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Collateral Beauty has had a hell of a time trying to get itself made into a film, due to a huge shakeup with its leading actors, and the initial director of the project leaving just as quickly. Not all hope is lost though, as David Frankel might find himself as the skipper of a ship just trying to make it to port. Entertainment Weekly released the news that the director of such films as Marley And Me and The Devil Wears Prada is in the beginnings of negotiations to direct the Will Smith drama. Not much is known about the film's plot, except that Smith will play a depressed ad executive whose co-workers try to cheer him up, only to find their efforts met with "unexpected results." Apparently these results are so unexpected that we have no clue what sort of film will be surrounding said consequences. Frankel is replacing »
David Frankel ("The Devil Wears Prada," "Hope Springs") is in early talks to direct the Will Smith-led drama "Collateral Beauty" at New Line and Anonymous Content. Frankel would take over following the departure of director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
Smith plays a New York advertising executive who experiences a deep personal tragedy. His colleagues devise an unconventional plan to break him out of his depression, which ends up backfiring.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
Collateral Beauty must be a really good script, because it keeps attracting some major talent. The studio drama was originally going to star Hugh Jackman (Pan) and Rooney Mara (also Pan), before they had to drop out. It was rumored Johnny Depp was circling the lead, but ultimately the role went to Will Smith. Then New Line Cinema lost its exciting director, but a replacement has […]
- Jack Giroux
David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, One Chance) is in negotiations to direct Collateral Beauty, the New Line drama starring Will Smith that was in need of a helmer after Alfonso Gomez-Rejon departed in early October due to creative differences with the studio. Production originally was scheduled to begin in first-quarter 2016 and all parties want to keep the timeline, we hear, so the Frankel deal is expected to make. Smith, who replaced Hugh Jackman in the lead role… »
David Frankel, who directed “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Marley & Me,” is in early talks to direct Will Smith‘s “Collateral Beauty,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon was previously attached to the project, but left the project in October citing creative differences. The film, written by Allan Loeb, follows a New York advertising executive (Smith) who experiences a personal tragedy, so his colleagues try to come up with a plan to get him out of his funk. It works, but in a different way than imagined. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
The story follows a New York advertising exec (Smith) who experiences a deep personal tragedy. His colleagues devise an unconventional plan to break him out of his depression, which ends up backfiring. PalmStar and Likely Story acquired the rights to the script in June, with PalmStar fully financing.
Production was expected to start next month; it is unknown if they will push that date while they fill out the remaining ensemble.
Frankel made a name for himself on the TV front, especially at HBO, where he helmed episodes for such series as “Sex and the City” and »
- Justin Kroll
The Devil Wears Prada and Marley & Me helmer David Frankel is in early talks to direct New Line's Collateral Beauty, which will star Will Smith. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who directed Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, was previously attached, but exited the project in October over creative differences. The Allan Loeb-written script centers on a New York advertising exec (Smith) who experiences a deep personal tragedy. His colleagues devise an unconventional plan to break him out of his depression — which works, but not in a way that anyone imagined. The project has been brewing all year, attracting
- Borys Kit, Rebecca Ford
Friends star Aniston's character will suffer amnesia in the adaptation of Liane Moriarty's best-selling book.
Following a bang on the head at the gym, 40-year-old Alice wakes up thinking she's 25 and pregnant with her first child, but instead she's a mother of three who is about to get divorced and her life is completely different.
Jennifer Aniston is circling the title role in TriStar’s adaptation of Liane Moriarty‘s bestselling novel “What Alice Forgot,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. There’s no director attached yet, as Aniston’s “Marley & Me” director David Frankel is no longer involved, but the film will be produced by Anonymous Content and executive produced by Vincent Sheehan. TriStar’s Nicole Brown will oversee the project for the studio. Aniston has her eye on the lead role of Alice, who suffers a head injury and wakes up thinking she’s in her mid-20s, only to »
- Jeff Sneider
Jennifer Aniston is in talks star in What Alice Forgot, the TriStar Pictures adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel. Shauna Cross wrote the script. When Sony-based TriStar acquired Moriarty’s book in July 2014, it had David Frankel attached to direct. That job now is open. Aniston would play Alice, who suffers a head injury and wakes up thinking she's her 25-year-old self — in love with her husband and career — only to realize her 40-year-old life is very… »
Konop oversaw production at Mandate Pictures between 2004 and 2011 with Good Universe co-founders Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake, including “Juno,” “50/50,” “Young Adult” and “Hope Springs.” She was executive in charge of production on Ghost House films “Drag Me to Hell” and “30 Days of Night,” directed by David Slade, and a co-producer on “The Possession.”
Konop will report to Kahane and run all aspects of physical production for Good Universe’s slate of films from pre-production through post-production, including formulation of production plans, budgeting, scheduling and managing day-to-day operations.
- Dave McNary
On the heels of the runaway success of its hip-hop soap Empire, Imagine TV is developing a soapy family drama set in another community with a vibrant music backdrop: the Cuban exiles in Miami. NBC has given a put pilot commitment to an untitled drama from Imagine, How To Make It In America creator Ian Edelman and The Devil Wears Prada director David Frankel. 20th Century Fox Television, where Imagine TV is based, is the studio. Written by Edelman and to be directed by… »
Congratulations to Jules O'Dwyer and her loveable border collie Matisse who won Britain's Got Talent last night (May 31). We must admit we came over a tad teary-eyed when Matisse's three-legged collie companion Skippy made his debut in their final act.
