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Consider Yourself Logline: The true life story of Lionel Bart, writer and composer of "Oliver!", who sold his rights to the famous play. Production Company: BBC Films, Mob Film Company, Gold Circle Entertainment Producers: Vadim Jean, Paul Brooks Writer: Elliot Davis Director: Vadim Jean Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Stephen Fry, Olivia Colman, Eddie Marsan, Matt Lucas, Michelle Dockery SSN Insight: The film is being sold by Good Universe at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival.
Nine Lives Logline: After a terrible accident, a workaholic businessman finds himself trapped in the body of the family cat. Financier: EuropaCorp Production Company: EuropaCorp Writer: Daniel Antoniazzi, Ben Shiffrin Director: Barry Sonnenfeld Cast: Kevin Spacey SSN Insight: This will be one of EuropaCorp’s first releases through Red, the distribution pipeline it shares with Relativity.
Ghostbusters Reboot Logline: Storyline is under wraps, but this reboot will focus on female Ghostbusters. Studio/ Distributor: Columbia Pictures Production Company: Ocean Pictures, Apatow Productions, The Montecito Picture Company, Quantity Entertainmen Producers: Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd, Gene Stupnitsky, Ali Bell, Lee Eisenberg, Alex Plapinger Writer: Katie Dippold, Paul Feig Director: Paul Feig Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon SSN Insight: With the all-female cast finally in place, Sony also announced they will be opening the film July 22, 2016 against Warner Bros. King Arthur and Lionsgate’s Power Rangers.
USS Indianapolis Logline: Story of an 11-year old boy who, in 1996, helped exonerate the court-martialed captain of the USS Indianapolis, which sank during World War II. Studio/ Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Production Company: Team Downey Producers: Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey Writer: Mike Jones Director: Tate Taylor SSN Insight: Universal first acquired the rights in 1998 when Hunter Scott, the 11 year old boy, was 13, but the project languished. Then Warner Bros. acquired his life rights in 2011.
Independence Day 2 Logline: Enemy aliens return to Earth Studio/ Distributor: 20th Century Fox Production Company: Centropolis Entertainment Producers: Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich, herald Kloser Writer: Carter Blanchard Director: Roland Emmerich Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Michael B. Jordan SSN Insight: Hemsworth would be replacing Will Smith who starred in the original movie.
Passengers Logline: A spaceship passenger is prematurely thawed from a cryogenic slumber a century before anyone else. Studio/ Distributor: Columbia Pictures Production Company: Company Films, Start Media, Keep Your Head Productions, Original Film Producers: Stephen Hamel, Keanu Reeves, Michael Maher, Neal Moritz, Ori Marmur, Anthony Katagas Writer: Jon Spaihts Director: Morten Tyldum SSN Insight: The project was initially scheduled to be released by the Weinstein Company on April 3, 2015 until its star, Rachel McAdams, dropped out. The project has many previous high-profile attachments such as, Marc Forster, Emily Blunt, Keanu Reeves and Reese Witherspoon.
My Cousin Rachel Logline: An orphan believes his cousin Rachel is responsible for the murder of his beloved guardian and plots his revenge, but finds his feelings being complicated as he falls under her spell. Studio/ Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures Writer: Roger Michell Director: Roger Michell
Star Wars Spinoff Logline: Storyline under wraps. Studio/ Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Production Company: Lucasfilm, Ltd. Writer: Chris Weitz Director: Gareth Edwards SSN Insight: After completing a first draft, previous writer Gary Whitta, left the project and Disney hired Weitz. Film is thought to be a heist movie that would take place between Star Wars: A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back.
The Jetsons Logline: The live-action misadventures of George, Jane, Judy, Elroy and Astro Jetson, an Earth family in a retro-future 21st century. Studio/ Distributor: Warner Bros. Production Company: Di Novi Pictures, De Line Pictures, Callahan Filmworks, Hanna Barbera Productions Producers: Donald De Line, Alison Greenspan, Michael Ewing Writer: Matt Lieberman SSN Insight: Many a writer has attempted to adapt the classic cartoon for today’s audience. Studio System has 16 plus high profile writers listed in the database as having attempted an updated version of The Jetsons. Lieberman is said to be starting from scratch.
This Man, This Woman Logline: A divorced couple meet again and recount their life together and the affair that led to their parting. They end up reconciling and falling in love again. Financier: Fortitude International Production Company: Mike Lobell Productions Producers: Mike Lobell Writer: Frederic Raphael Director: Isabel Coixet Cast: Penelope Cruz, Diane Kruger SSN Insight: The project was previously in development at Universal Pictures with stars such as Michael Douglas, Kim Basinger and Richard Gere attached to star.
Born to Run Logline: The true story of an American journalist who traveled deep into the hidden valleys of Mexico to discover a secret tribe believed to be the greatest distance runners in the world. Financier: LD Entertainment Production Company: Outlaw Productions, Process Media, LD Entertainment, Di Bonaventura Pictures Producers: Deborah Jelin Newmyer, Michael Glassman, Tim Perell, Mickey Liddell, Lorenzo di Bonaventura Writer: Matthew Carnahan Director: Peter Sarsgaard Cast: Matthew McConaughey Notes: Based on the book "Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen " by Christopher McDougall; published by Knopf May 5, 2009. SSN Insight: The book spent 178 weeks on the NYT Bestseller list and is a bestseller in 12 countries and sold 2 million copies in the U.S.
The Secret Logline: A hardworking young, widowed mother’s life is upended by the arrival of a mysterious stranger. As he shares his philosophy with her and her three children, they find both self-fulfillment and love. Financer: Constantin Film Production Company: Robert Cort Production Producers: Robert Cort, Rhonda Byrne Writer: Bekah Brunstetter Director: Raja Gosnell Notes: Based on the best-selling self-help book by Rhonda Byrne. SSN Insight: It’s taken a long while to get this 2006 novel to the screen but the producers are hoping to be in production by May this year. Darkmouth Logline: In the last town on Earth where monsters still invade, a 12-year-old must follow in his father’s footsteps and prepare for an epic battle to prevent a major attack. Production Company: Alcon Entertainment, Canyon Creek Films, 8:38 Productons Producers: Simon Brooks, Kira Davis, Broderick Johnson, Andrew Kosove Writer: Shane Hegarty Notes: Based on "Darkmouth," the debut novel in a series of comedic fantasy-adventure children’s stories written by Shane Hegarty and published in the US by HarperCollins Children’s Books in April, 2015. SSN Insight: The comedic fantasy adventure series was acquired by HarperCollins Children’s Books in a big auction at the Bologna Book Fair in 2013.
Untitled Hurricane Katrina Project Logline: A love story and murder mystery unfold during the chaos of Hurricane Katrina. Production Company: Participant Media Producers: Ava Duvernay Writer: Ava Duvernay Director: Ava Duvernay Cast: David Oyelowo SSN Insight: The project will mark the third collaboration between DuVernay and Oyelowo after Selma and Participant’s Middle of Nowhere.
