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‘Nightwing’ Movie Coming, Matt Ross Directing ‘Tomorrow and Tomorrow,’ Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron in ‘Flarsky’


Warner Bros. Plotting Live-Action ‘Nightwing’ Movie With ‘Lego Batman Movie’

Director Chris McKay will helm a film based on the DC character Dick Grayson, best known as a member of the Batman family.  (THR)

Captain Fantastic’ Director Matt Ross Jumps To Big-Budget Sci-Fi Mystery ‘Tomorrow And Tomorrow’

Ross’ third feature will tell yet another story of recreating a society after tragedy, this time in post-apocalyptic Pittsburgh. (IW)

‘Flarsky': Comedy Teams Charlize Theron And Seth Rogen Team

Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron are teaming up for an original comedy project titled Flarsky. The script by Dan Sterling, will see Rogen play a down-on-his-luck journalist who, in an effort to overcome his personal depression, decides to win the heart of his childhood crush. (CS)

‘Three Dark Crowns’ Fantasy Novel To Get Movie Adaptation At Fox

Fox is developing a feature film based on Kendare Blake’s bestselling fantasy novel Three Dark Crowns, with Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps producing. (VAR)

Illumination COO Natalie Fischer Stepping Aside; Ex-Jim Henson Boss To Replace Her

Natalie Fischer, Illumination’s COO, will be stepping aside later this year to move into an advisor role.  Former Jim Henson Company president Peter Schube has been tapped to replace her. (DH)

Lea Michele To Star In ABC’s Mayoral Comedy Pilot — R.I.P. ‘Scream Queens’?

The Scream Queens actress has joined the network’s untitled comedy pilot about a struggling hip-hop artist who runs for mayor to promote his mixtape — and wins.  (TVL)

Dylan McDermott To Star In Fox Comedy Pilot ‘LA > Vegas’

The Practice alum has signed on to the Fox comedy pilot  LA > Vegas. The project, which is executive produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, follows a flight crew on their Friday night trip into Sin City and on their Sunday return flight to Los Angeles. (EW)

Jeffrey Nachmanoff To Helm Jackie Chan In Sony’s ‘Five Against A Bullet’

Sony Pictures has set Jeffrey Nachmanoff to direct Five Against A Bullet, the action thriller that is anchored by Jackie Chan. Matt Corman and Chris Ord are writing the latest draft. (DH)

Matthew Broderick To Bring His Cool, Collected Demeanor To FX’s ‘Katrina: American Crime Story’

Broderick will be joining the upcoming Murphyverse limited series Katrina: American Crime Story — the follow-up to the critically acclaimed The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. (VUL)

SSN Oscar Special: Predictions, Guides, Interviews and Ballots for the Big Night


The 89th annual Academy Awards are on Sunday, February 26th at the Dolby Theatre. The live show begins at 5:30 p.m. PT. on ABC, following the red carpet pre-show, which starts at 4 p.m. PT.  Get all you need to be in the know here.

IndieWire’s Final Oscar 2017 Predictions: ‘La La Land’ Will Win Nine Of Its 14 Nominations

The 2017 Oscars are driven by two competing narratives, “La La Land” and #OscarsSoWhite. Which will dominate the night? (IW)

2017 Oscar Predictions By Film: ‘La La Land’ Will Have Plenty To Sing About

The musical romance La La Land earned 14 Oscar nominations. It has been the Oscar front-runner for Best Picture for virtually the entire awards season, so unless there’s a historic upset the question is how many it will win on its way to victory. (GD)

Vulture’s Final 2017 Oscar Predictions For Every Category

How big will La La Land be? Damien Chazelle’s star-crossed musical tied the all-time record for Academy Award nominations by mustering 14, and it would need to win 12 to become the biggest Oscar victor ever. (VUL)

Indie Spirit Awards Predictions: ‘Moonlight’ Will Sweep

Moonlight will be the big winner at the Indie Spirit Awards this Saturday, winning four prizes including Best Picture. (GD)

Guide To The 2017 Oscars: What To Know About Sunday’s Show

Jimmy Kimmel will host the 89th Annual Academy Awards, airing live Sunday on ABC. (THR)

Oscar Producers Mike De Luca & Jennifer Todd Ponder Trump, Hopes & Anxieties Going Into Hollywood’s Big Night

