Category Archives: Deals (Film)

A place to track all film deals and the ever-evolving facts on pacts details.

Hot Off “A Quiet Place,” John Krasinski and Platinum Dunes to Produce Sci-Fi Movie “Life on Mars”

John KrasinskiThe project will be based on the short story “We Have Always Lived on Mars” by Cecil Castellucci, which follows a woman who discovers she can breathe the air on Mars, upending her world and that of her fellow colonists.

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The Top 20 Fox Searchlight Movies That the Studio’s New TV Division Should Consider for the Small Screen

Fox4A series based on 28 Days Later seems like a no-brainer. After all, The Walking Dead is one of the biggest shows on TV, but it can’t go on forever. Wouldn’t it be smart to have a show ready to fill that void once it signs off?

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TriStar Lands Alex Garland’s New Haunted House Script “The Toymaker’s Secret”

Alex GarlandGarland’s wife, Paloma Baeza, will direct the film, which follows an American family who move into an old Victorian house in London and begin to believe it might be haunted.

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Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Thriller “Welcome to Vienna” for Focus Features

Jake Gyllenhaal ExcerptThe Oscar-nominated actor will also produce the adaptation of Kevin Wignall’s upcoming novel To Die in Vienna under his production company Nine Stories.

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Sue Kroll Launches Kroll & Co. Shingle on Warners Lot; Mark Wahlberg, Sandra Bullock to Star in First Projects

Kroll and Co.Kroll will serve as an executive producer on Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut A Star is Born and Edward Norton’s directorial debut Motherless Brooklyn, as well as John Crowley’s adaptation of The Goldfinch.

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Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston to Star in Action Comedy “Murder Mystery” at Netflix (Exclusive)

Adam SandlerSandler will play a NYC cop who finally takes his wife (Aniston) on a long promised European trip. A chance meeting on the flight gets them invited to an intimate family gathering on the Super Yacht of elderly billionaire Malcolm Quince. When Quince is murdered, they become the prime suspects in a modern day whodunit.

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“Avengers: Infinity War” Star Sebastian Stan Lands Lead in Leonardo DiCaprio-Produced “Beat the Reaper” (Exclusive)

Beat the ReaperBased on the excellent book by Josh Bazell that was adapted by Billions creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien, the story follows a young ER doctor whose life is upended when a patient recognizes him from his past life as a mafia hitman.

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Kevin Bacon Back With Blumhouse for “Shining”-Esque Horror Thriller “You Should Have Left”

You Should Have Left TrioThe story follows a screenwriter who takes his wife and daughter to a remote house in the Alps so he can finish writing a sequel to his big hit movie. And then, as in The Shining, unexplained occurrences prompt the writer to begin going mad.

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Studio 8 Acquires Action Thriller Spec “Champion” About American Brothers Forced Into Thai Boxing

Champion SpecGary Scott Thompson (The Fast and the Furious) penned the original spec, which has since been rewritten by Run All Night scribe Brad Inglesby. Storyscape Entertainment is producing with Pioneer Pictures.

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Aaron W. Sala’s Launch Pad Finalist “The Beast” Sells to The H Collective

The BeastSherryl Clark will produce the horror thriller, which follows the sole survivor of a plane crash, who washes ashore on a mysterious island where she faces her worst fears.

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Michael B. Jordan to Produce WWII Drama “The Liberators” for Warner Bros.; Will Studio Adopt Inclusion Rider?

Michael B. Jordan A Bittersweet LifeThe studio has picked up the spec from Madison Turner and set Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell of Safehouse Pictures to produce alongside Jordan’s Outlier Society.

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“Moonlight” Star Ashton Sanders to Play Bigger Thomas in A24’s “Native Son” Movie

Native SonRichard Wright’s celebrated novel emphasizes the systemic inevitability behind Bigger’s crimes, and the protagonist’s lawyer argues that his client cannot escape his destiny, as he’s a product of a society that has told him since birth who, exactly, he is supposed to be.

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“Stranger Things,” “Annabelle” Producers Team for Coming-of-Age Slasher Movie at Netflix

There's Someone Inside Your HouseBased on the bestselling novel by Stephanie Perkins, the Nebraska-set story follows a young girl whose high school friends begin to die in a series of gruesome murders.

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Robert Pattinson’s Western Comedy “Damsel” Slated for Summer Release Following Sundance, SXSW Screenings

Damsel ReviewThe Good Time star plays a wealthy pioneer who sets out across the American frontier to marry the love of his life (Mia Wasikowska), but that logline hardly does the film justice, and since the film kind of defies description, just go in expecting a clever deconstruction of traditional gender roles.

