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The Conjuring 2 Logline: The story of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren continues. Studio/Distributor: New Line Cinema/Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution Production Companies: POV Productions, The Safran Company Producers: Rob Cowan, Peter Safran Cast: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga Writers: Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes Director: James Wan Details: Sequel to the film "The Conjuring" (2013) directed by James Wan and starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson. SSN Insight: Project marks the first under the new first look producing and directing deal with Wan and New Line.
I.Q. 83 Logline: The government creates a virus that is supposed to raise people's IQ, but it has the reverse effect and lowers it to 83. The creator of the virus must find a cure before his own mind decays. Studio/Distributor: Paramount Production Companies: Mad Chance Productions, Parkes/MacDonald Productions Producers: Andrew Lazar, Laurie MacDonald, Walter Parkes, Wynn Wygal, Jody Hedien (Co-Producer) Cast: Steve Carell Writer: Charlie Kaufman (current rewrite), Michael Handelman & David Guion (previous rewrite), Carl Ellsworth (previous rewrite), David Frankel (previous rewrite), Tom Schulman (previous rewrite), Harley Peyton (previous rewrite), Michael Werb & Michael Colleary (previous rewrite), Martin Olson (adaptation) Details: Based on the novel "IQ 83" written by Arthur Herzog and published by Simon & Schuster June 30, 1978. SSN Insight: Project reunites Lazar with Carell since 2008’s Get Smart and reunites him with Kaufman since 2002’s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
Vengeance (Remake) Logline: A former assassin, now a chef, gets revenge for his daughter whose family was murdered. Studio/Distributor: Columbia Pictures Production Companies: Matt Tolmach Productions, ARP Producers: Matt Tolmach, Michele Petin, Laurent Petin Writers: Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales Directors: Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales Details: Remake of "Vengeance" (Hong Kong-France/2009) directed by Johnnie To and starring Johnny Hallyday. SSN Insight: Project marks first studio gig for directing duo Papushado & Keshales.
6 Days Logline: The true story of how in April of 1980, armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy in London and a tense hostage situation followed. Studio/Distributor: XYZ Films Production Companies: XYZ Films, Eyeworks New Zealand Producer: Matt Metcalfe Writer: Glenn Standring Director: Toa Fraser SSN Insight: Project re-teams Fraser with his Hautoa team of writer Glenn Standring, producer Matthew Metcalfe, and XYZ Films.
The Feud Logline: In Iowa for his brother’s funeral, a mysterious man gets mixed up with the local crime boss and winds up trapped in an abandoned farm complex with his friends, fighting for their lives. Production Company: Vandal Entertainment Producer: Navid McIlhargey Writers: Matthew Altman and David Matalon SSN Insight: Project marks the first for newly formed Vandal Entertainment.
My Little Pony Logline: Storyline is under wraps. Production Companies: Hasbro Studios, Allspark Pictures Producer: Megan McCarthy (Co-Executive Producer) Writer: Joe Ballarini Details: Based on the "My Little Pony" toy franchise which was introduced with the toy in 1981, and the toy line that ran from 1983 through 1995, and inspired animated specials, an animated feature length film, and four animated television series. SSN Insight: Project marks the first to be produced under the newly formed Allspark Pictures banner.
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Film Development for 10/23/14: Director James Wan on Board for ‘The Conjuring 2,’ Hasbro Studios Readies ‘My Little Pony’ FilmOther projects, like I.Q. 83, Vengeance, 6 Days, and The Feud all have updates, as well. (SSN)
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CAA: Star Wars: Episode VII actress Daisy Ridley is now repped by Hylda Queally. She had previously signed with UTA two months ago. Ridley’s career recently jumped into hyperdrive when she landed a coveted lead role in the J.J. Abrams directed Star Wars: Episode VII. Her character has also been confirmed to take a prominent role in the second and third films of the trilogy as well. Looper and Breaking Bad helmer Rian Johnson will direct those films. Prior to Episode VII, Ridley had roles in several U.K. television series including Casualty, Youngers, Toast of London, Silent Witness and Mr. Selfridge. Her other credits have included the sci-fi short Blue Season, as well as the interactive film Lifesaver, which was nominated for a BAFTA. Ridley continues to be repped by attorney Shelby Weiser at Sloane Offer Weber Dern.
Equitable Stewardship for Artists (ESA): Television director and producer Dan Lerner is now repped by Paul Alan Smith. The busy helmer most recently directed episodes of Red Band Society, Resurrection, Extant, Lucky 7 and The Blacklist. He was also a co-executive producer on Lucky 7. Starting off as a camera operator, Lerner moved into directing in the late eighties. Since then, Lerner’s storied directing career has seen such highlights as thirtysomething, Profiler, Once and Again, House M.D., What About Brian, The Starter Wife and In Plain Sight. Lerner’s co-executive producing credits have included Once and Again, What About Brian, The Starter Wife and In Plain Sight.
