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“Percy Jackson” Director Thor Freudenthal Tapped for “Blu” (EXCLUSIVE)

thor freudenthal excerptHit List regular Chris Borrelli is setting up his next project as his latest spec Blu has attached Thor Freudenthal to direct the Tracking Board has exclusively learned. The story is described as I am Legend meets 28 Days Later.

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Sam Boyd to Helm “Space Oddity” from Rebecca Banner (EXCLUSIVE)

circle-of-confusion excerptCircle of Confusion and Arlook Group are teaming up on the new sci-fi feature Space Oddity from Rebecca Banner with Sam Boyd attached to direct, the Tracking Board has exclusively learned.

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Marisa Tomei In Talks To Join Robert De Niro In Comedy “The War With Grandpa”

marisa 1 excerptTomei is in talks to join Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken in The War With Grandpa, a comedy set at Dimension Films. Tim Hill is directing with writing duo Matt Ember and Tom Astle working on the current adaptation of Robert Kimmel Smith’s book.

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“The Lives of Others” Director to Adapt Belgian Comic Series “Thorgal”

florian excerptOscar-winning director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck will adapt Thorgal, a French-language Belgian comic book series created by Jean Van Hamme and graphic artist Grzegorz Rosinski from Le Lombard comics group.

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Wynn Wygal Exiting Mad Chance to Head Up Michael B. Jordan’s New Production Company (EXCLUSIVE)

michael b jordan excerptWynn Wygal, the Director of Development for Mad Chance Productions, is exiting the company to run Creed star Michael B. Jordan’s newly formed production shingle, Outlier, sources have confirmed to The Tracking Board.

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“Willy Wonka” Reboot In the Works at Warner Bros. From “Harry Potter” Producer David Heyman

willy wonka excerptThe chocolate factory is opening its gates once again, as Warner Bros. has secured the rights to the Willy Wonka IP. Harry Potter producer David Heyman, who is also helping spur the studio’s now five-film spin-off franchise Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, will produce the reboot of the beloved character.

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“Captain America” Helmer Joe Johnston To Direct Sci-Fi Pic “Starfall” For Wanda

joe johnston excerptCaptain America: The First Avenger helmer Joe Johnston is set to Starfall, a big budget sci-fi pic from screenwriter David Coggashell. The film is set up at Wanda’s newly constructed mega-studio Qingdao Studios.

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Paramount Acquires Film Rights to Jeff VanderMeer Novel “Borne”, Scott Rudin to Produce

scott excerptParamount Pictures has picked up the film rights to the upcoming Jeff VanderMeer sci-fi novel, set to be published next spring by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Scott Rudin is attached to produce through his Scott Rudin Productions with Eli Bush.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Boards Space Station Thriller “Sovereign” From Producer Shawn Levy

jgl excerptSnowden star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to lead the sci-fi thriller Sovereign. Marc Munden is directing from a script by Geoff Tock and Gregory Weidman – which was featured on the 2013 Black List.

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Michael Moore To Premiere Surprise Documentary “Trumpland” Tuesday Night

michael moore in trumpland excerptOscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore announced via his Twitter account on Tuesday that he will premiere his latest documentary at the IFC Center in New York on Tuesday evening. Following the free screening, the film will have a limited theatrical release at the IFC Center starting on October 19.

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Paramount In Talks To Acquire “Truevine” Film Rights

leo true excerptLeonardo DiCaprio has his eye on the latest non-fiction best-seller from author Beth Macy and will develop through his Appian Way shingle as a potential starring vehicle.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Combines Powers With “Scream Queens” Star Glen Powell For “Captain Planet” Movie at Paramount

leo excerOne of the world’s foremost celebrity environmental activists is set to produce a Captain Planet movie at Paramount, the studio with which the newly minted Oscar winner inked a first-look deal back in March. Jono Matt and Glen Powell are in negotiations to write the script based on the 1990s cartoon series, the first feature gig for both.

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“Austin Powers” Scribe Michael McCullers Tapped to Pen “Shrek 5”

shrek excDreamWorks Animation appears to be moving forward with Shrek 5, a continuation of its venerable fairy tale franchise with the news that Austin Powers screenwriter Michael McCullers has been brought in to pen the script.

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Carla Gugino & Bruce Greenwood Join Stephen King Adaptation “Gerald’s Game” At Netflix

carla bruce excerpt Ouija: Origin of Evil writer-director Mike Flanagan will direct from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard. Gugino and Greenwood join Henry Thomas, Carel Struycken, Kate Siegel, and Chiara Aurelia in the horror film.