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Awards 2015: From Vision To Reality — Oscar-Winning Production Designer Dennis Gassner Takes SSN ‘Into the Woods’From the instant Into the Woods debuted on stage, it was collectively hoped that it would one day become a film. After 27 years, Disney greenlit the film adaptation of the long-awaited classic and the film has since been nominated for numerous awards throughout the season. (SSN)
Film Development For 1/29/15: Liam Hemsworth Set For ‘ID2,’ Chris Weitz To Write ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff, and MoreA huge amount of info about upcoming films, including many more attachments and developments for movies across the spectrum, both studio-driven and independent. (SSN) (THR) (EMP)
‘Austin Powers’ Director Jay Roach Is Returning To Feature Films, and Warner Bros. Has Him For ‘Mad Dogs’Based on a novel by Six Days of the Condor author James Grady — which was, of course, turned into Three Days of the Condor, starring Robert Redford — action comedy centers on five deranged CIA killers who are forced to break out of an asylum after someone murders their psychiatrist and frames them for the deed. (VAR)
Superheroes Are Now So Pervasive, Social Media Platform Snapchat Will Now Have Its Own Show About ThemAT&T has announced that it will launch the first original, scripted series on the social networking platform, the one that's popular because messages sent using it, disappear soon afterward. To be titled SnapperHero, it'll be the first scripted Snapchat series where "real-time, immediate engagement meets a fun superhero universe.” The series will roll out with 12 episodes over a 4 week period, beginning soon, with all content living primarily on Snapchat. (SAA)
Speaking Of Superheroes, In Case You Were Wondering, Paul Bethany’s Vision Has a Big Future In the Marvel UniverseAfter lending his voice to Tony Stark’s droll A.I. Jarvis from the first Iron Man onwards, this year’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron will find Bettany in a live-action role, suited up as Avenger android, The Vision. The actor has said he has more such appearances in the future. No specific film was mentioned, but The Vision will likely show up in Captain America: Civil War. (GR) (CB) (YM)
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Time Heals All Wounds? Eddie Murphy Finally Returning To ‘SNL’ After 30 Years For Anniversary SpecialMurphy became a star while a member of the cast in the early ‘80s, and last appeared in 1984. He later cut ties with the show after being insulted during by David Spade during a Hollywood Minute sketch. In an interview, Murphy confirmed that he will be returning for the show’s 40th anniversary special, scheduled for February 15th. (SAA) (HP) (DS)
Literary managers Britton Rizzio, Noah Rosen and Greg Shephard have left Circle of Confusion to create their own management and production firm, Writ Large.
The production company behind Hatfield & McCoys and the upcoming Texas Rising, Thinkfactory Media, has launched Incufactory, a new incubator division headed by EVP Adam Reed. It will offer pod deals to select established and developing executive producers and showrunners.
Studios, Networks, Conglomerates
Sony Pictures Entertainment named Oscar nominee Kristine Belson as President, Sony Pictures Animation after Michelle Raimo Kouyate’s departure from the post. Belson comes from DreamWorks Animation where she spent almost 10 years, serving as exec producer on the studio’s Oscar-nominated titles The Croods and How to Train Your Dragon.
Former New Line Cinema exec Dana Belcastro has moved to Alcon Entertainment as the company's executive vice president of physical production. She held the same post at New Line for nearly a decade, overseeing the production of 30 feature films, including Little Children, Hair Spray, About Schmidt and the Final Destination franchise.
Craig Ferguson and his production company, Green Mountain West, have inked a multi-year overall television agreement with Lionsgate. Ferguson will develop and produce scripted and unscripted programming, working with Green Mountain's president Phil Cottone and former The Late Late Show producer Michael Naidus.
Bruce Lefkowitz has been named executive vice president of advertising sales of Fox Networks Group, and will serve as the number-two to Toby Byrne. Former Ryan Seacrest Prods. CEO Adam Sher has joined ITV Studios-owned production company Leftfield Entertainment as Chief Creative Officer. It’s a new position, and Sher will operate across the Leftfield group, which includes flagship Leftfield Pictures (Pawn Stars), Sirens Media (Real Housewives of New Jersey), Loud TV (Tiny House Nation) and Outpost Entertainment (PBS' Icons).
Paul Pastor has been named EVP Network Strategy, Revenue and Operations for the Discovery Channel. Pastor previously served as SVP Strategy and Consumer Analytics for the Disney/ABC Television Group at Disney.
In celebration of the month of February, a month that includes the countdown to The Academy Awards, SSN has compiled a list of events for you including film releases, TV premieres, famous birthdays, events around LA and NYC, film festivals around the world and of course award shows.
February Events Calendar
Sunday, Feb 1 Happy Birthday Lisa Maria Presley, Harry Styles Comitia (Comic Convention) in Tokyo Oscar-Nominated Short Films screening until Feb 12 Hollywood Costume Exhibit at Wilshire May bldg in LA continues through March 2 Santa Barbara Film Festival continues through Feb 7 Light & Noir: Exiles Hollywood Golden Age Exhibit continues at the Skirball Cultural Center through March 1 Last day of DINE L.A.’s Restaurant Week
Monday, Feb 2 Happy Birthday Shakira Academy Awards Nominations Luncheon Last Chance to see Andy Warhol Shadows at MOCA in LA
Tuesday, Feb 3 Happy Birthday Rebel Wilson and Nathan Lane TV – Street Art Showdown on Oxygen (NEW), Being Mary Jane on BET returns Engage: The Digital Storytelling Conference at Backstage Theater at Sony Studios
Wednesday, Feb 4 Visual Effects Awards TV – Match Made in Heaven on WE (NEW), Mystery Diners on Food Network returns
Thursday, Feb 5 Berlin Film Festival commences (through Feb 15) European Film Market in Berlin commences (through Feb 13) Athena Film Festival in NYC through Feb 8 TV – Allegiance on NBC (NEW), Very Barry Branson on Great American Country (NEW)
Friday, Feb 6 Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan Academy Awards final voting commences DGA final ballots deadline California International Book Fair starts in Oakland, CA TV – Ever After High: Spring Unsprung on Netflix (NEW) FILM RELEASES – 1971, 3 Nights in the Desert, Ballet 422, Enter the Dangerous Mind, Jupiter Ascending, Love, Rosie, Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, Outcast, Seventh Son, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
Saturday, Feb 7 Happy Birthday Chris Rock, Garth Brooks, Ashton Kutcher, Charles Dickens SciTech Awards DGA Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Miami International Book Fair commences Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga perform at the Wiltern in LA Paley Center NY Event- Orson Welles at 100: On Television through Feb 15
Sunday, Feb 8 BAFTA Awards Grammy’s on CBS CODEX 15 International Book Fair in Richmond, CA through Feb 11 TV – Better Call Saul on AMC (NEW), Legend of the Superstition Mountains on History (NEW)
Monday, Feb 9 Happy Birthday Tom Hiddleston
Tuesday, Feb 10 Happy Birthday Chloe Grace Moretz, Emma Roberts, Elizabeth Banks TV - Fresh Off the Boat on ABC (NEW) Paley Center NY Event- Nancy Dubuc, President and CEO of A&E
Wednesday, Feb 11 Happy Birthday Jennifer Aniston, Taylor Lautner, Kelly Rowland World Content Market in Prague commences (through Feb 13) TV – Schitt’s Creek on Canadian Broadcasting (NEW)