Gersh: Actress Stana Katic is now repped by Alex Yarosh. She also recently signed with Larry Taube at Gotham/Principal. Katic’s currently starring in her seventh season as Detective Kate Beckett on ABC’s hit series Castle. Last year, she also appeared in Randal Miller’s period piece about the New York punk scene CBGB, as well as the indie feature Big Sur, opposite Kate Bosworth and Josh Lucas. Starting her career in the nineties, Katic had already built up an impressive film and television resume before landing her signature role on Castle. Her other series credits have included playing Collette Stenger on 24, as well as roles on The Shield, The Closer, ER, Brothers and Sisters and Heroes. Katic’s feature credits have included Quantum of Solace, The Spirit, The Double and the Polish Brothers’ For Lovers Only. In 2008, Katic started her own production company Sine Tore Productions. Next up, she’ll appear in The Tourist, which is currently in post-production.
ICM Partners: Writer, director and producer John Singleton is now repped by John Burnham, Toni Howard, Chris Silbermann and Joanne Wiles. He was previously with ICM. Singleton is currently in pre-production on his Tupac Shukar biopic Tupac, which he will write, direct and produce. Breaking through in a big way with 1991’s Boyz n the Hood, Singleton landed Academy Award nominations for Best Screenplay and Best Director for his film, becoming the youngest person to ever be nominated for Best Director and the first African-American. He has since gone on to write and direct Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Shaft and Baby Boy. His other directing credits have included 2 Fast 2 Furious, Four Brothers and 2011’s Abduction. Singleton also produced and financed Baby Boy, Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan.
UTA: Actor Joel Jackson is now repped by Chris Hart, Shani Rosenzweig, Scott Schachter and Louise Ward. Jackson recently got his big break when he was cast in the Sam Worthington miniseries Deadline Gallipoli. The four-part Australian series will air in 2015 and features an all-star cast that includes Hugh Dancy, Charles Dance and Anna Torv. Jackson himself is a newcomer to film and television, having graduated in 2013 from Australia’s prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA). His credits at NIDA included A Lie of the Mind, Sucking Dublin and The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet. He also has a role in the short What We Know, which is currently in post-production. Jackson remains repped by Morrissey Management in Australia.
UTA: Director, writer and former actress Mia Hansen-Løve is now repped by Jeremy Barber and Bec Smith. Hansen-Løve is currently riding buzz off her drama Eden, which premiered at Toronto and sold its North American rights to Broad Green Pictures. Starting her career as an actress, Hansen-Løve appeared in Olivier Assayas’ features Late August, Early September and Les destinées. Later marrying Assayas, Hansen-Løve then went on to direct the shorts Après mûre réflexion and Offre Spéciale before making her feature directing debut with 2007’s Tout est pardonné (All is Forgiven). That film won Hansen-Løve nominations for Cannes’ Golden Camera, as well as Cesar’s Best First Film. Her second film Father of my Children won a Special Jury Prize at Cannes and in 2011, she directed Goodbye First Love. Eden will be released in Spring 2015.
UTA: Comedian and actress Wanda Sykes is now repped by Douglas Edley, Jay Gassner, Chris Hart, Rob Prinz, Matt Rice, Scott Schachter, Kevin Volchok and Allison Wallach. Sykes is currently appearing on Amazon’s Alpha House. She’s also executive producing NBC’s reboot of Last Comic Standing and will reprise her voice role as Granny in Ice Age 5. One of the top grossing female touring comedians, Sykes got her first major career breaks in the 1990s, winning an Emmy for her writing work on The Chris Rock Show. Since that point, Sykes’ prolific career has seen such highlights as starring in 2003 sitcom Wanda at Large and headlining the 2009 talk show The Wanda Sykes Show. Her television credits have included The New Adventures of Old Christine, Curb Your Enthusiasm and numerous voice roles. On the film side, Sykes has appeared in Monster-in-Law, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Evan Almighty and License to Wed, as well as the animated features Over the Hedge, Barnyard, Rio and Ice Age: Continental Drift.
WME Entertainment: Three-time Oscar nominated actress Michelle Williams is now a client. She was previously at CAA. Williams recently made her Broadway debut in Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall’s revival of Cabaret. She also starred in the 2013 hit Oz the Great and Powerful. Catapulting to fame with the WB teen drama Dawson’s Creek, Williams soon turned to features and made her mark with indies that included The Station Agent, Land of Plenty and Imaginary Heroes. Williams’ career hit its stride with her Oscar-nominated performance in Brokeback Mountain and she has since appeared in such features as I’m Not There, Wendy and Lucy, Synecdoche, New York, Blue Valentine, Take this Waltz and Shutter Island. Next up, Williams will appear in the World War II romance Suite Française, which recently completed shooting. Williams’ three Academy Award nominations were for her performances in Brokeback Mountain, Blue Valentine and My Week with Marilyn.
