Game Over For Disney’s ‘Tron 3′
The digital gladiatorial games will no longer take up space on anyone’s hard drive, as sources have confirmed that Disney has cancelled Tron 3. Though the film had apparently never been officially greenlit, we’ve heard that it has been in development for several months. In fact, as recently as early April, reports had it that stars Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund were set to reprise their Tron: Legacy roles, with director Joseph Kosinski on board to direct.
While the… Read
‘2016: Obama’s America’ Co-Director Slaps $10M Lawsuit On ‘God’s Not Dead’ Producers For Allegedly Lifting Idea
Over a year after its release and with a sequel supposedly in the works, the faith-based Kevin Sorbo starring hit has been hit with a lawsuit claiming producers took its premise in bad faith. Seeking at least $10 million in damages and alleging that God's Not Dead was based on a “faith-based Dead Poets’ Society“concept called Proof that they came up with back in 2009, John Sullivan and Brad Stine today sued Pure Flix Entertainment and its CEO David A.R. White "God's Not D… Read
SAG Foundation Offers Aid To Flood Victims
The SAG Foundation is offering emergency assistance to SAG-AFTRA members affected by the terrible floods in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. "The SAG Foundation hopes all local SAG-AFTRA members are safe and their homes intact," the nonprofit wrote on its website. "However, for SAG-AFTRA members and families who have been affected by the severe flooding, the SAG Foundation offers an emergency assistance fund to help in this time of need."
To qualify for assistance… Read
Oscars: With Cannes Behind Us, Serious 2015 Contenders Start To Come Into Play
As I have slowly emerged during the past week from my French fog into the harsher realities of Hollywood, the likely effect of the 68th Cannes Film Festival on this year’s Oscar race has come more into focus. I consider Cannes a “soft start” to the awards season, not as key obviously as the fall trifecta of Venice/Telluride/Toronto but one that puts some early players in the game. Last year in the official Competition, Foxcatcher managed to win a Best Director prize for… Read
‘The Wicked + The Divine’ Comic To Be Adapted As TV Series By Universal TV
On the heels of The Wicked + The Divine comic by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson landing three Eisner Award nominations, including best new series, the breakout books are headed to TV. Universal Television has optioned the rights to the property for Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Milkfed Criminal Masterminds; they will produce the project through the pod deal they recently inked with the studio. In addition to adapting their own comics and… Read
Rob Morrow To Play Barry Scheck In ‘The People Vs O.J. Simpson’
Rob Morrow (Texas Rising) is the latest to join the cast of FX's American Crime Story: The People Vs O.J. Simpson. He will play Barry Scheck, the co-founder of the Innocence Project who is called upon by O.J.’s defense team for his DNA expertise. The miniseries takes a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers that explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution… Read
‘Aquarius’ Off To Modest Ratings Start, ‘500 Questions’ Ticks Up In Finale
UPDATE PM: Encouraging ratings uptick in the finals for new NBC drama Aquarius (1.1 in 18-49), which will rely on digital viewing as the network is making the whole season available for streaming.
PREVIOUS AM: The performance of new NBC drama Aquarius won’t be judged by on-air ratings as it is introducing a new broadcast model, with all 13 episodes made available online after last night’s two-hour premiere on the network.
The Charles Manson series starring David Duchovny… Read
James Frey Sci-Fi Book Proposal Has Fox 2000 & Publishers In Launch Mode
EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a tasty one to end the week. I’m hearing that James Frey has hatched a proposal for an untitled science fiction space franchise: book publishers are hot and bothered, and Fox 2000 is in talks to set it up as a feature with Marisa Paiva overseeing for the studio. The working title is Space Runners, but I don’t have any more specific information than that. This would be produced by Joe and Anthony Russo, who’d be producing with Frey. They are already… Read
Andrew Lloyd Webber Sets ‘School Of Rock’ Pre-Previews With Invited Audiences
In past summers, Andrew Lloyd Webber has invited a select group of friends to his Sydmonton estate for a festival of works-in-progress by Andrew Lloyd Webber. But with his adaptation of the 2003 Jack Black-starring film slated to begin previews in November at the Shubert-owned Winter Garden Theatre, he’s changed tack. Several hundred carefully culled strangers will get to pre-preview the show beginning next week at at Manhattan’s Gramercy Theatre, where the musical will… Read
Michael Chiklis Joins Sci-Fi Pic ‘Rupture’ To Torment Noomi Rapace
Michael Chiklis has joined the cast of Rupture, the Steven Shainberg-directed sci-fi thriller starring Noomi Rapace that is the next project of American Sniper producer Andrew Lazar.
The pic centers on a single mother (Rapace) struggling to raise her 12-year-old son alone who is abducted by a mysterious organization. Tied up in their lab, they question her about her medical history, eventually revealing that she has a genetic abnormality that her worst fear can cause her… Read
Colin Donnell Joins ‘Chicago Med’ As New Series Regular
EXCLUSIVE: Colin Donnell (Arrow, The Affair) has been added to the cast of NBC’s new drama series Chicago Med as a new regular. Because the latest offshoot in Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise started off as a planted spinoff episode of Chicago Fire, the cast was not fully formed and is now expanding. Since work on the show’s 13-episode order is just beginning, the character Donnell will be playing is still being fleshed out. He is expected to be a doctor, possibly in… Read
Will “Unprecedented” Ad Agency Reviews Hurt TV’s Upfront Market?
Last year’s upfront market broke in early June, so TV networks aren’t concerned yet as they watch ad buyers continue to kick the tires. But some industry execs and observers warn that this year’s sales process could drag out longer than usual for a variety of reasons — including an astonishing, and unexpected, recent spate of advertiser agency reviews.
The volume of reviews is “unprecedented,” Pivotal Research Group’s Brian Wieser says, as companies… Read