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Universal Nabs ‘The Creeps’ Horror Pitch From ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Scribes Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has picked up The Creeps, a horror film based on a pitch from Horrible Bosses and Spider-Man: Homecoming screenwriters Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (Bones alum). Goldstein and Daley are on board to write, direct and produce the pic through their GoldDay banner. Details on the film are scarce other than it’s described as a coming-of-age comedic horror. Universal's Executive Vice President of Production Jon Mone and Senior Vice… Read


Lucy Liu Developing ‘Unsung Heroes’ Female-Focused Anthology Series With ABC Studios International

Lucy Liu has teamed with Ruthanne Secunda Productions and ABC Studios International to develop Unsung Heroes, a female-focused scripted anthology series. Unsung Heroes is about the untold stories of incredible women who overcame adversity to become pioneers of their time. It will profile women who were highly accomplished in their fields, but did not receive the acknowledgment for their achievements and how their stories have impacted history. The first hero to be… Read


Scott Free, Atlas Industries Adapting ‘Bird Box’ Author’s ‘Black Mad Wheel’ Novel; Barnett Brettler Scripting

EXCLUSIVE: Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Production, Atlas Industries, and Spin a Black Yarn are teaming on a film adaptation of Bird Box author Josh Malerman's novel Black Mad Wheel with Barnett Brettler on board to write the screenplay. Sean O'Grady and Bill Stertz are producing the project for Atlas along with Ryan Lewis and Malerman for their newly formed production Spin a Black Yarn shingle. The psychological horror follows The Danes, the band known as the "Darlings of… Read


Amy Adams Inks First-Look Deal With HBO; Starts Production Company, Developing ‘Poisonwood Bible’

Amy Adams has signed a first-look deal with HBO and launched new production company Bond Group Entertainment with her manager Stacy O’Neil. HBO also announced the first project under the deal, Poisonwood Bible, based on the Barbara Kingsolver novel, which is being developed as a limited series. In addition, Bond Group has tapped former Starz exec Kathleen Clifford as its VP of TV Development. Co-written by Anya Epstein (The Affair, In Treatment) and Kingsolver, Poisonwood… Read


Netflix & Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps Developing ‘All The Light We Cannot See’ Novel As Limited Series

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix and Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps (Stranger Things, Arrival) have acquired the rights to Anthony Doerr's Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller All The Light We Cannot See to develop into a limited series, Deadline hears. All the Light We Cannot See tells the story of Marie-Laure, a blind French teenager, and Werner, a German soldier, whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. A writer is not yet attached to the… Read


New ‘Orphan Black’ Series In Works At AMC

Tatiana Maslany Orphan Black

Good news for fans of Orphan Black. A new Orphan Black series is in early development at AMC, Deadline has learned. Temple St. Productions, which produced the original series, is on board to produce the series, which we hear is not a reboot or spinoff, but will be a new story set in the Orphan Black universe. Orphan Black, which helped put BBC America on the original scripted series map as its first homegrown hit, aired for five seasons. It starred Emmy winner Tatiana… Read


NFL Star Von Miller To Topline Animated Comedy Project From OBB About Mars Expansion Team

Von Miller

EXCLUSIVE: OBB Pictures and Denver Broncos all-pro linebacker Von Miller are teaming on a half-hour animated comedy project titled Mars Martians, about the NFL’s first expansion team on Mars. Miller will voice the lead role and serve as an executive producer on the potential series, which is being written by Maxwell Theodore Vivian (The Cool Kids). Mars Martians will follow Byron Bittman (Miller), the son of a beloved NFL superstar who has spent his life suffering under… Read


Storyboard Entertainment Acquires Book Rights To Abortion Story, Taps ‘Mr. Robot’s Kor Adana For Feature Adaptation

EXCLUSIVE: Storyboard Entertainment has secured the rights to the book To Offer Compassion: A History of the Clergy Consultation Service on Abortion which was co-authored by Doris Andrea Dirks and Patricia A. Relf who will serve as co-producers on the project. Hired on to adapt the feature project is Mr. Robot writer/producer Kor Adana. The project will center around the true story of church administrator Arlene Carmen, who in 1967, started the Clergy Consultation Service… Read


Esther the Wonder Pig Movie In The Works At CBS Films; ‘Five Feet Apart’ Scribes Mikki Daughtry & Tobias Iaconis Scripting

EXCLUSIVE: Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis, the screenwriters behind CBS Films’ upcoming Cole Sprouse starrer, Five Feet Apart, have been tapped by the studio to write the screenplay based on the social media sensation Esther the Wonder Pig. Jack Leslie and Lauren Shuler Donner of Donners’ Company, the company that produced the animal rescue films Free Willy and Hotel for Dogs, are producing this project. The pic will follow the true story of how a couple adopts what… Read


‘The Tortilla Curtain’ Series Adaptation In Works By ‘Big Love’ Creators & MGM TV

MGM Television is teaming with Emmy-nominated creator/showrunners Will Scheffer and Mark V. Olsen (HBO's Big Love, Getting On) to adapt T.C. Boyle's PEN/Faulkner Award winning, landmark immigration-themed novel The Tortilla Curtain as a premium series, from HertzbergMedia and Nice Media Studios. Written by Scheffer and Olsen, Tortilla Curtain the series is a darkly comedic look at immigration through the lens of a liberal white couple living in an upscale housing… Read


Docuseries About Black Republican Women In Works By Truly Original

Truly Original, the Emmy-winning production company behind unscripted hits such as Deal Or No Deal and The Real Housewives of Atlanta, is developing a new docuseries focused on powerful, African American Republican women, such as Lynne Patton and Katrina Pierson. The project is currently casting and is yet to be pitched, but producers are eyeing potential premium cable and digital platforms. In Truly Originals’ pitch letter, the company said during its initial research… Read


Diarra Kilpatrick & Keenen Ivory Wayans Team On Interracial Couple Comedy In Works At Showtime From Lionsgate TV

Diarra Kilpatrick

EXCLUSIVE: Showtime has put in development a single-camera interracial couple comedy from Diarra Kilpatrick (American Koko) and In Living Color creator Keenen Ivory Wayans, which is set to star Kilpatrick. The project hails from Lionsgate TV, Scott Schwartz and Kim and Eric Tannenbaum. Written by Kilpatrick and Wayans, the untitled comedy centers on Maya (Kilpatrick), a sharp-tongued Detroiter moves to LA hoping to turn two weeks of great vacation sex into a real… Read