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‘Coco’ Screenwriter Matthew Aldrich Signs With CAA

Matthew Aldrich

EXCLUSIVE: CAA has inked Coco screenwriter Matthew Aldrich for representation. Coco was a huge hit for Disney/Pixar last year at this time, ultimately grossing $807 million worldwide and winning two Oscars, for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Song “Remember Me” from husband-and-wife songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Coco also won a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film. The film was a project Aldrich started working on in 2012 with Pixar… Read


Michael Sucsy To Helm ‘Playing To The Gods’; Clash Between Thesps Sarah Bernhardt & Eleonora Duse

Michael Sucsy Playing To The Gods

EXCLUSIVE: Grey Gardens writer-director Michael Sucsy has formed his HungryDuck production shingle by optioning Peter Radar’s Simon & Schuster novel Playing to the Gods. Sucsy has written the script and will direct as well as produce the feature. The project will be taken out for financing shortly. The pic is envisioned as The Favourite meets Amadeus. It tells the true story of French stage superstar Sarah Bernhardt, a pioneer in the culture of exotic, eccentric celebrity… Read


Endeavor Content, 51 Entertainment Wins Auction For Pete Begler Spec ‘Wolf Country’

Endeavor Content

EXCLUSIVE: As several suitors and actresses circled, Endeavor Content made a preemptive deal in the mid- to high-six-figure range for Wolf Country, a spec script by Pete Begler. 51 Entertainment’s Lynette Howell Taylor (A Star Is Born) and Samantha Housman will produce. A beloved Colorado lawman who lives by his own version of the truth is headed for prison. Before he gets there, he escapes custody. A young female sheriff who still believes in right and wrong must go it… Read


Tom Fontana Penciled In For WGA East Career Honor

The WGA East said today that Tom Fontana, who wrote for such classic TV dramas as Homicide: Life on the Street, Oz and St. Elsewhere and continues to be busy, will receive its Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement. He will be feted February 17 during the 71st annual Writers Guild Awards at New York's Edison Ballroom. A winner of three Emmys and four Peabody Awards, Fontana joined the Writers Guild in 1982 when he was working on NBC’s quirky medical drama St. Els… Read


Laura Moss & Brendan J. O’Brien To Pen Film Adaptation To Preston Fassel’s Book ‘Our Lady Of The Inferno’ For Fangoria

EXCLUSIVE: Laura Moss and Brendan J. O'Brien have been commissioned to write the screenplay for the film adaptation to Our Lady Of The Inferno, the 1980s Times Square set horror book by journalist Preston Fassel. The book was released earlier this year as the first novel under Fangoria’s Fangoria Presents imprint. Moss and O'Brien will work on the script in collaboration with Fassel, who will serve as an executive producer along with Phil Nobile Jr. Dallas Sonnier (Bone To… Read


‘Shang-Chi’ Marvel’s First Asian Film Superhero Franchise; Dave Callaham Scripting, Search On For Director Of Asian Descent


EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Studios is fast-tracking Shang-Chi to be its first superhero movie tentpole franchise with an Asian protagonist. The studio has set Chinese-American scribe Dave Callaham to write the screenplay, and Deadline hears Marvel is already looking at a number of Asian and Asian-American directors who want to do something as potentially monumental as was accomplished in Marvel’s first viable Best Picture candidate, Black Panther. That film tied into African and… Read


‘BlacKkKlansman’: Then And Now Are Not Far Apart – The Contenders NY

Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman was anticipated even before the bio-drama won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival last May. The Focus Features release has become the Brooklyn-based filmmaker's most successful box office title since 2006's Inside Man.  Adapted from the book of the same title by Ron Stallworth, who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado Springs, CO in the '70s, Lee told the audience at The Contenders NY that the film is not merely a… Read


John Oliver, David Simon & 70-Plus Other HBO Writers Call On Vice To Sign New Union Contract

UPDATED with Vice statement: More than 75 current and former writers for HBO have signed a petition calling on Vice Media “to sign a strong union contract” with the WGA. The list includes several high-profile scribes including John Oliver, David Simon, Warren Leight, Tom Fontana, Eric Overmyer and Jesse Armstrong. Read the petition and its signatories below. Editorial staffers at Vice overwhelmingly ratified their first contract with WGA East in April 2016, a three-year… Read


Fox, Chernin Entertainment Tap Jonny Sun To Pen ‘Paper Lanterns’ Hybrid Film

Fox Family, the division of 20th Century Fox that focuses on a wide range of family film projects, and Chernin Entertainment are teaming on a live-action/animated family film, Paper Lanterns, to be written by author and illustrator Jonny Sun. Sun is the illustrator behind Lin-Manuel Miranda’s NYT bestseller Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You, which was just released in October via Penguin Random House. The studio is keeping plot details on Paper… Read


The Brit List For Unproduced Film Scripts Led By Supernatural Thriller ‘Benny In The Dark’

The Brit List, the UK’s version of the Black List, received 134 script recommendations this year. The list of praiseworthy unproduced film scripts was led by supernatural thriller Benny In The Dark from screenwriter Phillip Morgan. Check out the full-list below. The list, managed by UK producer Alexandra Arlango (The Duchess), is pulled together from recommendations by more than 90 UK film companies. To qualify, projects must receive a minimum of three… Read


William Goldman Dies; Oscar Winning Writer Of ‘Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid’ Was 87

UPDATED: I have been informed by friends of the family that William Goldman died last night. He was 87. Goldman, who twice won screenwriting Oscars for All The President’s Men and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, passed away last night in his Manhattan home, surrounded by family and friends. His health had been failing for some time, and over the summer his condition deteriorated. We will be following this and building out the story today, but I wanted to let Deadline… Read


Can Barrier-Breaking ‘Black Panther’ Become The First Superhero Movie Nominated For Best Picture?

Black Panther has risen to plenty of challenges, shattering every expectation to far surpass the ticket sales of any film by a Black director, with a cast populated by African and African-American performers, on its way to a $1.3 billion global gross. But there's one challenge remaining: can the film overcome a clear Academy prejudice and get a fair shake as a Best Picture candidate? It's a prejudice that, for once, is nothing to do with race. If history is a guide, what B… Read