Thursday, Feb 12 Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln, Jennifer Stone TV – The Slap on ABC (NEW)
Friday, Feb 13 Happy Valentine’s Day Happy Birthday Jerry Springer FILM RELEASES: Fifty Shades of Grey, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Last Five Years, The Worst Year of My Life TV – Bosch on Amazon (NEW), Style by Jury on TLC (NEW), Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero on Disney XD (NEW)
Saturday, Feb 14 Happy Birthday Simon Pegg WGA Awards hosted by Lisa Kudrow Savannah Book Festival commences
Sunday, Feb 15 TV- Wicked Tuna on NatGeo (NEW)
Monday, Feb 16 Happy President’s Day Happy Birthday Lupe Fiasco, Elizabeth Olsen, Ice T
Tuesday, Feb 17 Happy Birthday Michael Jordon, Billie Joe Armstrong Paris Hilton TV – Repeat After Me on ABC (NEW), Our Little Family on TLC (NEW)
Wednesday, Feb 18 Happy Birthday Dr. Dre, John Travolta, Vanna White FILM RELEASE – Queen and Country
Thursday, Feb 19 Happy Birthday Victoria Justice TV – The Odd Couple on CBS (NEW), Vikings on History returns
Friday, Feb 20 Happy Birthday Rihanna, Miles Teller, Kurt Cobain, Sidney Poitier FILM RELEASES – A Convenient Truth, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, MacFarland, USA, The Duff TV – The Jack and Triumph Show on Cartoon (NEW), Preachers of Detroit on Oxygen (NEW), Insane Pools: Off the Deep End on Animal Planet (NEW)
Saturday, Feb 21 Happy Birthday Ashley Greene, Ellen Page, Alan Rickman, Jennifer Love Hewitt Independent Spirit Awards Chinese New Year Festival in Chinatown in LA
Sunday, Feb 22 Happy Birthday George Washington, Drew Barrymore The Academy Awards on ABC Toronto Comic Book Show
Monday, Feb 23 Happy Birthday Dakota Fanning, Emily Blunt, Josh Gad TV – The Night Shift on NBC (NEW)
Tuesday, Feb 24 Happy Birthday Steve Jobs, Floyd Mayweather Jr. TV – Outlaw Country on WGN (NEW), Gangland Undercover on History (NEW)
Wednesday, Feb 25 Brit Awards FILM RELEASES- Farewell to Hollywood, Wild Canaries TV – Kosher Soul on Lifetime (NEW), Amazing Race and Survivor on CBS return
Thursday, Feb 26 Happy Birthday Johnny Cash TV- Party Down South on CMT returns, Behind the Mask on Hulu returns
Friday, Feb 27 Happy Birthday Elizabeth Taylor FILM RELEASES: ’71, A La Mala, Bluebird, Deli Man, Everly, Focus, Maps to the Stars, The Lazarus Effect, The Salvation TV – Sex Box on WE (NEW), House of Cards on Netflix returns
Saturday, Feb 28 The Long Beach Comic Expo through March 1 TV- The Good Witch on Hallmark (NEW)
--Note that events are subject to change. If you would like to add events to our monthly calendar, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details.--
SSN AWARDS ORIGINALS
ANNIE AWARD/ACE AWARDS RUNDOWN
Awards 2015: Renowned Ghibli Co-Founder and Director Isao Takahata Takes SSN Behind ‘The Tale Of Princess Kaguya’The animated film, the latest offering from Japan’s Studio Ghibli, is about a palm-sized princess found in a bamboo stalk. As she rapidly grows in to a young lady and captivates those around her, she tragically learns of her past and ultimate fate. In addition to an Academy Award nomination, Kaguya has earned three Annie Awards nominations. The awards ceremony will be held tomorrow. (SSN) (SSN)
Exec Shuffle For 1/30/15: Thinkfactory Media Launches Incufactory, Kristine Belson To Sony AnimationIn other news, a trio of lit managers have left Circle of Confusion to create their own management and production firm, a former New Line exec heads to Alcon, Craig Ferguson’s company signs a development deal with Lionsgate, and plenty more. (SSN) (EMP) (COL) (VAR) (FSR) (THR) (CB)
‘Boyhood’ Takes Another Pre-Oscar Prize, Wins Itself an ACE Eddie Trophy, Regains Frontrunner StatusSandra Adair won her first such award for cutting Richard Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making opus, while Barney Pilling took the award for Best Comedy/Musical for his work on The Grand Budapest Hotel. Seven of the last 12 Eddie winners went on to win the Best Picture Oscar. The LEGO Movie, meanwhile, won the award for animated film. (TOH) (THR) (VAR) (DH) (COL) (FSR) (SF) (SM)
2:22 2/2/2015 Logline: Dylan Boyd’s life as an air traffic controller is derailed when he begins to find himself in Grand Central Station every day at 2:22 p.m., forcing him to solve the mystery of this uncanny occurrence and find his one true love. Production Companies: Icon Productions, Pandemonium, Lightstream Pictures, Walk The Walk Entertainment Director: Paul Currie Executive Producer(s): Garrett Kelleher, Jackie O'Sullivan Producer(s): Lawrence Inglee, Bill Mechanic, Steve Hutensky, Paul Currie Cast: Teresa Palmer, Michiel Huisman Writer(s): Nathan Parker, Paul Currie, Todd Stein, Kerry Williamson SSN Insight: First spec sale for Todd Stein. Previously in development at Gold Circle Films. Its literary sale date was May 14, 2005.
Ben-Hur (Remake) 2/2/2015 Logline: A young Ben-Hur, who encounters Jesus Christ, finds himself betrayed by his best friend but survives after being sold into slavery and extracts revenge. Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM), Paramount Pictures Production Companies: Mark Burnett Productions, Point Blank Productions, The Sean Daniel Company Director: Timur Bekmambetov Executive Producer(s): Roma Downey, Keith Clarke, Jason F. Brown, John Ridley Producer(s): Sean Daniel, Joni Levin, Mark Burnett Cast: Jack Huston, Nazanin Boniadi, Morgan Freeman, Toby Kebbell, Pedro Pascal Writer(s): John Ridley, Keith Clarke Details: Based on the novel "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ," written by Lew Wallace and published in 1880. Source material was previously adapted for film in 1925 and then in 1959 directed by William Wyler and starring Charlton Heston. SSN Insight: Gal Gadot was previously in negotiations to play Esther, but had to pass on the project because of production conflicts with "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," in which she played Wonder Woman, as well as ongoing commitments to play the superhero in upcoming Warner Bros. films.
Silence 1/30/2015 Logline: Two 17th century Portuguese missionaries return to Japan to minister to Christians, who've been outlawed. Production Companies: Winkler Films, Sikelia Productions, Cecchi Gori Pictures, FM Films, LLC Director: Martin Scorsese Executive Producer(s): Dale Brown, Matthew Malek, Tyler Zacharia, George Furla, Chad Verdi Producer(s): Irwin Winkler, Gaston Pavlovich, Randall Emmett, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff Cast: Andrew Garfield, Issey Ogata, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano Writer(s): Martin Scorsese, Jay Cocks Details: Based on the novel "Silence" written by Shusaku Endo and published by Tuttle Publishing 1969. SSN Insight: Graham King was previously attached to produce for GK Films. Daniel Day-Lewis, Gael Garcia Bernal and Benicio Del Toro were previously in discussions to star.
The Danish Girl 2/2/2015 Logline: A man finds an alter ego when he puts on a dress to pose for his artist wife. Before long, however, they both realize their marriage is in trouble. Studio: Working Title Films Production Companies: Pretty Pictures, Harrison Productions Director: Tom Hooper Producer(s): Gail Mutrux, Anne Harrison, Linda Reisman, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Matthias Schoenaerts Writer(s): Lucinda Coxon Details: Based on the book "The Danish Girl" written by David Ebershoff published by Viking February 7, 2000. SSN Insight: Lasse Hallstrom, Tomas Alfredson, Neil LaBute and Anand Tucker were all previously attached to direct. Rachel Weisz, Charlize Theron, and Gwyneth Paltrow were all previously attached to the role of Greta Wegener.
