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DreamWorks Animation TV To Bow Three New Kids and Family Series On Netflix

Netflix will be the home of three new DreamWorks Animation Television kids series in 2019 and 2020, the companies announced. The new shows include Archibald's Next Big Thing from Emmy Award-winner Tony Hale. The new slate was announced during a MIPJr. keynote by Margie Cohn, president of DreamWorks Animation Television. The new series include: Archibald's Next Big Thing – 2019: Inspired by the children's book from Tony Hale, Tony Biaggne, and Victor Huckabee, the show… Read


‘When Heroes Fly’ Hebrew Thriller From Keshet Int’l Goes To Netflix

The Hebrew language drama When Heroes Fly will premiere on Netflix next year following its acquisition from Keshet International, the global content producer and distributor. The deal will see all ten episodes of the original drama made available with subtitles to Netflix's subscribers in early 2019. It is the first Hebrew-language series deal with Netflix for Keshet. Produced by Spiro Films for Keshet Broadcasting, When Heroes Fly is a thriller inspired by a best-selling… Read


HBO Acquires ‘O.G.’, Prison-Filmed Feature Starring Jeffrey Wright

HBO has picked up O.G., a narrative feature starring Jeffrey Wright that was filmed entirely in a maximum-security prison. Directed by Emmy winner Madeleine Sackler and also starring Theothus Carter and William Fichtner, it premiered in April at the Tribeca Film Festival, where Wright won Best Actor in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film. The premium cabler also said today that it has acquired It’s a Hard Truth Ain’t It, a documentary shot at Pendleton during the same… Read


Aussie Novel ‘The Lost Flowers Of Alice Hart’ Headed For TV In Deal With Bruna Papandrea

Bruna Papandrea's Made Up Stories has acquired rights to The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, the debut novel from Australian writer Holly Ringland. The plan is to develop the coming-of-age drama into a TV series. The novel, a bestseller in Australia after HarperCollins published it in March, centers on a young girl whose violent childhood casts a dark shadow over her adult life. After a family tragedy, 9-year-old Alice Hart is taken in by her estranged grandmother, a flower… Read


Briarcliff Lands U.S. Rights To ‘El Chicano’, First Latino Superhero Pic With All-Hispanic Cast

EXCLUSIVE: Briarcliff Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to El Chicano, a Latino superhero film with an all-Hispanic cast that just had its premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. It’s the second film for Briarcliff, the upstart distribution venture launched by Open Road founder Tom Ortenberg, after just opening Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9El Chicano will be released theatrically on March 22, 2019, and sources said the target is 600-800 screens. El Chicano… Read


‘Write When You Get Work’, With Finn Wittrock & Rachel Keller, Gets Theatrical Date Via Abramorama

EXCLUSIVE: Abramorama has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Write When You Get Work, the new movie from My New Gun writer-director Stacy Cochran. The romantic comedy starring Finn Wittrock and Rachel Keller, who play former lovers whose paths cross years later (with a heist thrown in for good measure), will bow in New York beginning November 23 ahead of a cross-country rollout in which Cochran will be on hand for a Q&A following each city screening. Emily Mortimer also… Read


The Orchard Taps ‘Brewmaster’ Docu From ‘Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead’ Filmmaker

EXCLUSIVE: The Orchard has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Brewmaster, Douglas Tirola’s documentary about the craft beer movement and the community that makes it flow. The film, which had its premiere at SXSW this year, will open in theaters October 19 followed by a digital bow November 20. Tirola’s documentary follows an ambitious young New York lawyer who struggles to chase his American dream of becoming a brewmaster and a Milwaukee-based professional beer educator… Read


Legendary Picks Up Film Rights ‘God Country’ Novel With Author Donny Cates Adapting

God Country is getting the film treatment. Legendary Entertainment has obtained the film rights to the graphic novel, illustrated by Geoff Shaw and written by Donny Cates, who will also pen the screenplay for the adaptation. Cates’ credits include Babyteeth, from AfterShock Comics, Venom, Doctor Strange, and Thanos for Marvel. Lee and Jon Kramer of AfterShock Media are producing the project, which marks the collaboration for Legendary. God Country centers around Emmett… Read


STX Has Acquired Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Hustlers’; Constance Wu Joins Cast

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EXCLUSIVE, UPDATED with more info: STX has acquired the Jennifer Lopez Hustlers project, which was cut loose by Annapurna earlier in the day. At the same time, Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu has joined the cast for a lead role per sources close to the project. Soon after the news broke today that Annapurna was pulling out of Jay Roach’s Roger Ailes feature, Deadline confirmed that the Hustlers project based on the New York magazine piece “The Hustlers at Scores” was… Read


Stampede Acquires Rights To Hit Wattpad Novel ‘Under Glass’

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Greg Silverman’s Stampede has acquired film and TV rights to Under Glass, the debut novel by Sam Marsden that first appeared on the Wattpad publishing platform. The pre-emptive deal was struck ahead of the Frankfurt Book Fair. The book is set in a glass-domed Martian colony and follows 17-year-old Eva Knight, the daughter of colony's president who detests life on Mars and wants to return to Earth. When her brother is executed publicly under the government’s zealous… Read


Dwayne Johnson & ‘Jumanji’ Helmer Jake Kasdan Reteam For John Henry Family Action Movie Set At Netflix

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In what was described as a competitive bidding situation, Netflix has nabbed the rights to the feature, John Henry and The Statesmen, with Dwayne Johnson attached as the star and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle director Jake Kasdan on board to direct. Johnson and his Seven Bucks Productions partners Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia are producing the project with Kasdan, and Seven Bucks frequent collaborator Beau Flynn of FlynnPictureCo. The pic is based on an original pitch… Read


Orion Classics Acquires Tribeca Pic ‘Maine’


Orion Classics has acquired North American and Latin American rights to Maine, the Matthew Brown drama that world premiered earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival. Starring Laia Costa and Thomas Mann, the pic will now hit theaters December 13 ahead of a digital launch the next day. Costa plays a married Spanish woman named Bluebird who attempts to hike the entire Appalachian Trail solo to find clarity. Her solitude is interrupted by a young American hiker (Mann)… Read