Category Archives: Deals (Film)

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

Robert Downey Jr. to Star in “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle,” Protecting Us From Johnny Depp

robert-downey-jr-excerptStephen Gaghan (Syriana) will direct from his own screenplay, based on an earlier draft by Tom Shepherd. The script will draw heavily from the 1920s series of children’s books by Hugh Lofting.

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“Transformers” Producer Ian Bryce to Tackle War Drama “That Others May Live” for Paramount

Ian Bryce That Others May LiveThe story is based on the life of U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant August O’Niell, who was injured in the line of duty while fighting in Afghanistan in 2011, but was so eager to return to service that he opted to amputate his left leg above the knee in order to improve his chances of recovery.

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Universal to Explore Obama’s White House Through Stenographer’s Eyes in “From the Corner of the Oval”

Obama White House From the Corner of the OvalWritten by Beck Dorey-Stein, the book follows a young woman living in Washington D.C. who is at an all-time career low when, through a twist of fate, she goes from serving cocktails to lobbyists to being hired as a stenographer in Obama’s White House.

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Kate McKinnon Will Graduate From Scene-Stealer to Leading Lady with Action Comedy “The Spy Who Dumped Me”

Kate McKinnon Mila KunisMila Kunis is in talks to co-star in the Lionsgate movie, which Susanna Fogel will direct from a script she’s co-writing with David Iserson.

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Dan Trachtenberg to Direct Hot Spec “Space Race” for Universal Following Success of “10 Cloverfield Lane”

Dan Trachtenberg Space RacePlot details of Daniel Kunka’s script are being kept in a black hole on the Universal lot, but it’s expected to be a high-concept tentpole in the vein of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. Universal already has a relationship with Trachtenberg and Kunka, who are developing Crime of the Century for the studio and producer Chris Morgan.

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Tom Hardy to Play Navy SEAL in “War Party” as Netflix Wins Bidding War

Tom Hardy War Party NetflixRidley Scott will produce under his Scott Free banner. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it’s said to be based on a true story about real Navy SEALs, since life rights were rumored to be part of the deal.

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Justin Lin Says Nope to Dopey Tentpoles, Will Direct Gritty Drama “The Stand Off” for Netflix

Justin Lin The Stand OffSet in December 1969, the film follows a newly-formed police unit known as the “SWAT team” as they embark on their first major operation — raiding the Los Angeles headquarters of the Black Panther party.

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Jennifer Aniston to Star in Music-Driven Comedy “Dumplin’,” Which Is No Longer at Disney

Jennifer Aniston DumplinAnne Fletcher will direct the film, which follows a plus-sized teen who decides to enter a local beauty pageant as a form of protest, but winds up inspiring a rag-tag group of contestants to join her.

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Paramount Acquires Ian Shorr Spec “Infinite”

Paramount ExcerptIn a quick turnaround, Paramount Pictures has acquired the spec Infinite from writer Ian Shorr, the Tracking Board has confirmed. The script only hit the market recently.

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John Krasinski, Emily Blunt to Star in “A Quiet Place,” Which He’ll Also Direct for Paramount

John Krasinski Emily Blunt A Quiet PlaceMichael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes will produce the film, which comes on the heels of Krasinski’s starring turn in Bay’s Paramount pic 13 Hours.

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A24 Mounting Feature Adaptation of Pippa Bianco’s Award-Winning Short Film “Share” (Exclusive)

Share Pippa BiancoThe 2015 short film starred Taissa Farmiga as a girl who returns to school after an explicit video of her is uploaded and shared on the internet without her consent.

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Oscar-Winner Damien Chazelle Sells Hit List Script “The Claim”

damien chazelle excerptLa La Land writer-director Damien Chazelle has optioned the movie rights to his mystery thriller The Claim to Oceanside Media. Oceanside’s Scott Clayton will produce with Route One Entertainment’s Russell Levin and Motion Picture Capital’s Leon Clarance.

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Sony Pictures Will Be the Studio “Hunting El Chapo,” Based on Upcoming Book

Hunting El Chapo Sony3 Arts Entertainment will produce the adaptation of the nonfiction book, which will chronicle the pursuit of the elusive Mexican drug cartel leader known as El Chapo.

