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    SSN ORIGINALS

    Film & TV Deals for 5/11/16: ‘Tomb Raider’s’ Alicia Vikander Launches Vikarious Prod., Lionsgate Teams with Globalgate, ‘24: Legacy’s’ Nikki Toscano Inks with Fox TV

    Among other items this week, the show runner of the upcoming Star signs an overall deal with 20th TV, while several other TV creators also sign big overall deals with 20th and Sony TV, ESPN settles a contract lawsuit against Verizon, and Lionsgate has a new partnership. Click the link to read on. (SSN)

    Rep Moves for 5/11/16: Bradley Whitford Signs with ICM, Bungalow-SMG to Rep NPR, CAA Snags Vine Star Amanda Cerny

    A light week in the rep moves department, as several others land new representation, including noted character actors like Jake Weber and Rizwan Manji. As always, there’s more, so click on the link for the full skinny. (SSN)

    OTHER HEADLINES

    Two Bits Of Steven Soderbergh News, the First Being the Casting Of Jack O’Connell In the Netflix Western He’s Executive Producing

    Developing for years, Scott Frank‘s western Godless has gone from a once-mooted movie into an expansive Netflix limited series. Rising star O’Connell has snagged a role in the six-hour show. Penned by Frank, with his longtime bud Soderbergh on board as executive producer, the show will follow Frank Griffin, an outlaw blazing a ruthless trail across the West, hunting down his frenemy Roy Goode, only to stumble into a town run entirely by women. (TP)

    And the Second Is the Casting Of Riley Keough To the Cast Of the Movie He’s (Not So) Secretly Directing

    If you were among the few who believed Steven Soderbergh when he claimed to be retiring from filmmaking, prepare for betrayal: The Oscar winner will soon return to the silver screen. It’s been three years since Side Effect marked the supposed end of the director’s feature-film career, but now comes the news that he will next helm Logan Lucky with an ensemble cast that includes Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and now Keough. (IW)

    ‘Supergirl’ CW Move Talks Heat Up As CBS Nears Decision, Mulls Bubble Shows’ Fate

    Network is yet to make a renewal decision after being rumored for a while, but now talks are real as CBS’ renewal process nears the finish line. CBS has until the end of day today to make a decision, but that could conceivable get extended. Producing studio Warner Bros. TV already is making a pre-emptive effort to trim costs, will move the show to Vancouver in Season 2. (DH)

    Russell Crowe Is Getting Back In the Director’s Chair, and Nicole Kidman Is Along For the Ride

    Oscar winner made his directorial debut with last year’s The Water Diviner, and now will direct and star alongside Kidman in Inside The O’Briens. Crowe will play a Massachusetts cop who is enjoying life in Charlestown with his wife and four grown children. But then he starts experiencing dramatic mood swings and unusual, involuntary movements. As his symptoms increase, his doctors discover that he has Huntington’s Disease. (EMP)

    FX Is Officially Moving Forward With Its ‘Songs Of Anarchy’ Spinoff

    Following Kurt Sutter’s short-lived tenure heading up the FX series The Bastard Executioner, the Sons of Anarchy creator has started work on an SOA spinoff in earnest. Mayans MC is described as a “family drama,” as well as a drama that is also explaining how outlaws may live, this time “reflected through a Latino lens.” Elgin James will write the script. (CB)

    Just a Few Weeks Before ‘The Lobster’ Hits Theaters, the Director and Star Announce a Re-Teaming

    Colin Farrell is set to reunite with Yorgos Lanthimos, the notorious Greek filmmaker behind A24’s upcoming film, for The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Little is known about what the new film will center on but the script is yet another collaborative effort between Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou. (COL)

    Together Again For the First Time, Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones Joining Forces For Action Comedy ‘Villa Capri’

    The Academy Award winners will star in the new film from Ron Shelton, in the vein of Midnight Run about an ex-FBI agent (Jones) and an ex-mob lawyer in the witness protection program (Freeman) having to put aside their petty rivalry on the golf course to fend off a mob hit. It will start shooting in New Mexico this summer. (CS)

    CBS Likes What It Has, Renews ‘Life In Pieces’ For Season Two

    Network’s ensemble comedy stands out with its unconventional structure, which sees each half-hour episodes split into four short-story style vignettes. The series, which shifted to from Mondays to Thursdays as part of CBS’ midseason comedy lineup, has been a solid performer for the network, averaging a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.5 million total viewers. (LF)


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    Amazon Delves into the Shadowy Recesses of Power with Tom Hiddleston Starrer ‘The Night Manager’

    Amazon Prime Video will be the exclusive subscription streaming service for AMC and the BBC’s six-part miniseries The Night Manager in the U.S., the UK and Japan. Beginning later in 2016, it will stream as part of Amazon Prime and Prime Video subscriptions for customers in the U.S. and Britain, and exclusively on Prime Video in Japan. (DL)

    Woody Allen Lets Comments Slide Off Back at Cannes, Says He’s ‘Not Offended’

    “It would take a lot to offend me,” Woody Allen said in response to the controversial rape joke that was part of last night’s opening night ceremony at the Cannes Film Festival. “What bothered me most last night was the length of the show before the movie.” (VAR)

    A24 Makes 2nd Major Deal at Cannes, Snatching Andrew Garfield Starrer ‘Under the Silver Lake’

    A24 has made its second big deal in Cannes, snatching up U.S. rights to Under the Silver Lake, a modern-day noir thriller starring Andrew Garfield. David Robert Mitchell’s new film, a modern-day noir thriller set in Los Angeles, is set to begin shooting this summer. (THR)

    Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland Coordinate Escape to Paolo Virzì’s ‘The Leisure Seeker’

    Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland will embark on a twilight years road trip from Boston to Florida in Italian director Paolo Virzì’s The Leisure Seeker. The venerable thesps will play a couple who escape from a U.S. retirement home and take one last cross-country adventure in a vintage van in Virzì’s English-language debut. (VAR)

    Former BBC Topper Danny Cohen to Run Access Ent. with Several Hundred Million Dollars in Initial Phase

    Former BBC Director of Television Danny Cohen has been set as President of Access Entertainment, a newly formed division of Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries. The company says it’s prepared to invest several hundred million dollars in an initial phase, will focus those investments across the entertainment sector with a concentration on high-quality TV, films, and theatrical productions. (DL)

    Adult Swim Brings ‘Samurai Jack’ Back & Greenlights ‘Robot Chicken’ Special at Upfronts

    Six days ahead of Adult Swim’s annual upfront party Wednesday, the network has announced a staggering lineup of new projects. The Turner-owned network has ordered one new series, six new specials and 12 new pilots. (THR)

    Want a 90% Tax Credit on Your Next Project? Head to Puerto Rico

    ‘Puerto Rico has been in an economic recession for over 10 years now, and film incentives have prevailed over every new administration because of their unquestionable impact on the overall economy, creating hundreds of jobs,’ says Nadia Barbarossa, film division director of Tax Credits Intl. Moreover, in May 2015, Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla signed a new amendment, providing up to a whopping 90% tax credit for projects that meet certain qualifications. (VAR)

    3.7M Subscriber Strong AwesomenessTV Unveils Gaming Awards Show, MLB Series at NewFronts

    AwesomenessTV’s family-oriented YouTube channel DreamWorksTV announced its first live event production, Kids’ Game Awards, and two additional seasons for its YouTube series Royal Crush, starring Meg DeAngelis, and its Go90 series Guidance among others. (VI)

    Trailer Buzz: ‘Assassin’s Creed’

    Do video game fans finally have a film to get excited about? If the first trailer for Michael Fassbender’s Assassin’s Creed is anything to go by, the image of game-adaptations as lackluster money spinners could finally be getting a much-needed overhaul. (TG)

    More Trailer Buzz: ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’

    Adapted from the 2012 book by Ben Fountain, the war drama centers around the titular 19-year-old private (played by newcomer Joe Alwyn), who was invited to appear at the halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game. Lee uses this setting as a catalyst for flashbacks that reveal what exactly happened during Lynn’s tour in Iraq. The ensemble includes Vin Diesel, Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Steve Martin and Chris Tucker. (IW)


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    New Attachments

    24 Hours to Live
    Logline: An assassin is given a chance at redemption when his boss brings him back to life temporarily, right after he’s been killed on the job.
    Production Company(s): Thunder Road Pictures, Fundamental Films
    Producer(s): Mark Gao, Basil Iwanyk, Gregory Ouanhon
    Writer(s): Zach Dean, Ron Mita, Jim McClain
    Director(s): Brian Smrz
    Cast: Ethan Hawke, Common, Qing Xu
    SSN Insight: Xu appeared in the film Looper. Common last appeared in Selma.

    Ad Astra
    Logline: A group of astronauts embark on a journey through the solar system to bring a renegade back to Earth.
    Production Company(s): Keep Your Head Productions, RT Features, MadRiver Pictures
    Producer(s): James Gray, Rodrigo Teixeira, Anthony Katagas, Marc Butan
    Writer(s): James Gray, Ethan Gross
    Director(s): James Gray
    SSN Insight: Casting is now underway and expected to be announced soon, with production eyeing an early 2017 shoot.

    Ali & Nino
    Logline: Ali is a Muslim, with his warrior ancestors’ passion for the desert; and Nino is a Christian Georgian girl with sophisticated European ways. The two have loved each other since childhood and Ali is determined that he will marry Nino, despite their cultural differences. But there is not only the obstacle of their different religions and parental consent to overcome. When the war breaks out, Baku’s oil becomes the focus of Russia’s vie for power.
    Studio/Distributor(s): IFC Midnight
    Production Company(s): PeaPie, Ltd., Archery Pictures
    Producer(s): Diana Phillips, Kris Thykier
    Writer(s): Christopher Hampton
    Director(s): Asif Kapadia
    Cast: Adam Bakri, María Valverde, Riccardo Scamarcio, Homayoun Ershadi, Halit Ergenc
    Details: Based on the book “Ali & Nino” written by an author using the pseudonym Kurban Said and first published in German in 1937. The book was reissued in English by Overlook/Penguin in July 1996.
    SSN Insight: Alicia Vikander was previously attached to star. IFC Films has bought the North American rights following the film’s premiere at Sundance. IM Global and CAA handled the sale.

    Always Shine
    Logline: Two friends, both actresses living in Los Angeles, go on a weekend trip to reconnect and begin to lose their grasp on reality when they come face-to-face with their suppressed jealousies and deep-seated resentments toward one another.
    Studio/Distributor(s): Oscilloscope Pictures
    Production Company(s): Little Teeth Pictures, Nice Dissolve, Balaboosta Pictures, Reality Pictures
    Producer(s): Lawrence Levine, Sophia Takal, Pierce Varous
    Writer(s): Lawrence Levine
    Director(s): Sophia Takal
    Cast: Mackenzie Davis, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Lawrence Levine, Khan Baykal, Alexander Koch
    SSN Insight: Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired U.S. rights during the Cannes film market. Visit Films is handling the thriller’s worldwide sales and Oscilloscope plans a release later in 2016.

    American Assassin
    Logline: A black ops recruit whose fiancée was killed in a terrorist attack teams up with a shadowy CIA agent to stop a mysterious operative from unleashing a war of global proportions.
    Studio/Distributor(s): CBS Films, Lionsgate
    Production Company(s): Di Bonaventura Pictures, Nick Wechsler Productions
    Producer(s): Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Nick Wechsler
    Writer(s): Stephen Schiff, Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Michael Finch, Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz
    Director(s): Michael Cuesta
    Cast: Dylan O’Brien (in talks), Michael Keaton
    Details: Based on the novel “American Assassin” written by Vince Flynn and published by Atria on October 12, 2010. It is the 11th book in the Mitch Rapp series written by Vince Flynn.
    SSN Insight: Ed Zwick was previously attached to direct. Chris Hemsworth was previously in talks to star.

