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Black Heart Network: ABC Entertainment Group Studio: ABC Studios Production Company(s): Prospect Park Executive Producer(s): Kelly Masterson, Jeff Kwatinetz, Josh Barry Writer(s): Kelly Masterson Logline: The story follows the unlikely ascension of the second son to the throne of a multi-billion dollar, family-owned energy company. In centers on the first-born son, twisted and scarred by a fire decades ago, who uses intrigue, manipulation, blackmail and even murder to put his beloved younger brother in power. SSN Insight: ABC has snagged Black Heart with a penalty. Josh Barry previously was an exec at ABC for 10 years before landing at Prospect Park. Prospect Park also produces WGN America’s Salem and USA veteran Royal Pains.
The Young Pope Network: HBO, Sky, Canal + Production Company(s): Wildside, Haut et Court TV, MediaPro Executive Producer(s): Lorenzo Mieli, Mario Gianani,John Lyons, Caroline Benjo, Carole Scotta, Simon Arnal Writer(s): Paolo Sorrentino, Tony Grisoni, Umberto Contarello, Stefano Rulli Logline: The story follows a fictional pope who is the first Italian-American in history to hold the post. Larry Belardo is a conservative American pontiff recruited by a Vatican fed up with liberals. It examines his fears, conflicts, struggles, and the search for meaning and the need for love. SSN Insight: The eight-episode miniseries, which is a joint production between HBO, Sky and Canal +, begins shooting this week. Paolo Sorrentino will direct all eight episodes with Diane Keaton and Jude Law set to star. Brooklyn Animal Control Network: USA Network Studio: Universal Cable Productions Production Company(s): IDW Entertainment, Circle of Confusion Executive Producer(s): JT Petty, David S. Goyer, Rick Jacobs, David Alpert Writer(s): JT Petty Logline: The series follows the inner workings of a secret subdivision of the NYPD that functions as social services for some of the city’s most unique citizens — werewolves. Delving into the lives of both the Case Officers, and the secretive, highly insular Kveld-Ulf, a community of werewolves living deep in the borough, the show will examine city politics, immigrant communities, and families divided by ambition, secrecy, and tradition. Details: Based on the comic book Brooklyn Animal Control published by IDW and created by JT Petty. SSN Insight: USA has given a pilot order.
Marc Maron: More Later Network: Epix Production Company(s): Avalon Television Executive Producer(s): Marc Maron, Olivia Wingate, David Martin, Ross Bernard, Dan Lubetkin (co-EP) Writer(s): Marc Maron Logline: The stand-up comedian, actor and author tackles religion, relationships, rage, Skype sex and ice cream among other topics in the special filmed this year at The Vic Theatre in Chicago. SSN Insight: The special is slated to premiere at 10pm on Friday, December 4 and will be directed by Bobcat Goldthwait. Marc Maron recently interviewed President Barack Obama on his podcast, WTF with Marc Maron that has been downloaded over 2 million times. BrainDead Network: CBS Entertainment Studio: CBS Television Studios Production Company(s): Ridley Scott Films , King Size Productions Executive Producer(s): Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Robert King, Michelle King, Liz Glotzer Writer(s): Robert King, Michelle King Logline: An eager young Hill staffer starting her first job in Washington discovers the federal government has stopped working because alien spawn have eaten the brains of Congressmen and other Hill staffers. SSN Insight: The project was given an initial commitment of a put pilot in September. CBS has since given a series order to the one-hour comedy thriller for 13 episodes as of July 22 and the show will premiere in summer 2016.
Friends with Melissa Network: TV Land Production Company(s): On the Day Productions Executive Producer(s): Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone, Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf, Rachel Ramras Writer(s): Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf, Rachel Ramras Logline: Inspired by the real lives of Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras, who watched as their friends from The Groundlings went on to star in blockbuster comedies and win Oscars, while they toiled away writing for children’s television. Details: Inspired by the real lives of Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras. SSN Insight: TV Land has given an initial script commitment as of July 27. McCarthy and Falcone’s shingle, On the Day is also producing the features Just Do It for Fox and an Untitled Tinker Bell project with 21 Laps, both in active development.
Untitled Emmett Till Project Network: HBO Production Company(s): Overbrook Entertainment, Kapital Entertainment, Roc Nation Executive Producer(s): Jay-Z, Jay Brown, Will Smith, James Lassiter, Aaron Kaplan Logline: The miniseries is an exploration of the Emmett Till story. Emmett Till was only 14 when the black teen was brutally murdered after allegedly flirting with a white woman in Mississippi in 1955. The tragic story galvanized the emerging Civil Rights Movement. Details: Based on the true story of the abduction and murder of Emmett Till. SSN Insight: Planned as a 6-hour miniseries with the writer still pending. The story of Emmett Till story has also been spotlighted in a 2003 feature documentary, a PBS program and on 60 Minutes.
Poor Richard's Almanack Network: USA Studio: Universal Cable Productions Production Company(s): Legendary Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Jim "Danger" Gray, Miguel Sapochnik Writer(s): Jim "Danger" Gray, Miguel Sapochnik Logline: The story weaves between modern day and a possible future where characters have changed radically and revolves around a cadre of heroes who emerge as the new Founding Fathers, after America is pushed to the brink of collapse. SSN Insight: USA gave a pilot order on July 23. Previously USA gave Legendary’s TV division a pilot order and then series pickup for Colony. Other USA pilots include the supernatural drama Falling Water and period drama Paradise Pictures.
The Nye Incidents Production Company(s): YRF Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Uday Chopra, Jonathan Reiman Writer(s): Whitley Strieber, Craig Spector Logline: Centers on an obsessive but rational medical examiner who, investigating an apparent serial killer, becomes consumed with corpses that indicate the existence of extraterrestrial life. As she becomes immersed in the alien abductee community, she must uncover the truth to maintain her sanity. Details: Based on the comic book miniseries, "The Nye Incidents," written by Whitley Strieber and Craig Specter and published by Devil's Due Publishing on July 29, 2008. SSN Insight: Strieber has written/co-written upwards of 25 novels. His previous novels Communion, The Wolfen, The Hunger and Superstorm (as Day After Tomorrow) have all been adapted for film. His novel Alien Hunter is the basis for Syfy’s new series Hunters, a 13-episode drama set to debut in 2016.
Buckhead Network: NBC Studio: Universal Television Production Company(s): Will Packer Productions Executive Producer(s): William Packer, David McMillan, Korin Huggins (co-EP) Writer(s): David McMillan Logline: Centers on ambition, sex, and revenge set in the extravagant, high-stakes world of Atlanta politics, entertainment, churches and strip clubs. Details: Based on the film, "Uncle Buck," (1989), directed by John Hughes and starring John Candy. SSN Insight: NBC has given an initial script commitment. Will Packer currently has an overall deal signed in July 2013 with Universal TV that will run through 2017. Where Are They Now? Network: Fox Broadcasting Company Studio: 20th Century Fox Television Executive Producer(s): Alec Sulkin, Julius Sharpe Writer(s): Alec Sulkin, Julius Sharpe Logline: The ins-and-outs of an Internet company are revealed as police investigate why everyone who worked there has disappeared. SSN Insight: Fox has given an initial put pilot commitment as of July 24. Last year, Sulkin and Sharp sold the multi-camera comedy All Together Now to Fox through 20th TV, where they’re based, with a put pilot commitment. The duo also co-wrote the two Ted films.
Wynonna Earp Network: SyFy Production Company(s): Seven24 Films, Imagination Design Works Executive Producer(s): Jordy Randall, Tom Cox, Emily Andras Writer(s): Emily Andras Logline: Wynonna is the great, great grand-daughter of famous lawman Wyatt who inherits his near mythic abilities as well as his Gun destined to battle Wyatt’s legendary old West enemies - Demons who rise from hell, again and again. But Wynonna Earp is different. She’s determined to make sure the family curse ends by putting down every last supernatural villain Wyatt ever faced. With her talented but dysfunctional posse, they take on capital-B bad guys, from corrupt sheriffs to redneck ghouls, along the stunning Montana border. Details: Based on the graphic novel "Wynonna Earp," written by Beau Smith and published by IDW Publishing on October 2, 2002. SSN Insight: Project will air simultaneously in Canada. The series is slated to begin production in September in Calgary and scheduled to premiere in April 2016. Paolo Barzman will direct the pilot episode.
The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story Network: Lifetime Executive Prodcuer(s): Peter M. Green, Howard Braunstein Writer(s): Jeff Roda Logline: A ‘behind-the-scenes’ account of the making of the hit series 90210 which premiered in 1990. SSN Insight: TV movie is set to premiere October 3, 2015. To be directed by Vanessa Parise. Cast includes Dan Castellaneta, Adam Korson, Samantha Munro, Max Lloyd-Jones, Abbie Cobb, Jesy McKinney, Abby Ross, David Lennon, Michele Goyns, Ross Linton and Alyssa Lynch.
The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story Network: Lifetime Executive Prodcuer(s): Michael Larkin, Howard Braunstein Writer(s): Dana Schmalenberg Logline: A ‘behind-the-scenes’ account of the making of the hit series Melrose Place which premiered in 1992. SSN Insight: TV movie is set to premiere fall 2015. To be directed by Mark Griffiths. Cast includes Dan Castellaneta, Adam Korson, Ciara Hanna, Rebecca Dalton, Frank Bailey, Ryan Bruce, Chloe McClay, Ali Cobrin, Teagan Vincze, Joseph Coleman, Brandon Barash, Karissa Tynes, CHelesa Hobbs and Lanie McAuley.
TV DEVELOPMENT FOR 7/28/15: USA ORDERS DAVID S. GOYER PRODUCED PILOT, NEW MELISSA MCCARTHY/BEN FALCONE SERIES IN THE WORKSOther TV development news includes, ABC snagging Prospect Park's Black Heart series, HBO getting a Diane Keaton and Jude Law miniseries and CBS giving a series order to the Ridley Scott produced series BrainDead. (SSN)
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‘Section 6′ And ‘Winter’s Knight’ Producer Grey Matter Lands Funding, Sets ‘It Follows’ Helmer David Robert Mitchell’s Next Pic
Executive-turned-producer Lawrence Grey has found funding to set up new projects under his Grey Matter banner. (DH)(RS)
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Zodiak Media and Banijay Entertainment have officially merged. The new company will have a presence in more than 18 territories. Zodiak was part of the De Agostini Group and created in June 2010 following the acquisition of the RDF Media Group. Zodiak owns RDF Television, IWC and Bwark in the UK. Banijay meanwhile owns Bunim/Murray, Stephen David Entertainment and international companies Brainpool (Germany), Screentime (Australia) and Nordisk (Scandinavia) among others. Under the deal, Banijay owner Stéphane Courbit chairman and Banijay chief executive Marco Bassetti will continue as chief executives.
