Constantin, Prime Universe Team For Female Viking Adventure ‘Heathen’; Kerry Williamson To Write
EXCLUSIVE: Constantin Film and Prime Universe have teamed to turn the Vault Comic title Heathen into a film with a kickass female Viking warrior protagonist. Script will be written by Kerry Williamson, whose credits include Alex Cross, Netflix’s What Happened to Monday and who’s adapting the fantasy series Sandman Slim for director Chad Stahelski and Studio 8. Constantin's Robert Kulzer will produce with Adrian Askarieh, whose Prime Universe Films is in a two-year… Read
Focus Features’ Tackles ‘Trading In Starvation’ From Daniel Kunka For Smokehouse, ‘Spotlight’ Producers
EXCLUSIVE: It is a very real issue around the world, but few realize how bad it is: the political commodity of water and food in third-world countries and how a people either are fed or starve depending on what entity (government/corporate) is in control. Now, Focus Features is looking at this very issue: written by Daniel Kunka and bought for Smokehouse and Spotlight producers Blye Pagon Faust and Nicole Rocklin, the drama is inspired by a number of different stories… Read
‘Champion,’ Action/Thriller Spec, Acquired By Studio 8
EXCLUSIVE: Studio 8 just brought in another project. The company has acquired the action/thriller Champion about two American brothers, wrongly sentenced to prison in Thailand, who are then forced to compete in Thai boxing for a chance to win their freedom. The company is now out to directors.
This comes after Studio 8 recently acquired Graham Moore’s female strong, sci-fi thriller Naked is the Best Disguise, another sci-fi thriller from Robert Rodriguez and Max… Read
‘Highlander’ Reboot Gets Moving After ‘Colony’ Writer Ryan Condal Hands In Script
EXCLUSIVE: It's been a long time in the works but the reboot of classic warrior franchise Highlander is moving forward. I hear that Colony writer Ryan Condal has delivered a script to Lionsgate and pre-production is set to start later this year.
The studio has been handed a script for the project, which has been in development for nearly ten years after Summit Entertainment acquired the rights in 2008. It is a new take on the feature, which was originally released in… Read
Aaron Sorkin Takes Slightly Off-Center Stage at WGA’s Beyond Words Panel
The year's most acclaimed screenwriters gathered onstage tonight at the Writers Guild Theater for the WGA Foundation's annual Beyond Words get together. Funny and informal – the only panelist wearing a tie was Aaron Sorkin – it had the feel of a reunion of old war buddies talking about life in the trenches. But here the battlefield was the process of writing movies.
The evening, toasting this year's WGA-nominated screenplays, began with Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) recalling… Read
Michael Brandt Supernatural Thriller Pitch Sells To Fox
EXCLUSIVE: Michael Brandt, whose screenwriting credits include co-writing Wanted, 3:10 to Yuma and 2 Fast 2 Furious with Derek Haas and who is co-creator of NBC’s Chicago Fire and its spinoffs, has sold his untitled supernatural thriller pitch to 20th Century Fox.
Shawn Levy’s studio-based 21 Laps is aboard to produce the film with Levy and Dan Levine producing. Fox's Scott Aversano will oversee. The plot is being kept under wraps.
Brandt is currently an executive… Read
Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominees Get $150K In Cash Grants At Brunch
Five independent filmmakers received cash grants totaling $150,000 today from Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the LA Film Festival.
The recipients were announced at the annual Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch held at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood. John Cho (Star Trek, Columbus, Search) and Alia Shawkat (Search Party, Blaze, Duck Butter) co-hosted the event and handed out the honors.
"This year we are giving out $150,000… Read
Who Reps The Black List 2017 Scripts: The Charts
CAA had the most clients on the 2017 Black List of the top unproduced screenplays in town, while Grandview took the same honor among management companies. The totals were tallied after The Black List organization released their annual rankings this morning.
The field seemed more spread out than usual this year, with four agencies scoring 10 or more mentions on the annual list, with UTA taking bragging rights to the voting leader, Matthew Firpo and Ryan Firpo’s Ruin. WME… Read
The Black List 2017 Screenplays: Post-WWII Tale ‘Ruin’ Is No. 1 – Full Rankings
UPDATED with full list, full rankings: This year's The Black List, the annual rundown of Hollywood's top screenplays that haven't been produced, has been revealed this morning. Matthew Firpo and Ryan Firpo’s script Ruin received the most votes this year for their story of a nameless ex-Nazi captain who must navigate the ruins of post-World War II Germany and atone for his crimes during the war by hunting down and killing the surviving members of his former SS death… Read
Matthew Quick To Adapt His ‘Sorta Like A Rock Star’ Novel Into Movie
EXCLUSIVE: Matthew Quick has been set to adapt Sorta Like A Rock Star, his 2010 young adult novel that is now near a deal to be set up at Netflix as the feature film directing debut for Bryce Dallas Howard. The film is being produced by Gotham Group's Lee Stollman and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Temple Hill.
Fox Searchlight originally acquired screen rights in 2013 to Rock Star. Its protagonist is Amber Appleton, a high school senior who secretly lives in the back of a… Read
Medical Marijuana Heist Spec ‘Green Rush’ Lands At New Republic In Brian Oliver & Will Packer Team-Up
EXCLUSIVE: Brian Oliver, the Oscar-nominated producer of Black Swan and Hacksaw Ridge, is teaming with Girls Trip, Ride Along and Think Like a Man producer Will Packer on Green Rush, a spec screenplay from Matt Tente that Oliver’s New Republic Pictures has acquired in a mid-six-figure preemptive deal.
The script made the rounds at studios late Friday and New Republic responded quickly to a rights battle that involved Will Packer Productions and others. Oliver and Packer… Read
Sci-Fi Thriller Spec ‘Envoy’ Sells To Pascal Pictures
EXCLUSIVE: Amy Pascal and her Pascal Pictures pre-emptively picked up the sci-fi thriller spec Envoy from screenwriter Kat Wood. The character-driven piece is said to be in the vein of Arrival and The Day The Earth Stood Still and is about an elite military intelligence specialist who jumps at the chance to take part in the selection process to become the first-ever human representative to alien life. The project was brought into Pascal Pictures by Eric Fineman.
This adds… Read