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‘Jekyll And Hyde’ Musical Screen Adaptation In Works From ‘Birdman’, ‘On Your Feet!’ Writer Alexander Dinelaris

A re-imagining of the 1997 Broadway musical Jekyll and Hyde will be the first project under Birdman screenwriter Alexander Dinelaris’ Lexicon and Richard Saperstein's Bluestone Entertainment. Dinelaris has written a script and plans to produce a film version under the Lexicon banner. The original musical featured music by Frank Wildhorn, a book by Leslie Bricusse and lyrics by Wildhorn, Bricusse and Steve Cuden. Though it opened to mixed critical reviews, the production… Read


ESPN+ And UFC Extend Deal, Add Pay-Per-View Rights Through 2025


ESPN+ has expanded and extended its rights deal with the UFC and will now be the exclusive distributor of the MMA league’s pay-per-view events in the U.S. through 2025. The deal also adds two years to a five-year streaming rights pact struck last May for a reported $150 million a year. ESPN also has linear rights to UFC fare in a $300 million-a-year, five-year deal that started in January; the fight league had been set up at Fox the past seven years. Endeavor, which led… Read


Gunpowder & Sky Acquires Suspense Novel ‘Here Lies Daniel Tate’

Gunpowder & Sky has acquired the rights to Cristin Terrill's award-winning suspense novel Here Lies Daniel Tate to develop into a feature film. They are also partnering with screenwriters Nora Kletter (Queen Sized) and Grainne Belluomo to adapt the book but are changing the protagonist from male to female. The logline: When 10-year-old Danielle Tate goes missing from one of California’s most elite communities, and left no trace. She simply vanished. Six years later, when… Read


Otto Preminger’s Crime Thriller ‘Bunny Lake Is Missing’ Remake In The Works At Screen Gems

EXCLUSIVE: Bunny Lake is no longer missing. A remake of the 1965 crime thriller Bunny Lake is Missing, is in the early development stages under Sony’s Screen Gem label. The original was directed and produced by Otto Preminger and starred Laurence Olivier, Carol Lynley, and Keir Dullea. Based on the novel of the same name by Merriam Modell, the gripping story follows a mother who comes to pick up her daughter Bunny from school only to find her missing. She and her brother… Read


Media Rights Agent Rich Green Leaves ICM Partners To Join The Gotham Group

EXCLUSIVE: Media rights agent Rich Green has joined The Gotham Group after four years at ICM Partners. He will continue to rep IP for TV and film. Green joined ICM Partners in 2014 before being named the head of their Media Rights department last year. “Rich has been an incredibly valuable team player for ICM for many years, with an exceptional eye for compelling intellectual property and its value in the media ecosystem," said ICM Partners in a statement to Deadline… Read


Extreme Skier Doug Coombs Subject Of New Film From Outside Studios & Fort Point Media

EXCLUSIVE: In the wake of the incredible National Geographic documentary Free Solo, which chronicles the first free solo climb of El Capitan’s 3,000-foot wall in Yosemite, comes another extreme-sports film. This one focuses on the late Doug Coombs, who pioneered back-country skiing, heli-skiing and mountain side skiing. This one is being developed and produced by Outside Studios and Fort Point Media; the feature is based on the Rob Cocuzzo book, Tracking the Wild Coomba Read


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

Vin Diesel Xander Cage

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