The Trust 1/26/2015 Logline: Two corrupt cops find a mysterious vault while investigating a drug operation and things get complicated when they decide to rob it. Production Company: Hassell Free Productions Director: Alex Brewer, Ben Brewer Executive Producer(s): Michael Nilon, Arianne Fraser, Delphine Perrier Producer(s): Molly Hassell, Braxton Pope Cast: Nicolas Cage, Jack Huston Writer(s): Ben Brewer, Adam Hirsch SSN Insight: Highland Film Group’s other films include Barely Lethal, starring Hailee Steinfeld, Samuel L. Jackson and Jessica Alba, Kevin Connolly’s The Wright Girls and Your Right Mind, starring Katherine Heigl. Cage recently appeared in David Gordon Green’s Joe and the thriller flick Frozen Ground. Huston, who was recently seen on Boardwalk Empire, was in American Hustle and Kill Your Darlings.
When the Bough Breaks 2/2/2015 Logline: When a professional couple who are unable to conceive hire a young, blue-collar woman as a surrogate, she develops a psychotic fixation on the husband that turns violent and deadly just before the baby is born. Studio: Screen Gems Production Company: Unique Features Director: Jon Cassar Executive Producer(s): Morris Chestnut Producer(s): Robert Shaye, Michael Lynne Cast: Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Jaz Sinclair, Theo Rossi, Michael K. Williams Writer(s): Jack Olsen SSN Insight: Cassar, best known for his work as director and executive producer on the TV series, 24, takes on his first studio feature with this psychological thriller.
Mechanic: Resurrection 1/30/2015 Logline: This sequel continues to follow the adventures of the elite assassin Arthur Bishop, who is known for his skill in cleanly eliminating targets. Studio: Nu Image/Millennium Films Production Companies: Winkler Films, Off The Chart Entertainment Director: Dennis Gansel Executive Producer(s): No Executive Producer Available. Producer(s): Avi Lerner, Billy Chartoff, David Winkler, Frank DeMartini Cast: Jason Statham, Tommy Lee Jones, Jessica Alba, Michelle Yeoh Writer(s): Philip Shelby, Richard Wenk Details: Sequel to the film "The Mechanic," (2011/Nu Image/Chartoff-Winkler) directed by Simon West, which was a remake of "The Mechanic" (1972/UA) directed by Michael Winner and starring Charles Bronson and Jan-Michael Vincent. SSN Insight: Simon West was previously attached to direct.
SSN AWARDS ORIGINALS
Awards 2015: From Vision To Reality — Behind the Costumes Of ‘Inherent Vice’ With Oscar-Nominated Mark BridgesPaul Thomas Anderson’s latest film earned two Oscar nods, one for his script and the other for prolific costume designer Bridges, who previously won an Oscar, BAFTA, and Critic’s Choice Award for his work on The Artist. Bridges has designed costumes for all of Anderson’s films, so the nod for Vice means a lot to him. (SSN)
On the Set For 2/2/15: Eddie Redmayne Starts On ‘The Danish Girl,’ Martin Scorsese Starts Lensing ‘Silence,’ and MoreAlso starting up is the new Ben-Hur remake, starring Jack Huston, the Nicolas Cage film The Trust and When the Bough Breaks, as well as the romantic, sci-fi thriller 2:22, while the latest Mechanic installment wraps with Jason Statham, Tommy Lee Jones, Jessica Alba and Michelle Yeoh. (SSN)
Ava Duvernay Might Not Have Earned Herself an Oscar Nomination, But She Does Have a New TV Partnership With OprahThe Selma director is reuniting with Winfrey for a new drama series for OWN, on which Winfrey is scheduled to have a recurring role. The director’s first foray into telelvision will be on Queen Sugar, a series based on the novel by Natalie Baszile. DuVernay is writing, directing, and executive producing the show, which marks Winfrey's acting debut on her eponymous network. (MF) (VAR) (THR) (DH) (TP) (UR) (HP)
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After Directing the Hottest Pilot Of Last Season, Michael Offer Will Direct One Of the Hottest Of This SeasonHelmer of How To Get Away With Murder will now direct Runner, which is to guns what Traffic was to drugs and delves into the traditionally masculine world of arms dealing through the lens of a woman. Plot centers on a woman whose seemingly perfect life is ripped apart by one simple twist of fate. To uncover the truth, she must follow a trail of lies that takes her into the world of cartels and the illegal gun trade between the U.S. and Mexico. (DH) (SAA) (VUL) (CB) (FSR)
ABC/ Untitled David Marshall Grant Medical Drama Project Network: ABC Entertainment Group Studio: Warner Bros. Television Production Company: Vendetta Productions Executive Producer(s): David Marshall Grant, Sheldon Turner, Jennifer Klein Writer(s): David Marshall Grant Logline: Centers on a tough, resourceful and at the top of her game type-A business woman, who has a medical scare, only to be dangerously misdiagnosed, and experiences first-hand the hazards of our healthcare system. Shocking her friends and family, she leaves her career behind, becoming instead a brilliant and relentless advocate for anyone caught in the chaotic and ever-changing maze that is modern medicine. SSN Insight: Inspired by the real-life experiences of former agent Byrdie Lifson-Pompan. ABC gave an initial commitment of a put pilot.
ABC/ Untitled Jermaine Fowler Comedy Project Network: ABC Entertainment Group Studio: ABC Studios Production Company: 3 Arts Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Jermaine Fowler, Avi Gilbert, Michael Rotenberg Writer(s): Jermaine Fowler Logline: A college dropout who winds up living with his estranged grandmother, a former DC cop, who provides the perfect mix of parenting, laughs and adventure that gets him off the couch and out into the world. SSN Insight: ABC gave an initial commitment of a pilot. The script is based on Jermaine Fowler's life.
ABC/ Untitled Jimmy Kimmel / Carson Daly Project Network: ABC Entertainment Group Studio: ABC Studios Executive Producer(s): Jimmy Kimmel, Carson Daly, Dan Fogelman Writer(s): Jimmy Kimmel Logline: A once-massively popular VJ loses it all and is forced to move in with his parents and take a job as host of a local radio "morning zoo." SSN Insight: Loosely based on the real-life experiences of Carson Daly. ABC gave an initial commitment of a script plus penalty.
ABC/ Untitled Johnny Knoxville Family Comedy Project Network: ABC Entertainment Group Studio: ABC Studios Production Companies: 3 Arts Entertainment, Hello Junior! Executive Producer(s): Johnny Knoxville, Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky Logline: A Southern family comedy inspired by Johnny Knoxville’s unconventional childhood. SSN Insight: Inspired by Johnny Knoxville’s unconventional childhood. ABC gave an initial commitment of a pilot plus penalty.
ABC/ Untitled Judah Miller Comedy Project Network: ABC Entertainment Group Studio: 20th Century Fox Television Production Company: 3 Arts Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Judah Miller, Tom Lassally, Jonathan Berry Writer(s): Judah Miller Logline: Centers on a Tony Award-winning mother and a cerebral, risk-averse father blessed with a natural-born athlete for a son. They are forced to come to terms with the fact that raising their only child won’t come as easily as they thought. SSN Insight: ABC had given an initial commitment of a put pilot.
ABC/Untitled Dan Fogelman NBA Comedy Project Network: ABC Entertainment Group Studio: ABC Studios Production Companies: Kapital Entertainment, Mandalay Sports Media, Rhode Island Ave. Productions Executive Producer(s): David E. Windsor, Casey Johnson, Dan Fogelman, Peter Guber, Michael Tollin Writer(s): David E. Windsor, Casey Johnson Set in the world of the NBA, the story is about a rookie who doesn’t speak English and a translator who doesn’t speak basketball. SSN Insight: ABC had given an initial commitment of a put pilot. “It’s basically the international Odd Couple set in the NBA,” Fogelman said at the time of the sale in an interview with Deadline.
