The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (08.21.17)


Screen Gems Police Body CamsScreen Gems Buys Spec Script About Police Violence Caught on Body Camera

The untitled project follows a rookie African-American female cop whose body cam records her fellow Detroit police officers murdering several drug dealers. Her colleagues hunt her down in order to destroy the incriminating footage, while the dealers’ gang comes after her too, demanding answers.

crownheightsexcerpt“Crown Heights” Director Matt Ruskin on How to Tell an Important True Story on a Limited Budget

The winner of this year’s Sundance Festival audience award stars Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta) as Colin Warner, a Brooklyn man who was convicted and jailed for 22 years on a murder charge based solely on an unreliable witness.

rebeccathomasexcerpt“Stranger Things” Director Rebecca Thomas Attached to Helm “Intelligent Life”

The in-demand director has already been signed to direct a live action retelling of The Little Mermaid for Universal, John Green’s Looking for Alaska at Paramount and a movie based on a James Wan graphic novel Malignant at Fox.

More News From Around the Web

  • Netflix comedy Nappily Ever After has tapped Lynn Whitfield in a co-starring role. She joins previously cast Sanaa Lathan and Ernie Hudson in the project based on Trisha R. Thomas’s book of the same name. (Deadline)

  • The Weinstein Company’s The Current War starring Benedict Benedict Cumberbatch has been slotted into Thanksgiving weekend as the Rooney Mara-starrer Mary Magdalene is pushed to the following Easter. (Hollywood Reporter)

  • Ken Marino has set his second feature directing gig with the comedy Dog Days for LD Entertainment. The film follows a group of interconnected people in LA brought together by their lovable canine counterparts. (Deadline)


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