Ovation TV has signed a deal with YouTube channel Kuma Films. Ovation TV will feature Kuma Films' popular performance videos, as well as new segments with the filmmakers in an original TV documentary special that explores their spectacular work and creative process. The special is slated to premiere in the fall on Ovation TV and VOD.
Larysa Kondracki has inked a one-year directing and first-look development deal with Starz. Under the deal she will direct an episode of the upcoming series Powers. In 2010, Kondracki co-wrote and directed the film, The Whistleblower starring Rachel Weisz. Her TV directing credits include episodes of The Americans, Halt and Catch Fire, The Walking Dead and Graceland. She is repped by Verve, Writ Large and attorney Linda Lichter.
Ovation TV has also inked a deal with YouTube creator David Poland. Under the deal he will develop a series of specials called Celebrity Conversations, based on his star-studded YouTube channel DP/30: The Oral History of Hollywood. Featuring David's off-the-cuff interview style, the specials will spotlight actor Jake Gyllenhal and director Antoine Fuqua beginning July 22 on Ovation TV. More specials are in the works and will premiere throughout the year and will also be available on VOD.
Al Roker’s Roker Labs, the new innovation-centric arm of Al Roker Entertainment has distributed three shows on Meerkat, framed around the Today show anchor’s passion for cooking. The first episode, which ran on July 27, featured Roker interviewing executives from food delivery startup Plated in the company's New York test kitchen. Roker has been an early Meerkat adopter, and has used it to broadcast live in New York.
Media tech company Technicolor has bought Cisco Systems’ set-top box and home broadband equipment business for an estimated $600 million. This makes Technicolor the second largest holder of customer equipment behind Arris Group/Pace with sales totaling $3.3 billion. The deal doubles the annual revenue at Technicolor’s connected-home unit, as they will now ship 60 million devices and install roughly 290 million set-top boxes annually.
Univision launched its new digital influencer program, Univision Creator Network, at VidCon and signed Vine and YouTube creators who together garner 118 million video views monthly. The creators will be part of a community where they can work together and brainstorm on programming, video resources and advertising revenue options.
Univision scored a long-term partnership with Snapchat to start with the Gold Cup soccer final on July 26. Univision Deportes and Snapchat previously partnered for the USA versus Mexico soccer friendly via a Live Story in April. The two companies are working to develop a Live Stories installment based on the Copa America Centenario tournament next summer.
FILM & TV DEALS FOR 7/29/15: OVATION TV AND UNIVISION MAKING YOUTUBE STRIDES, DIRECTOR KONDRACKI INKS DEAL WITH STARZOther film and TV deal news include, Al Roker's Roker Labs agreeing to distribute three shows on Meerkat based around cooking and Technicolor buying Cisco System's set-top box and home broadband equipment business. (SSN)
Warner Bros. worldwide marketing and international distribution chief Sue Kroll will take over domestic oversight duties when the studio’s veteran distribution chief Dan Felman exits at the end of the year. (WRAP)(DH) (EW) (IW) (THR) (NYT) (TVL)
The Resurgence Of Vince Vaughn’s Career Continues, as the Actor Signs On To Mel Gibson’s World War Two FlickTrue Detective star Vaughn joins Andrew Garfield and Sam Worthington in Lionsgate’s Hacksaw Ridge, the next outing for Gibson as a director. Movie tells the true WWII story of Corporal Desmond Doss (Garfield), the first conscientious objector to receive the US congressional Medal of Honor after acts of bravery and sacrifice saving 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa. Vaughn will play Doss’ by-the-book drill sergeant. (CS) (TVL)
‘Jane Got a Gun’, and Also Got a Break, as Film Is Plucked From Relativity Before Bankruptcy ProceedingsThanks to some persuasion by famed attorney and the film’s principal financier David Boies, the film has just been extricated from Relativity Media ahead of an expected Chapter 11 filing today. The original deal was for Relativity and The Weinstein Company to distribute together, with Relativity releasing September 4. When Relativity hit the rocks with its debtors, the attorney did his best to pull back the picture. It is not yet clear if TWC will now release the film. (DH) (VAR) (TB)
If You Like the New ‘Mission: Impossible’ Movie, Good News: You Won’t Have To Wait Long For the Next OneProducer and star Tom Cruise has confirmed that the next chapter in the popular franchise is already in development and is planned to move forward sooner than you would think. In an interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, he said that he expects to shoot it next summer, for a 2017 release. There are obviously no details yet. (EMP) (SB) (VUL) (SM)
All the Bright Places Logline: A girl learns to live from a boy who intends to die. Production Company(s): Demarest Films, Mazur/Kaplan Company Producer(s): Paula Mazur, Mitchell Kaplan, William D. Johnson, Sam Englebardt Writer(s): Jennifer Niven Director(s): Miguel Arteta Cast: Elle Fanning Details: Based on the novel "All the Bright Places" written by Jennifer Niven and to be published by Alfred A. Knopf January 6, 2015. SSN Insight: Arteta recently directed Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day, and previously Cedar Rapids and Youth In Revolt.
Baywatch (Reboot) Logline: Story is based on the '90's worldwide hit TV show. Studio/Distributor: Paramount Pictures Production Company(s): The Montecito Picture Company, Contrafilm, Vinson Films, Flynn Picture Co., 7 Bucks Entertainment Producer(s): Greg Bonann, Douglas Schwartz, Michelle Rogers Berk, Beau Flynn, Ali Bell Writer(s): Damian Shannon, Mark Swift, Justin Malen, Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon Director(s): Seth Gordon (in talks) Cast: Dwayne Johnson Details: Based on the NBC television show "Baywatch" (1989-2000) starring David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra and Yasmine Bleeth. SSN Insight: Jeremy Garelick was previously attached to direct. Project was originally in development at Dreamworks, which paid seven figures for the film rights to the TV show.
Bob the Musical Logline: A mild-mannered man suddenly hears the "inner song" of people's hearts after being struck in the head. Studio/Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Production Company(s): Benderspink, Contrafilm, Vinson Films, Flynn Picture Co. Producer(s): Chris Bender, JC Spink, Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson, Jake Weiner Writer(s): Bret McKenzie, Michael Chabon Director(s): Michel Hazanavicius Cast: Tom Cruise SSN Insight: Mark Waters was previously attached to direct. Adam Shankman was previously attached to produce and direct. Chris Miller and Phil Lord were previously attached to co-direct. Disney has signed on Bret McKenzie and Michael Chabon to rewrite the comedy that’s been in development since 2004.
Dr. Strange Logline: Dr. Stephen Strange loses his ability to operate after a terrible accident, but finds new purpose when a mystical being known as the Ancient One reveals that Dr. Strange is the newly designated Sorceror Supreme, responsible for protecting the planet from evil. Studio/ Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Production Company(s): Marvel Entertainment Producer(s): Kevin Feige Writer(s): Jon Spaihts, Thomas Dean Donnelly, Josh Oppenheimer, David S. Goyer, Michael France Director(s): Scott Derrickson Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams (in talks) Details: Based on the Marvel Comics character of Dr. Strange created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko who debuted in the series in 1963. SSN Insight: Project was previously in development at Savoy Pictures with Wes Craven attached to write and direct. Project was previously set up at Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Five Nights at Freddy's Logline: In Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, an animatronic animal band performs kiddy songs by day and goes on killing sprees by night. Studio/ Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Production Company(s): Vertigo Entertainment, KatzSmith Productions Producer(s): Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg Writer(s): Gil Kenan, Tyler Burton Smith Director(s): Gil Kenan Details: Based the video game series created by Scott Cawthon. SSN Insight: Kenan directed City Of Ember and most recently the Poltergeist remake.
Hacksaw Ridge Logline: Set in WWII at a base camp in South Carolina and follows the recruits as they learn basic wartime survival skills before being deployed to Japan where they come face to face with the action at the Battle of Okinawa. Studio/ Distributor: Lionsgate Production Company(s): Permut Presentations, Pandemonium, Cross Creek Pictures Producer(s): Terry Benedict, David Permut, Bill Mechanic, Brian Oliver, Tyler Thompson Writer(s): Robert Schenkkan, Randall Wallace Director(s): Mel Gibson Cast: Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington SSN Insight: Previously set up at Walt Disney Pictures. Terry Benedict was originally hired to write the screenplay at the studio. Literary Sale Date was in August of 2001. Randall Wallace was previously attached to direct. Vaughn will play the role of Sgt. Howell, a non-commissioned officer from Alabama whose job is to make sure the soldiers are ready for battle.
Kong: Skull Island Logline: Based on the mythic origins of King Kong on his home Skull Island, which is ruled by mutant giant creatures. Studio/ Distributor: Universal Pictures Production Company(s): Legendary Entertainment, Disruption Entertainment Producer(s): Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent Writer(s): Tony Gilroy, John Gatins, Max Borenstein Director(s): Jordan Vogt-Roberts Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Russell Crowe SSN Insight: Joe Cornish was previously mentioned to direct. Michael Keaton and JK Simmons were previously attached as members of the cast.
LBJ Logline: Lyndon Johnson goes from powerful Senate Majority Leader, powerless Vice President to President of the United States following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Studio/ Distributor: No Studio Available. Production Company(s): Castle Rock Entertainment, Star Thrower Entertainment, Acacia Entertainment, Savvy Media Holdings Producer(s): Matthew George, Rob Reiner, Liz Glotzer, Michael Williams, Tim White Writer(s): Joey Hartstone Director(s): Rob Reiner Cast: Woody Harrelson, Richard Jenkins, Bill Pullman SSN Insight: Project was included in the 2014 Black List.
Neighbors 2 Logline: In this sequel, a sorority moves next door to married parents Mac and Kelly, who turn to their former nemeses from the Delta Psi Beta fraternity to help battle the wild young women. Studio/ Distributor: Universal Pictures Production Company(s): Point Grey Pictures, Good Universe Producer(s): Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver Writer(s): Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O'Brien Director(s): Nicholas Stoller Cast: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Ike Barinholtz, Chloe Grace Moretz Details: Sequel to "Neighbors" (2014), directed by Nicholas Stoller and starring Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, and Zac Efron. SSN Insight: Moretz is also cast in Brain on Fire and Trolls, both in production along with The 5th Wave awaiting release.
Oliver! Logline: Based on Lionel Bart’s stage musical of the same name. Studio/ Distributor: Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Releasing Production Company(s): Working Title Films, Cameron Mackintosh, Ltd. Producer(s): Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Cameron Mackintosh Writer(s): Lee Hall Director(s): Toby Haynes Details: Lionel Bart's stage musical "Oliver!," an adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel "Oliver Twist," was previously adapted to film as "Oliver!" (United Kingdom/1968), directed by Carol Reed and starring Ron Moody and Oliver Reed. SSN Insight: Haynes previously directed the BBC One adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mister Norrell.
