Michael B. Jordan, Jennifer Yuh Nelson Plot ‘A Bittersweet Life’ For Fox & 21 Laps
EXCLUSIVE: Fox is taking a fresh start on A Bittersweet Life, with Michael B. Jordan attached to star and Jennifer Yuh Nelson to direct the action-thriller remake of the cult classic 2005 Korean film.
Jordan will play a mobster whose longtime loyalties to his crime family are challenged when his boss orders him to kill a mistress he’s recently grown close to. The filmmakers see this as a high-concept, character-driven genre film with franchise potential. 21 Laps’ Shawn Lev… Read
Olivia Colman, Alice Englert, Thomas Mann Set For ‘Them That Follow’
EXCLUSIVE: Olivia Colman (The Lobster), Alice Englert (Ginger and Rosa) and Thomas Mann (Me, Earl and the Dying Girl) have been set to star in Them That Follow, which Brittany Poulton and Daniel Savage will direct from their original screenplay. Bradley Gallo and Michael Helfant will produce for Amasia Entertainment, along with Gerard Butler, Alan Siegel and Danielle Robinson for G-BASE. Amasia is financing an October shoot in Ohio.
Them That Follow is a dramatic thriller… Read
‘This Is Us’ Makeup Artist Zoe Hay On Finding The Right Approach To Subtle Aging Makeup
Collaborating with Ryan Murphy on Glee and American Crime Story—with an Emmy nomination resulting for each—Zoe Hay linked up with a new TV titan on NBC’s runaway phenom This Is Us, crafting the looks for one of America’s favorite TV families.
Known for his wholesome and compelling big screen work, which transferred powerfully into this series, scribe-turned-series-creator Dan Fogelman offered Hay the significant challenge of developing aging makeup for actors including… Read
Bart & Fleming: How Bad Was Movie Summer 2017?
Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.
BART: Summer forecasts are risky. In the year-end stories of 2016, studio mavens predicted that summer 2017 would embrace a parade of hits. Whoops: box office last weekend was down 32% from a year earlier, and summer overall was down 14%, the worst summer in 25 years by some… Read
‘Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk On His Approach to Dramatic Acting And Identifying As Writer First
In Season 3 of AMC's Better Call Saul, Bob Odenkirk's "Slippin'" Jimmy McGill continues burning his bridges—as his broken brother Chuck (Michael McKean) self-immolates—setting the Albuquerque attorney further down his crooked, predestined path.
He is now on steady course to becoming the sleazily cunning, bottom-dwelling lawyer—"Saul Goodman"—that we first met in Breaking Bad. But in Better Call Saul, still, we see the reticence with which Jimmy is walking that road. Where… Read
‘American Sniper’ Scribe Jason Hall To Direct George Washington Pic ‘The Virginian’
EXCLUSIVE: Jason Hall has been set by New Line to rewrite and direct The Virginian, the origin story of George Washington. Hall, Oscar nominated for his American Sniper script, makes his directorial debut on Thank You For Your Service, a drama on returning vets and PTSD that stars Haley Bennett, Miles Teller and newcomer Beulah Koale, with Universal opening the film October 27. Hall adapted the David Finkel book. On The Virginian, Hall will rewrite a script by Michael Gun… Read
How ‘Feud’ Composer Mac Quayle Mined New Territory With ’60s Orchestral Score
Leaving an indelible mark on USA’s Mr. Robot and a string of Ryan Murphy series—most notably, his two American stories—composer Mac Quayle met his match when approached for the prolific creator’s latest project, Feud: Bette and Joan.
The style was “early ’60s, old Hollywood orchestral type music,”—a form outside of Quayle’s wheelhouse. Murphy was intent on transporting viewers to that time in Hollywood history, a directive that comes through in every aspect of the… Read
‘Feud’ Production Designer On Artistic License Taken With Exhaustively Researched Period Production
Last speaking with Deadline in 2015—when two Oscar-nominated films, Carol and Joy, were released—production designer Judy Becker described similar challenges this time around with regard to her first television project, Ryan Murphy’s Emmy-nominated Feud: Bette and Joan. Both those films were New York period pieces requiring convincing exterior locations, and collaborating with Murphy for the first time, there was a similar, if not more exacting demand for period… Read
‘Hamilton’ Review: L.A Version Lives Up To Hip-Hop Hype While Challenging Status Quo
The cross-pollination of the culture of hip-hop and the Broadway musical has always been dangerous territory where artists rarely venture. The result has often been campy and embarrassingly cheesy, like when the gang from Saved By The Bell put on a rap version of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” or just mediocre, like MTV’s Carmen: A Hip Hopera from 2001 (sorry, Beyonce). Enter Lin-Manuel Miranda, a modern-day Shakespeare who managed to defy the odds and create not one… Read
‘Gravity’ Helmer Alfonso Cuaron Exits WME; Anonymous Content Will Be Primary Rep
EXCLUSIVE: Alfonso Cuaron, the Mexican-born helmer who won the Best Director Oscar for Gravity, today left WME. It looks like he won’t rebound with another agency. He recently signed with Anonymous Content for management, where he has a long relationship with principal and producer Steve Golin, which grew out of Fallen Angels. Cuaron will likely just stay with the management company. It was unclear what prompted the move, but I have confirmed it happened.
Cuaron is a… Read
N.K. Jemisin’s ‘The Fifth Season’ Book To Be Developed As TV Series At TNT
N.K. Jemisin’s Hugo Award-winning sci-fi fantasy novel The Fifth Season is getting the drama series treatment at TNT. The project is in early development at the cable network with Leigh Dana Jackson (24: Legacy, Sleepy Hollow) set to pen the adaptation and Imperative Entertainment’s (All the Money in the World) Dan Friedkin, Tim Kring and Justin Levy serving as executive producers.
Jackson brought the novel, the first in a three-book series, to Imperative, which secured… Read
‘Glitch’ Season 2 Gets Netflix Premiere Date & Trailer For Paranormal Saga
EXCLUSIVE: Award-winning Australian drama Glitch was confirmed for a second season ahead of its Season 1 global launch on Netflix in fall 2016. The streaming service now has set a Season 2 premiere date of November 28, and today we have a first trailer — check it out above.
The paranormal saga has been highly praised. It’s set in the small town of Yoorana, where police officer James Hayes (Patrick Brammall) is called to the local cemetery in the middle of the night after… Read