Tag Archives: WME

TV Casting Round-Up: Alex Meraz Snags Lead Role in “Scalped”

alex meraz excerptSuicide Squad actor Alex Meraz joins WGN America’s Scalped, the anticipated drama series based on DC’s graphic novel, and Jeremy Luke reunites with his Magic City co-star Milo Ventimiglia on This is Us

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Disney Veteran Angela Lansbury Joins Cast of “Mary Poppins Returns”

Angela Lansbury ExcerptThe latest casting announcement for the Disney sequel Mary Poppins Returns comes from within, as Mouse House veteran Angela Lansbury has been tapped for a role in the film, which is currently shooting at Shepperton Studios.

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Starz & BBC Team Up for “Howards End” Adaptation with Hayley Atwell & Matthew Macfadyen

haley atwell excerptE.M. Forster’s classic novel Howards End is getting an update as Starz has joined BBC to co-produce a project adapted by Oscar-nominated writer Kenneth Lonergan. The limited series will star Agent Carter’s Hayley Atwell, Matthew Macfadyen, and Tracey Ullman.

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“Moonlight’s” Mahershala Ali Moving From Drug Dealer to Drug Drama “Triple Frontier”

Mahershala Ali Triple Frontier Director J.C. Chandor and writer-producer Mark Boal have recruited the Oscar-nominated actor for Paramount’s crime thriller.

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“Spotlight” Scribe to Adapt “The Fox Hunt” at Fox 2000 with Marc Platt Producing

Marc Platt ExcerptLast year’s Best Picture winner is teaming with this year’s Best Picture frontrunner. Fox 2000 has acquired the rights to the unpublished non-fiction book The Fox Hunt, with La La Land‘s Marc Platt producing and Spotlight writer Josh Singer set to adapt the story.

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The Fox Hunt (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMAfter the life of a Muslim peace activist in Yemen is in danger, four American activists set up a rescue mission through social media in order to save him.

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Kyle Killen to Write R.L. Stine’s “Fear Street” Movie for Fox, Chernin (Exclusive)

Fear StreetThe big screen adaptation of R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series is just around the corner, as 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment have hired Kyle Killen to write the script.

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Jake Gyllenhaal Saddles Up For Indie Western “The Sisters Brothers”

jake-gyllenhaal-excerptThe Jacques Audiard-directed adaptation of Patrick deWitt’s The Sisters Brothers has added Jake Gyllenhaal to its A-list cast. The Academy Award-nominated actor will join the western noir starring Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly.

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HBO Orders “Succession” from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay

adam mckay will ferrell excerptPolitical drama Succession has landed a series order from HBO. The series from executive producers Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and writer Jesse Armstrong received a pilot order last summer, which McKay directed.

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Mike Myers to Play His Own Comedy Mentor Del Close in New Movie “Del”

Del Close Mike MyersSometimes, in the world of comedy, the student surpasses the teacher. Other times, like this one, the student becomes the teacher. Thus, Mike Myers is set to play his own comedy mentor, Del Close, in an upcoming indie movie simply titled Del.

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Nicolas Winding Refn and Amazon Team For TV Crime Thriller “Too Old To Die Young”

nicolas-winding-refn-excerptDrive director Nicolas Winding Refn is set to bring his dark, moody aesthetic to the small screen with the upcoming crime thriller Too Old To Die Young. Refn will team with Amazon for the project, marking Refn’s first foray into American television.

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Harriet (Mann) (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMA biopic of famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman, the American hero who escaped the shackles of slavery and subsequently helped free others from servitude through a channel of safe houses and secret routes known as the Underground Railroad.

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The Football (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMAs a controversial new President is being sworn into office; the Inauguration is attacked and the nuclear football disappears in the chaos, only to fall into the hands of a disgruntled former soldier, and a small-time criminal, who must team up to unravel a conspiracy and prevent a global nuclear war.

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Dwayne Johnson to Produce Wrestling Flick “Fighting with My Family” with Stephen Merchant Writing and Directing

<> on July 14, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida.Upcoming Baywatch star and former wrestler Dwayne Johnson is getting back into the ring — on screen, that is. He will executive produce and have a cameo in Fighting with My Family, a new film from writer-director Stephen Merchant.

