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Julia Roberts Attached To Star In Amazon’s ‘Little Bee’ Film Adaptation; Kathleen Robertson Scripting

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EXCLUSIVE: Julia Roberts has come aboard the feature adaptation of Chris Cleave's best-selling novel, Little Bee, which Kathleen Robertson (Murder in the First, Boss) is penning. The project is being developed at Amazon Studios. Based on the book by Chris Cleve, the human-triumph story is a dual narrative about a young Nigerian asylum-seeker named Little Bee and British magazine editor Sarah O' Rourke (Roberts), who meet during the oil conflict in the Niger Delta and are… Read


‘Songs Of The Damned’ Prison Break Movie Set At Orion With Mark Ronson Composing Original Songs

EXCLUSIVE: It was a musical, until it was a crime. Orion Pictures is financing a feature about Chicago inmates who escape prison through producing a musical play. Commercial director Adam Hashemi will make his feature film directorial debut on Songs of the Damned and award-winning music producer Mark Ronson will compose original music for the feature film produced by Anonymous Content. Ronson, of course, is one of the brightest stars in music today. He produced Amy… Read


Harvey Weinstein-Inspired “Horror Film” In Works By Director Brian De Palma

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A new horror film inspired by disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein’s actions is in the works from director Brian De Palma. The director of Carrie, Blow Out and Dressed To Kill told Le Parisien that he’s working on a screenplay for an unnamed French producer. "My character won't be named Harvey Weinstein, but it will be a horror film, with a sexual aggressor, and it will take place in the film industry," De Palma said. Meanwhile, De Palma has Domino, a thriller about a… Read


Charlie Matthau Set To Direct ‘Bodyguard Of Lies’, True WWII Story About Chicken Farmer Turned Double Agent Against Nazis

Garbo: The Spy Who Fooled Hitler

EXCLUSIVE: Charlie Matthau and Denise O’Dell have optioned rights to Juste De Nin’s Spanish-language graphic novel Garbo: The Spy Who Fooled Hitler, which is set to become the latest directorial vehicle for Matthau. The film will be produced under the name Bodyguard of Liesand tells the incredible true story of Juan Pujol Garcia, a failed Spanish chicken farmer who, incredibly, became one of the greatest, if not the most successful, spies of World War II, whose… Read


STXfilms Taps Shekhar Kapur To Direct Biopic On Muslim Leader & Former President Of UAE Sheikh Zayed

STXfilms, Shekhar Kapur and Cliff Dorfman (Warrior) are developing a biopic based on the life of former President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Kapur, who directed Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age will direct from a screenplay being written by Dorfman. “Patterned after great movies like GandhiSelma, and Darkest Hour, this project will tell the story of a dynamic, powerful personality who… Read


National Lampoon & Stage 32 Launch Comedy Screenwriting Competition

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National Lampoon has partnered with online film and TV creatives platform Stage 32 to launch the National Lampoon & Stage 32 Comedy Screenwriting Competition, with the winning script to receive a $5,000 option of 18 months by NL and the winning writer or writers placed into its mentoring program. The competition launch comes after PalmStar Media acquired the iconic comedy brand last year for just under $12 million, with the goal to rechristen a brand once associated with… Read


James Ivory Adapting Ruth Prawer Jhabvala New Yorker Article ‘The Judge’s Will’ For Alexander Payne At Fox Searchlight

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EXCLUSIVE: Months after becoming the Oscars’ oldest winner for adapting Call Me By Your Name, James Ivory has found a follow-up. He’ll adapt for director Alexander Payne and Fox Searchlight The Judge’s Will, based on an article in the New Yorker. It is a special assignment, given that the article was written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who was screenwriter on 23 films Ivory directed in their long partnership with producer Ismael Merchant. Now, he’ll adapt the last article… Read


Jamie Foxx Set For ‘Spawn,’ Creator Todd McFarlane’s Dark Blumhouse Adaptation

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EXCLUSIVE: Jamie Foxx is set to star in Spawn, the Blumhouse film that marks the directorial debut of Todd McFarlane from his scripted adaptation of his comic book creation. Foxx will play the character who started out in the comics as Al Simmons, a member of a CIA black ops team who is betrayed twice. After being set up by his cohorts to be murdered with his corpse set aflame, Simmons is double crossed in Hell. He is convinced to become a Hellspawn warrior in exchange… Read


‘Black Beauty’ Movie In Works With Ashley Avis Set To Write & Direct

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EXCLUSIVE: Ashley Avis has been set to write and direct a modern reimagining of Black Beauty, the classic Anna Sewell novel. Bolt Pictures and Constantin Film are teaming to produce the pic, which will mirror the events of the original 1877 book while bringing them into a modern light. The plot will center on Jo Green, a teenager who recently lost her parents, who is sent to live with her uncle at a horse and animal sanctuary on Long Island. She eventually bonds with the… Read


Cohen Media Group Sets ‘Palmer’ Scribe Cheryl Guerriero To Adapt ‘Maiden Voyage’

EXCLUSIVE: Cohen Media Group has tapped Cheryl Guerriero, who wrote the Black List script Palmer, to pen the film adaptation to Tania Aebi’s memoir Maiden Voyage. The novel is a true story of 18-year old Aebi who became the first American woman and the youngest to sail around the world solo. Aebi challenged herself physically and mentally to accomplish this history-making event in 1987 that inspired teenage girls across America to take up sailing. Cohen exec Erica… Read


‘Silicon Valley’ EP Clay Tarver To Adapt ‘My War’ For Amazon Studios

EXCLUSIVE: Clay Tarver, who currently serves as an executive producer of HBO’s Silicon Valley, will pen My War, a film adaptation to his 2013 New York Times Magazine cover story, The Rock 'N Roll Casualty Who Became a War Hero, for Amazon Studios. Based on a true story, it follows Jason Everman who was kicked out of two bands that went on to incredible fame – Nirvana and Soundgarden – only to rise to distinction as an elite member of the U.S. Army Special Forces. Tarver… Read


‘Overboard’ Team Will Remake French Comedy ‘The Valet’ With Eugenio Derbez At Pantelion

Rob Greenberg and Bob Fisher, the writing duo behind Eugenio Derbez's biggest film opening ever Overboard have been hired to write and direct a remake of the French comedy The Valet for Pantelion. Greenberg also directed Overboard which opened to $14.7M and has amassed $42M worldwide since releasing into theaters earlier this month. Derbez will star and produce with producing partner Ben Odell through their 3Pas Studios banner. Overboard launched to Pantelion's biggest… Read