Anne Hathaway Boards Untitled Romantic Comedy From STXfilms
EXCLUSIVE: Anne Hathaway has boarded an untitled contemporary romantic comedy being developed at STXfilms from screenwriters Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. Hathaway will star in and produce the project about dating in the 21st century when technology has overtaken — well, pretty much everything. The company had been looking for a project for the actress for some time. Kohn and Silverstein previously scripted How to Be Single, The Vow and He's Just Not That Into You.
Women Lead The Charge Toward A Gender Balance Not Seen In The History Of Entertainment — Deadline Disruptors
Last year, all it took was a hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite, to re-energize an important conversation. Twelve months later, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins made history by becoming the first African-American filmmaker to be nominated for Best Director, Picture and Screenplay at the Academy Awards. And, as everyone knows, his film went on to take the Best Picture Oscar—literally—from the hands of the favorites, the makers of La La Land. Meanwhile, a similar conversation about… Read
Barry Jenkins On ‘The Underground Railroad’ And The Power Of “No” – Deadline Disruptors
As Barry Jenkins sits down to discuss disruption, on the eve of his first trip to Cannes—a newly minted Oscar winner—there's a knock on his front door. A courier has arrived with a very special package. "You're my best friend, bro," Jenkins tells the courier. "I have just finally received the card that says, "Best Picture: Moonlight."
The fabled card. The one held aloft on Oscar night by La La Land producer Jordan Horwitz, to announce to the world that Moonlight had, in… Read
How Megan Ellison Turned Annapurna Into A Powerful Mini-Major — Deadline Disruptors
In only a few short years, Megan Ellison—who started up Annapurna in 2011—has taken a small, vibrant, indie production company and methodically turned it into an impressive mini-major. Those in town are comparing Annapurna to the heyday of Harvey and Bob Weinstein's Miramax, which dominated the '90s, but a more appropriate analogy might be Orion Pictures, the prestige indie outfit of the '80s.
Ellison is financing, acquiring and producing high-quality fare with… Read
How Scott Stuber Will Steer Netflix Ambition To Make 40-50 Feature Films Per Year – Deadline Disruptors
When Scott Stuber took himself out of contention to replace the late Brad Grey as Paramount chairman, and instead accepted an offer from Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos to run Netflix's feature film division, many felt he'd taken the more exciting job. Why? While Jim Gianopulos has to dig Paramount out of a deep hole, Stuber has a blank slate and the financial backing to make Netflix as aggressive a film studio as it is on the television front—try 40-50 films per year… Read
Amazon Film Chief Jason Ropell Leads The Charge To Broaden The Studio’s Global Imprint — Deadline Disruptors
It's been a good year for Amazon Studios. The company has proved its worth as a major player in the independent film market thanks to the critical and box office success of Manchester by the Sea, which it picked up in Sundance last year for $10 million before steering it to Oscar success in the Best Actor and Screenplay categories. Amazon also nabbed a third statuette with Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman, which went home with the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, in the… Read
Pair Of Roger Ailes Projects Still In Development In Hollywood
Two projects with Roger Ailes front and center are still in development in Hollywood: one for film and one TV project. At Annapurna, the mini-major that was behind multiple pictures recognized by the Academy such as American Hustle, Her, Zero Dark Thirty, and Foxcatcher (to name a few), is a yet-untitled feature about the sexual harassment inside the network that prompted the swift departure of Ailes.
That project which is being penned by The Big Short‘s Charles Rudolph… Read
ITV America Inks Development Deal With Emmy-Winning NBA Star Kenny Smith
EXCLUSIVE: With tonight's NBA Playoffs Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals about to begin between the reigning champions Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics, Kenny Smith is part of the team fronting TNT's coverage of the match-up. But today the two-time NBA champ and his wife and producing partner, Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith dunked a new deal – this one with ITV America.
The multi-year exclusive development deal could see the duo individually or together fronting… Read
Roy Lee & Steven Schneider Ink Image Nation Abu Dhabi Deal
Image Nation Abu Dhabi has signed a three-year deal with Roy Lee and Steven Schneider to produce a slate of high-concept, English-language dark genre films. The plan is to make at least one pic a year at a modest budget financed by Image Nation, with the focus on international appeal and franchise potential.
No details on any of the pics yet, but you get the gist of the “dark genre” plan. Lee of course launched his career through his Vertigo Entertainment with The Ring… Read
How Jason Blum Honed His Micro-Budget Blockbuster Formula — Deadline Disruptors
Blumhouse principal Jason Blum has turned low-cost, high-gross genre films into such a reliable hit formula that Universal staked him to a decade-long deal to serve as a silo offsetting the studio's blockbusters and Illumination Entertainment family films. The payoff: since last fall, the blockbusters Get Out, Split, The Purge: Election Year and a Ouija sequel, which collectively grossed $664 million worldwide on a budget of $27.5 million.
Even though the first indelible… Read
Joe & Anthony Russo Multi-Task ‘Avengers’ Sequels With New Production Venture — Deadline Disruptors
Joe and Anthony Russo are currently overseeing back-to-back sequels to The Avengers that will consume most of 2017, with Infinity War, bowing first on May 4th, 2018. After they finish what amounts to their fourth Marvel superhero blockbuster—counting two Captain America installments that set up the Avengers films―the Cleveland-born siblings will go full speed on building a funded production company, where they will direct films and empower like-minded talent.
The venture… Read
Syfy Picks Up Superman Prequel ‘Krypton’ & ‘Happy!’ To Series; Developing George R.R. Martin’s ‘Nightflyers’
Syfy has picked up David S. Goyer’s Superman prequel Krypton and Happy! a graphic novel adaptation starring Christopher Meloni, to series. In addition, the network has put in development a supernatural thriller based on George R.R. Martin’s (Game of Thrones) novella Nightflyers. This is one of two Martin literary properties that had been optioned by Syfy sibling Universal Cable Prods. for TV series, along with Wild Cards. Martin is not involved in the projects as he is… Read