Category Archives: Breaking News

“Percy Jackson” Director Thor Freudenthal Tapped for “Blu” (EXCLUSIVE)

thor freudenthal excerptHit List regular Chris Borrelli is setting up his next project as his latest spec Blu has attached Thor Freudenthal to direct the Tracking Board has exclusively learned. The story is described as I am Legend meets 28 Days Later.

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Sam Boyd to Helm “Space Oddity” from Rebecca Banner (EXCLUSIVE)

circle-of-confusion excerptCircle of Confusion and Arlook Group are teaming up on the new sci-fi feature Space Oddity from Rebecca Banner with Sam Boyd attached to direct, the Tracking Board has exclusively learned.

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“Son of a Gun” Helmer Julius Avery Taking on “The King of LA” as Next Project (EXCLUSIVE)

Julius Avery ExcerptAustralian director Julius Avery has found his newest project in The King of LA, a crime drama based on an original spec from writer Chris Bremner. The project was recently picked up by Ridley Scott and his production banner Scott Free.

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“Stranger Things” Taps Launch Pad Alum Kate Trefry as New Writer for Season 2 (EXCLUSIVE)

Stranger Things Excerpt2013 Launch Pad Feature Competition winner Kate Trefry has been hired as a staff writer for the highly anticipated second season of Stranger Things. The show, which became a breakout hit this past summer, is expected to premiere its second season on Netflix in 2017.

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Jackie Chan to Star in Joe Carnahan’s Action Film “Five Against a Bullet” (EXCLUSIVE)

Jackie Chan ExcerptThe long-in-development project Five Against a Bullet has found its new star in action veteran Jackie Chan. Joe Carnahan is still set to direct and is also doing rewrites on the script from the original scribe, The Three Musketeers’ Alex Litvak.

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Bold New Sci-Fi Thriller Pitch “Lost Boy” Based on Short Film Hits the Town (Exclusive)

Mad Max ExcerptLost Boy is a brand new pitch written by Anthony Scott Burns and Ash Thorp that is set to hit the town in a striking way. Jairo Alvarado of Circle of Confusion is representing the pitch as it goes out to major territories.

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“John Wick” Writer and “Southpaw” Producers Hit Town with Hot New Action Thriller Pitch “Endure” (EXCLUSIVE)

John Wick ExcerptTB has confirmed that screenwriter Derek Kolstad is teaming up with Alan and Peter Riche to hit the town the week after Thanksgiving with a hot new feature pitch based on Tim Lebbon’s novel Endure, and we’ve got the list of the first buyers lining up to hear it inside.

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YA Piracy Epic “Plunder” Creates Waves in the Film and TV Rights Markets (EXCLUSIVE)

Plunder ExcerptIn the style of great adventure classics like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Treasure Island, a new book about the golden age of pirates, Plunder, is hitting the film and television markets in a big way. The book is co-authored by Pat Croce and Adam Slutsky.

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Launch Pad Alum & Writer of Paramount’s “Matriarch” Hits Town with Hot New Spec “Control” (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meterFormer Launch Pad, Hit List, Black List and Young & Hungry List Alum Eric Koenig is back and hotter than ever as A-list talent & directors begin to circle his new spec Control.

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Newcomer Production Company 1inMM Acquires Rights for “Prisoner Six” Adaptation (EXCLUSIVE)

1inMM ExcerptThe up and coming 1inMM Productions in a preemptive deal acquired the film rights to a new manuscript: Prisoner Six from author/screenwriter Tara Pinley. Julio Hallivis, a principle at 1inMM, is set to produce the project for the company.

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French Director Pierre Teulières Signs with UTA and Magnet Management (EXCLUSIVE)

Pierre Teulieres ExcerptFrench filmmaker Pierre Teulières has signed with Mike Esola at UTA and Jon Kanak at Magnet Management after a competitive signing process reached its conclusion.

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New Book “After Spin the Bottle” from Janét Saunders Causes a Stir in Film Rights Market (EXCLUSIVE)

After Spin the Bottle ExcerptThe new semi-autobiographical novel from Janét Saunders, After Spin the Bottle, is heating up the film rights market in big and competitive ways. It was published earlier this year in March by AuthorHouse.

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Launch Pad Alum Adam Beal Signs with Salt Model & Talent Agency (EXCLUSIVE)

Salt AgencyLaunch Pad alum Adam Beal has signed with Ami Manning of Salt Model & Talent Agency. His pilot Rental earned an honorable mention for this year’s Launch Pad Pilots Competition.

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Toby Jones to Play Music Mogul Lou Pearlman in Limited Series (EXCLUSIVE)

Toby Jones ExcerptThe upcoming limited series about Lou Pearlman, depicting the life and downfall of the infamous music mogul, has found its titular Pearlman: British actor Toby Jones. Pearlman was best known for creating and managing boy bands such as the Backstreet Boys and NSYNC.