Ports of Call Logline: A Turkish-Lebanese man and the Jewish woman he loves are forced apart during the Arab-Israeli War. Production Company(s): BKM Film, Tessalit Productions, Symply Entertainment, LLC., Nisibis Arts Producer(s): Ron Senkowski, Samira Kawas, Jean Brehat Writer(s): Atiq Rahimi, Ron Senkowski Director(s): Atiq Rahimi Cast: Louis Garrel, Golshifte Farahani, Pierre Niney, Alice Rahimi Details: Based on the novel "Ports of Call" written by Amin Maloouf and published by Grasset in 1996. SSN Insight: Danis Tanovic was previously attached to direct.
The Cartel Logline: A DEA agent assigned in Mexico at the start of Nixon’s war on drugs and the head of the world’s most powerful drug cartel are mortal enemies who battle each other over several decades. Studio/ Distributor: 20th Century Fox Production Company(s): Ridley Scott Films , Appian Way, The Story Factory Producer(s): Shane Salerno, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Leonardo DiCaprio Writer(s): Shane Salerno Director(s): Ridley Scott Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio (in talks) Details: Based on the novel "The Cartel" written by Don Winslow and to be published by Alfred A. Knopf on June 23, 2015. It is the sequel to his first drug war epic "The Power of the Dog" which was published by Knopf in 2005. SSN Insight: Winslow and Salerno plan to use both books as source material to create a two-film epic that spans 45 years. Both films will be shopped around by CAA in the summer of 2015 under the title "The Cartel" with Fox winning the auction in a deal estimated at $6 million for book rights and screenwriting fees.
The Rosie Project Logline: A socially awkward genetics professor designs a questionnaire to help him find the perfect partner. Studio/ Distributor: Columbia Pictures Production Company(s): Matt Tolmach Productions, COTA Films Producer(s): Matt Tolmach, Michael Costigan Writer(s): Scott Neustadter, Michael H Weber, Graeme Simsion Director(s): Richard Linklater (in talks) Cast: Jennifer Lawrence Details: Based on the novel "The Rosie Project" written by Graeme Simsion and published by Simon & Schuster in October 2013. SSN Insight: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were previously in talks to direct.
Untitled Jason Bourne Sequel Logline: Storyline is under wraps. Studio/ Distributor: Universal Pictures Production Company(s): Kennedy/Marshall Company, Pearl Street Films, Captivate Entertainment Producer(s): Frank Marshall, Matt Damon, Paul Greengrass, Jeffrey Weiner, Ben Smith Writer(s): Matt Damon, Paul Greengrass, Christopher Rouse Director(s): Paul Greengrass Cast: Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles, Tommy Lee Jones Details: Sequel to "The Bourne Identity" (2002) directed by Doug Liman and starring Matt Damon. Based on the novel "The Bourne Supremacy" written by Robert Ludlum and published by Bantam Books in 1987. SSN Insight: Rumored Jones will play a superior officer at the CIA.
Wonder Woman Logline: A woman from the closely guarded amazon homeland of Paradise Island travels to the outside world and becomes Wonder Woman. Studio/ Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Production Company(s): DC Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment, Cruel & Unusual Films Producer(s): Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder Writer(s): Patty Jenkins, Jason Fuchs, Michael Goldenberg, Matthew Jennison, Brent Strickland Director(s): Patty Jenkins Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine Details: Based on the comic book "Wonder Woman" written by William Moulton Marston published by DC Comics. SSN Insight: Warner Bros and Silver Pictures bought a "Wonder Woman" spec script by Matthew Jennison and Brent Strickland in February 2007. Their take was Wonder Woman set against the backdrop of World War II. Ivan Reitman previously attached to direct. George Miller previously attached to direct. Joss Whedon previously attached to direct, but left due to creative differences.
Speech & Debate Logline: Follows a misfit trio of high school students who, frustrated by the hypocrisy of their authority figures, revive their school’s long since shut-down speech and debate club. Blogging, blackmail and showtunes ensue. Production Company(s): Sycamore Pictures Writer(s): Stephen Karam Director(s): Dan Harris Cast: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Liam James, Sarah Steel SSN Insight: Wendi McLendon-Covey currently stars on The Goldbergs. In the film she will play Joan, mother of one of the film’s trio of debate students. The film is currently shooting in Jackson, MS through August 8.
Bed Rest Logline: An expectant mother who is confined to bed rest starts to experience paranormal events. Studio/Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) Production Company(s): Sunswept Entertainment Producer(s): Chris Sparling, Karen Rosenfelt Writer(s): Lori Evans Taylor SSN Insight: MGM has bought the script in a strong preemptive deal in the mid-six figures on July 24.
Down to a Sunless Sea Logline: Storyline for the action picture are under wraps. Studio/Distributor: Focus Features Production Company(s): Revelations Entertainment, Bruce Cohen Productions Producer(s): Morgan Freeman, Bruce Cohen, Lori McCreary Writer(s): David Gleeson Cast: Morgan Freeman SSN Insight: CAA handled the package deal that included Morgan Freeman.
Just Mercy Logline: Walter McMillan, a black man wrongly accused of murder, spent six years on death row before Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative, got him exonerated. Production Company(s): Gil Netter Productions, Broad Green Pictures Producer(s): Gil Netter Writer(s): Destin Daniel Cretton, Andrew Lanham Director(s): Destin Daniel Cretton Cast: Michael B. Jordan Details: Based on the memoir, "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" written by Bryan Stevenson and published by Spiegal & Grau in October, 2014. SSN Insight: Several major studios, including Paramount and Universal, bid on the book before Broad Green Pictures got the rights. Will Smith and Denzel Washington had shown interest in playing roles in the film.
Manhattan Love Story Logline: An Italian man and a Chinese woman meet and fall in love in New York City. Studio/Distributor: Hero Films Production Company(s): Fable House Writer(s): Andy Tennant, Rick Parks, Adrien Brody Director(s): Andy Tennant Cast: Adrien Brody, Ni Ni SSN Insight: Chinese investment backed Hero Films launched to be headed by chairman Peter Luo with offices in Melbourne and LA. They will finance, produce and distribute keying on the U.S. and China markets 3-5 films a year with financial partner China Wit Media. This film is budgeted at $15 million.
Untitled Nosferatu Remake Logline: Remake of the classic silent film based on the Dracula mythology. Studio/Distributor: Studio 8 Production Company(s): Parts and Labor Producer(s): Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen Writer(s): Robert Eggers Director(s): Robert Eggers Details: Remake of the silent classic "Nosferatu" (Germany/1922) directed by F. W. Murnau and starring Max Schreck. SSN Insight: Eggers also has a deal with Studio 8 to write and direct the medieval film The Knight with the same producers.
Voices Through the Trumpet Logline: In the 1800s, the first documentation of a haunted house involved two girls, the Fox sisters, who disavowed the haunting when they grew up, and then died mysteriously. Studio/Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures Production Company(s): Di Novi Pictures, Conde Nast Publications, Inc. Producer(s): Dawn Ostroff, Jeremy Steckler, Alison Greenspan Writer(s): J.T. Petty Details: Based on the article "Voices Through the Trumpet" written by Carl Carmer and published in The New Yorker in 1936. SSN Insight: Petty is also writing the Splinter Cell film with Tom Hardy attached.
Adi Shankar’s Gods And Secrets Logline: In a world in which superheroes exist, personal foibles and the resulting celebrity culture are front and center. In the story, tragedy has struck the superheroic team Guardians of Justice, and in its aftermath secrets are revealed, lives are changed, and the war to end all wars begins. Production Company(s): Discourse Media Producer(s): Jackson Rathbone, Adi Shankar, Jenni Powell, Shawn Deloache Director(s): Adi Shankar Cast: Diamond Dallas Page, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Sharni Vinson, Andy Milonakis SSN Insight: Marks Shankar’s directorial debut, he previously produced the much publicized Power/Rangers fan film.
The Sentence Logline: Storyline under wraps, but noted as a futuristic revenge thriller similar to Death Wish. Studio/Distributor: Eurocorp Production Company(s): Applebox Entertainment Producer(s): Marc Helwig Writer(s): Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt Director(s): Neil Marshall SSN Insight: Marshall has directed Game of Thrones and the pilots of the Starz series Black Sails and Constantine. EuropaCorp will fully finance.
The Law of Return Logline: Centers on the 1985 arrest and 2015 parole of former U.S. intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard, who was sentenced to life in prison for passing top secret information to the Israeli government. Production Company(s): The Jackal Group Producer(s): Gail Berman, Rory Koslow Writer(s): Martin Blank Details: Based on the play The Law Of Return, by playwright Martin Blank about Pollard’s rocky employment by the U.S. Navy, and his motivations for turning spy. SSN Insight: Pollard is set to be paroled in November after spending 30 years in prison.
Untitled Shaft Reboot Logline: Storyline under wraps, but will be a contemporary reboot about the iconic private detective known as Shaft. Studio/Distributor: New Line Cinema Production Company(s): Davis Entertainment Producer(s): Ira Napoliello, John Davis Writer(s): Alex Barrow, Kenya Barris Details: Reboot of the film Shaft (1971) directed by Gordon Parks and starring Richard Roundtree. SSN Insight: The previous reboot, Shaft, was released in 2000 and directed by John Singleton, starring Samuel L. Jackson.
Welcome to August, the month where the summer movie season comes to a close with a few films still seeking to squeeze out a sizable box office during the last days of school vacation. This month, Fox will release Fantastic Four and Warner Bros. will unleash The Man from U.N.C.L.E. But amidst the blockbusters still in theaters, indie hits might sneak in and enthrall audiences including Meryl Streep’s turn in Ricki and the Flash and Chris Pine in Z for Zachariah.
The San Diego Comic-Con has already come and gone, but Disney wasn’t among the studios who presented. The studio held off in favor of their own event, D23, held once every two years. You can expect Marvel films to be on full display along with any number of Pixar and animated films. The last convention featured one of the first performances of "Let it Go" by Idina Menzel herself, so there are sure to be some cool surprises this year.
The Television Critics Association (TCA) summer press tour is also in full swing with presentations by Amazon, Fox, Disney and others waiting in the wings. Read on to see all the August events in one fell swoop including fun nights out in LA courtesy of Eat/See/Hear and StreetFoodCinema.
