The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (04.13.17)

db-Thor-RagnarokWhy Taika Waititi is Destined to Save Thor — and Deliver One of the MCU’s Best Movies

With New Zealand director Taika Waititi at the helm and heart, Thor: Ragnarok is shaping up to not only be the best Marvel movie of 2017, but one of the best Marvel movies ever, and finally giving the Norse god the due he’s deserved since Kenneth Branagh’s film.


db-Coming-to-AmericaParamount Hires Original Coming to America Writers to Pen Sequel For Eddie Murphy (EXCLUSIVE)

Kevin Misher is producing the sequel to John Landis’ classic comedy, which grossed an astounding $288 million worldwide back in 1988.


db-black-lightningThe Runway — Your 2017 Pilot Survival Guide: CW Dramas

With last year’s pilots Frequency and No Tomorrow both unlikely to see renewals, The CW is looking for a big hit that isn’t attached to the DC universe and can add to the critical clout they’ve gained with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin. See what’s next for the CW in our preview of their 2017 drama pilots.


More News From Around The Web

  • Oscar winner Robert Duvall is the latest to join New Regency’s Steve McQueen-helmed heist thriller Widows. He will join a strong cast that includes Viola Davis, Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson, Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo, Elizabeth Debicki and Daniel Kaluuya. (Deadline)

  • Sam Elliott has signed on to star in writer/director Robert Krzykowski’s The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot. The story follows a legendary American war veteran named Calvin Barr who, decades after serving in WWII and assassinating Adolf Hitler, must now hunt down the fabled Bigfoot. (Deadline)

  • Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has snapped up foreign rights to Azazel Jacobs’ The Lovers, starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts. A24 has domestic and is releasing the romantic comedy on May 5. (Deadline)

  • Let it Fall documentarian John Ridley has just sealed a deal with Miramax to write and direct the adaptation of Robert Silverberg’s short story Needle in a Timestack. (Deadline)

  • Bella Thorne will star in Broad Green Pictures’ Bad Influence about a mother who must risk everything to protect her college-aged son when the first girl he’s ever fallen for turns out to be not just a bad influence, but a deadly one. (Deadline)

  • Hannah John-Kamen, who is also in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming sci-fi film Ready Player One, has just been cast in Tomb Raider as lead actress Alicia Vikander’s flatmate and best friend. (Deadline)

  • Prolific producer Marc Platt has boarded a film adaptation of the critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater production of Oslo. (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • Steven Pasquale has signed on for a recurring role opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in HBO’s dark comedy series Divorce, created and executive produced by Sharon Horgan. (Deadline)

  • Miramax has landed the black list script The Secret Ingredients of Rocket Cola, with My Week with Marilyn helmer Simon Curtis in talks to direct. (Variety)

  • E! has renewed their scripted drama The Arrangement for a 10-episode second season. The drama marks the network’s second scripted series and joins The Royals, which was renewed in February for a fourth season. (The Hollywood Reporter)

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