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The Real Coke
"Zombieland" and "Deadpool" scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese are reportedly penning a feature about the disastrous launch of New Coke thirty years ago. The drink attempted to adjust classic Coke's secret formula for a younger generation - it performed so badly it threatened the original soft drink's market leadership.
The scribes have optioned the Thomas Oliver book "The Real Coke, The Real Story" and will pen this 1980s period piece which will also deal with how No. 2 rival Pepsi launched the 'Pepsi Challenge' that led to corporate panic at Coke. [Source: Deadline]
The Dukes Of Oxy
Angel Elgort is being lined up to star in a film version about the Rolling Stone article "Dukes Of Oxy" at New Line. The article deals with a pair of teen high school wrestlers from Florida who built a multimillion-dollar business smuggling OxyContin and other painkillers.
Elgort would play Dodd, the more »
- Garth Franklin
New Line has acquired the true crime saga, Dukes of Oxy, with Michael De Luca in talks to produce and Ansel Elgort circling a leading role. Based on the 'Rolling Stone' article by Guy Lawson (who also wrote the article that inspired Todd Phillips' Arms and Dudes), Dukes of Oxy recounts the true-life story of Doug Dodd and Lance Barabas, a pair of Florida-based teenagers who built a multi-million dollar drug-smuggling business, blackmarketing OxyContin and other painkillers. Per Deadline, Elgort is in talks to star as Dodd, the level-headed member of the drug smuggling duo. At the start of their enterprise, Dodd sought advice from an ex-con family member, who did time for dealing drugs, and learned a set of useful rules - don't talk on the phone, no guns, cut ties with anyone under investigation - sensible drug dealing stuff. [caption id="attachment_450635" align="alignright" width="348"] Image via Rolling Stone/Doug Dodd[/caption] The pair »
- Haleigh Foutch
Exclusive: In what will be his first collaboration at New Line in a very long time, Michael De Luca is at the center of a deal for Dukes Of Oxy, an article in the April 23 issue of Rolling Stone about a pair of teen high school wrestlers from Florida who built a multimillion-dollar business smuggling OxyContin and other painkillers. The deal is coming together quickly for De Luca to produce the film with Ansel Elgort and Emily Gerson Saines (Temple Grandin). The hope is… »
The article has only just been published in Rolling Stone magazine, but The Fault In Our Stars' Ansel Elgort and producer Michael De Luca have already snapped The Dukes Of Oxy up for screen adaptation. They're setting up the drug smuggling drama at New Line.Still on news stands in the Rolling Stone issue with Kurt Cobain on the cover, The Dukes Of Oxy is the unlikely story of some high-school wrestlers who built a multi-million dollar sideline smuggling prescription painkillers out of Florida in exchange for teddy bears stuffed with cash. Doug Dodd and his wrestling partner Lance Barabas were the principal playas, with Elgort eyeing the role of Dodd, apparently the more rational of the two.The article itself is by Guy Lawson, who also wrote Arms And The Dudes for Rolling Stone, which is currently underway as a film with Todd Phillips directing and Miles Teller »
On Thursday, Universal Pictures announced the sequel release dates to Fifty Shades Of Grey. Fifty Shades Darker will be released on February 10, 2017 and Fifty Shades Freed will bow on February 9, 2018.
To celebrate the official announcement, Wamg is giving away copies of the film.
Fifty Shades Of Grey, the global phenomenon that grossed more than $500 million globally, comes to Digital HD Friday, May 1, 2015 and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand Friday, May 8, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Based on E. L. James’ best-selling novel, the Blu-ray and Digital HD include an exclusive unrated version that features a never-before-seen alternate ending along with almost two hours of all-new bonus features that go behind the scenes of this year’s hottest romance.
Shy and unassuming literature student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) finds her life forever altered when she interviews the enigmatic Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and is dazzled by the charismatic entrepreneur and his high-flying lifestyle. »
- Movie Geeks
After the big box office success of the first film, which has grossed more than $500 million worldwide since its release in February, it looks like Universal is sticking with the Valentine’s Day draw.
It was revealed earlier this week that Niall Leonard, husband of “Fifty Shades” author E.L. James, will write the screenplay for “Fifty Shades Darker.” Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are still attached to reprise their lead roles, with Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca producing.