August Events Calendar
Saturday, August 1 Happy Birthday Coolio, Max Carver, Leon Thomas III Special Olympics World Games Through August 2 IFDA Film Submission Deadline TCA – PBS Eat/See/Hear- Wet Hot American Summer with special guests StreetFoodCinema- Dirty Dancing, Office Space Cinespia- Apocalypse Now
Sunday, August 2 Happy Birthday Sam Worthington, Mary-Louise Parker, Hallie Eisenberg TV – Ice Road Truckers on History, Steve Austen’s Broken Skull Challenge on CMT, Bachelor in Paradise on ABC TCA – PBS Cinespia & Sundance Institute- Sundance Next Fest: Cop Car
Monday, August 3 Happy Birthday Martha Stewart, Tom Brady, Ryan Lochte, Tony Bennett TV – Significant Mother (NEW) on the CW, After Paradise (NEW) on ABC, Wander Over Yonder on Disney TCA – Amazon
Tuesday, August 4 Happy Birthday President Barak Obama, Billy Bob Thorton, Daniel Dae Kim TV – Difficult People (NEW) on Hulu, It Takes a Sister (NEW) on Oxygen, Playing House on USA TCA – Disney/ABC
Wednesday, August 5 Happy Birthday Olivia Holt, Jesse Williams, Patrick Ewing Locarno Film Festival Through August 15 TV – Mr. Robinson (NEW) on NBC, Job or No Job (NEW) on ABC Family, A Wicked Offer (NEW) on CW TCA – Disney/ABC, Crackle, DGA, WB
Thursday, August 6 Happy Birthday M. Knight Shyamalan, David Robinson, Ty Simpkins TV – Behind Bars: Rookie Year (NEW) on A&E, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team on CMT TCA – Fox
Friday, August 7 Happy Birthday Charlize Theron, David Duchovney, Abbie Cornish, Francesca Eastwood FILM – Fantastic Four, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, Dark Places, The Gift, Shaun the Sheep Movie, Ricki and the Flash, Catch Me Daddy, Runner, Cop Car, Sneakerheadz, Assassination TV – Club de Cuervos (NEW) on Netflix, The Comment Section (NEW) on E!, Project Mc2 (NEW) on Netflix, Human Resources on Pivot TCA - FX Women in Film's 2015 Finishing Fund: Application Deadline ITVS: Digital Open Call Fund Application Deadline AMPAS – Wallace and Grommit Restored at Samuel Goldwyn Theater Charleston International Film Festival: Submission Deadline
Sunday, August 9 Happy Birthday Sam Elliott, Anna Kendrick, Deion Sanders TV – Project Afterlife (NEW) on Destination America TCA – Reelz, DirecTV, Hulu AMPAS - Cracking Animation: Behind the Scenes with Aardman at LA Convention Center SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles Through August 13
Monday, August 10 Happy Birthday Kylie Jenner, Suzanne Collins, Antonio Banderas, Lucas Till TV – She’s Got Game (NEW) on VH1 TCA - CBS
Tuesday, August 11 Happy Birthday Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis TV – The Agent (NEW) on Esquire, Boss Nails (NEW) on Oxygen, Next Step Realty: NYC (NEW) on ABC Family TCA – The CW, Showtime
Wednesday, August 12 Happy Birthday Yvette Nicole Brown, Maggie Lawson, Casey Affleck TV – Kevin From Work (NEW) on ABCE Family, Beach Eats (NEW) on Food, Camp Cutthroat (NEW) on Food, Ties That Bind (NEW) on UP Ent, Carnival Cravings with Anthony Anderson (NEW) on Food TCA – NBC Uni Cable
Thursday, August 13 Happy Birthday Sebastion Stan, Danny Bonaduce Holly Short Film Festival Through August 22 TCA - NBC
Friday, August 14 Happy Birthday Mila Kunis, Halle Berry, Magic Johnson FILM – Man From Uncle, She’s Funny That Way, Underdogs, Straight Outta Compton, Mistress America, We Come as Friends, Fort Tilden, Walt Before Mickey, Brothers…Blood Against Blood, Prince, Warx2 TV – Wishenpoof! (NEW) on Amazon, Ever After High with Way Too Wonderland (NEW) on Netflix, Dinotrux (NEW) on Neftlix D23 Expo (Disney’s Fan Event) in Anaheim Through August 16
Saturday, August 15 Happy Birthday Jennifer Lawrence, Joe Jonas, Carlos PenaVega, Ben Affleck TV – Murder Made me Famous (NEW) on Reelz Bilbao International Film Festival Film Submission Deadline Eat/See/Hear- Three Amigos StreetFoodCinema- The Big Lebowski, Sixteen Candles, Clueless Cinespia- Can’t Hardly Wait
Sunday, August 16 Happy Birthday Madonna, Steve Carell, Angela Basett TV- Thrill Factor (NEW) on Travel, Big Time RV on Travel AWARDS – Teen Choice Awards AFI Fest Film Submission Deadline
Monday, August 17 Happy Birthday Robert De Niro, Donnie Wahlberg, Sean Penn, Giuliana Rancic TV – Monica The Medium (NEW) on ABC Family, 36 Hours (NEW) on Travel
Tuesday, August 18 Happy Birthday Andy Samberg, Edward Norton, Robert Redford TV – Six Degrees of Everything (NEW) on truTV, Startup U (NEW) on ABC Family, WAGS (NEW) on E!, Work Out New York (NEW) on Bravo, Hack my Life on truTV, Our Little Family on TLC
Wednesday, August 19 Happy Birthday Bill Clinton, John Stamos, Matthew Perry FILM – Slow Learners
Thursday, August 20 Happy Birthday Demi Lovato, Andrew Garfield, Amy Adams TV – Documentary Now! (NEW) on IFC, Gainesville (NEW) on CMT Chicago Comic Con Through August 23
Friday, August 21 Happy Birthday Brody Jenner, Eve Torres, Hayden Panettiere, Usain Bolt FILM – Before We Go, The Curse of Downers Grave, Hitman: Agent 47, Sinister 2, Learning to Drive, American Ultra, The New Girlfriend, Digging For Fire, Grandma, Station to Station
Saturday, August 22 Happy Birthday Kristen Wiig, James Corden, Giada De Laurentiis TV – Blunt Talk (NEW) on Starz, Ghost Adventures on Travel, Survivor’s Remorse on Starz StreetFoodCinema- The Shining, Weird Science, The Neverending Story Cinespia – Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
Sunday, August 23 Happy Birthday Kobe Bryant, Jeremy Lin, Scott Caan, Barbara Eden TV – Fear The Walking Dead (NEW) on AMC, Guy’s Grocery Games All-Stars (NEW) on Food, Vicious on PBS, ITV 1 AWARDS – MTV Video Music Awards
Monday, August 24 Happy Birthday Rupert Grint, Vince McMahon, Chad Michael Murray, Dave Chappelle TV – Black Ink Crew on VH1
Tuesday, August 25 Happy Birthday Tim Burton, Sean Connery, Billy Ray Cyrus, Blake Lively TV – Public Morals (NEW) on TNT, Legends on TNT, Below Deck on Bravo, From Til Dawn: The Series on El Rey Network
Wednesday, August 26 Happy Birthday Melissa McCarthy, Macaulay Culkin, Chris Pine FILM – Queen of Earth TV – The Carmichael Show (NEW) on NBC Beijing International Book Fair Through August 29
Thursday, August 27 Happy Birthday Alexa Vega, Aaron Paul TV – Power & Ice (NEW) on History Sundance Film Festival Film Submission Deadline The Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival Through August 28 Fan Expo Canada Through August 30
Friday, August 28 Happy Birthday Jack Black, Shania Twain, Armie Hammer FILM – Z for Zachariah, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, Regression, When Animals Dream, We Are Your Friends, The Second Mother, War Room, 7 Chinese Brothers, I Touched All Your Stuff TV – Narcos (NEW) on Netflix Saturday, August 29 Happy Birthday Liam Payne, Lea Michele, Carla Gugino Leeds International Film Festival Film Submission Deadline StreetFoodCinema- Jurassic Park, Cruel Intentions, Beetlejuice Cinespia- The Virgin Suicides
Sunday, August 30 Happy Birthday Warren Buffet, Cameron Diaz, Andy Roddick TV – Attic Gold (NEW) on DIY
Monday, August 31 Happy Birthday Richard Gere, Chris Tucker TV – Todrick (NEW) on MTV, Girl Code Live (NEW) on MTV, Awkward. on MTV, House of DVF on E!
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FILM DEVELOPMENT FOR 7/30/15: CHRIS PINE TO WOO WONDER WOMAN, RACHEL MCADAMS IN TALKS FOR DR. STRANGE, NEIL MARSHALL TO DIRECT THE SENTENCEOther film development news includes, Seth Gordon in talks to direct the Baywatch reboot, Bret McKenzie and Michael Chabon signing on to write Disney's Bob the Musical and New Line putting a Shaft reboot into development. (SSN)
Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media Finally Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, After Missed Loan Payments & LayoffsRyan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media today filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Manhattan, after weeks of public bloodletting, rumors and lawsuits. (DH) (VAR) (IW) (CNN)
Sony beat analyst estimates with a 38.8% increase in operating profit for the first quarter of 2015, but its pictures division incurred a $96M loss with no breakout hits released during the period. (DH)(THR)
From Darwin to Mozart, this data visualization of Daily Rituals: How Artists Work shows you how the super-achievers spent their time. (FC)
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Burn Your Maps 7/27/2015 Logline: A nine-year-old boy, grieving with his parents over the recent loss of his baby sister, becomes obsessed with the idea that he’s actually a Mongolian goat herder who belongs back home in his small village in Mongolia. Production Company(s): Patrick Aiello Productions, Atmosphere Entertainment MM LLC, After Dark Films, Cinelou Films Director(s): Jordan Roberts Producer(s): Patrick Aiello, Mark Canton, Courtney Solomon Cast: Vera Farmiga, Virginia Madsen, Jacob Tremblay, Suraj Sharma Writer(s): Jordan Roberts Details: Based on the short story by Robyn Joy Leff; published January 2002 in the Atlantic Monthly. SSN Insight: Sam Worthington was previously attached to co-star.
Come and Find Me 7/27/2015 Logline: When a man's girlfriend goes missing, he tries to find her after he realizes she’s not who she was pretending to be. Production Company(s): IM Global, Odd Fellows Entertainment Director(s): Zack Whedon Executive Producer(s): Laure Vaysse, Jo Monk Producer(s): Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Chris Ferguson, Leon Clarance Cast: Aaron Paul, Annabelle Wallis, Garret Dillahunt, Zachary Knighton Writer(s): Zack Whedon SSN Insight: Project was included in the 2012 Black List. Previously in development at The Dan Jinks Company.
Eye Digress 8/4/2015 Logline: An odd, delusional prisoner obsessed with the English World Cup soccer team tracks down a mysterious fellow inmate and discovers not only an opportunity to escape, but also the chance to watch England compete in the World Cup finals -- however, it comes with a high cost. Production Company(s): Rosemilk Productions, Auteur Films Director(s): Stephen Cookson Executive Producer(s): Peter Keegan, Gary Collins Producer(s): Jules Gladys, Stephen Cookson Cast: Timothy Spall Writer(s): Falcon Fields SSN Insight: Timothy Spall is currently in negotiations to be cast in The Journey and has wrapped Away and Eddie The Eagle.