After teaming to produce the 2016 PGA Awards, De Luca and Todd are 12 days away from producing the 89th Oscars. The focus will go from last year’s diversity drought to President Donald Trump’s extreme immigration vetting policies. (DH)

Jimmy Kimmel On Hosting The Oscars, Donald Trump Jokes And If Hillary Clinton Will Show Up

This Sunday, Kimmel faces off in front of millions of viewers for the most thankless job in show business. (VAR)

Oscars 2017: How To Improve The Academy Awards

Every year, millions of people tune in to watch the Academy Awards, where the host is pretty much contractually obligated to make at least three jokes about how long the ceremony is running. (VER)

Printable Oscars Ballot 2017

Be the star of your Oscars party with this handy, easily printable ballot. (VF)

Weekend Box Office, Oscar Winners, Best Picture Snafu, Spirit Award Winners, ‘Bright’ Trailer


‘Get Out’ Box Office: Jordan Peele’s Horror Gem Scares Up $30.5M Weekend

Jordan Peele’s Get Out, which had a boffo debut weekend of $30.5 million for Universal/Comcast Corp. and seems to have all the signs pointing to a comparatively leggy run. (FOR)

Oscar Winners 2017: This Year’s Full List

All the winners from the 89th Academy Awards. (GUAR)

Oscar’s Best Picture Screwup: The Real Story, As Pricewaterhouse Takes Blame

The Best Picture gaffe that marred tonight’s Oscar broadcast was caused by a doppelganger Best Actress envelope mistaken for the night’s final prize, which caused the unprecedented screw-up that temporarily bestowed the top trophy to La La Land instead of rightful winner Moonlight. (DH)

Oscars: Most Memorable Moments From The 89th Academy Awards

Wrong best picture announcement, candy from the sky, and a Hollywood de-tour: a look at the most memorable moments from Sunday’s 89th Academy Awards. (THR)

‘Moonlight’, ‘The Witch’ Score Big At 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Hosted by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, the ceremony ended with a more-than-due sweep by Moonlight, along with The Witch picking up two awards for Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay. (COLL)

Best Oscar Quotes: ‘This Is Not a Joke … ‘Moonlight’ Has Won Best Picture’ And More

It’s hard to beat Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway’s La La Land best picture mix-up, but there were some other quotes from the Oscars telecast that deserve to be mentioned. (VAR)

The Best Tweets Of The 2017 Oscars

What were the best Oscars 2017 tweets? While the night’s surprise ending, blew the earlier Tweets out of the water, they certainly weren’t worth forgetting. (VOG)

‘Fortitude’ Season 2, With Dennis Quaid, Lands On Amazon After Pivot Folds

Amazon has stepped forward and offered the series a Season 2 home. Season 1 aired Stateside on Pivot, which Participant Media shuttered last fall. (TVL)

Trailer Buzz: ‘Bright’

Netflix spent upwards of $90 million on Will Smith’s Bright, helmed by David Ayers and debuted the first trailer on last night’s Oscars. The figure represents the streaming service’s biggest project. (VER)

Academy Apologies, ‘Modern Family’ Contract Negotiations, Stephen Moyer in ‘X-Men’ Pilot, Benedict Cumberbatch in Showtime Series


The Academy On Best Picture Oscar Snafu: “We Deeply Regret The Mistake”

Almost 24-hours after the Best Picture Oscar was awarded to La La Land instead of the true winner, Moonlight, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has released a statement, apologizing to those involved in the error. (DH)

‘Modern Family’ In Limbo: Actors Without New Contracts As Season 8 Wraps

ABC and studio 20th Century Fox TV are said to be fighting over the top-rated series’ costs. (THR)

Stephen Moyer To Headline FOX ‘X-Men’ Pilot

The project from writer Matt Nix and director Bryan Singer is as yet untitled.  The series will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television. (CS)

Benedict Cumberbatch To Star In Showtime Limited Series ‘Melrose’

The actor will star in and executive-produce Showtime’s five-part limited series Melrose, based on the bestselling Edward St. Aubyn novels. David Nicholls will write the scripts for all five episodes. (TVL)

‘Moana’ Star Auli’i Cravalho Cast In Jason Katims NBC Pilot ‘Drama High’

Less than 24 hours after her stunning performance at the Oscars, Moana‘s Auli’i Cravalho has been tapped to star in Jason Katims’ NBC pilot Drama High. (EW)

