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Legendary gets Lawrence's 'Bad Blood'

24 June 2016 11:24 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Legendary Pictures has won a bidding war for a high finance tale with Jennifer Lawrence attached to star and Adam McKay set to write and direct.

Legendary Pictures has won a bidding war for Bad Blood, a high finance tale with Jennifer Lawrence (pictured) attached to star and Adam McKay set to write and direct.

Universal will distribute worldwide under its deal with Legendary.

Lawrence will play Elizabeth Holmes, the controversial Us health tech entrepreneur who founded Theranos, a startup whose blood testing technology earned it a multi-billion dollar valuation before the company came under federal investigation.

McKay most recently directed and co-wrote Wall Street dramedy The Big Short, for which he and Charles Randolph won last year’s best adapted screenplay Oscar.

The Bad Blood package - which included film rights to a book proposal about Holmes and Theranos - reportedly attracted bids from Big Short-distributor Paramount and several other studios and mini-majors as well as »

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Legendary Scores McKay, J-Law's "Blood"

24 June 2016 7:02 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Legendary Pictures has won a heated bidding war for "Bad Blood," a new feature project about the Theranos blood testing company scandal.

Adam McKay ("The Big Short") penned and will direct the project which will star Jennifer Lawrence as 32-year-old entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the company which at one time was valued at $9 billion.

That value dropped to effectively zero following news that the company is under investigation for inaccurate testing that took place at their California labs. Cms regulators are trying to ban her for two years from owning or operating a blood lab.

McKay, Lawrence, Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick are producing.

Source: THR »

- Garth Franklin

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Legendary Wins Bidding War for Jennifer Lawrence Movie ‘Bad Blood’

23 June 2016 8:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Legendary has won an auction for the movie project “Bad Blood” with Jennifer Lawrence attached to star.

“Bad Blood” will be written and directed by “The Big Short” director Adam McKay. Lawrence will play Elizabeth Holmes, founder of controversial blood testing company Theranos.

The value of Theranos has plunged following news that the company is under investigation for inaccurate testing. Holmes has continued to stand by Theranos.

Producers are McKay, Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick through their  Gary Sanchez company, along with Lawrence. McKay and Charles Randolph won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in February for “The Big Short.”

The package drew bids from several studios — including Paramount, which distributed “The Big Short” — and production companies. The deal includes movie rights to a book proposal about the Theranos controversy by John Carreyrou, who has reported on the company for the Wall Street Journal.

Universal will distribute the film through its deal with Legendary. »

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Jennifer Lawrence Boarding Adam McKay Theranos Medical Drama Project

9 June 2016 12:58 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Jennifer Lawrence is attaching herself to Adam McKay’s drama about medical company Theranos and its 32-year-old founder Elizabeth Holmes. Theranos is the blood-testing startup that once had Silicon Valley investors salivating over its commercial potential with a $9 billion valuation as recently as two years ago. Gary Sanchez Productions is producing with Sanchez producer Kevin Messick planning to approach buyers next week. Founded in 2003 by Holmes… »

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HBO Orders Drama Pilots from Kathryn Bigelow, Adam McKay & Will Ferrell

6 June 2016 4:24 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO is turning to two Oscar winners for the network’s next round of drama pilots.

The premium cabler has ordered two pilots from “The Big Short” scribe Adam McKay and “The Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow, Variety has confirmed.

From McKay comes “Succession,” a family drama that follows the saga of a fictional, American global-media family that is not only rich and powerful, but also powerfully dysfunctional. The project will explore family loyalty, international business and the perils of power in the 21st century.

Will Ferrell is attached to “Succession” as an exec producer, reuniting with McKay who directed Ferrell’s “Anchorman” movies and “Step Brothers.” McKay will direct the pilot, which will be penned by Jesse Armstrong. Both will exec produce with Ferrell, Kevin Messick and Frank Rich, a creative consultant to HBO and exec producer on “Veep.”

From Bigelow comes “Mogadishu, Minnesota,” a family drama that grapples »

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HBO Orders Drama Pilots From Adam McKay & Kathryn Bigelow

6 June 2016 4:02 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

HBO has given pilot orders to two provocative dramas with Oscar-winning auspices: Succession, directed and executive produced by The Big Short‘s Adam McKay; and Mogadishu, Minnesota (formerly know as The Recruiters), executive produced by Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker‘s Kathryn Bigelow. Succession is written/executive produced by Peep Show co-creator Jesse Armstrong and exec produced by Will Ferrell, Frank Rich and Kevin Messick, while Mogadishu, Minnesota is… »

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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay Celebrate a Decade of Gary Sanchez Productions

27 May 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay were both hired for “Saturday Night Live” on the same day in 1995, but no one could have predicted the wildly successful partnership that would ensue. Though Ferrell has built an empire on playing over-the-top, out-there characters, his natural demeanor is, by his own admission, much more mild-mannered. “I’m not cracking jokes all the time. I like to gauge a temperature of a room,” the actor says.