- Alex Stedman
Niall Leonard, the husband of Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James, will pen the screenplay for the movie adaptation of the sequel, Fifty Shades Darker. E.L. James’ Husband Writing ‘Fifty Shades’ Sequel Fifty Shades producer Michael De Luca confirmed Leonard’s hiring Wednesday. “Niall is an outstanding writer in his own right, with multiple established […]
The post E.L. James’ Husband To Pen ‘Fifty Shades’ Sequel Screenplay appeared first on uInterview. »
- Chelsea Regan
"Fifty Shades of Grey" author E.L. James has enlisted her husband Niall Leonard to pen the script for "Fifty Shades Darker," the upcoming film adaptation of the second book in her 'Fifty Shades' novel trilogy.
Leonard worked on the script for the first 'Fifty Shades' film but was not credited. In a statement, producer Michael De Luca says: "Niall is an outstanding writer in his own right, with multiple established credits, and we are lucky to have him join Team Fifty."
Neither the first film's director Sam Taylor-Johnson or screenwriter Kelly Marcel are returning for the sequel. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are attached to reprise their roles in the film which has yet to set a production start date.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
I have to admit, I never saw this coming, but with the mass exodus from the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise following the release of the first film -- both screenwriter Kelly Marcel and director Sam Taylor-Johnson are not returning -- word was author E.L. James wanted to write the screenplay for the film's sequel, Fifty Shades Darker. Well, it turns out that ain't happening, but in James' case it seems they may have got the next best thing, her husband, Niall Leonard. THR has the news and come to learn Leonard has written for several TV shows since the mid-'90s, though, admittedly none I'd ever heard of. The film' producer, Michael De Luca, however seems on the Leonard train saying, "Niall is an outstanding writer in his own right, with multiple established credits, and we are lucky to have him join Team Fifty." I don't know, in the »
- Brad Brevet
Less than one month after it was revealed that Sam Taylor-Johnson will not direct the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, the follow-up film's scriptwriter has been announced—and E.L. James is keeping it in the family. The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy author has enlisted husband Niall Leonard to pen the script for the forthcoming film Fifty Shades Darker, which will once again star Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele. "Niall is an outstanding writer in his own right, with multiple established credits, and we are lucky to have him join Team Fifty," producer Michael De Luca said in a statement to THR, which was first to report the »
The studio got a $567 million global grosser out of that deal, but finally they have to deal with a writer with a lot of power. For the second installment "Fifty Shades Darker," they lost director Sam Taylor-Johnson, who fought with the opinionated James during production. Many wondered if studio chief Donna Langley, who pursued the project and landed it, would give James the assignment to write the next screenplay. Now Variety reports that James's husband Niall Leonard (British TV's “Wild at Heart” and “Wire in the Blood") will adapt the screenplay for “Fifty Shades Darker.” Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will return as the kinky lovers of the piece, as James, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca produce. De Luca recently left his job as Sony production chief to return to full-time producing, moving his production shingle to Universal. Next up: finding a director who can handle intimate sex scenes and work cooperatively with James. »
- Anne Thompson
The Fifty Shades of Grey sequel has just become a family affair. After the film's director Sam Taylor-Johnson left the franchise in March, the new screenwriter has been announced as Niall Leonard, who happens to be author E L James's husband. Leonard reportedly had an uncredited hand in Fifty Shades of Grey, and his writing credits include work on a number of British TV shows and the Crusher book series. The franchise's producer Michael De Luca told The Hollywood Reporter, "Niall is an outstanding writer in his own right, with multiple established credits, and we are lucky to have him join Team Fifty." »
While this will mark Leonard’s first time working on a major studio film, he has written scripts for British television on such shows as “Wild at Heart” and “Wire in the Blood.” Variety first reported in February that the reason for the delay in naming a screenwriter for the sequel was that James herself wanted to write the screenplay.
While Leonard works on the script, the studio will now look to find a replacement for director Sam Taylor-Johnson, who announced last month she would not be returning.
No release date or production start date has been set, though sources close to the project still »
- Justin Kroll
Universal Pictures has beat out Disney and Paramount Pictures for an untitled musical comedy that has Josh Gad attached to star and Jeremy Garelick set to direct. Deadline reports that the musical will also feature brand new songs from celebrated composers Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. The project made the studio rounds last Thursday, the same day that Josh Gad's FX series The Comedians premiered, with every major studio making an offer on the project.