Boom Network: ABC Entertainment Group Studio: ABC Studios Production Company: Flame Ventures, LLC Executive Producer(s): Tony Krantz, Josh Pate, Rodes Fishburne Writer(s): Josh Pate, Rodes Fishburne Logline: A young couple move to a contemporary boomtown in North Dakota in pursuit of the American dream and are seduced by the sudden wealth of frontier life. SSN Insight: Previously in development at ABC for the 2012-2013 season. ABC has ordered a pilot.
Chev & Bev Network: ABC Entertainment Group Studio: ABC Studios Production Company: Kapital Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Aaron Kaplan, Brad Copeland Writer(s): Brad Copeland Logline: A married couple in their 60s are finally enjoying their golden years. They have raised their daughter who is a grown woman and now lives on the other side of the country with her two kids and that’s the way they like it. These selfish grandparents now only need to see their grandchildren a couple of times a year. But, due to circumstances beyond their control, they are now forced to raise their grandchildren. SSN Insight: ABC gave an initial commitment of a pilot with a penalty.
Family Fortune Network: ABC Entertainment Group Studio: Universal Television Production Company: 3 Arts Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Matt Hubbard, Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, David Miner Writer(s): Matt Hubbard, Fortune Feimster Logline: A popular gym teacher in North Carolina comes out of the closet to her close-knit group of family and friends. Details: Based on the family life and stand-up of Fortune Feimster. SSN Insight: ABC gave an initial commitment with a penalty on October 22 and ordered a pilot on February 1.
Flesh and Blood Network: ABC Entertainment Group Studio: ABC Studios Production Company: Mandeville Films/TV Executive Producer(s): Jenna Bans, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Laurie Zaks Writer(s): Jenna Bans Logline: The return of a politician's young son who was presumed dead after disappearing more than a decade earlier, sends shockwaves throughout their tight knit community. But as the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his community, the neighbor sitting in jail for his murder is released and the cop responsible is forced to reexamine what truly happened so many years ago. SSN Insight: ABC ordered the pilot on January 28.
Kingmakers Network: ABC Entertainment Group Studio: ABC Studios Executive Producer(s): Sallie Patrick Writer(s): Sallie Patrick Logline: An elite Ivy League university is rocked by a student’s sudden death, prompting her brother to take on a new identity to infiltrate the school and its century-old secret society, consisting of privileged students, ambitious faculty and high-profile alums, in order to investigate her death. SSN Insight: ABC has ordered a pilot. Patrick currently serves as the supervising producer and writer on "Revenge".
The 46 Percenters Network: ABC Entertainment Group Studio: Warner Bros. Television Production Company: No Production Company Available. Executive Producer(s): Sherry Bilsing Writer(s): Sherry Bilsing Logline: An anti-romantic, romantic comedy about the 46-percent of the population who choose to stay married. SSN Insight: ABC has ordered a pilot.
The Adversaries Network: ABC Entertainment Group Studio: ABC Studios Executive Producer(s): David Zabel Writer(s): David Zabel Logline: Series follows the patriarch of a New York legal dynasty who becomes embroiled in a trial of his own, forcing his federal-prosecutor daughter to decide which side she will fight on. SSN Insight: In addition to "ER", Zabel’s credits include "Lucky 7" and "Betrayal" for ABC and "Red Band Society" for Fox. Project was previously in development at NBC. ABC has ordered a pilot.
The Advocate Network: ABC Entertainment Group Studio: Warner Bros. TV Production Companies: Vendetta Productions Executive Producer(s): Sheldon Turner, Jennifer Klein Writer(s): Sheldon Turner Logline: Centers on a tough, resourceful and at the top of her game type-A business woman, who has a medical scare, only to be dangerously misdiagnosed, and experiences first-hand the hazards of our healthcare system. Shocking her friends and family, she leaves her career behind, becoming instead a brilliant and relentless advocate for anyone caught in the chaotic and ever-changing maze that is modern medicine. Details: Inspired by the real-life experiences of former agent Byrdie Lifson-Pompan. SSN Insight: ABC initially gave a put pilot commitment on August 28 and has now ordered a pilot. David Marshall grant was previously attached to write. Lifson-Pompan will serve as a consulting producer on the drama project, she was previously Turner’s literary agent at CAA whose clients included Brett Ratner, Paul Haggis and Jason Katims.
The Brainy Bunch Network: ABC Entertainment Group Studio: 20th Century Fox Television Production Company: Imagine Television Executive Producer(s): Wendy Molyneux, Lizzie Molyneux, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo Writer(s): Wendy Molyneux, Lizzie Molyneux Logline: Follows an extraordinarily gifted family who find themselves unprepared for their new lives in Orange County, California, a place where beauty is valued more than brains. Inspired by the book, "The Brainy Bunch: The Harding Family’s Method To College Ready By Age Twelve," written by Kip Harding and Mona Lisa Harding and published by Gallery Books on May 6, 2014. SSN Insight: ABC gave an initial commitment with a penalty as of September 11 and ordered the pilot on January 30.
The Broad Squad Network: ABC Entertainment Group Studio: ABC Studios Production Companies: Fake Empire, Kapital Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Leonard Goldstein, Aaron Kaplan Writer(s): Bess Wohl Logline: Set in 1978, the series is a fictionalized account of the graduating class of Boston’s first female patrol officers. Dubbed "The Broad Squad" by the local press, they arrived at a tumultuous time in Boston’s history, marked by corruption within the police force and a heightened organized crime presence in the city. Navigating rival neighborhoods as well as the conflicting attitudes toward them from everyone, they find themselves tested both on and off duty. SSN Insight: ABC initially committed to a put pilot on September 30.
The Catch Network: ABC Entertainment Group Studio: ABC Studios Production Company: Shondaland Executive Producer(s): Jennifer Schuur, Julie Anne Robinson, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers Writer(s): Jennifer Schuur Logline: A gutsy female forensic accountant exposes fraud for a living and has finally found fulfillment both at work and in love until a case comes along that threatens to turn her world upside down. Details: Based on a treatment written by novelist Kate Atkinson and her producing partner, former Channel 4 drama commissioner Helen Gregory. SSN Insight: ABC ordered the pilot on January 26. If the project earns a series pickup, Shondaland would have four shows on ABC’s schedule. The production company currently produces ABC's entire Thursday night lineup, and all should receive renewals.
Uncle Buck Network: ABC Entertainment Group Studio: ABC Studios, Universal Television Production Company: Will Packer Productions Executive Producer(s): William Packer, Steven Cragg, Brian Bradley Writer(s): Steven Cragg, Brian Bradley Logline: A childish man learns how to be an adult by taking care of his brother’s kids in a very childish way. Details: Based on the film, "Uncle Buck," (1989), directed by John Hughes and starring John Candy. SSN Insight: ABC ordered the pilot on February 1.
Angel From Hell Network: CBS Entertainment Studio: CBS Television Studios Executive Producer(s): Tad Quill Writer(s): Tad Quill Logline: When Amy enters Allison’s life and claims to be her guardian angel, they form an unlikely friendship and Allison can’t be sure if Amy is an angel or just nuts. SSN Insight: CBS ordered the pilot on January 28.