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Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren to Star in Bill Condon’s New Line Thriller “The Good Liar”

Mirren and McKellenThe story follows a career con artist who finds his next mark in a wealthy widow whom he meets online. She takes him into her home and as she opens her life to him, he finds himself starting to care for her… but not all is what it seems in this cat-and-mouse game.

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RLJE Picks Up Nicolas Cage Thriller “Mandy” After Midnight Premiere at Sundance

Mandy ReviewThe distributor hopes to release the new Panos (Beyond the Black Rainbow) Cosmatos film, co-starring Andrea Riseborough and Linus Roache, sometime over the summer.

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Netflix Picks Up Noomi Rapace Action-Thriller “Close”

CloseNetflixBased on the career of female bodyguard Jacquie Davis, the film was produced under West End Films’ WeLove brand, which looks to develop and promote films by and for women.

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Michael Bay May Be Done With “Transformers,” But He Plans to Direct “Robopocalypse” for Steven Spielberg

Michael Bay and Steven SpielbergBay will turn his attention to Robopocalypse after he directs 6 Underground this summer. Written by Deadpool scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, the secretive Skydance project is described as a cross between Suicide Squad and Bay’s own The Rock.

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A24 Acquires Horror Spec Script “Bodies Bodies Bodies” from “Cat Person” Author

A24Excerpt While details are being kept under wraps, A24 did describe the film as “fresh, incisive perspective” into the horror genre, mixing together elements of shrewd character study, mystery, and deep-seeded scares.

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Viola Davis, Lupita Nyong’o to Play Mother and Daughter in African Military Movie “The Woman King”

Viola and Lupita The Woman KingBased on true events and an original story by Maria Bello, the film tells the story of Nanisca (Davis), General of the all-female military unit known as the Amazons, and her daughter Nawi (Nyong’o), who together fought the French and neighboring tribes who violated their honor, enslaved their people, and threatened to destroy everything they’ve lived for.

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Peter Dinklage-Elle Fanning Drama “I Think We’re Alone Now” Sells to Momentum Pictures

I Think We're Alone NowReed Morano (The Handmaid’s Tale) directed the thought-provoking indie movie, which won a Special Jury Prize last month at Sundance, where it premiered in competition.

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Matt Reeves to Produce “Life Sentence” for Netflix After Streamer Wins Bidding War for Short Story

Matt Reeves Life SentenceThe story follows a criminal who decides to enroll in a futuristic program that erases his memories rather than go to jail, forcing him to reconcile his past actions and relationships.

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Amazon Acquires #MeToo-Themed Novel “The Wife” by Alafair Burke

The Wife Alafair BurkeThe twist-filled story follows a woman named Angela who learns that her celebrity husband may be a sexual predator after his intern accuses him of sexual harassment. When a second alleged victim comes forward, Angela is forced to confront a deep-seated trauma from her past, and eventually, someone winds up murdered.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal’s “The Kindergarten Teacher” Picked up at Netflix

TeacherExcerpt The movie is a remake of the acclaimed Israeli film of the same name which was written and directed by Nadav Lapid.

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More Sundance Sales: Netflix Picks Up Animated “White Fang,” Samuel Goldwyn Snaps Up “Nancy”

WhiteFangNancyThe animated take on Jack London’s classic tale of fiction and the psychological thriller starring Andrea Riseborough are both expected to be released this year.

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LeBron James to Produce Basketball Movie “Hustle” After Legendary Wins Auction for Hot Spec Script

LeBron HustleWritten by Taylor Materne, the story follows a washed-up basketball scout who discovers a Chinese streetball phenom and talks him into coming to Los Angeles to train for the NBA draft. The young phenom is overwhelmed by the transition and struggles with being away from his family, while the scout deals with his own family problems.

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Jason Statham to Play — What Else? — Another Assassin in Action Thriller “The Killer’s Game”

Jason Statham The Killer's GameStatham will play a veteran assassin who takes out a hit on himself after being diagnosed with a painful terminal illness. The catch? It turns out he was misdiagnosed, and now he must fend off the onslaught of fellow assassins out to cash in on the contract.

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Jim Parsons to Play Drag Queen in Fox’s “The Legend of Georgia McBride”

Jim Parsons Georgia McBrideParsons will play the role of Miss Tracy Mills, a veteran drag queen who coaches the protagonist in the art of performing, transforming him from a washed-up Elvis impersonator to a show-stopping Florida drag queen.

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IFC Films Picks Up Paul Dano’s “Wildlife,” Starring Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal

CareyMulliganWildlifeDano’s directorial debut, an adaptation of Richard Ford’s novel, received mixed reactions at Sundance.

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Legendary, Universal Pick Up Hot Dwayne Johnson Project “Red Notice”

dwayne-johnsonThe third collaboration between Johnson with Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence, Skyscraper) is an action-comedy with no details on the plot, although it must be good since it began a bidding war between multiple studios.

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