Going in Style (Remake) 8/3/2015 Logline: A group of retired, bored, senior citizens decide to rob a bank. Studio/Distributor: New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution Production Company(s): De Line Pictures Director(s): Zach Braff Executive Producer(s): Tony Bill, Andrew Haas Producer(s): Donald De Line Cast: Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Arkin Writer(s): Ted Melfi Details: Remake of the film "Going in Style" (USA/1979) directed by Martin Brest and starring George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg. SSN Insight: Don Scardino was previously in discussions to direct. Ted Melfi was previously in discussions to direct.
Hunter Killer 8/3/2015 Logline: Navy SEALs try to stop a renegade Russian military leader who wants to start a war. Studio/Distributor: Relativity Media, Relativity Media Distribution Group Production Company(s): Original Film Director(s): Martin Campbell Executive Producer(s): Tucker Tooley, Arne L Schmidt Producer(s): Ryan Kavanaugh, Neal H. Moritz, Toby Jaffe Cast: Gerard Butler, Common, Billy Bob Thornton Writer(s): Peter Craig, Jamie Moss, John Kolvenbach, Arne L Schmidt Details: Based on the novel "Firing Point" written by Don Keith and George Wallace and published by Signet in 2012. SSN Insight: Pierre Morel was previously attached to direct. Phillip Noyce was previously attached to direct.
Mindhorn 7/27/2015 Logline: MI5 Special Operative Bruce Mindhorn was captured in the 1980s and his eye was replaced by a super-advanced optical lie detector, so he can actually "see the truth." He escaped to the Isle of Man and is the best plain-clothes detective the island has ever known. Production Company(s): Baby Cow Productions, BBC Films, Scott Free Productions Director(s): Sean Foley Producer(s): Jack Arbuthnott, Laura Hastings-Smith Cast: Julian Barratt Writer(s): Julian Barratt, Simon Farnaby SSN Insight: The film marks the directorial debut for Sean Foley who is an EP TV series Whale Wars, Naked and Afraid XL, Godfather of Pittsburgh for A&E and a DP on Survivor.
The Late Bloomer 8/5/2015 Logline: A man who missed puberty undergoes hormone therapy in order to get back on track. Production Company(s): Ineffable Pictures, Eclectic Pictures, Coup D'Etat Films, Dignity Film Finance Director(s): Kevin Pollak Executive Producer(s): Raphael Kryszek Producer(s): Heidi Jo Markel, Jesse Israel, Brent Emery Writer(s): Paul A Kaplan, Mark Torgove, Joe Nussbaum Details: Based on the book "Man Made: A Memoir" written by Ken Baker and published in 2001. SSN Insight: Project was originally in development at Circle of Confusion with a screenplay written by Gary Rosen. Alcon optioned the source material and the script by Rosen. Seth Rogen
All I See is You 8/3/2015 Logline: After a blind woman regains her sight, she and her husband begin discovering uncomfortable details about their marriage and their lives. Production Company(s): LINK Entertainment, 2Dux, SC Films International, Wing and a Prayer Pictures Director(s): Marc Forster Executive Producer(s): Brian Wilkins, Ron Perlman, Renee Wolfe Producer(s): Marc Forster, Craig Baumgarten, Michael Selby, Jillian Kugler Cast: Blake Lively, Jason Clarke, Wes Chatham, Ahna O'Reilly, June Diane Raphael Writer(s): Marc Forster, Sean Conway SSN Insight: Clarke was recently seen as John Connor in “Terminator: Genisys” and will also star in Universal’s disaster thriller “Everest.” Nick Meyer at Sierra-Affinity is handling international sales while Roeg Sutherland at CAA handling domestic sales.
Bonjour Anne 7/31/2015 Logline: The life of a neglected movie producer’s wife changes when she makes a two-day drive through France with her husband’s French business partner. Production Company(s): American Zoetrope, FR Productions Director(s): Eleanor Coppola Producer(s): Fred Roos Cast: Diane Lane, Arnaud Viard Writer(s): Eleanor Coppola SSN Insight: Nic Cage and Yvan Attal were previously attached as co-stars.
Central Intelligence 7/29/2015 Logline: After reconnecting with an old friend via Facebook, an accountant is thrown into the world of international espionage. Studio/Distributor: New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution Production Company(s): Principato-Young Entertainment, Bluegrass Films Director(s): Rawson Marshall Thurber Executive Producer(s): Matt Berenson, Allen Fischer, Ed Helms Producer(s): Peter Principato, Scott Stuber, Paul Young Cast: Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Danielle Nicolet, Amy Ryan Writer(s): Rawson Marshall Thurber, Sean Anders, John Morris, Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky SSN Insight: Zach Galifianakis was previously attached to co-star. Project was previously set up at Universal Pictures. Dean Parisot was previously attached to direct.
Lights Out 7/29/2015 Logline: When a bloodthirsty supernatural being that lurks in the shadows preys upon a family, a young woman must fight to protect herself, save her little half-brother, and uncover a mystery about her family's shadowy past. Studio/Distributor: New Line Cinema Production Company(s): Easternlight Film Productions, Grey Matter Productions Director(s): David Sandberg Executive Producer(s): Ben Everard Producer(s): Lawrence Grey, James Wan, Eric Heisserer Cast: Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Michael Bateman Writer(s): Eric Heisserer Details: Based on the short film "Lights Out" (Sweden/2013) written and directed by David F. Sandberg. SSN Insight: Brie Larson was previously attached to star.
London Town 7/24/2015 Logline: A teenage boy receives a tape of The Clash's "White Riot" in the mail from his estranged mother and sets out to find her. Production Company(s): Killer Films, Dutch Tilt Director(s): Derrick Borte Executive Producer(s): Alan G. Glazer, Matthew Brown, Renee Knox, Steve Knox Producer(s): Sofia Sondervan, Christine Vachon Cast: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Daniel Huttlestone, Dougray Scott, Natascha McElhone Writer(s): Matthew Brown, Sonya Supple, Kirsten Sheridan SSN Insight: Liv Tyler was previously attached as a member of the cast.
Nine Lives 7/24/2015 Logline: After a terrible accident, a workaholic businessman finds himself trapped in the body of the family cat. Studio/Distributor: Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution Production Company(s): EuropaCorp Director(s): Barry Sonnenfeld Producer(s): Luc Besson, Christophe Lambert Cast: Kevin Spacey, Christopher Walken, Malina Weissman, Robbie Amell, Jennifer Garner Writer(s): Daniel Antoniazzi, Ben Shiffrin, Gwyn Lurie SSN Insight: Project marks the first time Christopher Walken and Kevin Spacey have acted together onscreen in feature film.
Silencio 8/4/2015 Logline: The story follows 30 years in the life of a woman named Julieta, from an idyllic 1985 up to a far more stressful and chaotic 2015. Studio/Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Production Company(s): El Deseo S.A. Director(s): Pedro Almodovar Producer(s): Agustin Almodovar, Ester Garcia Cast: Emma Suarez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao, Dario Grandinetti, Inma Cuesta Writer(s): Pedro Almodovar SSN Insight: Pedro Almodovar is also in active development on an Untitled Spanish language project with Asghar Farhadi attached to direct.
Sister Cities 8/7/2015 Logline: Four estranged sisters reunite after their mother’s alleged suicide. Production Company(s): Cannonball Productions, Prospect House Entertainment Director(s): Sean Hanish Executive Producer(s): Alfred Molina, Kelly Kahl Producer(s): Sean Hanish, Paul Biery, Eleonore Dailly Cast: Alfred Molina, Jacki Weaver, Amy Smart, Troian Bellisario, Stana Katic Writer(s): Colette Freedman Details: Based on the stage play "Sister Cities" written by Colette Freedman and first produced in 2006. SSN Insight: Sienna Miller was previously attached for the role "Austin" Alfred Molina was previously attached to direct.
Southside With You 7/31/2015 Logline: The story of the eventful date in 1989 when a young associate named Barack Obama was trying to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson on a summer afternoon and evening that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee’s "Do the Right Thing”. Production Company(s): State Street Pictures, IM Global Director(s): Richard Tanne Executive Producer(s): Tracey Bing Producer(s): Robert Teitel, Richard Tanne, Tika Sumpter, Stuart Ford, Matt Jackson Cast: Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers Writer(s): Richard Tanne SSN Insight: Project was previously in development at Homegrown Pictures with Stephanie Allain attached to produce.
Special Correspondents 7/29/2015 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(s): Ricky Gervais Executive Producer(s): Jason Cloth Producer(s): Chris Coen, Aaron Gilbert, Manuel Munz, Larry Sanitsky Cast: Ricky Gervais, Eric Bana, Benjamin Bratt, Kelly Macdonald Details: Remake of "Special Correspondents" (France/2009) directed by Frederic Auburtin. SSN Insight: Ricky Gervais is also the writer/director/producer behind the BBC, Open Road film Life on the Road currently in active development.
Swiss Army Man 8/7/2015 Logline: In this absurdist comedy, a hopeless man stranded in the wilderness befriends a dead body and together they go on a journey to get home. Production Company(s): Cold Iron Pictures , Blackbird Films Director(s): Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan Executive Producer(s): Gideon Tadmor, Jim Kaufman, William Sten Olsson Producer(s): Jonathan Wang, Lawrence Inglee, Amanda Marshall, Miranda Bailey, Eyal Rimmon Cast: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead Writer(s): Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan SSN Insight: Screenplay was included in 2014 Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab.
The Founder 7/28/2015 Logline: The true story of how Ray Kroc maneuvered himself into a position to buy the 1950s burger operation of Mac and Dick McDonald and create a billion-dollar fast food empire. Studio/Distributor: The Weinstein Company Production Company(s): FilmNation, The Combine Director(s): John Lee Hancock Executive Producer(s): Karen Lunder, Glen Basner Producer(s): Jeremy Renner, Don Handfield, Aaron Ryder Cast: Michael Keaton, Laura Dern, Nick Offerman, B.J. Novak, John Carroll Lynch Writer(s): Robert Siegel SSN Insight: Michael Keaton is currently cast in Buttercup and Imagine Agents both in active development and can next be seen in the Open Road film Spotlight.
The History of Love 8/5/2015 Logline: A long lost book written sixty years ago ties together an old man looking for his son and a young woman hoping to cure her mother's loneliness. Production Company(s): 2.4.7.Films Director(s): Radu Mihaileanu Producer(s): Marc-Antoine Robert, Xavier Rigault Cast: Derek Jacobi, Gemma Arterton, Sophie Nelisse, Elliott Gould Writer(s): Radu Mihaileanu Details: Based on the novel "The History of Love" by Nicole Krauss published by W.W. Norton & Company May 1, 2005. SSN Insight: Project was previously in development at Heyday Films with David Heyman attached to produce. Project was previously set up at Warner Bros.