CBS/ Untitled Dan O'Shannon/ Peter Warren Comedy Project Network: CBS Entertainment Studio: CBS Television Studios Production Companies: Tannenbaum Company, Erdman/Peterson Productions Executive Producer(s): Dan O'Shannon, Clark Peterson, Dennis Erdman, Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Haswell-Tannenbaum Writer(s): Dan O'Shannon, Peter Warren Logline: The story revolves around a group of friends and family at three different times in their lives. SSN Insight: CBS ordered the pilot on January 28.
Code Black Network: CBS Entertainment Studio: CBS Television Studios, ABC Studios Executive Producer(s): Michael Seitzman, Linda Goldstein-Knowlton, Marti Noxon, David Semel, Ryan McGarry Writer(s): Michael Seitzman Logline: One young doctor has just joined the extraordinary staff of Los Angeles’ busiest ER as they struggle in the face of a broken system to protect their ideals and the patients who need them the most. Based on the documentary. Details: Based on the documentary, "Code Black," (2013/USA) directed by Ryan McGarry. SSN Insight: CBS initially gave a put pilot commitment on August 21 and ordered the pilot on January 27.
For Justice Network: CBS Entertainment Studio: CBS Television Studios Production Companies: Tribeca Films, James Patterson Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Rene Balcer, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, James Patterson, Leopoldo Gout Writer(s): Rene Balcer Logline: An FBI agent who works in the Criminal Section of the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division investigates crimes based on civil rights violations across the country. She finds herself caught between the radical family she was born into and the professional family she has chosen. Details: Based on the novel, "The Thomas Berryman Number," written by James Patterson and published by Warner Books in 1976. SSN Insight: CBS initially gave a put pilot commitment on October 10 and ordered the pilot on January 30.
Joe Time Network: CBS Entertainment Studio: Warner Bros. Television Production Company: Here Comes Scrappy Executive Producer(s): Bill Wrubel Writer(s): Bill Wrubel Logline: Centers on a family man who struggles with the fact that everyone around him is pursuing their dreams and enjoying life more than he is, but who ultimately realizes he has everything he’s ever wanted. SSN Insight: CBS initially gave a put pilot commitment on August 28 and ordered the pilot this week.
LFE Network: CBS Entertainment Studio: CBS Television Studios Production Company: The Dan Jinks Company Executive Producer(s): Dan Jinks Writer(s): Paul Downs Colaizzo Logline: A high-octane medical procedural centering on second-year residents at New York City’s top hospital as they attempt to balance their god complexes with their humanity. SSN Insight: CBS ordered to pilot on January 30.
Limitless Network: CBS Entertainment Studio: CBS Television Studios Production Companies: K/O Paper Products, Relativity Television, Unnamed Todd Phillips and Bradley Cooper Production Company Executive Producer(s): Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, Craig Sweeny, Neil Burger, Alex Kurtzman Writer(s): Craig Sweeny Logline: Follows Brian Sinclair as he discovers the power of the mysterious drug NZT and is coerced into using his newfound drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI. Based on the film. Details: Based on the 2011 movie, "Limitless," which was based on the novel "Dark Fields" written by Alan Glynn and published in the United Kingdom by Little, Brown, and in the United States by Penguin-Putman. SSN Insight: Project was previously in development last season with Georgetown TV, who are no longer attached to this project. CBS ordered to pilot on January 28.
Rush Hour Network: CBS Entertainment Studio: Warner Bros. Television Production Company: Doozer Productions Executive Producer(s): Bill Lawrence, Blake McCormick, Brett Ratner, Arthur Sarkissian, Jeff Ingold Writer(s): Bill Lawrence, Blake McCormick Logline: A stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer is assigned to a case in Los Angeles, where he’s forced to work with a cocky black LAPD officer who has no interest in a partner. Details: Based on the film, "Rush Hour" (1998), directed by Brett Ratner and starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. SSN Insight: CBS ordered to pilot this week. The pilot was written by “Cougar Town” co-creator Lawrence. It will be an hour-long action comedy series.
Sneaky Pete Network: CBS Entertainment Studio: Sony Pictures Television Production Companies: Shore Z Productions, Moonshot Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Bryan Cranston, David Shore, James Degus Writer(s): Bryan Cranston, David Shore Logline: The story centers on a thirty-something con man who, upon leaving prison, takes cover from his darker past by assuming the identity of a cellmate. "Sneaky Pete" hides out from the mob while working for the cellmate family’s bail bond business, taking down criminals worse than himself. Over time, he discovers a family life he’s never had, and possibly true love with a woman who sees through his BS. SSN Insight: CBS ordered the pilot on January 30.
Super Clyde Network: CBS Entertainment Studio: CBS Television Studios Production Company: Amigos de Garcia Productions Executive Producer(s): Greg Garcia, Michael Fresco Writer(s): Greg Garcia Logline: A meek fast food worker decides to change his life and become a super hero. SSN Insight: Remake of a pilot Garcia originally produced during the 2013-2014 season. At the time CBS chose to go ahead with The Millers instead from Garcia. Under his overall deal at CBS TV Studios, Garcia negotiated with CBS to release the Super Clyde pilot in fall 2013 so it could have the chance to be picked up this season. CBS signed off an ordered a pilot. Initial Commitment: Script Ordered to Pilot for the 2013-2014 Season.
DeTour Network: Fox Broadcasting Company Studio: 20th Century Fox Television Production Company: Tagline Pictures Executive Producer(s): Steve Franks, Rivers Cuomo, Dan Field, Chris Henze, Willie Mercer Writer(s): Steve Franks Logline: Centers on a thirty-something rock star who, unable to rationalize his success and worried that he may not have the tools to repeat it, walks away from the spotlight at the height of his fame in an effort to rediscover the parts of his life he missed while he was busy becoming a massive success. SSN Insight: Inspired by the real-life experiences of Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. Fox initially gave a put pilot commitment on August 27 and ordered the pilot on January 29.
Fantasy Life Network: Fox Broadcasting Company Studio: 20th Century Fox Television Production Company: 3 Arts Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Kevin Connolly, Tim McAuliffe, Jonathan Berry, Greg Walter, Michael Rotenberg Writer(s): Tim McAuliffe Logline: When a hard-working guy lands his ultimate dream job hosting a fantasy football show, he’s forced to navigate office politics while becoming the star he never thought he could be. Based on the book. Details: Based on the memoir, "Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who’s Lived It," written by Matthew Berry and published by Riverhead Hardcover on July 16, 2013. SSN Insight: Fox initially gave a put pilot commitment on September 18 and ordered the pilot on January 29.
FOX / Untitled Dana Klein Family Project Network: Fox Broadcasting Company Studio: 20th Century Fox Television Production Company: Kapital Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Dana Klein, Aaron Kaplan Writer(s): Dana Klein Logline: Told from the point-of-view of a working mom who is in constant competition with her perfect, stay-at-home sister-in-law. SSN Insight: Fox gave an initial commitment of a put pilot on January 26.
Cuckoo Network: NBC Entertainment Studio: Lionsgate Production Company: RoughCut TV Executive Producer(s): Robin French, Kieron Quirke, Tim Long, Ash Atalla, Dan Hine Writer(s): Robin French, Kieron Quirke Logline: The story of a middle-class family whose daughter comes back from a summer abroad married to a charming but infuriating hippie moron, a guy called Cuckoo. SSN Insight: Put pilot based on the BBC Three comedy, "Cuckoo." Previously in development for the 2013-2014 season with a put pilot commitment.
