The CW Buys ‘School For Psychics’ Drama From Paul Sciarrotta, Dan Jinks & Jason Egenberg
The CW has put in development School For Psychics, a drama based on K.C. Archer’s upcoming book series, from CBS TV Studios. Paul Sciarrotta, who most recently served as co-executive producer on the CW/CBS Studios dramedy Jane the Virgin, will write the adaptation and will executive produce alongside Dan Jinks and Jason Egenberg.
In School For Psychics, when an aimless, jaded young woman learns she has powerful latent psychic abilities, she is recruited to join a secret… Read
No Trace Camping Acquires Rights To ‘The Deal Of A Lifetime’ By Fredrik Backman
EXCLUSIVE: No Trace Camping, the indie production company behind the Oscar nominated film Room has purchased the film rights to Fredrik Backman’s soon-to-be-published novella The Deal Of A Lifetime, which Atria Books is releasing on October 31. It’s about a man who sacrificed his family in the single-minded pursuit of success and the courageous little girl fighting for her life who crosses his path.
Jeff Arkuss, David Gross and Jesse Shapira of No Trace Camping will… Read
Jay Roach To Direct Kent State Drama ’67 Shots’, Producing With Tina Fey And ShivHans Financing
EXCLUSIVE: Jay Roach has been set to direct 67 Shots, a film that recaptures the circumstances behind the fatal shootings at Kent State University in 1970. Shivani Rawat's ShivHans Pictures, which backed Roach’s lauded Bryan Cranston starrer Trumbo, will finance development after winning a competitive auction for a package that has award-winning playwright Stephen Belber writing the script, based on the Howard Means book 67 Shots: Kent State and the End of American Innocen… Read
Mika Brzezinski Will Keep Three-Book Deal With Weinstein-Free Hachette
Mika Brzezinski announced on Morning Joe today that she will keep her three-book deal at the now-Weinstein free Hachette Books. Brzezinski previously had said that she wanted out of the deal unless Harvey Weinstein was gone.
On Thursay, Hachette Book Group terminated its Weinstein Books imprint, with all titles – and staff – moving over to another Hachette Books imprint. Brzezinski’s titles, including the expanded edition of her 2011 book Knowing Your Value: Women, Money… Read
CBS Developing Crime Drama Based On Meg Gardiner Novel ‘UNSUB’ With Liz Friedman Writing
EXCLUSIVE: CBS has bought a drama based on Edgar-winning author Meg Gardiner's novel UNSUB. The project was picked up by CBS Television Studios earlier this year, ahead of auction. The book was published in June by Dutton. The network has ordered a pilot script to be written by Liz Friedman, who will be executive producer and showrunner, and who co-created ABC's Conviction and co-wrote the pilot to Orange Is The New Black. Latter got her an Emmy nomination. Friedman was… Read
Weinstein Books Imprint Axed; Hachette Takes Projects, Staff
Hachette Book Group has terminated its Weinstein Books imprint effective immediately, with Weinstein titles now to be published under the Hachette Books imprint, Deadline has confirmed.
The decision comes just two days after Hachette told Publishers Weekly that it would honor contracts with all writers with its Weinstein Books, a joint venture with The Weinstein Company.
The axing of the imprint was not unexpected: Last week, Mika Brzezinski very publicly announced she… Read
Raymond Chandler Estate Gets New Representation With The Agency, RCW
EXCLUSIVE: London-based The Agency and Rogers Coleridge and White have together secured representation of the estate of legendary novelist and screenwriter Raymond Chandler. The partners will be across publishing and all media, with immediate effect. The estate was previously overseen by Graham C Greene and Ed Victor, until Victor died on June 7.
The American-British Chandler published his first novel, The Big Sleep, in 1939. It was the first to feature detective Philip… Read
‘The Anomaly’ Picked Up Pre-Emptively By The Gotham Group For Bryan Singer
EXCLUSIVE: The Gotham Group has struck pre-emptively to acquire film rights to The Anomaly, a new thriller novel by Michael Rutger (the pen name for internationally bestselling author Michael Marshall). The book, which has a street date of July 2018, will be produced by Gotham and Bryan Singer’s Bad Hat Harry with an eye towards Singer directing. The director is currently behind the camera on the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
Published by Grand Central in the… Read
Rachel Okine Named VP, Acquisitions At STXInternational
STXinternational has named Rachel Okine VP of Acquisitions to lead all U.K. and European acquisitions. She will join the company Oct. 16 and report to STXinternational President David Kosse. She will focus on identifying and delivering new content for international distribution.
Since launching in 2016, STXinternational has acquired the rights to several noteworthy projects, including the U.K. rights to Breathe ,directed by Andy Serkis and starring Andrew Garfield and… Read
Geoffrey Fletcher Set To Pen ‘I Am A Man’ About Historic Memphis Sanitation Strike
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winning Precious scribe Geoffrey Fletcher has been set to write I Am a Man, a feature film adaptation in the works from Sycamore Pictures based on Michael K. Honey’s 2007 book about the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike that became a turning point in the U.S. civil rights movement.
The strike, carried out by black employees over poor working conditions and discrimination, drew Martin Luther King Jr, the National Guard and the national media for what… Read
FremantleMedia To Adapt Robert Harris’ ‘Munich’ As UK/German Series
From features to TV projects, World War II is a big focus for creatives this season, and particularly as we head into Mipcom. To wit: FremantleMedia’s Euston Films and UFA Fiction are set to co-produce the adaptation of Robert Harris’ latest novel, Munich. The spy thriller will be filmed in the UK and Germany. It’s a story about treason and conscience, loyalty and betrayal, and is filled with real-life characters – Hitler, Chamberlain, Mussolini, Daladier – and events… Read
‘The Partner’ Drama Based On John Grisham Novel Set At Fox With Penalty
John Grisham’s bestselling 1997 legal thriller novel The Partner is headed to television as a drama series project at Fox from writer Jon Cowan (Suits, Private Practice), Davis Entertainment (The Blacklist) and Sony Pictures TV Studios.
The Partner, which has received a script commitment with penalty from the network, is a David vs. Goliath story about a betrayed lawyer. He was once a well-liked, well-paid young partner in a thriving Mississippi law firm. Then he stole… Read