Matt Shakman To Direct TriStar’s ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ Adaptation
EXCLUSIVE: TriStar is setting Matt Shakman to direct The Phantom Tollbooth, a live-action/hybrid adaptation of Norton Juster’s classic children’s book. Shakman is the artistic director of the Geffen Playhouse who spent five years as executive producer of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and directed two Game of Thrones episodes last season, “East Watch” and “The Spoils of War.” He chose this over a number of offers as he steps up to a big feature. The script is by… Read
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
Director Bryan Buckley On His Long-Held Fascination With ‘The Pirates Of Somalia’
Debuting The Pirates of Somalia (previously titled Dabka) at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, fimmaker Bryan Buckley had been fascinated by the subjects of the film’s title long before helming that project.
“Originally, I had done a short doc for the UN on refugees. I met Somali people in Kenya and I realized that we weren't getting the proper story from them,” Buckley explains. “We finished this short doc and nobody watched it at all, so I took it upon myself to create… Read
Sally Field Memoir Acquired By Hachette’s Grand Central Publishing
Grand Central Publishing has acquired Sally Field’s upcoming memoir In Pieces, a book described as the actress’s first extensive discussion of her private life and childhood.
Field says the book is “about the little girl that I was, about the teenager who backed into becoming a celebrity, and about the craft that taught me to stand on my feet, a craft that helped me find my way out of a complicated childhood."
Millicent Bennett, GCP’s Executive Editor, acquired the North… Read
Sony Enlists Director Daniel Espinosa, George Clooney’s Smokehouse For ‘Red Platoon’
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has set Safe House helmer Daniel Espinosa to direct an adaptation of the Clinton Romesha book Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor. George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures has come aboard the film as producer. Sony optioned the book last year. Suicide Squad 2‘s Adam Cozad wrote the script, and Josh Bratman is also producing.
Medal of Honor recipient Romesha was part of Red Platoon and the Black Knight Troop which in 2009… Read
If Bugs Bunny Met Immanuel Kant, It Would Be In Winston Perez’s New Book On ‘Concept’
Immanuel Kant + Bugs Bunny = Winston J. Perez? Now, there's a "concept." Or maybe not. The only way to be sure, as Winston Perez views a term that has come to define his professional life in Hollywood, is to take a close look at Perez's latest work, an upcoming book with an imposing title: Concerning the Nature and Structure of Concept.
Some of it is heavier reading than the average entertainment executive has done since pulling a C+ in that sophomore philosophy class… Read
James Franco On Finding Norma Desmond In Tommy Wiseau For ‘The Disaster Artist’
Ever the die-hard fan of classic novels, James Franco has ambitiously directed and starred in movies based on tomes by William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy. But then four years ago, the 127 Hours Oscar nominee found Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell's New York Times bestseller, The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made, and became bewitched by The Room filmmaker Tommy Wiseau, an idiosyncratic character who seemed ripped out of the pages of… Read
Matthew Quick To Adapt His ‘Sorta Like A Rock Star’ Novel Into Movie
EXCLUSIVE: Matthew Quick has been set to adapt Sorta Like A Rock Star, his 2010 young adult novel that is now near a deal to be set up at Netflix as the feature film directing debut for Bryce Dallas Howard. The film is being produced by Gotham Group's Lee Stollman and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Temple Hill.
Fox Searchlight originally acquired screen rights in 2013 to Rock Star. Its protagonist is Amber Appleton, a high school senior who secretly lives in the back of a… Read
‘The Smart Money’ Gambling Memoir Acquired By OBB Pictures With Eye On TV Series
EXCLUSIVE: OBB Pictures has optioned rights to The Smart Money, Michael Konik’s 2006 memoir about about life inside one of the world's most sought after gambling rings run by the industry's most feared player. OBB is teaming with 3 Arts Entertainment to fast-track development, with plans to adapt the book into a half-hour dramedy series for a cable or streaming network.
OBB president and CEO Michael D. Ratner, Scott Ratner and Eric D. Cohen will executive produce with 3… Read
Steven Knight To Adapt Charles Dickens Novels For BBC One; Ridley Scott, Tom Hardy Exec Producing
Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is taking on Ebenezer Scrooge, putting his own spin on Charles Dickens under a deal that will see him partner again with the team from his other acclaimed drama, Taboo. BBC One has ordered a series of adaptations of Dickens’ classic novels to be produced by Ridley Scott's Scott Free London in association with Tom Hardy's Hardy Son & Baker. The project will kick off with a three-part take on A Christmas Carol which will air in the… Read
London Fire Book To Be Remade For TV By ‘The Smoke’ Producer Kudos
Broadchurch producer Kudos is heading back into the fire with its latest high-end drama development. The Endemol Shine Group-owned drama firm is developing a series based on Through the Fire, a female firefighter's memoir.
It is the company's latest high-profile firefighter drama since it produced the 2014 Sky drama The Smoke, which starred Doctor Who's Jodie Whittaker. The book was written by Dr. Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, one of the UK's most senior female firefighters, and… Read
Komixx Options YA Wattpad Hit ‘My Life With The Walter Boys’ By Ali Novak
Broadening its relationship with online storytelling community Wattpad, Komixx Entertainment has optioned worldwide screen rights to Ali Novak's My Life With The Walter Boys. The YA novel has more than 67M reads on Wattpad where it was originally published when Novak was 15. It was later published in print by Sourcebooks.
A coming-of-age tale, My Life With The Walter Boys features prim and proper 16-year-old Jackie Howard whose world is turned upside down by a freak… Read