Mike Myers Exits ‘Del’, Biopic About His Second City Mentor, As Financing Collapses
Del, the biopic about Second City’s Del Close in which alum Mike Myers was to set star, is on hold due to financing for the film falling apart. Myers has exited the pic, and producers now will regroup and recast the lead as they figure out their next moves. But the film will not go forward this year.
It is known that John Malkovich had shown interest in playing Close, the feared taskmaster of Chicago’s Second City comedy troupe whose alumni also include Betty Thomas (who… Read
‘The Greatest American Hero’ Reboot With Female Lead Gets Big ABC Commitment
EXCLUSIVE: A re-imagining of Steven J. Cannell's 1981 cult classic The Greatest American Hero is flying back to development with a new creative team, a big new commitment and a big twist.
ABC has given a put pilot commitment to the half-hour single-camera project. In it, the unlikely (super)hero at the center — Ralph Hinkley (played by William Katt) in the original series — is Meera, an Indian-American woman. The Greatest American Hero comes from Fresh Off the Boat… Read
Toronto Hot Acquisition Titles 2017: Will Buyers Bite?
Will the dreadful summer put a chill on acquisitions at the Toronto Film Festival getting underway today? I'd be surprised. This despite several buyers telling me they will be cautious, and that they only see a handful of highly desirable titles and that this Toronto will primarily be for distributors to launch titles in Oscar season. A look at the inventory not only of the festival slate but a slew of scripts, packages and promo reels should lead to enough commerce to… Read
Film4’s Daniel Battsek On Packed Fest Slate, Risking For Reward & More – Venice
EXCLUSIVE: Film4 chief Daniel Battsek is having a busy fall. The company has a total of seven movies across the triumvirate of festivals, including Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri which blew the doors off the Sala Darsena in its first screening this morning at the Venice Film Festival. The international audience applauded, laughed and emoted throughout the tale of Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand), a mother who makes a bold move after her… Read
Fall Premiere Dates For New & Returning Series: 2017 Edition
The 2017-18 TV season is just around the corner, so here's our annual rundown of fall premiere dates for new series and returning shows. The list covers hundreds of broadcast, cable and streaming series bowing between September 1 and December 31 and some high-profile one-off programs. Please send any additions or adjustments to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll update the post regularly as more dates are revealed.
Narcos (Netflix, Season 3)
WME|IMG Acquires Ken Kao & Alex Walton’s Sales/Financing Company Bloom
EXCLUSIVE: WME/IMG has closed a deal to acquire a majority interest in Ken Kao and Alex Walton's film financing/sales company Bloom. The deal is being announced internally as you read this, but the agency has confirmed it to Deadline. The agency said while it will use its resources to help grow Bloom, that company will continue to operate as a separate entity focused on film financing, production, and international sales. Kao’s other production concerns — Waypoint… Read
‘One Mississippi’ Season 2 Review: Tig Notaro Is Back, Better & Even More Timely
When One Mississippi launched its first season on Amazon last year, I said in my review that the Tig Notaro traumedy was outstanding. Well, Season 2 of the series created by Notaro and Diablo Cody debuts September 8 and, as I say in my video review above, it's even better. Now even more on point, it’s something you should definitely binge the first weekend after Labor Day.
In what may be one of the more spry shows around, the upcoming six-episode run steps into the swamp… Read
‘Last Flag Flying’ Trailer Sends Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston & Laurence Fishburne On Bittersweet Road Trip
Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne could well have teamed up for a convention on-the-road, mismatched buddy comedy – moments in this official trailer from Amazon Studios certainly suggest the trio has the right stuff for it. But judging from what we see here, Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying aims deeper. Way deeper.
“You sent him off to a godforsaken desert,” Carell’s Richard "Doc" Shepherd tells a military officer as the casket holding Shepherd’s son… Read
Paramount Stakes Graham King GK Films To 3-Year First Look
EXCLUSIVE: As Paramount Pictures chairman/CEO Jim Gianopulos bolsters his film ranks, he has staked Graham King and his GK Films to a three year first look deal to make movies for the studio. King will move his company onto the Paramount lot right away. The studio confirmed the deal to Deadline. Even though they’ve yet to collaborate on a movie, King and Gianopulos have had a close relationship for years, going back to King’s origins in distribution.
Said King: "Jim is… Read
Broad Green Shuts Production; 15 Layoffs, 50 Projects In Turnaround As Founders Regroup
EXCLUSIVE: Slumping distributor-producer-financier Broad Green Pictures this morning will shutter its production division, a move that will mean layoffs of about 15 of Broad Green’s 75 employees, along with the exit of most of about 50 development projects being kicked back to filmmakers to be set up elsewhere. CEO Gabriel Hammond confirmed this to Deadline, but despite rumors to the contrary, stressed that he and his brother, Broad Green Chief Creative Officer Daniel Hamm… Read
Toronto Film Festival 2017 Unveils Strong Slate
UPDATED with full slate so far: Living up to its stature as the premier international awards-season launch pad, The Toronto Film Festival today unveiled the first part of its slate that is strong, adventurous and chock-full of depictions of adversity and human struggle. TIFF chief Cameron Bailey said the festival is tighter this year, with fewer films than in the past. But they seem to have secured many of the films most often mentioned as Oscar bait. The fest runs… Read
Tory Metzger Named Production President Of Levantine Films
EXCLUSIVE: Tory Metzger has been named President of Production of Levantine Films, the New York-based producer/financier behind Hidden Figures and Beasts of No Nation. Metzger leaves Lava Bear, where she was president of the production concern formed by David Linde with backing from Reliance. She took the helm when Linde left for Participant. While Lava Bear produced Best Picture nominee Arrival, exec produced the David Michod-directed The Rover and Naomi Watts-starrer Shu… Read