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“Annabelle 2” Director David F. Sandberg In Talks to Helm “Shazam”

sandberg-excerptThe gestating adaptation of the DC superhero Shazam is circling Annabelle 2 director David F. Sandberg to helm comic book movie at New Line Cinema. The movie will introduce the superhero to the DCEU, joining his Justice League comrades Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.

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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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Ruthless (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMWhen a legendary retired assassin is diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, she must return to the life she left behind and complete one final job in order to secure a future for her young daughter. Think a female John Wick.

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John Swetnam’s Female Assassin Spec “Ruthless” May Spark Bidding War After “John Wick” (Exclusive)

John Wick Paradigm and Industry Entertainment are out with Relentless, a hot new spec from John Swetnam, the writer of Into the Storm and Step Up All In. The project is being described as being in the vein of John Wick, but with a female protagonist.

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The Kingbreaker (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMUnder wraps but said to be in the vein of The Accountant and Lord of War.

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Reddoor (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMWhile reviewing a new game app, a journalist discovers that it can murder players as they enter the world of the game, and he must stop it before it kills him and his sister.

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77 (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMAn abused mother and daughter seek refuge at a seemingly safe place until they’re entrapped with a holy terror by the deadliest blizzard of the century.

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Reddoor (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMLogline under wraps, but it’s about a virtual reality app. Crosses Ready Player One and The Ring.

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Unfit (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMIn the not-so-distant past, America was gripped by a political movement that promised to eliminate the “unfit” from our country. This is the shocking true story of Carrie Buck, a young Virginia woman who became a lightning rod for that movement, and was forced to single-handedly fight against it for the one thing she desperately wanted – to be a mother.

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Carrie Buck’s Sterilization Subject of Melissa Hilfer’s Hot New Spec “Unfit,” Now Into Territories With Producers (Exclusive)

Carrie Buck Emma Buck Unfit34 years after her death, Carrie Buck is at the center of a timely biopic that has A-list actresses across Hollywood paying attention. Written by Undone scribe Melissa Hilfers, Unfit is set in the not-so-distant past, when America was gripped by a political movement that promised to eliminate the “unfit” from our country.

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The “Dynasty” Reboot and Marvel’s “Cloak & Dagger” Find Their Stars

nathalie kelley excerptFreeform’s Cloak & Dagger and The CW’s Dynasty reboot made big casting announcement’s today as the former has booked Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph in the title roles and the latter has tapped UnReal‘s Nathalie Kelley in a lead role.

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Untitled Justin Baldoni Project (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMA story about love against all odds, this tear-jerking romance follows two teens with life-threatening illnesses who meet in a hospital and fall in love, despite the fact that their fragile health makes them an imminent danger to each other.

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Joe Ballarini’s Berlin Wall Spec “Skyward” Into Studios with Producers (Exclusive)

Skyward Joe BallariniUpdate: While some studios pop champagne bottles to celebrate this morning’s Oscar nominations, others have moved on and are focusing on what’s next. To that end, several suitors are scrambling for Joe Ballarini’s spec Skyward, which is described as being similar in tone to Best Picture winners Argo and The King’s Speech.

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Skyward (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMThe incredible true story of two courageous families in 1979 who risk everything to make a daring flight in an enormous, homemade hot air balloon they build in their garage in an attempt to escape over the Berlin Wall.

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Anne Frank Spec “Keeper of the Diary” Sells to Fox Searchlight

Anne Frank ExcerptThe highly publicized spec Keeper of the Diary from Evan Kilgore and Samuel Franco has sold to Fox Searchlight for a six figure amount. Matti Leshem and Lynn Harris will produce under their Weimaraner Republic Pictures shingle.

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Keeper of the Diary (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMThe remarkable true story of two strangers from two very different worlds who fight to get Anne Frank’s diary published. Otto Frank, Anne’s father, and Barbara Zimmerman, a young editor at Doubleday Press and fiercely independent woman, determined to make her mark on the world and change it for the better.

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Keeper of the Diary (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMThe remarkable true story of two strangers from two very different worlds who fight to get Anne Frank’s diary published. Otto Frank, Anne’s father, who lost everyone and everything in the war, begs, and borrows his way across Europe in his attempt to bring Anne’s story to the world.

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ABC Gives Pilot Order to Reba McEntire Gothic Soap From “Desperate Housewives” Creator

reba-excerptABC has handed out its first drama pilot of the season to a yet-to-be-titled project starring Reba McEntire from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry. This will mark a reunion between Cherry and the Disney-owned network.

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Berlin Syndrome (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMAn Australian photographer meets a charismatic local man while on holiday in Berlin. After a night of passion, she finds herself locked in his apartment and soon realizes he has no intentions of letting her go, ever.

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The Lost Property Office (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMA 13-year-old named Jack Buckles, who is uncanny at locating missing things, test his mettle and searches for his father, who disappeared one day in London without a trace.

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New Spec “Pics or It Didn’t Happen” Picked Up by Tooley Productions

Tooley Productions ExcerptYoung adult author Abby McDonald is getting into business with Tooley Productions who has acquired the rights to her spec script Pics or It Didn’t Happen, described as a “female-driven thriller for the Instagram generation.”

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Pics or It Didn’t Happen (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMA female-driven thriller for the Instagram generation.

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DreamWorks Acquires Spec Script “Highway One” from “The Shallows” Scribe Anthony Jaswinski

Anthony-Jaswinski ExcerptThe Shallows writer Anthony Jaswinski has sold his latest spec script, Highway One, to DreamWorks in a reported near seven-figure deal. Denise DiNovi is attached to direct, with Lynn Harris and Matti Leshem producing.

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Laurence Fishburne & Grace Gummer in Talks to Join Daniel Radcliffe in “Beast of Burden”

fishnurne-gummer-excerptActors Laurence Fishburne and Grace Gummer are looking to join Daniel Radcliffe in the forthcoming action-thriller Beast of Burden directed by Jesper Ganslandt. The project will mark the Swedish filmmaker’s English-language debut.

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Highway One (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMA mother and retired soldier who suffers from both injuries and PTSD faces a new challenge at home when her daughter is kidnapped on a cross-country trip.

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Pics or It Didn’t Happen (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMA female-driven thriller for the Instagram generation.

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The Woman with Red Hair (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMThis is the extraordinary true story of Johanna “Hannie” Schaft, a young woman who dropped out of college to join the Dutch Resistance during WWII, eventually becoming one of their most talented assassins and one of the Nazis’ most wanted enemies.

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Highway One (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMA mother and retired soldier who suffers from both injuries and PTSD faces a new challenge at home when her daughter is kidnapped on a cross-country trip.

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Roland Emmerich’s Centropolis Nabs “Scarletville” Spec From Jason Young

roland-excerptRoland Emmerich’s Centropolis Entertainment recently picked up the crime thriller spec Scarletville from Jason Young. The script, which briefly landed on the Black List, is described as a cross between Blood Simple and Red Rock West.

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Scarletville (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMWhen a deadly criminal shows up in the deceptively-quiet, small town of Scarletville, a diner owner named Hank must spin a series of dark and twisted stories, in order to delay the felon long enough for the law to arrive.

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