    Andorra
    Logline: A mysterious American picks up and moves to the country of Andorra where he befriends two women, but when a dead body turns up, the American must prove his innocence.
    Production Company(s): Jump Street Films Pty Ltd., Unicorn Films
    Producer(s): Jamie Bialkower, Lizzette Atkins
    Writer(s): Peter Cameron, Jamie Bialkower
    Director(s): Fred Schepisi
    Cast: Clive Owen
    Details: Based on the novel “Andorra,” written by Peter Cameron and published by Farrar Straus & Giroux in January 1997.
    SSN Insight: Owen and Schepisi previously collaborated on 2013’s Words And Pictures. Project was previously in development at Cargo Entertainment.

    Anthropoid
    Logline: The true story of two Czech soldiers who parachuted into their homeland to assassinate ruthless SS general Reinhard Heydrich is recounted.
    Studio/Distributor(s): Bleecker Street
    Production Company(s): Zephyr Films, LD Entertainment, 22h22
    Producer(s): Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, Sean Ellis, Leonard Glowinski, Anita Overland
    Writer(s): Sean Ellis, Anthony Frewin
    Director(s): Sean Ellis
    Cast: Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Charlotte Le Bon, Toby Jones, Harry Lloyd
    SSN Insight: Bleecker Street has acquired U.S. distribution rights during Cannes.

    Ballerina (Animated)
    Logline: An orphaned girl in 1879 Paris pursues her dream of becoming a ballerina.
    Studio/Distributor(s): The Weinstein Company
    Production Company(s): Quad Productions, Caramel Films
    Producer(s): Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun, André Rouleau, Valerie D’Auteuil
    Writer(s): Carol Noble, Laurent Zeitoun
    Director(s): Eric Warin, Eric Summer
    Cast: Elle Fanning, Maddie Ziegler, Carly Rae Jepsen
    SSN Insight: Project will be shot using motion capture. The Weinstein Company bought U.S. rights to the animated film.

    Baywatch
    Logline: An elite group of lifeguards are forced to team up with a young, hotshot former Olympian to save their beloved bay.
    Studio/Distributor(s): Paramount Pictures
    Production Company(s): The Montecito Picture Company, Contrafilm, Vinson Films, Flynn Picture Co., 7 Bucks Entertainment
    Producer(s): Beau Flynn, Ivan Reitman, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Michael Berk
    Writer(s): Damian Shannon, Mark Swift, Barry Schwartz, Justin Malen, Robert Ben Garant
    Director(s): Seth Gordon
    Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Ilfenesh Hadera, Rob Huebel
    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.

    Black Panther
    Logline: The prince of the fictional African country of Wekanda transforms into a superhero known as the Black Panther.
    Studio/Distributor(s): Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures,
    Production Company(s): Marvel Entertainment
    Producer(s): Kevin Feige
    Writer(s): Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole, Mark Bailey, Keith Thompson
    Director(s): Ryan Coogler
    Cast: Chadwick A Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o (in talks)
    Details: Based on the character “Black Panther” created by Stan Lee, illustrated Jack Kirby and first published by Marvel Comics.He first appeared in Fantastic Four #52 in July 1966.
    SSN Insight: Wesley Snipes previously attached to star and produce. Previously in development at Artisan Pictures until they went out of business. Lupita Nyong’o is in talks to sign on as Black Panther’s love interest.

    Early Man
    Logline: Cavemen discover the game of soccer.
    Production Company(s): Aardman Animations, StudioCanal
    Writer(s): Mark Burton, John O’Farrell
    Director(s): Nick Park
    Cast: Eddie Redmayne
    SSN Insight: Studio Canal is financing, selling and distributing the stop-frame feature film in its core markets.

    Elle
    Logline: A ruthless CEO of a gambling software company is attacked in her home by an intruder.
    Studio/Distributor(s): Sony Pictures Classics
    Production Company(s): France 2 Cinéma, Entre Chien et Loup, Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion GmbH, SBS Productions
    Producer(s): Saïd Ben Saïd, Michel Merkt
    Writer(s): David Birke
    Director(s): Paul Verhoeven
    Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Anne Consigny, Christian Berkel, Virginie Efira, Vimala Pons
    Details: Based on the novel “Oh…” written by Philippe Djian and published by Gallimard in 2013.
    SSN Insight: Sony Pictures Classics acquired domestic rights prior to its premiere at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

    Han Solo: A Star Wars Story
    Logline: The film tells the story of how the young Han Solo became the scoundrel, smuggler thief who Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first met at the Mos Eisley cantina.
    Studio/Distributor(s): Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
    Production Company(s): Lucasfilm, Ltd., Lord Miller
    Producer(s): Chris Miller, Phil Lord, Kathleen Kennedy
    Writer(s): Lawrence Kasdan, Jonathan Kasdan
    Director(s): Chris Miller, Phil Lord
    Cast: Alden Ehrenreich
    SSN Insight: Alden Ehrenreich was last seen in Hail, Caesar! and before that Blue Jasmine.

    How to be a Latin Lover
    Logline: Follows an aging Latin lover forced to return to live with his estranged sister and her young son after being dumped by his sugar mama.
    Production Company(s): Pantelion Films, 3pas Studios
    Producer(s): Eugenio Derbez, Ben Odell
    Writer(s): Ken Marino, Erica Oyama, Chris Spain, Jon Zack
    Director(s): Ken Marino
    Cast: Eugenio Derbez, Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, Raquel Welch, Rob Riggle, McKenna Grace
    SSN Insight: Eugenio Derbez was previously attached to direct. Grace will play Arden, the granddaughter of a very wealthy woman who bonds with her classmate Hugo.

    I Am Not a Serial Killer
    Logline: In a small Midwestern town, a troubled teen with homicidal tendencies must hunt down and destroy a supernatural killer whilst keeping his own inner demons at bay.
    Studio/Distributor(s): IFC Midnight
    Production Company(s): Fantastic Films, Liquid Noise Films, Floodland Pictures, Level 5 Films
    Producer(s): Mark Lane, James Harris, Nick Ryan
    Writer(s): Billy O’Brien, Chris Hyde
    Director(s): Billy O’Brien
    Cast: Max Records, Christopher Lloyd, Laura Fraser, Karl Geary, Bruce Bohne
    SSN Insight: IFC Midnight has acquired North American and Latin American rights to the film that bowed this year at SXSW.

    In Order of Disappearance
    Logline: Following a snowplow driver who doesn’t get worked up about much, until his son is murdered and it is made to look like an overdose, by criminals involved in drug deals. It turns the mild-mannered man’s attention from snow to body removal and becomes a tense action thriller with Dirty Harry-esque intensity, where bad guys pile up like snow drifts when the killers suspect a rival gang.
    Production Company(s): Film i Väst, Paradox Productions, Studiocanal
    Producer(s): Stein Kvae, Finn Gjerdrum, Michael Shamberg
    Writer(s): Frank Baldwin
    Director(s): Hans Petter Moland
    Cast: Liam Neeson, Stellan Skarsgård, Bruno Ganz, Pål Hagen, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Anders Baasmo Christensen
    Details: Remake of the hit Norwegian film In Order Of Disappearance starring Stellan Skarsgard.
    SSN Insight: Hans Petter Molland, Finn Gjerdum and Stein Kvae all worked on the original version. Paul Schwartzman is exec producer.

    Inversion
    Logline: When Earth suddenly loses its gravity, the planet’s inhabitants must find a way to reverse the catastrophic phenomenon in an epic cross-continent venture.
    Production Company(s): Hwy61 Films, Facing East
    Producer(s): Philip Lee, Michael Nozik, Markus Barmettler
    Writer(s): Paul Haggis, Bragi Schut Jr., David Arata, Michael Finch
    Director(s): Peter Segal
    Cast: Travis Fimmel
    SSN Insight: Scott Waugh was previously attached to direct.

    Invisible
    Logline: The parallel stories of an immigrant window cleaner who most people ignore and a man with a six figure salary who can go anywhere and do anything but is gravely unhappy is explored.
    Production Company(s): Good Films
    Producer(s): Miriam Segal
    Writer(s): Tena Stivicic
    Director(s): Danis Tanovic
    Cast: Clive Owen, Jessica Biel
    Details: Based on the play “Invisible,” written by Tena Stivicic and performed in London in 2011.
    SSN Insight: Everardo Valerio Gout was previously attached to direct.

    Juliet, Naked
    Logline: When a once-famous singer releases his new album a woman who writes a review catches his attention, while the woman’s fan-obsessed, loser, boyfriend is clueless to what’s going on.
    Production Company(s): Barry Mendel Productions, Apatow Productions, Bona Fide Productions
    Producer(s): Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Jeffrey Soros
    Writer(s): Evgenia Peretz, Phil Alden Robinson, Jim Taylor, Tamara Jenkins
    Director(s): Jesse Peretz
    Details: Based on the book “Juliet, Naked,” written by Nick Hornby and published by Riverhead on September 29, 2009.
    SSN Insight: Los Angeles Media Fund (LAMF) is financing the picture.

    Justice League Part 1
    Logline: Storyline under wraps.
    Studio/Distributor(s): Warner Bros. Pictures
    Production Company(s): DC Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment, Cruel & Unusual Films, Lin Pictures
    Producer(s): George Miller, Barrie M. Osborne, Doug Mitchell, Dan Lin, Deborah Snyder
    Writer(s): Chris Terrio, Will Beall, Kieran Mulroney, Michele Mulroney
    Director(s): Zack Snyder
    Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Ezra Miller, Gal Gadot
    Details: Based on the comic book series “Justice League of America” published by DC Comics.
    SSN Insight: Common was previously attached to the role of Green Lantern. George Miller was previously attached to direct. Ben Affleck will also be the executive producer.

    Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina
    Logline: The story of Misty Copeland who studied ballet at age 13 while living in a welfare motel and became the second African-American female soloist with the American Ballet Theatre.
    Studio/Distributor(s): New Line Cinema
    Production Company(s): Offspring Entertainment
    Producer(s): Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot, Philip Sandhaus
    Writer(s): Gregory Allen Howard, Stephanie Allain, Lenore Kletter
    Details: Based on the memoir “Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina” written by Misty Copeland with Charisse Jones and published by Touchstone Books in March, 2014.
    SSN Insight: Howard is also executive producing and prepping his Harlem-based pilot, The Zone.

    Logan Lucky
    Logline: Centers around brothers who plan a crime during a NASCAR race.
    Production Company(s): Gran Via Productions, Free Association
    Producer(s): Gregory Jacobs, Mark Johnson, Reid Carolin
    Director(s): Steven Soderbergh
    Cast: Channing Tatum, Riley Keough, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane (in talks)
    SSN Insight: Michael Shannon was previously attached to co-star.

    Molly’s Game
    Logline: Molly Bloom was a world-class skier while in college, but after failing to make the Olympic team, a chain of events lea to her into running the most exclusive high-stakes poker game in the world.
    Production Company(s): Mark Gordon Company, Pascal Pictures
    Producer(s): Mark R. Gordon, Amy Pascal
    Writer(s): Aaron Sorkin
    Director(s): Aaron Sorkin
    Cast: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba
    Details: Based on the memoir “Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boy’s Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker” written by Molly Bloom and published by itbooks, an imprint of HarperCollins in 2014.
    SSN Insight: Project was previously set up at Columbia Pictures.

    Mother/Daughter
    Logline: A mother and daughter are trapped with one another on a vacation gone awry.
    Studio/Distributor(s): 20th Century Fox
    Production Company(s): Chernin Entertainment, Feigco Entertainment
    Producer(s): Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson
    Writer(s): Katie Dippold, Amy Schumer, Kim Caramele
    Director(s): Jonathan Levine
    Cast: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Tom Bateman, Óscar Jaenada, Christopher Meloni
    SSN Insight: Chernin Entertainment bought the script by Katie Dippold for a reported low seven-figures.

    Patriots Day
    Logline: Centers around the Boston bombing.
    Studio/Distributor(s): CBS Films, Lionsgate
    Production Company(s): Leverage Management, Closest To The Hole Productions, Bluegrass Films, Hutch Parker Entertainment
    Producer(s): Scott Stuber, Dylan Clark, Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Michael Radutzky
    Writer(s): Peter Berg, Josh Zetumer, Eric Johnson, Paul Tamasy, Matt Charman
    Director(s): Peter Berg
    Cast: Mark Wahlberg, J.K. Simmons, John Goodman, Vincent Curatola, Kevin Bacon, Melissa Benoist, Khandi Alexander, Jake Picking
    Details: Based on the book “Boston Strong” written by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge and to be published by University Press of New England in 2014.
    SSN Insight: Originally “Boston Strong,” based on the book written by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge, was a competing project set up at 20th Century Fox. Fox let the “Boston Strong” project go to CBS Films where it was then merged with “Patriot’s Day”.

