‘Lion’ Star Dev Patel On His Indian Journey & Preparing For Saroo: Q&A
Editors Note: This story originally ran on November 22, 2016.
Dev Patel’s career started in his native United Kingdom, with a role on the hit teen drama Skins. But it was with Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle's Oscar-winning 2008 film, that he became a real star. Equally adept at drama and comedy, Patel went on to join the cast of Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom, as well as star alongside acting royalty in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel duology. This year, he's in The Man Who… Read
Tom Brady Book & Movie Coming From ‘The Finest Hours’ Writing Team
EXCLUSIVE: A new book and feature film project about Tom Brady, who has won more Super Bowls than any quarterback in NFL history, is on its way. Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, the writers behind Disney’s The Finest Hours who were nominated for an Oscar for The Fighter, and New York Times bestselling author Casey Sherman are reteaming.
Joining up with them is Boston journalist Dave Wedge, who was Sherman’s co-author on Boston Strong. Tamasy and Johnson used the book as part… Read
‘Love & Money’: The Jackal Group Preps Unscripted Series Based On Book
The Jackal Group has acquired TV rights to Ann Margaret Carrozza's upcoming book Love & Money: Protecting Yourself from Angry Exes, Wacky Relatives, Con Artists and Inner Demons, and will adapt it into an unscripted series. TV personality Carrozza, a former New York State assemblywoman, will serve as producer and host.
The series will pull from her book's goal of demystifying legal and financial decisions that most people find intimidating — and often costly. The book… Read
‘The Master And Margarita,’ Influential Russian Novel About The Devil In Moscow, Optioned For Feature Film
EXCLUSIVE: It’s a book that has inspired other iconic works. Many lines in the Rolling Stones’ song Sympathy for the Devil are from its pages. Comparisons have been made between it and Salmon Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, even by Rushdie himself. It’s been tapped for material by artist H.R. Giger, the band Pearl Jam, in movies such as My Dinner with Andre, and even in Star Trek. And now, this book about the devil visiting 1930s Moscow right after Christ’s crucifixion… Read
‘Moonlight’ Wins USC Scripter Award For Adapted Screenplay; ‘People Vs OJ’ & ‘The Night Manager’ Tie For TV
Moonlight screenwriter Barry Jenkins and author Tarell Alvin McCraney took home the big prize tonight at the 29th annual USC Libraries Scripter Awards. And in a tie, FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski and author Jeffrey Toobin shared the TV adaptation win with AMC's The Night Manager screenwriter David Farr and author John le Carré. The winners were announced at a black-tie gala at the Edward L… Read
‘In Dubious Battle’ Clip: James Franco Takes On Steinbeck Who Takes On The Man
James Franco has directed adaptations of novels by William Faulkner and even a biopic of sorts of Charles Bukowski, and now this week he brings to the big screen In Dubious Battle, the first in Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s Dustbowl trilogy that included the iconic American classics Of Mice And Men and The Grapes Of Wrath. The three novels were published in an unthinkably prolific and important stretch over three years in the late 1930s taking up the cause of the… Read
Kerry Washington Is ‘The Perfect Mother’ For TriStar & Amy Pascal
EXCLUSIVE: TriStar has preemptively acquired rights to The Perfect Mother, a thriller novel by Aimee Molloy that just sold in a seven-figure HarperCollins publishing deal. Kerry Washington is attached to star in the film, and also produce through her Simpson Street banner. She will join lead producer Amy Pascal, who got in there early on this. TriStar president Hannah Minghella will oversee with Nicole Brown.
The novel revolves around a Brooklyn group called May Mothers… Read
Iggy Azalea Options ‘Bad Girl Gone’ Novel For Movie
EXCLUSIVE: Pop star Iggy Azalea and her Azalea Street Productions have optioned rights to Temple Mathews’ upcoming novel Bad Girl Gone, which will be published this summer by Macmillan’s St. Martin's Griffin and Thomas Dunne Books. The pre-empted deal comes on the heels of the Aussie singer and model signing a first-look deal with Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios, where she is developing reality TV series and high-end scripted fare.
Mathews, author of the… Read
Fox, Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps Wins Big Auction For ‘World War Z’ With Vampires
EXCLUSIVE: 2oth Century Fox and Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps made a big book acquisition in pre-empting the Raymond A. Villareal novel A People’s History Of The Vampire Uprising. Levy and Dan Cohen will produce. The book just sold to Little, Brown in a four-publisher auction; it was landed by Josh Kendall at Little, Brown imprint Mulholland Books, and will be published next year. Fox got the jump and made the preemptive film deal while Sony circled for Josh Bratman’s Immersive… Read
Nicole Kidman To Produce & Possibly Star In ‘The Expatriates’ TV Series Adaptation
Nicole Kidman and her Blossom Films have optioned Janice Y.K Lee’s bestselling novel The Expatriates to be adapted as a television series. Screenwriter Alice Bell (Suburban Mayhem) is attached to pen the adaptation, with a potential role for Kidman to star. Kidman and Blossom partner Per Saari will executive produce alongside POW! Productions' Theresa Park, with Lee serving as consulting producer. The project will be shopped to premium networks and streaming-services.
Shondaland To Develop Luvvie Ajayi’s Book ‘I’m Judging You’ As Cable Series
Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ Shondaland, along with ABC Signature Studios, have acquired rights to Luvvie Ajayi’s debut book I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual to develop as a cable comedy series. The project falls under Shondaland’s overall deal at ABC Studios and its cable division, ABC Signature.
I’m Judging You is a humorous manual that instructs people on how to do better. Ajayi, creator of the AwesomelyLuvvie.com blog, first gained the attention of Rhimes with… Read
Katherine Waterston To Star In Movie Adaptation Of Upcoming Novel ‘A Separation’
EXCLUSIVE: Katherine Waterston has snagged screen rights to A Separation, the upcoming novel from author Katie Kitamura that hits shelves next week. Waterston also is attached to star in the adaptation.
The novel, from Riverhead Books, follows a young woman who has agreed with her faithless husband that it's time for them to separate. As she begins her new life, she gets word that her husband has gone missing, the jumping-off point for a searing, suspenseful story of… Read