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- Christopher Campbell
Exclusive: Add this to the lengthening list of studio projects bolstered by proof of concept short films that are now driving deals like crazy. Fox has acquired Controller, a project that Alev Aydin will write based on a concept written by Saman Kesh based on his short film that you will find below. Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps will produce. Pic is a sci-fi rescue film that turns the damsel-in-distress trope upside down. It is set in the homogenized future of New-Taipei, where an… »
It's not the only Henson-related project heading to the big screen either.
There's also the small matter of the Sesame Street film as well, that had been in the works at 20th Century Fox. As it turns out, the movie is still coming, but there's been a change or two.
Firstly, it's switched studios. Sesame Street is now a Warner Bros project, and it's said that it has "brought new ideas to the table regarding the direction of the film". The Tracking Board reports that the new film "will be in the style of the more recent Muppets films" as a result.
Furthermore, Shawn Levy »
On the eve of the premiere of the first Netflix/Marvel tv series, another one has found its showrunner. Cheo Hodari Coker has been formally tapped as the showrunner of Marvel’s Luke Cage, the third in the series of four tv shows by Marvel that will air on Netflix.
Coker joins the show having worked on a number of series, from Southland to Almost Human to Ray Donovan. He also co-wrote the 2009 Biggie biopic Notorious. The Good Wife‘s Mike Colter has been tapped to play the titular character, who will also be appearing in Marvel’s Aka Jessica Jones. A premiere date for the series has yet to be set, although it has been confirmed for 2016.
The Daytime Emmy nominations were announced this week. The ABC soap opera General Hospital led the charge with 28 nominations, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Netflix's latest newly ordered drama will be a mystery-themed series set in Long Island and billed as a "love letter to the '80s classics." Brothers Matt and Ross Duffer are set as the writer-directors for Montauk, which will have eight episodes debut on the streaming service next year, Netflix announced on Thursday. The Duffer brothers previously shared writing duties for several horror shorts, including 2005's We All Fall Down. The duo will also exec produce the series along with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen. The series centers around the disappearance of a boy in Montauk, Long Island,
- Erik Hayden
Netflix has given a green light to Montauk, a 1980s drama series written and directed by young genre filmmakers Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer (Wayward Pines, Hidden) and executive produced by Shawn Levy. The streaming service has ordered eight hourlong episodes to premiere in 2016. Described as a love letter to the ’80s classics that captivated a generation, the series is set in 1980 Montauk, Long Island, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and… »
The movie is set in motion when alien crafts land around the world and an expert linguist, to be played by Adams, is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit.
Paramount picked up rights to U.S. and Canada at 2014’s Cannes Film Festival.
This is just one of several offers Whitaker has been juggling lately. Whitaker can be seen next in the Weinstein Co. »
- Justin Kroll
“Fancy Nancy” is about to step up her game in a wide-ranging deal with Disney.
Disney Junior has cut a deal with HarperCollins Children’s Books for rights to the hugely successful book series about a plucky little girl who likes to be “fancy” in all aspects of her life. Disney Junior plans an animated telepic and series adaptation, targeted to premiere in 2017. The pact also calls for a host of merchandising tie-ins to be handled by Disney’s formidable consumer products operation.
“Fancy Nancy,” created by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, has spawned more than 60 books that have sold some 28 million copies. The property has been chased for film and TV adaptations in the past. Shawn Levy and 20th Century Fox had been developing a “Fancy Nancy” feature, with Tina Fey also attached to produce, but the project is no longer active.
- Cynthia Littleton
Mr. Garvey is getting promoted to the big screen. Deadline reports that Paramount Pictures has pre-emptively snapped up Substitute Teacher, a film treatment of the popular Key & Peele comedy sketches featuring a hilariously prickly inner city substitute teacher doing time in a white, suburban high school.
Keegan-Michael Key will again star as takes-no-guff Mr. Garvey, and Jordan Peele will play a rival teacher who battles him for the students’ affections. The script will be penned by Rich Talarico and Alex Rubens, who co-produce Key & Peele for Comedy Central. Key and Peele will produce along with Shawn Levy and Dan LeVine of 21 Laps and Peter Principato, Paul Young and Joel Zadak of Principato Young Entertainment.
Substitute Teacher is the second film project Key and Peele are working on. The duo begins filming Keanu for New Line next month. Written by Peele and Rubens, it centers on two friends who attempt to »
- A.R. Wilson
Back in September, we reported that Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele are developing a feature version of their Key & Peele substitute teacher sketch for Paramount Pictures. Keegan Michael Key, who plays the teacher named Mr. Garvey in the sketch, would only say that they are in talks with Paramount for the project, and that two of their Key & Peele writers are working on the script. Today Deadline has word that Paramount has pre-emptively bought their pitch for a Substitute Teacher movie.
Keegan Michael Key will reprise his role as Mr. Garvey, with Jordan Peele set to play a rival teacher who is trying to become the students' favorite. The original sketch, which debuted in 2012, follows Mr. Garvey, an inner-city substitute who refuses to take any flack from his all-white, suburban high school students. The video currently has over 72 million views on YouTube.
Key will reprise his role as the angry high school substitute teacher Mr. Garvey while Peele will play a rival teacher currying the favor of students. Key and Peele will produce with 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Levine and Principato Young Entertainment’s Peter Principato, Paul Young and Joel Zadak.
The duo set up “Keanu,” a movie about a stolen cat, at New Line in October. The story follows a group of friends posing as drug dealers in order to retrieve a stolen feline.
