The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (06.07.16)



Sacha Baron Cohen Will Wield The Wand Of Mandrake The Magician With Etan Cohen Set To Direct (Exclusive)

Alice Through The Looking Glass star Sacha Baron Cohen will don the cape of Mandrake the Magician in the adaptation of the long-running syndicated comic strip, with Get Hard helmer Etan Cohen set to direct.



The Legend of Muhammad Ali

No one, not anyone before or since, ever transcended so much at once as did the man born Cassius Clay. He was bigger than sports, bigger than entertainment, race, politics, you name it. I think most everyone has a Muhammad Ali story, and I’m no different.




Debut Novel From Lindsey Lee Johnson The Most Dangerous Place On Earth Builds Buzz On Rights Market

The novel is drawing comparisons to Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You and Curtis Sittenfeld’s Prep, featuring a colorful cast of characters and a story that explores the brutal complexities of adolescence against the backdrop of the American high school experience.


More News From Around The Web

  • After 168 days playing on the big screen all around the world, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has left theaters with a some impressive box office numbers (Collider).

  • Universal Pictures and Illumination have decided to push back the release of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas one full year. Benedict Cumberbatch is currently attached to voice the animated re-imagining of the classic book. (

  • The Martian director Ridley Scott will be honored with the 30th American Cinematheque award. Previous honorees of the prestigious award include Al Pacino, Tom Cruise, Matt Damon, and Reese Witherspoon. (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • Harry Potter and Paddington producer David Heyman is teaming up with StudioCanal for an adaptation of France Hodgson Burnett’s classic family book The Secret Garden. (Deadline)

  • Alan Silvestri, the composer who has created the heroic score for a long list of movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been tapped to score both Avengers: Infinity War films. (/Film)

  • Andie MacDowell, who recently appeared in Magic Mike XXL, is set to star in the Lionsgate film Granite Mountain starring Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, and Taylor Kitsch. (Variety)

  • Nashville may have found new life at CMT.  The prime time drama was recently canceled by ABC, but due to its popularity among fans, the show may return for a fifth season. (The Wrap)

  • The first picture of Melissa McCarthy as Sookie St. James from Netflix’s revival of The Gilmore Girls has surfaced. The streaming service is set to release the four episode revival later this year. (Time)

  • Nickey Whelan and Maurice Compte have joined the cast of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series on El Rey Network. Eagle Egilsson, Rebecca Rodriguez, and Diego Gutierrez have also signed on as new directors for the series. (Indiewire)

  • Diego Klattenhoff and Charlotte Sullivan have boarded the Memento-style sci-fi thriller Radius at Epic Pictures and EMA films. (Deadline)

  • Will Kemp is set to guest star on the fourth season of Reign as Lord Darnley, the real-life nobleman who eventually became the second husband of Mary Queen of Scots. (TVLine)

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