The Huntsman 8/1/2015 Logline: Tells the story of how The Huntsman, Eric meets Ravenna before either meets Snow White. Studio/Distributor: Universal Pictures, Universal Pictures Production Company(s): Roth Films Director(s): Cedric Nicolas-Troyan Producer(s): Joe Roth, Palak Patel Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, Nick Frost Writer(s): Evan Spiliotopoulos, Craig Mazin, Frank Darabont Details: Project is a spin-off on The Huntsman character from "Snow White and The Huntsman" (2012) directed by Rupert Sanders and starring Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth. SSN Insight: Rupert Sanders was previously mentioned to direct. Frank Darabont was previously attached to direct. Project marks the feature-length debut for director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan.
The Magnificent Seven (Remake) 8/7/2015 Logline: A woman hires a group of gunslingers to protect her town from rampaging bandits. Studio/Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM), Sony Pictures Releasing Production Company(s): Roger Birnbaum Productions Director(s): 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 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.
The Runaround 8/5/2015 Logline: During a last-minute layover in L.A., a workaholic father tries to visit his daughter and learns she’s disappeared, so he teams up with her ex-boyfriend to find her. Production Company(s): Spring Pictures, American Film Productions, Heretic Productions, Wing and a Prayer Pictures, Abbolita Productions Director(s): Gavin Wiesen Producer(s): Mandy Tagger, Adi Ezroni, George Voskericyan, Ron Perlman, Josh Crook Cast: J.K. Simmons, Emile Hirsch SSN Insight: The Solution Entertainment Group is handling international rights. The Gersh Agency and UTA, which also organized the financing, are co-repping North American rights.
The Shack 7/29/2015 Logline: After a personal tragedy, a man finds an invitation from God in his mailbox and goes on a life-changing journey. Studio/Distributor: Summit Entertainment, Lionsgate Production Company(s): Summit Entertainment, LLC, Gil Netter Productions Director(s): Stuart Hazeldine Producer(s): Gil Netter, Brad Cummings Cast: Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Graham Greene, Radha Mitchell, Aviv Alush Writer(s): John Fusco Details: Based on the novel "The Shack" written by William Paul Young and originally self-published by Brad Cummings and Wayne Jacobsen and their company Windblown Media in 2007. SSN Insight: Forest Whitaker was previously attached to direct and act.
U.S.S. Indianapolis: Men of Courage 7/29/2015 Logline: Story of the ship that was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine during WWII, leaving its crew to try and survive in shark-infested waters. Studio/Distributor: Saban Films Production Company(s): Hannibal Pictures Director(s): Mario Van Peebles Executive Producer(s): Ness Saban, Bill Bromiley, Patricia Eberle, Timothy Patrick Cavanaugh, Dama Claire Producer(s): Richard Rionda Del Castro, Michael Mendelsohn, Richard Salvatore, Douglas Miller, Jeffrey Andrick Cast: Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore, Thomas Jane, Matt Lanter, Brian Presley Writer(s): Cam Cannon, Richard Rionda Del Castro SSN Insight: Nicolas Cage can next be seen in Snowden and The Runner and has been cast in Pay the Ghost, Army of One and The Trust, all of which have wrapped.
Untitled (Bruce Willis Detective Film) 8/7/2015 Logline: When a Los Angeles private investigator’s dog Buddy is stolen by a notorious gang, he has to deal with vicious gang leaders, various goons, and crooked characters to get his dog back. Production Company(s): Voltage Pictures Director(s): Mark Cullen, Robb Cullen Executive Producer(s): Patrick Newall, Jonathan Deckter, Stephen J Eads Producer(s): Nicolas Chartier, Zev Foreman, Lauren Ford, Mark Cullen, Robb Cullen Cast: Bruce Willis, Jason Momoa, Thomas Middleditch, Famke Janssen, John Goodman SSN Insight: Voltage Pictures launched international sales at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Untitled (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Sequel) 7/30/2015 Logline: The action-filled adventures of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continue. Studio/Distributor: Paramount Pictures, Paramount Pictures Production Company(s): Nickelodeon Movies, Platinum Dunes Director(s): David Green Executive Producer(s): Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec Producer(s): Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Galen Walker, Scott Mednick Cast: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Stephen Amell, Tyler Perry, Alessandra Ambrosio Writer(s): Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec Details: Sequel to "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (2014) directed by Jonathan Liebesman. SSN Insight: Tohoru Masamune, who played the role of Shredder in the prior film was previously attached to reprise his role in this sequel, although the role for this sequel was ultimately filled by actor Brian Tee.
On the Set For 7/31/15: Chris Pratt Wraps ‘Magnificent Seven’, Dwayne Johnson Completes ‘Central Intelligence’ and MoreSeveral new projects get up and running this week, including the Zach Braff’s Going In Style remake, Zack Whedon’s directorial debut, and Martin Campbell’s Hunter Killer, among others, while Marc Forster’s All I See Is You and Barry Sonnenfeld’s Nine Lives also complete principal photography. Click the link to get all the info. (SSN)
In Other Starz News, Network Embraces Binge Culture, Will Release Entire Seasons Of Two Shows On Premiere DayThe model of releasing entire seasons simultaneously is continuing to gain popularity. Cable net has become the latest network to employ it for the third and final season of Da Vinci’s Demons and ballet-themed limited series Flesh and Bone. They will be available for Starz subscribers on Starz Play and Starz On Demand in the U.S. in conjunction with the premieres of their first episodes, October 24th and November 8th, respectively. (DH) (CS) (SF) (COL) (VAR) (EMP) (EW)
After Much Rending Of Hair and Gnashing Of Teeth, Channing Tatum Has Officially Signed For a ‘Gambit’ FilmFollowing rumors that the deal was falling apart and the movie might not happen at all, the Magic Mike star is now finally on board for the X-Men spinoff. Rupert Wyatt is attached to direct the film, which will go into production later this year for a fall 2016 release. (VUL) (THR) (DH) (TVL) (CB)
The Other Side Of Superhero Movies: The Dangerous Dance Between Movie Stars and The Expanded UniverseImagine this: Chris Pine, sitting down with his agent to discuss what superhero franchise he’ll star in. One option is Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman‘s hunky pilot love interest. There might also be a part in Green Lantern Corps on the table. That’s bound to come with packaged with sequels, Justice League team-ups and juicy, multi-minute cameos. But by signing on as Steve Trevor, Chris Pine just locked in the entirety of his live-action superhero career. (FSR) (VAR) (SM)
Company Launches & Partnerships
Deadline founder and former EIC Nikki Finke has officially launched Hollywood Dementia, a website devoted to fiction showbiz stories written by industry insiders with a paywall of a $1 per story to pay contributors. Writers include lawyer Bertram Fields, David Letterman’s head writer Bill Scheft, Antonio Bogdanovich and TV and feature writers Peter Lefcourt, Cynthia Mort, Jay Abramowitz & Tom Musca.
Comedy writer-producers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger have inked a two-year overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV Studios to develop projects with the studio and join Fox’s fall comedy Grandfathered as supervising producers. The pair first wrote on the Fox show Friends With Benefits and then worked with Grandfathered EP Dan Fogelman on ABC’s The Neighbors for two seasons.
Fusion teamed up with Surreal to produce a virtual reality episode for The Chris Gethard Show broadcast on Aug. 6. The show will be viewable with Google Cardboard available at TheChrisGethardShow.com and on YouTube.
International network Vibrant TV launched on streaming service KlowdTV. The service is available on Roku, Amazon FireTV, Sony Smart TVs, TiVo, iOS and Android devices.
NBCUniversal is in talks with BuzzFeed to invest $250 million in the publisher per Re/Code. In addition, NBCUniversal will invest in Vox Media (owner of Re/Code) to bring its value to $850 million. The deals are part of an effort to target millennial audiences.
Members of Glenn Beck’s digital network TheBlaze have launched a new media company called Red Seat Ventures. Chris Balfe, former TheBlaze CEO, Joel Cheatwood, former chief content officer of TheBlaze, Carolyn Polke, ex-COO of TheBlaze and Kevin Balfe, previous SVP of publishing at Beck’s Mercury Radio Arts were the team behind the launch. The company, whose launch partners include Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions and radio network Premiere Networks, will work to connect content creators with their consumers.
John Wallace has left NBCUniversal as the President of Operations and Technical Services and is now the President and CEO over at Deluxe Ent. Services.
David Glasser has made his resignation to the board of The Weinstein Company official after seven years at the company. He will stay on to help transition a replacement.
Isaac Robert Hurwitz has been upped from Consultant to SVP of Fox Stage Productions.
JoDee Freck has left Lionsgate as their SVP of Mastering & Technical Services and is now the SVP of Home Ent. Operations at Broad Green Pictures. Tania Wood has also joined as the VP of Finance. Tania was previously the VP of Marketing and Distribution Finance at Overture Films.
Lleni Sandoval has been upped from Human Resources Director to VP of Human Resources Hispanic Enterprises and Content at NBCUniversal. Ian Trombley has been upped from EVP to President Operations & Technical Services, NBCUniversal.Award-winning producer and executive Dante Di Loreto has been named President of Television at Chernin Entertainment, where he will oversee the day to day development and production for the company in the television arena. He joins Chernin Entertainment from WatchWorks Entertainment, a production entity he started earlier this year after Di Loreto and partner Ryan Murphy completed Fox’s Glee, which he executive produced with Murphy.
Lee Bartlett has left Discovery Communications’ Studio Group as President to pursue other opportunities.
Zack Beckman has left as Manager of Development at Olive Bridge Ent. to be Head of Development at Lucid Road Prod.
Kelly Goode has left her post as VP of Current Programming at ABC Family. Jennifer Gerstenblatt has been named the new VP of Current Programming, upped from Executive Director and will oversee ABCF’s current programming team, digital series and TV series Baby Daddy and the upcoming Kevin From Work. Brooke Bowman has also left her post as SVP Original Programming but will continue to consult.Kiel Elliott is the new VP of Creative Affairs at A+E Studios. Kiel was previously VP of Current and Development at Hazy Mills Prod.
Juliana Janes is the new SVP of TV at Gulfstream Pictures. She was previously a Partner/Producer at Vandalia Films.
Mina Lefevre is the new EVP and Head of Scripted at MTV, she was promoted from SVP.
Warner Bros distribution exec Dan Fellman will retire late this year after 37 years. Sue Kroll will now also be the WW distribution head in addition to WW marketing chief. Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, who previously headed overseas distribution, will now be president of WW distribution and report to Kroll.
