The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (06.15.16)


db-kidmanAnna Ziegler Will Adapt Photograph 51 For Screen With Nicole Kidman To Star, Michael Grandage To Direct (Exclusive)

Photograph 51 is headed from stage to screen – with playwright Anna Ziegler adapting the script from her own source material. Nicole Kidman, who toplined the West End critical favorite, is set to star with the play’s director Michael Grandage set to direct.


Disney Is db-studioShattering Records Thanks To Marvel, Lucasfilm, And Pixar — Can The Winning Streak Continue (Studio Series)

Disney is primed to obliterate every record out there (it already beat the one for fastest to $1B, which it did in just 128 days), and even with a change in leadership in the offing, there are plenty of reasons to think that upward trend will continue apace for some time.


db-taltyCaptain Phillips Author Stephan Talty Stirs Up The Rights Market With Mob Drama The Black Hand

Best-selling author Stephan Talty is back on the rights market with a new work of historical non-fiction, The Black Hand. Set in turn-of-the-century New York, the book recounts the of NYPD detective Joseph Petrosino, who helped take down the precursor to the Italian Mafia.


More News From Around The Web

  • Rosario Dawson is set to join the Epix documentary series America Divided. The Jessica Jones actress will serve as a correspondent in a segment about the Flint water crisis. (Variety)

  • Breaking Bad alum Anna Gunn has signed on to join Jennifer Lopez for the second season of Shade of Blue. Gunn will play a dirty cop-turned-politician. (TVLine)

  • Award-winning country music star and actor Dwight Yoakam will star opposite Billy Bob Thorton in David E. Kelly’s drama Goliath on Amazon. Lost alum Harold Perrineau has also joined the cast. (Deadline)

  • Bradley Whitford and Courtney B. Vance are the latest to join TNT’s civil war drama pilot Civil. Toby Jones and Brian D’Arcy James are also attached to guest star. (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • The Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods has added Orlando Jones to its cast. He will step into the pivotal role of Mr. Nancy. (The Wrap)

  • Vine star Alphonso McAuley will join Britt Robertson in the Netflix comedy Girlboss. The 13-episode series will be written and executive produced by Pitch Perfect‘s Kay Cannon and based on Sophia Amaoruso’s autobiography. (Deadline)

  • Minority Report‘s Nick Zano will enter the TV universe of DC Comics as he steps into the role of Dr. Nate Heywood (aka Commander Steel) on Legends of Tomorrow. (Collider)

  • Brazil’s Europa Filmes have nabbed the local distribution rights to Gustavo Steinberg and Gabriel Bitar’s animated pic Tito and the Birds. (Variety)

  • Tony-nominated musical She Loves Me starring Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s Jane Krakowski and Chuck‘s Zachary Levi will be the first Broadway musical to stream live online. (Entertainment Weekly)

  • John Sharp and Aaron Jackson’s subversive musical F***ing Identical Twins has been acquired by 20th Century Fox and will be adapted into a movie with Chernin Entertainment producing. (Deadline)

  • After dropping out of helming a remake of The Crow, The Hallow director Corin Hardy has signed on to direct the horror action thriller Hell Bent for . (Empire)

  • The VOD rights to Legendary Entertainment’s Warcraft have been sold to for a record $18 million in China after being a blockbuster hit in their country. (Variety)


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