Category Archives: Breaking News
Following a 12-year run at the studio, the veteran executive is negotiating for a first-look deal at Paramount and to stay on certain projects as a producer.
Paradigm and Industry Entertainment are out with Relentless, a hot new spec from John Swetnam, the writer of Into the Storm and Step Up All In. The project is being described as being in the vein of John Wick, but with a female protagonist.
Jay Riedl, a Launch Pad Alum from our 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition, has signed with APA. This follows her pilot Snark landing in the Top 25 of last year’s competition and a first signing with Echo Lake Entertainment.
Manager Kailey Marsh is out with a hot new sci-fi spec titled Haldane, written by scribe James Hutchinson and described as a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Under the Skin.
34 years after her death, Carrie Buck is at the center of a timely biopic that has A-list actresses across Hollywood paying attention. Written by Undone scribe Melissa Hilfers, Unfit is set in the not-so-distant past, when America was gripped by a political movement that promised to eliminate the “unfit” from our country.
Dominic West was the lead on The Wire, which is one of, if not the greatest television show of all time. As a loyal fan of The Affair, I was wondering just last week why we don’t see more of him on the big screen. Lo and behold, West was just cast as Lara Croft’s father in the Tomb Raider reboot that will star Alicia Vikander.
Marvel Studios has finally announced the full cast of Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther and not only are Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis confirmed to return as Everett Ross and Ulysses Klaw, respectively, but part of the movie will be filmed in South Korea.
While most of the Hollywood contingent at Sundance has already left Park City, there are still plenty of festival deals being made, chief among them one for Dee Rees’ acclaimed drama Mudbound, which is the hottest acquisition title left on the board.
Update: While some studios pop champagne bottles to celebrate this morning’s Oscar nominations, others have moved on and are focusing on what’s next. To that end, several suitors are scrambling for Joe Ballarini’s spec Skyward, which is described as being similar in tone to Best Picture winners Argo and The King’s Speech.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the nominees for the 89th Academy Awards. Lionsgate’s musical “La La Land” led the pack with a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations, including two for Best Song.
The Southern food critic, television host, and award-winning author Morgan Murphy has signed with Daniel Pancotto and Jon Kanak of Magnet Management in all areas of representation.
A brand new — and appropriately timely — spec is hitting the market this week from scribe Patrick McConville. The political thriller Inauguration Day has already captured the attention of several producers and is moving into major territories.
After last night’s Golden Globes and the success of countless new and diverse voices in the past year, the annual Bitch List has never appeared more timely. In its fourth year, the List works to highlight unproduced feature and television screenplays that pass the Bechdel test.
Australian writer-director Lisa Robertson has signed with Daniel Pancotto and Jon Kanak of Magnet Management. Most recently, she completed her short film Commerce, which has the potential to become a feature-length film, with a draft already written.
David Luz, who made it into the Top 25 of the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition with Tallok, has signed with Kathy Muraviov of The Muraviov Company
Launch Pad writer and alumni Julia Cooper, who wrote the Phantasmagoria pilot script for this year’s pilots competition, has signed with Laura Leonard and Meredith Bajana of Grandview.