Disney has given the go-ahead for TEEN BEACH MOVIE 2, the sequel to last year’s original movie. The original movie followed two surfing teenage lovebirds who are transported into a 1960s beach movie. The stars who will be reprising their roles are Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Grace Phipps, Garrett Clayton and John DeLuca.
The BBC will be producing a TV movie based on the classic show DAD’S ARMY. The show followed the bumbling efforts of recruits of the Home Guard service, made up of retired soldiers and civilian volunteers who defended Britain at home during WWII. The project is being written by Oliver Parker and Hamish McColl.
A&E has ordered Carlton Cuse’s adaptation of THE RETURNED to series. Based on the French series of the same name, the drama centers on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people, long presumed dead, suddenly reappear.
Fox is developing an untitled event series about the Boston Marathon bombings. The series will be written and directed by Rod Lurie and is based on the book “Long Mile Home” by reporters Scot Helman and Jenna Russell. The book focuses on the stories of five people whose lives are changed forever in the aftermath of the bombings.
SYFY has ordered its first digital comedy series, UNDERLINGS. The scripted series gives viewers a behind the scenes look at fake criminal organization GORILLA (Global Oppression, Rebellion, Intelligence, Larceny and LAsers) and follows the three men who stock the printer and organize the office karaoke night.
MTV has ordered a cast contingent coming of age comedy pilot from Andy St. Clair and Paul O’Toole. The untitled comedy revolves around 22-year-old Andy who catches his girlfriend cheating and accidentally rear ends a celebrity who then takes it upon himself to teach Andy to man up.
SundanceTV has renewed THE RED ROAD for a second season. The drama series follows the clash between a small town community and the neighboring mountain community. It stars “Game of Thrones” alum Jason Momoa and Martin Henderson.
HBO’s PROJECT GREENLIGHT will be coming back to TV. The series chronicles the search for first time directors and explores the process of filmmaking. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are set to return as executive producers for the series.
Canadian medical drama REMEDY has been renewed for a second season.
Fox has cancelled sci-fi drama ALMOST HUMAN after its first season due to poor ratings.
SYFY has signed on to co-produce Canadian series KILLJOYS. The story follows a trio of interplanetary bounty hunters sworn to remain impartial as they chase deadly warrants throughout space. The series will air on Canadian science fiction channel, Space.
Dee Rees is set to write and direct the Bessie Smith biopic BLUE GOOSE HOLLOW for HBO starring Queen Latifah. Smith, also known as the Empress of the Blues, is considered to be one of the best blues singers of all time. She had a successful career as a vaudeville entertainer and became the highest paid African American performer of the 1920s.
British director Marc Evans has signed on to helm SAFE HOUSE, a character driven drama for ITV. Inspired by a true story, the project follows the story of a married couple who turn their remote guest house into a safe house.
Lionsgate has optioned TV rights for A SPY AMONG FRIENDS: KIM PHILBY AND THE GREAT BETRAYAL. The biography will be adapted by Bill Broyles and focuses on one of history’s most notorious spies who rose to the head of British counterintelligence during the Cold War all while working for the enemy.
SYFY is developing miniseries PAX ROMANA, based on the graphic novel of the same name. The project will focus on a Special Forces team that travels back to Ancient Rome to try and fix the future by changing the past. SYFY is also developing THE MAGICIANS, a drama based on Lev Grossman’s fantasy novels. The project, described as “Harry Potter” for adults, follows a group of twentysomething New Yorkers who study magic and find that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is actually real.
Also being developed by SYFY are an adaptation of RONIN and CLONE, both based on graphic novels. RONIN follows a 13th century samurai on a quest to avenge his dead master who was reborn as a demon. CLONE chronicles the story of retired soldier Luke Taylor who discovers that the man who has broken into his home is his clone, part of a conspiracy threatening everyone around him.
Nickelodeon has given the greenlight to a series based on the Youtube channel of Benny and Rafi Fine.
SYFY has greenlit SHARKNADO 3. The second film of the trilogy will premiere in July of this year.
Nerd Corps Entertainment is developing a children’s computer animated series based on Stephen Hawking’s book series “George Greenby.” The book series looks at science and physics through the adventures of 11 year old George as he travels the universe with his friend Annie.
John Stephens has signed an overall deal with Warner Bros. TV. He has signed on to executive produce Fox’s Batman prequel GOTHAM. Stephens previously worked on the WB series “Gossip Girl” and “The O.C.” Stephens is repped by UTA and Jackoway Tyerman.
Kat Likkel and John Hoberg have signed another overall deal with ABC Studios. This is the third overall deal the writing team have inked with ABC. They’re known for writing and producing “Bad Management” and “My Name Is Earl.” The duo is repped by UTA and Industry Entertainment.
Director/producer R.J. Cutler has signed a first look development deal with CBS Television Studios. Cutler has a long standing relationship with the studio, having directed “The Ordained” and executive produced “Nashville.” He is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment.