‘Superman Vs The KKK’ In Works From Lotus, Paperchase & Marco Vicini
Lotus Entertainment and Paperchase Films are teaming with financier and executive producer Marco Vicini to produce Superman vs. the KKK, a film of Rick Bowers’ 2012 YA nonfiction book being adapted for a general audience.
Bowers’ book (full title: Superman Versus The Ku Klux Klan: The True Story of How the Iconic Superhero Battled the Men of Hate) chronicled the creation of a real-life 1946 radio drama in which Superman took on a thinly-veiled version of the actual Klan… Read
‘Z: The Beginning of Everything’ Star Christina Ricci On Presenting Zelda Fitzgerald’s Full Humanity
Last night at the Hollywood Athletic Club, Amazon Studios pulled out all the stops in a presentation for their original series Z: The Beginning of Everything, screening two episodes of the series, followed by a panel discussion with the series’ stars, Christina Ricci and David Hoflin, and costume designer Tom Broecker moderated by Deadline’s Joe Utichi.
A thirty-minute period drama series created by Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin (The Killing)—based on the novel Z: A Nov… Read
Mindy Kaling & 3 Arts Option Alyssa Mastromonaco White House Memoir ‘Who Thought This Was A Good Idea?’ For TV
From the OB/GYN office to the Oval Office. The Mindy Project creator/executive producer/star Mindy Kaling has optioned the rights to Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House?, the bestselling memoir by former Barack Obama White House deputy chief of staff for operations Alyssa Mastromonaco. The book, which was published last month, will be adapted as a TV series with Kaling producing alongside 3 Arts… Read
Anika Noni Rose Options ‘Shadowshaper’ YA Fantasy Series For Film & TV
EXCLUSIVE: Anika Noni Rose and her production company Roaring Virgin Productions have optioned TV and film rights to Shadowshaper, Daniel José Older's bestselling YA fantasy series. It marks the second deal between Rose and Older after she acquired his urban fantasy series Bone Street Rumba.
Shadowshaper, published in 2015 by Arthur A. Levine Books and named a New York Times Notable Book of that year, introduced Sierra Santiago, who lives in Brooklyn and discovers… Read
Playground Options David Enrich’s Financial Exposé ‘The Spider Network’ For Series Development
Colin Collender’s Playground has optioned the rights to David Enrich's new narrative nonfiction book The Spider Network: The Wild Story of a Math Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers, and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History, for series development.
Author and Wall Street Journal business editor Enrich won the 2016 Gerald Loeb Award for his series of WSJ articles "The Unraveling of Tom Hayes," about a brilliant but troubled British trader who was convicted and… Read
Directors’ Fortnight Adds Title; Karlovy Vary Sets Tributes – Global Briefs
Directors' Fortnight has added a special screening title to its lineup for this year's event which kicks off at the Cannes Film Festival next month. The Nothing Factory, by Portugal's Pedro Pinho, is described as a riff on the subject of industrialization, unemployment and the workers' struggle. Fortnight chief Edouard Waintrop calls it "a highly original film oscillating between intimate drama, social realist comedy and the occasional musical number." Pinho is also a… Read
Gretchen Carlson To Publish ‘Be Fierce’, Book About Workplace Sexual Harassment
Former Fox News Channel host Gretchen Carlson is penning Be Fierce: Stop Harassment And Take Your Power Back, a book about sexual harassment in the workplace and empowering women to reclaim their power against injustice and abuse. The book will be published by Center Street Books, an imprint of Hachette Book Group.
Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against then Fox News chief Roger Ailes last July, setting off a chain of events that led to his exit. Since speaking… Read
DIGA Options Amy Plum’s ‘Dreamfall’ Dark Thriller Novel To Develop As TV Series
ITV-owned DiGa Studios ( MTV’s Teen Wolf, Scream), run by Tony DiSanto, has optioned bestselling author Amy Plum’s upcoming book Dreamfall for TV series adaptation. The book – a YA twist on classic horror stories A Nightmare on Elm Street and Flatliners – will be published on May 2 by HarperTeen, and a sequel, Neverwake, will follow in 2018.
The story follows the journey of seven strangers – each suffering from debilitating insomnia – who agree to take part in an… Read
‘Genius’ Stars Geoffrey Rush & Johnny Flynn On Their Shared Task Of Humanizing Albert Einstein — Tribeca Studio
In film and television, it’s common to see characters at various ages and stages of their lives, portrayed by different actors—but, in the vein of Barry Jenkin’s Moonlight, it’s much less common to see multiple iterations of a character, each as fully realized as the next. Such is certainly the case with National Geographic’s Genius—executive produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment, alongside Oddlot Entertainment’s Gigi Pritzker and Rachel… Read
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Star Yvonne Strahovski: “Women’s Rights Are Human Rights” — Tribeca Studio
In Hulu’s new series The Handmaid’s Tale—based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name—Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski portray members of a “scary theocracy,” bordering too closely on the world we live in today.
In the dystopian near-future reality the series presents, the United States comes under the rule of Gilead, a totalitarian and Christian fundamentalist government which subjugates women, depriving them of their rights, their freedoms and even their names… Read
Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio & Robert De Niro Eyeing ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon’ From Eric Roth Adaptation
EXCLUSIVE: The book was snatched last year after a bidding war for $5 million by Imperative Entertainment and now the Eric Roth feature film adaptation of David Grann's book Killers Of The Flower Moon: The Osage Murders And The Birth Of The FBI may end up with another few good men. We hear that Imperative is working right now to put together some A-listers for the big screen; first choices happen to be Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, and we hear the… Read
‘Locke & Key’ Drama From Carlton Cuse, Joe Hill & IDW Gets Hulu Pilot Order, Scott Derrickson To Direct
Hulu has given a pilot order to Locke & Key, a one-hour horror/fantasy drama adaptation of the IDW comic by Joe Hill (The Fireman) and artist Gabriel Rodriguez (Little Nemo). The project comes from Hill, Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel, The Strain) and IDW Entertainment, with Doctor Strange helmer Scott Derrickson set to direct.
Cuse developed Locke & Key with Hill who wrote the script on spec. The finished script was sent to one director, Derrickson, who came on board… Read