Yet Another Major Box Office Record Has Been Broken: Universal Becomes the Fastest Ever To $3B WorldwideWith Minions opening impressively abroad, the studio shattered the record set by 20th Century Fox in October of 2014. This also marks the first time in Universal’s 103-year history that the studio has reached that mark in any calendar year. The incredible run is thanks to the performance of films like Jurassic World, Furious 7, 50 Shades Of Gray, Pitch Perfect 2 and the upcoming Minions, which opens here this weekend. (CS) (TOH) (VAR)
SundanceTV Has So Much Faith In ‘Rectify’, It Gives the Drama a Fourth Season a Day Before the Season Three PremiereThe acclaimed drama to date has garnered a Television Critics Association Award nomination, kudos for Critics’ Choice TV Award nominees Aden Young (who plays Daniel) and Abigail Spencer (Amantha), and a WGA Award nod. New season premieres tomorrow picking up right where things left off, on the afternoon of Daniel’s plea deal. When the body of a missing person is discovered, law enforcement once again turns to him for answers. (TVL) (DH) (WAH) (EMP) (VUL) (HP) (SM)
Spider-Man (Reboot) Logline: Storyline is under wraps, but involves a teenage Peter Parker. Studio/ Distributor: Columbia Pictures Production Companies: Marvel Entertainment, Pascal Pictures Producers: Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal Director: Jon Watts Cast: Marisa Tomei (in final negotiations), Tom Holland SSN Insight: Tomei attaches to the role of Aunt May. Previous actresses who took on the role include Rosemary Harris and Sally Field.
Lioness Logline: While working in Afghanistan, Marine Lance Corporal Leslie Martz was torn between loyalty to her superiors and the Afghan women she was befriending to get information on their Taliban husbands. Production Company: Modern Man Films Producers: James Dahl Writer: Rosalind Ross Cast: Ellen Page SSN Insight: The indie is being developed and packaged by James Dahl who also produced The End of the Tour with an upcoming release of July 31. CHiPS Logline: California motorcycle cops take down a criminal organization. Studio/ Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Production Company: Panay Films, Primate Pictures Producers: Andrew Panay Writer: Dax Shephard Director: Dax Shephard Cast: Kristen Bell, Dax Shephard, Michael Pena, Vincent D’Onofrio Notes: Feature film version of television series CHiPs, which featured Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada. SSN Insight: The film was previously in development years ago with Wilmer Valderrama slated to star. Assassin’s Creed Logline: A bartender finds out he comes from a long line of assassins. He is captured by a secret corporation who sends him back to various times and places in order to bring back artifacts. Studio/ Distributor: 20th Century Fox, Regency Enterprises Production Company: Ubisoft Motion Pictures, New Regency Productions, Kennedy/ Marshall Company, DMC Films Producers: Jean-Julien Baronnet, Eli Richbourg, Michael Fassbender, Coor McCaughan, Frank Marshall, Arnon Milchan, Patrick Crowley Writers: Adam Copper & Bill Collage Director: Justin Kurzel Cast: Michael K Williams, Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Ariane Labed SSN Insight: Williams, who played Chalky White on Boardwalk, is also in negotiations for a supporting role in Sony’s Ghostbusters.
Ghosbusters (Reboot) Logline: With paranormal activity on the rise, a Columbia University academic, her ghost-chasing friend, the friend's business partner, and an MTA employee join forces to bust ghosts and save New York. Studio/Distributor: Columbia. Pictures Production Company: Ocean Pictures, Apatow Productions, Montecito Picture Company, Quantity Entertainment, Pascal Pictures, Feigco Entertainment Producers: Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd, Gene Stupnitsky, Ali Bell, Lee Eisenberg, Alex Plapinger Amy Pascal Writer: Katie Dippold, Paul Feig Director: Paul Feig Cast: Michael K Williams, Neil Casey, Andy Garcia, Matt Walsh, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnnon, Dan Aykroyd, Chris Hemsworth, Cecily Strong, Pat Kiernan SSN Insight: Garcia will play the mayor of New York City, Williams will be someone named Hawkins, and Walsh (Veep's press secretary Mike McClintock) will play a guy named Rourke.
Stratton Logline: The adventures John Stratton, an operative of the special forces of the British Navel Service, are chronicled. Production Companies: Amber Entertainment, GFM Films Producers: Ileen Maisel, Lawrence Elman, Charlie Cavill, Rex Glensy Director: Simon West Cast: Dominic Cooper, Austin Stowell, Gemma Chan, Tyler Hoechlin, Tom Felton Details: Based on the 8-novel "Stratton" series written by Duncan Falconer and published by Little, Brown Book Group. The first novel, "The Hostage" was published on March 1, 2003 and the eighth novel "Assassin" was published on published July 26, 2012. "Duncan Falconer" is a pseudonym for the author who drew on his own military background to create the character "John Stratton." SSN Insight: Henry Cavill was previously attached to star. Shooting will begin next week in Italy.
Mile 22 Logline: A CIA agent stationed in Indonesia must contend with dangerous foes and internal double-crosses to deliver a compromised informant from the middle of the city to a getaway plane at the airport 22 miles away. Studio/ Distributor: STX Entertainment Production Company: Film 44 Producers: Peter Berg (in negotiations), Mark Wahlberg (in negotiations), Stephen Levinson, Braden Aftergood Writer: Graham Roland Director: Peter Berg (in negotiations) Cast: Mark Wahlberg (in negotiations), Ronda Rousey, Iko Uwais SSN Insight: Wahlberg and Berg are in negotiations with STX to team-up for this film. Currently they’ve teamed up to shoot Lionsgate’s Deepwater Horizon, a disaster drama based on the April 2010 oil-rig explosion and previously they worked together on the 2013 action drama Lone Survivor. Mother's Day Logline: A group of mothers and daughters have separate experiences on Mother's Day. Studio/ Distributor: No Studio Available. Production Company: Siempre Viva Productions Producers: Danielle James, Amy Morrison Williams Writers: Paige Cameron Director: Paul Duddridge, Nigel Levy Cast: Courtney Cox, Susan Sarandon, Eva Amurri Martino, Christina Ricci, Andie MacDowell, Rainey Qualley, Sharon Stone SSN Insight: Not to be confused with Garry Marshall’s Mother’s Day starring Julia Roberts that will also feature interwoven stories. Production on this film has already begun in LA and slated to wrap this fall.
Good Time Logline: The indie film centers on a bankrobber's flailing efforts to evade the dragnet closing in on him. Pattinson will star as Connie. Production Companies: Elara Pictures Producers: Sebastian Bear-MCclard Writers: Josh Safdie, Ronald Bronstein Directors: Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie Cast: Robert Pattinson SSN Insight: The directing duo recently signed with WME and directed Heaven Knows What, currently in theaters. The film is said to be in the theme of a neo-grindhouse caper. Untitled Marriage Equality Project Logline: The film is about Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage on June 26, 2015. Distributor/ Financier: Fox 2000 Production Companies: Temple Hill Entertainment Producers: Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey Notes: The story will be based in part on the forthcoming book "21 Years to Midnight: The Promise that Brought Marriage Equality to America" to be written Jim by Obergefell and Debbie Cenziper. SSN Insight: Film will be based on Obergefell’s true life story - he married John Arthur in Maryland in 2013, three months before Arthur died. The state of Ohio refused to list Obergefell as his spouse on the death certificate, so Obergefell sued. Untitled Hans Solo Origin Story Logline: The film tells the story of how the young Han Solo became the scoundrel, smuggler thief who Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first met at the Mos Eisley cantina. Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Producers: Christopher Miller, Phil Lord Writer: Lawrence Kasdan, Jonathan Kasdan Director: Christopher Miller, Phil Lord SSN Insight: This film is not to be confused with the origin story of Boba Fett, which had Josh Trank attached to direct before he left the project due to issues on his Fantastic Four shoot.
