‘Lethal Weapon’ Pilot Ordered By Fox, Damon Wayans Starring, McG Directing
After lengthy negotiations, Fox and Warner Bros. TV have closed a pilot order deal for Lethal Weapon, an hourlong series based on the cop buddy action comedy movies that starred Mel Gibson as Martin Riggs and Danny Glover as Roger Murtaugh. In Living Color alum Damon Wayans, Sr. is set to play Murtaugh in the remake, with Charlie’s Angels helmer McG set to direct the pilot for Warner Bros. TV.
Written by former Chuck executive producer and Forever creator Matt Miller, Leth… Read
Syfy Orders ‘Prototype’ Thriller Pilot
Syfy has given a pilot order to Prototype, a sci-fi thriller drama written by Tony Basgallop (24: Live Another Day). It centers on three unlikely cohorts who inadvertently stumble upon an invention that challenges the very nature of quantum physics – a discovery which in turn puts their lives in grave danger.
Oscar nominee Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Esposados) will direct the pilot and executive produce with Basgallo and Escape Artists Productions (Southpaw). Taylor Latham… Read
Emily Kinney Joins ABC’s ‘Conviction’
The Walking Dead alum Emily Kinney has been cast opposite Hayley Atwell and Shawn Ashmore in ABC's legal drama pilot Conviction, from The Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios.
Co-created by Liz Friedman, who wrote the script, and Liz Friedlander, who will direct the pilot, Conviction stars Atwell as the brilliant but ne'er-do-well daughter of a former President who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles' newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. She, along… Read
Is Melissa McCarthy The Best R-Rated Comedienne Ever? She Makes Her Case In Red Band ‘The Boss’ Trailer
After being woefully under-appreciated for her layered turn in the Paul Feig-directed Spy, Melissa McCarthy is back in full R-rated raunchy comedy mode with The Boss. She plays a disgraced mogul who tries to rebound by creating a Girl Scouts empire. I’m not sure if this qualifies as a female empowerment message, but the trailer is definitely not for the faint of… Read
‘Talking Saul’ To Follow ‘Better Call Saul’s Premiere And Season Finale On AMC
AMC has had success with its Talking Dead aftershow for its blockbuster The Walking Dead, and now it’s hoping for the same with Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul.
The network said today that it will air the live aftershow Talking Saul following Better Call Saul‘s Season 2 premiere on February 15 and season finale on April 18. Hosted by Talking Dead‘s Chris Hardwick– who also led the Breaking Bad aftershow Talking Bad — the hourlong talk show will feature series cast… Read
Voltage Scares Berlin With Vang Brothers’ Bogeyman Title ‘Bedeviled’
Voltage Pictures is handling foreign sales on Bedeviled, a horror film by Nicholl Fellowship winners Abel and Burlee Vang, and is currently showing footage to Berlin buyers. Deadline broke the news about the project back in November when we visited the downtown L.A. Washington Blvd set.
Bedeviled has been described as a cross between Spike Jonze’s Her and Stephen King’s It. In the movie, a group of friends download a Siri-like App which, at first, seems like a harmless… Read
‘Scandal’ Ratings Return Down, ‘Shades Of Blue’ Even & ‘Big Bang Theory’ Up
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton went head-to-head in another Democratic debate on PBS and CNN last night, but the real news on Thursday's primetime was the return of Shondaland from its winter break. With a jarring Grey's Anatomy (2.4/8), Scandal (2.1/7) and a heart-stopping How To Get Away With Murder (1.8/6) back, ABC tied with a steady American Idol (2.1/7) on Fox for the top stop among adults 18-49 for the night. That's a 90% overall jump for ABC over the… Read
‘Roadies’ Trailer: Cameron Crowe’s Showtime Series About Rock Laborers Gets June Premiere Date
Picked up to series last October, Roadies is Cameron Crowe’s first foray into television and it shows. I mean because of the subject matter. The show follows a group of roadies working for the arena rock group The Staton-House Band as they tour the United States. Focusing on the unconventional family they find in one another as well as their devotion to the music they love, it offers a look at the rock world through the eyes of the people who make it work correctly so the… Read
Margot Robbie To Star In Vaughn Stein’s ‘Terminal’; Highland Film Group Financing & Selling – Berlin
Margot Robbie has boarded Vaughn Stein’s noir thriller Terminal. David Barron of BeaglePug (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2) and Molly Hassell (The Trust) will produce alongside Tom Ackerley, Josey McNamara, Sophia Kerr and Robbie under their production company LuckyChap Entertainment. Stein is also penning the screenplay, with Highland Film Group financing and selling in Berlin. CAA is handling the U.S. rights.
Terminal details the story of two hit men as… Read
FilmBuff Acquires ‘Thank You For Playing’ Docu About Creation Of ‘That Dragon, Cancer’ Video Game
FilmBuff has licensed worldwide rights to distribute Thank You For Playing, the Tribeca Film Festival documentary from David Osit and Malika Zouhali-Worrall that follows indie video game developer Ryan Green as he created That Dragon, Cancer, a game based on his youngest son's battle with terminal cancer. The game was released this month, and FilmBuff plans a platform release of the docu on March 18 followed by VOD.
"This is an emotionally complex and artistically… Read
Will Smith & Alan Horn Join Obama & Katzenberg For Private L.A. Dinner – Update
EXCLUSIVE: UPDATE, 7:56 AM: Looks like last night’s private power-player dinner with President Barack Obama was with more than just Jeffrey Katzenberg. After our initial scoop late last night, I hear that Will Smith and Disney’s Alan Horn also were in attendance for an off-the-schedule post-fundraisers sit-down with POTUS. As these private dinners go that Obama seems to be having almost every time he’s in town, their presence makes sense — along with the DreamWorks Animati… Read
‘Deadpool’ Conquers Thursday With $12.7M, Sets Record For R-Rated Preview
20th Century Fox’s Deadpool set the record for an R-rated Thursday preview and February preview last night with an evening gross of $12.7M at 2,975 theaters. That beats the $8.6M made by last year’s Fifty Shades of Grey, which was the previous February preview champ. That Universal title sat behind the previous R-rated preview record holder, The Hangover 2, which made $10.4M from midnight shows in 2011. In its first two days overseas in seven markets, Deadpool amassed… Read