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It’s been quite a day for “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail. Hours before his first series premiere, “Mr. Robot” was given an early second season renewal and now, Universal Cable Productions has announced Esmail’s overall deal.
Under the seven-figure pact, which marks Esmail’s first-ever television deal, the writer/producer will develop and produce scripted programming for NBCUniversal’s portfolio of networks — which houses USA Network, home to his “Mr. Robot” — plus external and over-the-top channels.
“Sam is a visionary and, although he might not use the term himself, a real mensch,” announced Jeff Wachtel, Cco of NBCUniversal cable entertainment and president of Universal Cable Productions on Wednesday. “Everything about the process on ‘Mr. Robot’ has been a dream. We look forward to creating other wonderful shows with him.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
As much as I want to support Elizabeth Banks' endeavors jumping behind the camera, between her non-distinctive touch to Pitch Perfect 2 to her equally unremarkable short in Movie 43, I can't quite say I'm a fan of what she's brought to the table thus far. But I like to think of myself as a pretty open-minded guy, and maybe she can turn my opinion with what looks to be her sophomore feature, an adaptation of Victoria Aveyard's Ya novel "Red Queen". Banks currently is in negotiations to helm the project for Universal, called a mix between "Game of Thrones," X-Men, Cinderella and her own Hunger Games. This would be a much bigger production than the $29 million budgeted one she spearheaded before, but based on her sequel's impressive box office numbers (they've already greenlit Pitch Perfect 3 as well), she's likely got enough clout to get herself in the door. »
- Will Ashton
It seems that Elizabeth Banks’ directorial outing on Pitch Perfect 2 was only a prelude. The actress, producer and budding director is now targeting Universal’s Ya adaptation of Red Queen as another helming project. Sources say she is in negotiations to board the project, which has shades of Hunger Games, X-Men, Game of Thrones and Cinderella. The project would be a major step up for Banks as far as budget and scope for a visual effects–driven feature. Producing are Jake Weiner, Chris Bender and Jc Spink of Benderspink. Pouya Shahbazian is also producing. The Ya fantasy is
- Borys Kit
A blending of "Hunger Games," "Cinderella" and "X-Men," the story is set in a world divided by blood color with the 'elite' sporting silver blood and supernatural powers as opposed to regular people with red blood and no powers.
When a red blooded street urchin saves her best friend, she is brought before the king and queen, where she suddenly displays special powers. To hide this startling news, the king invents a past for her as a lost princess and sets her up to marry one of his sons.
She soon finds herself conflicted as she becomes part of the silver world while at the same time aiding a group plotting a red rebellion. Gennifer Hutchison adapted the script.
- Garth Franklin
Following on from the critical and box-office success of his indie horror tale "It Follows," filmmaker David Robert Mitchell is developing the crime-themed TV series "Mr. Postman" for Universal Cable Productions.
The story follows a mailman who investigates the dark mysteries within his all-American town after a horrific event occurs on his own street.
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- Garth Franklin
Another poster for M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit has been released, once again stressing grandma's strict rules. Also included in our latest round-up are details on an upcoming modern day-set film adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart, as well as information on an in-development mystery series from It Follows writer/director David Robert Mitchell.
"Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures’ The Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, »
- Derek Anderson
Whether It Follows is granted a sequel or it’s decided that the terror should end there, the film’s visionary creator David Robert Mitchell is moving forward into new pastures. Per Deadline, the director has signed on to develop a show for Universal Cable Productions and Benderspink called Mr. Postman. Described with broad strokes as a crime series, the brief logline suggests it may share more than a passing resemblance (i.e. we’re already a bit unnerved) to his previous outing.
“It follows a mailman who investigates the dark mysteries within his all-American town after a horrific event occurs on his own street.”
