James Gunn Boards ‘Suicide Squad 2’ To Write And Possibly Direct
James Gunn has been hired by Warner Bros and DC to write with an eye to direct the next installment of the Suicide Squad franchise. It’s the first job he’s taken since he parted ways with Disney, which let him go from the lucrative Guardians of the Galaxy franchise in July in the wake of old controversial tweets that had been compiled by alt-right journalists and sent to Disney.
Warner Bros had director Gavin O’Connor attached to that film, but he is now engaged in… Read
The CW’s ‘All American’, ‘Charmed’ & ‘Legacies’ Get Backup Script Orders Ahead Of Premieres
The CW is giving a major vote of confidence to its fall 2018 freshman class, handing additional script orders to all three of its new series on the eve of their debuts. Berlanti Productions' All American and Jennie Snyder Urman's Charmed reboot have been picked up for five additional scripts, while Julie Plec's the Vampire Diaries./The Originals universe follow-up Legacies is getting three additional scripts.
I can think of one other time when the CW handed backup script… Read
Voltage Pictures Takes ‘Tenfold’ Spec Script
EXCLUSIVE: Voltage Pictures has acquired Allan Ungar's spec script Tenfold.
Ungar is set to direct his script about a former operative who returns home for his estranged daughter's wedding, only to witness her brutally gunned down in a hotel lobby. When the police are unable to help, he decides to rely on his training and instincts to track down the men responsible.
Nicolas Chartier will produce the film for Voltage. Jonathan Deckter will serve as executive producer with… Read
Sam Peckinpah’s Unproduced Screenplay ‘Castaway’ Acquired By Serbian Producer
Serbian producer Milos Antic said he has acquired the film rights to legendary director Sam Peckinpah's unproduced screenplay Castaway (which is a working title), which is based on James Gould Cozzen’s 1934 novella of the same name. The deal was done with the Peckinpah Estate; Antic will be producing alongside Los Angeles-based producers Katy Haber and Benni Korzen.
Antic and Haber both worked with Peckinpah on his only war film Cross of Iron in 1976 in Portoroz, Slovenia… Read
Screen Gems Nabs ‘Superfecundation’ Script From Savion Einstein
EXCLUSIVE: Screen Gems has acquired Superfecundation, a spec script from Nicholl Fellowship scribe Savion Einstein. Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman’s Brownstone Productions is coming aboard to produce the comedy romance pic, which is being fast-tracked. The studio is now on the hunt for a director.
The script centers on a charmingly chaotic woman who is struggling to figure out her life, and finds herself in a unique situation when she becomes pregnant with twins by… Read
Robert Specland To Pen ‘Reincarnation Type’ For Bad Robot & Bristol Automotive
EXCLUSIVE: Robert Specland, the Black List scribe who has just come aboard to pen the UFC origin film Gracie, has been hired to write Reincarnation Type, a thriller in the works from Bad Robot and Bristol Automotive. The logline is under wraps, but the producers’ research on reincarnation inspired a character-based thriller in the vein of The Sixth Sense. Specland’s take on the material sparked the deal.
Specland penned the 2015 Black List script Nyad about the famed… Read
Universal Unwraps ‘Last Christmas,’ Paul Feig To Direct Script Written By Emma Thompson & Bryony Kimmings
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has acquired Last Christmas, a script by Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings. Paul Feig is attached to direct. The details are being kept under wraps, but I’m told Last Christmas is a holiday romance set in London.
Thompson, the two-time Oscar winner including one for scripting Sense and Sensibility, next stars in A24's The Childrens Act and Focus Features' Johnny English Strikes Again. She recently wrapped production on Late Night, starring… Read
‘The Black Room’ Picked Up By MajorJazz, Based On Co-Writer’s Experience In Psychic Research Institute
EXCLUSIVE: MajorJazz, a development and finance company with ties to Wall Street and Silicon Valley has acquired The Black Room, a paranormal horror spec about marriage, deceit, and the constant intrusion of the past into the present written by Grady Hendrix and Nicholas Rucka. The inspiration for the script came from Hendrix's experience in New York City taking incident reports at parapsychology research organization in New York City. Rucka is an editor currently working… Read
Mandalay Pictures Options ‘Charlie 3D’ From Writer-Director Scott Speer
EXCLUSIVE: Peter Guber's Mandalay Pictures has optioned Scott Speer’s screenplay Charlie 3D about the first fully, 3D-printed man and his search for identity and love. This project, which has one of the more cool and original premises, will be produced by the production company’s Jason Michael Berman. Novelist Tommy Wallach is coming aboard to do a production polish on the screenplay for an anticipated start later this year with Speer at the helm.
This is the first major… Read
Scott Free In The Ring With Jack Johnson Film ‘The Big Blow’; Reinaldo Marcus Green To Direct Oren Moverman Script
EXCLUSIVE: Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion who recently was pardoned by President Donald Trump from his conviction for violating the Mann Act in 1910 at the height of the Jim Crow era, has suddenly become a prized film property. Reinaldo Marcus Green, who wrote and directed the Sundance film Monsters and Men, will helm The Big Blow, which Oren Moverman adapted from a Joe Landsdale novella that is inspired by Johnson’s own story. Giannina Scott… Read
Global Road Snags Spec Script ‘Rawhide Down’, Real-Time Chronicle Of Day Ronald Reagan Was Shot
EXCLUSIVE: Global Road Entertainment has closed a deal to acquire Rawhide Down, a thriller spec script from scribe Alex Cramer that details in real time the day of President Ronald Reagan’s assassination attempt outside the Washington Hilton on March 30, 1981. We’re hearing that Global Road took the spec off the table a mid six-figure deal with Verve.
Mark Johnson and his Gran Via Productions are aboard to produce along with his exec Tom Williams, who brought the project… Read
Pascal Pictures Picks Up Sci-Fi Thriller Pitch ‘Genus’ From Screenwriter Kat Wood
EXCLUSIVE: Winning what was a competitive bidding situation, Amy Pascal via Pascal Pictures just nailed down a sci-fi pitch from screenwriter Kat Wood. This is the second project that Pascal has bought from Wood, following another sci-fi project, Envoy, that Pascal brought into her company last year. This latest pitch is entitled Genus, described as a thriller about a scientist who accidentally brings back a prehistoric form of human species. It’s set in modern day and… Read