Category Archives: Deals (Film)

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

Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon to Star in “Fahrenheit 451” Movie in the Works at HBO

Michael B Jordan Michael Shannon Fahrenheit 451 HBOOriginally published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 is set in a future where books are outlawed and “firemen” burn any that are found, though intellectual curiosity gets the better of the protagonist, who begins stashing books away to see if he can learn anything from them.

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Amy Pascal Acquiring “Avengers”-Esque Spec “Princesses” to Produce at Sony (Exclusive)

Amy Pascal PrincessesThe script is described as being similar to Marvel’s The Avengers, but with princesses from classic fairy tales instead of superheroes. It remains a mystery as to which princesses appear in the action-adventure tale, though they’re likely iconic characters that have been popularized by Disney, but are still in the public domain.

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Warner Bros. and Temple Hill Adapting YA Novel “The Season”

THE SEASONWarner Bros. has picked up the film rights to YA novel The Season written by Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer. The project is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in Texas debutante society.

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James Gunn Returns to Write and Direct “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” for Marvel

James Gunn Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3Vol. 3 will conclude the Guardians trilogy and “help catapult both old and new Marvel characters into the next ten years and beyond,” Gunn wrote on Facebook.

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Gina Rodriguez to Voice “Carmen Sandiego” for Netflix as Two Movie Studios Battle for Her Next Slot (Exclusive)

Gina Rodriguez Carmen SandiegoThe deal comes as the Golden Globe-winning star of Jane the Virgin negotiates for the lead role in Sony’s remake of Miss Bala and 20th Century Fox’s comedy Fire Me.

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Kevin Hart to Star in Action Comedy “Night School,” Which Tim Story Will Direct for Universal

Kevin Hart Tim Story Night School UniversalThe story follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes as they study for the GED exam. It certainly sounds closer to Rodney Dangerfield’s Back to School than Billy Bob Thornton’s School for Scoundrels .

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Paramount Hires Original “Coming to America” Writers to Pen Sequel for Eddie Murphy (Exclusive)

Coming to America 2Kevin Misher is producing the sequel to John Landis’ classic comedy, which grossed an astounding $288 million worldwide back in 1988.

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Sarah Polley Is the Best Kind of Filmmaker to Adapt “The Best Kind of People”

Sarah Polley The Best Kind of PeopleZoe Whittall’s acclaimed novel follows a respected prep school teacher who is arrested for a sex crime — news that devastates his family, who become social pariahs as their community turns on them even though there are still questions surrounding his guilt.

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Sylvester Stallone Signs On for “Escape Plan 3” as Titus Welliver, UFC Champ Tyron Woodley Join “Part 2”

Escape Plan Sylvester StalloneDirector Steven C. Miller works lean and mean, regularly completing more than 150 camera set-ups a day. It’s that kind of efficiency behind the camera that explains why EFO is bringing him back to direct the third film. By sticking to a tight schedule, Miller helps the company keep production costs down.

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Brad Pitt to Star in James Gray’s Secretive Sci-Fi Movie “Ad Astra,” And We’ve Got New Plot Details

Brad Pitt Ad Astra Gray has been vague regarding plot details but it is known that Pitt will play Roy McBride, an Army Corps engineer who embarks on a mission across the galaxy to discover the truth about his father, who disappeared in space 20 years earlier while searching for signs of alien life. But there’s more to it than that…

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Fox Buys Untitled Comedy Spec for Female Directing, Writing, and Producing Team

Melissa Stack ExcerptIn a mid-six-figure deal, 20th Century Fox has acquired an untitled spec from Melissa Stack, the Tracking Board has confirmed. The project will also be Stack’s directorial debut.

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Simon Pegg to Star in Music Industry Dramedy “Lost Transmissions” for Pulse Films

Simon Pegg Lost TransmissionsThe story follows a shy songwriter named Hannah who discovers her friend, respected record producer Theo Ross, has lapsed on his schizophrenia medication. Hannah rallies a group of friends to help commit Theo to a psychiatric facility, chasing him as he outruns his colorful delusions through the glamour and grit of Los Angeles.

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Sony Adds Another Faith-Based Film to Their Inventory with Pitch “Hope Heals”

Hope Heals ExcerptVia their Columbia Pictures banner, Sony Pictures has acquired the pitch Hope Heals from writers Bob Smiley and Justin Hensley, the Tracking Board has confirmed. The project is based on the memoir of the same name and adds to the growing list of faith-based films from the studio.

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Fox Developing Musical “Atlantis” Inspired by Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams ExcerptThe Tracking Board has confirmed that 20th Century Fox is jumping into the musical world with Atlantis, a pitch they won inspired by musician Pharrell Williams.

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No “Do-Over” Here: Netflix Wants to Grow Old With Adam Sandler, Orders Four More Movies

Adam Sandler NetflixSandler’s Happy Madison Productions will produce each film for Netflix, which boasts 93 million members worldwide and will release his new film Sandy Wexler on April 14.

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Dakota Johnson in Talks to Star in Sony’s “Queens of the Stoned Age,” Based on GQ Article (Exclusive)

Dakota Johnson Queens of the Stoned AgeThe film follows the Green Angels, a high-end weed delivery service that hired models to work as drug dealers. The group operated for nearly a decade without being busted, all while growing into a multi-million dollar operation.

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Funny Business: Amy Schumer Drops “Barbie” for Indie Dramedy as Kristen Wiig Joins Blanchett in “Bernadette”

Amy Schumer Kristen Wiig Barbie BernadetteInstead of Barbie, Schumer will join Steve Carell and Nicole Kidman in Rebecca Miller’s She Came to Me, which is described as a multigenerational story about family and the complexities of modern life, as filtered through the lens of two intertwining love stories.

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“La La Land” Producer Jordan Horowitz Working with Martin Scorsese on Rodrigo Prieto’s Directorial Debut “Bastard”

Jordan Horowitz BastardSet in the small town of Bird’s Point, Missouri, the story is described as a taut revenge thriller set against the backdrop of a looming flood, though plot details beyond that are being kept under water.

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“Life” Duo Jake Gyllenhaal, Daniel Espinosa Reteam for Middle East Drama “The Anarchists vs ISIS”

Daniel Espinosa Jake Gyllenhaal The Anarchists vs ISISGyllenhaal is expected to star in the film, which is based on the true story of a ragtag team of American volunteers, socialists and outcasts who are fighting alongside the Kurdish militia known as the YPG to beat ISIS in Syria and establish an anarchist collective amid the rubble of war.

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Sony’s Marvel Universe Expands With Silver Sable, Black Cat Movie From “Thor 2” Writer

Silver Sable Black Cat Christopher Yost SonySilver Sable is a mercenary who hunts war criminals, while the better-known Black Cat is an acrobatic thief named Felicia Hardy, who was played briefly by Felicity Jones in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

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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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