The deal for this untitled musical closed last night, and is said to be in the low seven figures, with "strong progress to production language" and talent fees that could bring the deal up to eight figures if Universal ends up making the project. The story centers on Josh Gad's character, who integrates himself into a family lead by a busy single mother, and becomes an important member of their "clan." Josh Gad »
Chris Pratt is adding yet another Indiana Jones-esque role to his potential docket. After proving himself to be a fantastic leading man in Guardians of the Galaxy, the actor has been sought after for a number of big roles, most of which are of the ruggedly handsome, charming, and daring type. That trend continues with The Real McCoy, a pitch that THR reports Universal Pictures just picked up for a cool $1.5 million with Pratt attached to star. Written by Bill Dubuque (The Judge), the pitch centers on real-life bootlegger Bill McCoy, who prided himself on being an “honest lawbreaker” during Prohibition, selling merchandise that was uncut and clean, spawning the phrase “The real McCoy.” [caption id="attachment_338439" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Universal[/caption] The project is in the very early stages and is only a pitch at this point, with Tom McNulty and Michael De Luca producing. It’s possible that, by the time this project becomes “real” (ie. »
- Adam Chitwood
Whenever hearing the phrase "the real McCoy," it always makes me think of an 80s TV show in the same vein as "MacGyver." In reality, it's just a turn of phrase inspired by real life bootlegger Bill McCoy, and it was used to specify when the liquor hadn't been dulled down. Now THR reports The Real McCoy will become a feature film after Universal Pictures won a bidding war against Warner Bros. Pictures to land the pitch that has Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World star Chris Pratt attached to star. The pitch comes from The Judge scribe Bill Dubuque, and it was intriguing enough to land a solid seven figure deal. As of now, there aren't many details on the project, other than that it focuses on the life of Bill McCoy and his bootlegging days. The idea came from producer Tom McNulty, caught the interest of Michael De Luca, »
- Ethan Anderton
Over the last few years, Chris Pratt hasn’t simply taken a few steps up the industry ladder, he’s catapulted to the top of every casting director’s wishlist at breakneck speed. Since his scene-stealing turn in Guardians Of The Galaxy, the days of playing third lead in a questionable Vince Vaughn comedy are long gone. Pratt’s veritable leading man qualities, a heady mix of likeable charm and comedic wit, have made him a go-to guy when you need someone the audience can get behind. And now it seems we can add booze bootlegger to his expanding resume.
Per THR, Pratt is attached to the lead role in Universal’s rum-runner movie The Real McCoy. The studio recently bought Bill Dubuque’s pitch during a battle with Warner and now has Tom NcNulty and Michael DeLuca in line to produce.
In terms of its story, the bootlegging drama »
- Gem Seddon
Universal has won the rights to the action-adventure pitch “The Real McCoy,” with Chris Pratt attached to star.
The pitch was written by Bill Dubuque (“The Judge”) and revolves around the famous bootlegger William “Bill” McCoy, whose life may have inspired the phrase “the real McCoy,” referring to the purity of his liquor.
Pratt is repped by UTA and Mosaic. Dubuque is repped by CAA and Zero Gravity. The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
- Justin Kroll
The story centers on bootlegger Bill McCoy, whose life inspired the phrase "the real McCoy". Tom McNulty, who will produce the film alongside Michael De Luca, came up with the idea which he took to Dubuque and Pratt.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Sony is still reeling from the switch in roles of talent-friendly free-spending Amy Pascal and tough fiscal conservative Tom Rothman as studio head and star producer, which has led to Sony/Columbia producer-turned-production co-chief Michael De Luca taking his producing shingle to Universal, where chairman Donna Langley seems to be righting the ship. She was responsible for launching blockbuster franchise "Fifty Shades of Grey," which De Luca will now return to as a more active producer. She needs his help, with producer Dana Brunetti, to keep the sequels on track, as demanding author E.L. James drove away director Sam Taylor-Johnson. De Luca's great strengths as a producer are script development, casting and talent mongering. Read More: That Was the Week That Was, From Scandal to Agency Defection and Studio Player Moves Universal Pictures today made the announcement official that the studio has entered into a three-year, first look production agreement with the Academy. »
- Anne Thompson
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