In terms of behind the camera duties, Mitchell will write and executive produce along with Benderspink’s Chris Bender, Jc Spink and Jake Weiner. There’s no word on whether the writer-producer will do triple duty and also direct, but one thing’s for certain, »
- Gem Seddon
It Follows writer/director David Robert Mitchell is making his first foray into TV. Universal Cable Prods and Benderspink are developing his crime series Mr. Postman. It follows a mailman who investigates the dark mysteries within his all-American town after a horrific event occurs on his own street. Mitchell is set to direct and executive produce alongside Benderspink’s Chris Bender, Jc Spink and Jake Weiner. The move also signals a further expansion into the horror… »
“I am super-trashed right now,” he quipped. “We think we’ve made an edgy but heartfelt comedy.”
“Vacation” faces formidable competition, opening on the same date that Paramount launches Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.” Cruise wowed the CinemaCon crowd earlier Tuesday with footage of the star hanging on a jet plane while it was taking off.
- Dave McNary
Hugh Jackman is slated star in the faith-based feature "Apostle Paul" at Warner Bros. Pictures. Jackman, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Todd and Chris Clarke are slated to produce with Matt Cook penning the script.
Jackman would play the Jewish man of God (also known as Saul of Tarsus) who crossed over to speak to the Romans and preach the word. Paul is credited with writing 14 of 27 books in the New Testament. [Source: Deadline]
Radius-twc is expanding its micro-budget horror film "It Follows" by additional 437 locations for a total of 1,655 theaters this coming weekend. David Robert Mitchell's film has strong word of mouth and a 95% 'fresh' rating on the Rotten Tomatoes site. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
Disney is working on a live-action adaptation of Mulan.
The studio has bought a script written by Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek, which focuses on the Chinese legend that inspired the 1998 animated adventure.
Mulan told the story of a young woman who pretends to be a man so she can follow in her father's footsteps and join the army. The film earned Disney $304.3 million (£205.4m) worldwide.
It comes in the wake of Disney's recent adaptations of Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent and Cinderella.
Earlier this month, Cinderella topped the Us box office by taking $70 million (£47m) over its opening weekend.
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Let's get down to business! Coming off the (glass slipper) heels of Cinderella success, Disney fans will be thrilled to hear that another live-action film is in the works. The studio has confirmed that they are going to bring Mulan to the big screen. Disney has purchased a script from writing duo Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek with Chris Bender and J.C. Spink attached to produce the film, which centers on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, the female warrior who was the main character in the 1998 animated film. No casting details or release date has been announced. Mulan will be added to the growing list of Disney live-action films. Casting was just announced for the highly »
Hot on the heels of the success of Cinderella, it's time for the House of Mouse to turn another one of their animated hits into a live-action film. THR reports Disney is now developing a live-action retelling of Mulan, the Chinese legend about a female warrior who disguises herself as a man in order to go to war in place of her father. Writing duo Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek (in their first feature film deal) have been hired to script the first pass at the project, but there will likely be a rewrite by another more established scribe before it goes in front of cameras. It's great that they brought female writers on to start. Chris Bender and J.C. Spink (of Benderspink) are producing the new adaptation, and it's a smart project for them to jump on board. Considering all the live-action adaptations so far have brought all the »
- Ethan Anderton
Following the success of Disney's live-action takes on Maleficent and Cinderella, the studio is developing a remake of their 1998 animated hit Mulan. The studio picked up the screenplay by writing team Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek, which centers on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, the female warrior who was at the center of Disney's animated adventure. Chris Bender and J.C. Spink are on board to produce the Mulan live-action remake.