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Fighting with My Family (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMReformed gangster Ricky, his wife Julia, daughter Raya, and son Zak scrape a living together performing in tiny venues. When brother and sister get the chance to audition for the WWE, Raya and Zak learn that becoming an international superstar demands more than they ever dreamed possible.

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Love Child (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMAn 11-year old with an Oedipal complex sets out to frame his mother’s boyfriend for his father’s murder.

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January 2017 Agency Moves, From Henry Cavill to Mel Gibson

Henry CavillUTA also signed two up-and-coming leading ladies in Claire Foy, who just won a Golden Globe for The Crown, and The Good Wife/Hamilton actress Renée Elise Goldsberry.

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Mel Gibson & Vince Vaughn Are Ready to Be “Dragged Across Concrete”

gibson-vaughn-excerptAcademy Award-nominated Hacksaw Ridge director Mel Gibson is re-teaming with the film’s co-star Vince Vaughn for the upcoming gritty thriller Dragged Across Concrete, written and directed by S. Craig Zahler. But this time, Gibson will join Vaughn in front of the camera.

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Berlin — Romantic Thriller “Siberia” Taps Keanu Reeves for Lead with Matt Ross Directing

Keanu Reeves ExcerptAt Berlin next week, IM Global and WME will be introducing the thriller Siberia for international buyers and domestic rights, respectively. Keanu Reeves is attached to star in the project, with Frank & Lola helmer Matt Ross directing.

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Hard Powder (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMAn upright snowplow driver is awarded a Citizen of the Year prize by his glitzy Colorado ski town, whose life is turned upside down when his son is murdered by a powerful local drug kingpin.

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Ben Affleck Out as Director of “The Batman”

affleck-excerptThe forthcoming Warner Bros. standalone superhero pic The Batman taken a setback as Ben Affleck has decided to step down as director. However, the Live by Night star will stay on as star and producer of the movie.

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“Will & Grace” Co-Creator and “Friends” Alum Team Up for “Happy Peppers at NBC

max mutchnickA new multi-camera comedy from Will & Grace co-creator Max Mutchnick and veteran sitcom writer Jeff Astrof is in the works at NBC. The series Happy Peppers is the seventh comedy pilot order from NBC this season and the first multi-camera.

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The Eggplant Emoji (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMWhen a teenager accidentally cuts off his penis during a camping trip, he and his friends rush to save the appendage before it’s too late.

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Fox Orders Sitcom “Ghosted” Starring Adam Scott & Craig Robinson

craig robinson excerptParks and Rec star Adam Scott and The Office alum Craig Robinson may be headed back to the small screen as Fox has given a pilot order to the single-camera comedy Ghosted. This is the third comedy pilot order for the network who after Liz Meriwether’s Thin Ice and Linda from HR.

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“Rampage” Adds “Moonlight” Star Naomie Harris

naomie harris excerptOscar nominee Naomie Harris has lined up her next role with Rampage, starring Dwayne Johnson, from New Line. The project is based on the 1980s video game of the same name.

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Universal Secures Rights to “Little America” Dystopian Spec with Michael Bay Producing

Michael Bay ExcerptThe recent bidding war for Little America, a spec written by British filmmaker Rowan Athale, has been won by Universal. Director Michael Bay is set to produce the project with Platinum Dunes. Athale is also attached to helm the film.

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Little America (Athale) (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMAfter America goes bankrupt and China now owns the country, a Chinese Billionaire hires a former American Force Recon member to rescue his daughter in an American ghetto.

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Little America (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMAfter America goes bankrupt and China now owns the country, a Chinese Billionaire hires a former American Force Recon member to rescue his daughter in an American ghetto.

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Fox Greenlights X-Men Drama from Matt Nix

matt nix excerptFX may not be the only network with an X-Men series any longer as sister station Fox has given a pilot order to Matt Nix for a new drama based on the X-Men. The project hails from 20th Century Fox TV and Marvel TV.

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Ben Schwartz and Noël Wells to Star in Netflix Original Film “Happy Anniversary”

Ben Schwartz ExcerptStreaming giant Netflix has tapped Ben Schwartz and Noël Wells as the leads for their new original film Happy Anniversary. The project, written and directed by Jared Stern, will also feature Annie Potts and Joe Pantoliano in supporting roles.

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