Prince Charming Logline: The story about the iconic prince is seen from the point of view of his brother who never quite lived up to the family name. Studio/ Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Production Companies: Mandeville Films/ TV Producers: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Tripp Vinson Writer: Matthew Fogel SSN Insight: UTA took the spec out to studios last week and several studios put in bids for the property before Disney finally outbid all suitors.
Hello Kitty Logline: Storyline about the iconic kitty with the red bow is under wraps. Financier: Sanrio Communications Production Companies: Sanrio Communications SSN Insight: Sanrio is planning to finance and produce the film through its recently established US subsidiary. The project will have an expected budget of anywhere from $160 million-$240 million and be released in 2019. Untitled Puppet Murder Mystery Project Logline: In a place where puppets and humans co-exist, a puppet private eye teams with his former partner from the police force to track down a serial killer. Production Companies: STX Entertainment, Jim Henson Company Producers: Brian Henson, Robert Simonds Writers: Erich & Jon Hoeber Director: Brian Henson SSN Insight: The project used to be set up at Lionsgate and Katherine Heigl was attached to star. Project is said to be racy enough for an R-rating.
FILM DEVELOPMENT FOR 7/9/15: HELLO KITTY, PRINCE CHARMING FILMS IN THE WORKS, DOMINIC COOPER REPLACING HENRY CAVILL IN STRATTONAlso, Marisa Tomei attaches to play Aunt May in the Spider-Man reboot, Michael K. Williams gets supporting roles in both Assassin's Creed and Ghostbusters, a Hans Solo spin-off project is announced and Fox 2000 puts a film in development based on the same-sex marriage Supreme Court case. (SSN)
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‘Minions’ Maker Illumination Forges Pact With South Korean Animator Kyungmin Woo, Options His Short ‘Johnny Express’ For Feature: Comic ConChris Meledandri’s Universal-based family film company has formed a partnership with Korean animation studio Mofac Alfred, based in South Korea and spearheaded by Korean writer, director and animator Kyungmin Woo. Illumination has optioned the rights to Johnny Express, the award winning short film that Woo wrote and directed. (DH) (THR) (AA) (IW) (FC)
Duncan Jones Still Has a Year Before His ‘Warcraft’ Is Released, So He’s Doing Another Film In the InterimMute, a small noir sci-fi that was shaping up to be the director’s homage to his beloved Blade Runner, slipped away as he shifted gears from Moon to Source Code and now onto Warcraft. Well, it’s slipped right back again. With Warcraft in postproduction, he will spend the next 11 months on the low budget sci-fi flick. (EMP) (GR) (VAR) (CS) (TFS) (THR) (TP) (HP) (GITS)
Company Launches, Partnerships & Deals
Temple Hill, which just snapped up former Xbox Entertainment Studios exec Albert Page as head of its TV division, has inked a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV Studios. The team of Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey and Page will develop new projects for the studio in addition to the picked up Fox drama pilot Rosewood. Prior, Temple Hill had an overall deal with ABC Studios.
Universal Cable Productions has signed Dark Horse Entertainment to a first look deal with an emphasis on developing and producing scripted programming from their comic book library along with new material. New projects include Harrow County, Umbrella Academy, Back Up and Concrete.
German media powerhouses ProSiebenSat and Axel Springer are in talks to merge. ProSiebenSat is worth over $10 billion and has a 28% share of Germany’s free-TV market while Alex Springer, valued around $5 billion owns the country’s bestselling daily newspaper Bild.
Jane Tranter has left BBC Worldwide Productions & Adjacent Productions which she’s headed since 2009 to launch her as of yet unnamed production company together with Julie Gardner who executive produced Doctor Who. She will be replaced by Matt Forde, BBC’s EVP TV Sales & Digital Distribution, who will head both LA-based production units as their EVP of Content Production, Sales and Distribution and report to Ann Sarnoff.
Broad Green Pictures has signed on Marc Danon as President of acquisitions and co-productions. He was previously the SVP of acquisitions and business development at Lionsgate. He will now oversee a team bringing in both wide commercial release as well as prestige platform pre-buys and organize the studio’s festival acquisition strategy and the preparation for such festivals.
Universal Filmed Entertainment Group has snagged Clarissa Weirick as their General Counsel after 18 years at WB. She most recently worked in WB’s Home Entertainment division. At Universal she will manage all legal issues impacting the Filmed Entertainment Group and jointly oversee the various legal departments and work closely with the NBCUniversal corporate legal resources on corporate transactional, litigation and other legal matters.
Todd Cohen has been promoted from SVP to EVP of Development at Karga Seven Pictures. Suzanne Rauscher has been upped from VP to SVP of Current Programming. Angela Teed has been named the VP of Production at Karga. She was previously their Executive in Charge of Production. Scott Hunter has been promoted at Karga from Coordinator to Manager of Development.
Fox Searchlight Pictures has upped Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum to EVP’s of production. They will jointly lead all aspects of the production department and continue to report President of Production Claudia Lewis. Formerly Greenfield was a senior exec at Fox Searchlight as was Greenbaum. Additionally Greenbaum was involved in the Fox Innovation Lab where he oversaw the studio’s first virtual reality production, Wild: The Experience.
Ian Dalrymple has been hired by Pascal Pictures to run a New York outpost. He was formerly a creative exec at Scott Rudin Productions. He will report to O’Connor, who left her Sony position as SVP to join Amy Pascal in her new production company.
Casey O’Brien has moved from The Koch Company to Code Entertainment where he retains the same position as a CE.
CBS TV Studios has named Alec Botnick as their VP of Comedy Development. Previously he spent six years as a TV lit agent at WME. He will report to EVP Comedy Development Kate Adler in his new role.
Carolyn Cassidy has been named the SVP of Current Programming at 20th Century Fox TV, taking over for Jeffrey Glaser. Glaser will be on hand as a consultant during the transition. Cassidy joined Fox in 2009 as VP of Comedy Series and was promoted in 2013. She recently oversaw the development of ABC’s hit Fresh Off the Boat and Fox’s anticipated The Grinder.
Raymond Dooley was named VP of Marketing for truTV.
Jordanna Guarino is a new Manager of Development at Universal Cable Productions. She was previously Jeff Wachtel’s executive assistant at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.
Lori Hall has been named TV One’s SVP of Marketing. She was previously the VP of Consumer Marketing at UP TV.
Albert Page has been named the Head of TV at Temple Street Productions. He was previously the VP of Creative at Xbox Ent. Studios.
Benny Reuven has been hired at Oxygen Media as their VP of Development and will develop lifestyle programming for the network’s multicultural female audience. Based in Los Angeles, Reuven will report to Cori Abraham, SVP Development & International at Oxygen Media.
Mark Pesavento has joined Fox Sports Digital as SVP Content and will handle editorial and video content Fox Sports with an emphasis on multiplatform programming and growth through mobile consumption and social media sharing. He was formerly at USA Today Sports Media Group as their VP Digital Strategy and before that at Yahoo! Sports.
Gina Girolamo has been named the SVP of TV Production and Development at Alloy Entertainment. She hails from Working Title Films where she was EVP of TV and before that Wonderland Sound and Vision. She has worked for Ally previously, having executive produced eight projects to pilot and series her three years there.
Mike Kerns has been snapped up by The Chernin Group as their new President of Digital and will work with Chairman Peter Chernin and President Jesse Jacobs. He was previously in charge of Yahoo’s home page and video verticals under CEO Marissa Mayer.