Aspire Entertainment: Mark Ciardi has launched a new production company, Aspire Entertainment. The shingle will focus on developing film as well as multi-platform aspirational content. Chairman William Chang, and co-founders Tom Duterme and Ash Vasudevan will join Ciardi in the new venture.
Blue Ribbon Studios: Warner Bros. has launched a new digital production studio, Blue Ribbon Studios. President Sam Register will head the venture and Andrew Mellett has been named Senior Vice President, Distribution & Strategy. The studio will develop and produce animated and live action series for digital platforms. The slate includes original content as well as series based on the DC Universe.
Heretic Literary Management: Jeff Portnoy has launched a new literary management company, Heretic Literary Management.
LEIBO: Jason Leibovitch has launched a new management and production company, LEIBO.
Orchard Farm Productions: Mila Kunis has launched a new television production company, Orchard Farm Productions. Manager Susan Curtis and producers Cami Curtis and Lisa Sterbakov are joining her at the new venture. The company will be based at ABC Studios where they have a first look deal. Orchard Farm will produce series for cable and broadcast television.
Pancho Pictures: Pancho Mansfield has launched a new television production shingle, Pancho Pictures. Elizabeth Bubriski will also join as Manager, Development.
Patriot Artists Agency: Veteran music agents Stephen Brush and Terry Rhodes have launched a new agency, Patriot Artists Agency.
Schneider Global Strategy: ABC News head of PR Jeffrey Schnieder is departing to launch his own public relations firm, Schneider Global Strategy. The new company will handle media relations and crisis management.
Vandal Entertainment: Navid McIllhargey has launched a new film and television production company, Vandal Entertainment. McIllhargey has launched with financial backing from German companies Film House Germany AG and Summerstorm Entertainment. McIllhargey hopes to produce two to three projects a year with his financial backers.
Studios, Networks, and Media Conglomerates
ABC News: Julie Townsend has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Communications.
CBS Entertainment: Colin Studebaker has been promoted to Manager, Comedy Development.
BAFTA: Emma Baehr has joined as Director of Awards. Jim Bradshaw has been named Head of Film. Bradley Down has been named Awards Officer.
Bold Films: Lisa Zambri has joined as Senior Vice President, Production & Development.
The Safran Company: Joan Mao has been promoted to Vice President, Development & Production.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures: Tendo Nagenda has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Production.
7Wonder: Steve Condie has joined as Head, Specialist Factual.
Al Roker Entertainment: Maria Paone has joined as Vice President, Branded Content.
Big Beach TV: Erin Keating has joined as West Coast Executive.
Bunim/Murray Productions: Rob Bagshaw has joined as Senior Vice President, Development & Production.
Carnival Films: Alexandra Sapot has joined as Vice President, Drama Programming.
Cinema Gypsy: JP Sarni has joined as Head, Television.
Layer3 TV: Lindsay Gardner has joined as Chair, Content Advisory Board.
National Geographic Studios: Jeff Hasler has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Development & Production.
PBS: Don Wilcox has joined as Vice President, Digital Marketing & Services.
ProSiebenSat.1: Koby Gal-Raday has joined asSenior Vice President, International Co-Productions & Documentaries.
See-Saw Films: Hakan Kousetta has joined as Chief Operating Officer. Patrick Walters has joined as Development Executive, Television.
Twenty Twenty: Emma Willis has joined as Creative Director.
Zodiak Media: Nathan Gibbs has joined as Group Head, Format Acquisitions.
Agencies, Management Companies, Public Relations, and Law Firms
Gersh: Ian Greenstein has joined as co-Head, TV Literary.
Hawthorne Direct: John Pucci has been name Chief Marketing & Creative Officer.
ICM: Rich Green has joined as Agent, Media Rights.
Paradigm: Jennifer Good has joined as Agent, TV Literary.
Rain Management Group: Stephen Marks has joined as Manager, Literary.
UTA: Shauna Perlman has been promoted to Agent, TV Talent.
Discovery Family: Sarah T. Davies has joined as Vice President, Production & Development.
FX: Jesse Hiestand has joined as Director of Corporate Communications.
Fusion: Boris Gartner has joined as Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer.