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AMC’s “The Walking Dead” Renewed For Season 8 Ahead of Season 7 Premiere

the walking dead exerptThe blockbuster post-apocalyptic series based on the comic books by Robert Kirkman has been renewed for an eighth season. The news came as the network was airing a retrospective episode of the show on Sunday night.

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Nikki Finke Signs First-Look Deal with HBO

nikki fThrough the deal, HBO will have the first opportunity to option stories published on Finke’s new website Hollywood Dementia, which features fictional stories centered on the entertainment industry.

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“Arrival” Scribe Eric Heisserer Tapped to Rewrite Sylvester Stallone Thriller “Godforsaken” (EXCLUSIVE)

eric h excerptHeisserer is putting the finishing touches on the script, originally written by Daniel Casey. Cold in July helmer Jim Mickle is directing for STX Entertainment and producer Lawrence Grey.

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Chuck Lorre In the Works With “Bonfire of the Vanities” Series At Amazon

chuck lorre exThe mega-producer behind the hit television series Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, and Mom has a new project on the horizon: an event series adaptation of the classic Tom Wolfe novel The Bonfire of the Vanities for Amazon.

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Kevin Hart and Ice Cube to Return for “Ride Along 3”

ice cube kevin hart excreptTim Story, who helmed Ride Along and Ride Along 2, is expected to return to the director’s chair. Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi are penning the script based on the story by Greg Coolidge.

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J.K. Rowling Expects Five Films in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” Franchise

fantastic-beasts excAt a Warner Bros. fan event in London on Thursday, Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling suggested that there will be at least five films in the spin-off franchise. The studio had initially announced a trilogy with the final film hitting theaters in 2020.

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“Hacksaw Ridge” Scribe Robert Schenkkan To Write KKK Drama for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Amazon Studios

Pulitzer-prize winning writer Robert Schenkkan has been brought on to write the drama K Troop for Amazon Studios. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is attached to star in and produce the film through his hitRECord Films.

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Jason Patric and Jake Picking To Star in Father-Son Addiction Drama “Forgiving Kevin” (EXCLUSIVE)

jason jake excerptPatric and Picking are set to star in the addiction drama based on the autobiography by Larry Glenz. Producer Christopher J. Scott will direct from his own script.

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“War of the Worlds” TV Series From “Teen Wolf” Creators To Invade MTV

WaroftheWorlds excerptMTV is in the works with a contemporary drama series based on the H.G. Wells classic alien invasion novel. Teen Wolf series creator Jeff Davis will executive produce and staff writer Andrew Cochran is penning the pilot.

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“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” Poster Revealed Ahead of New Trailer Premiere

rogue one excerptThe highly-anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has a new trailer premiering tomorrow and ahead of the latest glimpse of the Gareth Edwards-directed stand-alone Star Wars film, Disney has released a new official poster.

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“The Room” Director Tommy Wiseau Re-Teams With Greg Sestero for New Movie “Best F(r)iends”

best friends excerptThe infamous writer-director of the cult classic has reunited with Greg Sestero for a new movie called Best F(r)iends. The story follows a man (Sestero) who meets a lonely mortician (Wiseau) who takes him on a wild journey.

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Sam Gold In Talks to Helm Kennedy Biopic “Letters From Rosemary” Starring Emma Stone

sam gold exThis would mark the feature film debut for Gold, an experienced theater director, as well as screenwriter Nick Yarborough, whose spec was discovered on the Black List.

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Chuck Russell Set to Direct “Beautiful Voice” from Writer Glenn Fraser (EXCLUSIVE)

chuck russell 1 excerptThe film tells a parallel story between ancient and modern times in which a young boy seeks revenge on his mother’s death and learns through his mentors that wisdom is the key to victory and not warfare.

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Greg Berlanti Series “Riverdale” Adds “Looking” Star Raul Castillo

raul castillo excerptThe actor joins K.J. Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, and Ashleigh Murray in the contemporary adaptation of the classic Archie comics.

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“John Wick: Chapter 2” Director Chad Stahelski Confirms Third Installment In The Works

john-wick excerptThe first official teaser trailer for the highly anticipated John Wick: Chapter 2 dropped during New York Comic-Con over the weekend, along with some news about the action franchise.

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Fox 2000 Picks Up Sci-Fi Spec “Helios” from Hit List Alum Isaac Adamson

20th century fox excThe screenwriter behind the Hit List script Bubbles has sold his science fiction thriller to Fox 2000 with Josh Bratman of Immersive Pictures set to produce.

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