Tag Archives: Universal Pictures

{Exclusive} Michael De Luca Boards Universal’s “Battlestar Galactica” Reboot

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The Oscar-nominated producer behind The Social Network and Syfy’s Childhood’s End has joined the long-in-development feature reboot of the original 1970s series. De Luca will team with producers Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark to jumpstart the project for Universal.

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Universal Nabs Musical Comedy From Channing Tatum And Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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Tatum and Gordon-Levitt are teaming with Wicked producer Marc Platt on the R-rated musical comedy following the misadventures of two pilots.

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UNTITLED CHANNING TATUM-JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT MUSICAL COMEDY (Sales)

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The R-rated musical comedy will feature two pilots on a misadventure.

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UNTITLED DADS COMEDY (Sales)

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A group of enthusiastically overweight dads get a wake-up call when a member of their group has a heart attack, forcing them to abruptly change their hard-drinking and hard-eating lifestyle.

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Universal Acquires Dads Comedy Pitch From “Family Guy” Writers

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Ted scribe Wellesley Wild and his Family Guy cohorts Kevin Biggins and Mike Desilets have sold a feature comedy pitch about a group of dads who get a wake-up call when a member of their group has a heart attack.

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UNTITLED DADS COMEDY (Pitch)

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A group of enthusiastically overweight dads get a wake-up call when a member of their group has a heart attack, forcing them to abruptly change their hard-drinking and hard-eating lifestyle.

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Chinese Superstar Zhang Ziyi To Topline Comedy “East/West”

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The cross-cultural comedy vehicle for Zhang is set at Universal Pictures with Jason Winer directing. Best known to U.S. audiences for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and House of Flying Daggers, Zhang Ziyi is a bona-fide megastar in China.

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EAST / WEST (Sales)

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Developed as a cross-cultural comedy vehicle for Chinese superstar Zhang Ziyi, the plot is being kept under-wraps.

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{HEAT METER} Hot Comedy Spec “Guess Who’s Coming To Christmas” Blazes Into Territories

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The holiday season may be over but it is clearly still on everyone’s mind as we can confirm that Brian Sawyer & Gregg Rossen’s spec Guess Who’s Coming To Christmas is now in three territories and more on the way!

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{Exclusive} Steve Carell To Star In And Produce Comedy “Euro Style” For Universal

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The Big Short star is pulling double duty on the comedy pic, said to be Old School set on a backpacking trip across Europe. Carell will be working from a script by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra.

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EURO STYLE (Sales)

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A 40-something guy reunites with his old college friends to take the European vacation that he never had in his youth.

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“Maze Runner” Writer To Pen “Queen Of Hearts” For Universal

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Maze Runner scribe Grant Pierce Myers has been hired to adapt Collen Oakes YA novel Queen Of Hearts, which was the winner of the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Young Adult Fiction.

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{Exclusive} Michael De Luca Teams With Legendary To Produce “Reminiscence”

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Michael De Luca and Legendary Entertainment are teaming up to produce the sci-fi thriller Reminiscence at Universal Pictures. Lisa Joy’s script made both the 2013 Hit List and Black List.

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John Goodman Joins The Final Cast Of “Kong: Skull Island”

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Like a cinematic cherry on top of the treat that is this cast, Kong: Skull Island has cast John Goodman as the leader of the ill-fated expedition to the giant ape’s home turf.

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{Exclusive} Jason Bateman To Direct Universal’s Comedy Vehicle “The Girlfriend”

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In The Girlfriend, the Arrested Development star will play a father whose twenty-year-old son starts dating a much older woman closer to his father’s age. Bateman’s a triple threat on this one: directing, starring, and producing.

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The Cast For “The Purge 3″ Is Ready To Go

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The third installment of government-sponsored anarchy has its cast.

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{TB EXCLUSIVE} Emerging Director Josh Greenbaum Helming Universal’s “No Hearts Club”

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The pic, which is being produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard for their Imagine Entertainment shingle, was sold as a pitch from Ben Schwartz in 2012, with Schwartz also hired on to write. Josh Greenbaum is now feeling the pangs of love for the project, and has signed on to direct.

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{TB Exclusive} Dana Fox Will Pen Rom Com “Best Thing That Ever Happened” For Universal

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Ben and Kate creator Dana Fox will write the script for Best Thing That Ever Happened, a new romantic comedy from Universal Pictures.

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{TB EXCLUSIVE} Will Packer Knocks On The Door Of Focus Features’ Thriller “Breaking In”

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Will Packer has come on board to produce the new thriller Breaking In, which Focus Features plans on releasing under their newly-revived Gramercy Pictures label.

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{TB EXCLUSIVE} Tina Fey To Star In And Produce Atlantic City Comedy For Universal

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The untitled project, which Fey will star in, follows three friends that set off to Atlantic City to make it big after receiving lessons from a card-counting guru. Fey will produce via her shingle Little Stranger, Inc.

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JURASSIC WORLD 2 (SALES)

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Logline: Kept under wraps. Sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World.

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THE SECRET LIVES OF PETS — TEASER TRAILER (Louis C.K., Ellie Kemper, Kevin Hart)

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After the two-legged residents head for work and school, their pets must thwart an evil plot led by a human-hating cat and make it back in time for dinner.

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QUEEN OF HEARTS (OAKES) (SALES)

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Pitched tonally in the vein of Maleficent and Snow White & The Huntsman follows Alice in Wonderland’s Queen of Hearts from her beginnings as a lonely, good-natured princess to her rise as the cruel and murderous tyrant of Wonderland.

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{TB EXCLUSIVE} Universal Picks Up Hot Upcoming Fantasy Book Series “Queen Of Hearts”

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Based on a three-book proposal, the pic will follow the eponymous Queen of Hearts from her beginnings as a lonely, good-natured princess to her rise as the cruel and murderous tyrant of Wonderland. Pitched tonally in the vein of Maleficent and Universal’s own Snow White & The Huntsman.

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MOTHERS I’D LIKE TO… (SALES)

Logline: Kept under wraps, in the tone of “Bridesmaids” meets “First Wives Club”.

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GREENER (SALES)

Logline: Confident that he’s in a loveless marriage but too chicken to file for divorce, a man hires a guy to seduce his wife, only for him to discover that he’s still in love with her.

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{TB EXCLUSIVE} Kevin Hart To Star In “Greener” For Will Packer & Universal

Hart will play an unhappy husband who hires someone to seduce his wife.

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Michael De Luca To Exit Sony’s Columbia Pictures For Universal Pictures

Michael De Luca is leaving his job at Sony’s Columbia Pictures to produce for Universal Pictures!

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE STOPWATCH GANG (SALES)

Logline: Follows an infamous trio of bank robbers who were known for robbing banks in the U.S. and Canada with astounding precision and speed.

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UNTITLED UNIVERSAL DRYBAR PROJECT (SALES)

Logline: Coming-of-age story set in the high-end salon world that follows a young woman who, with no business experience and the help of her brother, defied everyone’s expectations to create the DryBar franchise.

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