DGA Board Meeting Will Address “Very Serious Issue” Of Sexual Harassment
The DGA said today that it will address "the very serious issue of sexual harassment in the industry" at its national board meeting Saturday in New York. The announcement by a guild spokesman comes in the wake of the avalanche of accusations against Harvey Weinstein, who has been kicked out of the Film Academy and is being expelled from the Producers Guild. He's still a member of the Directors Guild, however.
Weinstein, who has more than 300 producing credits but only two… Read
Mark Ruffalo To Star In HBO Limited Drama Series In Works From Derek Cianfrance Based On Wally Lamb Book
EXCLUSIVE: HBO has had success with limited drama series with big-name feature actors attached from the get-go, like True Detective, which the network bought with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson on board, and more recently Big Little Liars, shepherded by and starring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, which swept the Emmys this year.
As a follow-up, the premium cable network is developing I Know This Much Is True, an eight-episode limited drama series starring… Read
CBS Directors Initiative Sets 2017-18 Class
Five helmers are set to participate in the 2017-18 CBS Directors Initiative. Jennifer Derwingson, Paige Morrow Kimball, A. Laura James, Maria Burton and Kevin Berlandi will take part in the program, which gives experienced directors access to showrunners, executives, managers and agents and allow the opportunity to shadow CBS Television Network and CBS Television Studio shows throughout the year.
In its 14th year, the program helps directors develop strategic objectives… Read
‘Upgraded’: Ale Damiani To Helm Fox International Productions’ Latino Comedy
Fox International Productions has set Ale Damiani to direct Latino comedy Upgraded, a wish-fulfillment story written by Eduardo Cisneros and Jason Shuman. Damiani made the sci-fi short-film M.A.M.O.N., a satirical critique of the U.S. president’s immigration policies that gained an international following after it was released last year (see the video below, featuring a robot Donald Trump).
Upgraded revolves around two uncool high school boys from Mexico who, while… Read
‘The Sinner’ EP Antonio Campos Tapped To Write & Direct ‘Splitfoot’ Horror Film Based On New Yorker Article
EXCLUSIVE: Antonio Campos (Afterschool) has signed on to rewrite and direct the upcoming horror film, (fka Voices Through the Trumpet), based on a 1936 article in The New Yorker about the first documented haunted house, written by journalist and bestselling author Carl Carmer.
It follows the true story of a deeply damaged New Yorker reporter who, in the 1930s, travels upstate to the remote town of Lilydale, NY, the mecca of American spirituality, a place where a… Read
Director Adrian Lyne Signs With ICM Partners
EXCLUSIVE: Adrian Lyne has signed with ICM Partners. Lyne directed the steamy and provocative hits Flashdance, Fatal Attraction and Indecent Proposal, but hasn’t directed a film since the 2002 Diane Lane-Richard Gere-starrer Unfaithful. Many have waited a long time for Lyne to get back behind the camera, and the agency’s first order of business will be to help Lyne set up that film. The one he is eager to direct is the David Rayfiel-scripted drama Silence. He is starting… Read
Houda Benyamina To Direct ‘Deadlier Than The Male’ TNT Drama Pilot
French director and screenwriter Houda Benyamina is set to direct and executive produce Deadlier Than The Male (working title) TNT's drama pilot, produced by Bruna Papandrea's Made Up Stories and Turner's Studio T.
Written by Harriet Warner, Deadlier Than The Male follows a trio of characters, each with a mysterious and troubling past: a young woman who once looked into the eyes of a dangerous killer, a former serial predator desperate to find redemption and Mary, a… Read
‘Mudbound’ Director Dee Rees On Art’s Role In Reflecting Current Political Moment — The Contenders London
Premiering at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Dee Rees' Mudbound was met with a rapturous response from critics and the public alike, acquired by Netflix in one of the biggest deals of the festival. On Friday, at Deadline’s Contenders London event, the filmmaker sat down with several members of her cast — including Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, and Garrett Hedlund — to discuss the project, in a panel moderated by Joe Utichi.
A period drama set in post-World War II… Read
‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Directors On How The Tennis Drama Played Pre- And Post-Election — The Contenders London
Contemplating their take on the historic “Battle of the Sexes”—the famous 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs—some writers might be inclined to trot out simple displays of athleticism, emphasizing the tug and pull and sheer physicality of the match itself over a more complicated narrative. For directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris—known for critically acclaimed dramas including Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks—what was much more engaging… Read
‘Last Flag Flying’ Helmer Richard Linklater On War Drama That “Could Unite People” — The Contenders London
Don’t believe everything you read, Richard Linklater said today at Deadline’s inaugural Contenders London event, sitting down opposite Bryan Cranston to discuss his New York Film Festival-premiering drama, Last Flag Flying. Based on Darryl Ponicsan’s novel of the same name, which is itself a sequel to his 1973 novel, The Last Detail—a piece that was adapted into a classic film starring Jack Nicholson—Linklater’s film is more of a companion piece than anything else… Read
Gore Verbinski To Direct ‘Gambit’ With Channing Tatum At Fox
EXCLUSIVE: I’m hearing that Gore Verbinski is making a deal to direct Gambit at Fox. The X-Men spinoff has been a high priority at the studio, since Channing Tatum stepped up to star in the film as Remy LeBeau, the suave mutant from New Orleans who can turn objects into projectiles. That includes a deck of cards. Free Association’s Tatum and Reid Carolin are producing the film with X-Men overseers Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg. Josh Zetumer wrote the script. The… Read
Nicole Kidman To Star In Karyn Kusama L.A. Crime Thriller ‘Destroyer’ With 30WEST Financing
Nicole Kidman has been set to star in Destroyer, a modern Los Angeles crime thriller that will be directed by Girlfight helmer Karyn Kusama. 30WEST will fully finance the pic, written by Kusama’s The Invitation scribes Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi.
The pic follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell (Kidman) who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a cult-like gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang… Read