‘The Steward’ From ‘John Wick’ Screenwriter Sells As Pitch To Cristal Pictures
Cristal Pictures has acquired an original pitch entitled The Steward from John Wick screenwriter Derek Kolstad. Cristal, of course, is fully backed by China's film finance/production/distribution entity East Light Media. The company will fully finance and produce what is planned as a first installment of a potential franchise with worldwide theatrical appeal, including in China.
Kolstad is writing the screenplay for the action-thriller featuring an original central… Read
‘Homeland’ Stars Claire Danes & Mandy Patinkin On Series’ Imperative: “Attention Must Be Paid” To A World In Crisis
An awards magnet for Showtime over the course of its six seasons, Homeland has netted the premium cabler four Golden Globes and six Emmys, always with a finger on the pulse of current world events—a fact that the series’ stars, Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, don’t take for granted.
In the midst of production on Season 6, Donald Trump was elected President, leaving the series’ writers to re-examine their position, and ultimately bringing out themes that became much more… Read
Universal Lands ‘24-7’ With Eva Longoria & Kerry Washington To Star
EXCLUSIVE: Universal has acquired 24-7, a pitch by Baltimore-based screenwriter Sarah Rothschild that will be developed as a star pairing of Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington. The actresses will produce what is described as a workplace comedy, Longoria through her UnbeliEVAble Entertainment banner and Washington through her Simpson Street banner. UnbeliEVAble’s Ben Spector also will produce.
Rothschild is a writer on Love, Unscripted for Awesomeness TV; the Universal… Read
Netflix Lands Misha Green Female Empowerment Action Spec ‘Mother’ In Heavy Bidding
EXCLUSIVE: Netflix outbid several suitors for Mother, an action thriller by Underground co-creator Misha Green that Deadline tipped yesterday as a hot spec sent to buyers on the eve of the historical opening of Wonder Woman.
Several bidders chased this script that has a female protagonist in a scenario reminiscent of The Professional and La Femme Nikita that has franchise potential. The LEGO Batman Movie producer Roy Lee will produce the film and Green will also be a… Read
Amblin Partners Lands ‘Sky High’ Pitch From Erb & Oremland For Helmer Thor Freudenthal
EXCLUSIVE: Amblin Partners just acquired a pitch from writers Greg Erb and Jason Oremland based on the book Sky High, for Diary Of A Wimpy Kid director Thor Freudenthal. Sky High is a fantastical adventure about an ordinary man and his son who have to survive a journey through the tallest, craziest, most amazing house in the world – all while trying to repair their fractured relationship and uncover the incredible secret history of the house itself.
Sky High, written by… Read
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