‘BlackKklansman’ Producer Jason Blum: “It’s Spike Lee’s Time” If Oscar Voters Do The Right Thing
Jason Blum minted his reputation as a Hollywood producer with wildly lucrative genre franchises including Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious, so it feels unexpected to find him in the thick of things this awards season with a legitimate contender. But, really, how unexpected can something be if it keeps happening?
A Blumhouse production has been nominated for a Best Picture Oscar twice in the past four years (Whiplash in 2015, Get Out in 2018) and a third title… Read
Sidney Kimmel To Finance & Produce Jessica Sanders-Directed ‘Picking Cotton’
EXCLUSIVE: Sidney Kimmel Entertainment will finance and produce Picking Cotton, and the company has set Jessica Sanders to direct a David Birke & Tony Mosher-scripted adaptation of the bestselling memoir by Ronald Cotton, Jennifer Thompson and Erin Torneo.
Sidney Kimmel, SKE president John Penotti and Sanders will produce and Dan Shotz and Brett Winton will be exec producers.
Sanders is the Oscar-nominated, Sundance- and Cannes-winning docu director of After Innocence and… Read
UTA Signs Sundance-Bound ‘Monos’ Filmmaker Alejandro Landes
EXCLUSIVE: UTA has signed Colombian-Ecuadorian director, writer and producer Alejandro Landes in all areas. The move comes as he readies his most recent feature film, Monos, for its world premiere at this month’s Sundance Film Festival, followed by an international premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.
Set on a remote mountaintop somewhere in Latin America, Monos revolves around a rebel group of teenage commandos who perform military training exercises while watching over… Read
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
Jason Reitman To Direct Next ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie, Coming In 2020
Jason Reitman is carrying on the legacy. The son of the original Ghostbusters helmer, Ivan Reitman, will direct the next Ghostbusters feature for Sony Pictures. Due out summer 2020, the new film will serve as the next chapter following the original story, which was first released in 1984 and starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and the late Harold Ramis.
This pic is not associated with the 2016 all-female Paul Feig-directed reboot, which starred Melissa McCarthy, Kristen… Read
Aisha Tyler To Host DGA Awards
Criminal Minds‘ Aisha Tyler has been tapped to host the 71st Annual DGA Awards. The ceremony is set for February 2 at the Hollywood & Highland Center’s Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood.
Tyler is an award-winning director, actor, comedian, bestselling author and podcaster. She can currently be seen in the series regular role of Dr. Tara Lewis on CBS’ Criminal Minds, for which she recently directed episodes. She also voices superspy Lana Kane on FX's Emmy-winning hit… Read
Christopher McQuarrie To Write And Direct Next Two ‘Mission: Impossible’ Movies
Christopher McQuarrie has been set to return to Paramount’s Mission: Impossible franchise, recently signing a deal to write and direct the next two films. He confirmed the pact today on Twitter.
The news comes after McQuarrie piloted Mission: Impossible – Fallout to the franchise’s top total box office; the pic toplined by Tom Cruise and the sixth in the Par canon grossed $791.1 million worldwide after its July 2018 release.
According to Variety, which broke the news, the… Read
‘Uncharted’: Dan Trachtenberg Replaces Shawn Levy As Director Of Sony’s Video Game Inspired Movie
10 Cloverfield Lane helmer Dan Trachtenberg has come aboard to direct Sony Pictures/Columbia’s Uncharted, the long-gestating feature based on the Naughty Dog-created PlayStation video game series centered around treasure hunter Nathan Drake. Shawn Levy was originally attached to direct the film but left production because of issues with scheduling.
Deadline previously reported that Spider-Man Homecoming star Tom Holland had been tapped to lead this pic. Jonathan Rosenberg… Read
Rajkumar Hirani, Acclaimed Indian Film Director, Faces Sex Harassment Accusation
Bollywood fans reacted in shock today at a report that Rajkumar Hirani, one of India’s most successful and acclaimed filmmakers, has been accused by an actress of sexual harassment.
Hirani has denied the allegations and no lawsuit has been filed. He is best known as the director of Hindi language films Munna Bhai M.B.B.S., Lage Raho Munnabhai, 3 Idiots, PK, and Sanju. The films have won multiple awards in India and are regarding as groundbreaking.
The allegation arises… Read
Oscar-Shortlisted Documentary ‘Dark Money’ Lands Support From U.S. Senator
Senator Jon Tester is far more likely to appear in the halls of Congress than the corridors of CAA. But the Montana Democrat came to the venerable talent agency earlier this week—not seeking representation, but to represent.
Tester turned out in support of the Oscar-shortlisted documentary Dark Money at a CAA screening that drew a standing room-only crowd. The film directed by Kimberly Reed, a fellow Montanan, investigates the pernicious role of untraceable cash flooding… Read
Director RaMell Ross On Biggest Challenge He Faced With ‘Hale County This Morning, This Evening’
Hale County This Morning, This Evening enters the Oscar nomination voting homestretch with added momentum. The documentary by RaMell Ross captured Outstanding Nonfiction Feature at the Cinema Eye Honors in New York Thursday night, the latest prize for a film that has been racking up awards since it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last January.
"It's really gratifying," Ross tells Deadline when pressed for his reaction to the film's reception. "I’m eternally… Read
Craig Brewer To Direct Eddie Murphy In ‘Coming To America 2’ For Paramount
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures is setting Craig Brewer to direct Coming To America 2, finally bringing to the starting gate the sequel to the 1988 blockbuster comedy. Eddie Murphy is poised to reprise his role as Akeem, the pampered African prince who became bored of potential marriage partners in the kingdom too in awe of him, and who traveled to Queens to go undercover and find a woman with a strong will that he could respect.
Brewer just directed Murphy in Dolemite Is My… Read