    Plus One
    Logline: When her long-term relationship ends, the only single friend she has left is Summer—the loud, sexually-oversharing wild card who becomes her only choice for wing woman.
    Production Company(s): Gloria Sanchez Productions
    Producer(s): Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay
    Writer(s): April Prosser
    Director(s): Patrick Brice
    Cast: Cecily Strong, Jessica Chastain
    SSN Insight: Screenplay was included in the 2014 Hit List. Screenplay was included in the 2015 Bitch List. Project was included on the 2014 Black List.

    Pottersville
    Logline: The plot centers on Maynard, a beloved local businessman who is mistaken for the legendary Bigfoot during an inebriated romp through town in a makeshift gorilla costume. The sightings set off an international Bigfoot media spectacle and a windfall of tourism dollars for a simple American town hit by hard times.
    Production Company(s): Storyland Pictures, Wing and a Prayer Pictures
    Producer(s): Scott Lochmus, Ron Perlman, Josh Crook, Jonathan Gray
    Writer(s): Daniel Meyer
    Director(s): Seth Hendrickson
    Cast: Michael Shannon, Christina Hendricks, Judy Greer, Ian McShane, Thomas Lennon
    Details: The film was shot in the Upstate village of Hamilton and the Central New York Film Hub, a state economic development model designed to build a film and TV industry in the Syracuse area while providing next-generation innovations, workforce training and student involvement.
    SSN Insight: The pic is the first produced in conjunction with SUNY Polytechnic Institute, enabled by New York state’s film tax credit.

    Revenge Wedding
    Logline: After discovering her fiancé has been cheating, a woman and her best friend exact revenge by turning the couple’s perfectly planned, high-society wedding into the biggest disaster in his storied family’s history.
    Studio/Distributor(s): CBS Films
    Production Company(s): What If It Barks Films, Suretone Pictures
    Producer(s): Jordan Schur, Ray Marshall, Andrew O’Connor
    Writer(s): Tamara Chestna, Andrew O’Connor
    SSN Insight: CBS Films has hired Tamara Chestna to rewrite the romantic comedy.

    Salty
    Logline: Centers on Turk Henry, an aging rock star and reformed sex addict married to a supermodel who is abducted by pirates while on vacation.
    Production Company(s): Simon West Productions, Carnaby Films
    Producer(s): Simon West, Jib Polhemus, Harry Stourton
    Writer(s): Toby Davies, Mark Haskell Smith
    Director(s): Simon West
    Cast: Antonio Banderas
    Details: Based on the novel “Salty” written by Mark Haskell Smith published by Grove/Atlantic; June, 2007.
    SSN Insight: Project is being financed by crowdfunding.

    Spirit of the Game
    Logline: Inspired by the so-called Mormon Yankees, groups of Mormon missionaries who used Basketball to evangelize in Australia from the 1930s through the early 60s, the film follows a squad who played exhibition games against Australia’s fledgling National Basketball Team as they prepared for the 1956 Olympics.
    Studio/Distributor(s): Samuel Goldwyn Films, Purdie Distribution
    Production Company(s): No Production Company Available.
    Producer(s): Kate Whitbread, Spencer McLaren, Steve Jaggi
    Writer(s): Darran Scott
    Director(s): Darran Scott
    Cast: Kevin Sorbo
    SSN Insight: Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired worldwide rights to the faith-based drama and plots a theatrical release in partnership with Purdie Distribution.

    Steven
    Logline: This unauthorized biopic of former Smiths leader Morrissey focuses on his his troubled childhood in Manchester and how he overcame it to become a star.
    Studio/Distributor(s): Cleopatra Records
    Production Company(s): Honlodge Productions
    Producer(s): Orian Williams, Baldwin Li
    Writer(s): Mark Gill, William Thacker
    Director(s): Mark Gill
    Cast: Jack Lowden, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jodie Comer, Finney Cassidy, Simone Kirby
    SSN Insight: Brian Perera’s LA-based label Cleopatra Records is expanding into film distribution and production and has bought all U.S. rights to this film.

    Tau
    Logline: A street-smart vagabond is snatched and held captive in a deathly experiment.
    Production Company(s): Phantom Four, Addictive Pictures
    Producer(s): Russell Ackerman, John Schoenfelder, David S. Goyer, Kevin Turen
    Writer(s): Noga Landau
    Director(s): Federico D’Alessandro
    Cast: Maika Monroe, Ed Skrein
    SSN Insight: Screenplay was included in the 2014 Hit List. Project was included on the 2014 Blood List. Project was included on the 2014 Black List.

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
    Logline: The Turtles face off against their arch-nemesis and his mutant thugs, while working with their human friends to protect New York City from alien invaders from another dimension.
    Studio/Distributor(s): Paramount Pictures
    Production Company(s): Nickelodeon Movies, Platinum Dunes, Alibaba Picture Group, Movie Media Group
    Producer(s): Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Galen Walker, Scott Mednick
    Writer(s): Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec
    Director(s): David Green
    Cast: Megan Fox, Stephen Amell, Laura Linney, Brian Tee, Will Arnett
    Details: Movie Media Group, a subsidiary of Wanda Cinema Line, has come aboard the film as a co-financer.

    The Autopsy of Jane Doe
    Logline: When father and son coroners investigate the death of beautiful “Jane Doe” they find increasingly bizarre clues.
    Studio/Distributor(s): IFC Midnight
    Production Company(s): 42, Impostor Pictures
    Producer(s): Rory Aitken, Benjamin Pugh, Fred Berger, Eric Garcia
    Writer(s): Ian Goldberg, Richard Naing
    Director(s): André Øvredal
    Cast: Emile Hirsch, Brian Cox, Ophelia Lovibond, Parker Sawyers
    SSN Insight: IFC Midnight has acquired U.S. rights to the film. Project was included on the 2013 Black List. Project was included on the 2013 Blood List. Martin Sheen was previously attached to the role played by Brian Cox.

    The Death of Stalin
    Logline: Follows the Soviet dictator’s last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death in 1953 after 30 years of iron-fisted rule over the Soviet Union.
    Production Company(s): Gaumont, Free Range Films, Quad Productions
    Producer(s): Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou, Kevin Loader
    Writer(s): Ian Martin, Armando Iannucci, David Schneider
    Director(s): Armando Iannucci
    Cast: Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi, Olga Kurylenko, Timothy Dalton, Toby Kebbel, Michael Palin, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Andrea Riseborough
    Details: Based on the graphic novel “The Death of Stalin”/”La mort de Staline” by Fabien Nury; published by Dargaud October 1, 2010.
    SSN Insight: France’s Gaumont is financing and selling the film.

    The Guardian Brothers (Animated)
    Logline: Pic follows a Chinese family in danger of losing its family owned business – a wonton soup shop that’s been passed down generation after generation for hundreds of years. Millions of miles away in the Spirit World, we meet The Guardians – who have watched over and protected the humans on Earth for centuries. Raindrop and her mom are fending off a rival soup shop owner’s attempt to sabotage the family restaurant. When the retired Guardian brothers find out, they spring into action.
    Studio/Distributor(s): Alibaba Pictures
    Production Company(s): Light Chaser Animation Studios
    Producer(s): Zhou Yu
    Writer(s): Gary Wang
    Director(s): Gary Wang
    Voice Cast: Mel Brooks, Nicole Kidman, Zendaya
    SSN Insight: The film, which was released in China by Alibaba Pictures on January 1 under the title The Little Door Gods. TWC will sell the film at Cannes.

    The Hollow Point
    Logline: The story of a botched Mexican cartel deal in the back roads of a border town.
    Studio/Distributor(s): Vertical Entertainment
    Production Company(s): Atlas Independent
    Producer(s): William Green, Aaron Ginsburg, Andy Horwitz
    Writer(s): Nils Lyew
    Director(s): Gonzalo López-Gallego
    Cast: Patrick Wilson, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, Lynn Collins, James Belushi
    SSN Insight: Timothy Olyphant was previously scheduled to star but dropped out due to scheduling conflict.

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer
    Logline: A young man is bent on revenge, a doctor needs to make a decision and his family is trying survive.
    Studio/Distributor(s): A24
    Production Company(s): Element Pictures
    Producer(s): Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe
    Writer(s): Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou
    Director(s): Yorgos Lanthimos
    Cast: Colin Farrell
    SSN Insight: The film is a reteam of Colin Farrell with The Lobster director Lanthimos.

    The King Of Oil: The Secret Lives Of Marc Rich
    Logline: The story of billionaire Marc Rich, who made deals with Iran during the Iran hostage crisis and received a controversial presidential pardon.
    Production Company(s): BB Films Productions
    Producer(s): Uri Singer, Daniel Turcan
    Writer(s): Matt Rager, Russell Gewirtz
    Details: Based on the book “The King of Oil: The Secret Lives of Marc Rich” published by St. Martin’s Press in 2009.
    SSN Insight: Matt Rager wrote three films directed by Franco: As I Lay Dying, The Sound and the Fury, and In Dubious Battle.

    The Last Full Measure
    Logline: The film is based on the true story of a present-day cover-up investigation and follows young Pentagon investigator Scott Huffman as he battles the political machine in Washington. He reluctantly teams with veterans of Operation Abilene to convince Congress to award the Medal of Honor to a courageous Air Force medic, William Pitsenbarger, who sacrificed his life saving more than 60 soldiers ambushed by Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.
    Production Company(s): Trilogy Entertainment Group, Foresight Unlimited, Solar Filmworks
    Producer(s): Lauren Selig, John Watson, Pen Densham, Julian Adams
    Writer(s): Todd Robinson
    Director(s): Todd Robinson
    Cast: Scott Eastwood, Ed Harris, Morgan Freeman, Laurence Fishburne
    Details: Project is based on a true story.
    SSN Insight: Brett Ratner was previously attached to direct. Shekhar Kapur was previously attached to direct.

    The Leisure Seeker
    Logline: An elderly couple take a road trip along Route 66 to spend their remaining time on their own terms.
    Production Company(s): RAI Cinema, Indiana Production Company
    Producer(s): Fabrizio Donvito, Benedetto Habib, Marco Cohen
    Writer(s): Paolo Virzì, Francesco Piccolo, Francesca Archibugi, Stephen Amidon, Jens Jonsson
    Director(s): Paolo Virzì
    Cast: Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland
    Details: Based on the novel “The Leisure Seeker” written by Michael Zadoorian and published by HarperCollins on January 27, 2009.
    SSN Insight: Project was previously in development at Sharp Independent at HarperCollins with Jeffrey Sharp attached to produce. Jens Jonsson was previously attached to direct.

    The Neon Demon
    Logline: An aspiring model finds herself in a terrifying predicament with her survival hanging in the balance.
    Studio/Distributor(s): Amazon, Broad Green Pictures
    Production Company(s): Space Rocket Nation
    Producer(s): Lene Børglum
    Writer(s): Nicolas Winding Refn, Mary Laws
    Director(s): Nicolas Winding Refn
    Cast: Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee
    SSN Insight: Under terms of the pact, Amazon and Broad Green will co-distribute the film in theaters, with Broad Green handling the home entertainment windows before the film premieres on Amazon Prime.

    The Possibility of Fireflies
    Logline: Set in 1989 in suburban Maryland, the story follows Ellie Roma, a precocious teenager who dreams of becoming a writer but must cope with her chaotic, self-destructive mother Susanna and a volatile metal-head sister, Gwen. When Ellie falls in love with her older neighbor, aspiring singer Leo, she gets caught up in the allure of the freedom his lifestyle represents and must make a decision that will change her life forever.
    Production Company(s): Junction Films
    Producer(s): Brad Wyman, Donald Kushner, Tatiana Kelly, Laura Rister
    Writer(s): Dominique Paul
    Director(s): Dominique Paul
    Cast: Courtney Love, Joey King
    Details: Based on the novel “The Possibility of Fireflies” written by Dominique Paul published by Simon & Schuster; October 3, 2006.
    SSN Insight: Epic Pictures Group will handle international sales rights to the film and is repping it at the Cannes market.

