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Marvel ‘Star Wars’ Writer Chuck Wendig Fired, Allegedly For His Political Tweets

A Marvel comics writer for the Star Wars comic books and extended universe has been fired, allegedly because of “uncivil” tweets. Chuck Wendig said via Twitter that he was let go after posting a number of explicit tweets attacking Republicans and the GOP over the confirmation of Associate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Wendig claimed in his tweets that “It was too much politics, too much vulgarity, too much negativity on my part."  He later blamed Comicsgate, a… Read

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‘Beacon 23’ TV Series Adaptation From Zak Penn Nears Green Light At Spectrum

Beacon 23, Hugh Howey’s bestselling sci-fi novel, is heading to the small screen. I hear the project, from writer Zak Penn (Ready Player One, Avengers, X-Man franchise), is getting a series order for a run on Charter Communications’ Spectrum cable systems. The series will be produced by independent studio Platform One Media and Spectrum Originals. Set in the 23rd Century, a series of beacons help passing ships avoid disaster. The TV adaptation focuses on a man who thinks… Read

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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

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NBCUniversal Ventures Exec Jeff Li Takes COO Role At Serial Box

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Jeff Li, who helped launch businesses for USA Network, Syfy and Chiller TV as head of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Networks’ Ventures division, has been hired as COO of Serial Box. He will oversee business development, content partnerships and overall growth at the company, which offers serialized versions of books and other content for consumption on phones and tablets and is available in 50 countries. "Jeff clearly sees the opportunity to deliver book content in… Read

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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

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Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories Acquires Signe Pike’s Novel ‘The Lost Queen’ For Television

Bruna Papandrea's Made Up Stories has acquired the rights to Signe Pike's historical epic The Lost Queen to develop for television, through the company’s partnership with Endeavor Content. Published last month by Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone Books, The Lost Queen is based in medieval Scotland, a land of mountains and mist, tradition and superstition. It follows Languoreth, a woman born between the ways of the old ancestors and the burgeoning forces of Christianity and… Read

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Sally Willcox Joins Paradigm As Literary Agent

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Sally Willcox, the longtime CAA literary agent who most recently oversaw acquisition and development at Tobey Maguire's Material, has landed at Paradigm, the agency said Tuesday. She will oversee media rights and be based at the agency’s Beverly Hills headquarters. "Sally excels at discovering and developing intellectual property and it is her passion to find inspiring opportunities for her clients, making her the perfect person to drive and expand our media rights… Read

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Sentient Entertainment Lands Film Rights To ‘Losing Clementine’ Novel; Ann Cherkis Scripting

EXCLUSIVE: Sentient Entertainment has obtained the feature rights to Losing Clementine, the debut novel from author Ashley Ream. Better Call Saul writer and producer Ann Cherkis has been brought on to adapt the screenplay. The story follows the exploits of a famed, yet tormented artist as she attempts to get her messy affairs in order en route to her eventual planned suicide, only to be waylaid by the even greater personal chaos of everyone around her. Sentient President… Read

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Gabrielle Union Acquires Film Rights To YA Novel ‘500 Words Or Less’

EXCLUSIVE: Being Mary Jane star Gabrielle Union has teamed with Rebel Maverick and Amyale to secure the rights to Juleah Del Rosario’s debut novel, 500 Words Or Less, a young adult fiction which will be adapted into a feature. Union will produce the project under her I'll Have Another Productions banner, with Holly Shakoor Fleischer overseeing development on behalf of the company. Manaal Khan and Matt Nicholas will be producing for Amyale and Rebel Maverick… Read

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Cory Doctorow’s New Novella ‘Unauthorized Bread’ Acquired By Topic Studios

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Topic Studios has acquired film and TV rights to sci-fi author Cory Doctorow’s upcoming novella Unauthorized Bread, the first in a four-part short story series Radicalized that will debut in early 2019. A cautionary tale about the impact of continued technological advancement and class divisions, Unauthorized Bread takes place in a near future America where the usage of everyday technology falls under the control of corporations. Refugee Salima is thrilled to be accepted… Read

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Screenwriter Chris Hauty Debut Novel ‘Deep State’ Goes To Simon & Schuster Imprint

EXCLUSIVE: Never Back Down screenwriter Chris Hauty’s debut novel Deep State has been sold to Simon & Schuster's Emily Bestler Books and is being shopped for film and TV rights by literary agency Original Artists. The agency describes the book as a contemporary Three Days of the Condor-style thriller with a strong female lead as it focuses on a young woman who leaves the Army to become a White House intern. Haunted by her own demons, she  becomes aware of an assassination… Read

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‘Mortal Engines’ Trailer: Peter Jackson, Andy Serkis And Friends Rev Up Film At New York Comic Con

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Universal revved up Mortal Engines, its Peter Jackson-produced aspiring franchise, at New York Comic Con, premiering the fantasy epic’s new trailer and the first 24 minutes of the film. Afterward, Jackson and longtime collaborators Philippa Boyens and Christian Rivers joined cast members for a panel discussion. Rivers, an Oscar-winner for his visual effects work on Jackson’s King Kong, is making his feature directing debut. The Media Rights Capital-backed release, slated… Read