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‘Black Beauty’ Movie In Works With Ashley Avis Set To Write & Direct

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EXCLUSIVE: Ashley Avis has been set to write and direct a modern reimagining of Black Beauty, the classic Anna Sewell novel. Bolt Pictures and Constantin Film are teaming to produce the pic, which will mirror the events of the original 1877 book while bringing them into a modern light. The plot will center on Jo Green, a teenager who recently lost her parents, who is sent to live with her uncle at a horse and animal sanctuary on Long Island. She eventually bonds with the… Read


Cohen Media Group Sets ‘Palmer’ Scribe Cheryl Guerriero To Adapt ‘Maiden Voyage’

EXCLUSIVE: Cohen Media Group has tapped Cheryl Guerriero, who wrote the Black List script Palmer, to pen the film adaptation to Tania Aebi’s memoir Maiden Voyage. The novel is a true story of 18-year old Aebi who became the first American woman and the youngest to sail around the world solo. Aebi challenged herself physically and mentally to accomplish this history-making event in 1987 that inspired teenage girls across America to take up sailing. Cohen exec Erica… Read


‘Silicon Valley’ EP Clay Tarver To Adapt ‘My War’ For Amazon Studios

EXCLUSIVE: Clay Tarver, who currently serves as an executive producer of HBO’s Silicon Valley, will pen My War, a film adaptation to his 2013 New York Times Magazine cover story, The Rock 'N Roll Casualty Who Became a War Hero, for Amazon Studios. Based on a true story, it follows Jason Everman who was kicked out of two bands that went on to incredible fame – Nirvana and Soundgarden – only to rise to distinction as an elite member of the U.S. Army Special Forces. Tarver… Read


‘Overboard’ Team Will Remake French Comedy ‘The Valet’ With Eugenio Derbez At Pantelion

Rob Greenberg and Bob Fisher, the writing duo behind Eugenio Derbez's biggest film opening ever Overboard have been hired to write and direct a remake of the French comedy The Valet for Pantelion. Greenberg also directed Overboard which opened to $14.7M and has amassed $42M worldwide since releasing into theaters earlier this month. Derbez will star and produce with producing partner Ben Odell through their 3Pas Studios banner. Overboard launched to Pantelion's biggest… Read


Shailene Woodley Movie ‘No Baggage’ Lands Megan Park As Writer

Megan Park

EXCLUSIVE: Megan Park has been brought on to write the New Line feature No Baggagebased on the Salon article "The Craziest OkCupid Date Ever" by Clara Bensen. The article tells the true story of an unlikely online date. Shailene Woodley already is attached to the project, which is being produced by Offspring Entertainment’s Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman. Park wrote and directed the short film Lucy in My Eyes, which garnered numerous awards including the Grand Jury… Read


Kenya Barris Sets Divorce Comedy Movie At Fox

Kenya Barris

EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox has just stepped up to acquire an untitled film about divorce that will be written by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris. He will produce the project through his Khalabo Ink Society production company, with an eye towards directing. E. Brian Dobbins of Artists First will also produce. Barris is coming off the massive hit Girls Trip and he co-wrote the new version of Shaft that is currently in production at New Line. Here, he will script an idea… Read


Gary Oldman To Star In, Direct, Write ‘Flying Horse’ For Tooley Entertainment

Gary Oldman

EXCLUSIVE: Hot off his Oscar for Darkest Hour, Gary Oldman has been set to direct and star in Flying Horse, a fact-based story of a photographer who helped develop the moving picture, but whose own dark moments defined his life. The script was written by Oldman. Flying Horse captures the story of Eadweard Muybridge, the photographer who was considered one of the true fathers of the moving image. In 1872, Muybridge was living the life as a successful photographer… Read


‘Book Club’ Team Bill Holderman & Erin Simms Ink With WME

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EXCLUSIVE: Bill Holderman and Erin Simms, who collaborated on Paramount’s upcoming Book Club starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen, have signed with WME. Holderman directed the comedy and co-wrote the script with Simms, and both produced the pic that hits theaters May 18. The pair previously worked together at Robert Redford’s Wildwood Entertprises, where they teamed on 2015’s A Walk in the Woods, which Holderman wrote and produced, and… Read


Taylor Sheridan’s Triumphant TV Return As Creator/Director Of ‘Yellowstone’ — Deadline Disruptors

For two decades Taylor Sheridan made a living as a sixth-on-the-call-sheet actor, and his cowboy Marlboro Man look kept him busy, if not satisfied. But he quit cold turkey, determined to take charge of his own destiny, and reshape himself into a writer and director. His scripts for Sicario and Hell or High Water became highly regarded movies, directed by Denis Villeneuve and David Mackenzie respectively. And the third in that disconnected trilogy, Wind River, came… Read


Riley Keough’s Felix Culpa Taps Simon Stone To Direct & Adapt ‘Sweet Lamb Of Heaven’

Riley Keough Sweet Lamb Of Heaven

EXCLUSIVE: Riley Keough and Gina Gammell’s production company Felix Culpa has set Australian filmmaker Simon Stone to adapt and direct Lydia Millet’s New York Times bestseller Sweet Lamb of Heaven: A Novel. Keough is also set to star as Anna in the film and will produce alongside Gammell and Scott Free. The domestic thriller/psychological horror novel was one of three novels Felix Culpa acquired rights to when they announced their label with DeadlineSweet Lamb of Heaven … Read


Reporter Gabe Sherman To Pen Donald Trump Movie ‘The Apprentice’

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Gabe Sherman, the journalist who penned the definitive book on Roger Ailes and Fox News and often led coverage in the sexual harassment scandals that engulfed the cable news network, has been tapped to write The Apprentice. The original screenplay will explore how a young Donald Trump set himself on the unlikely path to become President of the United States. Amy Baer is producing the feature film through her company Gidden Media. Sherman, currently a correspondent for Vani… Read


Jake Gyllenhaal Plays Music Icon Leonard Bernstein In BRON-Backed Cary Fukunaga-Helmed ‘The American’ – Cannes

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EXCLUSIVE: In what shapes up as another very strong Cannes title for next week, Jake Gyllenhaal is set to produce and star as Leonard Bernstein in The American, with Cary Joji Fukunaga directing and producing. BRON Studios will produce and finance a film that begins principal photography in the fall. Sierra/Affinity will sell international territories and Endeavor Content is repping North American rights. Michael Mitnick adapted the script from the Humphrey Burton… Read