Annie Mumolo To Star In Melissa McCarthy’s Fox Comedy Pilot ‘Amy’s Brother’

Bridesmaids creator Annie Mumolo has nabbed the title role in Fox’s comedy pilot Amy’s Brother. (VAR)

Rob Riggle To Topline ABC Single-Dad Comedy

The actor is set to star in the network’s untitled single-dad comedy from Telenovela writing duo Dannah Phirman and Danielle Schneider. (THR)

Matt Damon & Ben Affleck’s Incorporated Canceled After One Season At Syfy

Dystopian corporate drama Incorporated debuted at the end of 2016 but, despite being produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, averaged less than 500,00 viewers in Live + same day viewing. (SR)

Inside The 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

After the lights went out at the Dolby Theatre after the Academy Awards, the biggest names of Hollywood’s biggest night headed to one place: the Vanity Fair Oscar party. (VF)

‘Trolls 2′ Coming in 2020, Christopher Walken and Steve Coogan in ‘Irreplaceable You,’‘Cotton Club’ Series to Fox


Universal DreamWorks Animation Announces ‘Trolls 2’; Sets For April 10, 2020

Following the success of the first film, Universal DreamWorks Animation has announced its plans for a sequel to Trolls and set a release date of April 10, 2020. (VAR)

Christopher Walken, Steve Coogan Join ‘Irreplaceable You’

Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Game of Thones actor Michiel Huisman are starring in the film. (THR)

Fox Plans ‘Cotton Club’ Event Series

FOX has announced plans to develop an event series about The Cotton Club, Harlem’s hottest nightclub during the roaring 1920s. The project is in early development at the script phase. (DAR)

IFC Films Buys J. D. Salinger Drama ‘Rebel In The Rye’ Starring Nicholas Hoult

IFC Films has nabbed North American distribution rights to the J. D. Salinger drama Rebel in the Rye. (VAR)

Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’ Series Casts Anson Mount As Black Bolt

Marvel and ABC’s Inhumans television series is gearing up for production soon and Blackagar Boltagon  has officially been cast with Anson Mount. (SF)

Nicholas Hoult Cast In ‘The Favourite’ With Emma Stone

Nicholas Hoult has been cast in the upcoming film from The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos. The film already has actresses Emma Stone  and Rachel Weisz on board. (CS)

Sean Teale To Co-Star In Fox Marvel Pilot As Newly Created Mutant Character

Sean Teale, star of the Syfy series Incorporated, has been cast in a lead role opposite Stephen Moyer in Fox’s Marvel action-adventure pilot. (DH)

Jenna Fischer Cast In ABC Pilot ‘Splitting Up Together’

The actress of The Office fame will star in the new ABC/WBTV comedy pilot Splitting Up Together. (EW)

‘The Good Wife’s’ Archie Panjabi To Star In Fox’s College Sex-Assault Pilot

Emmy winner Archie Panjabi has signed on to star in Fox’s untitled drama pilot about a sexual assault on a college campus. (TVL)

Scott Stuber May Run Netflix Film, Dreamworks Nabs New Spec, Taye Diggs in ‘Doomsday’ Pilot


Scott Stuber In Talks To Run Netflix Film Initiative

The exec has not closed a deal, and he also is said to have met recently with Viacom CEO Bob Bakish regarding a possible role running Paramount. (THR)

DreamWorks Pictures Makes Good On ‘Bad Cop, Bad Cop’ Spec With Fortune Feimster Attached To Star

DreamWorks Pictures just picked up the spec screenplay Bad Cop, Bad Cop written by Fortune Feimster, Brian Jarvis and Jim Freeman, with Feimster attached to star. (DH)

‘Empire’s’ Taye Diggs To Star In ABC’s End Of Days-Themed ‘Doomsday’ Pilot

Taye Diggs — who’s currently recurring on Fox’s Empire as Taraji P. Henson’s love interest — is set to star in ABC’s apocalyptic drama pilot Doomsday. (TVL)

Oliver Hudson To Co-Star In ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Splitting Up Together’

Oliver Hudson has booked the co-lead in ABC’s comedy pilot Splitting Up Together, opposite Jenna Fischer. (VAR)

