From ‘Fauda’s Assaf Bernstein On ‘Rose Madder’ To ‘The Shining’ Onstage: What’s Behind Stephen King’s Hollywood Renaissance?
EXCLUSIVE: On Comic-Con's opening night, the must-see movie footage was New Line Cinema's It, a buzz film the studio is so bullish on that it has practically green-lit the sequel being written right now. When Paramount is out pitching agencies on films it hope will turn its fortunes, a new Lorenzo di Bonaventura-produced Pet Sematary is high on the list. As buzz builds toward Sony's August 4 release of The Dark Tower, the movie’s backers are all ready to go out with a… Read
IDW Options Thriller Novel ‘Awakened’ For Series Development
IDW Entertainment has optioned the soon-to-be-published novel Awakened by Impractical Jokers star/executive producer James Murray and sci-fi writer Darren Wearmouth (First Activation, Fast Forward, Sixth Cycle), to develop for television.
Awakened is being published by Harper Voyager for release in summer 2018. IDW will develop and package Awakened as a scripted television series with the goal of securing a straight-to-series commitment. Murray will serve as executive… Read
1821 Pictures Teams With Warner Bros To Develop Action-Thriller ‘Bombshell’
EXCLUSIVE: 1821 Pictures is partnering with Warner Bros to develop action-thriller Bombshell. Based on an original concept by Terry Dougas, the screenplay will be written by Dave Matillo, the writer behind 2015 Black List script Bare Knuckle. Paris Kassidokostas-Latsis and Dougas will produce, while Alexandra Milchan (The Wolf of Wall Street) will exec produce. Courtney Freedman will oversee the project for Warner Bros.
Bombshell is a secret government program that… Read
‘Words With Friends’ Game Show In Works From MGM TV & Zynga
World With Friends, the hit mobile word game that has been installed more than 200 million times since it began distracting your buddies since 2009, is getting the TV game show treatment. MGM Television and Zynga have made a deal to collaborate on the project, which will incorporate elements of other Zynga word and puzzle games.
MGM TV’s unscripted success includes the Mark Burnett-created The Voice on NBC, CBS’ Survivor, ABC’s Shark Tank and Steve Harvey’s Funderdome… Read
Lynette Howell Taylor Launches 51 Entertainment; Brie Larson’s ‘Unicorn Store’ First Up
EXCLUSIVE: Veteran indie producer Lynette Howell Taylor is launching 51 Entertainment, a new production shingle that will focus on filmmaker-driven content with an inclusive female sensibility that will span multiple platforms. She has hired producer Samantha Housman and creative executive Derek Iger to join her. The first film to carry the new company’s logo will be the recently wrapped Unicorn Store. The film marks the directorial debut of Oscar-winning Room star Brie La… Read
Universal Cable Productions Expands Genre TV Slate With ‘The Raven Cycle,’ ‘Sand’ & More
Universal Cable Productions unveiled its genre development slate today that features four new projects involving names including Gary Whitta, Marc Forster, Dan Harmon and Catherine Hardwicke.
In addition to the four titles, UCP also said its already-in-development series Welcome to Hitchcock — contemporary retellings of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic tales — will be penned by Beauty and the Beast scribe Evan Spiliotopoulos.
The new projects include an adaptation of Maggie… Read
‘Stupid Idiots’ Web Series Getting TV Adaptation By Paramount TV & Anonymous Content
In a competitive situation, Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have acquired rights to Stupid Idiots, a comedy web series written, directed by and starring Stephanie Koenig, to develop as a TV series. Koenig (PopTV's Swedish Dicks) is set to write the adaptation and star in the potential TV series, described as a (trying-to-get-out-of-the-) workplace comedy about two underachievers who consistently fail upwards. Koenig and Brian Jordan Alvarez star in the web… Read
Mariah Carey Drama Series Based On Her Life In Works At Starz
EXCLUSIVE: The story of Mariah Carey’s rise to fame is getting a drama series treatment. We have learned that Starz is developing an untitled fictional scripted drama series based on the the music superstar’s real-life experiences, with Carey executive producing alongside longtime friend Brett Ratner.
Written by Nina Colman (Mahogany), the drama is set in 1986 New York City and chronicles the rise of an ambitious bi-racial 16-year-old girl, an aspiring singer-songwriter… Read
Dark Horse Entertainment Re-Ups UCP Deal, Sets Projects With Sam Raimi, ‘Sense8’ Duo, Daniel Cerone, Others
On the heels of their first collaboration to get a series order, Umbrella Academy at Netflix, Universal Cable Productions and Dark Horse Entertainment have renewed their first-look agreement to continue developing and producing scripted programming from the publisher's comic book library, as well as new original material.
UCP-Dark Horse Entertainment’s genre development slate includes Mind MGMT, from Matt Kindt, to be developed for TV by drama series veteran Daniel Cerone… Read
‘Who Fears Death’ In Development At HBO With George R.R. Martin Producing, Author Says
HBO has optioned sci-fi fantasy novel Who Fears Death to develop as a series, with George R.R. Martin attached to executive produce, according to the book’s author Nnedi Okorafo.
Okorafo tweeted the news this morning. HBO would not confirm, and we hear no deals have closed.
My novel WHO FEARS DEATH has been optioned by @HBO & is now in early development as a TV series with George RR Martin as executive producer. pic.twitter.com/POF7Dj2hWP
— Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (@Nnedi)… Read
‘Haunt’ Horror Thriller In Works From ‘A Quiet Place’ Writing Duo
EXCLUSIVE: Sierra/Affinity is set to finance and produce Haunt, a new horror-thriller written and to be directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods. They are the duo who penned Paramount’s A Quiet Place, which stars John Krasinski and Emily Blunt and marks Krasinski’s major studio directorial debut. Production on Haunt is eyed for a fall start.
The plot: On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an “extreme” haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The… Read
Imagine Television Options Patricia Lockwood Memoir ‘Priestdaddy’ For Series Development
Imagine Television has optioned Patricia Lockwood's critically-praised Priestdaddy, her memoir of growing up with a Catholic priest for a father, to develop as a limited series.
In Priestdaddy, Lockwood interweaves emblematic moments from her childhood and adolescence—from an ill-fated family hunting trip and an abortion clinic sit-in where her father was arrested, to her involvement in a cult-like Catholic youth group—with scenes that chronicle the eight-month adventure… Read