FX Networks has upped five senior marketing executives. Sally Daws has been promoted to EVP, Marketing and Digital Media and will oversee advertising, consumer integrated promotions, and digital media. John Varvi has been named EVP, On-Air Promotions. Todd Heughens has been upped to SVP, Print Design and will give daily oversight of digital media efforts. Jason Phipps is SVP of Digital Media and Lance Reiss has been upped to SVP of Marketing and will handle advertising, content distribution, and finance among other areas. They will all report to Stephanie Gibbons, President, Marketing, Digital Media and On-Air Promotions.
Peter Barnett has left his post as Gaumont International Television’s SVP of Production to pursue producing independent projects.
Univision News, the news division of Univision Communications Inc., has named Keith Summa as their SVP of Content Innovation to report directly to Isaac Lee, president of News and Digital for UCI and CEO of Fusion. He will lead development of journalistic tools, models and narratives for the operation, also working with Fusion, the millennial-targeting joint venture between Univision and ABC. Prior to this new role, Summa was Vice President of News Partnerships for Univision News; he was previously head of the CBS News Investigative Unit.
John Cora has been hired as Sprout’s VP of Insights & Strategy. He previously held the same title at Fox Networks Group.
Benny Reuven has shifted from VP of Development at Wilshire Studios to the same position at Oxygen Media.
Janine Sherman Barrois has inked a multi-year overall deal at Warner Bros. Television to create and develop new drama and comedy series. Previously she was an executive producer on ER and Criminal Minds and was a graduate of Warner Bros. Writers’ Workshop. In 2013 she had a deal with ABC Studios.
Marina Williams has shifted from CEO of Central and Eastern Europe and MENA regions, Endemol Shine Group to COO of International Operations for the Endemol Shine Group in London. Matthew Borst was upped to Director of Social Media and Sales Strategy for Endemol Beyond at Endemol Shine North America. He joined ESNA last year as Social Media Manager.
Management, PR, Agencies
Helen Brann who runs a self-named lit agency has made a deal with ICM Partners to bring her writers over to ICM upon her retirement. Brann began her career in 1968 working with Sterling Lord before handling 60 clients and in 1973 and becoming the first woman in the U.S. to have her own independent literary agency representing book writers.
Alex Creasia has shifted from Vol. Unlimited Ent to Dialed-In Ent. and will retain her position as a Literary Manager.
CAA has picked James Burtson as their new CFO, replacing Jeff Berry on July 13. He was formerly a Time Warner SVP, handling global mergers and acquisitions and involved with the spin offs of Time Warner Cable, AOL and Time Inc., and content and new media property buys.
Music, Digital, Publishing, Misc.
Maxime Saada has been named the CEO of Canal Plus Group in Paris, taking over for Rodolphe Belmer. Maxime was upped from EVP and Head of Pay TV.
Pongo has hired Ron Pomerantz as their VP of Content + Strategy. Pomerantz joins Pongo from the Disney Channel, where he had been Vice President, Marketing + Creative.
Charlotte Koh has been named GoPro’s Head of Features and Series. She was snagged from Hulu where she was Head of Original Content.
iHeartMedia hired Carter Brokaw as President of Digital Revenue Strategy. Brokaw was most recently EVP at Guardian News and Media, where he handled the company’s U.S. commercial strategy, positioning, pricing, packaging and tiered accounts.
Jacqueline Sheehy has been hired on as Edelman’s Director of Brand Partnerships. She was previously Director of Sales & Branded Integrations, Collective Digital Studio.
EXEC SHUFFLE FOR 7/10/15: BROAD GREEN PICTURES CONTINUES TO GROW, DARK HORSE GETS FIRST LOOK DEAL AT UNI CABLE, PASCAL PICS SNAGS IAN DALRYMPLEOther news consists of Fox Searchlight upping two execs to EVP's, Carolyn Cassidy replacing Jeffrey Glaser at 20th Century Fox TV and Albert Page being named head of Temple Hill's TV division. (SSN) (SSN)
Warner Bros has set Dan Fogler to join the cast of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, the David Yates-directed adventure based on J.K. Rowling’s novel. He’ll play the role of Jacob, a non-magical person whom Newt (Redmayne) befriends while on his adventure in New York. (DH)(THR) (VAR)
This past week we've seen Melissa McCarthy in costume, the new Ecto-1, and the new proton pack at Comic-Con, but now we have our first photo of the main quartet in full Ghostbusters costume. (COLL)Looking ahead to next week’s announcement, Indiewire picks out twenty performances that are unlikely to pick up nods but are just as deserving of being highlighted. (IW) (HUFF) Zachary Levi (Chuck and upcoming Heroes Reborn) has built a geek culture brand that fosters greater interaction between fans and celebrities. Nerd HQ, the live event and philanthropic division of his company Nerd Machine runs through Sunday in San Diego. (FC)
Quentin Tarantino Shows Up In San Diego, Tells the World That Ennio Morricone Will Score ‘The Hateful Eight’Two-time Oscar-winner Tarantino was joined on stage by nearly his entire amazing cast, including Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demian Bechir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern, and announced that the legendary composter of such westerns as Once Upon a Time In the West and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly will be providing the music for his upcoming film. It will hit theaters Christmas Day. (CB) (DH) (TP)
More Comic-Con News: Warner Basically Announces That All Those Green Lantern Casting Rumors Could Be TrueThe new film, due in 2020, will actually be called Green Lantern Corps., meaning it will focus on the entire fictional universal police force that assigns a pair of Green Lanterns to each galactic sector. With that in mind, the rumors of both Chris Pine and Tyrese Gibson being cast in the film (as Hal Jordan and John Stewart, respectively), could indeed be on the money. (COL) (VUL) (HP) (EMP) (SM)
Brain on Fire 7/13/2015 Logline: The film tells the story of a young woman's descent into insanity. Studio/Distributor: Broad Green Pictures Production Company(s): Denver & Delilah Films, Foundation Features, Broad Green Pictures Director: Gerard Barrett Producer(s): Charlize Theron, A.J. Dix, Beth Kono, Robert Merilees, Lindsay MacAdam Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Thomas Mann, Jenny Slate Writer(s): Gerard Barrett Details: Based on the memoir "Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness" written by Susannah Cahalan and published by Free Press in 2012. SSN Insight: Dakota Fanning was previously attached to the role played by Chloe Grace Moretz. Will Poulter was previously attached as a member of the cast.
Equity 7/11/2015 Logline: A female investment banker navigating the cutthroat world of Wall Street finds herself threatened by a financial scandal, forcing her to untangle a web of corruption and reexamine the business she has always loved. Production Company(s): Broad Street Pictures Director: Meera Menon Producer(s): Alysia Reiner, Sarah Megan Thomas Cast: Anna Gunn, James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner, Carrie Preston Writer(s): Amy Fox SSN Insight: The film is being called the first female-driven Wall Street film. No wonder has Broad Street is producing and was founded in 2014 by Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas to produce films with strong female roles behind and in front of the camera.
Miracles From Heaven 7/13/2015 Logline: The true story of a young girl suffering from a rare digestive disorder has a near-death experience, visits heaven and returns to life, healed of her crippling condition. Studio/Distributor: Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures Production Company(s): TDJ Enterprises, Roth Films, Franklin Entertainment Director: Patricia Riggen Producer(s): Joe Roth, DeVon Franklin, T.D. Jakes Cast: Jennifer Garner, Queen Latifah, Martin Henderson Writer(s): Randy Brown Details: Based on the memoir "Three Miracles From Heaven: A Sick Little Girl, Her Journey to Heaven, and the Lives Forever Changed," written by Christy Beam and to be published by Hachette in spring 2015. SSN Insight: Sony’s last faith-based film, Heaven Is For Real grossed $101 million on a $12 million dollar budget. Jennifer Garner was also cast in Barry Sonnenfeld’s Nine Lives in production and The Mark Gordon Company produced The Tribes of Palos Verdes in preproduction.