    Three Christs
    Logline: The true story of three men in a mental asylum who each believe that they are Jesus Christ, while their doctor tries to convince them that there can only be one Christ.
    Production Company(s): Brooklyn Films, Highland Film Group, Hassell Free Productions
    Producer(s): Jon Avnet, Dr. Aaron Stern, Arianne Fraser, Delphine Perrier, Molly Hassell
    Writer(s): Jon Avnet, Eric Nazarian, Shane Connaughton
    Director(s): Jon Avnet
    Cast: Richard Gere
    Details: Based on the novel “The Three Christs of Ypsilanti: A Psychological Study” by Milton Rokeach; published by Columbia University Press January 1, 1964.
    SSN Insight: Project was previously set up at MGM and Haft Entertainment with Jordan Kerner and Steven Haft attached to produce.

    Under the Silver Lake
    Logline: Storyline of the contemporary noir crime thriller is under wraps.
    Studio/Distributor(s): A24
    Production Company(s): Benderspink, Michael De Luca Productions
    Producer(s): Michael De Luca, Chris Bender, Jake Weiner, Adele Romanski
    Writer(s): David Robert Mitchell
    Director(s): David Robert Mitchell
    Cast: Andrew Garfield
    SSN Insight: A24 has snagged domestic rights in a deal believed to be upwards of $3 million.

    Untitled Nash Edgerton Action Comedy
    Logline: On the verge of losing his job, a man discovers his wife has been cheating on him, so he kidnaps himself in hopes of collecting ransom.
    Studio/Distributor(s): Amazon Studios, Amazon, STX Entertainment
    Production Company(s): Denver & Delilah Films, Ahimsa Films, Amazon Studios
    Producer(s): Charlize Theron, Rebecca Yeldham, A.J. Dix, Beth Kono, Anthony Tambakis
    Writer(s): Matthew Stone, Anthony Tambakis
    Director(s): Nash Edgerton
    Cast: Charlize Theron, David Oyelowo, Amanda Seyfried, Joel Edgerton, Thandie Newton
    SSN Insight: Project was previously in development at Annapurna. STX will co-release the title domestically with Amazon and oversee international sales here in Cannes.

    Unwind
    Logline: In the future, a group of teens cross paths when their parents decide to do away with them through an organ transplant program called unwinding.
    Production Company(s): Constantin Film Development, Inc., Don Carmody Productions, Tasty Films, Stay Whole Productions, Voltage Pictures
    Producer(s): Robert Kulzer, Marc Benardout, Julian Stone, Don Carmody, Roger Avary
    Writer(s): Roger Avary, Gala Avary, Todd Stein
    Director(s): Roger Avary
    Cast: Ian Nelson, Kiernan Shipka, Percy Hynes White, Bill Paxton, Jay Baruchel
    Details: Based on the novel “Unwind,” written by Neal Shusterman and published by Simon & Schuster Books on November 6, 2007.
    SSN Insight: Voltage Pictures has come on board to co-finance and handle foreign sales for the film.

    When We First Met
    Logline: After spending the night with the girl of his dreams only to become “just friends,” a man gets to time travel back to the evening, and the outcome, over and over.
    Studio/Distributor(s): ,
    Production Company(s): Wonderland Sound and Vision, MXN Entertainment, Footprint Features
    Producer(s): Adam Saunders, Mason Novick, Mary Viola
    Writer(s): John Whittington, Adam DeVine, Scotty Landes
    Director(s): Ari Sandel
    Cast: Adam DeVine, Alexandra Daddario
    SSN Insight: Jamie Travis was previously attached to produce.

    Wild Man
    Logline: Two unlikely friends meet when Bo serves house arrest across the street from Elliott.
    Production Company(s): Londonderry Entertainment
    Producer(s): Jacquie Phillips, Sarena Khan, Brian Adler
    Writer(s): Stefanie Black
    Cast: Ted Welch, George Dalton, Kate Upton, Mike Vogel, Christine Woods
    SSN Insight: Londonderry Entertainment, the finance and management company co-founded by Patrick Millsaps has come on board to finish financing for the film.

    Winchester
    Logline: The true story of heiress Sarah Winchester who believed she was cursed by her family’s legacy.
    Production Company(s): Diamond Pictures, Imagination Design Works, Blacklab Entertainment
    Producer(s): Brett Tomberlin, Tim McGahan, Benedict Carver, Daniel L Diamond
    Writer(s): Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig, Tom Vaughan
    Director(s): Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig
    Details: Based on the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California.
    SSN Insight: Project was previously in development at Ubiquity Pictures and Exclusive Media with Guy East and Nigel Sinclair attached to produce.

    Z
    Logline: Reboot of the classic tale of Zorro.
    Production Company(s): Sobini Films, Lantica Media
    Producer(s): Mark Amin
    Writer(s): Jonas Cuarón, Justin Marks, Lee Shipman, Brian McGreevy, Glenn Gers
    Director(s): Jonas Cuarón
    Cast: Gael García Bernal
    Details: Based on the character Zorro created by Johnston McCulley and first appearing in All-Story Weekly in 1919.
    SSN Insight: Rpin Suwannath previously attached to direct. Bryan Singer was previously attached to produce for Bad Hat Harry Productions.

    New Projects

    All Creatures Here Below
    Logline: Tells the story of a desperate young couple on the run who seek refuge in Kansas City.
    Production Company(s): Live Free or Die Films
    Producer(s): Amy Greene Vines, Chris Stinson, Nacho Arenas
    Writer(s): David Dastmalchian
    Director(s): Collin Schiffli
    Cast: David Dastmalchian
    SSN Insight: David Dastmalchian credits include Ant-Man and The Dark Knight.

    Captain Dad
    Logline: When a man takes his wife, their six kids and their partners on a sailing trip through the Caribbean, his nominal sailing skills and overbearing attitude take their toll on the group.
    Production Company(s): Killer Films, Archer Gray Productions
    Producer(s): Anne Carey
    Writer(s): Sebastián Silva
    Director(s): Sebastián Silva
    Cast: Will Ferrell, Catherine Keener, Michael Cera
    SSN Insight: UTA Independent Film Group packaged the film and will handle the domestic sale.

    Come Away
    Logline: In this origin story, Alice (of Wonderland) and Peter (before Pan) are brother and sister, trying to help their grieving parents after their brother dies, and finally choosing between home and imagination.
    Production Company(s): MM Productions
    Producer(s): Michelle Manning, Leesa Kahn, Andrea Keir
    Writer(s): Marissa Kate Goodhill
    Director(s): Brenda Chapman
    SSN Insight: Brenda Chapman is an animation veteran who won the Oscar for Disney/Pixar’s Brave.

    Euphoria
    Logline: Two estranged sisters travel across Europe together heading toward a mysterious destination.
    Production Company(s): B-Reel Films, Vikarious Productions
    Producer(s): Alicia Vikander, Patrik Anderson, Frida Bargo, Charles Collier
    Cast: Alicia Vikander, Eva Green
    SSN Insight: First film for Vikander’s own production banner Vikarious Productions which she will head along with her London-based agent Charles Collier of Tavistock Wood.

    God Bless the Broken Road
    Logline: After a young woman loses her husband in Afghanistan, she struggles to raise their young daughter without him.
    Studio/Distributor(s): 10 West Studios
    Production Company(s): A Really Good Home Pictures, 10 West Studios, Great Basin Entertainment
    Producer(s): Harold Cronk, Andy Fraser, Stephen Afendoulis, Dustin Solomon, Edgar Struble
    Writer(s): Harold Cronk, Jennifer Dornbush
    Director(s): Harold Cronk
    Details: The project is inspired by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band song title of the same name.
    SSN Insight: Harold Cronk directed God’s Not Dead which grossed $62.6M on a budget of only $2 million.

    Jake
    Logline: When a suburban dad’s oddball friends and family intervene on the supposed drug habit of his fifteen-year-old son, it’s a night of finger-pointing, thievery, backstabbing and emotional revelations.
    Studio/Distributor(s): Global Genesis Group
    Production Company(s): Darius Films, Inc., K.Jam Media, Global Genesis Group
    Producer(s): Nicholas D. Tabarrok, Kia Jam
    Writer(s): Joshua Turek
    Director(s): Bob Saget
    Cast: Bob Saget
    SSN Insight: Global Genesis Group has come aboard to finance and co-produce the pic.

    Live Like Line
    Logline: Based on a true story, this is how an Iowa high school volleyball team overcame their grief at the loss of their captain, setter and beloved team member, Caroline “Line” Found.
    Production Company(s): LD Entertainment, Apex Entertainment
    Producer(s): Mickey Liddell, Mark Ciardi, Pete Shilaimon, Scott Holroyd, Campbell G. McInnes
    Writer(s): Elissa Matsueda
    Director(s): Sean McNamara
    Cast: Helen Hunt
    SSN Insight: Helen Hunt previously teamed with Sean McNamara on 2011’s Soul Surfer.

    Mortal
    Logline: A young man discovers he has god-like powers based on ancient Norwegian mythology.
    Production Company(s): Nordisk Film, 42, Automatik
    Producer(s): Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Benjamin Pugh, Rory Aitken, John Hagen
    Writer(s): André Øvredal
    Director(s): André Øvredal
    Cast: Robert Sheehan
    SSN Insight: IM Global is launching sales in Cannes.

    The Aspern Papers
    Logline: In 1885 Venice, as a young writer becomes obsessed with obtaining the letters the Romantic poet Jeffrey Aspern wrote to his mistress who still has them, so he rents a room at her villa.
    Studio/Distributor(s): The Cohen Media Group
    Production Company(s): Film House Germany, Princeps Films
    Producer(s): Gabriela Bacher, Julien Landais
    Writer(s): Jean Pavas, Julien Landais, Hannah Bhuiya
    Director(s): Julien Landais
    Cast: Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson
    Details: Based on the novella “The Aspern Papers” written by Henry James and published on September 29th 1888.
    SSN Insight: Carnaby International will oversee international rights with Cohen Media releasing in the U.S.

    The Final Six
    Logline: A coalition between the UN and the international space agencies plan to send a team of six brave teenagers to create the first human settlement on Jupiter’s moon Europa.
    Studio/Distributor(s): Columbia Pictures
    Production Company(s): Immersive Pictures
    Producer(s): Josh Bratman
    Details: Based on the novel “The Final Six” written by Alexandra Monir.
    SSN Insight: Sony acquired the unfinished novel in a pre-emptive deal.

    The Hidden Girl
    Logline: A team of assassins navigate between dimensions
    Production Company(s): Studio 8
    Details: Based on the short story “The Hidden Girl” written by Ken Liu.
    SSN Insight: Studio 8 has pre-emptively acquired the rights to develop a feature from the short story. Studio 8 is funded by the Chinese investment management firm Fosun Group and Sony Pictures.

    The King of Counterfeit
    Logline: A crooked superstar lawyer tutors a couple in becoming counterfeiters and they get rich, but when a ruthless con man feels threatened by them, they find themselves in danger.
    Production Company(s): Phoenix Pictures, Robert Greenhut Productions
    Producer(s): Mike Medavoy, Robert Greenhut, Bill Murray
    Writer(s): Jimmy Sclafani
    Director(s): John McNaughton
    Cast: Bill Murray, Josh Hutcherson, Linda Cardellini
    SSN Insight: Lotus Entertainment will head up international sales on the project at Cannes.

    The Last Days of Night
    Logline: New York, 1888. Technological geniuses Thomas Edison and his rival George Westinghouse engage in a no-holds-barred legal battle over who will electrify America.
    Production Company(s): Black Bear Pictures, Bristol Automotive
    Producer(s): Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman
    Writer(s): Graham Moore
    Director(s): Morten Tyldum
    Details: Based on the novel “The Last Days of Night” written by Graham Moore and published by Random House on September 20, 2016.
    SSN Insight: Teddy Schwarzman’s Black Bear Pictures has won an auction to acquire the film.

