Michael Jackson Estate Sues ABC & Disney, Saying Network Didn’t Secure Rights For Special On Late Singer – Update
2ND UPDATE, 12:22 PM, with details: Michael Jackson’s estate has upped the ante in its beef with ABC over the network’s airing of primetime special The Last Days of Michael Jackson. The estate today filed a lawsuit against the network and its parent Disney that claims ABC used the late singer’s songs, films and videos for the show without permission.
The filing claims the two-hour ABC News special, which aired Thursday, used chunks of the King of Pop’s songs including… Read
Sony Pictures Television Acquires Wattpad Story ‘Death Is My BFF’
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Television has acquired the rights to Katarina E. Tonks's story series Death Is My BFF, which bowed via Wattpad, the Toronto-based storytelling app that combines crowdsourced content and other material.
Paul Shapiro, who brought the project to Sony, will executive produce under his All In Media banner, along with Wattpad’s Aron Levitz and Eric Lehrman.
Tonks's Death Is My BFF series of stories have more than 92 million reads to date on… Read
Vin Diesel, The H Collective Acquire ‘xXx’ Franchise Rights Before Fourth Installment
The H Collective and Vin Diesel/One Race Films have acquired rights to the xXx franchise from Revolution Studios, and Diesel will reprise his role as Xander Cage in the fourth installment that will go before cameras in December 2018. D.J. Caruso, who helmed last year’s xXx: Return of Xander Cage, is returning as director.
Under the deal, Revolution Studios retains rights to the first three films which have collectively grossed nearly $1 billion worldwide. The franchise… Read
‘V The Movie’ Coming From Original Creator Kenneth Johnson And Desilu Studios
Sci-fi classic vehicle V is being revived as a film by Desilu Studios, with the new version of the former TV series written and directed by the original ’80s series creator, Kenneth Johnson.
Called V The Movie, the film’s casting and a release date are not yet determined. It will be produced by John Hermansen and Barry Opper.
The original two-part miniseries aired on NBC in 1983, telling the story of an alien invasion by a reptilian race disguising themselves as… Read
Lionel Richie Secures Rights For Curtis Mayfield Biopic
EXCLUSIVE: Recording artist and newly minted American Idol judge Lionel Richie has been granted the rights to produce a feature based on the life of legendary songwriter and musician Curtis Mayfield. Richie, who acquired the rights from the Curtis Mayfield Estate, is mounting the project via his RichLion Productions.
"It's an honor for me to bring the life of one of my idols and friend to the screen,” the former Commordores frontman said. “I'm so grateful to be working… Read
‘Boston Strong,’ ‘The Finest Hours’ Author Acquires Rights To Biker-Turns-Undercover-Cop True Story
Casey Sherman, the co-author of the book Boston Strong (it was one of the many sources for the film Patriots Day) and the author of also of The Finest Hours, has — along with Ted Collins and producer Ryan Sweeney — acquired the rights to the story of outlaw biker turned undercover cop Wayne Bradshaw. They will develop the property for television via Sherman and Collin’s Whydah Prods.
Bradshaw first told his story in an autobiography, written with Douglas P. Love, Jersey To… Read
Showtime On Board For ‘Baby Driver’ TV Rights
Showtime has acquired TV rights Baby Driver, Edgar Wright’s music-driven action movie that is tearing up multiplexes in its second weekend at the box office. Showtime Networks' subscribers will get access to the premium TV window in 2018 across all platforms including Showtime On Demand, Showtime Anytime and the pay network’s stand-alone streaming service.
The Sony-TriStar/Media Rights Capital/Working Title's Baby Driver overperformed its tracking with a $29.5M five-day… Read
George Saunders’ ‘Home’ Acquired By Tobey Maguire’s Material Pictures, ‘A Monster Calls’ Writer Patrick Ness Set
EXCLUSIVE: It’s a timely story about a veteran’s trouble with his broken family after returning home from war. Tobey Maguire has acquired George Saunders’ short story Home and is developing it as a feature film with A Monster Calls author-screenwriter Patrick Ness already hired to adapt. Home first appeared in the June 30, 2011, issue of The New Yorker. Maguire will produce with Matthew Plouffe.
Ness previously adapted his bestselling YA trilogy Chaos Walking for… Read
Who’s Afraid Of Edward Albee? Dramatists Guild Backs ‘Virginia Woolf’ Playwright In Casting Dispute
A proposed revival of Edward Albee’s landmark 1962 drama Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? has renewed a long-simmering debate about freedom of expression and the frequently fuzzy line between the rights of creative versus interpretive artists. At issue is the Albee estate’s decision to decline a license for the revival after the Portland, OR, director announced the casting of an African-American actor to play Nick, a young academic at a tony New England college who with… Read
With The Story Factory, Shane Salerno Is “Revolutionizing The Way Authors Can Be Represented” — Deadline Disruptors
Shane Salerno was an established screenwriter and documentary filmmaker when a conversation with novelist Don Winslow several years ago first spawned a now-substantial business, brokering book and movie deals for authors.
"Don and I had been friends for years," Salerno says, "and one day he told me, 'I've had it, I'm tired of writing these books that get all this acclaim, and no sales, no marketing, no promotion, no support from my publisher. So, I quit.' I said, 'Really… Read
Pilot Season 2017: Network Ownership & In-Season Stacking Rights Cast Shadow
The biggest new series of the season (and one of the biggest drama series on broadcast TV at the moment) is NBC’s This Is Us, which is produced by 20th Century Fox TV. The best performing new Fox series and the first freshman drama series to get a renewal for next season is Lethal Weapon, from Warner Bros TV.
Yet, both broadcast networks stayed predominantly in-house for their drama pilots this year — Fox ordering no pilots from outside studios and NBC picking up one — as… Read
Netflix Nabs Aaron Burns’ ‘Madre’ Horror Pic; Teaser Trailer Offers Earful – SXSW
Netflix has acquired global streaming rights to Madre, Aaron Burns’ psychological thriller making its premiere at SXSW tonight. Burns, who’s worked with horror maestro Eli Roth as both an actor and second unit director, marks his sophomore turn as feature director with the new film.
Take a look at the teaser trailer above – unless you’re particularly squeamish about bugs, ear canals and that unholy place where the two meet.
Madre stars Chilean actress Daniela Ramírez (La P… Read