Barbie Logline: Barbie uses the skills she has gained in her personal life and professional experience to help others Studio/ Distributor: Columbia Pictures Production Company: Mattel, Parkes & McDonald, Image Nation, Amy Pascal Company Producers: Walter F. Parkes, Laurie McDonald, Amy Pascal Writer: Diablo Cody SSN Insight: Mattel had heard pitches from a few producers but original writer, Jenny Bicks and Parkes & MaDonald got the rights with the help of their deal with ImageNation. Pascal locked in a production commitment from Columbia when she was president and recently came on board to produce.
Beauty and the Beast (Reboot) Logline: Re-imagining of the fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast". Studio/ Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Production Company: Mandeville Films Producers: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman Writer: Stephen Chobosky Director: Bill Condon Cast: Luke Evans, Emma Watson, Dan Stevens SSN Insight: Evans has signed on to play the role of Gaston. Disney was also hoping to get Eddie Redmayne in the role of the prince, but he passed.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk Logline: A young soldier hailed as a hero experiences a cavalcade of emotions and events on his last day home before returning back to the war in Iraq in 2005. Studio/ Distributor: Tristar Productions/ Studio 8 Production Company: Ink Factory, Film4 Producers: Marc Platt, Simon Cornwell, Stephen Mark Cornwell, Rhodri Thomas, Ang Lee Writer: Jean-Christophe Castelli Director: Ang Lee Cast: Steve Martin, Garrett Hedlund, Joe Alwyn Notes: Based on the novel "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," written by Ben Fountain and published by Ecco on May 1, 2012. SSN Insight: Actors Billy Howle, Taron Egerton, Joe Cole, and Jack Reynor were all reportedly considered to star.
Independence Day 2 Logline: Enemy aliens return to Earth Studio: 20th Century Fox Production Company: Centropolis Entertainment, Electric Entertainment Producers: Dean Devin, Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser Writer: Carter Blanchard Director: Roland Emmerich Cast: Jessie Usher, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Michael B. Jordan, Liam Hemsworth SSN Insight: Usher is an up and coming star who was most recently seen in the Starz series Survivor’s Remorse. Will Smith’s role in the first film helped propel him into stardom so the hope is that it does the same for Usher.
Gran Turismo Logline: Logline under wraps. Studio/ Distributor: Columbia Pictures Production Company: Trigger Street Productions, The Cantillon Company, Immersive Pictures, Franklin Entertainment Producers: Michael De Luca, Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti, Elizabeth Cantillion, Josh Bratman, DeVon Franklin Director: Joseph Kosinski Notes: Based on the video game "Gran Turismo" designed by Kazunori Yamauchi, developed by Polyphony Studios, and released by Sony in 1997. SSN Insight: A script by writer Alex Tse exists but Kosinski is said to be developing a new script with the studio.
Spider-Man (Reboot) Logline: Logline under wraps. Studio/ Distributor: Columbia Pictures/ Marvel Entertainment Production Company: Marvel Entertainment, Amy Pascal Company Producers: Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal Writer: Drew Goddard Director: Drew Goddard SSN Insight: Goddard had been previously in discussions to direct the spinoff movie, Sinister Six, but the studio appears to be putting that film on the back burner and instead focusing on the reboot.
The Founder Logline: The true story how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brother’s speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself in a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create the billion dollar fast food empire, McDonald’s. Studio/Distributor: The Weinstein Company Production Company: FilmNation, Combine Producers: Jeremy Renner, Don Handfield Writer: Rob Siegel Director: John Lee Hancock Cast: Michael Keaton SSN Insight: The Weinstein Company closed a deal to acquire the film in a competitive bidding situation and is hoping for Oscar potential.
The Crowded Room Logline: True story of Billy Milligan who, after being arrested for rape, was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder that had 24 manifestations which led to his lawyers use of the insanity plea, the first time such a plea led to an acquittal. Production Company: Appian Way, New Regency Productions Producers: Alexandra Milchan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson Killoran Writer: Todd Katzberg, Jason Smilovic Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio SSN Insight: Project was previously in development with James Cameron directing John Cusack; Joel Schumacher directing Billy Crudup; David Fincher directing Brad Pitt; Steven Soderbergh directing Sean Penn; Danny DeVito directing Leonardo DiCaprio as well as directors Gus Van Sant, F. Gary Gray, Nick Cassavetes and Todd Field as well as actors Matthew McConaughey and Johnny Depp.
Looking For Alaska Logline: Set at an Alabama boarding school, Alaska Young, a reckless girl, is the object of affection for most males at the school. Studio/ Distributor: Paramount Pictures Production Company: Temple Hill Entertainment, Watermark Pictures Producers: Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Mark Waters, Jessica Tuchinsky Writer: Scott Neustadter, Michael Weber Director: Sarah Polley SSN Insight: Temple Hill and Neustadter and Weber team up on their third John Green novel after having come together on Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns, being released this summer.