In fact, McKay, who would stay with “SNL” for six years, including three seasons as head writer, initially thought Ferrell would take on more sober parts. “You always need a straight man, a decent-looking guy to play leads,” he says. “But we go into our first read-through, and this guy uncorks four of the funniest characters you’ve ever seen in your life. We all walked away going, ‘Where did that come from? He seemed so normal!’ We »

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Adam McKay to direct film adaptation of Mark Waid’s Irredeemable

6 May 2016 12:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Adam McKay has slowly been working his way toward directing a superhero movie for a couple years now. He rewrote the Ant-Man script with Paul Rudd after Edgar Wright’s departure, and was even in line to direct before passing on the project (which then went to Peyton Reed). He was then rumored to be in the running to helm The Inhumans, but we know that’s not going to happen because the film has been taken off of Marvel’s Phase Three slate.

Now, McKay finally is making his superhero directorial debut, though it’s not for Marvel Studios. Instead, he’s heading to 20th Century Fox to adapt Mark Waid’s 2009 comic Irredeemable. 

Irredeembale, from Boom! Studios, ran for 36 issues and told the story of the Plutonian, the world’s greatest superhero who turned evil and began slaughtering the people of Earth. It then fell to a superhero »

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Adam McKay to direct Irredeemable, an evil superhero movie

5 May 2016 4:15 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Coming off The Big Short and Ant-Man, Adam McKay is now directing an adaptation of Mark Waid's Irredeemable!

Last year, Adam McKay made The Big Short, one of the best films of 2015 and a dizzyingly complex comedy-drama-turned tragedy about the 2000s housing market crash. It snagged McKay an Oscar too, for Best Adapted Screenplay. Having also written the final draft for Marvel StudiosAnt-Man, many expected his next film might be of the superhero variety. And yes it is, but not in the way you may expect.

Representing McKay stepping away, at least for the time being, from Marvel, he's partnering with 20th Century Fox to make a superhero movie with nary a mutant or X-Man in sight. Indeed, pulling from Boom! Comics, Fox is looking to diversify its masked men portfolio with an entirely separate superhero franchise based around the Irredeemable comic series.

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Adam McKay to direct Irredeemable, an evil superhero movie

5 May 2016 4:15 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Coming off The Big Short and Ant-Man, Adam McKay is now directing an adaptation of Mark Waid's Irredeemable!

Last year, Adam McKay made The Big Short, one of the best films of 2015 and a dizzyingly complex comedy-drama-turned tragedy about the 2000s housing market crash. It snagged McKay an Oscar too, for Best Adapted Screenplay. Having also written the final draft for Marvel StudiosAnt-Man, many expected his next film might be of the superhero variety. And yes it is, but not in the way you may expect.

Representing McKay stepping away, at least for the time being, from Marvel, he's partnering with 20th Century Fox to make a superhero movie with nary a mutant or X-Man in sight. Indeed, pulling from Boom! Comics, Fox is looking to diversify its masked men portfolio with an entirely separate superhero franchise based around the Irredeemable comic series.

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Irredeemable Movie Finds Home At Fox With Adam McKay At The Helm

5 May 2016 2:05 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Much of the superhero news coming out of 20th Century Fox lately has revolved around X-Men, Deadpool and a certain squadron of New Mutants – and rightly so.

Standing on the verge of release, Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse represents the closure of a barnstorming and, crucially, lucrative prequel series; whereas Deadpool blew past just about everyone’s expectations to become the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time.

But for the studio’s next creative venture, they’ve turned to Boom! Comics’ Irredeemable, Mark Waid and Peter Krouse’s comic series that revolves around The Plutonian, a former hero who has a change of heart to become the most formidable supervillain the world has ever seen – flooding entire continents and racking up a death toll in the millions. Aiming to stem that rampage is the Paradigm, a ragtag crew of heroes that band together to, you guessed it, save the world. »

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‘Big Short’ Director Adam McKay to Helm ‘Irredeemable’ Movie for Fox

5 May 2016 12:48 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox has attached “The Big Short” writer-director Adam McKay to its movie adaptation of “Irredeemable” from Boom! Comics.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” writer-director Tommy Wirkola is writing the screenplay. McKay and Charles Randolph won the best adapted screenplay Oscar for “The Big Short.”

Producers are Boom! Studios’ Ross Richie and Stephen Christy along with Gary Sanchez’s McKay and Kevin Messick. Adam Yoelin is a co-producer. Boom! has a first-look deal at Fox.

The comic-book, written by Mark Waid, was published between 2009 and 2012 for a total of 37 issues and centered on fallen superhero the Plutonian, who begins slaughtering the population of Earth. His former allies, the superhero group the Paradigm, attempt to find a way to stop his rampage but none of them are as powerful as the maniac holding the world hostage. The Paradigm then turns in desperation to a famous supervillain for help.

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McKay Helms Superhero Tale "Irredeemable"

5 May 2016 12:09 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

After talking about the idea for a while, and having co-written one with "Ant-Man," acclaimed "The Big Short" and "Anchorman" helmer Adam McKay has finally set his sights on directing a superhero film - just not one you might expect.

McKay is set to helm an edgy film adaptation of Boom! Comics' "Irredeemable" from a script by "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" director Tommy Wirkola. Mark Waid's limited edition comic follows Plutonian, the world's greatest superhero until he began heartlessly slaughtering those who defy him.

It falls to a superhero group of his former colleagues, now known as the Paradigm, to stop this mass-murdering maniac's rampage despite them not even being close to Plutonian in terms of power. Their only hope lies in an imprisoned famous supervillain.

McKay, Kevin Messick, Ross Richie and Stephen Christy are producing the film for 20th Century Fox.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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