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Sony & Amy Pascal Developing Marvel Comic ‘Silk’, About Korean-American Superhero

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Sony and producer Amy Pascal are in early development on a movie adaptation of the Marvel comic Silk, about Korean-American superheroine Cindy Moon, which was created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos. In the comics, Cindy is a student in Peter Parker’s class who also is bitten by a radioactive spider around the same time as Peter. She gains abilities similar to his, though she is able to shoot webs out of her fingertips, possesses an eidetic memory, and has advanced… Read

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‘The Couple Next Door’ Thriller Novel Being Developed As Series By Paramount TV, Anonymous Content & Sugar23

Paramount Television, Anonymous Content and Sugar23 have optioned the rights to Shari Lapena’s bestselling thriller novel The Couple Next Door to develop as a television series. Written by playwright/TV writer Lila Feinberg (Younger) based on the book, the potential series will follow three couples, living in the same apartment building in Manhattan, as their lives intertwine and unfold in the aftermath of a dinner party that ends in a shocking crime. Feinberg executive… Read

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Sammy Davis Jr. Biopic Project Sets Up At Paramount Pictures

EXCLUSIVE: The biopic about Sammy Davis, Jr. now has been set up at Paramount Pictures, where producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has his overall deal. The project is on the development fast track, soon to be hiring a writer and a director to make the feature film about the dancer-singer-actor-musician to becoming a reality. The movie will be based in large part on the 1965 memoir Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis, Jr. that he penned with Jane and Burt Boyar. Davis’ heirs… Read

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‘Fordlandia’ Novel Being Adapted For TV; Werner Herzog To Direct

Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment Group has acquired the rights to Greg Grandin’s nonfiction book Fordlandia to develop as a potential television series, with acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog attached to direct. Oscar-nominated Christopher Wilkinson (Gemini Man, Pawn Sacrifice) is writing the series adaptation and will executive produce. A Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2010, Fordlandia tells the extraordinary true story of the richest man in the world in the 1920s… Read

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Boris Kodjoe Inks Development Deal With BET Networks

Former Real Husbands of Hollywood star Boris Kodjoe is returning to the BET fold, signing an exclusive development deal with BET Networks. Under the pact, Kodjoe will develop ideas and show concepts for all network platforms with first-look consideration. As of now it is unclear if he will star in any the projects. "We're excited to grow and deepen our longstanding relationship with Boris Kodjoe,” said Connie Orlando, EVP and Head of Original Programming, BET Networks… Read

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‘Aeon Flux’ Live-Action Reboot In Development At MTV

Aeon Flux may be returning to MTV. The Viacom-owned network is developing a live-action reboot of the 1990s animated series, from Jeff Davis (Teen Wolf, Criminal Minds) and The Walking Dead/Fear The Walking Dead’s Gale Anne Hurd, Deadline has confirmed. Written by Davis, the live-action series is set in a future dystopian state and revolves around a young assassin who teams with a group of biohacking rebels to save humanity as she becomes the hero known as Aeon Flux… Read

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Fantasy Author Brandon Sanderson Teams With FremantleMedia North America For Drama Series, Part Of Multi-Media Project

FremantleMedia North America, along with Random House Studio, have partnered with best-selling fantasy novelist Brandon Sanderson for an ambitious, multi-media collaboration. It includes the development of drama Dark One for television. Additionally, Sanderson is concurrently creating a graphic novel that will be published by Vault Comics. He is also penning a supplementary, multi-volume book series that will expand on the storyline from the show and further explore… Read

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Pongalo Launches MOOVIMEX, Mexican Narco, Action And Comedy Films For Men

Pongalo, a marketplace of Latin media brands, has launched MOOVIMEX, an ad-supported, on-demand OTT service featuring Mexican action, narco and comedy movies for men. The service will begin offering a linear MOOVIMEX channel as well in the coming weeks. MOOVIMEX is initially available through Roku, Xumo, Vewd, OperaTV, YouTube and TubiTV. Its Spanish-language Mexican movies are drawn from Pongalo's library of over 13,000 hours of original and licensed film and TV… Read

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Showtime Developing Swingers Comedy From Alanna Thompson & Dynamic TV

Showtime has put in development a half-hour swingers comedy from actress-writer Alanna Thompson and Dynamic Television (Van Helsing, Wynonna Earp). Created by Thompson, the untitled project focuses on relationships from three perspectives: a monogamous couple, an open couple and two singles who meet and fall in love at a swingers party. It wrestles the question, is there a meaningful, sustainable alternative to monogamy? Daniel March and Holly Hines of Dynamic Television… Read

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‘Orphan X’ Books To Get TV Series Adaptation By Makeready & Justin Lin

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In a very competitive situation, Brad Weston’s Makeready has landed the rights to Gregg Hurwitz’s bestselling Orphan X book series with plans to adapt the thrillers into a TV series along with Justin Lin’s Perfect Storm Entertainment. Hurwitz, who penned 2017’s The Book of Henry directed by Colin Trevorrow, is set to co-adapt the books, often drawing comparisons to the Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher franchises. He will also executive produce with Scott Nemes, Makeready’s… Read

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‘Eco-Challenge’: Mark Burnett Teams With Bear Grylls To Revive Reality Series

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Adventure TV staples Mark Burnett and Bear Grylls are partnering to bring back Eco-Challenge, the endurance race series that launched Burnett’s reality TV career and served as a precursor to his hit Survivor. The plan is for the new incarnation from Burnett-led MGM Television to select a TV partner and location with an eye on a late 2019 production start. The original series created by Burnett ran 10 editions over eight years beginning in 1995 on MTV. Later editions — in… Read

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Pearl Studio Ups Justinian Huang To Head Of Development

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Pearl Studio, the Shanghai-based animation studio formerly known as Oriental DreamWorks, has promoted Justinian Huang to Head of Development. The news comes as the studio has a pair of projects actively in the works: Abominable, a co-production with DreamWorks Animation for Universal, and Netflix’s Over the Moon directed Glen Keane. Formerly Director of Development, Huang will be responsible for overseeing Pearl’s development team as the slate grows following February’s… Read