- Dave McNary
A project that was at one point in time set up at Fox Searchlight and had the Duplass bros. looking to direct from their own script, Jeffrey Blitz who has been attached to the project since 2011 is finally setting sail and will reteam with his Rocket Science star on Table 19. While she was mentioned back in November along potentials Steve Carell and Tina Fey, it was just announced that Anna Kendrick will indeed topline an ensemble cast comprised of Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant, Tony Revolori, June Squibb, Wyatt Russell and Amanda Crew. Shooting will take place in Atlanta next week. Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps is producing.
Gist: Described as a singles-at-the-wedding pic, the ensemble comedy follows a group of strangers who meet at the “losers” table at a wedding. Told from their perspective, the story explores what marriage means to those on the sidelines.
Worth Noting: Since »
- Eric Lavallee
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have been slowly making their presence felt in movie roles, but their eponymous sketch show for America’s Comedy Central is where they’ve really been making waves, with popular characters and memorable moments generating plenty of attention. Now Paramount wants to turn one of their more successful characters – Key’s tough-minded but deluded substitute teacher Mr. Garvey – into a film.The sketches, which have been a viral sensation on YouTube, see the inner city substitute teacher taking on a class of largely white, suburban students and refuses to take any of the guff he assumes they’re going to give him. Whether the concept can extend to a film remains to be seen, but regular Key & Peele writers Rich Talarico and Alex Rubens are writing the script, which will see Peele as a rival teacher who tries to become the students’ favourite. Shawn Levy »
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is available on Blu-Ray, and I’ve got a copy waiting for you.
Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, and Robin Williams (in one of his last roles) are at it again, and the family-friendly fun not only explodes off the screen in this one, but the Blu-Ray is jam-packed with goodies fans are going to love.
Check out all the info on the release below, including the full list of bonuses, and then enter to win your very own copy. As a little added bonus, I’ve got a crossword for you.
Bring home the adventure on March 10, on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD!
Every Blu-ray™ comes with a Bonus Digital HD movie – Your choice of Night at the Museum 1 or 2!
- Marc Eastman
An adaptation of Ted Chiang's short story, the story is set in motion when alien crafts land around the world. Adams plays an expert linguist recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.
As she learns to communicate with them, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that help unlock the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit.
Renner will play a physics professor paired by the government with the linguist to help communicate with the aliens. Eric Heisserer has written the script for the project, which is being produced by Glen Basner, David Linde, Shawn Levy and Dan Levine.
Runner is also confirmed to have a role in "Captain America: Civil War" as previously rumored. »
- Garth Franklin
The project, based on Ted Chiang’s story, centers on aliens landing on Earth. The military then recruits Adams’ linguistic expert to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. Renner will portray a physics professor brought on to help communicate with the aliens.
Paramount picked up North American rights at Cannes last year, when Adams and Villeneuve were attached. Sony picked up most foreign markets.
Renner is reed by CAA, »
- Dave McNary
Avengers: Age of Ultron star Jeremy Renner has signed on to join Amy Adams in Paramount's sci-fi drama Story of Your Life. The project is based on the Hugo and Nebula-winning short story of the same name by Ted Chiang. Story of Your Life will actually serve as a reunion for both Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams, who both starred in the 2013 Best Picture nominee American Hustle.
Eric Heisserer (The Thing, Hours) wrote the adapted screenplay, which centers on alien spacecrafts that have landed all over the world. Amy Adams plays an expert linguist who has been recruited by the U.S. government to try and communicate with the aliens, to see if they come in peace or if they are a threat to mankind. As she begins to find out why the aliens are here, she experiences intense flashbacks that offer clues to what these creatures truly want. Jeremy Renner »
Scott Davis looks at the big releases on Blu-ray and DVD this week from the UK…
One of 2014’s biggest surprises (and best films), Nightcrawler cemented Jake Gyllenhaal’s mini renaissance and cemented his place as one of Hollywood’s most gifted actors. Here, he stars as Lou Bloom, a “nightcrawler” who finds employment as a investigate cameraman for a local new station, and soon sets out to become the best in the business. You can read our reviews here and here, as well as revisit out podcast on the film.
Order Nightcrawler On Blu-ray Here
Exclusive to HMV is stunning limited-edition steelbook, which is available at many HMV stores nationwide, but is very limited in quantity.
Winner of Best British Debut at this year’s BAFTA’s, Pride has been a firm favourite with many across both sides of the pond, and is set to follow the »
- Scott J. Davis
James Franco is in talks to star in the 20th Century Fox comedy Why Him?, which will be produced by Shawn Levy's 21 Laps company and Ben Stiller's Red Hour Pictures. Both of the production companies are based on the 20th Century Fox lot.
The plot centers on a Midwestern father who takes his family on a trip to Stanford, to visit his daughter during the Christmas holiday. What started as an innocent family trip quickly spirals out of control, as the father gets into an unexpected competition with his daughter's new boyfriend, a young Internet billionaire. While Variety doesn't specify which role James Franco will play, it seems likely that he will portray the billionaire boyfriend.
John Hamburg (I Love You, Man, Along Came Polly) is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Nick Stoller (Neighbors, The Five-Year Engagement) and Ian Helfer (The Oranges). No production schedule was given at this time, »
James Franco is in early negotiations to star in the Fox comedy “Why Him?,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. John Hamburg is attached to direct the film from a script he co-wrote with Nicholas Stoller and Ian Helfer. Also Read: James Franco, Seth Rogen: Sony’s Interview-Less ‘Interview’ Premiere (Photos) The story follows a father who takes the family to Stanford to visit his daughter at Christmas and ends up in a competition against the daughter’s boyfriend, an internet billionaire. Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour are producing. Also Read: ‘The Interview, »
- Linda Ge
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