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Over here in the UK, we know how to make great writers. We gave the world J.K Rowling with her Harry Potter series and, among many others, we gave the world the author that Rowling is often compared to – Enid Blyton. We are also, apparently, about to give the world Blyton’s work on film, as Working Title has acquired the theatrical rights to The Famous Five. You’re welcome.
With global sales estimated at over 600 million books, Enid Blyton is one of the biggest-selling children’s authors in history. The Famous Five series first appeared in 1942 – with the first book entitled Five On A Treasure Island – and eventually ran to 21 full-length novels. The stories focus on a group of children and the adventures they have during each school holiday, when they return from boarding school. The group – comprising of three siblings, their cousin and her dog – find themselves »
- Sarah Myles
Working Title has acquired theatrical rights to the full library of twenty-one novels which follow a group of four young children and their dog Timmy who get involved in an adventure whilst on summer vacation from boarding school. Think a "Goonies"-style tone.
The first novel debuted in 1942 and Blyton released a new one annually (aside from 1959) right up until 1963. The property was previously adapted into two films in 1957 & 1964, and two TV series in 1978 and 1995.
One of the biggest selling children’s authors in history, Blyton's books have racked up over 600 million in sales. »
- Garth Franklin
Filming rights to Enid Blyton's Famous Five series have reportedly been snapped up by Working Title.
According to Deadline, Working Title has purchased movie rights to the full Famous Five library spanning more than 20 novels.
Working Title is reportedly planning to launch a live-action franchise based on the books, and will fast-track production.
The news comes after Old Vic Productions purchased the theatre rights to the novels. A musical version is expected to launch in the next two years.
The series follows a childhood gang - Julian, Dick, Anne and Georgina (George) and their dog Timmy - on different adventures while on holiday. »
Working Title plans to launch a live-action franchise based on the books, the company confirmed Friday. Working Title’s Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan will produce. The news was first reported in Deadline.
The deal was inked with publisher Hodder, a subsidiary of Hachette, which owns the Blyton estate.
The English writer, who died in 1968, is one of the biggest selling children’s authors of all time with global sales of more than 600 million books.
“The Famous Five” series includes more than 20 novels that follow the vacation adventures of a group of four children and their dog Timmy.
Earlier this month, Old Vic Productions acquired stage rights and is looking to launch a musical version.
- Leo Barraclough
After years of work on Ant-man being pushed aside in order to save his creative input, we’re all with you, Mr Edgar Wright has turned back towards his own script from 2009, Baby Driver, for his next project.
He’d also be heading back to work with the wonderful Working Title, and the production team of Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Nira Park, who backed those pretty well-known films Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’S End but this one probably won’t feature stars Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. What the film is actually about is vague at the moment, with only Deadline getting the word that it’s ‘a collision of crime, action, music and sound.’ Which is all previous films, ever, right?!
The difference here is we know Wright is returning to original material with the hope and rejuvenation that may have been stolen away during Marvel’s Ant-man. »
- Dan Bullock
Described as “a collision of crime, action, music and sound”, Baby Driver has been written by Wright, and will be produced by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title, who also produced Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End.
Apparently the project is being fast-tracked, so expect more news soon…
The post Edgar Wright to direct Baby Driver for Working Title appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
The film was written by Wright, and is described as "a collision of crime, action, music and sound." (Sounds a bit like Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, no?) No Nick Frost and Simon Pegg are not a part of this, for now anyway. Wright, Frost and Pegg made the three comedies World's End, Hot Fuzz and Shaun Of The Dead together.
According to EW, Baby Driver has been in the works for over half a decade now. Working Title is developing the film, but not studio has been announced yet; however chances are Universal will pick up the film since Working Title has a deal there.
- Laura Frances
After his much-publicised departure from Marvel's Ant-Man film, there has been a great deal of speculation about what Wright's next project will be.
According to Deadline, Wright described the film as "a collision of crime, action, music and sound".
We first reported on the project back in April 2008, when the filmmaker signed a two-picture deal with Working Title. While no specific plot details were given, the project was described as, "a wild spin on the action and crime genre which will be set in the U.S." When the Working Title deal was first announced, Baby Driver was slated to be the first project to go into production, followed by The World's End, which was released last year.
