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Natasha Rothwell To Write Feature ‘Bridal Recall’ For Paramount Pictures

Natasha Rothwell

EXCLUSIVE: Natasha Rothwell is sealing a deal to write the feature film comedy Bridal Recall for Paramount Pictures. The project is a re-imagining of Identity Crisis, originally written by Chum Langhorne and Brent Askari. The story centers on a woman who wakes up with amnesia, only to discover it's her wedding day. She has until the end of the day to figure out who she is, who she's marrying, and whether or not she's about to make the biggest mistake of her… Read


A24 Lands ‘Native Son’ WW Rights Package: Rashid Johnson Helms, Ashton Sanders To Lead Ensemble On Richard Wright Novel Adaptation

Ashton Sanders A24

EXCLUSIVE: A24 has acquired worldwide rights to Native Son, an adaptation of the Richard Wright novel. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks has written the script and celebrated conceptual artist Rashid Johnson will direct the film, which will take place in the present day in Johnson’s hometown of Chicago. Ashton Sanders in final negotiations to take on the iconic role of Bigger Thomas and Margaret Qualley (Novitiate, The Nice Guys), Nick Robinson (Love, Simo… Read


Netflix Boards Coming-Of-Age Slasher Movie With ‘Stranger Things’ Outfit 21 Laps And James Wan’s Atomic Monster

There's Someone Inside Your House Netflix

EXCLUSIVE: In what looks like a combination to die for, NetflixStranger Things producer 21 Laps and horror maestro James Wan are teaming on the coming-of-age slasher movie There’s Someone Inside Your House. I understand the streaming giant beat out multiple studios to the red-hot pitch based on YA author Stephanie Perkins’ NYT bestselling novel about a young girl whose high school friends inexplicably begin to die in a series of gruesome murders. This one is similar in… Read


‘Logan’ Team Reunites On Don Winslow’s ‘The Force:’ Scott Frank Rewriting For James Mangold

Scott Frank James Mangold

EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox has set Scott Frank to rewrite The Force, the adaptation of the bestselling NYPD corrupt cop thriller novel by Don Winslow. James Mangold has been developing to direct, and this reunites him with Frank after they shared a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination with Michael Green for Logan, Hugh Jackman’s farewell to his signature X-Men character Wolverine. Scott Free's Ridley Scott, The Story Factory's Shane Salerno and Kevin Walsh are… Read


Abi Morgan Set To Adapt ‘Tangerine’ Thriller For Imperative

Abi Morgan Tangerine

Abi Morgan, the playwright and screenwriter whose big-screen credits include The Iron Lady, Shame and most recently Suffragette, has been set to adapt Tangerine, the upcoming Christine Mangan psychological thriller novel that Imperative Entertainment scored rights to in November 2016. Mangan’s debut novel, from HarperCollins’ Ecco, is a suspenseful, atmospheric drama set against the simmering political climate of 1950s Morocco. The story follows two female characters… Read


Terry George Options Award-Winning Book ‘A Disappearance In Damascus’; Will Adapt & Direct Story Of Two Heroines

Terry George

EXCLUSIVE: It has won numerous awards already, was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and is a story about two strong and heroic women. Journalist Deborah Campbell’s A Disappearance in Damascusa stunning account of her undercover assignment to report on the plight of Iraqi refugees in Syria, was just optioned by filmmaker Terry George (Hotel Rwanda, In the Name of the Father) who will mount either a feature film or limited series through his Seamus Productions. George… Read


Lionsgate Options ‘Girl Guides’ Book For Producer Marc Platt & Walden Media; Screenwriter Hired To Adapt

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate has optioned the rights to the book How the Girl Guides Won the War for producer Marc Platt, which the company is negotiating with now with Walden Media. The project is not yet titled. J. Mills Goodloe already has been brought aboard to pen a feature adaptation. Goodloe has a very good track record as a writer with such projects as Everything, Everything, The Mountain Between Us and The Age of Adaline. Based on the book by Janie Hampton, the narrative… Read


‘The Reporter Who Knew Too Much’ True Crime Book Optioned By Dowdle Brothers

Mark Shaw's true crime novel The Reporter Who Knew Too Much: The Mysterious Death of What's My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen has been optioned by filmmakers John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle. They are still determining what form the book will take, limited series or film. The filmmaking brothers last created and executive produced Paramount Network's limited series Waco which starred Taylor Kitsch as Branch-Davidian leader David Koresh. In The Reporter Who… Read


‘Outside In’ Star Edie Falco Comments On Lack Of Romantic Roles For Women Over 40: “It’s Such A Strange Thing” — SXSW

Seeing their romantic drama bow at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival before moving onto the broader festival circuit, Outside In stars Edie Falco and Jay Duplass were on hand at Deadline’s SXSW Studio yesterday to discuss their collaboration. From director Lynn SheltonOutside In centers on an ex-con (Duplass) who struggles to readjust to life in his small town following his release from prison—having been sentenced for crimes he participated in as a… Read


Bradley Cooper’s ‘Matt Helm’ Movie At Paramount Moves Forward With Scribe Tom Shepherd

Bradley Cooper Tom Shepherd

EXCLUSIVE: Tom Shepherd has been hired to pen Matt Helm, a film adapted from Don Hamilton’s prolific spy novel series that has been in the works at Paramount with Bradley Cooper attached to star. George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are attached as executive producers, and Steven Spielberg is involved in some capacity. There are 27 published Matt Helm novels that Hamilton wrote from 1960’s Death of a Citizen to 1993’s The Damagers; the author died… Read


‘Legally Blonde’ Scribe Karen McCullah Signs Up For Fashion Movie Rom-Com ‘The Stylist’

EXCLUSIVE: Legally Blonde and 10 Things I Hate About You scribe Karen McCullah has been tapped to adapt fashion and movie-world rom-com The Stylist, the 2016 debut novel from Rosie Nixon, Editor-in- Chief of UK celebrity news bible Hello Magazine. The Stylist charts the escapades of Amber Green, a fashion boutique worker who is mistakenly offered a job as an assistant to infamous, jet-setting “stylist to the stars” Mona Armstrong. The project is being produced by… Read


Allan Loeb Romantic Comedy Brings ‘The Proposal’s Ryan Reynolds & Mandeville Back To Altar

Ryan Reynolds

EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox has set Allan Loeb to write an untitled romantic comedy star vehicle for Ryan Reynolds that reunites the actor with Mandeville’s David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. They first teamed on the hit The Proposal, the Reynolds-Sandra Bullock coupler that became 2009’s top-grossing romantic comedy with $317 million worldwide. Mandeville will produce with Reynolds’ Maximum Effort, which recently made a first-look deal at Fox, where he stars in Deadpool… Read