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‘The Conjuring 3’ Is Summoned By New Line; David Leslie Johnson Hired To Script

EXCLUSIVE: Horror fans will be happy. Another Conjuring is on its way, and David Leslie Johnson (Dungeons and Dragons, The Conjuring 2) has been tapped by New Line Cinema to write a third installment of the horror franchise. This comes after the first two grossed $638.3M worldwide collectively. The Conjuring 3 is expected to bring writer-producer-director James Wan back into the fold but likely not in the same capacity. Wan directed the first Conjuring (which still holds… Read

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‘The Leftovers’ Creators Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta On Their Story Of Survivors

In the making of HBO's The Leftovers—which recently wrapped its third and final season—there wasn't a detail that wasn't scrutinized by creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta. Wrestling with and exploring every facet of issues including mystery, faith and loss, along with every possible permutation of how their story, with its high-concept roots, could transpire, the pair arrived at an end that was emotionally satisfying, answering a number of questions while leaving… Read

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‘Casual’ Creator Zander Lehmann On Season 3 Character Developments In Series Run By Three Showrunners

A first-time showrunner when Casual bowed in 2015, Zander Lehmann was thrust into a new world with new responsibilities, alongside executive producers Jason Reitman, Helen Estabrook and Liz Tigelaar—the latter, the only TV veteran among the bunch. Quickly picking up the process, the Casual creator found an easy rapport among his peers, with tasks divvied up organically amongst the series' four voices. With Season 3, Lehmann was excited about a variety of interesting… Read

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‘Megan Leavey’ Co-Writer Pamela Gray Signs With Gersh

EXCLUSIVE: Screenwriter Pamela Gray has signed with Gersh for representation in all areas. The co-writer of Megan Leavey also just adapted Liane Moriarty's novel The Husband's Secret which is set to star Blake Lively for CBS Films. Gray is best known for writing films such as Conviction, Music Of The Heart, and A Walk On The Moon. She is also adapting A Walk On The Moon as a musical stage production that will premiere at the American Conservatory Theater in 2018. Ruth and… Read

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‘Transparent’ Writer Our Lady J Talks Taking The Kid Gloves Off Trans And Taking Season 4 To Israel

When Our Lady J joined the writing team at Transparent, it was something of a career departure. Previously known as a singer-songwriter who's worked with Lady Gaga, Debbie Harry and Cyndi Lauper, she applied for the job by writing a short story about her experience of growing up trans in Pennsylvania. As Transparent prepares to air its fourth season, Our Lady J (who is now also a producer) talks about the show jumping ship to Israel, how Trump's win almost flipped the… Read

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‘Cannonball Run’ Revving: Rawson Thurber In Talks To Direct, Lennon & Garant To Write Script

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros is negotiating with Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant to write and Rawson Thurber to direct a relaunch of the Cannonball Run franchise. Andre Morgan and Alan Gasmer (Vikings) are producing. Studio set this up last year, originally intending for Etan Cohen to both write and direct. Lennon & Garant wrote the Night At The Museum franchise. Thurber helmed Dodgeball and Central Intelligence and will next team with Dwayne Johnson in Skyscraper for… Read

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Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan Set ‘Wrong Answer’ At New Regency/Plan B; Ta-Nehisi Coates To Write

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EXCLUSIVE: The Fruitvale Station and Creed team of director Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan are reuniting on Wrong Answer, the true story of how Atlanta high school educators participated in an intricate, systemic standardized-test cheating scandal in 2013. The film has been set at New Regency and Plan B, and Ta-Nehisi Coates will write a script that is based on a 2014 The New Yorker article by Rachel Aviv. Coogler will produce with Plan B's Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and… Read

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Lauren Graham Picks Up YA Novel ‘Windfall’ And Will Adapt As Feature

EXCLUSIVE: Lauren Graham, actress and New York Times best-selling author, has optioned the just-released novel Windfall by prolific YA author Jennifer E. Smith. Graham will adapt the book into a feature-length screenplay for her production company, Good Game Productions. Published by Delacorte Press, Windfall is the story of Alice, who has been in love with her best friend, Teddy, for years. On his 18th birthday, she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark, and to their… Read

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George Saunders’ ‘Home’ Acquired By Tobey Maguire’s Material Pictures, ‘A Monster Calls’ Writer Patrick Ness Set

EXCLUSIVE: It’s a timely story about a veteran’s trouble with his broken family after returning home from war. Tobey Maguire has acquired George Saunders’ short story Home and is developing it as a feature film with A Monster Calls author-screenwriter Patrick Ness already hired to adapt. Home first appeared in the June 30, 2011, issue of The New Yorker. Maguire will produce with Matthew Plouffe. Ness previously adapted his bestselling YA trilogy Chaos Walking for… Read

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Frank Miller’s ‘Sin City’ TV Series Enlists Glen Mazzara, Len Wiseman & Stephen L’Heureux

EXCLUSIVE: Hot package du jour: TWC/Dimension is developing a TV reboot of Frank Miller’s iconic comic series Sin City. This one will hew closely to the graphic novels, with a fresh take by writer Glen Mazzara, the showrunner whose resume includes The Shield, The Walking Dead and The Omen. Underworld helmer Len Wiseman, whose TV credits include Sleepy Hollow and Lucifer, will direct. Stephen L’Heureux (Sin City: A Dame To Kill For) will oversee this and produce with… Read

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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

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‘Brigsby Bear’s Dave McCary & Kyle Mooney On The Friendship That Launched Their Careers — Cannes Ones To Watch

It's not often that a high-school friendship blossoms into a successful professional relationship, but writer-director Dave McCary and his best friend Kyle Mooney have pulled it off. After college, the duo founded Los Angeles-based sketch comedy group Good Neighbor (with Beck Bennett and Nick Rutherford), developed a huge YouTube following (Louis C.K. and Steven Spielberg are fans), and were snatched up by Saturday Night Live. Now, nearly four years later, McCary is… Read