Blade Runner Sequel Logline: Storyline under wraps. Studio/ Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Production Company: Alcon Entertainment, Thunderbird Films, Ridley Scott Films Producers: Bud Yorkin, Broderick Johnson, Andrew Kosove, Ridley Scott, Cynthia Sikes Writer: Michael Green Director: Denis Villeneuve Cast: Harrison Ford SSN Insight: Alcon’s Prisoners filmmaker returns to the studio to make their Blade Runner sequel, while original star Harrison Ford also returns.
Mrs. Frisby & The Rats of Nimh Logline: Based on the children's novel, the focus of this live-action/CGI hybrid film will be an origin story in which a mouse befriends a crew of lab rats as they become hyper-intelligent, find their way to freedom, and establish a thriving, though constantly threatened, civilization of vermin. Studio/ Distributor: MGM Studios Production Companies: Bobker/ Kruger Films Producers: Daniel Bobker, Ehren Kruger Writers: Michael Berg Notes: Based on the novel "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH" written by Robert C. O'Brien and illustrated by Zena Bernstein and published by Atheneum Books in 1971. SSN Insight: The project was previously in development at Paramount where director Christopher Bailey was attached but since going to MGM the producers intend for this to be the first in a new franchise.
The Buried Giant Logline: In Medieval Britain, a couple travel through the war-ravaged countryside looking for their long-lost son. Production Company: Scott Rudin Productions Producer: Scott Rudin Notes: Based on the novel "The Buried Giant" written by Kazuo Ishiguro and published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2015. SSN Insight: Several other Ishiguro have already been adapted into films such as, Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go.
Dust Logline: In an alternate reality, it's the 1940s and Hitler has been assassinated, but WWII is ongoing, the world is divided into three blocs, and a discovery leads to the creation of combat robots. Studio/ Distributor: Lionsgate Production Companies: Lin Pictures Producers: Dan Lin Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber Notes: Based on the graphic novel and game "Dust" created by Paolo Parente. The first issue of the graphic novel was published by Image on July 1, 2007. SSN Insight: Thurber found the property at Hollywood’s Meltdown Comics as a graphic novel and became a fan of the game and its world. He optioned the material originally on his own and developed a take before bringing it to Lionsgate.
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress Logline: A lunar colony incites a rebellion in order to gain its independence from Earth. Studio/ Distributor: 20th Century Fox Production Companies: Bad Hat Harry Productions, Whalerock Industries Producers: Bryan Singer, Lloyd Braun, Thor Halvorssen Writer: Marc Guggenheim Director: Bryan Singer Notes: Based on the novel "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" published by Berkley Medallion; 1966 SSN Insight: Project was previously in development at Heyday Films and Phoenix Pictures with David Heyman and Mike Medavoy attached to produce with a script adaptation by Tim Minear.
A Shot in the Eye Logline: Logline under wraps. Production Companies: 6th & Idaho Producers: Matt Reeves, Adam Kassan Writer: Dan Futterman SSN Insight: Futterman also acted and starred in Capote and co-wrote Foxcatcher and was Oscar nominated for both films.
It’s What I Do Logline: The true story of Lynsey Addario, Pulitizer Prize-winning journalist who has covered stories in the most dangerous places in the world, is recounted. Studio/ Distributor: Warner Bros.Pictures Production Company: Mad Chance Productions Producers: Andrew Lazar, Wynn Wygal Director: Steven Spielberg Cast: Jennifer Lawrence Notes: Based on the memoir "It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War" written by Linsey Addario and published by The Penguin Press in 2015. SSN Insight: Other bidders on the property were: Working Title, for Reese Witherspoon; Darren Aronofsky, for Natalie Portman; Margot Robbie; and The Weinstein Company, for George Clooney and Grant Heslov before Warner Bros. got it.
The Stars My Destination Logline: The sole survivor of a wrecked spaceship drifts through space. When a passing vessel ignores his distress signal, he becomes obsessed with revenge and ultimately uncovers a secret... Studio/ Distributor: Paramount Pictures Production Companies: Disruption Entertainment Producers: Mary Parent Notes: Based on the novel "The Stars My Destination" written by Alfred Bester published by Berkley Books 1956. SSN Insight: The project has a long development history, being set up at various studios and financiers such as Universal, Fox, Constantin Films and Impact Pictures.
Untitled Dramatic Thriller Logline: Logline under wraps Studio/ Distributor: New Regency Productions Production Companies: New Regency Productions, Plan B Entertainment, Crab Apple Pictures, Black Label Media Producers: Dede Gardner, Brad Pitt, Jeremy Kleiner, Angus Lamont, Molly Smith Writer: Gregory Burke Director: Yann Demange SSN Insight: Demange is an in-demand filmmaker, after his feature debut, ’71, won Best Director at the British Independent Film Awards. Burke also wrote ’71.
Breaking Sky Logline: During America’s cold war in 2048, Chase Harcourt is one of two fearless pilots who will fly an experimental jet, which is her country’s hope of winning. Studio/ Distributor: Columbia Pictures Production Companies: Josephson Entertainment Producers: Barry Josephson Notes: Based on the novel "Breaking Sky" written by Cori McCarthy and published by Sourcebooks Fire on March, 10 2015.