Edgar Wright is directing from his own original screenplay, with Nira Park producing alongside Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. The project is being put on the fast track, and while it does not have a studio home at this time, »
May 2014 wasn’t a good month for filmmaker Edgar Wright. The director decided to painfully walk away from Marvel’s “Ant-Man” film, a project he had spearheaded to make with the then-fledgling company and spent eight years developing it. The move was heartache for the director, but as Marvel wanted something … potentially a lot more compromised, so Wright had to stick to his guns and bow out. While there were some—misplaced—talk that Wright would be tackling his adaptation of “The Night Stalker” with Johnny Depp next, that’s turned out not to be the case. Instead Wright is going back to the long-gestating “Baby Driver,” a project he’s been developing since circa 2008. And maybe it was “the musical” that Wright was hinting at for several years now. Deadline calls “Baby Driver” a “collision of crime, action, music and sound.” The movie is as far away as can »
- Edward Davis
Wright penned the crime-themed action thriller project, no word on the tone though it'll no doubt have Wright's signature quick editing and great sense of humor.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
After Wright left “Ant-Man” due to creative differences, the industry was eager to see what film he would come on to next given he had so many films in development including the Disney pic “The Night Stalker” which Johnny Depp is attached to star in.
Wright is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content. Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.
- Justin Kroll
The darkly comedic tale follows Eddie Mannix, a fixer who worked for the Hollywood studios in the 1950s.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Story follows a British black ops spy, played by Strong, who’s forced to team up with his idiotic English football hooligan brother, played by Baron Cohen.
Production is set to start sometime this summer.
News was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.
- Justin Kroll
While no details were given for Jonah Hill's role, Scarlett Johansson is playing an actress who becomes pregnant just before her latest film is about to start production. Scarlett Johansson herself is actually pregnant, expecting her first child with fiancee Romain Dauriac, although her role isn't believed to take too long to shoot.
The story is set in the 1950s, following a fixer named Eddie Mannix, who works with all of the major Hollywood movie studios to help their major stars from avoiding scandals. We reported in May that the character is loosely based on Fred Otash, a private investigator who dug up dirt on all the major celebrities for Confidential Magazine by using his wiretapping techniques.
Jonah Hill is also in talks to join the cast.
The story follows a Hollywood fixer in the 1950s who is working to keep a studio’s stars in line.
Johansson will play an actress who suddenly becomes pregnant as her film is about to go into production. It’s a good fit, since Johansson announced in March that she was pregnant. She is engaged to Romain Dauriac.
The plan is to go into production this fall and given the size of the cast, Johansson’s role is not expected to take very long to shoot.
She can »
- Justin Kroll
The Academy has announced its official rule changes today, on the heels of a release earlier this week that addressed campaign strictures. Key changes have been made in a number of categories, including Best Picture, Best Original Song and the acting fields. On the latter, production companies must now limit eligibility to a maximum of 10 actors and 10 actresses for each film and must submit those names on the Official Screen Credits form. The annual reminder list sent to members of the Academy will now list actors and actresses separately for each film, and as always, members of the branch will still decide on category placement (lead vs. supporting) themselves. The Best Picture category has always dealt with the give and take of producer credits. First there was a limit of three producers to be eligible for the nomination, then an approved extension to four in certain instances. Now — to help mitigate some of that, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The story centers on Eddie Mannix, a "fixer" who works for the major Hollywood movie studios in the 1950s, keeping the biggest stars of that era in line. We reported last month that the character is loosely based on Fred Otash, a spy for Confidential Magazine who dug up as much dirt as he could on celebrities in the 1950s.
While it isn't known if George Clooney or Josh Brolin are playing Eddie Mannix, Channing Tatum has been cast as a "Gene Kelly-type" movie star, with Ralph Fiennes portraying a film directed named Laurence Lorenz, and Tilda Swinton playing a powerful celebrity gossip columnist.
Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton are in negotiations to join George Clooney and Josh Brolin in Joel and Ethan Coen's new period comedy "Hail, Caesar!" for Universal Pictures and Working Title.
The story follows Eddie Mannix, a fixer who worked for the Hollywood studios in the 1950s. Various colorful characters harkening back to Hollywood's golden age populate the script including a Gene Kelly-type star (Tatum), a powerful gossip columnist (Swinton) and a studio director (Fiennes). The Coens, Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan are producing.
Speaking of the Coens, actor John Turturro is reportedly attempting to launch a "The Big Lebowski" spin-off featuring his character Jesus. The project, which could also serve as a directorial effort, would film sometime next year and requires clearance from rights holders including the Coens - "If I can get the permission I need, I'd like to return to that role".
- Garth Franklin
Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, and Ralph Fiennes are in talks to join Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1950s-set Hollywood film Hail, Caesar! The trio will join George Clooney and Josh Brolin in the pic about a fixer who works for Tinseltown’s studios to protect its stars. The Coens are directing their own original screenplay and producing under their Mike Zoss Productions banner alongside Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan for Working Title Films. Universal picked up worldwide distribution rights earlier this month. Our sister pub Variety scooped the Tatum news first. »
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