Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather is headed to HBO as Francis & the Godfather. The project in development follows the behind-the-scenes making of the 1972 feature. Andrew Farotte penned the script and is currently working on revisions.
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New production company Cristal Pictures has acquired Imago from writers Gavin Heffernan and Adam Robitel. The project is based on a pitch from the duo which is science-fiction disaster tale, inspired by scientific research and data, that takes place in the near future when scientific experiments to reverse global warming backfire and portend unimaginable consequences.
C.J. Walker biography On Her Own Ground is in the works at Zero Gravity Management as a limited series with Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer set to produce and star. The project will be written by Nicole Asher and directed by Kasi Lemmons.
The 2012 Richard H. Dillon book Hatchet Men is being turned into a feature film by The 33’s Michael Thomas and Australian writer Morgan Duncan, who will also both co-produce. Will Yun Lee will star.
Paramount Pictures has picked up the spec script Northeast Kingdom from screenwriter-on-the-rise Alex R. Johnson. Platinum Dunes is on board to produce the action thriller which Johnson will also direct.
Logline: A peaceful Island community that seceded from the United States after years of violent civil unrest descends into anarchy as resources become limited. Now, plagued by the sins of his past, a leader of the community and his family must fight through the chaos to reach the only ship off the island.
History is developing the alien-themed drama Blue Book from Robert Zemeckis and A+E Studios. Young & Hungry alum David O’Leary created and wrote the spec which follows the real-life, U.S. Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena from 1947-70.
Jonathan Baker-directed thriller Inconceivable has tapped Nicolas Cage, Faye Dunaway, Nicky Whelan, and Natalie Eva Marie to star. The project hails from Emmett/Furla/Oasis and Baker Entertainment.
Few names are more synonymous with the Roaring ’20s than that of author F. Scott Fitzgerald, known for his novel The Great Gatsby. His tumultuous marriage to Zelda Sayre is also well-known in literary circles and now receiving the biopic treatment in Scott and Zelda: A Tale from the Jazz Age, with Zero Gravity Management and Next Wednesday Productions producing.
F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald led a life more romantic and dramatic than anything he ever wrote in fiction. This biopic follows them from New York and Paris in the Roaring ’20s to dissipation in Hollywood, and ultimately to a romance that would live on long after their untimely deaths.
20th Century Fox acquires the rights to book proposal The Hunger, a riff on the Donner Party tale with a zombie twist. The film will be written and directed by Luke Scott.
Minnie Driver will star in ABC drama Speechless, Bill Bellamy will join Becki Newton in new Fox comedy, Mighty Aphrodite’s Michael Rapaport reteams with Woody Allen on Amazon, and more in our daily TV casting round-up!
Who will the original Dr. Frank-N-Furter play in Fox’s remake? Twisted‘s Kylie Bunbury is playing ball, Neil Patrick Harris to experience Unfortunate Events while Trisha Yearwood and Prince Royce are feeling the passion.
Logline: With author John Kennedy Toole committing suicide a decade before his Pulitzer Prize winning novel – A Confederacy of Dunces – is discovered, his aging, guilt-ridden mother, Thelma, dedicates her final years to find a publisher in the hopes of redeeming herself and her son.
Centers on a former secret service agent as he takes a job protecting the head of one of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels. As he gets to know his criminal client, he becomes close with his family, which only makes his situation harder as he must protect these people against other cartels, the Mexican government, and the American government he once served.