IFC: Sachi Ezura has joined as Director, Original Programming. Christine Lubrano has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Original Programming. Maura Madden has joined as Vice President, Original Programming. Jeff Meyerson has joined as Vice President, Original Programming. Ken Vitale has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Brand Marketing.
Spike TV: David Phillips has been named Vice President, Brand Marketing & Creative. Anhelo Reyes has joined as Vice President, Brand Marketing & Activation.
TVGN: Pam Bertino has joined as Senior Vice President, Content Distribution.
Digital Domain: Joanna Capitano has been named Vice President, Features. Daniel Seah has been named Chief Executive Officer of the Digital Domain Group.
Legendary Digital: Cory Lanier has been named Manager, Development & Production.
Modern VideoFilm: Scott Avila has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer. Cooper Crouse has been named President. Roxanna Sassanian has been named Chief Financial Officer.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing: Rich Christina has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Head, East Coast A&R.
Jump/Cut Creative: Brandon Schaefer has been named Creative Director, Print Division
Exec Shuffle for 10/24/14: WB Launches Blue Ribbon Studios, Mila Kunis Starts Shingle Orchard Farm Productions, and MoreAlso included are other company launches, as well as hirings and promotions at the studios, production companies and pods. (SSN) (SSN) (NYP) (USAT) (DH) (VAR) (MF) (NSA) (TV) (DS)
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Writer/Director Ted Melfi Talks the Films and Real-Life Events That Inspired His Directorial Debut, ‘St. Vincent’Not one, but two major events in the filmmakers life led to him writing the screenplay that attracted Bill Murray and opens wide this weekend. (SSN) (SSN) (SSN)
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The Scorch Trials 10/27/2014 Logline: After a group of teenagers escape from a mysterious maze, they face even more danger out in the open on a devastated planet. Studio: 20th Century Fox Production Companies: Gotham/Principal, Temple Hill Entertainment Director: Wes Ball Producers: Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Lee Stollman, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Joe Hartwick Jr. Cast: Dylan O'Brien, Aidan Gillen, Rosa Salazar, Kaya Scodelario, Dexter Darden, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Patricia Clarkson Screenwriter: T.S. Nowlin Details: Based on "The Scorch Trials," the second novel in the young-adult science fiction trilogy written by James Dashner and published by Delacorte Press in 2010. Sequel to "The Maze Runner" (USA/2014), also directed by Wes Ball and starring Dylan O'Brien and Kaya Scodelario. SSN Insight: Director Wes Ball and screenwriter T.S. Nowlin are collaborating on “Ruin,” a post-apocalyptic live-action science-fiction feature currently in active development at 20th Century Fox, based on Ball’s acclaimed 2011 animated short of the same name.
The Nice Guys 10/23/2014 Logline: In the late 1970s, heavy-drinking private detective Holland March and jaded racketeer Jackson Healy must team up to find a missing girl within the sprawling, smoggy canvas of a Los Angeles mired in porn stars, environmentalists, and automobile industry special interests. Production Company: Silver Pictures Director: Shane Black Producer: Joel Silver Cast: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Margaret Qualley, Matthew Bomer, Kim Basinger, Keith David Screenwriters: Shane Black, Anthony Bagarozzi SSN Insight: Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger previously starred in another Los Angeles film noir project, “L.A. Confidential” (USA/1997).
The Ninth Life of Louis Drax 10/27/2014 Logline: A surreal psychological thriller following an accident-prone 9-year-old problem child lying in a deep coma and the doctor who cares for him. Studio: Miramax Films Production Companies: AntColony Films, Brightlight Pictures Director: Alexandre Aja Executive Producer: Rosanne Korenberg Producers: Max Minghella, Tim Bricknell, Shawn Williamson, Alexandre Aja Cast: Jamie Dornan, Aaron Paul, Sarah Gadon, Aiden Longworth, Oliver Platt, Barbara Hershey Screenwriters: Max Minghella (adaptation, current draft); Anthony Minghella (adaptation, previous draft) Details: Based on the novel "The Ninth Life of Louis Drax" written by Liz Jensen and published by Bloomsbury in January 10, 2005. SSN Insight: Max Minghella makes his screenwriting debut with the project. His father, Anthony Minghella, had been developing the film and was attached to direct prior to his death in 2008.
Concussion 10/25/2014 Logline: Based on the true story of the doctor who discovered CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) in football players, and the uphill battle he faced in bringing the information to the public. Studio: Columbia Pictures Production Companies: Scott Free Productions, Shuman Company Director: Peter Landesman Executive Producers: Michael Schaefer, David Crockett Producers: Giannina Facio, Ridley Scott, David Wolthoff, Larry Shuman, Elizabeth Cantillon Cast: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Paul Reiser Screenwriter: Peter Landesman Details: Based on the article "Game Brain" by Jeanne Marie Laskas published in the October 2009 issue of GQ magazine. SSN Insight: Ridley Scott was previously attached to direct.