NBC/ Untitled Monica Potter Ellen DeGeneres Comedy Project Network: NBC Entertainment Studio: Warner Bros. Television Production Company: A Very Good Production Executive Producer(s): Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Kleeman, Sherry Bilsing, Ellen Plummer Writer(s): Sherry Bilsing, Ellen Plummer Logline: A woman juggles her busy family life as well as her three ex-husbands, which proves to be difficult when she starts dating again. Details: Reportedly loosely based on Monica Potter's life. SSN Insight: NBC gave an initial pilot commitment on October 13.
Problem Child Network: NBC Entertainment Studio: Universal Television Production Companies: Imagine Television, American Work, Inc., TBD Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Scot Armstrong, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan, Brian Grazer Writer(s): Scot Armstrong Logline: A cat-and-mouse game between a set of parents and their brilliant but mischievous child. Based on the film. Details: Based on the film, "Problem Child," (USA/ 1990), directed by Dennis Dugan and starring John Ritter. SSN Insight: Ordered to pilot on January 29.
Sharing Network: NBC Entertainment Studio: Universal Television Production Company: Eight Million Plus Productions Executive Producer(s): Jeremy Bronson, Jimmy Fallon, Rick Schwartz Writer(s): Jeremy Bronson, Damian Lanigan Logline: Different groups of people work side by side in a shared office space. SSN Insight: NBC ordered to pilot on January 26.
Strange Calls Network: NBC Entertainment Studio: 20th Century Fox Television Production Companies: Kapital Entertainment, Hoodlum Executive Producer(s): Blake McCormick, Aaron Kaplan, Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield Writer(s): Blake McCormick Logline: An affable but down on his luck young police officer is transferred to a rural town where with the help of a peculiar, elderly night watchman, he starts to realize the town has a bizarre supernatural underbelly. Details: Based on the Australian series created by Daley Pearson and airing on ABC2. SSN Insight: A previous version of the project was set up with a put pilot commitment at ABC for the 2012-2013 season and rolled over to the 2013-14 season. But the pilot was never shot because a lead was not cast. NBC ordered to pilot on January 28.
Lewis and Clark Network: HBO Production Companies: National Geographic Entertainment, Playtone, Plan B Entertainment, Class 5 Films, National Geographic Ventures Executive Producer(s): Brad Pitt, Tim T. Kelly, Adam Leipzig, Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman Writer(s): Michelle Ashford, Edward Norton, John Curran Logline: The story of the heroic exploits of explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson chose Captain Lewis to lead the first government-backed exploration of the vast and unknown western territory that would eventually become part of the United States. Over three years, Lewis and Clark made their way to the Pacific Ocean over land, mapping the Nortwest wilderness and opening the path toward westward expansion. Details: Based on the book "Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West," written by Stephen Ambrose, and published by Simon & Schuster in 1997. SSN Insight: Originally in development as an MOW with Hallmark Entertainment attached to produce for TNT cable network. Previous writers for the MOW developed version are William D. Wittliff, who wrote an original adaptation of Stephen Ambrose's book, and John Kent Harrison, who did a rewrite of the script and was also attached to direct. Project was then developed as a feature until Edward Norton and Brad Pitt were attached as executive producers whereupon the project was picked up by HBO and it will be a six part miniseries.
Virtuoso Network: HBO Production Company: Your Face Goes Here Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Alan Ball, Peter Macdissi, Elton John, Steve Hamilton-Shaw, David Furnish Writer(s): Alan Ball Logline: Based in Vienna in 1791 amidst a complex climate of political unrest, the series is set at a prestigious and exclusive fledgling music academy set up by the Italian composer Antonio Salieri where a handful of 15 - 22 year-old international music prodigies study to become Europe's next musical sensation - and their wealthy patrons seek to win royal favor and power through their protégés' talents. SSN Insight: Ordered to pilot on January 27, which is due to start filming in the spring in Budapest.
The Driver Network: Showtime Studio: CBS Television Studios Production Companies: Red Production Company, Timberman/Beverly Productions , Silver Lining Entertainment, On The Corner Executive Producer(s): David Morrissey, Jolyon Symonds, Taylor Elmore, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly Writer(s): Taylor Elmore Logline: An ordinary taxi driver, because of family mystery, frustration with his job and his life, makes a terrible decision and starts working for a criminal. Details: Based on the three-part British miniseries, "The Driver," which aired on BBC One in September, 2014. SSN Insight: “Justified” EP Elmore is under an overall deal with CBS TV Studios and will write the adaptation with the original’s writer Brocklehurst.
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Awards 2015 Spotlight: Oscar Winning Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki On the Experiment That Was ‘Birdman’Fox Searchlight’s Birdman, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, was released on September 17 and has picked up steam during awards season, winning seven Critics Choice Awards, two Golden Globes, and nine Academy Awards nominations, including best cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki, who took some time from shooting The Revenant to talk to SSN. (SSN)
TV Development For 2/3/15: ‘Limitless’ and ‘Rush Hour’ Get Pilot Orders, Plus All the Pilot News In One PlaceAmong the projects moving forward to pilot are several based on real-life people and situations (including Carson Daly), a new team-up of Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, and new projects from Fake Empire, Tribeca Films, James Patterson and at least one former Oscar nominee. (SSN) (TP) (VAR) (COL) (EMP)
Now That She’s Got a Golden Globe Under Her Belt, ’Transparent’ Creator Jill Soloway Is Getting Into Business With MTVThe award-winning creator is developing a buddy comedy with #HotMessMoves' Ashley Skidmore and Lyle Friedman. The nameless project spotlights two women who meet at a camp and are struck by lightning. Sharing a passion for feminism, the protagonists will try to save womankind ten years after the incident. (VUL) (DH) (MF)
With Announcements On ‘Creed’ and ‘Point Break,’ Warner Bros. Is Once Again Playing Musical Release Dates On UsThe Rocky spinoff, directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, will now hit theaters on Thanksgiving, while Paramount’s decision to move Mission: Impossible 5 up to the end of July has caused WB to move its Point Break remake to Christmas, which will put it up against Will Smith’s NFL drama Concussion, the animation/live-action hybrid Monster Trucks, David O. Russell’s Joy, and Alvin and the Chipmunks 4. (COL) (EW) (THR) (CS)
Relativity Teams Up With Lantica Media For New Thriller ‘Our Father,’ Hires Frank E. Flowers To DirectStory tells tale of a hard-nosed FBI Special Agent, with a drug problem, who is removed from his position, and forced to instead take a desk job, training much younger recruits. He eventually defies his superiors and returns to the streets, when he finds out he has a 17-year-old bi-racial son in trouble, and vows to save him. Shooting is set to take place in the Dominican Republic at Lantica-owned Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios. (SAA) (MF) (IW) (DS)
CAA: CAA has signed multi-hyphenate Mindy Kaling. The creator, executive producer and star of Fox's The Mindy Project had been without agency representation since she left UTA in April. Kaling is still managed by Howard Klein at 3 Arts Entertainment and by her attorney is P.J. Shapiro.
ESA: Molly Ringwald is now a client at Equitable Stewardship for Artists (ESA), and is represented by Rachel Sheedy. She is also still represented by Untitled Management.
CAA: CAA has signed Ruben Fleischer, director of Zombieland, 30 Minutes Or Less, and Gangster Squad. Fleischer started the TV production company The District with Dave Bernad. He was previously with UTA and he remains with lawyer Warren Dern.
ICM Partners: Actor and musician Jencarlos Canela has signed with ICM Partners. Canela recently booked the male lead opposite Eva Longoria in her new NBC comedy Telenovela. Other TV credits include the top-rated Telemundo series, Mas Sabe El Diablo.
