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A character-driven drama from Neal Moritz’s Original Film has been bought by CBS. The untitled project, penned by actor-turned-writer Grant Thompson, centers on an FBI agent from Nebraska who single-handedly prevents a major domestic terrorist attack while on a family vacation and instantly becomes an American hero. He then takes on a new job leading a DC task force. Steve Maeda (Lie To Me), Neil Moritz and Vivian Cannon executive produce, with Thompson co-executive producing. Sony TV, where Original Film is based, is producing. Original Film also recently sold a comedy to Fox, Patients Required, which is being written by Chris Cox. The company is behind Showtime’s The Big C and upcoming NBC comedy Save Me. Thompson, repped by Paradigm and Madhouse Entertainment, recently wrote the Disney sports film McFarland, to be directed by Niki Caro, which is now casting and has had Kevin Costner circling it. Additionally, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Two pods of top feature players, Neal Moritz’s Original Film and Doug Liman and David Bartis’ Hypnotic, have set up single-camera comedy projects at Fox. Original Film’s Patients Required, from Sony Pictures TV where the company is based, is being written by Chris Cox. It centers on an irreverent young pediatrician who joins the practice run by his mother, with whom he has a strained relationship. Original Film is behind Showtime’s The Big C and upcoming NBC comedy Save Me. Hypnotics’ Make It Work, from Universal Cable Prods. where the company is under a deal, is a spec sale of a script by writer Adam Stein. It is an unorthodox family comedy about a man who, after proposing to his girlfriend, finds out he has a 7-year-old daughter with his previous girlfriend. This marks the first broadcast sale this cycle for Ucp, which entered broadcast development last season. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The Hasbro/Bay machine keeps on rolling as the first teaser art for 2014's 'Transformers 4' is revealed by the folks over at Cine1. Sadly we shouldn't probably expect any of the major players, such as Shia LeBeouf, from the previous sequels to make an appearance in the fourth installment. To be honest the only thing that made 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' bearable was the inclusion of Brit model turned actress and all round eye-candy Rosie Huntington-Whiteley -below ('Mad Max: Fury Road') and even she won't be involved this time around. Bay with once again helm and from a script penned by Ehren Kruger. The voice talent of Brad Garrett ('Finding Nemo'), Frank Welker, Miguel Ferrer ('RoboCop'), Jeffrey Combs ('The Frighteners'), Mark Rolston, Brian Bloom, James Avery, Nick Chinlund, Kevin Grevioux, James Horan, Chris Cox are already lined up. »
Earlier today, reported on the news that Syfy would be adapting Stephen King’s The Eyes of the Dragon. Syfy has officially announced that project as part of their new development slate, which includes 28 new scripted and reality projects:
“New York – April 24, 2012 – Coming off Syfy’s most watched First Quarter ever in total viewers, Adults 18-34 and key women demos, Syfy and Chiller President Dave Howe today ignited the imagination of the advertising community by unveiling the next phase of the channel’s largest original programming slate in history. This will feature Syfy’s most original primetime hours ever, a record 28 scripted and reality development projects and the 2013 premiere of the highly-anticipated Defiance, the visionary transmedia experience that will unite television and Massive Multiplayer Online (Mmo) gaming for the very first time.
Said Howe: “Syfy’s Upfront celebrates the power of Igniters, our influential audience who has the highly coveted »
- Jonathan James
Syfy is having its Upfront tonight, during which they present their schedule and slate of projects in development to potential advertisers, and the announcements are flowing. An adaptation of a Stephen King novel into a miniseries, a new Charlaine Harris weekly series, a great movie being adapted into a weekly series, and a whole load of new reality shows may be in our future. Where to begin? We’ll break this down into manageable bites, but have included the entire press release below for your study.
First up, new series! We’ve already told you about some of these, but now we’re getting official word. For scripted series, Syfy is now confirming that Defiance, the series that will affect and be affected by the game of the same name, will be coming in 2013.
All other new series on or soon to be on the schedule are unscripted/reality shows – eight of em! »
- Erin Willard
So what's next for the channel that has given us plenty of things that have gone bump in the night along with more CG monsters than anyone could possibly keep up with? Read on for details of Syfy's "upfront" presentation.
As you'd expect from a network named Syfy, several of these projects are more sci-fi than horror, but we thought we'd pass on all the news anyway:
From the Press Release:
Coming off Syfy’s most watched first quarter ever in total viewers, Adults 18-34 and key women demos, Syfy and Chiller President Dave Howe today ignited the imagination of the advertising community by unveiling the next phase of the channel’s largest original programming slate in history. This will feature Syfy’s most original primetime hours ever, a record 28 scripted and reality development projects and the 2013 premiere of the highly-anticipated Defiance, the visionary transmedia experience that will unite »
- Uncle Creepy
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