Category Archives: Breaking News
As summer starts to wind down, the film rights market is heating back up with a new family-oriented sci-fi book, Rex. The YA adventure, co-written by authors Cody B. Stewart, Adam Rocke, and Mark Rogers, is stomping its way onto the film rights market with Kathy Muraviov and Darryl Taja leading the charge.
We’re pleased to announce the winners of our 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition including the Best Comedy, Best Drama, and our Overall Winner! Plus, we’re announcing the writers who have been selected to join our 2016 Pilots Mentorship Program and the winner of our Guaranteed Signing prize with Lee Stobby Entertainment!
Laura Bensick, whose original drama pilot The Mother recently landed in the Top 10 of the LPPC, has signed with UTA agents Amanda Burnett, Charles Ferraro, and Greg Iserson. The LPPC overall winners will be announced Wednesday afternoon.
The long-in-development Clue remake from Hasbro has landed at 20th Century Fox. The story is expected to move out of the parlor and make it a game of “worldwide mystery” with action-adventure elements.
LeFauve has been tapped to breathe new life in Beached, a family comedy for Disney. The project, which has been in development for nearly two decades, was originally written by Ocean’s Eleven scribe Ted Griffin and previously set up at Fox 2000.
David Bruckner is set to write and direct The Ritual, an adaptation of the award-winning horror novel by Adam Nevill for Andy Serkis’s The Imaginarium. Rafe Spall, Robert James-Collier, and Sam Troughton are attached to star.
I, Frankenstein writer-director Stuart Beattie has been brought on to adapt the illustrated novel Fall of Gods for 20th Century Fox. The Maze Runner helmer Wes Ball is set to direct the fantasy epic, which has a Braveheart-esque angle on classic Norse gods and mythology.
The Vince Vaughn-starring actioner has added three to its cast as it heads closer to production: Udo Kier, Fred Melamed, and Geno Segers will join Vaughn and previously cast Don Johnson in the thriller from Hit List alum S. Craig Zahler.
20th Century Fox has landed the sci-fi spec Genesis from scribe Andrew Baldwin with Simon Kinberg and his Genre Films set to produce. The story details are being kept under wraps, but the script is being described as a sci-fi thriller with action elements.
Josh Charles is starring in the high school basketball drama Amateur. Ryan Koo is directing from his own script, which is also based on his 2013 short film of the same name.
With 24 of this year’s writers now signed, and more than 160 since the Launch Pad Competition began just three years ago, we’re incredibly thrilled to present the pilots our judges deemed the Top 0.5% overall, and will now begin voting to decide who will become our Overall, Drama, and Comedy Winners.
Sony Pictures and Misher Films are moving forward with a remake of the 2011 Mexican crime drama Miss Bala from director Gerardo Naranjo. Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer is set to adapt the screenplay, based on the original script by Naranjo and Mauricio Katz.
The Three Misfortunes of Gepetto scribe Michael Vukadinovich has been tapped to write a fresh take on the beloved children’s classic The Phantom Tollbooth for Tristar Pictures. The book, first published in 1961, was written by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer.
Mark Wahlberg is attached to star in the thriller Home Invasion for Paramount Pictures. He’ll produce with Stephen Levinson through Leverage Management. The film re-teams Wahlberg with Contraband scribe Aaron Guzikowski.
There’s a hot new revenge thriller spec that’s tearing up the town, Red Widow by Matthew Altman. The spec, pitched in the vein of John Wick has now made its way into several major territories.
Annabel Seymour, who entered the 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition with her hilarious comedy pilot #1 Fan, has signed with manager Tom Carter of Artillery Creative.
The next YA fantasy novel poised to take the Hollywood stage is Marie Lu’s The Young Elites. Its rights were acquired by Fox and Temple Hill Entertainment in 2015, and writer Jessica Sharzer has been tapped to pen the screenplay.
Spectre co-writer Jez Butterworth has been tapped to rewrite Cruella, the live-action family comedy from Disney. Butterworth takes over writing duties from Kelly Marcel, who was working on an original draft from Aline Brosh McKenna.
The town is buzzing over a new book proposal from newcomer J.F. Dubeau, A God In The Shed, which is set to be published by Inkshares. We’re hearing the high-concept supernatural thriller was slipped to select producers last night, and already has an offer in.