Viola Davis, Malcolm D. Lee In Universal Deal For Terry McMillan Novel ‘I Almost Forgot About You’
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has has won an auction and has optioned from The Jackal Group the rights to Terry McMillan’s bestseller I Almost Forgot About You, which the studio will mount a star vehicle for Oscar-winning Fences star Viola Davis, with Girls Trip helmer Malcolm D. Lee directing. The Jackal Group's Gail Berman and Joe Earley, who acquired McMillan’s novel back back in May, are producing alongside Davis, her husband and JuVee Productions partner Julius… Read
Val Kilmer Tells Great Stories From A Terrific Career: Q&A
EXCLUSIVE: When Val Kilmer was presented with the Grand Honorary Award for outstanding contribution to cinema at the Sitges genre festival in Spain last month, he wanted to do one interview about his career. The catch was, it had to be done in an email back and forth, because he is recovering from cancer treatments to his throat and did not have his voice at the time. That festival also premiered The Super, a Stephan Rick-directed genre film Kilmer stars in with Chicago… Read
‘Plus One’: Jack Quaid, Maya Erskine Lead Romcom From Ben Stiller’s Red Hour, Studio71
EXCLUSIVE: Production has begun in Los Angeles on romantic comedy Plus One from first-time feature directors Andrew Rhymer and Jeff Chan. Jack Quaid (Logan Lucky, The Hunger Games) and Maya Erskine (Casual, Man Seeking Woman) are starring in the pic from Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films and Studio71, the LA-headquartered global content studio of the ProSiebenSat.1 Group.
Rhymer and Chan have a long list of shared credits on shorts that include Post Party, Remember This Voice… Read
Vadhir Derbez, Ximena Romo To Go On ’50 First Dates’ In Sony International’s Remake
EXCLUSIVE: Vadhir Derbez and Ximena Romo have been set to star in Sony Pictures International Productions’ Spanish-language remake of 50 First Dates. 50 Primeras Citas is the redo of the 2004 Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore romantic comedy about a woman with short-term memory loss and the guy who continues to court her even though she forgets him after each day they spend together. It grossed $196M worldwide.
The update begins shooting today in the Dominican Republic with Maur… Read
Iwan Rheon Says ‘Berlin, I Love You’; ‘Inhumans’ Star Set For ‘Embassy’ Segment
EXCLUSIVE: Game Of Thrones alum and Marvel’s Inhumans star Iwan Rheon has joined the cast of Berlin I Love You. The anthology feature is the latest in the Cities of Love series launched by Emmanuel Benbihy in 2006 with the release of Paris, Je T'Aime, followed by New York, I Love You (2008) and Rio, I Love You (2014).
Rheon joins an ensemble cast that includes Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Jim Sturgess, Mickey Rourke, Diego Luna, Orlando Bloom, Sophie Turner, Jack… Read
Treat Williams, Larry Miller Join Cast Of STXfilms’ Romantic Comedy ‘Second Act’
Treat Williams and Larry Miller have joined the cast of STXfilms' romantic comedy Second Act starring Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini. They also join Vanessa Hudgens and Masters of Sex actress Annaleigh Ashford in the film that will be directed by Peter Segal.
The project was put together by STX and Lopez based on an idea by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Justin Zackham, both of whom drafted the screenplay. Williams will play the role of Anderson Clarke, the owner of a… Read
Anonymous Content Makes Long-Term First-Look With Michael Sugar’s Sugar23 Productions
EXCLUSIVE: Michael Sugar, longtime manager-producer at Anonymous Content, has formed Sugar23, a producing shingle that launches with a multi-year first-look deal with Anonymous Content. The deal allows for Sugar’s growing producing ambitions while keeping him in the AC fold. Sugar, the Oscar-winning producer of Spotlight and whose credits include The Knick, The OA, the upcoming Maniac and One Day She'll Darken, will continue to manage his clients through the Anonymous… Read
Vanessa Hudgens & Annaleigh Ashford Board Jennifer Lopez-Starring Film ‘Second Act’
High School musical alumna Vanessa Hudgens and Masters of Sex actress Annaleigh Ashford have joined Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini in the romantic comedy Second Act, from STXfilms. Peter Segal is attached to direct the pic, which STX and Lopez, put together, based on an idea by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Justin Zackham, both of whom drafted the screenplay.
Said to be along the lines of Lopez’s previous rom-com, Maid In Manhattan, and classic comedy Working Girl, the pic… Read
WME | IMG Finance, Sales Become Endeavor Content; TWC’s Negeen Yazdi, MRC’s Joe Hipps Join
WME and IMG’s film and scripted television finance and sales groups have been brought together under Endeavor Content, a label that will be steered by co-presidents and WME partners Graham Taylor and Chris Rice. The move comes a week after WME | IMG revived the Endeavor label as a holding company, bringing back the name of the agency steered by Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell that merged with WMA eight years ago. WME will continue to be the name of the talent agency… Read
Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Sets Win Rosenfeld As President
EXCLUSIVE: Jordan Peele has hired Win Rosenfeld to be president of his Monkeypaw Productions, the company Peele set at Universal Pictures in a first-look deal following his smash directing debut Get Out. Rosenfeld will oversee all aspects of Monkeypaw projects across film, television and digital.
Rosenfeld, who will move from New York to take the job, has a resume that matches well with Peele’s multi-platform ambitions. He has worked independently in multiple mediums… Read
Working Title Prexy Liza Chasin To Segue To Producer After 26 Years With Prestige Shingle
Liza Chasin, the longtime president of Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner’s Working Title Films who joined the company 26 years ago, will leave at year’s end to transition into producing. The move has just been announced internally at Working Title (see the memo below).
This comes at a time when the Universal-based production company has come through a prolific period that included the Edgar Wright-directed summer sleeper hit Baby Driver, the Stephen Frears-directed Victoria & Abd… Read
Big Lit News: Howie Sanders, Kassie Evashevski Exit UTA For Anonymous Content
EXCLUSIVE: Longtime UTA partners and book department co-heads Howie Sanders and Kassie Evashevski are leaving the agency. They are moving to the Anonymous Content, where they will transition to producer/managers and establish a dedicated literary rights division. Agency staff is being told right now.
Sanders has been at UTA around two decades, and Evashevski half that long, joining in 2007 after a decade as a manager at Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Before that she… Read