    The Wraiths of the Broken Land
    Logline: This Western centers around the desperate attempt to rescue two kidnapped sisters who were forced into prostitution.
    Studio/Distributor(s): 20th Century Fox
    Production Company(s): Ridley Scott Films , Genre Films, Goddard Textiles
    Producer(s): Michael Schaefer, Simon Kinberg, Aditya Sood, Drew Goddard
    Writer(s): Drew Goddard
    Director(s): Ridley Scott
    Details: Based on the novel “Wraiths Of The Broken Land” written by S. Craig Zahler and published by Raw Dog Screaming Press in 2013.
    SSN Insight: Scott is also directing Alien: Covenant for release in 2017.

    Tully
    Logline: Marlo, a mother of three including a newborn, is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully.
    Studio/Distributor(s): Bron Studios
    Production Company(s): Denver & Delilah Films, Bron Media Corp., Right of Way Films
    Producer(s): Charlize Theron, Jason Reitman, Diablo Cody, Aaron Gilbert, Helen Estabrook
    Writer(s): Diablo Cody
    Director(s): Jason Reitman
    Cast: Charlize Theron
    SSN Insight: Bron Studios will co-produce and finance the film.

    Undying
    Logline: After a tragic accident, 18-year-old Chris watches his girlfriend Olivia from a ghostly afterlife, and seeing her blame herself for his death, he reaches out to her in her dreams.
    Production Company(s): The Cutting Edge Group, Thunder Road Pictures, Summerstorm Entertainment, Film House Germany
    Producer(s): Gabriela Bacher, Basil Iwanyk, Sean Finegan
    Writer(s): O’Neil Sharma, Max Work
    Director(s): Marco Kreuzpaintner
    Cast: Patrick Schwarzenegger, Liana Liberato
    SSN Insight: Lotus Entertainment will begin selling rights at the Cannes Film Festival.

    Wheelman
    Logline: A getaway driver ends up in a scramble to survive after a bank robbery goes horribly wrong. Driving a car full of money and with the fate of his family on the line, the wheelman must find out who betrayed him, and connect with the only person he can trust
    Production Company(s): The Solution Entertainment Group, Chambara Pictures
    Producer(s): Frank Grillo, Joe Carnahan, Myles Nestel
    Writer(s): Jeremy Rush
    Director(s): Jeremy Rush
    Cast: Frank Grillo
    SSN Insight: Principal photography begins in September.


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    Film Development For 5/12/16: All the Acquisitions Out of Cannes, Alicia Vikander to Produce/Star in ‘Euphoria’

    Just an enormous amount of news out of Cannes this week, plus some co-stars for Ethan Hawke in his new thriller, a potential new franchise for the still on the mend Dylan O’Brien, a new role for Clive Owen and a new voice roll for Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne. As always, there’s more, so click on the link for the full skinny. (SSN)

    After Almost Two Decades, CBS Finally Brings the ‘CSI’ Franchise To a Close

    It’s the end of a major franchise at CBS. The network has opted to cancel CSI: Cyber after two seasons. It brings an end to the storied franchise whose flagship series was once the most-watched show in the world. The decision to end the series comes as little surprise. The third spinoff in the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation franchise was left off of CBS’ midseason schedule as well as its massive 11-show renewal earlier this season. (LF)

    In a Casting Move That Makes Perfect Sense, Lupita Nyong’o Joins ‘Black Panther’

    Oscar winner’s exact role has yet to be announced, and there has been no official statement from Marvel about it, but speculation centers on her playing star Chadwick Boseman’s love interest. Ryan Cooler is directing from a script he’s writing with Joe Robert Cole. The film will explore more of T’Challa’s story as the warrior prince who becomes King of the African nation of Wakanda. The cameras will roll early next year ready for a February 2018 release. (EMP)

    Today In Prequel/Remake/Franchise News: ‘Brave’ Director Making Her Live Action Debut With ‘Pater Pan/Alice In Wonderland’ Prequel

    Undeterred by Pan and likely spurred on by the lucrative public domain dollars wrought by Alice in Wonderland, a prequel to Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland is in the works with Brave co-director Brenda Chapman making her live-action debut on the feature Come Away. Marissa Kate Goodhill has written the script, based on the premise that the Alice and Peter characters were a brother and sister who dealt with tragedy by going to Wonderland and Neverland. (COL)

    So, Not Dead After All: ‘Pacific Rim 2’ Lands a Brand New Writer

    Steven DeKnight is on board to direct the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 gigantic monsters vs. huge mechs film, and now Universal Pictures and Legendary have finally found a screenwriter to write it. Jurassic World co-writer Derek Connolly has been hired to pen the script, which is currently going under the working title Pacific Rim: Maelstrom. Del Toro remains involved with the project as one of the producers. (SF)

    DC Has More Movies On the Way, as Greg Berlanti Confirms Involvement In a ‘Booster Gold’ Project

    Last year, a rumor popped up that Warner Bros. was quietly developing another addition to their roster of DC Films, a buddy cop film starring Booster Gold and Blue Beetle which Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl executive producer Berlanti would direct. No confirmation ever came on the project however, until now. In an interview, he confirmed he is involved in the project, and that scribe Zack Stentz is working on the script. (CS)

    Joel Kinnaman To Make a Return To TV, Will Headline New Netflix Sci-Fi Series

    The Killing alum is set as the lead in the streaming giant’s Altered Carbon, a futuristic drama series conceived, written and executive produced by Laeta Kalogridis. Miguel Sapochnik has come on board to direct the first episode of the series, from Skydance Television. Based on Richard Morgan’s 2002 cyberpunk sci-fi novel, series is set in the 25th century when the human mind has been digitized and the soul is transferable from one body to the next. (DH)

    James Gray Fires Up His Next Project, Will Shoot Sci-Fi Flick ‘Ad Astra’ Early Next Year

    Casting is currently underway for that long gestating sci-fi project (Latin for “to the stars”), production is slated to start in early 2017, and we’re excited to see what the director does with the genre. While story details are being kept secret for now, the director has previously talked about a conceptually amazing concept, rather than a visually amazing one. (TP)

    The Chessboard That Is the Cannes Film Festival

    It’s tough to care much about the Cannes Film Festival anymore, because the movies that appear in competition there tend to not have an enormous effect on the domestic box office, nor do they tend to show up with any regularity in awards discussions. But what happens behind the scenes on the French Riviera is a different matter. That is downright fascinating. (TB)

    Trailer Buzz: ‘Hell or High Water’

    CBS Films has released the new look at its upcoming crime thriller, starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges. Directed by David Mackenzie and written by Sicario scribe Taylor Sheridan, it hits theaters in August. (VUL)


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    ‘Castle’ Cancelled: Stana Katic Pens Note To Fans, And Other Cast Reactions

    Castle leading lady Stana Katic pens a handwritten note to fans, cast and crew, in the wake of the news that the ABC drama had been cancelled. (TVL)

    First Big Cannes Deal Near? STX In Exclusive Talks For ‘Molly’s Game In $9 Million Buy

    STX Entertainment is on the verge of making the first big money deal of the Cannes Film Festival market. They are in exclusive negotiations to pay around $9 million for U.S. and China rights to Molly’s Game, with Aaron Sorkin directing and Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba starring. (DH)

    ABC Cancels ‘Nashville,’ ‘The Family,’ ‘Galavant’

    The country music drama had been on the air for four seasons while the Joan Allen-led mystery series was in its freshman year. Galavant was in its second season. (THR)

    ‘Supergirl’ Moves To The CW For Its Second Season

    Supergirl has been renewed for a second season and is moving from CBS to The CW. The show will join fellow DC superhero series The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow. (VER)

    Cannes: A24 Buys Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘You Were Never Really Here’

    The drama, starring Joaquin Phoenix and directed by Lynne Ramsay, is one of the buzzier projects to be sold on the Cannes market. (VAR)

    Oscar-Winning Documentary ‘March of the Penguins’ Getting A Sequel

    A sequel to the hit 2005 non-fiction feature March of the Penguins, is officially underway entitled March of the Penguins 2: The Call. Jacquet is returning to direct and has already shot most of the project in 4K. (IW)

    Dakota Johnson Boards ‘Under the Silver Lake’ With Andrew Garfield

    Dakota Johnson is joining Andrew Garfield in David Robert Mitchell‘s crime thriller Under the Silver Lake.  A24 has acquired the domestic rights, and production will begin in Los Angeles this summer. (WRAP)

    Trailer Buzz: ‘The Accountant’

    Gavin O’Connor’s new film, The Accountant, opens in theaters later this year. The thriller stars Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jean Smart, Jeffrey Tambor, and John Lithgow. (SF)

    Screenwriters: ‘Elizabethtown’

    The March 2003 draft by Cameron Crowe. (DS)

     


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    An Ideal Home
    05/11/2016
    Logline: The extravagant life of a squabbling couple is changed when one of them learns he has a grandson and they take him in.
    Production Company(s): Baby Cow Productions, Lucky Monkey Pictures
    Director(s): Andrew Fleming
    Executive Producer(s): Clark Peterson, Lisa Wolofsky
    Producer(s): Gabriella Tana, Maria Teresa Arida, Maxime Remillard, Aaron Ryder
    Cast: Paul Rudd, Steve Coogan
    Writer(s): Andrew Fleming
    SSN Insight: Andrew Fleming is currently the director of Red Oaks, a digital series on Amazon.

    Dog Years
    05/09/2016
    Logline: The story revolves around an aging, former movie star who is forced to face the reality that his glory days are far behind him when he’s invited to receive a lifetime achievement award from a tiny East coast film festival. Embarrassed by the low rent event, he bails on the award and forces the emotionally unstable girl assigned to be his driver to take him on a soul searching tour of the landmarks of his youth.
    Production Company(s): Mandt Bros. Productions
    Director(s): Adam Rifkin
    Producer(s): Neil Mandt, Gore Verbinski, Adam Rifkin, Orian Williams, Michael Mandt
    Cast: Burt Reynolds, Kiernan Shipka
    Writer(s): Adam Rifkin
    SSN Insight: Reynolds, who earned an Oscar nomination for his performance in P.T. Anderson’s drama Boogie Nights, will also be seen in the boxing drama Shadow Fighter.

    Full-Dress
    05/08/2016
    Logline: A man wakes incarcerated for a crime he does not remember. As he struggles to learn what sin he has committed, he becomes aware that the situation is much more grave than once thought. And as his fate is decided, the audience realizes it has its own waking to do.
    Production Company(s): Standard Arts, Inc.
    Director(s): Carlos Puga
    Producer(s): Melanie Bartley, Tyler Peters
    Cast: Christopher Abbott
    Writer(s): Carlos Puga
    Details: Based on the short film “Full-Dress” (2007) written and directed by Carlos Puga.
    SSN Insight: Full-Dress marks the feature directorial debut for Puga.

    The Big Sick
    05/11/2016
    Logline: Storyline is under wraps, but is based on true events in the lives of Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon.
    Production Company(s): Barry Mendel Productions, Apatow Productions
    Director(s): Michael Showalter
    Producer(s): Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel
    Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Ray Romano, Holly Hunter
    Writer(s): Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon
    SSN Insight: Judd Apatow is also a producer on the upcoming Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and Ghostbusters.

    Thoroughbred
    05/09/2016
    Logline: The story follows Christine Wyckland, a guidance counselor at a top-tier prep school who has decided to spend some time at home in order to recover from a panic attack. Her daughter is an amateur equestrian that has become jaded to the sport and has been blacklisted from her peers after injuring her horse. One of Christine’s students starts showing up to school with strange marks on his skin and in the woods around their house it seems as though menacing eyes are watching their suburban haven.
    Production Company(s): B Story, June Pictures
    Director(s): Cory Finley
    Producer(s): Alex Saks, Kevin J Walsh, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
    Cast: Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin
    Writer(s): Cory Finley
    SSN Insight: This film marks Finley’s feature film debut. Rash and Faxon also served as producer of The Way, Way Back, which the duo wrote and directed.

