Category Archives: Deals (Film)

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Chris Colfer to Make Directorial Debut Adapting His “Land of Stories” at Fox

Chris Colfer ExcerptActor-turned-bestselling-author Chris Colfer has a big new project: adapting his own book The Land of Stories, which has been acquired by 20th Century Fox. Colfer will not only be penning the script, however, he’ll also be making his directorial debut.

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O’Shea Jackson Jr., RJ Cyler to Star In Biopics of LSD-Loving Pitcher Dock Ellis, 2 Live Crew Frontman Luther Campbell

O'Shea Jackson Jr. and RJ Cyler Dock and The Book of LukeWritten by Joey Poach, Dock hails from producers David Permut, Jeff Kwatinetz and Ice Cube, who are currently searching for a director. Meanwhile, Craig A. Williams wrote The Book of Luke for Temple Hill.

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Mark Wahlberg’s “Six Billion Dollar Man” Moving Out of 2017 (Exclusive)

Mark Wahlberg The Six Billion Dollar ManThe Weinstein Company is already releasing another film on the same date — the Benedict Cumberbatch-Michael Shannon electricity drama The Current War.

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Sony Options Drew Daywalt’s Award-Winning Children’s Book “The Day the Crayons Quit” (Exclusive)

Sony The Day the Crayons QuitIllustrated by Oliver Jeffers, the book follows a box of crayons whose inhabitants go on strike after growing sick and tired of how they’re being used, as their roles are limited by their hues.

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Melissa McCarthy to Make Musical Debut in Holiday Film “Margie Claus” for New Line

Melissa McCarthy ExcerptThe funny and talented Melissa McCarthy is crossing another film first off her list: the musical. The Tracking Board has confirmed she’s set to star in Margie Claus for New Line Cinema after they acquired the pitch from McCarthy and Ben Falcone, and co-writer Damon Jones.

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Bidding War Erupts Over Joel Edgerton’s Conversion Therapy Drama “Boy Erased” Starring Lucas Hedges

Joel Edgerton Boy ErasedBased on the memoir by Garrard Conley, Boy Erased is a provocative drama about a young gay man who is forced to undergo conversion therapy to “cure” his homosexuality.

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“Logan” Director James Mangold Sets New Film as “Disorder” Remake from Taylor Sheridan Script

James Mangold ExcerptAfter the financial and critical success of Logan, James Mangold is attached to direct Disorder, a remake of the 2015 French film from Sony and Escape Artists, the Tracking Board has confirmed. Taylor Sheridan wrote the script.

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Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan Re-Teaming for “Wrong Answer,” Ta-Nehisi Coates Penning the Script

Michael B Jordan and Ryan Coogler ExcerptFrequent collaborators Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan are re-teaming for a new movie, Wrong Answer, based on a 2014 The New Yorker article by Rachel Aviv with Ta-Nehisi Coates penning the adaptation.

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Jaume Collet-Serra to Direct “Waco” Movie Co-Written by Mark Boal for Annapurna

Jaume Collet-Serra Waco AnnapurnaAnnapurna will have to really up the star power to eclipse the Weinstein Company’s upcoming event series, and that starts with the role of David Koresh. Paul Dano or Shia LaBeouf would make for excellent casting, but so would Matthew Rhys or Billy Crudup.

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Universal Buys Workplace Comedy Pitch “24-7” for Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria to Star In and Produce

Kerry Washington Eva Longoria 24-7Plot details of Sarah Rothschild’s pitch are being kept under wraps, but the title sure sounds like it ups the ante on the 1980 workplace comedy 9 to 5.

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Amazon Acquires Black List Feature “Linda and Monica” Based on Clinton Scandal

monica lewinsky excerptBlack List screenplay Linda and Monica from Flint Wainess has landed at Amazon Studios with Escape Artist’s Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch set to produce. The project joins a growing list based on the events of President Bill Clinton’s scandal.

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Jake Gyllenhaal to Produce and Star in World War II Drama “The Lost Airman” for Amazon

Jake Gyllenhaal ExcerptJake Gyllenhaal is set to produce and star in The Lost Airman for Amazon Studios, the Tracking Board has confirmed. The World War II project is based on the nn-fiction book by Seth Meyerowitz.

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Netflix Lands Female-Centric Spec “Mother” from Misha Green

Misha Green ExcerptNetflix has acquired the hot new spec Mother from Misha Green after it first hit the market Friday afternoon, the Tracking Board has confirmed. The project follows a female protagonist in the vein of La Femme Nikita.

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“John Wick: Chapter 3” Taps Original Writer Derek Kolstad to Line Up New Victims for Keanu Reeves

John Wick ExcerptBasil Iwanyk is returning to produce Chapter 3, though plot details are being kept somewhere inside the Continental Hotel. It’s wise of Lionsgate to keep this creative team intact, because in Hollywood, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

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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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