Casey Wilson To Play Busy Philipps’ Sister In Tina Fey Comedy

Casey Wilson will star opposite Busy Philipps’ in the NBC comedy pilot from Tina Fey. Bradley Whitford will also star in the comedy as the sisters’ father, Henry Sackett. (TVG)

Bobby Moynihan Joins CBS Pilot, In The Beginnings Of A Possible Exit From SNL

Bobby Moynihan, who is currently in his ninth season on Saturday Night Live, has signed on to star in the CBS comedy pilot Me, Myself and I. (VUL)

Rumor Mill: Warren Beatty And Faye Dunaway Couldn’t Stop Fighting Before Oscars

Hollywood insiders say that feuding between Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway may have helped bungle the Best Picture presentation at the Oscars well before the awards show even started. (PS)

Screenwriters: Tips For A Successful Film Festival Experience, Part 1

With 4,000+ film festivals around the world and a festival in just about every city, it can be overwhelming for any filmmaker maneuvering through the film festival circuit. What festivals should you be submitting to? (SM)


Amazon Spring Pilots, ‘The Great Wall’s’ Loses, Tom McCarthy Re-Writing ‘Christopher Robin,’‘Suits’ Spin-Off


Amazon Spring 2017 Pilot Season Set: 5 Pilots

Five pilots — three comedies and two dramas — will be part of Amazon’s Spring 2017 pilot season which will debut on Amazon Video on March 17 in the US, UK, Germany, Austria, and Japan. (DH)

Matt Damon’s ‘The Great Wall’ To Lose $75 Million; Future U.S.-China Productions In Doubt

The film’s $171 million haul at the China box office is way less than investors had anticipated for the biggest-ever U.S.-China co-production. (THR)

‘Spotlight’s’ Tom McCarthy To Re-Write Disney’s Live-Action ‘Christopher Robin’

Spotlight writer-director Tom McCarthy is re-writing Disney’s Christopher Robin, bringing momentum to the live-action fantasy movie. (VAR)

‘Suits’ Boss Talks Game-Changing Finale, Spin-Off Development

Aaron Korsh teases what to expect from season 7 and confirms that he is indeed in the very early stages of developing a Jessica-centric spin-off. (EW)

S.W.A.T. Pilot Casts Criminal Minds Star & More

The latest S.W.A.T. the television show will star the same characters as the 2003 feature film, with Criminal Minds star Shemar Moore signing on to play Hondo. (SR)

Chace Crawford Joins ‘Casual’ Season 3

Chace Crawford will play a member of Valerie’s storytelling class in Casual‘s upcoming third season. (TVL)

Michael Jackson, Shaq, And Other Stars Who Wanted To Be In ‘X-Men’

X-Men screenwriter David Hayter discusses more of the various stars who came in to audition for the famous Marvel franchise, including Michael Jackson and his sister, Janet Jackson. (VF)

Trailer Buzz: ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’

Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all new Pirates movie. (CS)

Alejandro Innaritu Project in Turnaround, Travis Knight Directing ‘Transformers’ Spin-Off, Keanu Reeves and Isla Fisher in ‘The Starling’


Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s MRC Series ‘The One Percent’ No Longer At Starz

The One Percent, MRC’s drama series from Oscar-winning filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu, was picked up by Starz in summer 2014 with a 10-episode straight-to-series order and is now in turnaround. (DH)

Travis Knight To Direct ‘Transformers’ Spin-Off ‘Bumblebee’

Paramount has recruited Kubo and the Two Strings director Knight to helm their Transformers franchise spin-off Bumblebee. Bumblebee will mark his first foray into live-action. (COLL)

Keanu Reeves And Isla Fisher Head For ‘The Starling’

Keanu Reeves is entering talks to co-star with Isla Fisher in The Starling. Dome Karukoski is on to direct the film, and will work from a script by Matt Harris. (EMP)

Jason Statham’s Shark Thriller ‘Meg’ Swims Back Five Months

Warner Bros. has moved back Jason Statham’s prehistoric giant shark thriller Meg to Aug. 10, 2018. (VAR)

Donnie Yen To Star In Neal Moritz’s ‘Sleeping Dogs’ Movie

The action star and fight choreographer is moving on to a whole new franchise, Neal Moritz’s Sleeping Dogs. (SR)

‘The Originals’ Claire Holt Joins Cast Of ABC’s Apocalyptic Pilot ‘Doomsday’

