Producer Dylan Clark Joining Matt Reeves On ‘Batman’?
EXCLUSIVE: While Dylan Clark is figuring out the next iteration of the Universal-based producing shingle Bluegrass after his partner Scott Stuber left to run the feature film division of Netflix, I hear there is also another big movie gig in his future: Batman for Warner Bros and DC. After working so closely with Matt Reeves as producer on 2014’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and the upcoming War For The Planet Of The Apes that Fox opens July 14, I’m hearing that Clark… Read
Damien Chazelle, Jordan Peele & Oprah Winfrey On Produced By Conference Roster
The Produced By Conference set for June 10-11 in Los Angeles unveiled its first set sessions for its ninth edition, with La La Land‘s Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle, Get Out‘s Jordan Peele, and a discussion with Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay among the highlights.
The PGA-sponsored event will take place on the 20th Century Fox lot in Century City.
Among the headlining sessions announced today are 360 Profile: 21 Laps Entertainment with company founder Shawn Levy… Read
Mandalay Pictures Comes Aboard To Produce Cory Miller’s ‘City On Fire’
EXCLUSIVE: Mandalay Pictures has come on board to produce City on Fire, written by Black List scribe Cory Miller. The feature will be produced by Jason Michael Berman (The Birth of a Nation, Burning Sands) and Alex Ott (Suicide Squad, Fury, End of Watch). The film follows the 1985 events in West Philadelphia when three city blocks were burned to the ground and destroyed 62 row houses, leaving 11 people dead and hundreds homeless. City on Fire tells the incendiary true… Read
‘The Nightingale’: Jennifer Kent Film Moves Forward With Bron Creative
The Nightingale, a period thriller written and directed by The Babadook writer-director Jennifer Kent, will move forward with Bron Creative executive producing and co-financing.
Starring Aisling Franciosi and Sam Claflin, The Nightingale is set in Tasmania in 1825 and follows a beautiful 21-year-old Irish female convict who witnesses the brutal murder of her husband and baby by her soldier master and his cronies. Unable to find justice, she takes an Aboriginal male… Read
Former Hyde Park Exec Marc Fiorentino Joins Storyscape Entertainment
EXCLUSIVE: Storyscape Entertainment has added Marc Fiorentino as Vice President, overseeing the development and production of its film slate. Via Storyscape’s first-look deal with Broad Green Pictures, Fiorentino will spearhead the company’s recent acquisition titles, Land Of The Living, a thriller novel by UK writers Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, with Chris Sparling adapting, and The Vessel by Alex Greenfield and Ben Powell.
In additional, Matt Kramer, former Storyscape… Read
‘Man Called Ove’ Producer Teams With SF Studios, Dragomir Mrsic For TV Thriller ‘Alex’
Swedish production company SF Studios is teaming with A Man Called Ove producer Niklas Wikström Nicastro for a new big-budget drama series called Alex with Easy Money actor Dragomir Mrsic tapped to star.
SF Studios, which created the Easy Money trilogy, will jointly produce the 6×44' Swedish-language thriller with Nevision. It will premiere on Modern Times Group-owned VOD service Viaplay in Spring 2018.
Niklas Rockström (Before We Die) and Michael Hjorth (Sebastian Bergman… Read
Patrick J. Adams & Troian Bellisario Set For Sci-Fi Drama ‘Clara’ From Newcomer Akash Sherman
EXCLUSIVE: Suits star Patrick J. Adams and Pretty Little Liars' Troian Bellisario are set to star in sci-fi drama Clara, a feature pic written and directed by newcomer Akash Sherman. Kristen Hager (Wanted) and Ennis Esmer (Miss Sloane) round out the cast in the title, which has already begun production in Toronto. Ari Lantos, who produced Remember and Barney's Version, produces.
Clara tells the story of Issac Bruno (Adams), as astronomer obsessed with searching the cosmos… Read
Eric Heisserer-Backed TV Series ‘The Scrawl’ Among First Projects For Newbie Penchant Entertainment
Film and TV production and finance veterans Erin Eggers, Chase Hudson and Matthew Porter have launched Penchant Entertainment. The plan is to produce 2-3 feature films per year for multiple platforms, and 2-4 scripted TV projects for network and non-traditional outlets.
The first TV project on the slate is The Scrawl, a one-hour drama series being executive produced by Oscar-nominated Arrival screenwriter Eric Heisserer. Penned by Heroes Reborn writer Zach Craley, the… Read
‘Hail, Caesar!’ Production Designer Jess Gonchor On His Appetite For An Old Hollywood Moviemaking Approach
Working with the Coen Brothers over the course of six films, production designer Jess Gonchor has received Oscar nominations for two of these collaborations— 2010’s True Grit and last year’s Old Hollywood caper comedy Hail, Caesar! A meticulously designed throwback to the Hollywood of yore, the noir-tinged film is an ambitious endeavor, emulating sets from various cinema classics, including Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, sword-and-sandal stapes and the canon of Esther… Read
How ‘Passengers’ Production Designer Guy Hendrix Dyas Prepped A Big-Budget Sci-Fi Universe In Ten Weeks
From the global scope of Indiana Jones to the spiraling hallways of Inception, two-time Oscar nominated production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas knows his way around an audacious big budget adventure film; with Passengers, though—from The Imitation Game helmer Morten Tyldum—Dyas saw an opportunity to enter an entirely new realm. Or, more specifically, to create it.
With Passengers, Dyas could design his own spacecraft—the starship Avalon—unbeholden to any one… Read
Denzel Washington Q&A: Can SAG Award Winner Notch Third Oscar?
When was the last time you could consider Denzel Washington an underdog? That’s the role he has played in this Oscar race, as Manchester By The Sea star Casey Affleck collected enough of the Best Actor awards to consider him a clear front runner. Until the SAG Awards, where Washington prevailed for his overpowering performance in Fences, the adaptation of the August Wilson play which Washington also directed. The SAG Award is considered a strong tell over who’ll win on… Read
‘Lion’ Star Dev Patel On His Indian Journey & Preparing For Saroo: Q&A
Editors Note: This story originally ran on November 22, 2016.
Dev Patel’s career started in his native United Kingdom, with a role on the hit teen drama Skins. But it was with Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle's Oscar-winning 2008 film, that he became a real star. Equally adept at drama and comedy, Patel went on to join the cast of Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom, as well as star alongside acting royalty in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel duology. This year, he's in The Man Who… Read