‘Poster Boy’: David Parfitt Producing Story Of 1930s Tennis Ace Gottfried Von Cramm
Oscar-winning producer David Parfitt and UK-based production companies Bob & Co and Paradine Productions are developing Poster Boy, based on the life of German tennis champ Gottfried von Cramm who refused to be used as a pawn by the Nazi party. Patrick Ryecart is penning the script which is currently out to market. The project was initially originated with the late David Frost after Ryecart began to research von Cramm’s story two decades ago.
Von Cramm was an ace on the… Read
Vincent D’Onofrio Sets Jake Schur In Title Role Of ‘The Kid’
EXCLUSIVE: Making his directorial debut on The Kid, Vincent D’Onofrio has found his title character. He has set newcomer Jake Schur to star as Rio in the Mimran Schur Pictures and Suretone Pictures co-production. He joins Ethan Hawke and Dane DeHaan in a Western that tells the story of the infamous gunfighter Billy the Kid, as seen through the eyes of a young boy who reaches out to his outlaw hero to help save his kidnapped sister.
Schur is the 13-year old son of producer… Read
Gal Gadot In Talks To Join Bradley Cooper In MGM’s ‘Deeper’
EXCLUSIVE: Gal Gadot is in early talks to join Bradley Cooper in Deeper, the MGM pic that Max Landis scripted and White God helmer Kornel Mundruczo will direct.
In the drama, a disgraced astronaut embarks on a mission to reach the bottom of a newly discovered oceanic trench, theorized to be the lowest point on Earth. He encounters an increasing level of danger and soon finds himself in a psychological (and physical) fight against mysterious forces. Landis is producing… Read
‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’s Matthew Vaughn On Avoiding Franchise Fatigue & His Trilogy Ambition – Q&A
EXCLUSIVE: Deadline caught up with Matthew Vaughn this week, right after he premiered Kingsman: The Golden Circle in London and endured a numbing onslaught of repetitive junket interviews. The follow-up to an audacious spy film he and writing partner Jane Goldman adapted from the Mark Millar comic book, Kingsman: The Golden Circle ups the ante on its formula of 007-caliber action mixed with quirky characters and R-rated irreverence. Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Channing Tatu… Read
French & Saunders Reteam For BBC Special; ITV On ‘Manhunt’ – Global Briefs
Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders are set for a holiday special 30th anniversary episode of their award-winning sketch show French And Saunders. BBC One will air the BBC Studios Comedy production which marks the first time in 10 years that the talents behind The Vicar Of Dibley and Absolutely Fabulous will reunite on screen. Saunders says, "We have almost deliberately stayed alive this long just to force the British Broadcorping Castration to put us on television one last… Read
‘Akira’ Back? ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Helmer Taika Waititi In Talks
EXCLUSIVE: Akira is revving back up, with Warner Bros negotiating with Taika Waititi, the New Zealand-born director and actor who helmed Thor: Ragnarok. Pic is a live action version of anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo's 6-volume graphic novel. The story takes place in the rebuilt New Manhattan where a leader of a biker gang saves his friend from a medical experiment. Mad Chance’s Lazar is producing with Appian Way's Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson. The picture has… Read
Scott Rudin Productions Lands Alice McDermott Novel ‘The Ninth Hour’
EXCLUSIVE: Scott Rudin Productions has acquired The Ninth Hour, the novel by National Book Award-winning author Alice McDermott. The book was published today by Farrar, Straus and Giroux and has received spectacular reviews. Rudin and Eli Bush will produce the film. The deal was made by Geoffrey Sanford of The Sanford Ehrlich Company and Sarah Burnes of The Gernert Company.
The novel is a multi-generational story steeped in the Irish Catholic faith and set in the early… Read
Israeli Drama ‘Foxtrot’ Acquired By Sony Pictures Classics As Pic Wins 8 Ophir Awards
EXCLUSIVE: Foxtrot, the Samuel Maoz-directed Israeli film that won Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival and was one of the most buzzed about films in Toronto, has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. SPC bought North American rights, just before the film today won eight Ophir Awards including Best Picture and Best Director for Maoz. That launches the film as Israel’s Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Feature.
The film by the Lebanon director covers… Read
Will Paramount Replace Chinese Slate Partner With U.S. $$$? Dallas-Based Investors Circling
UPDATED, 10:25 AM: We hear the guy behind these talks is Dallas-based billionaire Tom Dundon, who made all his money in the subprime market. He was considered to be a possible back-pocket fix at Sony. One of the LStar funds was part of the Dundon funds and was run by Sam Loughlin, who did not get along with the Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment's Motion Picture Group Tom Rothman. Once Loughlin was out of the mix (he stepped out of Lone Star Funds in July), it was… Read
Aidan Gillen To Play Dave Allen For BBC; HBO Nordic Orders ‘Gosta’; Anna Friel Flits To ITV’s ‘Butterfly’ – Global Briefs
BBC Two has ordered Dave Allen At Peace, a dramatization of the life and career of the Irishman who was once considered Britain’s most controversial comedian. Game Of Thrones and Peaky Blinders‘ Aidan Gillen is set to star. The biopic of the Dublin-born Allen will be produced by Darlow Smithson Productions and written by Stephen Russell (We're Doomed: The Dad's Army Story, Peaky Blinders). Covering Allen’s 40-year career, it will explore how his comedy genius was shaped… Read
Oscars: France Enters Robin Campillo’s ‘BPM’ In Foreign Language Race
France has selected Robin Campillo's BPM (120 Battements Par Minute) as its submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. The selection committee had whittled the final shortlist down to three titles and today announced that the AIDS-activist drama would be the entry. The "ambitious, engaged" film won the Grand Prize in Cannes.
Morocco-born French filmmaker Campillo scored that win with his first appearance in the Cannes competition as director. He wrote and… Read
David Tennant & Elisabeth Moss’ ‘Mad To Be Normal’ Headed To Samuel Goldwyn Films
Mad to Be Normal, the biopic about 1960s celebrity psychologist R.D. Laing that stars David Tennant and newly minted Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, has been acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films. The pic written and directed by Robert Mullan had its world premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival in February, and a winter 2018 theatrical release is being eyed.
The Scotland-born Laing rose to fame for his treatment of people diagnosed as “mad,” performing various daring experiments on… Read