The Disappointments Room 10/24/2014 Logline: Inspired by true events, when a family moves into their rural dream house, they accidentally unlock a hidden room in the attic and unleash unprecedented horror. Studio: Relativity Media Production Companies: Media Talent Group, Demarest Films Director: D.J. Caruso Executive Producers: Tucker Tooley, Ryan Kavanaugh Producer: Geyer Kosinski Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Mel Raido Screenwriters: D.J. Caruso (Revisions); Wentworth Miller SSN Insight: Voltage and Killer Films were previously attached to produce.
Stealing Chanel 10/24/2014 Logline: In modern-day New York, a man who is a kleptomaniac obsessed with stealing fashionable clothing is arrested and must participate in counseling with an upper-crust, judgmental female therapist who guides him towards his talents as a fashion designer while their rocky relationship deepens. Production Companies: Astoria Films, Inc., RPM Media Director: Roberto Mitrotti Executive Producer: Roy Carlo Producer: Patricia Field Cast: Lydia Hearst, Anna Maria Cianciulli, Margaret Colin, Carol Alt, Adam La Vorgna, John Rothman Screenwriters: Linda Howard, Roberto Mitrotti SSN Insight: Project was previously in development under the title "Shoplifter," with Jack Huston, Michelle Trachtenberg, Marisa Tomei, Harvey Keitel, Andrea Martin, and musician/actor Etcetera attached as members of the cast.
Sing Street 10/25/2014 Logline: An aspiring teen musician from Dublin leaves his troubled home to chase his dreams in London. Production Companies: Likely Story, Distressed Films, PalmStar Entertainment, Merced Media Partners, Filmwave Director: John Carney Producers: Anthony Bregman, John Carney, Kevin Scott Frakes, Raj Singh, Paul Trijbits, Christian Grass Cast: Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Jack Reynor, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo Screenwriter: John Carney SSN Insight: John Carney previously wrote and directed the music-themed feature films “Once” (Ireland/2006) and “Begin Again” (USA/2014).
On the Set for 10/27/14: Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe Start Shooting ‘The Nice Guys,’ Kate Beckinsale Wraps ‘The Disappointments Room’Maze Runner sequel The Scorch Trials also starts production, while Stealing Chanel and Sing Street wrap their shoots, as well. (SSN)
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They’re the writers, directors and producers who have brought nightmares to life onscreen including the gaunt undead, murderous clowns, creepy dolls, damp torture chambers, and much more. But when it comes to what terrifies the filmmakers behind these killer creations, the answer might surprise you, make you laugh, or scare you to the core.
Just in time for Halloween, the staff at SSN Insider took time out of analyzing box office and development slates to sit down with the best and brightest, or should we say the most horrific and darkest, of the horror film genre to hear what scares the bejeezus out of them.
From powerhouse producer Jason Blum to Saw creator James Wan and the legendary John Carpenter, they all took the time to chat with us and answer the question: What’s the scariest moment you can remember from either film or your own life? Read below for the answers.
“I was 4 years old. I barely knew what a movie was. I went to see It Came From Outer Space in 3D. I put on the glasses. The movie began. A meteor (actually a space ship on fire) came out of the night sky and blew up right in my face. I jumped up and ran up the aisle in terror .By the time I reached the lobby I slowed down, then returned to my seat. From then on I was hooked on movies.” -John Carpenter, filmmaker of Halloween, The Fog, Escape from LA and Ghosts of Mars
"For me, the two scariest things I have ever seen in film are from two Japanese movies. The first was in the Japanese version of The Ring where Sadako (Samara in the American remake) crawled out of the television set.
The second was in the Japanese version of The Grudge where Kayako came crawling down the stairs at the end of the movie. Both of those scenes were terrifying." -Roy Lee, principal at Vertigo Entertainment with credits on The Grudge, The Ring, Oldboy and the upcoming The Woman in Black: Angel Of Death "Seeing The Blair Witch Project on the big screen after I passed on it." -Jason Blum, president of Blumhouse Productions behind the Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and Purge franchises and the just released Ouija "The scariest things ever are real. Watching 9/11 live was probably the most terrifying thing I can imagine. But the thing that I have seen that just scared me again and again and again, even thinking about it upsets me, is the documentary Man on Wire. The guy tightrope walking between the Twin Towers … I can’t even contemplate it without getting nervous shakes. And the fact that he lay down on the wire? WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?! (laughs) That just freaks me out, so much." -Neil Marshall, Director of The Descent, Doomsday, NBC’s Constantine, and the upcoming Hellfest)
"When I was about 10 or 11, I saw the original Amityville Horror on VHS and freaked out…The thing that tormented me most was at the same time every morning in the Lutz house (3.15am), all manner of supernatural shit would go down.
