Fox & DeVon Franklin Set Miracle Tale ‘The Impossible’
EXCLUSIVE: 2oth Century Fox and Miracles From Heaven producer DeVon Franklin have preemptively acquired The Impossible, a book proposal by Joyce Smith that tells the inspiring true story of John Smith. When he was 14, Smith drowned in Lake St. Louis and was dead for nearly an hour. According to reports at the time, CPR was performed 27 minutes to no avail. Then the youth’s mother, Joyce Smith, entered the room, praying loudly. Suddenly, there was a pulse, and Smith came… Read
‘The Beach House’ From Prolific Author Jane Green Acquired By Good Deed
EXCLUSIVE: The rights for the New York Times bestselling book The Beach House by Jane Green has been acquired by Good Deed Entertainment, marking the first time any of the author’s work will be adapted for either film or TV. She has written 18 novels and 17 of them went onto the bestsellers list. Her books have been translated into 25 languages. Her latest is Falling which, yet again, also made it onto the Times’ list.
The Beach House, which will be made as a feature… Read
MGM Lands Sci-Fi Novella ‘Snapshot’
EXCLUSIVE: MGM has acquired Snapshot, a novella by Brandon Sanderson. Broken Road Productions and Entertainment 360 (Office Christmas Party) are producing.
The tale is a sci-fi story about a detective assigned to Snapshot Duty. This is where society can create a snapshot of a specific day in time. The experiences people have, the paths they follow — all of them are real again for one day in the snapshot. All for the purposes of investigation by the court. The cop uses it… Read
Monica Crowley Bows Out Of Trump Administration Role As Plagiarism Reports Swirl
Monica Crowley, the conservative radio host and former Fox News commentator whose Twitter bio boasts “Profoundly honored to serve my country,” won’t be doing that in the Trump administration. Today she said she won’t take a gig appointed by Donald Trump to serve in a senior communications role for Michael Flynn, his choice for national security adviser. The move comes amid swirling allegations of plagiarism in her 2012 book and other published materials.
"After much… Read
Paper Kite Acquires Film Rights To YA Novel ‘Moxie’
Paper Kite, the production company formed by Amy Poehler and Brooke Posch, has acquired the feature rights to the upcoming Jennifer Mathieu YA book Moxie. The story follows a 16 year-old girl from a small Texas town who is inspired by her mother's Riot Grrrl past and starts a feminist revolution at her high school. The book will be published later this year, on Sept. 19, by Roaring Book Press (an Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group imprint).
Paper Kite, the company… Read
William Peter Blatty Dies: ‘Exorcist’ Author Was 89
Writer and filmmaker William Peter Blatty, author of the famed 1971 novel The Exorcist that he helped turn into one of the most iconic supernatural horror films of all time, died Thursday at age 89.
William Friedkin, who directed The Exorcist movie based on Blatty’s Oscar-winning screenplay, tweeted this morning:
William Peter Blatty, dear friend and brother who created The Exorcist passed away yesterday
— William Friedkin (@WilliamFriedkin) January 13, 2017
USC Scripter Award Nominees Announced
The screenwriters and authors behind Arrival, Fences, , Lion and Moonlight have been nominated forthe 29th annual USC Libraries Scripter Award. The honor is bestowed upon the authors of printed works alongside the screenwriters who adapt their stories.
For a second year in a row, the group has included TV noms, recognizing awards-season regulars including Game Of Thrones and The People Vs OJ Simpson.
A total of 80 films and 45 TV adaptations were considered… Read
Boston Bombing Book ‘Maximum Harm’ From ABC News Producer Being Developed As Documentary Series
EXCLUSIVE: Glass Entertainment Group, producer of the series Tanked and The Vet Life, has just acquired rights to the book Maximum Harm, written by Emmy-nominated, Boston-based ABC News producer Michele McPhee. GEG will develop the book as a documentary series.
The book, which will hit the street in April, chronicles McPhee's three-year investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing and the accused brothers which uncovered evidence of one of the brothers’ pre-existing… Read
‘Silence’ Producers On Bringing Martin Scorsese’s Three-Decade Passion Project To The Screen
Following a screening of The Last Temptation of Christ in 1988, New York City's Archbishop Paul Moore Jr. sent a copy of Shûsaku Endô’s 1966 novel Silence to Martin Scorsese. The novel followed two Portuguese Jesuit priests who journey to Japan in 1639 to find their mentor, who has committed apostasy, and wind up encountering persecution. Scorsese was struck by the book's themes of sacrifice, and how it dealt with the essence of Christianity. Trying to mount the film… Read
‘Silence’ Production Designer Dante Ferretti Details Five Preps Undertaken For Martin Scorsese’s Passion Project
A three-time Oscar-winning production designer, taking gold most recently for Martin Scorsese's Hugo, Dante Ferretti's professional relationship with the legendary filmmaker takes him through nine films, from 1993's The Age of Innocence all the way up through Silence. Starring Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as Jesuit priests facing violence and persecution in 17th Century Japan, Silence was a mammoth undertaking, a nearly three-hour film shot in dozens of locations… Read
‘Sully’ Producers On A Film That Almost Didn’t Take Flight: “The Project Became An Albatross To Get Made”
Sometimes, when it comes to greenlighting a big movie in this town, it boils down to an assistant. In the case of Sully, the big-screen retelling of US Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger's "Miracle on the Hudson" emergency landing, you can credit Clint Eastwood's right hand Kristina Rivera. Sully producers Frank Marshall, Allyn Stewart and her partner Kipp Nelson had been shopping Todd Komarnicki's script around, with many studios refusing to read it because they thought… Read
Spanish Novel Sensation ‘Kill The Next One’ Lands With Anonymous Content & Campanario
EXCLUSIVE: Anonymous Content and Campanario Entertainment have teamed to acquire rights to the Federico Axat novel Kill The Next One, and they have set Craig Rosenberg to write the script. First published to acclaim in Spanish as La Ultima Salida, the book now is rolling out around the world in 30 languages, mostly under the title The Last Way Out. It was just published in the U.S. by the Hachette imprint Mulholland Books. Anna Soler-Pont at the Pontas Agency made the… Read