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New Line In Lead To Catch ‘Train To Busan’ Remake; Gary Dauberman Scripting, James Wan Producing Zombie Thriller – Update

Train To Busan

UPDATED, 4:40 PM: We’re hearing New Line Cinema has taken the pole position on acquiring the remake of Train to Busan that Gary Dauberman will write and James Wan will produce alongside Gaumont. Five studios have been in the mix on the hot property, a redo of the 2016 Korean zombie thriller, with Universal bowing out earlier and Paramount, Lionsgate and Screen Gems all circling with New Line. We understand New Line is negotiating final terms now, which makes sense, as… Read


‘American Dreamer’ L.A. Film Festival Clip: Don’t Make Jim Gaffigan Pull This Car Over

American Dreamer

EXCLUSIVE: Here’s the first look at American Dreamer, the new thriller directed by London Town helmer Derrick Borte and starring Jim Gaffigan. The pic from Storyland Pictures is having its world premiere Thursday at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Gaffigan, who made his bones as a stand-up comic, takes another jump into more dramatic fare (among his recently film roles was 2017’s John Curran drama Chappaquiddick, playing Ted Kennedy’s friend Paul Markham). In this movie… Read


‘L.A.’s Finest’: Sophie Reynolds Cast As Series Regular In Spectrum’s ‘Bad Boys’ Offshoot

Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything alum Sophie Reynolds is set as a series regular in Spectrum’s drama series L.A.'s Finest, starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, from writers Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier, Sony Pictures TV, Jerry Bruckheimer Television and 2.0 Entertainment. It is set to premiere in 2019 exclusively on Charter Communications’ Spectrum as the platform's first major original series. The spinoff from the Bad Boys movie franchise follows… Read


Dick Parsons Named CBS’ Interim Board Chairman

Richard Parsons

Former Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons has been named CBS’ Interim Chairman of the Board of Directors, in an appointment that was unanimously approved by the board, the company said. "Dick Parsons has a combination of deep industry knowledge and unmatched corporate and board experience," said Candace Beinecke, Chair of CBS' Nominating and Governance Committee, in a statement. "We are fortunate to have Dick in this leadership role. CBS said Bruce Gordon and William Cohen… Read


Sam Raimi Brands Katzenberg’s NewTV Series ’50 States Of Fear’

Sam Raimi Jeffrey Katzenberg

EXCLUSIVE: Sam Raimi will be the architect of one of the earl entertainment content shows for NewTV, the new short form venture that Jeffrey Katzenberg founded and Meg Whitman runs as CEO. Sources said that Raimi will be at the center of a new show called 50 States of Fear, with Van Toffler’s company producing it. No other details were forthcoming at the moment, but this is an intriguing new lane for the director of such films as the first Spider-Man trilogy, producer of D… Read


Kenichiro Yoshida To SPE Leaders: Studio Will Remain Big Part Of Sony Portfolio

Kenichiro Yoshida

EXCLUSIVE: Sony Corp President and CEO Kenichiro Yoshida paid a visit to the Sony Pictures Entertainment lot today to meet with 75 senior leaders and managers from across the company and give more execs a chance to personally meet the chief. In a meeting that lasted around an hour after Yoshida was introduced by Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Tony Vinciquerra, his most important gesture was to give a vote of confidence on Japan’s long term commitment to the movie… Read


Sir David Attenborough’s Wildlife Doc Series ‘Dynasties’ Goes Global Via BBC Studios

Sir David Attenborough's next blue-chip wildlife series Dynasties is going global. The five-part series, produced by BBC Studios' Natural History Unit, the division responsible for Planet Earth and Blue Planet, has been pre-sold to 13 countries ahead of its global premiere. It has been picked up in Germany (WDR), New Zealand (TVNZ), Canada (Blue Ant Media), Latin America (Discovery), Spain (Telefonica), Belgium (VRT), Netherlands (NPO), Sweden (SVT), Denmark (DR)… Read

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‘Happy Death Day 2U’: Universal Sets 2019 Sequel Release Date

Happy Death Day

Universal has set a February 14, 2019 wide release date for Happy Death Day 2U, the title of the sequel to the 2017 horror hit from Blumhouse. The studio had staked out the date previously for a Blumhouse horror project and now has made it official. The original Happy Death Day raked in close to $123 million worldwide. As Deadline scooped, production got underway in May on the sequel, with lead Jessica Rothe and Israel Broussard back along with original director… Read


Alleged Incident That Led To Adam Berkowitz’s CAA Exit Involved Top Bad Robot Executive

Adam Berkowitz CAA

EXCLUSIVE: It came as a shock on Monday when Adam Berkowitz, a CAA veteran and one of the top TV lit agents in town, abruptly exited the agency after more than two decades. As Deadline reported yesterday, the dismissal came after an internal CAA investigation following an alleged incident at the Emmys’ Governors Ball. I have since learned that the alleged incident was between Berkowitz and Ben Stephenson, Head of Television for J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot. According to… Read


Fox Orders ‘Bless The Harts’ Animated Series Starring Kristen Wiig & Maya Rudolph From Emily Spivey, Lord & Miller

Launching a new animated series on Fox has been a top priority for the network’s entertainment president Michael Thorn ever since he joined the network last fall. After commissioning development and presentations for multiple projects in the past 12 months, the network has made its first series order in the arena in a couple of years, giving a 13-episode straight-to-series pickup to Bless the Harts, a half-hour animated comedy series from The Last Man on Earth… Read


Brett Kavanaugh Interview Lands Martha MacCallum’s Biggest Ever ‘The Story’ Crowd, Topping Cable News

Martha MacCallum’s exclusive, headline grabbing interview with President Donald Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanagh nabbed her biggest ever The Story crowd – 3.6 million viewers. MacCallum topped cable news for the night in total viewers, outscoring Sean Hannity’s 3.27 million viewers and Tucker Carlson’s 3.205M on Fox News Channel, as well as Rachel Maddow’s 3.117M on MSNBC. In the news demo, MacCallum’s 610K viewers gave her a third place finish… Read


DOJ Antitrust Chief Makan Delrahim Vows Merger Review Overhaul

Makan Delrahim

In a speech today at the Global Antitrust Enforcement Symposium, Department of Justice antitrust chief Makan Delrahim outlined plans to “modernize” the merger review process, making it shorter and more effective. “There is widespread agreement that significant merger reviews are taking longer to complete.” he said during the event at Georgetown University. Delrahim vowed that his division will resolve “most investigations within six months of filing.” Also, the division… Read