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TV Casting Round-Up: Alex Meraz Snags Lead Role in “Scalped”

alex meraz excerptSuicide Squad actor Alex Meraz joins WGN America’s Scalped, the anticipated drama series based on DC’s graphic novel, and Jeremy Luke reunites with his Magic City co-star Milo Ventimiglia on This is Us

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TV Casting Round-Up: “Parks and Rec” Alum Retta Joins Mae Whitman for “Good Girls”

retta excerptRyan Murphy reunites with Glee‘s Darren Criss for the highly anticipated second season of American Crime Story and Parks and Recreation‘s Retta returns to NBC for the drama Good Girls

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DC Pilot “Scalped” Books Lily Gladstone

lily gladstone excerptThe long-gestating Scalped at WGN America looks to be on the move as the project has cast Lily Gladstone in the first series regular role. The pilot was first ordered almost a year ago and is based on DC’s Vertigo imprint, first published in 2007.

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2016 Launch Pad Alum Jay Riedl Signs with APA (EXCLUSIVE)

Jay RiedlJay Riedl, a Launch Pad Alum from our 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition, has signed with APA. This follows her pilot Snark landing in the Top 25 of last year’s competition and a first signing with Echo Lake Entertainment.

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Amy Poehler Executive Producing HBO Series Starring John Roberts of “Bob’s Burgers”

Amy Poehler ExcerptCable giant HBO has put into development Edison, a new dark comedy musical from the minds of John Roberts and H. Jon Benjamin, who both provide voices on the popular Fox animated series Bob’s Burgers. They’ll also executive produce alongside Amy Poehler.

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CBS Films Acquires Pitch for Nikola Tesla and Mark Twain Adventure Film “Tesla & Twain”

Mark Twain Nikola Tesla ExcerptJoining the growing list of projects in development about the famed Serbian-American scientist Nikola Tesla is Tesla & Twain, a pitch acquired by CBS Films. The project was written by Eric Siegel, with The Jungle Book’s Brigham Taylor producing.

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Tesla & Twain (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMA fictional exploration of the real historical friendship between The Adventures of Tom Sawyer author Mark Twain and genius inventor Nikola Tesla.

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Hulu Acquires Drama Based on Banned Book from “Jane the Virgin” Star Gina Rodriguez

Gina Rodriguez ExcerptIn a competitive situation, Hulu has acquired a new drama series based on the book Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass from author Meg Medina. Jane the Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez will executive produce via her I Can and I Will Productions banner.

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Leonardo DiCaprio to Star in and Produce “The Black Hand” for Paramount

Leonardo DiCaprio ExcerptOscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star in and produce The Black Hand, a new film set up at Paramount Pictures based on the book of the same name by Stephan Talty. DiCaprio’s Appian Way banner will co-produce alongside The Gotham Group.

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The Black Hand (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMNYPD detective Joseph Petrosino investigates and attempts to bring down the gang whose calling card is a black hand.

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Ben Schwartz and Noël Wells to Star in Netflix Original Film “Happy Anniversary”

Ben Schwartz ExcerptStreaming giant Netflix has tapped Ben Schwartz and Noël Wells as the leads for their new original film Happy Anniversary. The project, written and directed by Jared Stern, will also feature Annie Potts and Joe Pantoliano in supporting roles.

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MGM Nabs Sci-Fi Novella “Snapshot” by Brandon Sanderson

mgm-excerptThe Brandon Sanderson-penned sci-fi novella Snapshot has been acquired by MGM. Broken Road Productions (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse) and Entertainment 360 (Office Christmas Party) are set to produce.

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The Knot (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMA married woman befriends a lonely older man only to find that he’s harboring a mysterious secret that connects his past to her future.

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Gavin Heffernan & Adam Robitel’s “Imago” Acquired by Cristal Pictures

heffernan-robitel-excerptNew production company Cristal Pictures has acquired Imago from writers Gavin Heffernan and Adam Robitel. The project is based on a pitch from the duo which is science-fiction disaster tale, inspired by scientific research and data, that takes place in the near future when scientific experiments to reverse global warming backfire and portend unimaginable consequences.

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Imago (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMA science-fiction disaster tale, inspired by scientific research and data, that takes place in the near future when scientific experiments to reverse global warming backfire and portend unimaginable consequences.

