Akiva Goldsman Returns To CAA
EXCLUSIVE: Academy Award-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has returned to CAA.
Goldsman ended a longtime relationship with that agency in 2014, and had moved to WME. There was no acrimony in the move back, but he needed a break back then but remained close friends with CAA chief Richard Lovett. The scribe, who won the Oscar for A Beautiful Mind, simply decided to return.
He has set up numerous projects around down as writer, director and producer through his Weed Road… Read
Imagine Sets Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Helming Debut: ‘Rent’ Creator Jonathan Larson’s ‘Tick, Tick…Boom!’; ‘Evan Hansen’s Steven Levenson Scripting
EXCLUSIVE: In what shapes up as a stage-to-film transfer with iconic Broadway talent, Imagine Entertainment has set Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to make his feature directorial debut on Tick, Tick…Boom! That is based on the autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the late playwright behind the smash musical Rent. The Tony-winning Dear Evan Hansen book writer Steven Levenson is aboard to write the screen adaptation. Miranda will produce alongside Imagine… Read
Aggregate’s Jason Bateman Teams With Michael Costigan In Multi-Year Netflix Deal For Film & Television
EXCLUSIVE: Already a staple of the Netflix queue with Ozark and Arrested Development, Jason Bateman has deepened his relationship with the global streaming service. He has partnered with seasoned producer and executive Michael Costigan, and they have set Aggregate Films in a first-look, multiyear deal with Netflix to generate film and TV projects.
This becomes the latest big overall deal for Netflix, after recently making massive deals with Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy… Read
Josephine Langford Set To Star As Tessa In ‘After,’ Movie Adaptation Of Anna Todd’s YA Phenom Novels
EXCLUSIVE: The anticipation among the gazillions of fans wondering who’ll play the lead role of Tessa in the movie adaptation of Anna Todd’s YA publishing phenom After, is at an end. Deadline can reveal that the filmmakers have set Josephine Langford for the job.
After follows the journey of self-discovery and sexual awakening of Tessa (Langford), a dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal girlfriend to her high school sweetheart. When she enters her first year of… Read
Atlas, LuckyChap Team On Film Deal For ‘My Year Of Rest And Relaxation’
EXCLUSIVE: Atlas Entertainment and LuckyChap Entertainment have optioned the film rights to My Year of Rest and Relaxation by PEN Award-winning author Ottessa Moshfegh. The book gets published tomorrow by Penguin. The novel follows a young woman's efforts to duck the ills of the world by embarking on an extended hibernation with the help of one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature and the battery of medicines she prescribes.
Pic will be produced by Atlas… Read
eOne Buys Out Sierra/Affinity, Names Nick Meyer & Marc Schaberg To Top Exec Posts
Entertainment One has broadened its film operation through acquisition for a second time this year. eOne has acquired the remaining stake in Sierra/Affinity and named its principals, Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg, to film president and exec veep film/global operations, respectively. eOne president/CEO Darren Throop made the appointment.
eOne first bought a minority stake in the international sales and production operation Sierra/Affinity and Sierra Pictures in 2015. It… Read
‘Juliet, Naked’ Trailer: Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke Rock Second Chances
Usually when rock stars talk of their wasted lives they mean something entirely different than what’s at the plot of Jesse Peretz’s Juliet, Naked, the critically charmed new rom-com based on the novel by Nick Hornby (About a Boy, High Fidelity).
This new trailer for the August 17 release sets up the rock & roll anti-debauchery tale sweetly: Rose Byrne’s Annie is stuck in a long-term relationship with Chris O’Dowd’s Duncan, an obsessive fan of a long-missing obscure… Read
Damon Wolf Named Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Marketing President
EXCLUSIVE: Damon Wolf has been set to become president of worldwide marketing for the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group. Wolf is the current co-head of marketing at TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. He will make the move January 1, and will replace Tim Palen.
Palen, the longtime marketing chief and the brains behind such lauded film launch campaigns as The Hunger Games and La La Land, will continue to steer marketing for Lionsgate until… Read
Will Smith, Marc Forster Acquire German Film Distributor Telepool GmbH
Will Smith and director Marc Forster have teamed up to acquire Telepool GmbH, the German licensing and distribution company that is a major European player in theatrical and multi-platform distribution. Beyond that preexisting business, Telepool will become a development, financing and distribution partner for projects involving the duo. The acquisition was made by The Smith Family Circle, Will and Jada Smith's Family Office, and Elysian Fields, a Zurich-based investment… Read
‘Sleepless In Seattle’ Hits 25: Producer Gary Foster Narrates Evolution From Spec Script To Seminal Romantic Comedy
The Nora Ephron-directed romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle turns 25 today. For Gary Foster, who first read the cross-country romantic comedy as a Jeff Arch spec script and fought for three years to keep its vision intact in the usual creative collisions of star-driven studio films, here provides an illuminating look at how a good spec evolved into a terrific movie.
On a hot Saturday afternoon in 1990, I sat down on a small couch in our baby daughter Kayla's room to… Read
Felicity Huffman Joins Angela Bassett And Patricia Arquette In ‘Otherhood’ At Netflix
EXCLUSIVE: Felicity Huffman, Jake Lacy and Jake Hoffman have joined Angela Bassett and Patricia Arquette in the romantic comedy feature Otherhood for Netflix. The project is being produced by Cathy Schulman and Jason Michael Berman (The Birth of a Nation). The movie is currently underway in New York with helmer Cindy Chupack.
Huffman, who most recently appeared in the ABC anthology series American Crime, earning Emmy nominations for each of its three seasons, is coming… Read
Ori Marmur Exits Original Film To Become Director Of Original Films At Netflix
EXCLUSIVE: Ori Marmur has become a film executive at Netflix under Scott Stuber. Marmur had a long 15-year run alongside Neal Moritz at Original Film, and is an exec producer on the AMC series Preacher.
Netflix is growing its exec infrastructure to manage its booming film production slate. The streaming service has also made first look producing deals with Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless, Ian Bryce and Matt Reeves’ 6th & Idaho.
Marmur’s feature credits include The Maze, Pas… Read