So, of course if I would wake up on or around that time, I would watch my bedside clock in a state of abject terror, just waiting for something awful to happen. It got so bad I had to swap rooms with my sister because I couldn't sleep in my old room...I'm pretty sure it's not even really that scary, but I still can't watch it!" –Jennifer Kent, writer/director of The Babadook
“The very first horror movie I ever saw was Poltergeist at the age of seven and the clown-doll in that movie scarred me for life." -James Wan, filmmaker behind the Saw and Insidious franchise and director of the upcoming Furious 7
"There is nothing scarier than real life and I've had to read a lot about serial killers in my research for writing scripts and most of what I've read over the years about real cases would not be believable if anyone put it in a movie. It's so beyond anything you can imagine, and sometimes even the most hardcore movies you see are in fact a very soft version of how twisted the human mind can be. Sometimes you regret reading all of that because those stories stay in your mind." -Alexandre Aja, writer/director of The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3-D and director of the upcoming Horns
"I would go to three different points of my life. When I was young, the scariest thing I ever saw were the flying monkeys in the Wizard of Oz. That terrified me. It was utterly terrifying to me. Then, when I was a teenager, it was The Exorcist. That was profoundly disturbing on many levels.
And as an adult, I don’t know why, but … (laughs) The Blair Witch Project still scares me. There’s something about the reality and how they sell it, I fall for the found footage and the whole ethos of it somehow. I used to go camping when I was a kid, and maybe it’s just playing on our own fears, but there’s something about the woods, and getting lost … I don’t know. I’m not easily frightened, but those films somehow have a grip on me." -Dan Gilroy, writer on The Bourne Legacy and director/writer of the upcoming Nightcrawler
The scariest thing I ever saw was Ben Gardner’s decapitated head bursting through the hole in the boat in Jaws. When I found myself screaming along with the rest of the audience, and then chuckling together as a tension-breaker, I knew that I had found my calling. - Don Mancini, creator of Chucky and writer of the Child's Play series
No Angels Network: ABC Studio: ABC Studios Production Company: Amblin Television Executive Producers: Julie Anne Robinson, Stacy Traub, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Roderick Seligman, Simon Heath Writer: Stacy Traub Director: Julie Anne Robinson Logline: About a group of nurses who work together and live together. Work issues become home issues. Home issues become work issues. And eventually it’s hard to tell which is which. Details: Based on the British dramedy, No Angels, which aired on Channel 4 in 2004. SSN Insight: Robinson is also developing The Long Game, with Shondaland and ABC, being written by Jennifer Schuur, about a female forensic accountant who exposes fraud for a living.
Riverdale Network: Fox Studio: Warner Bros. Television Production Companies: Berlanti Productions, Archie Comics Entertainment Executive Producers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Jon Goldwater Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Logline: Set in the present, the series offers a subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends, exploring the surreality of small-town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade. Details: Based on the characters from the Archie comics. SSN Insight: Berlanti is also developing three other projects, Blindspot for NBC, Supergirl for CBS, and The Things They Left Behind for CBS. Untitled Fortune Feimster Comedy Project Network: ABC Studio: Universal Television Production Company: 3 Arts Entertainment Executive Producers: Matt Hubbard, Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, David Miner Co-Executive Producer: Fortune Feimster Writer: Matt Hubbard Logline: Set in North Carolina, the show is based on the family life and stand-up of Feimster. SSN Insight: Project reunites the same producers who last season created Cabot College for Fox, which ultimately did not get picked up to series.
Totally Illegal Network: ABC Studio: ABC Studios Executive Producers: Lee Aronsohn, Marcus Wiley Writer: Lee Aronsohn Logline: The show takes a different spin on the idea of assimilation and immigration experiences in the framework of a family show. Details: Based on the real-life experiences of producer Kelly Slattery.
Frankenstein Network: FOX Studio: 20th Century Fox Production Company: Teakwood Lane Productions Executive Producers: Rand Ravich, Howard Gordon Co-Executive Producer: Hugh Fitzpatrick Writer: Rand Ravich Logline: Adam Tremble is a morally corrupt FBI agent who is given a second chance at life when he is brought back from the dead. Now younger and stronger, Tremble will have to choose between his old temptations and his new sense of purpose — dealing with threats beyond the FBI’s capabilities. All the while, he must navigate the complicated relationship with his "creators": an antisocial Internet billionaire and his bio-engineer twin sister. Details: Inspired by the novel, Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley and published in 1818. SSN Insight: Gordon is also developing an untitled project with James Wong for CBS. Phantom of the Opera Network: ABC Studio: ABC Studios Production Company: Cherry/Wind Productions Executive Producers: Marc Cherry, Sabrina Wind, Alan Zachary, Michael Weiner Writers: Alan Zachary, Michael Weiner Logline: Set in the sexy and cutthroat world of the modern-day music business. Details: Based on the novel, Le Fantôme de l'Opéra (Phantom of the Opera), written by Gaston Leroux and originally published as serial in 1909.