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Imago (Pitch)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMA science-fiction disaster tale, inspired by scientific research and data, that takes place in the near future when scientific experiments to reverse global warming backfire and portend unimaginable consequences.

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New Line Hires Chris Borrelli to Pen Remake of New Zealand Film “Housebound” (EXCLUSIVE)

Housebound ExcerptNew Line Cinema has found the writer for their remake of the horror-comedy film Housebound, hailing originally from New Zealand and writer-director Gerard Johnstone. 2016 Hit List scribe Chris Borrelli will be taking on the duties of writing the new imagining, The Tracking Board has exclusively learned.

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Housebound (Remake) (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMA young woman in a detention program is forced to return to her parent’s home in a small town, but even worse, she suspects there’s something evil in the house.

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“Grimm” Creators Developing Action Adventure “Treasure” at NBC

jim kouf david greenwalt excerptThe team behind fantasy drama Grimm are in the works on their next NBC series with Treasure. Grimm creators Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt wrote the pilot and will executive produce with Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills.

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“John Wick” Writer and “Southpaw” Producers Hit Town with Hot New Action Thriller Pitch “Endure” (EXCLUSIVE)

John Wick ExcerptTB has confirmed that screenwriter Derek Kolstad is teaming up with Alan and Peter Riche to hit the town the week after Thanksgiving with a hot new feature pitch based on Tim Lebbon’s novel Endure, and we’ve got the list of the first buyers lining up to hear it inside.

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Endure (Pitch)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMIn the vein of Deliverance and The Most Dangerous Game. Follows heroine Rose is trying to get revenge on The Trail, a secret organization that organizes a human trophy hunt for rich clients.

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Middle Earth (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMChronicles the life events of J.R.R. Tolkien that inspired his novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

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Michael Thomas to Adapt “Hatchet Men” Book About Chinatown Tong Wars with Will Yun Lee Starring

Will Yun Lee ExcerptThe 2012 Richard H. Dillon book Hatchet Men is being turned into a feature film by The 33’s Michael Thomas and Australian writer Morgan Duncan, who will also both co-produce. Will Yun Lee will star.

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DMG Scoops Up “Cosmere” Book Universe from Brandon Sanderson

brandon sanderson bannerAcclaimed interconnected fantasy universe Cosmere by Brandon Sanderson has landed at DMG Entertainment in a huge deal. DMG is committed to covering $270 million, which is half the money needed for the first three movies in the series.

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Cosmere (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMThe story rotates between the points of view of Kaladin, Shallan, Szeth, Dalinar Kholin, and several other minor characters, who lead seemingly unconnected lives.

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Netflix Orders “Frontier” Season 2 Ahead of Premiere

jason momoaAquaman star Jason Momoa has a very busy few years ahead of him as Netflix has renewed his series Frontier prior to the show’s premiere. The six-episode series is set to debut on Discovery Canada and is still waiting for a premiere date from Netflix.

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Viola Davis Producing Thriller Drama “Head Games” for ABC

viola davis excerptHow to Get Away with Murder star Viola Davis is sticking with ABC has she is attached to produce thriller drama Head Games for the network. The series is being adapted by Chuck Rose based on his book of the same name.

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NBC Teams Up with Jennifer Lopez for Futuristic Procedural “C.R.I.S.P.R.”

Jennifer Lopez ExcerptShades of Blue star Jennifer Lopez is reteaming with NBC for a new series, C.R.I.S.P.R., with a script order. The series is a procedural with a futuristic twist and has Bates Motel’s Anthony Cipriano attached to the script.

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Last To Die (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMA small town deputy must protect his remote island community against a highly-trained soldier afflicted with PTSD who declares war on the locals. A twist on First Blood that casts Rambo in the villain role.

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Daniel Dae Kim, Alexi Hawley, & Ben Silverman Team Up for Drama Series “Exhibit A” at CBS

daniel dae kim excerptHawaii Five-0 star Daniel Dae Kim is sticking with CBS as he teams up with Alexi Hawley and Ben Silverman to develop Exhibit A at the network. The series is a legal drama based on the South Korean series My Lawyer, Mr. Jo.

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