UTA: Matthew Beard is heading to UTA - same agency that reps his The Imitation Game cast mate Benedict Cumberbatch. Beard recently also signed up with Perri Kipperman at Kipperman Management, and the BAFTA and SAG Awards nominee will remain repped by Troika in the U.K.
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Awards 2015 Spotlight: ‘Interstellar’ VFX Supervisor Paul Franklin On Wormholes, Nolan and On-The-Fly CGIThe VFX expert knows a thing or two about working on a big budget studio blockbuster. He’s collaborated alongside Christopher Nolan on five films, including his Batman trilogy and Inception, for which he won an Oscar. He most recently worked with Nolan on Interstellar. Among the four nominations the Visual Effects Society gave the film, Franklin was nominated for Outstanding Visual Effects, as well as an Oscar in the same category. (SSN)
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Star Wars Spinoff Logline: Storyline under wraps. Production Company: Lucasfilm, Ltd. Writer: Chris Weitz Director: Gareth Edwards Cast: Felicity Jones SSN Insight: After testing actresses such as Rooney Mara and Tatiana Mislany, it seems that the producers have landed on their female lead in the much anticipated Star Wars Spinoff.
The Lost City of Z Logline: The true story of British explorer Col. Percy Harrison Fawcett, who disappeared in 1925 while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon. Financier: MICA Entertainment Production Company: Plan B Entertainment, Keep Your Head Productions Producers: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Anthony Katagas, Dale Armin Johnson Writer: James Gray Director: James Gray Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller Notes: Based on the book "Lost City of Z" written by David Grann; published by Doubleday in February 2009. The book is an expansion of an article, written by Grann, that appeared in The New Yorker magazine in September 2005. SSN Insight: Project previously set up at Paramount Pictures. Inferno Entertainment and Annapurna were previously attached to produce. Brad Pitt and Benedict Cumberbatch were previously attached to star.
Stargate (Reboot) Logline: Original movie told the story of the discovery of a circular device that creates a wormhole allowing for scientists and military personnel to travel to a distant world where they discover an enslaved people who are descendants from ancient Egyptians. Studio/ Distributor: MGM/ Warner Bros. Pictures Production Company: Electric Entertainment Producers: Dean Devlin Writers: Nicolas Wright, James A. Woods Director: Roland Emmerich SSN Insight: This is the first film in what is intended to be a trilogy that Emmerich is slated to direct. Devlin wrote the original movie with Emmerich and Wright and Woods worked with Emmerich on the Independence Day 2 script. Out of this World Logline: A boy born to an American astronaut while on a mission to Mars and raised on a space station returns to Earth as a teen and embarks on a US road trip in search of the father he has never met. Studio: Relativity Media Production Company: Southpaw Entertainment Producers: Richard Barton Lewis, Ryan Kavanaugh Writer: Peter Chelsom, Tinker Lindsay, Allan Loeb Director: Peter Chelsom Cast: Asa Butterfield SSN Insight: Butterfield is quickly becoming one of the hottest young actors in town, originally starring in The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas then Hugo and is now starting Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Love & Friendship Logline: Set in the 1790s, a widow waits out rumors about her dalliances while she seeks a husband for herself, and a husband for her reluctant daughter. Production Company: Blinder Films, Westerly Films, Chic Films, Revolver Films, Irish Film Board, Netherlands Film Board Producers: Katie Holly, Whit Stillman, Lauranne Bourrachot Writer: Whit Stillman Director: Whit Stillman Cast: Chloe Sevigny, Kate Beckinsale, Xavier Samuel, Stephen Fry Notes: Based on the novel/novella "Lady Susan" written by Jane Austen, written sometime between 1794 and 1805, and first published in 1871. SSN Insight: Beckinsale replaces Sienna Miller who was previously attached to play the character Lady Susan. X-Men: Apocalypse Logline: In 1983, ten years after Wolverine traveled to the past to prevent a bleak future, the X-Men team up with Cyclops, Storm, and Jean in a battle to stop an unprecedented apocalypse by an ancient enemy. Studio/ Distributor: 20th Century Fox Production Company: Bad Hat Harry Productions, Donners Company, Marvel Entertainment, Genre Films Producers: Lauren Shuler Donner, Hutch Parker, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg Writer: Simon Kinberg Director: Bryan Singer Cast: Rose Byrne, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan SSN Insight: Bryne will reprise her role as Moria MacTaggert in this next installment of the franchise, despite being absent from the X-Men: Days of Future Past. Robotech Logline: When an alien spacecraft crashes in the South Pacific, the people of Earth develop giant robots from the alien technology in order to fend off a wave of alien invasions. Studio/ Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Production Company: Weed Road Pictures, Material Pictures, Supercool Hollywood Big Time Productions, Hollywood Gang Productions, Atmosphere Entertainment Producers: Akiva Goldsman, Tobey Maguire, Matthew Plouffe, Joby Harold, Tory Tunnell, Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton Writer: Michael Gordon SSN Insight: Robotech has long been a passion development project for many of the attached producers. However, it’s now getting a new chance with the attachment of Hollywood Gang Productions and 300 writer, Michael Gordon.
The Descender Logline: In a time where anything with artificial intelligence is destroyed by bounty hunters, a self-aware robot and a group of companions fight back. Studio/ Distributor: Columbia Pictures Producer: Josh Bratman Notes: Based on the comic written by Jeff Lemire, drawn by Dustin Nguyen and to be published by Image on March 4, 2015. SSN Insight: Both Lemire and Nguyen are New York Times bestselling authors and illustrators. Producer Josh Bratman set Descender up in a competitive situation and the project marks his second sci-fi adaptation to get setup. He also nabbed the rights to The Themis Files last October for Sony with producer Matt Tolmach. Desert Eagle Logline: Two border patrol agents investigate a drug cartel operating out of a Native American reservation casino. Studio/ Distributor: Universal Pictures Production Company: Bluegrass Films, Voltron Filmz Producers: Tyrese Gibson, Scott Stuber Writer: Tyrese Gibson and Mike Le, Matthew Stuecken and Josh Campbell Cast: Tyrese Gibson SSN Insight: Gibson sold his action pitch to Universal with producer Scott Stuber as a vehicle for Gibson to star, produce and write. Astro Boy Logline: In futuristic Metro City, scientist Tenma creates Astro Boy, an amazing robot with super strength, x-ray vision, incredible speed and the ability to fly. But, what he really wants is to know where he belongs. Production Company: Animal Logic, Tezuka Productions Producers: Zareh Nalbandian SSN Insight: Originating as a Japanese manga created by Osamu Tezuka in 1952, Astro Boy was made into a fully animated feature in 2009 and is now getting a live-action treatment by the visual effects studio, Animal Logic.
Doreen Giuliano Project Logline: The true story of Brooklyn-based mother Doreen Giuliano, who has spent over 10 years trying to overturn her son’s murder conviction, is dramatized. Studio/ Distributor: Columbia Pictures Production Company: Bedford Falls Company, Conde Nast Publications Producers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Dawn Ostroff, Jeremy Steckler Writer: Marshall Herskovitz Director: Edward Zwick Senior Year Logline: A cheerleader wakes up after a 20-year coma and returns to sit at the cool table and try to become prom queen, as a 37-year-old woman. Studio/ Distributor: CBS Films Production Company: Broken Road Productions, Benderspink Producers: Jeremy Stein, Todd Garner, JC Spink, Jake Wagner Writer: Andrew Knauer, Arthur Pielli SSN Insight: The R-rated female-driven comedy spec went out on a Sunday afternoon and CBS nabbed it for mid-sic figures.