The Greater Good Network: ABC Studio: 20th Century Fox Production Company: Brownstone Productions Executive Producers: Elizabeth Banks, Max Handelman, Caroline Williams Writer: Caroline Williams Director: Elizabeth Banks Logline: A relationship/workplace comedy set in the world of conspiracy theories. SSN Insight: If the project is picked up, it would be Banks’ first directing project.
Death Class Network: NBC Studio: Universal Television Executive Producers: Jennifer Carpenter, Sara Colleton Logline: Centers on nurse Norma Bowe, who, when she decides to teach a class on death at a college in New Jersey, never expected it to be popular. But year after year students crowd into her classroom and the reason is clear: Norma's "death class" is really about how to make the most of what poet Mary Oliver famously called our "one wild and precious life." Details: Based on the novel The Death Class: A True Story About Life, written by Erika Hayasaki. SSN Insight: Carpenter has just recently wrapped the USA pilot Stanistan.
Silk Network: ABC Studio: ABC Studios Production Company: BBC Worldwide Productions Executive Producers: Peter Moffat, Marty Scott Writer: Marty Scott Logline: Chronicles the journey of an unorthodox and uncompromising attorney Martha Costello. What she lacks in polish she makes up for in her unstoppable blue-collar determination. Martha is constantly in battle not only for her own clients, but also for her own survival at the world's top law firm, the secretive and elitist Crown & Royce. Details: Based on the British drama which aired from 2011-2014 on BBC One, and starred Maxine Peake.
Untitled Shane Brennan Family Cop Drama Network: CBS Studio: CBS Television Production Company: Shane Brennan Productions Executive Producers: Shane Brennan, Stephen Crawford, Grant Anderson Co-Executive Producers: JP Lavin, Chad Damiani, Matt Hawkins, Marc Silvestri Writers: JP Lavin, Chad Damiani Logline: Centers on four agents who go undercover as the perfect family for an operation that has them rooting out dangerous criminals in the suburbs while becoming an unlikely family at the same time. Details: Based on the upcoming Top Cow Productions comic book Family Affair, written by J.P. Lavin, Chad Damiani and Matt Hawkins.
Wire In The Blood Network: ABC Studio: ABC Studios Production Companies: Mandeville Films/TV, Coastal Productions, Endemol Studios Executive Producers: A.M. Homes, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Laurie Zaks, Sandra Jobling Writer: A.M. Homes Logline: When detective Elizabeth Chase struggles to evade the succession of women in New York City who have turned up dead, she recruits the help of unconventional clinical psychologist Dr. Tony Hill, who has a talent for catching killers before they are able to strike again. Dr. Hill analyzes both victim and killer, demonstrating empathy for both sides. Details: Based on the British psychological crime drama of the same name, which premiered on ITV in 2002 and which was based on characters created by Scottish suspense novelist and crime writer Val McDermid.
Shakespeare’s Sisters Network: CW Studio: CBS Television Studios Production Company: Harmon/Tannenbaum Executive Producers: Mark Harmon, Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum, Brad Silberling Co-Executive Producer: Scott Sullivan Writer: Scott Sullivan Director: Brad Silberling Logline: A tale of black magic, romance and revenge, the drama is set in 1590s London and chronicles a young Will Shakespeare's rise to prominence as he finds himself caught in a deadly conflict among three witches and the most powerful woman in the world, Queen Elizabeth. SSN Insight: Harmon was also behind the new series NCIS: New Orleans, which he teamed up with NCIS creator Gary Glasberg to help create.
Untitled Josh Siegal / Dylan Morgan Witch Project Network: NBC Studio: Universal Television Production Company: TBD Entertainment Executive Producers: Josh Siegal, Dylan Morgan, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan Writers: Josh Siegal, Dylan Morgan Logline: A circle of friends who grow closer when one of them "comes out" to the group — as a witch. SSN Insight: Project stems from Siegal’s and Morgan’s overall deal with Universal Television.
Mr. Chris Network: ABC Studio: CBS Television Studios Production Company: Amigos de Garcia Productions Executive Producers: Chris Case, Greg Garcia, Alix Jaffe Writer: Chris Case Logline: After Chris gets financially cut off by his fed-up father, he temporarily moves in with a construction foreman and his family, where he has to learn the lessons that were never taught to him growing up. SSN Insight: This is Garcia’s sixth project sold this season.
