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‘The Relive Box’ Being Developed As Film By Condé Nast Entertainment; Director Aboard

The Relive Box, based on a short story in The New Yorker about a tech device that allows you to relive your past is being developed by Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE) is developing the feature film. Artist Daniel Arsham will make his feature directorial debut. Chai Hecht ("Unorthodox") is writing the screenplay based on the short story written by T.C. Boyle. Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler of CNE will produce. Hunter Ryan and David Ryan will produce and finance the film… Read

Business

Europacorp TV Studios Options ‘Ruiner’ Video Game; DJ2 To Produce

Europacorp has made a pre-emptive move to acquire TV rights to Ruiner, a new video game title from Devolver Digital and Reikon Games. DJ2 Entertainment co-founder and CEO Dmitri M. Johnson, whose company discovered the game and partnered with Luc Besson’s Europacorp shortly after its September release, is executive producing along Besson and with DJ2’s Stephan Bugaj. Described as John Wick meets The Matrix, Ruiner is a cyberpunk action game set in a world where a brutal… Read

Business

LA Weekly New Owners Apologize For Transition Snafus, Name Interim Editor

Amid threats of a boycott and anger over their secretive and awkward transition, the new owners of the LA Weekly have sent out an apology statement to the readership. “We have made numerous missteps in the transition of new leadership at L.A. Weekly,” said the letter from Semanal Media’s Brian Calle and David Welch, who have spearheaded what can only be described as a ham-handed first few weeks of owning the alternative publication. “We acknowledge it. We own it. We… Read

Business

Apple Confirms It’s Acquiring Shazam App To Beef Up Music Offering

UPDATED at 9:30 a.m. Monday: Apple issued a statement confirming earlier reports that it’s acquiring the name-that-tune app Shazam to bulk up its music offering. We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple. Since the launch of the App Store, Shazam has consistently ranked as one of the most popular apps for iOS. Today, it's used by hundreds of millions of people around the world, across multiple platforms. Apple Music and Shazam are a natural… Read

exclusiveFilm

Netflix Grabs Hold Of John Scalzi’s Sci-Fi Novel ‘Old Man’s War’ For Jon Shestack, Madhouse

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has acquired John Scalzi’s modern sci-fi classic Old Man’s War to develop as an original film. The novel is the first in a bestselling six-book series and is considered to be one of the best of the genre over the past two decades, nominated for a Hugo Award. Jon Shestack Productions and Madhouse Entertainment will produce. Scalzi is a former President of the Science Fiction Writers of America and a three time Hugo winner including for Best Novel with Red… Read

Business

LA Weekly’s New Ownership Responds To Boycott Threats, Promises Improvements

UPDATE:  Responding to ill-will generated by firing most of the staff and threats of a boycott, the new owners of the LA Weekly have issued a statement promising to promote solid journalism and continued coverage of niche and under-served communities. The owners generated controversy by not revealing themselves before firing most of the holdover staff after acquiring the publication. The new owners consist largely of attorneys and real estate developers whose… Read

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Abramorama Acquires Rights To ‘Kangaroo – A Love-Hate Story’

EXCLUSIVE: Abramorama has acquired the North American rights to Kate McIntyre Clere and Mick McIntyre's controversial  documentary Kangaroo – A Love-Hate Story. The film, which examines Australia’s love-hate relationship with its best-known icon, will be released theatrically in New York and Los Angeles on January 19 before releasing to select cities nationwide. Australia Day is on January 26, and the film challenges those Down Under and around the world to question the… Read

Film

‘I Kill Giants’ Adaptation From XYZ Films Acquired By RLJE Films

The Anders Walter-helmed adaptation of the acclaimed graphic novel I Kill Giants has been acquired by RLJE Films. The film, starring Zoe Saldana, Imogen Poots, and Madison Wolf, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and will be released theatrically in 2018. RLJE Films, a brand of RLJ Entertainment, acquired U.S. rights to I Kill Giants based on the Man of Action graphic novel by Ken Niimura and Joe Kelly. Kelly also penned the screenplay. XYZ Films is handling worldwide… Read

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Amazon Wins $10 Million U.S. Rights Auction For ‘This Is Us’ Creator Dan Fogelman Film ‘Life Itself’

Oscar Isaac Olivia Wilde Antonio Banderas

EXCLUSIVE: In one of the year’s biggest acquisition deals, Amazon Studios has made a $10 million-plus deal for U.S. rights to Life, Itself, a drama directed and written by This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman. The completed film is a multi-generational love story, weaving together a number of characters whose lives intersect over the course of decades from the streets of New York to the Spanish countryside and back. Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening… Read

exclusiveTV

PBS Picks Up Feature Documentary ‘God Knows Where I Am’, Directorial Debut Of Jedd And Todd Wider

EXCLUSIVE: PBS has picked the critically acclaimed and truly heartbreaking documentary God Knows Where I Am, narrated by actress Lori Singer. It marks the directorial debut of Emmy- and Peabody-winning and Oscar-nominated Jedd Wider and Todd Wider. PBS acquires very few full-length feature documentaries per year, so this is significant. God Knows Where I Am, about the mystery surrounding a woman’s death in an old farmhouse, will air on PBS in 2018. Thirteen/WNET New York… Read

exclusiveInternational

Lars Mikkelsen’s Kidnap Drama ‘Lost in Africa’ Finds U.S. Deal

Lars Mikkelsen's kidnap drama Lost in Africa is heading for a U.S. release after North American distributor Syndicado acquired rights to a raft of Nordic and Russian feature films. Syndicado has picked up more than 20 art house and indie films from Danish sales and distribution business LevelK. It will sell the titles to U.S. streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon as well as iTunes, Vudu, Shudder and Google and cable VOD. It has also taken UK, Australasian and… Read

Business

Disney Renews 21st Century Fox Interest, But Comcast Still Lurking

Fox-Disney merger talks

In another report confirming news that Deadline broke earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal today said the Walt Disney Co. has renewed discussions to purchase some of the assets of 21st Century Fox. The potential deal has seen both coasts buzzing all week. But momentum toward concluding any purchase allegedly has Comcast still lurking in the weeds, according to the WSJ update. 21st Century Fox and Wall Street Journal-parent News Corp share common ownership. As… Read