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    After Louise
    05/13/2016
    Logline: When a teenage girl runs out on her wedding at a seaside hotel, she accidentally takes an agoraphobic hotel worker with her on a road trip.
    Production Company(s): Scoop Films
    Director(s): Danny Scheinmann, David Scheinmann
    Producer(s): Michael Mueller, Fiona Gillies, Rajan Sharma
    Cast: Greg Wise, Alice Sykes, Sophie Scott, Eunice Olumide, Martin Marquez
    Writer(s): Michael Mueller
    SSN Insight: Michael Mueller also wrote the film The Beat Beneath my Feet (2015).

    Baby Driver
    05/08/2016
    Logline: A young, music-loving expert getaway driver is coerced into a heist for a mob boss which threatens his life, love and freedom.
    Studio/Distributor(s): TriStar Productions, TriStar Pictures
    Production Company(s): Working Title Films, Big Talk Productions, Media Rights Capital
    Director(s): Edgar Wright
    Executive Producer(s): Adam Merims, Liza Chasin, Michelle Wright, James Biddle
    Producer(s): Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan, Nira Park
    Cast: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jon Bernthal, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm
    Writer(s): Edgar Wright
    SSN Insight: Kevin Spacey also wrapped the film Billionaire Boys Club and will be seen in the upcoming Rebel in the Rye.

    Clinical
    05/13/2016
    Logline: After she’s attacked by a patient, Dr. Jane Mathis decides to change her career path as a psychiatrist. Traumatized by the experience, Jane self-medicates and begins to suspect that the patient that attacked her is after her once again. Working with a new post-trauma patient against her better judgment, Jane’s own sanity comes into question as her paranoia takes hold.
    Production Company(s): Campfire
    Director(s): Alistair Legrand
    Producer(s): Ross M. Dinerstein
    Cast: Vinessa Shaw, Henry Thomas, Wilmer Calderon
    Writer(s): Alistair Legrand, Luke Harvis
    SSN Insight: Alistair Legrand also wrote and directed the feature The Diabolical (2015).

    Hidden Figures
    05/13/2016
    Logline: The film chronicles the true story of a group of unacknowledged African American women whose brilliance in math helped NASA win the space race.
    Studio/Distributor(s): Fox 2000, 20th Century Fox Distribution
    Production Company(s): Levantine Films, Chernin Entertainment, Goldenlight Films
    Director(s): Ted Melfi
    Executive Producer(s): Ivana Lombardi, Kevin Halloran
    Producer(s): Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams, Ted Melfi
    Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Costner, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst
    Writer(s): Allison Schroeder
    Details: Based on the book “Hidden Figures” written by Margot Lee Shetterly and to be published by HarperCollins in 2016.
    SSN Insight: This marks Janelle Monae’s first studio film.

    Humor Me
    05/10/2016
    Logline: Suffering from writer’s block and lacking any ability to take care of himself, playwright Teddy Kroll finds himself crashing at his father Bob’s active adult community after his wife leaves him to travel with a French billionaire. The quirky folks at Cranberry Bog Active Adult Community, along with the rebellious Allison, help Teddy learn some discipline and get over the issues with his father that have prevented him from reaching his potential.
    Production Company(s): Fugitive Films
    Director(s): Sam Hoffman
    Executive Producer(s): Emily Blavatnik, Ruth Pomerance, Danielle Renfrew Behrens
    Producer(s): Sam Hoffman, Courtney Potts, Jamie Gordon
    Cast: Elliott Gould, Jemaine Clement, Ingrid Michaelson, Bebe Neuwirth, Annie Potts
    Writer(s): Sam Hoffman
    SSN Insight: Sam Hoffman previously executive produced 5 Flights Up, Begin Again and The Oranges.

    Interlude in Prague
    05/13/2016
    Logline: This tragic love story is based on real events during a turbulent part Mozart’s life that influenced his creation of Don Giovanni.
    Production Company(s): Productive International
    Director(s): John Stephenson
    Producer(s): Huw Penalt Jones, Hannah Leader
    Cast: James Purefoy, Aneurin Barnard, Samantha Barks, Morfydd Clark, Ade Edmondson
    Writer(s): Brian Ashby, Helen Clare Cromarty
    SSN Insight: James Purefoy will next be seen in the TV miniseries Roots.

    Slumber
    05/13/2016
    Logline: When a car accident puts a woman into a coma, she is enlisted in an experimental procedure where doctors pump her mind with nightmares in an attempt to scare her awake.
    Production Company(s): Diablo Entertainment
    Director(s): Darrell Wheat
    Executive Producer(s): Jaremy Aiello, Keith Fowler, Hank Hoffman, Cyrus Zahabian, Ilana Zahabian
    Producer(s): Eric B. Fleischman, Sean Tabibian
    Cast: Darby Stanchfield, Emily Bett Rickards, Meaghan Rath, Chris Mulkey, Richard Harmon
    Writer(s): Darrell Wheat
    SSN Insight: Darrell Wheat also wrote and directed the upcoming film Recovery for Diablo Ent.

    The Meyerowitz Stories
    05/09/2016
    Logline: Tells the story of an estranged New York family coming together in preparation of artist & patriarch Harold’s career retrospective
    Production Company(s): Scott Rudin Productions
    Director(s): Noah Baumbach
    Producer(s): Scott Rudin, Eli Bush
    Cast: Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Grace Van Patten
    Writer(s): Noah Baumbach
    SSN Insight: Noah Baumbach was also the director/writer/producer on Mistress America, While We’re Young and Frances Ha.

    Wonder Woman
    05/09/2016
    Logline: A woman from the closely guarded amazon homeland of Paradise Island travels to the outside world and becomes Wonder Woman.
    Studio/Distributor(s): Warner Bros. Pictures
    Production Company(s): DC Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment, Cruel & Unusual Films
    Director(s): Patty Jenkins
    Executive Producer(s): Richard Suckle, Stephen Jones, Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns, Rebecca Steel Roven
    Producer(s): Charles Roven, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder
    Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis
    Writer(s): Patty Jenkins, Jason Fuchs, Michael Goldenberg, Matthew Jennison, Brent Strickland
    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.


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    In this trending report, SSN Insider takes a deep dive into the film ticket sales of the week leveraging data from the powerhouse ticketing website, MovieTickets.com. The infographic below pinpoints which movies are claiming the largest piece of the pie from day to day in terms of sales. The chart also notes which film, out of the top five best-sellers, had the largest share and which had the smallest share of tickets sold over the week. The report gives you an excellent predictor of which film will be the box office titan after the weekend is through and grosses are tabulated.

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    SSN Box Office Trending Report For 5/13/16: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ To Continue Siege at Theaters While ‘Angry Birds’ Starts Presales

    In our ongoing weekly series, SSN Insider will take a deep dive into the film ticket sales of the week leveraging data from the powerhouse ticketing website, MovieTickets.com. Not only will the infographic pinpoint which movies are claiming the largest piece of the pie from day to day in terms of sales but also which film had the biggest uptick in terms of a percentage variance surge and which had the biggest downtick or steepest dive between any two points. (SSN)

    On the Set For 5/13/16: Paul Rudd Starts Rolling On ‘An Idea Home’, Gal Gadot Wraps Shooting On ‘Wonder Woman’

    Among other projects getting rolling this week are Adam Rifkin’s new movie starring Burt Reynolds, the latest comedy from Michael Showalter and producer Judd Apatow. Meanwhile, Edgar Wright finally finishes shooting Baby Driver and Ted Melfi wraps on the NASA period piece Hidden Figures. As usual, there’s plenty more, so click the link to read on. (SSN)

    OTHER HEADLINES

    Cannes: Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Has Buyers Frustrated and Salivating

    Rights to the big-budget period drama could be available in the next 24 hours, turbocharging a market that has been slow going over the first three days. Mexican sales company Fabrica de Cine has offered to finance the $100 million production, but the film, which would star Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, has to be taken out of turnaround from Paramount, which would retain domestic rights and is driving a hard bargain on exact deal points. (VAR)

    It Looks Like ‘Godzilla 2’ Is Going To Need a New Director, as Gareth Edwards Drops Out

    Director of the hit 2014 monster flick has exited the sequel, agreeing to an amicable split with Legendary and Warner Bros. Edwards, who is helming Star Wars: Rogue One, has his own gestating projects he wanted to pursue, and are smaller in scale than the back-to-back tentpole-size pictures, Godzilla and the Star Wars spinoff. Max Borenstein wrote the current version of Godzilla 2, which was dated this week for release March 22nd, 2019. (DH)

    Just as Peggy Carter Has Died In the Movies, So Has Her Show Been Killed Off By ABC

    Haley Atwell was recently announced as the star of the network’s legal drama Conviction and that precipitated whispers that Agent Carter — based on the government heroine introduced in Captain America: The First Avenger — was getting canceled. News has now arrived that Conviction has been picked up and, you guessed it, the domino effect is that Agent Carter has been given the axe. (TP)

    On the Other Hand, ABC Still Likes John Ridley’s ‘American Crime’, Renews It For a Third Season

    Show joins other previous renewals including Scandal, which will return for a sixth season, and How to Get Away With Murder and blackish, both of which get a third season. Ridley’s critically-acclaimed anthology series was nominated for 10 Emmy awards last year, and won one, with Regina King taking home the trophy for Best Supporting Actress. No word yet on what story the new season will tell, and which of the actors from previous seasons will return. (SAA)

    Meanwhile, Fox Decides To Keep Neither ‘The Grinder’ Nor ‘Grandfathered’, Cancels Both

    The Grinder starred Rob Lowe and Fred Savage, while Grandfathered starred John Stamos. Both series pulled modest ratings through their critically acclaimed runs, but ultimately the small but dedicated fanbases for each weren’t enough to score renewals for either show. (EO)

    CBS Orders ‘Training Day,’ ‘MacGyver,’ Katims Dramas; Matt LeBlanc, Joel McHale Comedies To Series

    Network further solidified its 2016-17 broadcast schedule today, handing out five series orders for comedies and dramas with proven stars, formats and genres. Ordered to series are Bull, starring Michael Weatherly; Jason Katims’ medical drama Pure Genius; MacGyver; Training Day; Matt LeBlanc’s Man With a Plan; and Joel McHale’s The Great Indoors. (LF)

    Liam Neeson Has Lined Up HIs Next Thriller, This One a Remake Of a Norwegian Flick

    The 64-year-old will star in In Order of Disappearance, which will be helmed by Hans Petter Moland, the director behind the 2014 original, will be remaking an English-language version of his own film, with Neeson playing the role first played by Stellan Skarsgard: a mild-mannered snowplow driver whose son is murdered by a criminal gang. The snowplower thus seeks bloody revenge, painting the snow red with victims to seek justice. (EMP)

    Trailer Buzz: ‘The Light Between Oceans’

    DreamWorks and Walt Disney Pictures have released the new look at the upcoming drama starring Michael Fassbender and newly minted Oscar winner Alicia Vikander. Directed by Derek Cianfrance, the movie is set to hit theaters on September 2nd. (CS)


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    ‘Captain America’ Box Office: ‘Civil War’ Zooms Past ‘Batman V Superman’ For $940M Total

    Walt Disney’s Captain America: Civil War topped the box office for the second weekend in a row. The Marvel Cinematic Universe offering earned $72.563 million in its second frame. (FOR)

    ‘The Angry Birds Movie’ Slingshots To The Top Of The International Box Office

    Finnish developer and publisher Rovio has chalked up the number 1 spot in 37 markets with the film, making $43 million on its opening weekend. (CNET)

    ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’s Ol Parker To Adapt ‘A Boy Called Christmas’ For Studio Canal, Blueprint

    Ol Parker, who wrote both instalments of the hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel films, has been tapped by Studio Canal and Blueprint Pictures to adapt Matt Haig’s acclaimed novel A Boy Called Christmas. (DH)

    NBC’s Full Fall Schedule

    After a wave of cancellations, NBC is is launching two new dramas in the fall, Timeless and This Is Us, both right after The Voice. It’s also looking to bring back its Thursday night comedy block, with The Good Place and Superstore airing in prime spots. (TVG)

