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Universal Acquires Roland Emmerich Sci-fi Spec “Moonfall”

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BAD BLOOD (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMStory is based on embattled medical company Theranos and its 32 year-old founder Elizabeth Holmes.

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Run The Jewels (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMA group of failed robbers make a plan to rob an eccentric hip hop mogul.

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Wicked (Daldry) (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMThe story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba and Glinda, who struggle through opposing personalities and viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, reactions to the Wizard’s corrupt government and, ultimately, Elphaba’s public fall from grace.

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Girl Trip (Sales)

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Four friends go on a trip to New Orleans to rekindle their sisterhood and rediscover their wild sides.

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Juan Antonio Bayona To Helm “Jurassic World” Sequel

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The Jurassic World sequel has officially handed the reins to Juan Antonio Bayona. Its predecessor premiered last year and raked in over $1.67 billion worldwide.

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Courtney B. Vance Tapped To Star In Tom Cruise’s “The Mummy” Reboot

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Courtney B. Vance is set to get wrapped up in Universal Pictures’s reboot of The Mummy. Vance will join Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, and Jake Johnson for the epic action adventure.

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The Killers (Sales)

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Two hitmen kill an unresisting ex-prize fighter, and when an investigator pursues the case, he uncovers a tale of betrayal, crime and a series of events that led to his murder.

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The Lonely Island & Judd Apatow’s “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” To Bow June 3rd

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After a summer of teasing fans via social media, comedy trio The Lonely Island have finally announced the film they spend their summer vacation putting together: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.

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{Exclusive} “Goosebumps” Producer Will Summon “Spirit Animals” To The Big Screen For Universal

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The producer behind Goosebumps and The Golden Compass is developing the best-selling YA series as part of Silvertongue’s first look deal with Universal.

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SPIRIT ANIMALS (Sales)

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Four young heroes have each summoned a beast of legend – a spirit animal – and together they embark on a quest to find legendary talismans before they fall into enemy hands.

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THE GROWNUP (Sales)

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A ghost story similar to Henry James’ Turn of the Screw with a female lead.

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{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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