The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (08.23.17)


Jeff Bridges Chris Hemsworth Bad Times at the El RoyaleJeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth to Star in Drew Goddard’s “Bad Times at the El Royale”

Goddard is courting Cailee Spaeny (Pacific Rim: Uprising) for the contained thriller, and he already offered one of the roles to Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland, who passed on the project.

Will Ferrell The 100 Year-Old ManWill Ferrell to Star in “The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” for CBS Films

The Tracking Board also hears the SNL alum is circling a project titled American Huckster in which he would play Chuck Blazer, the controversial and flamboyant central figure in the recent FIFA scandal, who died in July.

netflix excerptNetflix Is a Leader in Television, but Not Quite a Leader in Film

How to judge a company that doesn’t actually put its films in theaters? Or doesn’t actually show what kind of revenues it has? The answer to these questions: you don’t judge them by the same criteria.

More News From Around the Web

  • Insecure creator and star Issa Rae has joined Amandla Stenberg and Common in the Fox 2000 feature The Hate U Give. The project is based on the YA novel of the same name by Angela Thomas. (Variety)

  • Virginia Woolf biopic Vita & Virgina has tapped Elizabeth Debicki and Isabella Rossellini to star. The film hails from Protagonist Pictures and will be directed by Chanya Button. (Variety)

  • Original Films has nabbed an untitled spec script by Bragi F. Schut described as in the veing of What Lies Beneath. Schut previously penned the low budget thriller The Maze. (Hollywood Reporter)

  • Timothy Hutton has joined the Netflix adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House. He joins previously cast Carla Gugino, Michael Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Siegel, and Henry Thomas. (Deadline)

  • Snapchat has announced it is making moves into scripted content as they look for projects that complement for mobile-focused millennials. (Hollywood Reporter)

  • Writer-director Christopher MacBride has been tapped to adapt the graphic novel A.D. After Death for Sony and Immersive Pictures. He previously worked with Sony on the sci-fi thriller Amnesia based on the Arcana Comics graphic novel. (Deadline)

  • Lionsgate thriller A Simple Favor has added Joshua Satine to the cast. The feature stars Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, and Henry Golding. (Variety)

  • Lorenzo di Bonaventura is developing the graphic novel Guntown by Bob Quinn and Andy Shapiro for film, , video games, and digital. (Deadline)

  • Entourage alum Emmanuelle Chriqui has booked a role opposite Sam Trammell in the crime thriller Hospitality. The film is written and directed by David Guglielmo and Nick Chakwin. (Variety)

  • The Gotham Group has scooped up the film rights to the Robyn Harding coming-of-age novel The Party. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Eric Robinson are attached to produce the feature adaptation. (Deadline)


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