The Originals star Claire Holt has joined the cast of ABC’s apocalyptic drama pilot Doomsday.  Taye Diggs will also star. (TVL)

‘Dynasty’ Reboot Casts Grant Show As Blake Carrington

Grant Show will assume the role of billionaire Blake Carrington on the CW’s reboot of the classic ’80s sudser. (EW)

Ken Leung Joins ‘Marvel’s Inhumans’ As Karnak

Marvel Entertainment has announced yet another cast member for the upcoming Marvel’s Inhumans with the addition of Ken Leung as Minister Karnak. (CS)

Why China’s Screenwriters Are Thriving

Even amid box-office swings, scribes stay in demand, with Chinese screenplays selling for as much as $1 million. (THR)


‘White Boy Rick’ Finds Lead, Peter Fonda in ‘Jack Ryan’ Series, Jared Leto in ‘Tron’ Reboot


Newcomer Richie Merritt Lands Title Role In ‘White Boy Rick’ Opposite Matthew McConaughey

Richie Merritt, a newcomer from Baltimore, MD, has landed the title role opposite Matthew McConaughey in the biopic about the youngest informant in FBI history. (VAR)

Peter Fonda Joins Amazon’s ‘Jack Ryan’ Series

Acting legend Peter Fonda is set for a key role opposite Abbie Cornish and John Krasinski in the straight-to-series drama Jack Ryan for Amazon Studios. (DAR)

Jared Leto Circling ‘Tron’ Reboot At Disney

After cancelling a third installment in the sci-fi franchise in 2015, Disney is exploring the idea of a movie that would act as a Leto vehicle.  (THR)

Cara Delevingne And Jaden Smith On For ‘Life In A Year’

Cara Delevingne and Jaden Smith are on board to star in Life In A Year. The film, which has a script by Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews, has Mitja Okorn attached to direct. (EMP)

Augusto Aguilera Joins Hunt For ‘The Predator’

Augusto Aguilera has landed the final main role in 20th Century Fox’s reboot The Predator, which Shane Black is directing from a script he co-wrote with Fred Dekker. (DH)

‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Spinoff Casts Michael K. Williams

Michael K. Williams will be shooting off into that galaxy far, far away, joining a fantastic cast that includes Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover. (SF)

Arnold Schwarzenegger Quits ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

Arnold Schwarzenegger won’t return to host NBC’s reality competition if it returns for another season. (TVL)

‘The Passage’: Production On Fox Vampire Drama Pilot Postponed Until Summer

Fox has pushed The Passage, its high-profile drama pilot from Liz Heldens, Matt Reeves, Scott Free and 20th Century Fox TV, until after pilot season. (DH)

First Look: ‘Mary Poppins’

Disney has just released a dazzling first look at Mary Poppins Returns, the forthcoming sequel in which the titular nanny is played by the correspondingly magical Emily Blunt. (EW)

Weekend Box Office, ‘The Age of Miracles’ to AMC, ‘Shibden Hall’ to BBC/ HBO, Another ‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival?


Weekend Box Office Wrap-up: March 5, 2017

Easily coming in first place this week is Logan, which grossed $85.3 million in its first three days – well above the early projections. (SR)

‘The Age Of Miracles’ Series Adaptation From Shawn Levy In Works At AMC

AMC has acquired TV rights to Karen Thompson Walker’s bestselling novel The Age Of Miracles, which will be developed as a series produced by Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps. (DH)

HBO, BBC Team on Drama ‘Shibden Hall’ From ‘Happy Valley’ Writer

The eight-part series will tell the story of lesbian English landowner Anne Lister and how she set out to marry a wealthy heiress during the Industrial Revolution. (THR)

‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival: Netflix In ‘Very Preliminary’ Talks For Another Season

Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos told the U.K.’s Press Association that the streaming service was in “very preliminary” talks with series creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino for another season of the revival. (IW)

Netflix Hires ‘Tunnel’ Director For Korean Zombie Series ‘Kingdom’

Netflix has boarded Kingdom, a period zombie thriller series by Kim Seong-hun, director of last year’s Korean hit movie Tunnel. The show will be Netflix’s second original series in South Korea. (VAR)

Mickey Rourke Seeks Escaped Killer In ‘Unhinged’