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Hot New Novel “Dead Souls” Being Shopped to Top Territories and Producers (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meterAn exhilarating and eerie new novel, Dead Souls, is making its way through the film and television markets, with John Beach and Kevin Cleary of Gravity Squared Entertainment leading the way.

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Fundamental Films Lands “Hummingbird” Spec with Marcus Kryler & Fredrik Akerstrom Directing (EXCLUSIVE)

kryler-akerstromThe exciting new spec Hummingbird from John McClain has landed at Fundamental Films after heating up the film market and getting the attention of several major studios and production companies. Swedish directing team Marcus Kryler and Fredrik Akerstrom is attached to direct.

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BloodList 2016 — The Best Unproduced Dark Genre Screenplays, Pilots, and Shorts

BloodList 2016BloodList 2016 is here, and this year, the list is filled with sinister stories based on real life, alien invasions, paranoia, and horrifying events in the woods. This year, shorts are included for the first time, as well as the Fresh Blood Initiative.

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Launch Pad Alum and “SNL” Writer Kristen Bartlett Signs with UTA (EXCLUSIVE)

kristenbartlett snl excerpt 2016 Launch Pad alum Kristen Bartlett has recently signed with Mackenzie Roussos, Jonathan Levy, and Gregory McKnight of UTA. Earlier this year, she signed with Brillstein and was also hired as a writer on Saturday Night Live.

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Red Hot Spec “Canary Black” Moves Into New Territories with Interested Producers (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meterThe thrilling spec Canary Black from writer Matthew Kennedy is moving into several new territories to start development on the project. It has swiftly captured the attention of numerous producers, now interested in becoming attached.

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Daniel Radcliffe Starring in Drug Running Movie “Beast of Burden” (EXCLUSIVE)

Daniel Radcliffe ExcerptDaniel Radcliffe has landed the starring role in Beast of Burden as a drug smuggler. The movie comes from Swedish director Jesper Ganslandt with a script by Adam Hoelzel.

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Wynn Wygal Exiting Mad Chance to Head Up Michael B. Jordan’s New Production Company (EXCLUSIVE)

michael b jordan excerptWynn Wygal, the Director of Development for Mad Chance Productions, is exiting the company to run Creed star Michael B. Jordan’s newly formed production shingle, Outlier, sources have confirmed to The Tracking Board.

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TB Recommends Writer Peter Limm Signs with Lee Stobby Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE)

Peter Limm excerptPeter Limm, who earned a TB Recommends at the start of the week, has signed with Derrick Eppich of Lee Stobby Entertainment.

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“Arrival” Scribe Eric Heisserer Tapped to Rewrite Sylvester Stallone Thriller “Godforsaken” (EXCLUSIVE)

eric h excerptHeisserer is putting the finishing touches on the script, originally written by Daniel Casey. Cold in July helmer Jim Mickle is directing for STX Entertainment and producer Lawrence Grey.

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Jason Patric and Jake Picking To Star in Father-Son Addiction Drama “Forgiving Kevin” (EXCLUSIVE)

jason jake excerptPatric and Picking are set to star in the addiction drama based on the autobiography by Larry Glenz. Producer Christopher J. Scott will direct from his own script.

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Helen Walsh to Adapt and Direct Her Book “The Lemon Grove” Set at Red Union Films (EXCLUSIVE)

Helen Walsh ExcerptFour-time novelist Helen Walsh is stepping into the film world once more to adapt and direct her latest novel, The Lemon Grove. Published in 2014 by Tinder Press, the film adaptation is set at Red Union Films with David Moores reuniting with Walsh as producer.

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Chuck Russell Set to Direct “Beautiful Voice” from Writer Glenn Fraser (EXCLUSIVE)

chuck russell 1 excerptThe film tells a parallel story between ancient and modern times in which a young boy seeks revenge on his mother’s death and learns through his mentors that wisdom is the key to victory and not warfare.

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Comedy Pilot “The Ardenworth Files” From Peter Limm Earns TB Recommends (EXCLUSIVE)

Peter Limm excerptThe original comedy pilot, pitched as Encyclopedia Brown meets House, depicts a genius thirteen year-old college graduate who, looking to prove herself, starts a detective agency with her best friend.

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Westworld Episode 2 Released Early Via “Viral” Site Crash

Westworld Delos sees their site corrupted in pure viral beauty, and your reward is nothing less than a new episode of Westworld!

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Inkshares Manuscript “Devil’s Call” from Newcomer Jamie Dorn Scares Up Interest On Rights Market (EXCLUSIVE)

devils excerptThe story, which is being pitched as The Revenant with a strong female lead and an elevated supernatural horror component, centers on a pregnant witch in the Old West who hunts down the possessed man who killed her husband.

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Latest Novel from Ann Patchett “Commonwealth” Astonishes Film Rights Market (EXCLUSIVE)

Commonwealth ExcerptA new book from highly regarded author Ann Patchett is making its way into the film rights market and turning heads. Commonwealth has been receiving rave reviews since its publication in mid-September from Harpercollins.

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