‘Midnight Rider’ Case: First AD Hillary Schwartz Denied Leniency By GA Court
Like Midnight Rider's director before her, the film’s first assistant director Hillary Schwartz asked for and was denied leniency by a Georgia court for her part in the death of her 27 year-old crew member Sarah Jones. Schwartz had motioned the court for a shortened sentence last year asking that her probation end. She was sentenced to 10 years probation in March 2015 for criminal trespass and felony involuntary manslaughter for her role in the camera assistant’s… Read
Disney Reinstates Director James Gunn For ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy 3’
EXCLUSIVE: Redemption and second chances have long been superhero movie staples, and today it looks like life has imitated art. I’ve learned that Disney has reinstated James Gunn as the writer-director of Guardians of the Galaxy 3, and I’ve confirmed it with Marvel and Gunn’s camp.
The decision to rehire Gunn –he was fired last July by Disney after alt-right journalists made public a fusillade of decade old social media missives that made light of pedophilia and rape… Read
Bobby Roth Directing ‘The Last Rescue’; Catherine Davis Joins ‘Trauma Center’ – Film Briefs
Bobby Roth has been hired to direct The Last Rescue, a political thriller about a seasoned Muslim freelance journalist and a Hollywood movie star who form an unlikely partnership to heroically smuggle children out of a besieged Syrian village. Eric J. Adams and Sam Khoze are producing the indie, which was co-written by Todd Tavolazzi, Roth, and Nicholas Roth based Tavolazzi’s novel Looking Into the Sun. Simone White, Lisa Osinloye and Ojan Missaghi of New York-based Ten… Read
Patrick Brice To Helm ‘There’s Someone Inside Your House’ Film For Netflix
EXCLUSIVE: Patrick Brice, the director behind Creep, The Overnight, and the Demi Moore-starrer Corporate Animals, has been tapped to direct Netflix’s There's Someone Inside Your House, a film based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Stephanie Perkins. Shazam! screenwriter Henry Gayden penned the adaptation, which is being produced by Shawn Levy's 21 Laps and James Wan's Atomic Monster.
Slated to being production this fall, the pic is described as a combination of… Read
Destin Daniel Cretton Marvel’s Choice To Direct ‘Shang-Chi’
EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Studios is setting Destin Daniel Cretton to direct Shang-Chi, its first superhero movie tentpole franchise with an Asian protagonist. Cretton is directing Just Mercy, a film he wrote that stars Brie Larson and Michael B. Jordan.
This is in keeping with the studio’s goal to take Shang-Chi in a direction like Black Panther and populate it with Asian-American talent. When Deadline first revealed the project late last year, the studio had set… Read
Broadway’s Elton John-Scored ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Names Director
The Broadway-bound The Devil Wears Prada, with music by Elton John, has found its director: Anna D. Shapiro, Tony Award-winner in 2008 for August: Osage County, was announced today by producers Kevin McCollum, Fox Stage Productions and Rocket Entertainment.
A production time-line and casting will be announced at a later date.
The musical, based on author Lauren Weisberger's best-selling 2003 novel and the 2006 film from Fox 2000 Pictures starring Meryl Streep and Anne… Read
Damien Power Tapped To Direct ‘No Exit’ Thriller For 20th Century Fox
EXCLUSIVE: Killing Ground helmer Damien Power is attached to direct 20th Century Fox’s No Exit, a thriller based on the novel of the same name by Taylor Adams. Logan scribe Scott Frank is producing the film, which was adapted by Ant-Man scripters Andrew Barrer and Gabe Ferrari.
Published in 2017, the story follows several strangers stranded at a rest stop during a blizzard, where a young woman discovers a kidnapped girl and must determine who the kidnapper is and plot… Read
‘Be Natural’ Trailer: Female Filmmaking Pioneer Alice Guy-Blaché Gets Her Close-Up
A documentary on the first female multi-hyphenate in cinema’s long history has unveiled its trailer. Pamela B. Green's Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché, narrated by Jodie Foster, is a feature documentary that studies the full scope of the life and work of screenwriter, producer and studio owner Alice Guy-Blaché. The film opens in Los Angeles on April 19 and New York on April 26 via Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber ahead of a nationwide… Read
Dean Israelite To Write, Direct Amblin Supernatural Thriller ‘Minotaur’
EXCLUSIVE: Dean Israelite has been set by Amblin to write and direct Minotaur, a supernatural thriller set in Johannesburg. Israelite sold the pitch in the room. Jennifer Todd is producing and Aron Coleite will be an executive producer. Israelite and Coleite fleshed out the story.
Israelite most recently directed Power Rangers for Lionsgate, the film grossing over $142 million worldwide. Israelite’s breakout came on Project Almanac. The filmmaker was raised in… Read
‘Rambo: Last Blood’ Director Adrian Grunberg Signs With Paradigm
EXCLUSIVE: Paradigm has signed director-screenwriter Adrian Grunberg, whose next film Rambo 5: Last Blood, starring Sylvester Stallone reprising his iconic role, will hit theaters September 20 via Lionsgate.
The Spanish filmmaker had been an A-list first assistant director on movies including Man on Fire, Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Jarhead and Gibson’s Edge of Darkness. He made his feature helming debut in 2012 on the Gibson-starrer Get the G… Read
Netflix Sets ‘Holidate’ For John Whitesell To Direct Emma Roberts
Netflix has won an auction for the Tiffany Paulsen script Holidate, a package that has Emma Roberts starring and Emmy winner John Whitesell directing.
The romantic comedy revolves around two strangers who are fed up with the pressures of holiday dating and make a deal to be each other's designated “holidate” over the course of an entire year.
The film is produced by Wonderland’s McG and Mary Viola, who’ve made I Feel Pretty and The Duff. This is the company’s fifth… Read
Jude Weng & Jessica Yu Land Milestone Directing Gigs In Strong Pilot Season For Director Diversity
Female directors broke new ground this pilot season. Jude Weng has been tapped to direct ABC’s untitled single-camera comedy pilot from writer Jessica Gao. The Taiwanese-born is believed to be the first Asian-American woman ever and the first woman of color in nearly 30 years to direct a half-hour broadcast network pilot, since Debbie Allen helmed the pilot for NBC’s The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air in 1990.
Meanwhile, Jessica Yu is set to direct NBC’s drama pilot Bluff City La… Read