    Fox Fall Schedule: ’24’ Spinoff Holds for Super Bowl, ‘Lethal Weapon’ Joins ‘Empire’

    The third-place net makes few changes in the fall, lining up an aggressive midseason — including Prison Break, Pitch and APB. (THR)

    NBC Orders ‘Timeless’ Drama To Series

    NBC has ordered to series the time travel drama, which is now titled Timeless, from Eric Kripke (Revolution), Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and the producers of The Blacklist. (TVL)

    Sundance Selects Buys ‘I, Daniel Blake’

    Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. rights to in-competition Cannes drama I, Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach. (VAR)

    Cannes 2016 Film Acquisition Roundup: Every Deal Coming Out Of The Film Festival

    With the deals flying fast and furious at Cannes, Indiewire will be updating this post throughout the run of the festival with every pick up you need to know about. (IW)

    Screenwriters: Making Hollywood Need You

    Michele Wallerstein, former screenwriting agent of 30 years, shares advice on the business of screenwriting beginning with how to make Hollywood need you. (SM)

     


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    Harley Quinn Movie In The Works At Warner Bros. With Margot Robbie

    Months ahead of the opening of Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. is already contemplating a spinoff for the DC Entertainment anti-heroine, Harley Quinn. Margot Robbie, who stars as the villainess in Suicide Squad, is attached to reprise the character and would also produce the untitled spinoff. (THR)

    ‘Rush Hour’ Cancelled At CBS

    Carter and Lee’s crime-fighting days are over; CBS is not moving forward with a second season of Rush Hour. (TVL)

    Michael Bay To Develop Biopic On Drone Warfare Fighter

    Michael Bay’s production company Bay Films is developing the action-packed biopic of former U.S. Army Delta Force fighter and drone warfare expert Brett Velicovich for Paramount Pictures. (VAR)

    John Cusack In Talks To Join ‘Misfortune’

    John Cusack is in advanced negotiations to star in the chase thriller Misfortune for producers Lee Nelson and David Buelow of Envision Media Arts. Radiant Films International has introduced the project to buyers in Cannes. (SD)

    ‘Insidious: Chapter 4’ A Go; Blumhouse Pic Set For October 2017 Release

    Blumhouse has scared up a plan for Insidious: Chapter 4, a pic that will extend the supernatural thriller franchise at Universal. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions is financing and will handle international distribution. (DH)

    CBS Renews ‘Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,’ ‘Odd Couple’

    CBS has renewed Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Code Black, The Odd Couple and Undercover Boss for new seasons. (WRAP)

    Martin Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions Partners With RT Features On ‘Uncut Gems’

    RT Features, and Martin Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff’s Sikelia Productions will finance Josh and Benny Safdie’s Uncut Gems. RT Features and Elara Pictures will produce with Sikelia’s Scorsese and Tillinger Koskoff serving as executive producers. (VAR)

    The Tracking Board’s Spec Book 2015

    The spec book gives an insider’s look into one of the most elusive parts of our industry, the spec market.  (TB)

    Trailer Buzz: ‘Trainspotting 2′

    Rent Boy, Sick Boy, Spud and the entire Trainspotting gang are back together again. (IW)

     

     

     


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    ‘Tetris’ Movie To Be $80M U.S.-China Co-Production

    Chinese media mogul Bruno Wu and producer Larry Kasanoff have announced plans for an $80 million film adaptation of the iconic video game Tetris. (THR)

    Nic Winding Refn, Rupert Preston To Remake ‘Witchfinder General’

    Nicolas Winding Refn and UK-based producer-distributor Rupert Preston are pulling together a passion project, acquiring the remake rights to Michael Reeves’ 1968 Witchfinder General. (DH)

    Roger Guenveur Smith’s Crime Thriller ‘Dirty’ Sells To Gravitas

    Gravitas Ventures bought all U.S. rights to crime thriller Dirty, starring Roger Guenveur Smith and Paul Elia, from B.A.D. Film Productions. Daniel Ringey directed the film. (VAR)

    PepsiCo Makes Big Bet On In-House Content Creation

    The food and beverage giant opens a state-of-the-art content studio in Manhattan. (AD)

    Kevin Smith Developing Buckaroo Banzai TV Series

    Filmmaker Kevin Smith has revealed that he will be taking the plunge into television full time by announcing he’s developing a television version of the cult classic film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. (CS)

    ‘Strawberry Shortcake’ To Return To TV In New Series

    Teletubbies owner DHX Media is to co-produce 39 new half-hours of animated fare based on the 30-year-old doll and TV cartoon star. (THR)

    10 Great Galleys From BookExpo America 2016

    The top 10 fiction titles out of an otherwise quiet BookExpo America in New York. (VUL)

    ‘The Meddler’ Writer/Director Lorene Scafaria On Selling Screenplays

    The writer/director behind The Meddler, now in theaters, talks about growing as an artist, before anyone could actually see her movies. (FCC)

    Trailer Buzz: ‘The Red Turtle’

    The Studio Ghibli co-production, The Red Turtle, is the first feature directed by Michaël Dudok de Wit. The film premieres at Annecy next month. (IW)


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     ABC’s New Schedule: Shonda Rhimes Block Breaks Up, With ‘Scandal’ Benched

    The drama, which has a pregnant lead in Kerry Washington, is held for midseason as five new series (and another hour of comedy) join the lineup. (THR)

    Jimmy Kimmel Renews ABC Deal For Three Years

    Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel has has renewed his deal with ABC for an additional three years. (VAR)

    Producer-Managers Chris Bender And JC Spink Split After 18 Years

    The duo were involved in the making of comedies such as The Hangover and We’re the Millers, as well as A History of Violence and more recently, Criminal. (THR)

    Josh Duhamel Back For Transformers: The Last Knight

    Josh Duhamel will be reprising his role in the next Transformers movie. The actor will return as Lieutenant Colonel Lennox in the newly titled Transformers: The Last Knight. (IGN)

    Chuck Palahniuk Adapting His Cult Novel ‘Lullaby’ Into A Movie, Will Also Co-Produce

    The Fight Club writer launched a Kickstarter campaign to help bring the film to the big screen. (IW)

    Walt Becker YA Novel ‘Charlie Paris And The Young Ambassadors’ Lands At Fox 2000 For Him To Direct

    Fox 2000 has acquired rights to the upcoming novel from writer-director Walt Becker, the YA fantasy Charlie Paris And The Young Ambassadors. Scribe Joe Ballarini set to adapt and Becker will direct. (DH)

    ‘House of Lies’ Cancelled At Showtime

    Showtime has cancelled the Don Cheadle-fronted satire, announcing that the show’s current fifth season will be its last. The Cuba-set series finale will air on Sunday, June 12. (TVL)

    Joann Sfar’s ‘Little Vampire’ Gets Movie Treatment

    StudioCanal and Autochenille Production have teamed up for an animated feature based on the comic Little Vampire by Joann Sfar. Sfar will direct the film. (AM)

    The Grinder’ Rests – When Bad Things Happen To Good Shows

    Last week, after much speculation about its fate, The Grinder was canceled by the network and a little less than two million people were left lamenting why more didn’t appreciate such a strong show when they had the chance. (TB)


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     Warner Bros Responding To Fans & Critics With DC Films Shakeup

    A reorganization is imminent at DC Films with Chief Content Officer Geoff Johns and WB EVP Jon Berg co-running DC Films. While DC Films has long been a production banner within Warner Bros, it will now exist as a formal division. (DH)

    CBS’ Fall Schedule: NCIS: LA On Move, Michael Weatherly’s Bull Paired With NCIS, Limitless Still In Limbo

    Michael Weatherly’s new drama Bull will be paired with his former series NCIS on Tuesdays; NCIS: LA will succeed The Good Wife on Sundays-at-9; and Joel McHale’s new sitcom The Great Indoors has landed the coveted post-Big Bang Theory slot on Thursdays. (TVL)

    CBS Recast Jenna Fischer Over Chemistry Issues With Matt LeBlanc in ‘Man With A Plan’

    Jenna Fischer was set to star opposite Matt LeBlanc in CBS’ Man With a Plan, but the Office alum will be recast for the comedy’s debut season due to a chemistry issue. (WRAP)

    TNT Picks Up Young Shakespeare Series, Orders Modern Civil War Drama Pilot

    ‘Will’ marks the cabler’s latest pickup as the Turner-owned network continues to expand its slate of originals. (THR)

    Rob Corddry’s New Adult Swim Pilot Is About The Hindenburg And Boy

    The 15-minute pilot from the Childrens Hospital creator, co-written by Josh Perilo and Jonathan Stern, follows the Hindenburg’s 1937 maiden voyage from Germany to New Jersey. (VUL)

    Cannes: Amazon, Cohen Media Group Nab Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’

    Amazon Studios and Cohen Media Group have landed domestic rights to Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman. (VAR)

    How Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy Rediscovered The Magic Of The Force

    After taking the torch from George Lucas, the veteran producer immediately got to work building a new future for Star Wars. (FCC)

    Trailer Buzz: Second ‘Ghostbusters’ Trailer

    The film’s latest trailer also offers an additional glimpse at the new big screen version of the iconic Ghostbusters ghoul Slimer, as well as what appears to be the reboot’s version of the infamous Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the original Ghostbusters movie. (SR)

    Screenwriters: ‘Popeye’

    An undated first draft by Jules Feiffer (based on the characters by E. C. Segar)  (DS)


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    ‘The Martian’ Team Coming Together Again At 20th Century Fox For Andy Weir Pitch

    20th Century Fox just acquired an untitled pitch from Andy Weir, the author of The Martian. Weir will write the screenplay for Simon Kinberg and director Ridley Scott, who will produce this project. (DH)

    CBS Plans ‘Good Wife’ Spinoff Led By Christine Baranski

    CBS announced plans for a spinoff of drama The Good Wife, which wrapped up a seven-season run earlier this month. The new, as-yet-untitled series, will star Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo, and is to be offered exclusively online via CBS’s All-Access streaming app. (USA)

    Woody Harrelson Joins The Cast Of George Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’

    George Clooney is gearing up his next directorial project, Suburbicon and has just attached Woody Harrelson as the latest A-lister to sign up. (EMP)

    CNN Orders Three New Series From Producers Dwayne Johnson, Sean Hayes And Tom Hanks

    CNN is expanding its originals slate with three new unscripted series that count Dwayne Johnson, Sean Hayes and Tom Hanks among their executive producers. Each eight-part series, Soundtracks: Songs That Made History, The History of Comedy and The Nineties will launch in 2017. (THR)

    Cannes: Carl Franklin Directing ‘Intruder in the Dust’ Adaptation

    Devil in a Blue Dress helmer Carl Franklin has come on board to direct a movie adaptation of William Faulkner’s Intruder in the Dust. (VAR)

    Milla Jovovich To Star With James Franco In His Sci-Fi Film ‘Future World’

    Milla Jovovich is joining the cast of James Franco’s new indie film Future World. Franco and Bruce Thierry Cheung are directing and Franco is also acting in the film, the story of which he created.
    (DH)

    Trailer Buzz: ‘Personal Shopper’

    The first trailer for Personal Shopper has landed following the film’s world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Kristen Stewart leads the thriller in a reunion with her Clouds of Sils Maria director Olivier Assayas. (COLL)

    Trailer Buzz: ‘Napping Princess’

    Here’s a teaser for Napping Princess: The Story Of the Unknown Me, the new anime film by director Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex), opening in Japan later this year via Warner Bros. (IW)

     

     


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    CW Fall Schedule Revealed: ‘Supernatural’ Moving Again

    Supergirl is staying put at Mondays at 8 p.m. and moving Supernatural back to Thursdays at 9 p.m. The CW’s new fall shows are romantic comedy No Tomorrow and thriller Frequency. (EW)

    Fall TV 2016: The Full Schedule

    Featuring more comedy, Dick Wolf and less Shondaland, plus an overdose of medical hours on Thursdays as the broadcast networks shake up their status quo. (THR)