So B. It 7/13/2015 Logline: A 12-year-old girl decides to take a cross-country trip by herself, leaving the safety of her home with her mentally-challenged mother and agoraphobic neighbor. Production Company(s): Branded Pictures Entertainment, Outside the Box Pictures, LLC Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal Executive Producer(s): Adam Tenenbaum, Michael Nelson Producer(s): J. Todd Harris, Orien Richman Cast: Alfre Woodard, Talitha Bateman, John Heard, Cloris Leachman, Jacinda Barrett Writer(s): Garry Williams Details: Based on the young adult novel "So B. It" written by Sarah Weeks and published by Laura Geringer Books in 2004. SSN Insight: Alfre Woodard can next be seen in Mississippi Grind to be released by A24.
The Runaround 7/6/2015 Logline: During a last-minute layover in L.A., a workaholic father tries to visit his daughter and learns she’s disappeared, so he teams up with her ex-boyfriend to find her. Production Company(s): Spring Pictures, American Film Productions, Heretic Productions, Wing and a Prayer Pictures, Abbolita Productions Director: Gavin Wiesen Producer(s): Mandy Tagger, Adi Ezroni, George Voskericyan, Ron Perlman, Josh Crook Cast: J.K. Simmons, Emile Hirsch Writer(s): Seth W. Owen SSN Insight: J.K. Simmons is keeping busy with providing the voice of Kai in Kung Fu Panda 3, signing on for the cast of Summit’s La La Land in preproduction and on Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution’s The Lake in production.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi 7/12/2015 Logline: The true story of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. Special Mission Compound and an CIA Annex in Benghazi on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11 through firsthand accounts. Studio/Distributor: Paramount Pictures Production Company(s): 3 Arts Entertainment Director: Michael Bay Executive Producer(s): Richard Abate Producer(s): Erwin Stoff Cast: John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale, David Denman, Max Martini Writer(s): Chuck Hogan Details: Based on the book "Thirteen Hours: A Firsthand Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi" written by author Mitchell Zuckoff with surviving members of the Annex Security Team who fought the battle, published by Twelve September 9, 2014. SSN Insight: Michael Bay has also been named as a director of Sabotage, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon, Affirmative Action for Disney and an untitled adventure project at Paramount all in development. In addition he’s signed on to direct Time Salvager in active development.
Comancheria 7/10/2015 Logline: Two brothers, Toby and Tanner, go on a calculated bank robbery spree that puts them on a collision course with a West Texas Ranger determined to take them down. Studio/Distributor: CBS Films Production Company(s): Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, OddLot Entertainment, Film 44 Director: David MacKenzie Executive Producer(s): Carla Hacken, Gigi Pritzker, Braden Aftergood Producer(s): Sidney Kimmel, Peter Berg, Julie Yorn Cast: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges Writer(s): Taylor Sheridan SSN Insight: Peter Berg was previously attached to direct. Marc Forster was previously attached to direct.
Keanu 7/10/2015 Logline: A group of friends pretend to be drug dealers in order to get back a stolen cat. Studio/Distributor: New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution Director: Peter Atencio Producer(s): Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Peter Principato, Paul Young, Joel Zadak Cast: Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Method Man, Gabrielle Union, Will Forte Writer(s): Jordan Peele, Alex Rubens SSN Insight: Key and Peele are also signed on to produce a Police Academy reboot for New Line that’s in active development along with Substitute Teacher to produce and star in for Paramount.
Mena 7/10/2015 Logline: The true story of pilot Barry Seal, who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel in the 1980s. Studio/Distributor: Universal Pictures Production Company(s): Imagine Entertainment, Quadrant Pictures, Rhea Films Director: Doug Liman Executive Producer(s): Kim Roth, Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis, Terry Dougas, Jean-Luc De Fanti Producer(s): Doug Davison, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Brian Oliver, Tyler Thompson Cast: Tom Cruise, Sarah Wright, Jayma Mays, Domhnall Gleeson, Jesse Plemons Writer(s): Gary Spinelli SSN Insight: Universal acquired the spec from Gary Spinelli for a reported $1 million. Screenplay was included in the 2014 Hit List. Ron Howard was previously attached to direct.
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiars 7/9/2015 Logline: On an isolated island off of Wales, 16-year-old Jacob discovers an abandoned orphanage that was a home for children with strange powers. Studio/Distributor: 20th Century Fox Production Company(s): Chernin Entertainment Director: Tim Burton Producer(s): Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Dylan Clark Cast: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Samuel L. Jackson Writer(s): Jane Goldman Details: Based on the novel "Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children" written by Ransom Riggs and published by Quirk on June 7, 2011. SSN Insight: Along with being in discussions to direct WB’s Beetlejuice 2, he’s also on board as a director on MGM’s The Addams Family and Disney’s Dumbo remakes along with WB’s Night of the Living.
Rupture 7/8/2015 Logline: A single mother must escape from the clutches of a mysterious organization that has abducted her, and during her struggles she uncovers a powerful secret about herself. Production Company(s): Tango Pictures, AIC Movie Director: Steven Shainberg Producer(s): Andrew Lazar, Christina Weiss Lurie, Steven Shainberg, Wynn Wygal, Andrea Iervolino Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Chiklis, Peter Stormare, Kerry Bishe, Lesley Manville Writer(s): Brian Nelson SSN Insight: AMBI Distribution repped international sales at Cannes film market. Shainberg is best known for directing the film Secretary.
Shot Caller 7/10/2015 Logline: A newly released prisoner is forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a crime with a rival gang in Southern California. Studio/Distributor: Relativity Media Distribution Group Production Company(s): Participant Media, Bold Films Director: Ric Roman Waugh Executive Producer(s): Gary Michael Walters, Jeff Skoll Producer(s): Michel Litvak, Matthew Rhodes, Jonathan King, Ric Roman Waugh Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lake Bell, Omari Hardwick, Jon Bernthal, Benjamin Bratt Writer(s): Ric Roman Waugh SSN Insight: Relativity acquired U.S. distribution rights for an estimated $3 million.
Tallulah 7/11/2015 Logline: A young woman rescues a baby and the public thinks she's a kidnapper, so she turns to assistance from her ex-boyfriend's mother and sets out to return the kid, making discoveries about herself, personal responsibility, and the bonds of motherhood along the way. Production Company(s): Maiden Voyage Films, Route One Entertainment Director: Sian Heder Producer(s): Russell Levine, Heather Rae, Chris Columbus, Eleanor Columbus, Todd Traina Cast: Ellen Page, Allison Janney Writer(s): Sian Heder SSN Insight: Ellen Page and Allison Janney previously were seen together in the 2007 Juno and the 2013 film Touchy Feely. Sian Heder is also a co-producer on Orange is the New Black.
