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Mary Pinchot Meyer Murder Mystery Limited Series In Works At WBTV From David Seidler & Safehouse Pictures

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The story about the murder of JFK’s lover, American painter Mary Pinchot Meyer, is being developed by Warner Bros TV as a potential limited series. The project hails from Oscar-winning writer David Seidler (The King’s Speech) and Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell’s Safehouse Pictures. Written by Seidler and based on Peter Janney’s book Mary’s Mosaic, the drama/murder mystery explores different theories about the killing of Meyer while also exploring her secret romantic… Read

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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

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Hulu Inks First-Look Deal With Journalist & Author David Kushner

David Kushner

Journalist and best-selling author David Kushner has signed a first-look television deal with Hulu. Under the pact, the streaming platform will have access to Kushner’s complete back catalogue of articles and books, along with all forthcoming pieces of IP. Kushner will be an executive producer on all projects that fall under the deal, along with The Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Eric Robinson, Jeremy Bell and DJ Goldberg. Kushner’s articles have appeared in Rolling… Read

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George Gallo To Bring A.J. Benza’s ‘74 And Sunny’ To The Big Screen

EXCLUSIVE: George Gallo is set to direct the feature adaptation of A.J. Benza’s 2015 childhood memoir ’74 and Sunny from Simon & Schuster. Benza, the former Daily News show business columnist and E!’s Mysteries & Scandals host and producer, is currently writing the script. ’74 and Sunny recounts when Benza’s shy, effeminate cousin from New Jersey came to live with his Sicilian-American family during the summer of 1974 in Long Island, memories that were dominated by the… Read

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How Barry Jenkins Planted The Seed For Adapting ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Long Before ‘Moonlight’ Oscar Victory

“Love cannot be taken from your heart," says Barry Jenkins. "Love is too important." It is a lesson the director of Medicine for Melancholy and Moonlight—both films about love's survival in spite of challenging circumstances—has finally learned. "You've made me sound like a f*cking romantic," he told me two years ago, when we discussed Moonlight. "And I'm a craftsman. I am a craftsman, I am a craftsman." he declared. "That's out the window with this film," he reluctantly… Read

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Michael Sucsy To Helm ‘Playing To The Gods’; Clash Between Thesps Sarah Bernhardt & Eleonora Duse

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EXCLUSIVE: Grey Gardens writer-director Michael Sucsy has formed his HungryDuck production shingle by optioning Peter Radar’s Simon & Schuster novel Playing to the Gods. Sucsy has written the script and will direct as well as produce the feature. The project will be taken out for financing shortly. The pic is envisioned as The Favourite meets Amadeus. It tells the true story of French stage superstar Sarah Bernhardt, a pioneer in the culture of exotic, eccentric celebrity… Read

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Jon Krakauer Climbs Aboard With Gersh

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EXCLUSIVE: Bestselling writer and mountaineer Jon Krakauer, whose 1996 book Into the Wild became the two-time Oscar-nominated film directed by Sean Penn, has signed for representation at Gersh. He currently has his 2003 book Under the Banner of Heaven, an investigation of polygamy and religious fundamentalism in the American West, in development at Imagine Entertainment. He’s also at work on his next book, details of which are under wraps. Krakauer has had eight books… Read

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Andrew Lanham Adapting David Arnold Novel ‘The Strange Fascinations Of Noah Hypnotik’ For Paramount Players

The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik Book 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

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ICM Partners Signs Poet-Performer Rupi Kaur

Rupi Kaur

EXCLUSIVE: Rupi Kaur, whose self-published book of poetry milk and honey when she was 21 became a New York Times bestseller in 2014, has signed with ICM Partners. The agency will be tasked with expanding the India-born Canadian’s career into film, television and theater. Kaur wrote, illustrated, and self-published milk and honey after sharing some of her work on social media sites like Tumblr. The book sold more than 6.5 million copies and has been translated into more… Read

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Focus Features Lands Michael Ausiello Memoir ‘Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies’; Michael Showalter To Direct Jim Parsons

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EXCLUSIVE: Focus Features has landed the Jim Parsons star vehicle Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies in a competitive situation, and The Big Sick‘s Michael Showalter is set to direct and produce, with David Marshall Grant and Dan Savage writing the screenplay. The movie is based on the acclaimed, bestselling memoir by Michael Ausiello, the President and Editorial Director of TVLine.com. In his heartbreaking, tragicomic memoir, Ausiello told the story of the eleven-month span… Read

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Fortitude Options Female-Driven ‘Madame Presidentess’ & ‘Starfish On Thursday’ From TaleFlick

EXCLUSIVE: Fortitude International has optioned two female-driven properties from recently hatched curation platform TaleFlick: historical fiction Madame Presidentess and essay collection Starfish On Thursday. Both center on strong women going up against overwhelming adversity. The company is eyeing feature adaptations of each. Madame Presidentess depicts the real life of Victoria Woodhull, the first woman who dared to run for President of the United States in 1872 but… Read

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Rhys Thomas’ Ruby Slippers Book Offers New Insights On FBI Recovery Of Stolen Shoes

Rhys Thomas at first thought the call from the FBI was a joke. The author and documentary filmmaker listened to the phone message again and jotted down the return number. "Could this be a crank call?" he wondered. "Am I a person of interest in some investigation I know nothing about?" But it was no joke. The FBI wanted him to come back to Minnesota. He wasn't a person of interest, but he's definitely an interesting person – more knowledgeable about the pair of stolen… Read