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John Legend, Michael De Luca Producing “Long Way Down” for Universal

LegendDeLucaJason Reynolds’ finalist for the National Book Award had a small bidding war for the movie rights, which Universal won, getting De Luca and Legend as part of the package.

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Dwayne Johnson, Universal Reteam to Produce Genghis Khan Script from Evan Spiliotopoulos

khanjohnsonexcerptThe film and television superstar will produce the project, which is about the hunt for the Mongolian dictator’s tomb, along with his manager Dany Garcia and their production company. Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers will also be involved with the production.

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“Girls Trip” Director Malcolm D. Lee Signs First-Look Deal With Universal

Malcolm D Lee UniversalGirls Trip stars Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish, and could take some wind out of the box office sails of its big-budget competitors Dunkirk and Valerian.

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UNTITLED MANDEVILLE/GUADAGNINO FILM (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PM Based on the ballet by Tchaikovsky, the story of a Princess named Odette who is cursed by an evil Sorcerer.

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THE CRUEL PRINCE (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PM When her parents are murdered, a girl is sent to the Faerie Court where she must confront the evil prince and fight for her survival.

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UNTITLED TORIA SHEFFIELD & MONICA BYRNES PROJECT (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMIn the vein of The Heat, two overzealous female FBI agents go undercover — as men — in order to bring down a male-dominated domestic militia group, and in the process discover more about their true selves than they ever imagined.

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SKYSCRAPER (LEGENDARY) (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PM A former soldier and private skyscraper security expert is framed for arson and must clear his name while rescuing his family from the blaze.

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SALT TO THE SEA (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMThe story follows three refugees from East Prussia as they struggle to survive during the end of WWII. They believe the ship Wilhelm Gustloff can take them to safety, but just as freedom seems within their grasp, tragedy strikes and the ship sinks, resulting in one of the worst maritime disasters ever.

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Janelle Monae and Leslie Mann to Join Steve Carell in Robert Zemeckis Project at Universal

Janelle Monae ExcerptThe Tracking Board has confirmed that Janelle Monae and Leslie Mann have been tapped to star opposite Steve Carell in director Robert Zemeckis’ latest film for Universal Pictures, which is currently untitled.

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MAMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN! (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PM The story is being kept under wraps but could potentially focus on events surrounding Streep, Firth, and Brosnan’s characters prior to the original film.

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YOU MAY WANT TO MARRY MY HUSBAND (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PM After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Amy Krouse Rosenthal created a dating profile for her husband so he could find love again once she’s gone. In the moving piece, which became an instant sensation, she praises all his best qualities and the many ways she’s fallen in love with him throughout their 26 years together.

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS (REMAKE) (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMA man takes his family on a camping trip and his in-laws crash the vacation.

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GLASS (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PM The storyline is being kept under wraps.

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AFRAID (ALTMAN/ELLSWORTH) (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMThe Purge meets Bourne Identity. Four criminal soldiers, whose skills have been enhanced by horrifying experiments, escape to a small Wisconsin town and begin a campaign of terror. Only a former army medic, his tough high school sweetheart, and a weathered local sheriff stand in the way of these brutal killers who are on a mission to find the eccentric who holds the key to their survival.

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SCYTHE (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMIn the near future, humanity has eliminated disease, so people called scythes must kill others to control the population – and two teens are apprenticed against their will to scythes.

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“Beauty and the Beast’s” Bill Condon in Early Talks to Direct “The Bride of Frankenstein” for Universal

Bill Condon The Bride of FrankensteinThough it would’ve been nice to see Universal add a female filmmaker to its Monsters Universe, especially given reports of this project’s feminist bent, it’s hard to argue with the selection of Condon, whose horror roots run deep.

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NIGHT SCHOOL (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMKevin Hart’s action-comedy follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes in the long-shot chance they’ll pass the GED exam.

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WARRIOR QUEEN (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMChronicles the story of Queen Amanirenas who confronted and arranged for peace with the invading Roman Empire.

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All My Life (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMBased on the true story of a couple who rushed to plan their dream wedding after learning one of them has liver cancer.

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INVINCIBLE (KIRKMAN) (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMFollows the story of Mark Grayson, a normal high school student who is the son of the most powerful superhero on the planet. Soon enough, he inherits his own set of superpowers.

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THE WIZARDS OF ONCE (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMCenters on Xar, a 12-year-old wizard prince without magic, and Wish, a 12-year-old warrior princess with a magical object in a world where magic is reviled and illegal. When they collide in the wildwood on the trail of a deadly (and thought to be extinct) witch, it’s the start of a grand adventure that just might change the fabric of their world.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Negotiations to Direct Movie Musical for Universal

Joseph Gordon Levitt ExcerptThe Tracking Board has confirmed that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is currently in negotiations to direct an untitled movie musical for Universal Pictures with the running title Wingmen, which he will also star in alongside Channing Tatum.

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Universal to Explore Obama’s White House Through Stenographer’s Eyes in “From the Corner of the Oval”

Obama White House From the Corner of the OvalWritten by Beck Dorey-Stein, the book follows a young woman living in Washington D.C. who is at an all-time career low when, through a twist of fate, she goes from serving cocktails to lobbyists to being hired as a stenographer in Obama’s White House.

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SPACE RACE (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PM Kept under wraps, but project is being pitched as a high concept four-quadrant sci-fi tentpole.

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THE PURGE 4 (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PM A prequel that will focus on the events that led up to the very first Purge.

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NEED TO KNOW (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMThe story of a young wife and mother who works as an analyst at the CIA. One morning while digitally searching files in hopes of unmasking a Russian sleeper cell in the US, she makes a shocking discovery that threatens her job, her family, and her life.

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SHOCKWAVE (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMThe story of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan in 1945, which killed 100,000 people, ending World War II, and heralded the Atomic Age.

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Coen Brothers Join “Scarface” Remake Starring Diego Luna, Director Search Narrows

Coens Brothers Scarface The Oscar-winning scribes have come on to polish the script as Universal narrows down its list of potential directors.

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12 Movie Trailers That Might Air During Super Bowl 51, Including “The Fate of the Furious”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Star-Lord, Jack Sparrow and Dom Toretto will likely appear, but what about Christian Grey or the Power Rangers?

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SING 2 (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMFollows the further adventures of the characters in Sing.

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