On the Set For 7/13/15: Jennifer Garner Begins Shooting Miracles From Heaven, Michael Bay Wraps ’13 Hours’ and MoreIn other news, Charlize Theron’s Brain On Fire starts shooting with Chloe Grace Moretz in the lead, while the YA adaptation So B. It also fires up principal photography, along with The Runaround, starring J.K. Simmons. Meanwhile, Comancheria, with Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges, and Mena with Tom Cruise and directed by Doug Liman, call it a wrap. (SSN)
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After Years Of Development and Plenty Of Rumors, Sony Has Finally Locked In Its ‘Dark Tower’ DirectorNikolaj Arcel, best known for A Royal Affair and the Swedish The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo adaptation, will direct the film, and will team up with Anders Thomas Jensen on the latest version of the script, which may or may not build upon a former treatment by Fringe writers Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner. Project is based on Stephen King’s legendary seven book series, that follows Gunslinger Roland Deschain through a mysterious land. (UR) (SF) (COL) (SAA)
In the Days Leading Up To the Release Of ‘Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation’, a Look At That Insane Plane StuntA new behind-the-scenes featurette has appeared online for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, focusing exclusively on the stunt that has had everyone talking … that's right, it's Tom Cruise hanging off the side of an Airbus during takeoff. Cruise insisted on doing the stunt for real, which would be death-defying enough if he'd nailed it in one take. As it turned out, he had to go through the whole process eight times over. (GR) (VUL) (TVL) (WAH)
And Then There Were None Network: BBC 1, Lifetime Production Company(s): Acorn Productions, Mammoth Screen Executive Producer(s): Sarah Phelps, Mathew Prichard and Hilary Strong Writer(s): Sarah Phelps Logline: 10 strangers marooned on an island. One by one they start to die. Details: Based on the novel "And Then There Were None," written by Agatha Christie and published by Dodd, Mead, in 1940, which has sold over 100 million copies. SSN Insight: Craig Viveiros (The Liability, Ghosted) is directing the miniseries which stems from a BBC 1, Lifetime partnership. The miniseries stars Douglas Booth, Charles Dance, Maeve Dermody, Sam Neill, Miranda Richardson and Aidan Turner among others.
El Pantera Studio: Universal Cable Productions Production Company(s): Valhalla Entertainment, Televisa USA Executive Producer(s): Gale Anne Hurd Writer(s): Warren Ellis Logline: Set in a fictional metropolis on the U.S.-Mexico border, where a young officer is appointed head of police. He only has one request: that his friend, who was wrongfully imprisoned, be set free. Under the guise of his rumored death, the two create "El Pantera" to rid the city of the Mexican mob. Based on the comic book. Details: Based on the 1970's Mexican comic book, "El Pantera," written by Daniel Munoz. SSN Insight: In addition, Gale Anne Hurd is producing Hunters which SyFy ordered straight to series and Falling Water for USA which was given a pilot order.
Kill Shakespeare Network: SyFy Studio: Universal Cable Productions Writer(s): Anthony Del Col, Conor McCreery Logline: The series pits Shakespeare's greatest heroes, like Hamlet, Juliet, Othello and Falstaff, against his most menacing villains, including Richard III, Lady Macbeth and Iago, in an adventure to find and kill or save a reclusive wizard named William Shakespeare. Based on the comic book. Details: Based on the the comic book series, "Kill Shakespeare," created by Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery and published by IDW Publishing in 2010. SSN Insight: The comic has also hatched a stage production and a board game.
The Machine Studio: Universal Cable Productions Writer(s): Caradog James Logline: A brilliant computer programmer, desperate to save his terminally ill daughter, creates the first-ever piece of self-aware artificial intelligence. But things go terribly wrong when the technology, designed to help injured soldiers, is hijacked by the government and used to create the ultimate robotic weapon. Details: Based on the film, "The Machine," (2013/UK) directed by Caradog James and starring Toby Stephens and Caity Lotz. SSN Insight: Caradog James directed the original movie in 2013. He’s also directing features including Don’t Knock Twice in preproduction and Eaten and Zeta Files, both in development.
Good Behavior Network: TNT Writer(s): Chad Hodge Logline: Letty Dobesh is a thief and a con artist whose life is always one wrong turn, one bad decision from implosion which is exactly how she likes it. Fresh out of prison, Letty is attempting to stay afloat. But when she overhears a hitman being hired to kill a man’s wife, she sets out to derail the job, setting her on a collision course with the killer and entangling them in a dangerous and seductive relationship. Details: Based on the Letty Dobesh novel series, written by Blake Crouch and published by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. SSN Insight: TNT has ordered a pilot for the drama series that’s a follow-up to Downton Abbey for its star Michelle Dockery. Dockery is currently shooting the final, sixth season of Downton to air in the fall on UK’s ITV and in 2016 on PBS in the U.S.
Growing Up Hip Hop Network: WETV Studio: eOne Television Production Company(s): Datari Turner Productions Executive Producer(s): Master P, Romeo Miller, Angela Simmons Writer(s): No Writer Available. Logline: The series will explore the real stories behind some of hip-hop's most well-known figures and their famous offspring. Each episode will focus on how their children are challenged with maintaining their own identity while evolving the hip-hop sound and culture they came from. SSN Insight: WETV has given a series order of six episodes as of July 8.
I Shudder Network: TV Land Production Company(s): The Dan Jinks Company Executive Producer(s): Dan Jinks, Nick Nantell, Paul Rudnick Writer(s): Paul Rudnick Logline: Storyline under wraps. Details: Based on short stories by Paul Rudnick. SSN Insight: TV Land has ordered a pilot of the dark comedy to star Hamish Linklater.
Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood Network: NBC Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Jeff Dunham Writer(s): Jeff Dunham Logline: The special with comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham will feature a combination of comedy acts and live musical performances. It will also include behind-the-scenes footage of the show. SSN Insight: NBC will air the one-hour special on September 17, to be taped next month at the Dolby Theater and will include a performance by Brad Paisley and guest appearances by Chris Parnell and former UFC champion Chuck Liddell.
Muscle Shoals Production Company(s): Infinitum Nihil, Virgin Produced, City Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Johnny Depp, Sir Richard Branson, Joshua Maurer and Alixandre Witlin Logline: The series will explore the rich and vast milieu of the tumultuous and often poetically tragic segregated South through its colorful characters, rich cultural and political history and southern gothic settings, which became a unique melting pot of diverse musical and cultural traditions. Based on the documentary. Details: Based on the documentary, "Muscle Shoals," (2013), directed by Greg Camalier. SSN Insight: Greg Camalier will also produce this TV adaption. Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil, Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Produced, and City Entertainment’s Joshua Maurer and Alixandre Witlin have partnered to produce the series. No word yet on a broadcast network.
Riverdale Network: CW Television Network Studio: Warner Bros. Television Production Company(s): Berlanti Productions, Archie Comics Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Jon Goldwater Writer(s): 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 facade. Details: Based on the characters from the Archie comics. SSN Insight: Project was previously in development at Fox but it has since moved to The CW. Berlanti has a string of shows at the CW including Arrow, The Flash and the upcoming Legends Of Tomorrow.
The Infamous Network: A&E Studio: A+E Networks Production Company(s): Color Force Executive Producer(s): Josh Zetumer, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson Writer(s): Josh Zetumer Logline: Two complicated men are on a collision course: an ambitious reformed gangster poised to break out of South Central and the LAPD detective hell-bent on taking him down. The story is set against real events in turbulent 1990s Los Angeles leading up to the riots. SSN Insight: A&E ordered the pilot on July 8. Joshua Zetumer’s feature writing credits include the Robocop remake and the upcoming X-Men spinoff Gambit.
The McAfee Project Network: Spike TV Production Company(s): Rakontur, Impact Future Media Executive Producer(s): Billy Corben, Alfred Spellman, Francois Garcia, Kimberley Berlin Logline: A billionaire online security pioneer leaves the U.S. and gets caught up in an international murder probe. John McAfee is the eccentric Silicon Valley entrepreneur who sold multiple estates and his possessions to move to the Belize jungle, arm and fund his own private police force and was arrested in 2012 for suspicion of complicity in the death of a neighbor. McAfee went on the run for three weeks before crossing the border to Guatemala, where he was detained by authorities and claimed the police and drug cartels in Belize were out to kill him. Following a lengthy legal battle, he was deported to the United States while his home in Belize mysteriously burned to the ground. SSN Insight: Spike has given a series order of six episodes for the miniseries. In 2013, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski wrote a feature version for Warner Bros. but the project remains in development.
