Category Archives: Deals (Film)

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

Chernin Entertainment Options Jennifer Haley’s Horror ARG-Themed Play “Neighborhood 3” (Exclusive)

Chernin Entertainment LogoIn Neighborhood 3 suburban parents find their teenagers addicted to an online horror augmented reality game that uses a GPS system to map out their own neighborhood. But as the line blurs between the virtual world and reality, both parents and players realize that fear has a life of its own.

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Anne Hathaway to Star in, Produce Romantic Comedy from STXfilms, “How to Be Single” Writers

Anne Hathaway STXAccording to STX’s Adam Fogelson, this is “a modern day look at love, dating and hookups with a very contemporary and authentic voice that speaks to a generation that casually swipes right to find a mate.”

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It’s Happening: Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna to Star in Netflix Movie Directed by Ava DuVernay

Lupita Nyong'o Rihanna ExcerptAfter intense bidding and negotiation, Netflix has landed a movie that originally started as a viral internet meme and sensation. The film will co-star Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna, with Ava DuVernay directing and Insecure‘s Issa Rae in talks to pen the script.

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Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep and ABBA Coming Back for “Mamma Mia” Sequel in 2018

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!Amanda Seyfried is set to reprise her lead role and Meryl Streep is also expected to return, albeit in a much smaller capacity. Insiders tell us the story will focus on Sophie (Seyfried) in the present and Donna (Streep) in the past.

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It’s Raining Deals at Cannes, Where Old Men, Beach Bums and Michael Jackson’s Chimpanzee Reign Supreme

Cannes DealsCAA orchestrated a blockbuster $20 million deal for Bubbles, which led to even more people talking about Netflix. The streaming service has been on the tips of tongues all over Cannes, where Netflix has drawn criticism from some corners because its competition titles Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories won’t debut in French theaters.

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Sandra Bullock Returns to Action Thrillers, Will Channel Her Inner Liam Neeson in “Cash Truck”

Sandra Bullock Cash TruckBullock will play an American who takes a job at an armored car company in London that was the recent target of a deadly heist. As she earns the trust of its tight-knit crew, we learn there’s much more to the woman than it seems, as she has both a troubled past and a mysterious agenda.

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Viggo Mortensen Will Hunt Down the Unabomber in Thriller “Unabomb”

Viggo Mortensen UnabombMortensen will play FBI agent Jim Freeman, who led one of the largest manhunts in history as he pursued the domestic terrorist known as the Unabomber, a man responsible for 16 bombings over the course of two decades. As Freeman and his team narrow down the suspects and get closer to Ted Kaczynski, the deadly attacks become personal.

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Michael Moore Unveils New Documentary “Fahrenheit 11/9” About Donald Trump and the 2016 Election

Michael Moore Fahrenheit 11/9Moore is working with the acclaimed team behind Fahrenheit ‪9/11 — Meghan O’Hara, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal — and filming has been done under a strict cloak of secrecy, as the film is expected to be key in dissolving Trump’s “teflon” shield and, in turn, his presidency.

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Jonah Hill to Star in Diamond District Drama “Uncut Gems” as A24 Unveils Trailer for Robert Pattinson’s “Good Time” (Video)

Jonah Hill Uncut GemsScott Rudin and Eli Bush will produce Uncut Gems with Sebastian Bear-McClard and Oscar Boyson from Elara Pictures, while Hill’s Wolf of Wall Street collaborators Martin Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff will serve as executive producers.

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Daniel Radcliffe to Star in “Hunger Games”-Esque Action Comedy “Guns Akimbo”

Daniel Radcliffe Guns AkimboThe Harry Potter star will play a mild-mannered man named Miles whose mundane existence is turned upside-down when he finds himself in the crosshairs of a mysterious website that forces complete strangers to fight in a gladiator-like battle to the death.

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Benedict Cumberbatch Heading to “Rio” With Director Luca Guadagnino

Benedict Cumberbatch Jake Gyllenhaal RioWritten by Steven Knight (Locke), the film follows a reporter (Gyllenhaal) who travels to Rio de Janeiro to visit a wealthy friend (Cumberbatch), only to get roped into a plot to fake his friend’s death.

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Dee Rees, Blumhouse Developing Horror Movie About Black Lesbians in Rural America

Dee Rees Jason Blum Horror MovieRees has an idea for a low-budget horror movie set in one location, inspired by her and her wife’s own experiences when they first moved into their new home in a small town. Rees said they felt like “a ghost, or maybe some other force” didn’t want them to be there, let alone fitting in with their neighbors.

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James McAvoy to Star in “Escape,” Returning to His “Last King of Scotland” Roots

James McAvoy ExcerptScottish actor James McAvoy is set to star in Escape with director Colm McCarthy at the helm, the Tracking Board has confirmed. The film is based on a spec script by Vanya Asher.

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Tom Hanks to Produce and Star in Fox 2000’s Adaptation of “News of the World”

Tom Hanks ExcerptTom Hanks is set to produce and star in the adaptation of Paulette Jiles’ novel News of the World, the Tracking Board has confirmed. Lion writer Luke Davies is adapting the historical tale for Fox 2000.

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Jamie Dornan, Peter Dinklage to Star in Sacha Gervasi’s “My Dinner With Hervé” for HBO Films

Jamie Dornan Peter Dinklage My Dinner With Herve HBOThe movie will chronicle the unlikely friendship that evolves over one wild night in LA between struggling journalist Danny Tate (Dornan) and world-famous actor Hervé Villechaize (Dinklage), resulting in life-changing consequences for both.