Mickey Rourke has scored the lead role in Mark Atkins’ indie supernatural horror tale Unhinged at Archstone Entertainment and Alt House Productions. (DAR)

‘One Day At A Time’ Renewed At Netflix For 13-Episode Season 2

Netflix has picked up the critically acclaimed One Day at a Time for a 13-episode Season 2. The renewal comes nearly two months after the first season dropped on the streaming service. (TVL)

Screenwriters: Tips For A Successful Film Festival Experience, Part 1

With 4,000+ film festivals around the world and a festival in just about every city, it can be overwhelming for any filmmaker maneuvering through the film festival circuit. What festivals should you be submitting to? (SM)

Marian, Queen Arthur, Thor, And The Continuing Rise Of The Badass Female Hero

The hottest spec script right now is a new take on Robin Hood, but told from the perspective of Maid Marian that plays like a female-led Gladiator or Braveheart. Marian is being pursued by every major young star in Hollywood and here’s why. (TB)

Spielberg, Hanks and Streep Team Up, Sony Gets ‘Marian’ Spec, Tracy Moran and Luke Wilson’s New Movie, Uma Thurman in Lars von Trier Film


Steven Spielberg To Direct Pentagon Papers Film With Tom Hanks And Meryl Streep

The Oscar winners will work together on The Post, a film about journalists challenging the government in 1971 over whistle-blowing documents. (GUAR)

Sony Lands Margot Robbie’s Female-Driven Robin Hood Reboot ‘Marian’

Sony Pictures has emerged as the victor in a bidding war for a new project to be spearheaded by Wolf of Wall Street and Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie. (COLL)

Tracy Morgan And Luke Wilson To Play The Titular Leads In ‘The Shitheads’

Tracy Morgan and Luke Wilson are set to star in The Shitheads, a dark comedy from the mind and director’s chair of I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore’s Macon Blair. (VUL)

Uma Thurman Joins Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built’

Writer/director Lars von Trier is set to re-team with Uma Thurman for his ambitious serial killer thriller The House That Jack Built. Siobhan Fallon Hogan has also joined the cast. (CS)

‘Two And A Half Men’ Vet Jon Cryer To Star In ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Losing It’

Two and a Half Men‘s Jon Cryer is returning to the sitcom fold with a starring role in the ABC comedy pilot Losing It, written by Up All Night‘s DJ Nash. (TVL)

Craig T. Nelson Will Play A Grumpy Grandpa In Diablo Cody’s Comedy Pilot

Craig T. Nelson has been tapped to lead Raised By Wolves, the single-camera pilot from Juno writer Diablo Cody and Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions. (TVG)

Anna Faris, Eugenio Derbez To Star In ‘Overboard’ Remake With Leading Roles Reversed

Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez are starring in a remake of the romantic comedy Overboard. The remake will be co-directed and written by Rob Greenberg and Bob Fisher. (VAR)

Pilot Season 2017: The Overachievers List

With the 2017 broadcast pilot season in full swing and 70 out of the hundreds of scripts developed going to production, here is Deadline’s sixth annual honor roll of those who beat the odds. (DH)

SXSW: 15 Must-See Films And Speakers At This Year’s Fest

Speakers include FBI director James Comey, Gawker found Nick Denton and the Game of Thrones creators, while Terrence Malick’s new movie Song to Song, starring Ryan Gosling and Natalie Portman, is the opening film. (THR)


Dakota Johnson’s New Amazon Project , Eva Green in ‘Dumbo?’ Uni Sets ‘First Man’ Release Date


Dakota Johnson Sworn In For RatPac’s Courtroom Drama ‘Unfit’

Dakota Johnson will topline in Unfit, a fact-based courtroom drama set in the 1920s. Amazon Studios won a multi-studio bidding battle for the pic. (DH)

Disney & Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’ Eyes Eva Green To Star

Disney’s live- action Dumbo adaptation has several tidbits of casting news so far; Tom Hanks was offered a villain role for the film, while Will Smith passed on whichever part he was offered. Eva Green is now up for one of the three major adult roles. (SR)

Universal Sets Ryan Gosling’s Neil Armstrong Biopic For Fall 2018 Debut

The studio announced that its Neil Armstrong biopic will be titled First Man. The drama, which reteams La La Land director Damien Chazelle with Ryan Gosling, is set to land in theaters on Oct. 12, 2018. (THR)