St. Lucy’s Network: ABC Studio: 20th Century Fox Television Executive Producers: Channing Powell, John L. Jacobs, Jenny Bicks Writer: Channing Powell Logline: When mysterious and attractive 16-year-old twins show up at the elite St Lucy’s boarding school, it changes the school and the tiny town of Green Hills, Maine in ways no one could have imagined. Raised by wolves, these two have the feral ferocity, sexuality and instincts that socialized humans around them have lost. Only the middle-aged Headmistress (and nun), knows their secret, but what she does not know is that her sexy secret lover--a popular 24-year-old English teacher—is a former wolf kid himself. Details: Based on the novel St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, written by Karen Russell. SSN Insight: Bicks is also developing the TV adaptation of Marley & Me for NBC and an Untitled project with Max Greenfield for Fox.
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TV Development for 10/28/14: Tina Fey Develops New Comedy Project With Fortune Feistier, Marc Cherry Is EP on Phantom of the Opera, and MoreOther projects include a drama about nurses called No Angels, Greg Berlanti’s Riverdale show, and a new Frankenstein project from EP Rand Ravich. (SSN)
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‘Mockingjay, Parts One and Two’ Director Francis Lawrence Thinks There Might Be More ‘Hunger Games’ in Our FutureDirector of the final three movies in the four-film series thinks there are more Panem stories to tell, and we might see them after the Hunger Games series wraps up in 2015. (EMP) (GITS)
Paul Giamatti and Damien Lewis have been set as leads in Showtime’s Billions, that takes a forensic look at the world of high finance by tracking the approaching collision between two titanic figures – the hard charging, whip-smart U.S. Attorney and a brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king.
Amanda Righetti, Peter Jacobson and Alex Neustaedter join USA’s Colony, which centers on life in Los Angeles after a mysterious “foreign” occupation. Gonzalo Menendez will recur.
Zachary Booth, Bill Irwin, Drew Moerlein, Lamman Rucker and Paulina Singer have landed series regular roles on WE tv’s South of Hell, that follows a skilled and fearless demon-hunter-for-hire. Lydia Hearst, Slate Holmgren and Lauren Velez will recur.
Gloria Reuben will recur on USA’s Mr. Robot, that centers on a young programmer, who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them.
Lindsey Gort has joined the cast of Self Promotion that centers on overworked assistant who discovers that her dragon lady boss is missing (or worse).
Alice Braga has booked the lead on USA’s Queen of the South, about a women who after her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico, is forced to go on the run and seek refuge in America.
Florence Faivre has joined Syfy’s The Expanse, that follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship’s captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka are set to guest star on FX’s American Horror Story.
Mary McCormack will guest star on Showtime’s House of Lies.
Rebecca Creskoff has been cast as a regular in season 2 of HBO’s Silicon Valley.
Tricia Helfer will guest star on USA’s Suits.
Debra Mooney is scheduled to appear on CW’s The Originals.
Malese Jow will guest star on CW’s The Flash.
Billy Burke will appear in Season 3 of TNT’s Major Crimes.
Krista Allen will guest star in ABC’s Castle.
Bess Armstrong has landed a recurring role on ABC Family’s Switched at Birth.
Moniqua Plante is set to recur on ABC’s Nashville.
Ty Olsson has landed a recurring role on CW’s The 100.
Sarah Jane Morris will appear in season 5 of CBS’ Hawaii Five-0.
Hilarie Burtonis scheduled to guest star on ABC’s Forever.
Brian Doyle Murray is set to guest star in season 2 of USA’s Sirens.
Courtney Love will guest star on Fox’s Empire.
Lauren Graham is set to guest star on CBS’ Odd Couple.
Percy Daggs III will guest star on CW’s iZombie.
Lyndsy Fonseca and Meagen Fay have booked recurring roles on Marvel’s Agent Carter.
Hayley Kiyoko has been cast as a regular in CBS’ CSI: Cyber.
Anatomy of a Horror Director: Alexandre Aja Talks the Suspenseful, Supernatural ‘Horns,’ Early Influences and FearThe accomplished French filmmaker’s latest stars Daniel Radcliff as a guy suspected of killing his girlfriend who wakes up to find horns growing out of his head. (SSN)
TV Casting for 10/29/14: NPH to Visit ‘American Horror Story,’ Damien Lewis and Paul Giamatti Set to Make ‘Billions’Also, new castings for USA’s Colony and Queen of the South, WE TV’s South of Hell, and Syfy’s The Expanse, as well as over a dozen current shows. (SSN)
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