sheppard will play Baker and Michael Peña Ponch, and now it looks like Vincent D’Onofrio will play the big bad. No word yet on shooting dates. (EMP) (DH)
‘Belle’ Director Amma Asante Lines Up Her Next Gig, and David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike Are StarringDirector Asante will helm A United Kingdom, the true story of Seretse Khama, a member of the royal family of a former English colony and south African nation called Bechuanaland, which eventually became Botswana with Khama as its first president. Preceding this development, however, Khama was embroiled in controversy when he married a white woman in 1949. Guy Hibbert wrote the script. (COL) (THR) (SD) (TDL) (TP) (IW) (GITS)
UTA: New Girl star Zooey Deschanel has moved from CAA to UTA. Although she was at CAA for the good part of the last ten years, she was actually at UTA for a period of time in 2013. On the features side, she will next be seen in Open Road Films’ Rock the Kasbah and The Driftless Area. She’s also been cast in Along the Highways which is in active development. She will continue to be represented by attorney Steve Warren at Hansen Jacobson.
ESA: Executive producer and director Fred Berner is now an ESA Client and will be repped by Paul Alan Smith. Berner was a long-time Co-EP on Law and Order Criminal Intent and Law and Order. He's also directed episodes of Chicago PD and Law and Order SVU. On the feature side, his notable producer credits include Pollock and The Great White Hype.
Gersh Agency: Writer-director Jordan Galland has signed with the Gersh Agency. He most recently wrote and directed Ava’s Possession, a mystery thriller about a woman that’s ordered to go to rehab to rid herself of a demon. The film premiered at the 2015 SXSW film festival.
CAA: Not a rep move, but very good news for CAA as comedy star Melissa McCarthy has decided to stay with the agency after the CAA/UTA shake-up. She joined the agency shortly after landing the lead in Mike & Molly. Her husband, filmmaker Ben Falcone will also stay with CAA. Both were previously repped by Heyman and Lesak who are now at UTA. McCarthy’s latest film, Spy premieres in the U.S. on June 5.
Gersh Agency: Gersh also signed on to represent another filmmaker out of SXSW, Oren Shai. He made his feature directorial debut that screened at the festival this year entitled The Frontier, a 1970’s period film noir about a young woman running from the law who robs a gang of outlaws.
WME: Laker All-Star Kobe Bryant will now be represented by WME. Agent Rob Pelinka at Landmark Sports will continue to handle his marketing contracts while WME will handle his representation in film, TV, books and digital. Bryant recently executive produced his first documentary, the aptly named, Kobe Bryant’s Muse, which aired on Showtime in February. Next year will be his last for the Lakers and will complete his two-season, $48.5 million playing contract.