Author Archives: Anya Crittenton

“Vampire Chronicles” Series in Development from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content

Vampire Chronicles Excerpthe popular book series The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice has been optioned by Paramount TV and Anonymous Content with the intention of developing a series written by Rice’s son, Christopher Rice.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (04.21.17)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMKeep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go. Miramax has a new CEO, Open Road has a new President of Marketing, and Rory Bruer, the head of worldwide distribution at Sony, is retiring.

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“The Circle” No Match for “The Fate of the Furious” Over Another Quiet Weekend at the Box Office

circle-excerptEven with stronger new films opening (and landing in the top five), it’s going to prove to be another lackluster three days at the domestic box office this weekend. One of the biggest surprises to keep an eye out for will be how Baahubali 2: The Conclusion performs when it bows in 450 theaters.

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GANGLAND (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMIn the near future, New York City has been turned into a crime-based amusement park for the rich and privileged. For the right price, they can take drugs, engage in a high-speed chase, or even be mugged in ’70s era Times Square. But when a former gang member working in the park sees something he shouldn’t, it sets off a chain reaction that could take down the whole system.

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HBO Developing “Wag the Dog” TV Series with Barry Levinson and Robert de Niro

Wag the Dog ExcerptThe 1997 political satire Wag the Dog is getting the television treatment from HBO, with original director Barry Levinson and star Robert de Niro returning for this small-screen adaptation. Rajiv Joseph is on board to adapt and executive produce.

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“La La Land” Director Damien Chazelle to Helm Musical TV Drama “The Eddy”

Damien Chazelle ExcerptHot off winning Best Director at the Oscars for La La Land, Damien Chazelle is attached to direct The Eddy, a new TV musical drama set in modern-day Paris. Jack Thorne will write the project.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (04.26.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptMindy Kaling has optioned a White House memoir to develop into a television series. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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“Beauty and the Beast” Actor Ewan McGregor in Talks to Star in “Christopher Robin”

Ewan McGregor ExcerptScottish actor Ewan McGregor is planning to stay within the Disney family. After his supporting role in Beauty and the Beast, he’s now in talks to star in Marc Forster’s Christopher Robin as the titular lead role.

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The Emmys Are Coming and These Shows Shouldn’t Slip Through the Cracks

Crazy Ex Girlfriend ExcerptNeil Turitz is taking a look at the long shots and outsides for the Emmys this year. He examines the shows that have no real chance to be nominated, even though they are doing things that no one else on TV is doing, and doing them exceedingly well.

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M. Night Shyamalan Announces “Glass,” Sequel to “Unbreakable” and “Split”

Unbreakable ExcerptIn a series of tweets, M. Night Shyamalan announced his next film as Glass, the sequel to both his 2000 film Unbreakable and this year’s Split, with several cast members confirmed to come back.

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“Spotlight” Director Tom McCarthy in Talks to Direct “Timmy Failure” for Disney

Tom McCarthy ExcerptThe Tracking Board has confirmed that Tom McCarthy is in talks to helm and co-write the adaptation of Timmy Failure for Disney, based on the children’s book series by Stephan Pastis.

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TIMMY FAILURE (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMEleven-year-old Timmy and his polar bear sidekick Failure run their detective agency to make enough money so that Timmy’s mom won’t have to worry about paying the bills.

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DC Entertainment’s “Titans” to Premiere as Part of New DC Digital Service as “Powerless” Gets Pulled from NBC

Teen Titans ExcerptJoining the wave of digital services, DC Entertainment is preparing to launch their own digital channel with Warner Bros. Television. The service will premiere the live-action Titans series and third season of Young Justice. Plus, NBC’s Powerless has been effectively canceled.

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“Unforgettable” and Other New Movies Deliver Forgettable Opening Weekends

Born in China ExcerptThings went more or less exactly as predicted at the box office this weekend — except no new film was able to contend with holdover films and break into the top five, including Unforgettable and Born in China. Overall, the 2017 box office is currently facing a slump in anticipation of the summer movie season.

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Fox Developing Thriller Pitch “Inside” from “Luther” Creator Neil Cross

Neil Cross ExcerptIn a competitive bidding war, 20th Century Fox has come out on top to acquire the supernatural-thriller pitch Inside from Luther creator Neil Cross, the Tracking Board has confirmed.

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INSIDE (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMDetails under wraps, but said to be about mythological creatures and artifacts kept in a facility.

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BEHIND CLOSED DOORS (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMThe story of Jack and Grace, a couple who appear to have the perfect marriage but it’s built on a terrifying secret. Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by B. A. Paris.

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AFRAID (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMThe Purge meets Bourne Identity. Four criminal soldiers, whose skills have been enhanced by horrifying experiments, escape to a small Wisconsin town and begin a campaign of terror. Only a former army medic, his tough high school sweetheart, and a weathered local sheriff stand in the way of these brutal killers who are on a mission to find the eccentric who holds the key to their survival.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (04.21.17)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMKeep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go. Micah Green, a high-level exec at CAA is leaving the agency to start his own venture with Dan Friedkin, while Susan Levison has left VH1 for CBS.

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“Pilgrimage” Trailer Sees Spider-Man, the Punisher, and Thorin in 13th Century Ireland (Video)

Pilgrimage ExcerptActors Tom Holland, Richard Armitage, and Jon Bernthal have traded in spandex and fantasy worlds for the dangerous lands of 13th century Ireland in the trailer for Pilgrimage.

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“The Fate of the Furious” to Top Box Office as “The Promise” Predicts a Devastating Opening

The Promise ExcerptThanks to the tepid numbers opening films are going to bring in this weekend, the top three spots at the box office will go to holdovers The Fate of the Furious, The Boss Baby, and Beauty and the Beast. Plus, the period drama The Promise looks to open with less than $4 million on a $100 million budget.

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THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL HEIST (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMThe children of a famous heist gang are brought together to do a heist at the iconic Cannes Film Festival in order to save their parents from prison.

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“Wheel of Time” TV Adaptation Moves Forward at Sony

Wheel of Time ExcerptAfter several years of being in development, an adaptation of Wheel of Time, the high fantasy book series consisting of fourteen novels by Robert Jordan, is finally moving forward at Sony Pictures Television.

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THE AFTER WIFE (FILM RIGHTS)

Film Rights - 2015 (database listings)Rachel Prosper, a high-flying robotics scientist, has created a humanoid android. When she dies suddenly, her family takes the robot, which looks just like Rachel, into their home as part of an experiment.

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“Hamilton” Director Thomas Kail to Helm Female-Centric WWII Drama “Silver Wings” for Fox 2000

Thomas Kail ExcerptFox 2000 has acquired the rights to The Women with Silver Wings, a non-fiction account of female pilots in World War II by Katherine Sharp Landdeck. Hamilton director Thomas Kail has been tapped to helm the project, the Tracking Board has confirmed.

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SILVER WINGS (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMThe story of the first Female Airforce Service Pilots who flew during WWII.

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THE WOMEN WITH SILVER WINGS (FILM RIGHTS)

Film Rights - 2015 (database listings)An account of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) in World War II and their legacy remaining classified for 35 years after the war.

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BLAIR HOUSE (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMLogline kept under wraps.

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FORTRESS (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMLocked within a prison of his own design, architect and FBI snitch, Ethan Banks, fends off an assault on his home — the most, high-tech safe house ever constructed.

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“Captain Marvel” Lands Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck as Directors

Anna Boden Ryan Fleck ExcerptThe Tracking Board has confirmed that Mississippi Grind helmers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have been tapped to direct Captain Marvel for Disney and Marvel Studios.

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