Tutankhamun Network: ITV 1 Production Company(s): ITV Studios Productions (UK) Executive Producer(s): Francis Hopkinson, Catherine Oldfield Writer(s): Guy Burt Logline: The story unfolds from 1905 when Carter, an eminent British archaeologist then in his 20’s, is fervently leading an expedition only to have his license to dig revoked by Cairo’s Antiquities Service. A chance meeting with British aristocrat, the dashing and eccentric Lord Carnarvon, brings a change of fortunes. After years of searching for the tomb, Carter and Carnarvon successfully discover the last resting place of the boy-king in 1921 against all odds and at great personal expense. SSN Insight: ITV 1 has given a series order of four episodes for the miniseries. Peter Webber will direct. His credits include Girl With a Pearl Earring and the Tommy Lee Jones-starrer Emperor and most recently, the climate change documentary Ten Billion.
Urban Cowboy Network: Fox Broadcasting Company Studio: 20th Century Fox Television, Paramount Television Production Company(s): No Production Company Available. Executive Producer(s): Craig Brewer, Robert Evans, Sue Naegle, Chris Levinson Writer(s): Craig Brewer Logline: The story will follow the star-crossed relationship of Sissy and Bud as it unfolds against the gritty backdrop of rodeos, oil refineries, line dancing clubs and other aspects of modern-day Texas. Based on the film. Details: Based on the film, "Urban Cowboy," (USA/ 1980), directed by James Bridges and starring John Travolta and Debra Winger. SSN Insight: Fox has ordered a pilot. The project was one of the first Fox placed in development for next season and it was originally given a script order in May.
You Me Her Network: DirecTV Studio: eOne Television Production Company(s): Alta Loma Entertainment, eOne Television Executive Producer(s): John Scott Shepherd, Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen Logline: The show centers on a three-way relationship in which two of the parties are a suburban married couple. Details: Inspired by the article, "Sugar on Top," written by John H. Richardson and published in Playboy Magazine in November, 2012. SSN Insight: DirecTV has given a straight-to-series order of ten half-hour episodes. Shepherd’s feature writing credits include Life Or Something Like It and Joe Somebody.
TV DEVELOPMENT FOR 7/14/15: GALE ANN HURD & WARREN ELLIS TEAM-UP ON ‘EL PANTERA’, JOHNNY DEPP & RICHARD BRANSON JOIN FORCES ON ‘MUSCLE SHOALS’In other TV development news, NBC will air a one hour special on ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, Riverdale moves from Fox to the CW with Greg Berlanti producing and feature writer Josh Zetumer (Robocop, X-Men spinoff Gambit) teams up with producer Nina Jacobson for an A + E pilot. (SSN)
Universal has set Max Adams, an 11 year Army vet and writer on the studio's The Risk Agent, to pen House to House, their Fallujah memoir. (DH)(THR) (DH) (TVL) (EMP) (VUL) (VAR)
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CAA: Uma Thurman who was repped from CAA from 1990 to 2011 has signed once more with the agency. After leaving CAA in 2011 she signed with WME, shifted to UTA in 2013 and has been without agency representation for the past year. Her upcoming features include the Cassian Elwes produced film The Brits Are Coming in preproduction, the Weinstein Co. produced film Adam Jones also starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller and awaiting release. In addition, she's been cast in films Anita, Blind, and Girl Soldier all in active development. Thurman continues to be represented by Untitled Entertainment and attorney James Adams at Schreck Rose.
3Arts: Full service agency MMA has signed an exclusive deal with 3Arts Entertainment to expand the reach of top mixed martial arts athletes including clients Urijah Faber, Chael Sonnen, Anthony Pettis, Chad Mendes, Lance Palmer and Paige VanZant to film, TV and digital. Multiple MMA atheltes already have projects in place including Faber who’s developing a reality series with Pilgrim TV. Sonnen has worked for ESPN as a commentator on Fox Sports’ UFC Tonight while Mendes is developing a hunting series.
WME: Director Clay Kaytis has signed with WME. He’ll be making his feature directorial debut with Sony’s upcoming Angry Birds movie starring Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride and Maya Rudolph among others to be released May 20, 2016. He was previously a head of animation at Disney with credits on Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph and Bolt among many others. Kaytis will continue to be managed by Primary Wave Entertainment and repped by Weston, Garrou & Mooney.UTA: Phil Rosenthal, most notable for creating Everybody Loves Raymond, has shifted from CAA to UTA and will be repped by Jay Sures and Gregory McKnight. His upcoming project is the one-hour international food travel series I’ll Have What Phil’s Having to debut in fall on PBS. He has a passion for food, having executive produced the 2013 documentary Spinning Plates about the restaurant scene, having invested in restaurants and naming his shingle after that love, Where’s Lunch. He continues to be repped by manager Howard Klein and lawyer Patti Felker. DDA: Producer Rick Bosner who was previously credited as the line producer on the indie hit Fruitvale Station and is developing the feature Other People with Adam Scott has signed with Dattner Dispoto and Associates (DDA) for representation.
Gersh: Frank Whaley has inked with Gersh as a writer and director. His most recent feature, which he wrote and directed, was Like Sunday, Like Rain, starring Leighton Meester and Billie Joe Armstrong, released in March. His first feature, Joe the King, was awarded the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. He will continue to be repped by APA and Karen Forman Management for acting.
REP MOVES FOR 7/15/15: UMA THURMAN RETURNS TO CAA, PRODUCER PHIL ROSENTHAL INKS WITH UTA & 3ARTS TO REP MMA ATHLETESOther moves include Angry Birds director, Clay Kaytis, signing with WME and Frank Whaley signing with Gersh as a writer/ director. (SSN)
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Jake Gyllenhaal Will Only Have One Performance In Oscar Contention, as Searchlight Moves ‘Demolition’ To Next YearThe Jean Marc Vallee-directed drama about an investment banker who spirals out of control following the tragic death of his wife and forms a bond with an unconventional pot-smoking single mother will now open on April 8th, 2016. Naomi Watts also stars in the film, as do Chris Cooper, Heather Lind, and newcomer Judah Lewis. (TP) (VAR) (CB) (FCC) (EMP) (FSR) (SM)
Bastards Logline: Two brothers, raised to believe their biological father died, find out their mother slept with many powerful and famous men in the 1970s and the siblings hit the road to find their real father. Production Company(s): Alcon Entertainment, The Montecito Picture Company, DMG Entertainment Producer(s): Broderick Johnson, Andrew Kosove, Ivan Reitman, Tom Pollock, Ali Bell Writer(s): Justin Malen Director(s): Lawrence Sher Cast: Ed Helms, Owen Wilson SSN Insight: Paramount Pictures acquired the spec script from writer Justin Malen in a reported six-figure deal. Project was previously set up at Paramount, but went into turnaround. Jason Sudeikis was previously attached to co-star.
Candy Land Logline: Storyline is under wraps. Studio/Distributor: Warner Bros. Production Company(s): Happy Madison Productions, Hasbro, Inc. Producer(s): Adam Sandler, Brian Goldner, Bennett Schneir Writer(s): Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel, Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Chris Morgan Director(s): Kevin Lima Cast: Adam Sandler Details: Based on the popular board game "Candy Land" created by Eleanor Abbott and first published by Milton Bradley Company (now Hasbro) in 1949. SSN Insight: Previously in development at Sony, and Universal before that.