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Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams Team for Syrian Refugee’s Survival Story “A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea”

JJ Abrams, Steven Spielberg, A Hope More Powerful Than the SeaThe film follows Doaa Al Zamel, a 19-year-old Syrian woman who fled Egypt for a better life in Sweden, only to find herself stranded at sea with two small children.

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Kerry Washington to Produce “The Mothers” for Warner Bros.

The Mothers Kerry WashingtonWarner Bros. has optioned Brit Bennett’s debut novel The Mothers for Kerry Washington to produce under her Simpson Street banner along with Natalie Krinsky, the studio announced Thursday.

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Drew Goddard to Direct “Bad Times At The El Royale” for 20th Century Fox

Drew Goddard Bad Times At The El RoyalePlot details are being kept under wraps, though sources say it’s a contained thriller with genre elements. Only top studio execs were given the opportunity to read the script, hence the vague nature of the titular “bad times.”

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Tracy Morgan, Luke Wilson to Star in Macon Blair’s Dark Comedy “The Shitheads”

Tracy Morgan ShitheadsDanny McBride, David Gordon Green, Jody Hill and Green Room director Jeremy Saulnier are among the executive producers of Imperative Entertainment’s road movie.

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Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep to Star in Steven Spielberg’s Pentagon Papers Drama “The Post”

Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, The PostHanks and Streep will play Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and publisher Kay Graham respectively. Amy Pascal is the lead producer on the project, which will be co-financed by 20th Century Fox and Amblin Entertainment.

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Netflix Collars Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” But Who Will Join Robert De Niro?

Martin Scorsese Robert De Niro The IrishmanHarvey Keitel is being sought to play Jimmy Hoffa, the head of the Teamsters union who disappeared in 1975.

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Hannah Hart Signs First-Look Deal with Lionsgate as Studio Secures Two-Thirds of YouTube’s “Holy Trinity”

Hannah Hart ExcerptStar and producer of the YouTube series “My Drunk Kitchen,” Hannah Hart, has signed a first-look deal with Lionsgate, further showcasing the increasing power and influence that YouTube stars have beyond the realm of free online videos.

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Media Star Grace Helbig Signs Overall Movie and TV Deal with Lionsgate

Grace Helbig ExcerptYouTube sensation and overall media star Grace Helbig has signed a deal with Lionsgate to develop both films and TV series. One of the first projects under the deal will be a romantic comedy starring her and Mamrie Hart.

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Michael Mann Inks Massive Book Deal With HarperCollins

HarperCollins won a multi-house auction to serve as the publisher of Michael Mann Books, the publishing imprint founded by the Oscar-nominated writer, director and producer earlier this year.

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Inks First-Look Deal With Paramount


Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way has landed a three-year, first-look deal with Paramount Pictures. The deal marks a shift for DiCaprio, who previously had a long-standing deal at Warner Bros.

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Martin Scorsese Extends Deal With Paramount Through 2019


Filmmaking legend Martin Scorsese isn’t slowing down any time soon. Today, Paramount CEO Brad Grey announced that Scorsese has extended his overall deal with the studio through 2019. Paramount also confirmed a new biopic is in development for Scorsese to direct.

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“PAPER TOWNS” Writer John Green Signs First-Look Deal With Fox 2000

The hugely popular YA writer of The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns has a new deal with Fox 2000

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Warner Bros. Signs Blind Script Deal With “Mr. Malcom’s List” Author Suzanne Allain

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Warner will now give Allaine a deal that includes two screenplays. Her first screenplay was a romantic comedy, but that may not be the genre of her two offerings that she will submit to Warner.

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“The Walking Dead” Comic Creator Signs First Look Deal With Universal

Robert Kirkman has inked a one year first look film deal with Universal.

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Michael De Luca Signs First Look Deal With Universal

The “Fifty Shades Of Grey” producer has signed a three year first look deal with Universal.

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The Valiant Universe Bursts Onto The Screen With New Deal From DMG Entertainment

A deal has been made to get the Valiant Comics universe to the screen.

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Robert Lorenz Inks First Look Deal With Warner Bros.

The “American Sniper” producer locks a first look deal Warner Bros.

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