Last night's final prompted us to look back at all eight winners from the ITV talent show to see how they faired after their victories.
From Collabro to Pudsey the dog - which acts have had the most success post-bgt? Here's our ranking below:
1. Paul Potts
Paul Potts stunned the judges, audience and viewers of Bgt alike with his breathtaking rendition of 'Nessun Dorma' on the ITV talent show's first run in 2007. His audition became a YouTube sensation and was later confirmed as the fourth most viewed YouTube video in the UK.
Following his transition from Carphone Warehouse salesman to Bgt winner, Potts released his debut album One Chance »
The overall also allows Tropper to grow his production company Tropper Ink with projects for both HBO and Cinemax. He will continue to create, write and executive produce shows, but will also supervise and executive produce projects with other writers and directors.
Tropper’s plate has been full lately. In addition to writing an episode of Terence Winter’s untitled rock ‘n roll project for HBO, he and director Greg Yaitanes recently sold the one-hour drama “American Body Plant” to Cinemax. The two will exec produce the project, which was created by and will be written by Jennifer Ames and Steve Turner.
Tropper is »
- Whitney Friedlander
‘The Devil Wears Prada’ is set to become a Broadway musical.
The popular David Frankel-directed film – which starred Anne Hathaway as an aspiring journalist working as the assistant to a high-fashion magazine editor, played by Meryl Streep – will be adapted into a musical by Kevin McCollum, the producer behind the ‘Rent’ stage show.
The Tony Award-winning producer – whose Broadway credits also include ‘Something Rotten!’ and ‘Hand to God” – entered into a deal with Twentieth Century Fox in 2013 to turn their blockbuster films into musicals.
The cast of the musical has still to be confirmed, but members of the original cast have previously suggested they’d be happy to return for a movie sequel and have also been linked to the much-discussed stage production. »
- The Hollywood News
It is a momentous day for Sex and the City fans around the world as Sarah Jessica Parker celebrates her 50th birthday. While the role of Carrie Bradshaw made Sarah a fashion icon and a superstar, she has starred in a wide variety of films and television shows over four decades. Parker began her career as a child star on the stage in Annie, and has gone on to become an enduring fixture in pop culture.
Her movie career was launched with supporting roles in '80s teen comedies Footloose and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, but soon she grew into a leading lady with memorable roles in a string of early 1990s comedies. Parker might be best known for romantic comedies these days, but over the last 30 years she's impressed critics in roles as diverse a mystical witch, an egotistical talkshow host and the embodiment of a single woman of the 2000s. »
Paris–Pan-European super indie Wild Bunch is kicking off its digital distribution company with Mikkel Nørgaard’s hit ‘Nordic Noir’ thriller “The Keeper of Lost Causes,” based on Jussi Adler-Olsen’s bestselling Department Q literary franchise.
“The Keeper of Lost Causes,” whose Gallic title is “Misericorde,” will roll out on March 27 across most digital platforms – Club Video Sfr, FilmoTV, Google Play, iTunes, MyTF1 VOD, Orange, Pluzz Vad, Videofuture and Wuaki.TV. The movie will be available on every ISP operators — Bouygues, Free, Numéricable, Orange and Sfr — in order to cover about 80 percent of French households.
Wild Bunch will then release Norgaard’s “The Absent One,” (pictured above) the second opus based Adler-Olsen’s Department Q novels, in French theaters on April 8.
Repped in international markets by TrustNordisk, both “The Keeper of Lost Causes” and “The Absent One” were Denmark’s highest-grossing local films of 2013 and 2014, respectively. Alder-Olsen’s Department Q »
- Elsa Keslassy
Ferguson has been cast to lead ABC’s scripted comedy pilot “The King of 7B,” Variety has confirmed.
The 30-minute laffer follows an agoraphobic recluse, Prentiss Porter, played by Ferguson, who ventures outside for the first time in 20 years, only to find his potential soulmate moving into the building across the street. The ensemble rounds out with the previously cast Carla Jiminez and Kirby Howell-Baptiste.
The project marks the return to primetime for the Scottish-born comedian, who starred in “The Drew Carey Show” for eight years before his latenight break. Since, he’s appeared on “Web Therapy,” “Hot in Cleveland,” portrayed himself on “Family Guy” and lent his voice to “Futurama” and “Archer,” among other animated series. Ferguson »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
With his Late Late Show stint over, Craig Ferguson is returning to acting with a starring role in ABC's single-camera comedy pilot The King Of 7B. The ensemble project, written by Howard Franklin and directed by David Frankel, focuses on Prentiss Porter (Ferguson), an agoraphobic recluse who ventures outside for the first time in 11 years when he spies what could be his soulmate moving into the building across the street. Ben Karlin — who, like Ferguson, has extensive… »
The ensemble comedy follows an agoraphobic recluse, Prentiss Porter, who ventures outside for the first time in 20 years, only to find his potential soulmate moving into the building across the street.
Karlin, whose credits also include “The Colbert Report” and “Modern Family,” will also serve as an exec producer. Frankel penned the “Entourage” pilot and directed features “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Marley and Me.” He won an Emmy for his work on “Band of Brothers.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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