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Anne Rice’s ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ In The Works At Hulu

Hulu has put in development Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles, Deadline has confirmed. Paramount TV and Anonymous optioned the popular 11-book series last year, with plans to bring it to the small screen. Anne Rice’s son Christopher Rice will serve as executive producer alongside Anne Rice and Anonymous Content's David Kanter and Steve Golin. Bryan Fuller, who boarded the project in January as showrunner, has since exited and a search for a new showrunner is underway. The… Read

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Queen Latifah Is First Partner For Essence Fund For African-American Content

A new venture fund focused on African-American content has launched and teamed with its first partner, Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment. The Essence Creators and Makers Fund has a $20 million endowment from Essence Ventures, the parent company of Essence Communications. The fund will support and partner with creators and makers of color in an effort to mitigate the barriers faced in securing financing for the development and production of projects. The fund will… Read

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SFFILM Rainin Grants For Indie Narrative Films Set, Funding Ten Teams

San Francisco Bay Area film festival promoters SFFILM, in partnership with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, has announced the development projects that will receive a total of $250,000 in funding in the latest round of SFFILM Rainin Grants. The organization has backed a prominent slate of past grant winners, including current buzz films Sorry To Bother You and Blindspotting, as well as prominent alumni films Fruitvale Station and Beasts of the Southern Wild. "Our track… Read

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‘Dear White People’ Creator Justin Simien Signs Deal With Lionsgate TV To Develop Original Series

Justin Simien is set to continue to build on the success he created with the critically acclaimed film-turned-TV-series Dear White People. The writer-director has inked a deal with the Lionsgate Television Group to develop original series. Lionsgate announced the overall deal Tuesday which has Simien developing and producing original programming for the Lionsgate Television Group. The news continues the working relationship between Simien and Lionsgate. The company… Read

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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