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Roland Joffé To Direct ‘The Legitimate Wiseguy’ About Chicago Outfit Mobster Tony Spilotro And The Kid He Mentored

He was one of the most ruthless, feared and notorious criminals ever to come out of the Chicago Outfit: Anthony ‘Tony the Ant’ Spilotro. Now, Roland Joffé and Chicagoan Nicholas Celozzi, who is the grand nephew of the late mob boss Sam Giancana and thought of Spilotro as his second father, are bringing Celozzi’s personal story with the mobster to the big screen. The film, The Legitimate Wiseguy, will be directed by Joffé, who was nominated for two Oscars for his brilliant… Read

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Freeform Developing Park Ranger Comedy From Jenna Fischer, Alexandra Henrikson

Freeform has put into development National Parker, a half-hour comedy from Splitting Up Together starJenna Fischer, actress-writer Alexandra Henrikson (Maniac) and Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Written by Henrikson, in National Parker, when social media–obsessed Parker Adams' world comes crashing down after a breakup, she decides to put her New York City life behind her and become an adult with a real job — as a national park ranger at Alaska's Hickberry National… Read

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It’s Official! Michelle Yeoh ‘Star Trek’ Spinoff In Development At CBS All Access

Just hours after Crazy Rich Asians won the Best Comedy award at the Critics’ Choice Awards last night, Michelle Yeoh has scored another win with a Star Trek series of her own. As Deadline exclusively reported back in November, CBS All Access has put a Star Trek Discovery spinoff into development with the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon actor. Set to return for the January 17-launching second season of the Sonequa Martin-Green led Discovery as Captain Philippa Georgiou… Read

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‘Thirteen’ Drama Based On Graphic Novel ‘Six’ In Works By Circle Of Confusion TV Studios & Amazon Studios

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Circle of Confusion TV Studios, a joint venture between Circle of Confusion and ITV Studios America, has partnered with Amazon Studios to develop Thirteen, an hourlong drama based on Mike Oeming and Dan Berman’s Image Comics graphic novel Six. The project hails from Stefan Jaworski (Those Who Kill), who will write, and Michael Dinner (Justified), who will direct. Circle of Confusion TV Studios will serve as the lead studio. Thirteen is a sci-fi thriller about a… Read

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HBO Developing IVF Comedy ‘Counterfeit’ From Andrew Gettens, Lauren Mackenzie & Jessica Rhoades

HBO has put in development Counterfeit, a half-hour comedy from husband-and-wife writing duo Andrew Gettens and Lauren Mackenzie (Hit & Run) and Jessica Rhoades’ (Sharp Objects) Pacesetter Productions, as part of Rhoades’ first-look deal with the premium cable network. Written by Gettens and Mackenzie, Counterfeit centers on a couple, desperate to have a child, who learn there's no way for them to conceive the old-fashioned way. And with no resources (and a loudly ticking… Read

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Sarah Michelle Gellar To Star In ‘Sometimes I Lie’ Limited Series From Ellen DeGeneres & Warner Bros TV

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EXCLUSIVE: Buffy the Vampire Slayer alumna Sarah Michelle Gellar is set to star in and executive produce Sometimes I Lie, a limited series based on former BBC journalist Alice Feeney’s debut novel. The series is being developed by Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production and Warner Bros TV whether the company is based. WBTV optioned the book on behalf of A Very Good Production, whose DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman will executive produce alongside Gellar. Oscar-nominated writer… Read

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‘Yiddish Policemen’s Union’ Alt-History Drama Set From Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman, PatMa, Keshet & CBS Studios

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What if Alaska is home of a big Jewish settlement and the fledgling state of Israel was destroyed? That is the setup of a TV series project based on Michael Chabon’s acclaimed 2007 alternative history book Yiddish Policemen’s Union. CBS TV Studios, Nina Tassler and Denise DiNovi’s PatMa Productions and Keshet Studios have acquired a spec drama script by husband-and-wife writing duo Chabon and Ayelet Waldman. The project will be taken out shortly to premium cable and… Read

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Eric Heisserer’s Short Story ‘Simultaneous’ Getting Hulu Series Adaptation; Colby Day Scripting

EXCLUSIVE: Hulu is in early development on a series based onSimultaneous, a short story by Arrival and Bird Box screenwriter Eric Heisserer. We hear the streaming company struck a six-figure penalty deal in order to pick up the project, which is described as a cerebral detective thriller involving regenerative past lives. Colby Day has been tapped to write the adaptation. Heisserer and Lawrence Grey, both of whom produced the $148 million worldwide-grossing horror film Lig… Read

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‘Secret Society’ Female Comedy In Works At NBC From Emily Heller & ‘Girlboss’ Duo

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NBC has put in development Secret Society, a female-focused comedy from Barry producer Emily Heller, Girlboss creator Kay Cannon and Laverne McKinnon’s K&L Productions and Universal TV. Written by Heller, Secret Society centers on Beth, a struggling reporter who is tired of feeling invisible in her small town and recruits other women to help take over a dying branch of an all-male secret society. Heller executive produces with K&L’s Cannon and McKinnon. Universal TV… Read

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Freeform Buys ‘Scare Club’ Drama From Matt Hastings

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Freeform has bought drama Scare Club to develop as a potential special event series from Matt Hastings (Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments). Hastings will write the first two hours of the six-part series as part of Freeform's Halloween block and is attached to direct and executive produce the pilot and series. Scare Club tells the tale of four twentysomethings from disparate backgrounds who have a monthly book club that meets at the actual location where each book… Read

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Fox Developing Multi-Cultural Comedy ‘Adapted’ From ‘The Last O.G.’ Trio & Jeff Gaspin

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Fox has put in development Adapted, a real-life-inspired multi-cultural single-camera comedy, from The Last O.G. co-executive producers Mary Fitzgerald, Arthur Harris and Angela Nissel, Jeff Gaspin and his Gaspin Media, Mark Kassen’s Like Minded Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV. Written by Fitzgerald, Harris and Nissel, who also will showrun, and based on a real-life story, Adapted follows 14-year-old Alex, who, after refusing to move from Las Vegas to Philadelphia… Read

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Cathy Schulman & Jeff Gaspin Developing TV Series Adaptation Of ‘Mr. Nice Guy’ Novel With ‘FOTB’s Laura McCreary

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EXCLUSIVE: Oscar winning producer Cathy Schulman (Crash) and former NBCUniversal TV Entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin and his Gaspin Media have acquired the rights to Jennifer Miller and Jason Feifer’s just-published novel Mr. Nice Guy, to develop for television. Fresh Off The Boat co-executive producer Laura McCreary will pen the TV adaptation for the half-hour dramedy series. Schulman will produce via her Welle Entertainment with Gaspin and Tony Sabistina through… Read