Jose Rivera Tapped To Pen ‘The Dog Whisperer’ Biopic From Mucho Mas Media
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar nominee Jose Rivera, whose work includes The Motorcycle Diaries and On The Road, is on board to write the screenplay for The Dog Whisperer, Mucho Mas Media’s upcoming biopic on famed dog behaviorist Cesar Millan.
The logline describes the movie as a story about the man “who has inspired and taught humans how to connect with their natural instinct to create harmony for dogs around the world.” Millan, best known for his reality series Dog Whisperer with Cesa… Read
‘Axis Sally’ Story To Be Broadcast Wide Via Emmett/Furla/Oasis
EXCLUSIVE: Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films has acquired Axis Sally, a screenplay by Vance Owen and Darryl Hicks based on the book Axis Sally Confidential by William Owen. Randall Emmett and George Furla will produce the feature film with Vance Owen. The Fyzz Facility's Wayne Marc Godfrey will executive produce with Ted Fox, Mark Stewart, Lydia Hull and E/F/O's Tony Callie, Tim Sullivan and Alex Eckert.
Axis Sally tells the true story of Mildred Gillars, an American actress who… Read
Amy Brenneman To Star In ‘Wendy And The Lost’ For Paulist Productions
EXCLUSIVE: Paulist Productions has optioned the script Wendy And The Lost, a debut feature film screenplay by TV writer-producer Carol Barbee, and has attached Amy Brenneman to star. The romantic comedy, to be directed by Iain B. MacDonald, marks a reteam of Barbee and Brenneman, who executive produced and toplined, respectively, CBS’ six-season series Judging Amy.
Paulist will provide equity financing for the pic and look to bring in other financing partners on the… Read
Amy Pascal & Lawrence Grey Land Nir Paniry Spec ‘Princesses’
EXCLUSIVE: The spec script Princesses is closing in on a six-figure deal with Pascal Productions’ Amy Pascal and Rachel O’Connor, and Grey Matter Productions’ Lawrence Grey. Spec, which got a lot of interest around town, is written by Nir Paniry and Heidi Sherman Grey did a rewrite. The film’s premise is likened to The Avengers, with all the classic princesses as the heroines.
Paniry is repped by Paradigm, Good-Fear Management and attorney Jeff Frankel, while Sherman Grey… Read
Sony Picks Up Sci-Fi Spec ‘Fragment’ From Writing Duo Of ‘The Mist’
EXCLUSIVE: Sony has purchased the spec Fragment, described as “a contained sci-fi thriller” in the vein of Predator meets Lost. Written by Noah Griffith and Daniel Stewart, the project was picked up for producer Josh Bratman. The screenwriters are also the writing duo on Spike TV’s The Mist, which is based on the Stephen King novella about a town covered in a weird mist. Bratman (Fright Night) used to work for Mike De Luca, Sony’s former head of production, and is based… Read
‘That Others May Live’ Sets Up At Paramount For Producer Ian Bryce; Andy Stern To Script
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has bought the pitch That Others May Live, based on the life of U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant and pararescueman August O'Niell, who was injured in the line of duty and made the decision to amputate his left leg above the knee so he would have a better chance of returning to service. Producing under the banner that bears his name is Ian Bryce, who has a first-look deal at the studio. Andy Stern is set to write.
Bryce was worked on movies… Read
Universal Lands Daniel Kunka ‘Space Race’ Spec; ‘10 Cloverfield Lane’s Dan Trachtenberg To Helm
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures made a preemptive buy on Daniel Kunka’s spec script Space Race, with 10 Cloverfield Lane’s Dan Trachtenberg attached to direct. Dylan Clark will produce, and this marks his first major solo acquisition after partner Scott Stuber’s departure to head feature film at Netflix. Kunka and Trachtenberg teamed on Crime Of The Century, which is in development at Universal with Chris Morgan producing. Trachtenberg will produce with Clark, who produced… Read
Blumhouse’s Newest Horror Outing: ‘Truth Or Dare’ Starring Lucy Hale
EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of two big box office successes — M. Night Shymalan's Split and Jordan Peele's Get Out — Jason Blum’s Blumhouse is putting together another project, this one from writer-director Jeff Wadlow called Truth Or Dare. The film will star Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) who is finalizing her deal. Wadlow is the writer behind Bates Motel and the writer-director of Kick Ass 2.
The plot follows a college student in Mexico who is conned into playing a… Read
Cristal Pictures Snags Female Buddy Action Spec ‘Twin Blades’ For Lauren Shuler Donner
China-backed Cristal Pictures has acquired Twin Blades, a female buddy action spec from new writer Ingrid Eskeland-Adetuyi. Logan and Deadpool producer Lauren Shuler Donner is aboard to produce the project, which Cristal will fully finance as a Chinese co-production and take it out to directors soon ahead of an eyed fourth-quarter 2017 production start.
The plot follows an unlikely pair of alpha females — Zoe, an American tech entrepreneur who relocates her company to… Read
Damien Chazelle-Penned ‘The Claim’ Staked By Oceanside Media & Route One
Oscar-winning La La Land director Damien Chazelle’s mystery thriller script titled The Claim has been optioned by Oceanside Media. Oceanside’s Scott Clayton will produce the pic with Route One Entertainment's Russell Levine and Motion Picture Capital’s Leon Clarance. Motion Picture Capital will fully finance the film, which is slated to begin production this year. The producers say they are in talks with a U.S. distributor with an eye on a 2018 release.
Chazelle, who was… Read
Fox Buys ‘Bad Times At The El Royale’ From Drew Goddard Who Will Also Direct
EXCLUSIVE: Drew Goddard, the Academy Award nominated writer of The Martian who is also penning Sinister Six and Robpocalypse, has just sold his spec Bad Times At The El Royale to 20th Century Fox. The project, which will be produced by the screenwriter as well, will mark his second feature as director, too. Goddard helmed the pilot episode of The Good Place which stars Ted Danson and Kristen Bell for NBC and also directed the horror film Cabin in the Woods in 2012.
DreamWorks Pictures Makes Good On ‘Bad Cop, Bad Cop’ Spec With Fortune Feimster Attached To Star
EXCLUSIVE: DreamWorks Pictures is looking for a few bad men. The production company just picked up the spec screenplay Bad Cop, Bad Cop written by Fortune Feimster, Brian Jarvis and Jim Freeman, with Feimster attached to star.
Scott Stuber’s Bluegrass Films is also in talks to produce as what is being billed as an R-rated action buddy comedy about two hapless cops who stumble on a case that exposes a conspiracy of corruption in their own precinct.
This marks the second… Read