‘Worst Roommate Ever’ Acquired By Blumhouse In A First For Both Film & TV; ‘Furious’s Chris Morgan On Board
EXCLUSIVE: Blumhouse has acquired the rights to adapt the New York Magazine article “Worst Roommate Ever” about a serial squatter and murderer in what will be the first project developed simultaneously for both film and television at Blumhouse. Chris Morgan from the Fast & Furious franchise is on board to develop the feature.
The story, written by William Brennan — who will serve as an executive producer on both projects — is about Alex Miller who let Jed Creek into her… Read
Gravitas Acquires ‘Alt-Right: Age of Rage’ Docu; Cleopatra Nabs Crime Drama ‘Making A Killing’
Gravitas Ventures has secured the U.S. distribution rights to the Adam Bhala Lough-directed documentary Alt-Right: Age of Rage, which had its world premiere at SXSW. Gravitas will release the film in select theaters in August followed by a digital rollout October 30. The doc features activist Daryle Lamont Jenkins and alt-right leader Richard Spencer as it investigates major players on both sides of the battle, which bolstered after the recent Presidental election. Alex… Read
Vin Diesel, The H Collective Acquire ‘xXx’ Franchise Rights Before Fourth Installment
The H Collective and Vin Diesel/One Race Films have acquired rights to the xXx franchise from Revolution Studios, and Diesel will reprise his role as Xander Cage in the fourth installment that will go before cameras in December 2018. D.J. Caruso, who helmed last year’s xXx: Return of Xander Cage, is returning as director.
Under the deal, Revolution Studios retains rights to the first three films which have collectively grossed nearly $1 billion worldwide. The franchise… Read
Magnolia Nabs Jason Mitchell-Starring Sundance Drama ‘Tyrel’
Magnolia Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to the cabin party film, Tyrel, starring Straight Outta Compton and Mudbound star Jason Mitchell, along with Michael Cera, Chris Abbott, Ann Dowd, and Caleb Landry Jones. Sebastián Silva wrote and directed the pic which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
The film follows Tyler, who joins his friend on a trip to the Catskills for a weekend birthday party with several people he doesn't know. As soon as they get… Read
Sundance Road Trip Comedy ‘The Long Dumb Road’ Acquired By Universal Pics Group
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group has acquired North American rights to The Long Dumb Road, Hannah Fidell's road trip comedy that bowed earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. A November day-and-date theatrical and VOD release is planned.
Tony Revolori and Jason Mantzoukas star as college-bound teenager Nat (Revolori), who offers itinerant thirtysomething mechanic Richard (Mantzoukas) a ride during a stop-over in small-town Texas. As they travel… Read
SXSW Thriller ‘What Keeps You Alive’ Acquired By IFC Midnight
EXCLUSIVE: IFC Midnight is acquiring U.S. rights to What Keeps You Alive, the Colin Minihan-directed thriller that had its world premiere last month in the Midnighters section at SXSW.
Hannah Emily Anderson and Brittany Allen star in the pic, which pits a same-sex couple against one another on their one-year anniversary. Minihan co-write the script based on a story by he and Allen, who also composed the film’s score. He also produced via his Canada-based production… Read
‘The Prince And The Dressmaker’ Feature Rights Acquired By Universal & Marc Platt
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures and Marc Platt have snapped up feature rights to The Prince and the Dressmaker, a graphic novel from Jen Wang which has crossover YA elements in it and in more ways than one. The story is a sweet one, it is about the friendship between a seamstress named Frances and a Prince named Sebastian, whose parents are looking for a bride for him. We were told this was a competitive bidding situation.
However, at night, the Prince transforms: he puts… Read
Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Bags Joe Carnahan’s ‘Boss Level’ For U.S. Bow
Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios has acquired distribution rights to the $45M action-thriller Boss Level from writer-director Joe Carnahan. The film starrng Frank Grillo, Ken Jeong, Mel Gibson, and Naomi Watts will get a U.S. theatrical release next year from the studio. Entertainment Studios released the controversial Chappaquiddick on April 6.
The company acquired Boss Level from The Fyzz Facility and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. The film is about a retired U.S. Army… Read
Starz Acquires Ex-Seeso Comedy Series & Specials Including ‘Take My Wife’ & ‘Night Train With Wyatt Cenac’
Starz has acquired a slew of comedy series, specials and films that launched on Seeso, the NBCUniversal-owned SVOD service that shuttered last year.
Among the series in the deal are Take My Wife, Night Train with Wyatt Cenac and The UCB Show. It also includes stand-up specials from the Sklar Brothers, Brian Posehn and Lachlan Patterson, along with The Pistol Shrimps, the documentary about a group of showbiz folks including Aubrey Plaza who play in a women's recreational… Read
Disney-Fox Deal To Close By Summer 2019, FBC To Evolve, “Diet Fox” & More Highlights From Fox Town Hall Meeting
21st Century Fox president Peter Rice held the first of two town hall meetings on the lot today to reassure Fox Networks Group staffers amid jitters related to the pending acquisition by The Walt Disney Co. of key Fox assets, including 20th Century Fox movie studio, 20th Century Fox Television TV studio and FX Networks. There were no pressing issues on the agenda, with Rice just providing an update on the process (and also revealing his favorite Disney character — it’s… Read
‘Big Little Lies’ Producer Options NY Times’ Bestseller ‘How Hard Can It Be?’
Bruna Papandrea's Made Up Stories (Big Little Lies) has optioned The New York Times‘ bestselling author Allison Pearson's new novel How Hard Can It Be? for an upcoming TV project. The book is the sequel to Pearson's I Don't Know How She Does It, and has a street date of June 5, 2018 from St. Martin's Press.
How Hard Can It Be? picks up the story of Kate Reddy as she approaches her 50th birthday. Kate is now a Sandwich Woman dealing with all the challenges of midlife… Read
‘Beautifully Broken’ Gets Theatrical Release In August
EXCLUSIVE: Big Film Factory has pegged a release date for its film Beautifully Broken which will be released theatrically on Aug. 24 via ArtAffects. The film is about a refugee's escape, a prisoner's promise, and a daughter's painful secret that converge in what is a true story of hope. As three fathers fight to save their families, their lives become intertwined in an unlikely journey across the globe, where they learn the healing power of forgiveness and reconciliation… Read