Bob Bookman Leaving Paradigm To Launch New Management Company With Alan Gasmer

Veteran lit agent Bob Bookman is leaving Paradigm to form a new management/production company with former WMA agent-turned manager Alan Gasmer. (TB)

Jason Isaacs Joins ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Cast As Captain Lorca

The Awake and OA actor has joined the CBS All Access drama in the series-regular role of Captain Lorca, the captain of the Starship Discovery. (TVL)

‘Riverdale’ Renewed For Season 2

The CW just announced that they’ve renewed Riverdale for a second season. The Archie Comics-inspired series debuted in January to 1.4 million viewers and has been averaging 1.2 million viewers weekly. (EO)

‘Aquaman’s Jason Momoa To Star, Brad Peyton To Direct ‘Just Cause’ Film Based On Popular Video Game

A feature film based on the popular Square Enix video game Just Cause is getting closer to reality. Jason Momoa has signed on to star and Brad Peyton has stepped in to helm. (DH)

Mandy Moore Joins Amandla Stenberg In Dystopian Thriller ‘Darkest Minds’

Mandy Moore has joined Amandla Stenberg in Fox’s dystopian thriller Darkest Minds, directed by Kung Fu Panda 3 helmer Jennifer Yuh Nelson. (VAR)

Coby Bell To Join Fox Marvel Pilot With Amy Acker And Stephen Moyer

Burn Notice alum Coby Bell is set to co-star in the upcoming Marvel X-Men pilot for FOX. He’ll join the recently-cast True Blood star Stephen Moyer and Angel alum Amy Acker. (CS)

Scott Stuber to Netflix and Jim G. to Paramount, Joe Carnahan Exits ‘Bad Boys 3,’ Dreamworks Ani Cancels ‘Larrikins’


Scott Stuber To Netflix As Jim Gianopulos Front-Runner For Paramount With Mike De Luca For Film Unit

Scott Stuber is expected to take the Netflix motion picture job as word comes that after a second round of talks with a number of candidates, the former chairman of 20th Century Fox Jim Gianopulos has emerged as the front-runner to run Paramount along with Michael De Luca overseeing the motion picture division of the studio. (DH)

Director Joe Carnahan Exits ‘Bad Boys 3′

Bad Boys 3, a.k.a. Bad Boys for Life, has lost director Joe Carnahan. Some say the director has left due to scheduling conflicts, but other sources say it was the dreaded “creative differences.” (THR)

DreamWorks Animation Cancels Hugh Jackman-Led Musical ‘Larrikins’

Hugh Jackman was poised to get back to his musical and ancestral roots in the animated Australia-set musical Larrikins, but now it appears that won’t be happening after all. (COLL)

‘The O.C.’ Alum Alan Dale Joins CW’s ‘Dynasty’ Reboot

Alan Dale has joined the CW’s Dynasty pilot. The reboot hails from The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz. (VAR)

Cristela Alonzo Joins Jason Ritter-Starring ABC Pilot ‘The Gospel Of Kevin’

The actress/stand-up comedian will costar in The Gospel of Kevin, the network’s upcoming dramedy pilot written by Agent Carter executive producers Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters. (TVL)

Laverne Cox Lands ABC Role Not Written For A Trans Performer

ABC announced she’ll be the co-lead on The Trustee, a female buddy cop pilot from Warner Bros. TV and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handleman’s company, Brownstone Productions. (WRAP)

Tom Hardy Drama ‘Taboo’ Renewed For Season 2 By BBC One & FX

BBC One and FX are reteaming with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London and Tom Hardy’s Hardy Son & Baker for a second season of Taboo. (DH)

IndieWire Stands With Women: 27 TV Shows Created By Women, Starring Women, That We Absolutely Love

From 30 Rock to UnReal, we celebrate the great TV that’s been brought to us by female creators. (IW)

Screenwriters: Tips For A Successful Film Festival Experience, Part 2

Rona Edwards elaborates on her film festival advice, helping you sift through the thousands of film festivals out there to know where your film belongs. (SM)



Hugh Jackman as Enzo Ferrari, El Chapo Movie at Sony, Fox Gets ‘El Royale’ Spec, Michael Imperioli in ABC Pilot