After news that E! veteran Giuliana Rancic would be leaving her E! News anchor chair, Maria Menounos is now the one to be stepping up to the plate and will join co-anchors Jason Kennedy, Terrence Jenkins and Catt Sadler. She had been a fill-in anchor on the show for more than a year and regularly appears on E! Online’s daily roundtable series Live From E!
Tom Coan has been promoted from VP to SVP of Scripted Programming at NBCUniversal International Studios
Eric Lehrman is the new VP of Original Scripted Programming at USA Network. He was previously VP and Head of Scripted at All3Media America.
Philippe Maigret is the new President of ITV Studios America. Philippe was previously CEO of Endemol Studios.
Angela Courtin has left Relativity Media for greener pastures at Fox Broadcasting Co. to be their EVP and Chief Marketing Officer. She will handle on-air and off-air promotion and advertising, national media, multi-platform & affiliate marketing, design and social media, reporting to Joe Earley, COO, Fox Television Group, and Fox TV Group Chairmen and CEOs, Dana Walden and Gary Newman.
Gabriel Marano has been upped from VP of Drama Programming to SVP of Scripted Programming at A&E Network.
Rob O’Neill is the new SVP of Programming & Promotion Strategy, Comedy Central, up from VP.
Digital distributor Cinedigm Corp has appointed four new independent directors to its board, effective immediately. They are Zvi Rhine, Blair Westlake, Andy Schuon and Patrick O’Brien. They also named Ron Chez as special adviser. Chez spent the last six years as the Co-Chairman of Merriman Holdings, the parent company of Merriman Capital.
James Stephenson has switched from SVP of Content Development, Digital Media at Nickelodeon to SVP of Animation and Games.
Erin Wanner has been promoted from Sr. Director of Production to VP of Production at Animal Planet. Andy Weissberg has been upped from VP to SVP of Programming.
Management, PR, Agencies
David Lillard has left his post as a talent agent at Paradigm and is now a talent manager at Industry Ent. Partners.
Nicholas Mohebbi and Sara Nestor have both been upped from assistant to coordinator in the motion picture dept. at Verve.
Christy Grosz has been named LTLA Communications’ VP of Publicity. She was previously a freelance writer.
Meryl Katz and Julie Tustin have formed Film Circuits. They were both previously Consultants of Awards & Events at Paramount Pictures.
Brad S. Small has left his EVP TV Business & Legal Affairs post at The Weinstein Co. to become a Partner at Greenberg Glusker.
Music, Digital, Publishing, Misc.
U.K.-based Little Dot Studios has hired Dan Jones as its director of content, Rich Payne as its head of social and Alex Hryniewics as head of multi-platform. All three previously held positions at Maverick Television. Little Dot was founded in 2013 originally as a studio to produce YouTube content for traditional Brit broadcasters but later began creating its own channels of original content, such as Daily Mix, Tonic and Dead Parrot.
Rob Manuel as been named Editor-in-Chief at Felicia Day's Geek & Sundry. Geek & Sundry is a digital entertainment company recognized for providing the best in award-winning Internet television content featuring leading voices in geek culture and lifestyle. In Manuel's new role he will oversee all editorial content for the site. A former editor for G4’s X-play, Rob has covered game reviews and worked as a features editor. During his time at Gamestrailers, Rob produced original content for both the website and YouTube channel.
Ivana Kirkbride has left YouTube Originals as their head of Unscripted and become Vessel’s VP of Content Acquisition.
Shiv Bhaduri, former GM of media at mobile marketing and strategy company Weve, has been named the chief product officer at U.K. multi-platform media company Rightster. He will develop product strategy and create new initiatives for Rightster, which specializes in acquiring, developing and distributing digital content and networks for niche audiences.
Nathaniel Wilson has been named executive vice president of sales and marketing at Adventr, an interactive video platform. Wilson has previously worked in sales at AOL On Network, Demand Media and Fox Digital.
Scott Foundas has left Variety as their Chief Film Critic and shifted to Amazon Studios where he will be their Senior Manager, Acquisitions & Development, Feature Films.
New York Media has hired Daniel Jasper as director of sponsorship sales and Brian Carney director of sales development. Jasper was previously with the Clio Awards, while Carney joins from Bloomberg.
Technicolor expanded the company’s Animation and Games division with the appointment of Sean Mullen as Creative Director and David Kern as Games Technical Director. Mullen was previously at Disney Interactive. David Kern was previously at Nobodinos LLC, a company he founded in 2012. In addition, the studio’s previous Creative Director Owen Hurley was promoted to Executive Director of Creative.
Exec Shuffle for 8/3/15: Nikki Finke Launches Hollywood Dementia, NBCUniversal in Talks with Buzzfeed, Red Seat Ventures Teams with BlumhouseOther Exec Shuffle news includes, David Glasser resigning from The Weinstein Co., Dan Fellman leaving Warner Bros., and Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger (The Neighbors) signing an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. (SSN)
Deadline founder and former editor-in-chief Nikki Finke has launched Hollywood Dementia, a new website devoted to fiction showbiz stories written by Hollywood insiders. (DH)(VAR) (EW) (COLL) (VAR) (TVL)
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The Final Installment Of the ‘Resident Evil’ Franchise Is Really Getting the Whole Gang Back TogetherAli Larter has been confirmed to reprise her role as Claire Redfield in the upcoming sixth film, tentatively titled Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Larter first played Claire Redfield in Resident Evil: Extinction, in 2007, and returned in the role for the 2010 film Resident Evil: Afterlife. Miller Jovovich is once again back for the lead role, with Paul W.S. Anderson again directing. (SF) (SB) (IW)
The West Network: AMC Production Company(s): Stephen David Entertainment, Sundance Productions Executive Producer(s): Stephen David, Robert Redford, Laura Michalchyshyn Logline: Recreates the violent world of cowboys, Indians, outlaws and law men and chronicle the intimate, little-known stories of Western legends such as Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull. Will show how, in the aftermath of the Civil War, the opportunity of land transforms the United States into the "land of opportunity" and creates modern America. SSN Insight: Project was previously in development at Discovery. AMC has given a straight to series order of eight episodes as of July 31. The eight-hour series will go into production in August for debut in summer 2016.
Monstropolis Network: ABC Studio: ABC Studios Production Company(s): Kapital Ent. Executive Producer(s): Aaron Kaplan, Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan Writer(s): Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan Logline: In Monstropolis, monsters are real, living amongst the humans in the city of New Manhattan (aka Monstropolis). But now someone is killing monsters, and it is up to one disgraced detective to stop the killer… or become the next victim. SSN Insight: ABC landed the series after a bidding war and gave a put pilot commitment. Kaplan has mystery drama Secrets & Lies returning for a second season at ABC along with upcoming comedy Life In Pieces at CBS and Divorce at HBO.
Little Women Network: CW Studio: CBS Television Studios Production Company(s): Solar Drive Productions Executive Producer(s): Michael Weatherly, Alexis C. Jolly Writer(s): Alexis C. Jolly Logline: Disparate half-sisters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy band together in order to survive the dystopic streets of Philadelphia and unravel a conspiracy that stretches far beyond anything they have ever imagined all while trying not to kill each other in the process. Based on the novel. Details: Based on the novel, "Little Women: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy," written by Louisa May Alcott and published by Roberts Brothers in 1868-1869. SSN Insight: CW gave an initial script commitment as of July 29. Jolly most recently penned a rewrite on the Amazon feature Tiger, Tiger, and sold his original Black List spec, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood to Treehouse Pictures.
Untitled U2 Tour Documentary Network: HBO Executive Producer(s): Guy Oseary Logline: The documentary goes behind-the-scenes, offering access to the band and team that worked with them on their current iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE world tour. It takes a look into the creation of the tour, which began May 14, 2015 in Vancouver and runs through November, 2015. SSN Insight: Both the documentary and the concert will be available on HBO GO and HBO NOW simultaneous to the programs’ world premieres on HBO. Documentary to premiere November 7.
Untitled U2 Concert Special Network: HBO Production Company(s): Done and Dusted Executive Producer(s): Hamish Hamilton, Simon Pizey, Davis Guggenheim, Guy Oseary Logline: U2 performs in concert as part of their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour. The November 14, 2015 performance is shot at the Bercy Arena in Paris. SSN Insight: Both the documentary and the concert will be available on HBO GO and HBO NOW simultaneous to the programs’ world premieres on HBO. Documentary to premiere November 14. Bad Couple Network: Comedy Central Executive Producer(s): Flint Wainess, Noel Wells Logline: Semi-autobiographical series following real-life couple Flint Wainess and Noel Wells as an inseparable, highly opinionated couple who constantly clash with modern social mores, making life difficult for friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and themselves. SSN Insight: Comedy Central has given a pilot order for the show. Wainess and Wells are also consulting producers on Netflix’s upcoming Green Eggs and Ham animated series.
Blood Will Out Studio: TriStar Television Production Company(s): TriStar Television, Vendetta Productions Executive Producer(s): Sheldon Turner, Jennifer Klein Writer(s): Walter Kirn, Sheldon Turner Logline: Chronicles the 10-year friendship between Walter Kirn and German con artist Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, who went by the name Clark Rockefeller. He became a fixture in Boston high society for more than a decade after he claimed to be an heir to the famous dynasty. Gerhartsreiter's true identity was only discovered after he kidnapped his daughter in a bitter custody battle. Details: Based on the book, "Blood Will Out: The True Story Of A Murder, A Mystery, And A Masquerade," written by Walter Kirn and published by Liveright on March 10, 2014. SSN Insight: Planned as a limited series and project is still in the process of selling.
Stolen For Good Production Company(s): Dynamic Television Executive Producer(s): Melina Kanakaredes, Vlas Parlapanides, Charles Parlapanides, Nancy Miller, Daniel March Writer(s): Melina Kanakaredes, Vlas Parlapanides, Charles Parlapanides Logline: The mysterious "Hermes Thief" is a renowned international thief whose true identity is unknown. In a world where nothing is as it seems, she rights the wrongs of the past by retrieving stolen priceless items and returning them to their rightful owners. She blazes a trail of powerful enemies, from private collectors to ISIS, fearlessly stealing from anyone anywhere. SSN Insight: Kanakaredes starred on CBS’ CSI:NY from 2004-2010. She’s also written CSI:NY and has developed mutliple projects in partnership with Nancy Miller. Miller is currently also writing a miniseries for OWN.
Greenleaf Network: OWN Studio: Lionsgate Executive Producer(s): Craig Wright, Oprah Winfrey Writer(s): Craig Wright Logline: The series centers on the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. Yet, amid the mayhem and deception, the power of something greater persists, calling everyone to conscience for their sins. SSN Insight: OWN has given a straight to series order of 13 episodes as of July 30. Set for production later this year.