Crucifixion Logline: Based on a true story, after a priest is accused of murdering a nun on whom he was performing an exorcism, an investigative journalist tries to find out if the priest lost the battle with the demon he was attempting to banish. Studio/Distributor: No Studio Available. Production Company(s): The Safran Company, Lotus Entertainment Producer(s): Peter Safran, Chad Hayes, Carey Hayes Writer(s): Chad Hayes, Carey Hayes Director(s): Xavier Gens Cast: Sophie Cookson SSN Insight: Cookson appeared in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service and can next be seen in Lee Tahmori’s historical epic Emperor with Adrien Brody.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Part One) Logline: 70 years before Harry Potter’s birth, Newton Artemis Fido Scamander is commissioned to write a reference guide to magical beasts, which would become a Hogwart's textbook. Studio/Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Production Company(s): Heyday Films, Wigram Productions, Bronte Film and Television Producer(s): David Heyman, Steve Kloves, Lionel Wigram, J.K. Rowling Writer(s): J.K. Rowling Director(s): David Yates Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler Details: Based on the novel "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" by J.K. Rowling; published by Arthur A. Levine June 2001 . SSN Insight: Project is the first in a trilogy. Alfonso Cuaron had previously been mentioned to direct.
Fist Fight Logline: Two teachers who work in a broken-down school system wind up in an epic fist fight. Studio/Distributor: New Line Cinema Production Company(s): 21 Laps Entertainment Producer(s): Max Greenfield, Billy Rosenberg, Dan Cohen, Shawn Levy Writer(s): Evan Susser, Van Robichaux, Max Greenfield Director(s): Richie Keen (in negotiations) Cast: Ice Cube, Charlie Day SSN Insight: Project marks Keen’s feature debut. He’s previously directed episodes of comedy series such as Maron, The Comedians, Shameless, New Girl, and worked alongside Day on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
House to House Logline: In 2004 the United States encountered a brutal battle in Fallujah, Iraq to free it from insurgent occupation. Studio/Distributor: Universal Pictures Production Company(s): Imagine Entertainment, Five Smooth Stones Productions Producer(s): Rich Middlemas, Brian Grazer Writer(s): Max Adams Details: Based on the book "House to House: An Epic Memoir Of War," written by David Bellavia and published by Free Press on September 4, 2007. SSN Insight: Max Adams recently turned in a draft to Universal for The Risk Agent to star Vince Vaughn. He has a military background as he’s served 11 years in the U.S. Army during the Iraq War. After service he produced the Robert De Niro-starrer Bus 657, and produced and directed the Bruce Willis starrer Precious Cargo.
La La Land Logline: Lonely aspiring actress Mia and cocky jazz pianist Sebastian balance their art and love in Los Angeles, the land of the dreamers. Studio/Distributor: Lionsgate, Summit Production Company(s): Marc Platt Productions, Gilbert Films, Impostor Pictures Producer(s): Jordan Horowitz, Fred Berger, Marc Platt Writer(s): Damien Chazelle Director(s): Damien Chazelle Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, J.K. Simmons, Jessica Rothe, Sonoya Mizuno, Calle Hernandez SSN Insight: Emma Watson was previously attached to star. Miles Teller was previously attached to star.
Splinter Cell Logline: Storyline under wraps. Studio/Distributor: Regency Enterprises, 20th Century Fox Distribution Production Company(s): New Regency Productions, Hypnotic, Thunder Road Pictures, Ubisoft Motion Pictures Producer(s): Basil Iwanyk, Jean-Julien Baronnet, Doug Liman, David Bartis Writer(s): Frank John Hughes, Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Sheldon Turner, Eric Warren Singer Cast: Tom Hardy Details: Based on the video game "Splinter Cell" by Tom Clancy released by Ubisoft February 2003. SSN Insight: Peter Berg previously attached to direct and produce. Project previously set up at Paramount Pictures. Previously in development at Dreamworks. Hughes is set to write the next draft of the feature.
Star Wars: Episode 9 Logline: Storyline is under wraps. Studio/Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Production Company(s): Lucasfilm, Ltd. Writer(s): Rian Johnson Director(s): Colin Trevorrow (in talks) Details: Sequel to "Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope" (USA/1977) directed by George Lucas and starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. SSN Insight: Director Colin Trevorrow’s previous film, Jurassic World has grossed $1.4 billion worldwide. He is in talks to direct this sequel but it has not been confirmed yet.
Stargirl Logline: Storyline under wraps. Production Company(s): Gotham/Principal, BCDF Pictures, Hahnscape Entertainment Producer(s): Jeffrey Clifford, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Lindsay Williams, Kristin Hahn, Brice Dal Farra Writer(s): Kristin Hahn, Paul Feig, Nick Pustay, Elizabeth Allen Director(s): Catherine Hardwicke Details: Based on the novel "Stargirl" written by Jerry Spinelli and published by Scholastic in 2001. SSN Insight: Joe Medjuck was previously attached to produce, Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock were previously attached to executive produce; through Montecito Pictures.
The Baby Shower Logline: Storyline is under wraps. Studio/Distributor: Constantin Film Development, Inc. Production Company(s): Invention Films Producer(s): Margo Klewans, Nicky Weinstock, Robert Kulzer Writer(s): Karen McCullah Lutz, Jenni Ross Director(s): Tamra Davis SSN Insight: McCullah is on a role as she’s also penning Expendabelles in active development, penned the current re-write to The Civilian and wrote the previous draft of While We’re Young.
The Last Duel Logline: The true story of a duel in 1386 France between knights Jean de Carrouges and Jacques LeGris was the last sanctioned by the French government ruled at the time by King Charles IV. Studio/Distributor: Studio 8 Production Company(s): 3 Arts Entertainment Producer(s): Erwin Stoff Writer(s): Shaun Grant Director(s): Francis Lawrence Details: Based on the book "The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France" written by Eric Jager published by Broadway; October 12, 2004. SSN Insight: Project was previously set up at Paramount with an adapted screenplay by Doug Jung and Martin Scorsese attached to direct. Martin Scorsese was previously attached to produce via his Sikelia Productions.
The Rosie Project Logline: A socially awkward genetics professor designs a questionnaire to help him find the perfect partner. Studio/Distributor: Columbia Pictures Production Company(s): Matt Tolmach Productions, COTA Films Producer(s): Matt Tolmach, Michael Costigan Writer(s): Scott Neustadter, Michael H Weber, Graeme Simsion Cast: Jennifer Lawrence Details: Based on the novel "The Rosie Project" written by Graeme Simsion and published by Simon & Schuster in October 2013. SSN Insight: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were previously in talks to direct.
This Beautiful Fantastic Logline: A shy and obsessively tidy children's author has her world turned upside down when she falls in love with a crazy inventor. Production Company(s): Constance Media Producer(s): Kami Naghdi Writer(s): Simon Aboud Director(s): Joel Hopkins Cast: Joanna Lumley, Rupert Friend, Rhys Ifans, Felicity Jones, Bill Nighy, Jessica Brown Findlay SSN Insight: Terry Loane was previously attached to direct. Carey Mulligan, Tom Wilkinson, Joanna Lumley, Christopher Eccleston and MacKenzie Crook were previously attached to star.
Untitled (Bruce Willis Detective Film) Logline: When a Los Angeles private investigator’s dog Buddy is stolen by a notorious gang, he has to deal with vicious gang leaders and various goons and crooked characters to get his dog back. Production Company(s): Voltage Pictures Producer(s): Nicolas Chartier, Zev Foreman, Lauren Ford, Mark Cullen, Robb Cullen Director(s): Mark Cullen, Robb Cullen Cast: Bruce Willis, Jason Momoa, Thomas Middleditch, Famke Janssen, John Goodman, Tyga, Ken Davitian, David Arquette and Victor Ortiz SSN Insight: Voltage Pictures launched international sales at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
The Foreigner Logline: Storyline Under Wraps Studio/Distributor: STX Entertainment Production Company(s): The Fyzz Facility Producer(s): Wayne Marc Godfrey Writer(s): David Marconi, Peter Buchman Director(s): Martin Campbell (in talks) Cast: Jackie Chan Details: Based on the novel "The Chinaman" written by Stephen Leather and published by Pocket Books in 1992. SSN Insight: Arthur Sarkissian was previously attached to produce. David Marconi was previously attached to direct.