The original Mulan centered on the title character, voiced by Ming-Na Wen, who disguises herself as a man to take her ailing father's place on the battlefield. With the help of her beloved dragon sidekick Mushu (voiced by Eddie Murphy), Mulan becomes a brave warrior who becomes one of her country's most honored heroines. The original Mulan voice cast also included Miguel Ferrer, Harvey Fierstein, June Foray, James Hong, Pat Morita, B.D. Wong and George Takei. Mulan earned over »
Disney have decided to follow-up the rousing success of Cinderella earlier this month with yet another live-action re-telling of one of one of the company.s beloved animated films. It.s been officially announced that they've decided to give Mulan the updated big screen treatment. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to reveal Disney.s plans, and they.ve also announced that Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek have been brought on to write the new Mulan. J.C. Spink and Chris Bender will produce the live-action remake too. Their job will be to adapt 1998.s Mulan for a modern audience. And it will be a hard act to follow. Mulan tells the story of Fa Mulan, a young woman who decides to dress and disguise herself as a man in order to join the Chinese army in place of her elderly father. After her family learns of Mulan.s decision »
Disney is developing a live-action version of its 1998 animated movie “Mulan.”
The original “Mulan,” directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook, centered on the title character disguising herself as a man to take her father’s place in the army with her dragon friend Mushu. “Mulan” grossed over $300 million worldwide.
Disney’s seen an impressive run with its live-action versions of animated films starting in 2010 with “Alice in Wonderland,” followed by last year’s “Maleficent” and this year’s “Cinderella,” which has topped $336 million worldwide in three weeks. It’s developing a live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson with a release already set for March 17, 2017.
Disney is also releasing a live-action version of »
- Dave McNary
"Alice In Wonderland," "Malificent," "Cinderella," "Beauty & The Best," "Dumbo"....Disney has certainly found what they think is a winning live-action formula, and frankly I'm just surprised they haven't tried to cram all of this into one shared universe. Either way, another animated movie from the Disney vault is getting a live-action redo. THR reports that "Mulan" is getting a remake. There's a script in place from Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek, and Chris Bender and J.C. Spink (who both worked on "We're The Millers") are producing. The original movie did decent business in 1998, earning $336 million worldwide, along with a Golden Globe nomination, and it spawned the 2005 sequel, "Mulan II," which went straight to DVD, and that Disney would probably prefer you just forget about. So it's proven itself once, and Disney is betting on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan working again. No word »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With Cinderella currently grossing $355 million world wide, it looks like Disney have lined up their next live action remake, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that the House of Mouse are moving forward with another big screen outing for Mulan, once again adapting the ancient Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, a female warrior who disguises herself as a man to take her aging father's place in the military. No word if wise cracking dragon Mushu (originally voiced by Eddie Murphy) will be along for the ride. Written by the screen writing team of Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin, no director is attached to the project at this early stage, but We're The Millers' Chris Bender and J.C. Spink are on board to produce. Currently without a release date, Mulan slots into Disney's slate of upcoming live action retelling's of their calssic cartoons, including The Jungle Book (due out next year »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
After the runaway success of its (fantastic) Cinderella adaptation, Disney is hard at work developing more live-action takes on its classic animated films. And with Beauty and the Beast already in the works with Emma Watson starring, the studio is currently mulling Mulan as its next live-action retelling.
Disney has picked up a script by writing duo Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek that centers on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, a female warrior and the focus of Disney’s 1998 animated hit. The pair don’t have any feature credits yet, but they wrote for the Know Theatre of Cincinnati and rewrote an Amazon Studios script.
Chris Bender and J.C. Spink (We’re the Millers) are taking producing roles in the project, which is on the fast track as Disney works to capitalize on Cinderella‘s success. Since opening three weeks ago, the Lily James-starring pic has earned $336.2 million worldwide. »
- Isaac Feldberg
One more film has been added to Disney’s ever-growing list of live action reboots of their animated classics, and it isn’t Bambi starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
THR is reporting that Disney has purchased a script of a live action version of Mulan, their 1998 animated hit about a young Chinese woman who disguises herself as a man to go to war in place of her father.
An adaptation of Mulan sounds like the best and arguably most difficult reimagining Disney has dreamed up yet. Mulan is the fiercest and most feminist charged of all the Disney princesses. The story itself deals with subject matter that couldn’t be more topical. But it’ll also be an opportunity to give an Asian American actress some »
- Brian Welk
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