Havana Quartet Network: Starz Production Company(s): Sienna Films, eOne Television, Nadcon Film Executive Producer(s): Antonio Banderas, Eduardo Machado, Peter Nadermann, Jennifer Kawaja, Julia Sereny Writer(s): Eduardo Machado Logline: Set in the 1990s, hard-drinking, romantic Cuban Police Detective Mario Conde longs to be a writer but settled for a job as a detective. Details: Based on the detective novel series, Havana Quartet, comprised of the novels, "Havana Blue," "Havana Gold," "Havana Red" and "Havana Black," written by Leonardo Padura and published by Bitter Lemon Press. SSN Insight: Series will star Antonio Banderas with hopes to shoot in Cuba. Machado previously wrote on HBO’s comedy Hung, also produced by eOne.
Blood Drive Network: SyFy Studio: Universal Cable Productions Executive Producer(s): John Hlavin, David Straiton Writer(s): James Roland, John Hlavin Logline: The story is set in a near-apocalyptic future and centers around LA’s last good cop who is forced to join a twisted, gory cross-country death race with cars powered by blood and a dangerous femme fatale partner who sees people as fuel. SSN Insight: SyFy has given a straight to series order of 13 episodes as of July 28.
1st To Die Network: USA Production Company(s): Flame Ventures, LLC, James Patterson Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Tony Krantz, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout Writer(s): Tony Krantz Logline: Four women in San Francisco a homicide detective, a reporter, the Chief Medical Examiner and a district attorney solve crimes together, Details: Based on James Patterson's novel series, "Women's Murder Club," starting with "1st to Die," published March 5, 2001 by Little, Brown and Company. SSN Insight: The series plan is for each "Women's Murder Club" book to be turned into a 10-episode serialized season following one complicated and twisty murder mystery. Krantz executive produces ABC’s upcoming fall drama series Blood & Oil while Patterson executive produces CBS’ summer drama series Zoo based on his novel.
The Good Girls Revolt Network: Amazon Studio: TriStar Television, Amazon Studios Production Company(s): Lynda Obst Productions, TriStar Television Executive Producer(s): Lynda Obst, Jeff Okin, Dana Calvo, Darlene Hunt Writer(s): Dana Calvo Logline: A 1970s drama set at Newsweek. SSN Insight: Amazon ordered the pilot in May. It was the first pilot out of TriStar TV. Cast includes Jim Belushi as a plain-spoken National Editor.
Untitled Jeremy Clarkson Car Series Network: Amazon Studio: Amazon Studios Production Company(s): Executive Producer(s): Andy Wilman Writer(s): Andy Wilman Logline: Details under wraps, but will be hosted by Jeremy Clarkson and revolve around cars. SSN Insight: Clarkson’s BBC contract was allowed to expire following an assault. Series reunites Jeremy Clarkson with Top Gear colleagues James May and Richard Hammond. Deal is for three seasons.
Thirteen Network: BBC America Production Company(s): BBC In House Productions Executive Producer(s): Elizabeth Kilgarriff Writer(s): Marnie Dickens Logline: Explores how to pick up the threads of a life half-lived and how to survive as a family under the greatest pressure: how to feel again, chance love again. It is a psychological drama about who to trust when you can't even trust yourself. Ivy Moxham is a young girl. Ivy Moxham is a woman. Ivy Moxham is whoever you want her to be. SSN Insight: BBC has given a series order of five episodes to the miniseries. Announced as part of BBC America’s development slate.
Dirk Gently Network: BBC America Production Company(s): IDW Publishing, Circle of Confusion, Ideate Media Executive Producer(s): Max Landis, Ted Adams, David Ozer, Arvind Ethan David, Zainir Aminullah Writer(s): Max Landis Logline: Centers on the titular holistic detective who investigates cases involving the supernatural. Based on the novel series. Details: Based on the "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" novel series, written by Douglas Adams and published by Simon & Schuster in 1987. SSN Insight: Announced as part of BBC America’s development slate.
The Greater Good Network: BBC America Production Company(s): Lakeshore Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Dana Shapiro Writer(s): Dana Shapiro Logline: Cora Jones is the lone survivor of the Jonestown massacre in which 918 of her fellow cult members died. She believes she survived to rid the world of false prophets but, as her own fame as an atheist preacher grows, she begins to morph into the very thing she’s been railing against. SSN Insight: Shapiro was the filmmaker behind the films Monogamy, Murderball and My Biodegradable Heart. Announced as part of BBC America’s development slate.
Undercover Network: BBC America Executive Producer(s): Hilary Salmon Writer(s): Peter Moffat Logline: Maya is about to become the first black woman to hold the highest-ranking public prosecutor role in England. Just as her life comes under intense public scrutiny she discovers her husband, Nick, has been lying to her for years. SSN Insight: BBC America has given a series order of six episodes as of July 31 and planned it as a limited series. Announced as part of BBC America’s development slate.
Moths Network: BBC America Production Company(s): Cineflix Executive Producer(s): Tony Wood Logline: A young American woman's reckless quest for thrill and adventure takes her to the epicenter of Tokyo’s Shibuya sub-culture scene. After a crime occurs, she finds herself face-to-face with an unfamiliar, ancient and intractable world. SSN Insight: The series will join BBC America’s slate of original scripted shows that includes the iconic series Doctor Who, Orphan Black, The Last Kingdom and Luther. Announced as part of BBC America’s development slate.
Untitled Anders August Drama Project Network: BBC America Executive Producer(s): Michael London, Anders August Writer(s): Anders August Logline: Set at a 1950s resort, where a social climbing but disarming young woman turns out to be a dangerous sociopath. SSN Insight: Anders August penned The Pig and was executive producer of Follow The Money which premiered at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. Announced as part of BBC America’s development slate.
Untitled Anna Winger Drama Project Network: BBC America Executive Producer(s): Anna Winger Writer(s): Anna Winger Logline: A celebration of the city of Berlin today, this journey is an exploration of colliding worlds, the unifying bonds of loss, and the dangerous pursuit of answers in a utopian city. SSN Insight: Winger is the creator of international series Deutschland ’83. Announced as part of BBC America’s development slate.
Untitled Sebastian Silva Comedy Project Network: BBC America Production Company(s): A24 Executive Producer(s): Sebation Silva Writer(s): Sebastion Silva Logline: Using unconventional storytelling including real people Sebastian Silva explores humorous, absurd and uncomfortably raw stories of 21st century dating in our impulsive era of swiping and liking. SSN Insight: Silva is the filmmaker behind the 2015 Sundance and Berlinale selection Nasty Baby, which starred Kristen Wiig, and The Maid. Announced as part of BBC America’s development slate.
Last Men Out Network: Nat Geo Production Company(s): Levinson/Fontana Company Executive Producer(s): Tom Fontana, Barry Levinson Writer(s): Tom Fontana Logline: The show dramatizes the heroic actions of a small band of Marines in the final days of the Vietnam War. Based on the book. Details: Based on the book, "Last Men Out: The True Story of America's Heroic Final Hours in Vietnam," written by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin and published by Free Press on May 3, 2011. SSN Insight: Nat Geo gave an initial script commitment on July 29.
Parched Network: Nat Geo Production Company(s): Jigsaw Productions Executive Producer(s): Alex Gibney Logline: The documentary looks at the global water crisis. SSN Insight: Project will be produced as a TV miniseries and as a feature documentary with a limited theatrical release. Both will air globally on the National Geographic Channels in 171 countries and 44 languages.
Red Planet Network: Nat Geo Production Company(s): Imagine Entertainment, @radical.media Executive Producer(s): Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Dave O'Connor Logline: The series follows the quest to colonize Mars. Set in 2032 and the present day, it includes interviews from present-day scientists and innovators who are preparing the way for the first manned mission to Mars in 2032. SSN Insight: Planned as an event series by Nat Geo and ordered to series as of July 29.
The Crown Network: Netflix Studio: Sony Pictures Television Production Company(s): 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 â€” Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street â€” as well as the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. Inspired by the play "The Audience". Details: Inspired by the play "The Audience" written by Peter Morgan in 2013. SSN Insight: Netflix has given a series order of 10 episodes.
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Peter Berg is in final negotiations to helm Patriots’ Day, the Boston Bombing project scripted by Matt Charman (Bridge of Spies). Berg will also produce the film alongside Mark Wahlberg, who is circling the role of Davis. (COLL)(EW)
Almost a year ago Brad Mendelsohn was promoted to Head of Literary at Circle of Confusion and now Mendelsohn’s been upped to partner. (DH)(THR) (VUL)
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Mariah Carey has left CAA to sign with UTA, where she will be repped in all areas including music, touring, film, television, digital, licensing and endorsements. Carey is currently maintaining a Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace to run through next year before leaving for a European tour in the spring, which UTA will coordinate. In the fall, Carey will direct a TV movie for Hallmark. She continues to be managed in all areas by Stella Bulochnikov of Wikked TV.
Amy Schumer has left her management firm Mosaic where she was managed by Mosaic principal Jimmy Miller. There hasn't been any announcement as to if she's signing with another firm. Her recent film, Trainwreck, opened to $30 million and has grossed over $68 million domestically. She will continue to be repped by UTA and Schreck Rose, and by APA for touring.
Kate Walsh has also jumped ship at CAA and has signed with WME. She’s best known for her role as Dr. Addison Montgomery on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and starring in the spinoff Private Practice which ran for six seasons. She can next be seen in the Paramount film Staten Island Summer produced by Lorne Michaels.
Director of Photography Niels Alpert has signed with agent Bill Dispoto at Dattner Dispoto and Associates for representation. He formerly was a DP on USA’s White Collar before going over to TV Land’s new series, The Jim Gaffigan Show.
Collective Digital Studio has signed rock band Boyce Avenue, a group with seven million subscribers and over two billion views on YouTube. “We joined YouTube only two years after its launch, before being a YouTube star was a thing,” said the band in a statement. “We knew this was a platform from which we could share our music internationally with our fans in a very direct and personal way.”
Australian comedian Jim Jefferies has signed with Brillstein Entertainment Partners, but will continue to be repped by UTA. The comedian broke out after his 2009 HBO special I Swear To God. He then co-created and starred in a semi-autobiographical sitcom, Legit, which lasted two seasons on FX and FXX. Last year Netflix released his special, Jim Jefferies: Bare and most recently he was seen on Why? With Hannibal Buress on Comedy Central.
Professional Ultimate Disc League champion and YouTube celebrity Brodie Smith signed with Abrams Artists Agency’s Alternative Programming and Digital division. The agency will represent him for digital opportunities and merchandising and will work alongside Whistle Sports, Smith’s network on brand-integration, sponsorship and social-influencer deals. Smith has amassed over 1.1 million YouTube subscribers, amassing more than 135 million views.