Aladdin Logline: Storyline kept under wraps. Studio/Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Details: Remake of the 1992 Aladdin film. SSN Insight: Disney is developing two live-action films based on Aladdin: Aladdin and Genie. Genie would be released first. A live-action reboot of Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson is set to be released in 2017 with a live-action reboot of Dumbo in development.
Genies Logline: Centers on the magical Genie from Aladdin, exploring his world and how he ended up trapped in the lamp. Studio/Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Production Company(s): Vinson Films Producer(s): Tripp Vinson Writer(s): Damian Shannon, Mark Swift Details: Based on the characters that first appeared in The Book of One Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights). SSN Insight: Serves as a prequel to Aladdin, which is also getting a live-action remake. Shannon and Swift began in the horror genre, writing 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason and the Friday the 13th remake.
All is Not Forgotten Logline: After a teenager is raped, her parents decide to give her a pill to erase her short-term memory to ease her trauma, but as the memory returns, shocking secrets are revealed. Studio/Distributor: Warner Bros. Television Production Company(s): Pacific Standard Producer(s): Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea Details: Based on the novel "All is Not Forgotten" written by Wendy Walker (using a pseudonym) and to be published by St. Martin’s Press in spring of 2017. SSN Insight: The movie deal for the novel was in the mid six figure against $1 million range. Warner Bros. is interested in having Reese Witherspoon play the key role of the mother in the film.
Armageddon 2419 A.D. Logline: A man who awakens after 500 years in suspended animation struggles to find a way to fit in with a war-torn world. Production Company(s): Angry Films Producer(s): Don Murphy, Susan Montford Writer(s): Flint Dille, Edward Neumeier Details: Based on the novella "Armageddon 2419 A.D" written by Philip Francis Nowlan, which originally appeared in Amazing Stories magazine in March 1929, considered the original Buck Rogers story. SSN Insight: Angry Films’ principal Don Murphy is a producer on the Transformers franchise and also produced Real Steel.
Batman Logline: The story focuses on Batman’s adventures after "Batman V Superman and Justice League." Studio/Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Production Company(s): DC Entertainment Producer(s): Geoff Johns Writer(s): Ben Affleck, Geoff Johns Director(s): Ben Affleck Cast: Ben Affleck SSN Insight: The project is a standalone Batman film. Affleck will next be seen in WB’s The Accountant and Batman v Superman. He’s also set to direct his passion project, crime drama Live By Night, which is an adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel, set to shoot this November.
Dead Mountain Logline: The true story of the mysterious deaths of nine experienced hikers in Russiaâ€™s Ural Mountains, who were moved by "a compelling force" to open their tents and run barefoot into the snow in 1959. Production Company(s): Straight Up Films, Inc. Producer(s): Donnie Eichar, Kate Cohen, Marisa Polvino, Casey Carroll Writer(s): Brandon Tenney Details: Based on the book "Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident" written by Donnie Eichar and published by Chronicle Books in 2013.
First Girl I Loved Logline: A sarcastic, closeted teenage girl and a classmate whoâ€™s suddenly become unsure about her orientation fall for each other. Production Company(s): PSH Collective Producer(s): Dave Hunter, Ross Putman, Seth Caplan Writer(s): Kerem Sanga Director(s): Kerem Sanga Cast: Dylan Gelula, Brianna Hildebrand, Mateo Arias, Pamela Adlon, Tim Heidecker SSN Insight: Sanga’s previous outing The Young Kieslowski won the audience award at last year’s LA Film Festival.
Good Time Logline: A bank robber desperately tries to escape the dragnet that is closing in on him. Production Company(s): Elara Pictures Producer(s): Sebastian Bear-McClard Writer(s): Josh Safdie, Ronald Bronstein Director(s): Josh Safdie, Ben Safdie Cast: Robert Pattinson SSN Insight: The Safadie brothers’ most recent project includes the acclaimed drama Heaven Knows What and the Cannes favorite Daddy Longlegs.
Hidden Figures Logline: The film chronicles the true story of a group of unacknowledged African American women whose brilliance in math helped NASA win the space race. Studio/Distributor: Fox 2000 Production Company(s): Chernin Entertainment Producer(s): Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping Writer(s): Allison Schroeder Director(s): Ted Melfi (in discussions) Details: Based on the book "Hidden Figures" written by Margot Lee Shetterly and to be published by HarperCollins in 2016. SSN Insight: Melfi has penned the screenplay to Going in Style remake for WB in active development along with Sony’s Tender Bar which he will also direct.
Johnny Express Logline: In 2150, a Space Delivery man travels to different planets with packages, but he seems to cause trouble wherever he goes. Production Company(s): Illumination Entertainment, Mofac Alfred Producer(s): Christopher Meledandri, Kyungmin Woo Writer(s): Kyungmin Woo Director(s): Kyungmin Woo Details: Based on the short film "Johnny Express" (2014) directed by Kyungmin Woo. SSN Insight: Project marks Kyungmin Woo’s feature debut.
Pipino Logline: Follows the exploits of master thief Vincenzo Pipino, who scaled multiple stories and clay rooftops to swipe precious and refined art, clothing, and jewelry in 1990’s Italy. Studio/Distributor: 20th Century Fox Production Company(s): Epic Entertainment Producer(s): Joshua Davis, Joshuah Bearman Writer(s): David Wolman, Joshua Davis (author) Details: Based on the Epic Magazine article Pipino: Gentleman Thief written by David Wolman and Joshua Davis. Based on a true story. SSN Insight: One of the first films to enter development under Fox’s first look deal with Epic Magazine.
Roche Limit Logline: A girl mysteriously disappears in a space colony that has become a community made up of criminal factions. Production Company(s): Heavy Metal Producer(s): Jeff Krielitz, David Boxenbaum, Brian Witten Writer(s): Seth Sherwood Details: Based on the first issue of the comic book series "Roche Limit" created by Michael Moreci and published by Image Comics on September 24, 2014. SSN Insight: Seth Sherwood also penned the feature Leatherface in production at Lionsgate.
The Killer Next Door Logline: Six neighbors at a rundown complex are forced into an alliance, not realizing one of them is a killer. Production Company(s): Rabbit Bandini Productions Producer(s): James Franco, Ahna O'Reilly, Vince Jolivette Cast: Ahna O'Reilly Details: Based on the novel "The Killer Next Door" published by Penguin Books on October 28, 2014. SSN Insight: James Franco was also cast in Queen of the Desert and Little Prince, both of which are awaiting release. In addition he was cast in The Long Home, currently in production.
Ultra Logline: Storyline is under wraps. Studio/Distributor: Columbia Pictures Production Company(s): Overbrook Entertainment, Single Cell Pictures Producer(s): Will Smith, James Lassiter, Caleeb Pinkett, Sandy Stern Writer(s): Shea Mirzai, Evan Mirzai SSN Insight: Writers Shea Mirzai and Evan Mirzai are Black List alums.
Film Development For 7/16/15: Disney Developing Live-Action Aladdin, Colin Trevorrow Directing ‘Star Wars IX’ & Jennifer Lawrence’s Next ProjectIn other film dev news, Warner Bros. picks up Adam Sandler's Candy Land, Dan Fogler attaches to Fantastic Beasts, Catherine Hardwicke signs on to direct YA novel, Stargirl and Warner Bros. picks up a novel with Reese Witherspoon producing. (SSN)
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