‘Fleabag’ Dark Comedy Acquired By IFC From Creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge
IFC has acquired Fleabag from creator, writer, and actor Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The BAFTA-winning, six-part series about a dry-witted and unfiltered woman navigating life and love in London will premiere on IFC on Boxing Day, Wednesday, Dec. 26.
All six episodes of the series will air beginning at 11:00 pm and encore again in late night.
Adapted from her play of the same name, the dark but hilarious Fleabag follows Waller-Bridge through London as she tries to cope with… Read
Amy Poehler’s Paper Kite Lands ‘The Great Believers’, Novel About AIDS Epidemic, With Eye On TV Series
Amy Poehler's Paper Kite Productions has come aboard to option rights to Rebecca Makkai’s 2018 novel The Great Believers, set during the wide swath of the AIDS epidemic, with plans to turn it into a TV series.
The novel, published in June by Penguin Random House imprint Viking, is set in mid-1980s Chicago and 2015 Paris, using the AIDS epidemic and a mother's search for her estranged daughter to explore the effects of senseless loss and our efforts to overcome it. The arc… Read
Thanksgiving 2019: Lionsgate To Release MRC’s Rian Johnson Murder Mystery ‘Knives Out’ With Daniel Craig & Killer Cast
EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate is set to partner with MRC and distribute worldwide Knives Out, the contemporary murder mystery that Looper and Star Wars: The Last Jedi helmer Rian Johnson wrote and is directing. Daniel Craig stars as a detective trying to solve a murder and the killer ensemble cast includes Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Ana de Armas, Christopher Plummer, Katherine Langford and Don Johnson.
Lionsgate has dated the… Read
Daphne Zuniga To Helm ‘The Protegé’; Gravitas Lands ‘The Divorce Party’; Ramses Jimenez In ‘Critical Thinking’ – Film Briefs
Melrose Place alum Daphne Zuniga is set to mark her feature directorial debut with The Protegé, an indie thriller starring Jeanette Sousa (American Housewife), Breanne Hill (Frontier), Keenan Tracey (Bates Motel), and Philip Boyd (The Have and Have Nots). It follows Amanda Birch (Sousa) who, after three years of estrangement from her family, returns to reconnect with her sister Lauren, the manager of a beloved holistic studio. Upon her return, things only get worse when… Read
Joseph Cross’ Coming-Of-Age Movie ‘Summer Night’ Acquired By Samuel Goldwyn Films
EXCLUSIVE: Samuel Goldwyn Films has taken domestic rights to Joseph Cross' feature directorial debut Summer Night for a release next spring. Cross is the star of such films as Lincoln, Milk and the HBO Emmy-winning limited series Big Little Lies.
Summer Night follows a group of young best friends confronted with a series of fast-approaching life decisions during the course of the night that will either leave them stuck in the comfort of adolescence or catapult them into… Read
Netflix To Distribute Spike Lee-Produced Film ‘See You Yesterday’
Netflix has come aboard to distribute See You Yesterday, a travel drama produced by Spike Lee's 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks. The pic is the directorial debut from Stefon Bristol, Lee's long-time NYU Graduate Film School protege.
The script was co-written by Bristol and Fredrica Bailey. It’s based on their 2017 short film of the same title, which was a finalist at the HBO Short Film Competition at American Black Film Festival and is currently on the Cinemax streaming… Read
Paladin Acquires ‘Billboard’ Movie, Adding Big Screen To Unique Multi-Platform Rollout
EXCLUSIVE: Paladin has U.S. distribution rights to Billboard, the latest film from Zeke Zelker. The movie starring John Robinson, Heather Matarazzo and Eric Roberts will begin its theatrical run April 5 in New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, with plans to expand later in the month.
The theatrical release will be one prong of a multi-platform push for the film, written, directed and produced by Zelker (InSearchOf, Loggerheads). The plot centers on a struggling radio… Read
‘Brian Banks’ Biopic Gets Summer 2019 Release Date Via ShivHans & Bleecker Street
EXCLUSIVE: Bleecker Street has partnered with ShivHans Pictures for the release of Brian Banks, the true story about an All-American football player who went to prison for a crime he did not commit. Directed by Tom Shadyac, the pic premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, where it picked up the Audience Award. It will bow in theaters August 9, 2019.
Aldis Hodge stars in the title role along with Greg Kinnear, Sherri Shepherd, Melanie Liburd, Xosha Roquemore, and… Read
‘Toxic Avenger’ Movie Reboot In Works At Legendary
Legendary Entertainment has acquired feature film rights to The Toxic Avenger, with a reboot of the iconic Troma horror-hero franchise in the works. Original directors Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz of Kaufman’s iconic b-movie studio Troma Entertainment will serve as producers on the new film.
The Toxic Avenger centers on Toxie, born when a mild-mannered janitor named Melvin, from Tromaville, NJ, took a tumble into radioactive toxic waste. The feckless Melvin emerges… Read
Andrew Lanham Adapting David Arnold Novel ‘The Strange Fascinations Of Noah Hypnotik’ For Paramount Players
EXCLUSIVE: The Glass Castle and Just Mercy screenwriter Andrew Lanham is adapting David Arnold’s novel The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik for Paramount Players.
The studio acquired the Viking Books novel back in February. It centers on a 16-year-old boy (a Bowie believer, concise historian, disillusioned swimmer, son, brother, friend) who gets hypnotized and starts seeing changes in the world around him– except for his Strange Fascinations. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and… Read
Fyre Festival Documentary Acquired By Netflix For January Release
Netflix said Monday it has acquired Chris Smith’s Fyre, a documentary about the uber-fail 2017 Fyre Festival in the Bahamas that spawned lawsuits over its poor organization and false claims. Smith, who directed Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, connected with the organizers to tell a behind the scenes tale. Netflix will bow the docu on January 18.
Created by Billy McFarland and Ja Rule, Fyre was promoted as a luxury music festival on a private island featuring bikini-clad… Read
Werner Herzog & Andre Singer Film ‘Meeting Gorbachev’ North American Rights Go To The Orchard
A film memoir of former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev featuring exclusive interviews has had its North American rights acquired by distributor The Orchard from History Films.
Meeting Gorbachev is a documentary directed by Werner Herzog and André Singer for Spring Films and Werner Herzog Film. The behind-the-scenes look at the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union features interviews of Gorbachev by Herzog on three occasions across a six-month period… Read