    Amy Schumer & Goldie Hawn’s ‘Mother/Daughter’ Adds Wanda Sykes

    Wanda Sykes has joined the 20th Century Fox Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn pic Mother/Daughter. Sykes was added to the cast of Jonathan Levine-directed film scripted by Ghostbusters writer Kate Dippold. (DH)

    Cannes: Sony Classics Buys Animated Movie ‘The Red Turtle’

    Sony Pictures Classics has bought all rights in North America and Latin America to Michael Dudok de Wit’s animated The Red Turtle, following its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. (VAR)

    Emily Carmichael To Write & Direct ‘Powerhouse'; Steven Spielberg & Colin Trevorrow Producing

    Indie writer and director Emily Carmichael will be teaming up with Steve Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, Simon Kinberg and Colin Trevorrow for the upcoming film titled, Powerhouse. (IW)

    Margot Robbie In Talks To Join Domhnall Gleeson In ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’

    The 25-year-old Australian actress is in negotiations to appear in Simon Curtis’ Goodbye Christopher Robin. That project, set up at Fox Searchlight, charts the relationship between A.A. Milne and his son, which led to the creation of Winnie the Pooh. (DH)

    Amazon Buys ‘The Dressmaker’ With Kate Winslet

    Amazon Studios has bought domestic rights to The Dressmaker with Kate Winslet. The adaptation of the Rosalie Ham novel screened at last year’s Toronto Film Festival. (VAR)

    Given how long it can get to write a new screenplay, shouldn’t a writer have a method to decide on the best possible movie ideas that merit development? (SM)

     


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    Oscars: Steven Spielberg Among Candidates In Academy’s First Open Elections For Board

    James L. Brooks, Laura Dern, indie producers Stephanie Allain and Cassian Elwes, Disney-Pixar president Ed Catmull, Imagine Entertainment co-chair Michael Rosenberg and hundreds of others have also thrown their hats in the ring. (THR)

    Macro Launching America Ferrera-Backed Latino Dramedy As Its First Web Series

    Macro, the multi-platform media company founded by former WME partner Charles D. King, has set up its first digital series: the dramatic comedy Gente-Fied, which will feature an all-Latino cast and counts America Ferrera among its executive producers. (DH)

    Directors Guild Reports ‘Slight’ Improvement in TV Hiring Practices of Women, Minorities

    The Directors Guild of America has reported “slight” improvements in the hiring of women and minorities during the 2015-16 TV season. More than 4,100 episodes were analyzed, a 5% increase from last year. (VAR)

    ‘This Is Us’ Trailer Most Popular Among New Fall Shows

    This Is Us is already fall’s most popular new show – at least according to online video views. On Facebook alone, the trailer for NBC’s dramedy series has garnered over 17 million views in less than three days — a record for a new fall show. (EW)

    Comics At BEA: New Books From Raina Telgemeier, Jessica Abel, Box Brown

    The show featured new fall books from acclaimed graphic novel authors Raina Telgemeier, whose Ghosts will be published by Scholastic, and Jessica Abel, creator of Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars, which will be published by Papercutz in November. (PW)

    GKIDS Picks Up North American Rights To Laudenbach’s “The Girl Without Hands”

    GKIDS has announced today that it has entered into a distribution agreement for all North American rights to the upcoming animated feature, The Girl Without Hands, following the film’s premiere screening at the Cannes Film Festival. (IW)

    Spec Book 2015: The State Of The Spec Market

    2015 saw the second highest amount of specs sold over the last six years. 375 specs that went out last year, 129 were set up, an significant increase over the year before, in which just 101 of 369 found a home.  (TB)

    Trailer Buzz: New ‘Sausage Party’ Trailer

    Sony has released a new Sausage Party trailer and poster. The animated comedy is a parody of Pixar films, specifically Toy Story, and focuses on a group of supermarket food that learns the terrible truth about the fate they’ve dreamed of: being taken home and eaten. (COLL)


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    ‘Grey’s Anatomy': Sara Ramirez Exits After 10 Years

    Grey’s Anatomy star Sara Ramirez — whose character mended fences with her ex-wife with an eye toward leaving for New York during Thursday’s season 12 finale – is leaving the show. (EW)

    Weinstein Company Acquires Quentin Tarantino Documentary ’21 Years’

    TWC announced Friday that it has acquired the worldwide rights, excluding French-speaking territories, to the upcoming documentary 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino. The project is being produced and directed by Tara Wood. (WRAP)

    Rebecca Miller & Damon Cardasis Launch Round Films; Production Outfit Kicks Off With ‘Maggie’s Plan’

    Rebecca Miller and Damon Cardasis are launching Round Films, a new production outfit that builds on the duo’s work together on Maggie’s Plan. The new shingle will be repped by Cinetic Media and CAA. (DH)

    Finn Wittrock To Join Jenny Slate In Comedy ‘Landline’

    Landline will reunite Slate with the creative duo behind her critically acclaimed indie comedy Obvious Child, Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm. Robespierre and Holm will co-write the family comedy, with Robespierre taking on directing duties. (THR)

    U.K.’s Curzon Buys Shia LaBeouf’s ‘Borg/McEnroe,’ Lars Von Trier Serial Killer Pic

    U.K. distributor Curzon Artificial Eye has picked up tennis drama Borg/McEnroe at Cannes, starring Shia LaBeouf, and Lars Von Trier’s serial killer pic The House That Jack Built. (VAR)

    13 Female Filmmakers Who Are Ready To Direct A Blockbuster

    From Sarah Polley to Jennifer Kent, Marcia Lucas to Amma Asante, Indiewire picks over a dozen female filmmakers who are ready for action. (IW)

    Producer Joel Silver On Crafting And Complicating The Buddy Action Movie Formula

    As his latest two-hander, The Nice Guys, explodes into theaters, Joel Silver talks about going beyond the buddy action movie template. (FCC)

    Screenwriters: ‘Ali’

    An undated, unspecified draft by Stephen J. Rivele & Christopher Wilkinson and Eric Roth & Michael Mann (Story by Gregory Allen Howard). (DS)

     

     


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    Weekend Box Office: ‘Angry Birds’ Opens To $39M, ‘Neighbors 2′ And ‘Nice Guys’ Disappoint

    Sony’s The Angry Birds Movie is the top film of the weekend, flying past Captain America: Civil War for a $39 million debut weekend. (FOR)

    Michael Lombardo On Leaving HBO, What He Will Do Next And ‘Vinyl’ Regrets

    Michael Lombardo, the HBO programming president revealed Friday that he will exit one of the most coveted jobs in television for a production deal with the network. (THR)

    Here Are The Cannes 2016 Award Winners

    I, Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach, takes home the Palme d’Or plus all the rest of the winners. (VUL)

    ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Launches With Massive $103.3 Million Internationally

    Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse has launched impressively in the international marketplace with $103.3 million in box office havoc from 20,596 screens in 75 markets — a week ahead of its U.S. opening. (VAR)

    Jeff Bridges & Taylor Kitsch Answer Call For Brolin-Teller Firefighter Pic

    Jeff Bridges and Taylor Kitsch have joined the cast of the untitled firefighter pic financed by Black Label Media that already has Josh Brolin, Miles Teller and James Badge Dale attached. (DH)

    Nicolas Winding Refn To Produce Remake of Giallo Film ‘What Have You Done To Solange?’

    Refn has signed on to produce a remake of Massimo Dallamano’s What Have You Done To Solange?, based on the Edgar Wallace novel The Clue of the New Pin. Refn’s Danish film production company Space Rocket Nation will produce. (IW)

    Trailer Buzz: ‘Beauty And The Beast’

    The first ever trailer for Disney’s new live action version of the classic movie Beauty and the Beast debuted exclusively on Good Morning America on Monday. (ABC)

    Screenwriters: HBO Exec Chris Salvattera Offers Perspective On the Business Side of Screenwriting

    HBO executive Chris Salvaterra discusses the business of screenwriting, offering invaluable tips for a successful writing career. (SM)

     


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    Casey Bloys Upped To President Of Programming At HBO

    HBO has shuffled its exec ranks in the wake of programming president Michael Lombardo’s exit. Lombardo is segueing to a producing deal with the cabler. Bloys, who will report directly to chairman and CEO Richard Plepler, will take on oversight of all programming. (VAR)

    Did Someone Say Lasagna? A Garfield Animated Movie Is Coming!

    Financing and production company Alcon Entertainment has secured exclusive rights to produce animated theatrical motion pictures based on the iconic comic strip Garfield, it was jointly announced by Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. (CS)

    ‘Tomboy, A Revenger’s Tale’ From Walter Hill Acquired By Saban Films

    Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Tomboy, A Revenger’s Tale, Walter Hill’s crime thriller starring Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub, Anthony LaPaglia and Caitlin Gerard. (DH)

    Shonda Rhimes in Talks To Produce Movie Based On The Dare Divas

    Shondaland creator Shonda Rhimes is in talks to produce a movie based on online personalities known as the Dare Divas. Fox 2000 is in negotiations to acquire the life rights with Rhimes and Betsy Beers to produce. (WRAP)

    Sony Acquires Thriller Pitch From Scribe Lori Evans Taylor

    Sony Pictures has closed a deal to acquire an untitled micro-budget adult thriller based on a pitch from scribe Lori Evans Taylor. Akiva Goldsman is aboard to produce. (DH)

    Josh Hutcherson To Make Directorial Debut With Short Film ‘Ape,’ Based On A Black List Script

    Condé Nast Entertainment, Indigenous Media and Josh and Michelle Hutcherson’s Turkeyfoot Productions today announced the five screenplays they’ve for a joint venture known as “The Big Script” Film Incubator, a project powered by the Black List. (IW)

    ‘Being Mary Jane’ Gets ‘The Good Wife’ Producer As New Showrunner

    Being Mary Jane has scored former The Good Wife executive producer Erica Shelton Kodish to take over for the show’s creator and departing showrunner Mara Brock Akil, as well as director Salim Akil. (VUL)

    Trailer Buzz: ‘Free State Of Jones’

    The new trailer for the Matthew McConaughey-starred Civil War movie turns its attention to the battle and rebellion against the Confederates. (EW)

     


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    ‘Spider-Man’ Homecoming’ Scribes On Board For ‘Game Night’ At New Line

    Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley have been hired to rewrite Game Night, the pic being produced by Jason Bateman’s Aggregate Films. Goldstein and Daley are also attached to direct. (DH)

    John Carpenter Partners With Jason Blum On New ‘Halloween’ Movie

    Carpenter will executive produce the new addition to the franchise, which will be produced by Blum under his Blumhouse banner. (THR)

    CAA Launches Culinary Marketing Arm Headed By Andrew Chason

    CAA is looking to bite off a bigger piece of the ever-expanding business of food and celebrity chefs with the launch of CAA Culinary.  Andrew Chason, manager and founder of the foodie talent firm Vector Eats, has joined CAA to run the new division. (VAR)

    Cast and Runtime Revealed For Terrence Malick’s ‘Weightless’

    The British Board of Film Classification has revealed that the movie runs 145 minutes and provided a cast list, which includes Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Haley Bennett, Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender, Val Kilmer, Benicio Del Toro, Clifton Collins Jr., Angela Bettis, Bérénice Marlohe, Florence Welch, and Holly Hunter. (COLL)

    ‘Django Lives': John Sayles Writing & Directing The Sequel, With Franco Nero Reviving The Iconic Role

    Director John Sayles is set to write and direct Django Lives, the second sequel to the 1966 film Sergio Corbucci’s spaghetti western Django. Star Franco Nero will reprise his iconic role once again. (IW)

    Upfronts 2016: Your Guide To Fall Pilots That Didn’t Make The Cut

    TVLine compiles a gallery of all the potential series — 44 of ’em, to be exact — that didn’t score a place on ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox or NBC’s lineups. (TVL)

    How Seth Rogen Made The Extremely Non-P.C. Comic ‘Preacher’ Safe For TV

    The learning curve of Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and producer Sam Catlin on adapting of the cult-hit, but very risque, comic-book series Preacher. (VUL)

    Trailer Buzz: ‘Finding Dory’

    The movie’s third trailer — premiered on YouTube by The Ellen Show, — reveals just how long the titular forgetful fish has been separated from her parents. (VER)

     


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