Hugh Jackman Set To Play Enzo Ferrari In Michael Mann-Helmed biopic

The Logan star is in talks to play the automobile magnate, with Noomi Rapace to play his wife in a drama 17 years in the making. (GUAR)

El Chapo Movie In The Works At Sony

The studio is set to pick up the rights to the upcoming book Hunting El Chapo: The Thrilling Inside Story of the American Lawman Who Captures the World’s Most-Wanted Drug Lord. (THR)

Drew Goddard To Direct “Bad Times At The El Royale” For 20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox has purchased Drew Goddard’s spec script Bad Times at the El Royale, which will serve as the second directorial effort for the Cabin in the Woods filmmaker. (TB)

Michael Imperioli Cast In ABC Startup Comedy Pilot

The Sopranos alum Michael Imperioli has been cast opposite Zach Braff in ABC’s untitled single-camera startup comedy pilot (formerly known as Start Up) toplined and directed by the Scrubs star. (DH)

Patton Oswalt, Glenn Howerton To Star In Seth Meyers-Lorne Michaels NBC Pilot

Howerton will play a cynical Ivy League professor who loses out on his dream job to work as a high school biology teacher, while Oswalt will play the school’s principal. (THR)

Billions’ Renewed For Season 3

Showtime is determined to get its money’s worth with Billions: The cabler has renewed the moolah-themed drama for a third season. (TVL)

Emma Watson And Tom Hanks’ ‘The Circle’ To Premiere At 2017 Tribeca Film Festival

The world premiere of James Ponsoldt’s The Circle, starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, and a starry reunion screening of the first two films in The Godfather trilogy are among the notable additions to the feature film slate at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. (VAR)

Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Hong Kong-Based Ivanhoe Merge

Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Hong Kong-based Ivanhoe Pictures have merged to form SK Global. (DH)

Disney, 20th Century Fox Have No Female Directors On Movies Out This Year

The percentage of major-studio wide releases helmed by women in 2017 will be 6 percent — a drop from 2015. (WRAP)

‘Hanna’ Remake in the Works, MGM to Buy Epix, Reese Witherspoon Hires TV/ Film Head, HBO Election Miniseries Coming


‘Hanna’ TV Remake In The Works From ‘Night Manager’ Writer

A TV adaptation of the 2011 Saoirse Ronan film Hanna is in the works from The Night Manager writer David Farr. NBCUniversal International Studios is behind the adaptation of the assassin film. (THR)

MGM In Talks To Pay Over $1 Billion For Cable Channel Epix

MGM would be buying out the other two stakeholders in the company — Viacom Inc and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp — and a deal could be announced as soon as next week. (BL)

Lauren Levy Neustadter To Head Film, TV For Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Label

Lauren Levy Neustadter has been appointed Head of Film and Television for Hello Sunshine, the female-centric storytelling shingle launched by Reese Witherspoon and The Chernin Group and AT&T’s Otter Media. (DH)

HBO To Turn The 2016 Election Into A Miniseries From ‘Game Change’ Team

The network is enlisting the team behind the Emmy-winning 2012 TV movie Game Change to make a miniseries based on President Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton. (TVL)

Danny DeVito Eyes Tim Burton’s Live-Action ‘Dumbo’ Adaptation

Danny DeVito is in talks to play the ringmaster in Tim Burton’s live-action adaptation of Dumbo for Disney. (VAR)

Kerry Washington, Nathan Fillion And Lea DeLaria Join ‘Cars 3′

Walt Disney Pcitures has revealed three additional members of the voice cast for their upcoming animated film Cars 3: Kerry Washington, Nathan Fillion and Lea DeLaria.  (CS)

‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7 Premiere Date, Teaser Revealed

The cable network revealed that the Emmy-winning fantasy hit will return for season 7 on July 16. The network also released the first teaser video for the new season. (EW)

Rachel Bilson Is Joining ‘Nashville’

With Connie Britton giving up the reembodied ghost that is Nashville, the CMT drama is adding Rachel Bilson and Kaitlin Doubleday to its cast. (VUL)

Hot Weekend Read: Marcus Sakey Sci-Fi Novel ‘Afterlife’

Afterlife, a mind-bending science fiction novel by Marcus Sakey that tells a love story that crosses parallel worlds and so treads visually in terrain covered by such films as Ghost, Inception and The Matrix. The book will be sent to buyers tomorrow by CAA and the Story Factory. (DH)

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