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Liam Neeson to Star in “Retribution,” a Thriller in the Vein of “Speed”

Liam Neeson RetributionNeeson will play a successful Wall Street executive who’s on his way to work when he discovers that a bomb has been planted in his car. He’s subsequently forced to follow a series of orders throughout the day, or else the mysterious bomber will be detonate the device. The situation is even more dire because the man’s family is in the car with him.

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New “Hellboy” Movie in the Works with “Stranger Things” Actor David Harbour in Talks to Star

Hellboy ExcerptThe well-meaning demon Hellboy is making a comeback on the big screen, sans original director and star. Instead, Neil Marshall is taking the reins to helm this new iteration of the character and Stranger Things’ David Harbour is in talks to star as the titular demon.

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Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgard to Star in “The Hummingbird Project” From “La La Land” Producer

Jesse Eisenberg Alexander Skarsgard The Hummingbird ProjectEisenberg and Skarsgard will play high-frequency traders who dream of building a fibre-optic cable between Kansas and New Jersey, which would make them millions. Of course, they face opposition from their old boss, a psychopathic trader who will stop at nothing to see them fail.

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Johnny Depp to Star in Dramedy “Richard Says Goodbye” from Director of Unrelated Film “Katie Says Goodbye”

Johnny Depp ExcerptThe story follows a college professor who decides to throw caution to the wind and live life to the fullest after receiving a life-changing diagnosis. Indeed, he smokes, drinks and has sex as much as he wants, and God help anyone who annoys him, because he isn’t shy about speaking his mind.

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Paramount Buys Horror Spec “The Infinity Reel” From Newcomer Adam D’Alba

Paramount ExcerptThe story follows a paranormal investigator who finds himself drawn to a small town that has experienced bizarre phenomena. He soon discovers that these instances have an eerie connection with his own past.

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Amazon Acquires Spec “This Is Jane” About Chicago Abortion Service

Story of Jane ExcerptThe Tracking Board has confirmed that Amazon Studios acquired the spec This Is Jane by Dan Loflin in a six-figure deal. The project is based on Laura Kaplan’s book The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service published in 1995.

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“Martian” Reunion in the Works as Fox Acquires Andy Weir’s New Book “Artemis” for Simon Kinberg to Produce (Exclusive)

Andy Weir Aditya Sood ArtemisPlot details are being kept under wraps, though back in December 2015, Weir said his next book would take place in a city on the moon and follow a female protagonist. He also said it would be released by late 2016/early 2017, so it may be safe to assume that Artemis is that very book.

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Jordan Peele Sets Next Film at Universal, Which Has Signed the “Get Out” Director to a First-Look Deal

Jordan Peele CinemaConUniversal staved off a major push from Warner Bros., which had been courting Peele to direct one of its long-gestating development projects such as Akira, The Flash and Uptown Saturday Night.

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Craig Johnson to Direct Baseball Movie “The Art of Fielding” for “Varsity Blues” Producer

Craig Johnson The Art of FieldingBased on the bestselling novel by Chad Harbach, the story follows college baseball star Henry Skrimshander, who seems destined to become a star in the big leagues. But when a routine throw misses its intended target, the fates of five people are upended. As the season winds down, these five individuals forge new bonds that will help them find their true paths in life.

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Shia LaBeouf to Coach a Wrestler With Down Syndrome in Indie Movie “The Peanut Butter Falcon”

Shia LaBeouf Peanut Butter FalconDescribed as an adventure drama in the vein of a Mark Twain tale, the film follows Zak, a young man with Down syndrome who runs away from home to pursue his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Along the way, Zak meets a small-time outlaw (LaBeouf) who becomes his unlikely friend and coach.

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Amazon Studios Shows Off Its Great Taste With First-Look Deals for “Birdman,” “Carol,” “Nebraska” Producers

Amazon Bona Fide Killer Films Le GrisbiThe exclusive deals for Bona Fide Productions and Killer Films cover film and television for two years, while Le Grisbi Productions’ deal covers indie-sized films for two years, as John Lesher often produces larger films such as Fury and Black Mass.

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Jeremy Renner Will Star In and Produce a Doc Holliday Movie Once He Wraps “Avengers: Infinity War”

Jeremy Renner TagKevin Frakes’ PalmStar Media has optioned Mary Doria Russell’s Doc and Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral, which together chronicle Holliday’s life from Atlanta-based dentist to the deadly gunfighter who headed West to stand beside Wyatt Earp.

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“Firestarter” Remake in the Works With Akiva Goldsman Directing for Universal, Blumhouse

Firestarter Remake Akiva Goldsman BlumhouseBased on a book by Stephen King, the original 1984 movie starred Drew Barrymore as a young girl with pyrokinetic abilities who is kidnapped by a secret government agency that wants to use her as a weapon.

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Will Smith, Ang Lee in Talks to Team Up for Action-Thriller “Gemini Man” at Skydance

Will Smith Ang Lee Gemini Man SkydanceJerry Bruckheimer is producing the high-concept movie, which follows an aging assassin who finds himself battling his own clone, who is much younger, faster and stronger.

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“Hidden Figures” Director Ted Melfi Sets Up Holiday Comedy at Netflix

ted melfiHidden Figures writer-director Ted Melfi has sold the dark, holiday comedy El Camino Christmas to Netflix. Melfi wrote the script with Chris Wehner and has lined up a solid cast for the ensemble.

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