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‘The Alienist’ Author Caleb Carr Boards TNT Series as Consulting Producer (Exclusive)

21 July 2015 12:01 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Caleb Carr, who authored “The Alienist,” is joining TNT’s television adaptation of his best-selling novel as a consulting producer, Variety has learned exclusively.

Gina Gionfriddo (“House of Cards, “Law & Order”), E. Max Frye (“Band of Brothers”) and John Sayles (“Bass Reeves”) also join the Paramount Television and Anonymous Content project as writers. The trio, joining pilot and series writer Hossein Amini, will serve as consulting producers on the episodes they pen.

“After twenty years of tough struggle and countless failed attempts, I’m delighted that Paramount Television, Anonymous Content and TNT have decided to join forces and bring ‘The Alienist’ to life in what, based on the material I’ve read, has the potential to be a faithful and exciting TV series,” Carr commented.

Previously announced, “True Detective’s” Cary Fukunaga will direct the drama. He and Amini will exec produce with Eric Roth. Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Richard Jenkins Joins Epix Drama ‘Berlin Station’

14 July 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Richard Jenkins has joined the cast of Epix’s original drama “Berlin Station,” set to premiere next year.

The Oscar-nominated actor is the first thesp set for the spy thriller revolving around the hunt for a mole at the CIA’s station in Berlin. Jenkins will play the station’s veteran chief.

Novelist Olen Steinhauer is writing and exec producing the 10-episode series for Paramount TV. Brad Winters is serving as showrunner and exec producer. Michael Roskam is directing the first two episodes and also exec producing. Eric Roth and Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts, Keith Redmon and Luke Rivett are also exec producing.

“Berlin Station” marks Jenkins’ first TV series role since his run on HBO’s “Six Feet Under” from 2001-2005. He was recently seen opposite Frances McDormand in the HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge.”

Richard Jenkins is an enormous talent whose onscreen presence always manages to »

- Cynthia Littleton

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HBO Developing Va Hospital Limited Series From Eric Roth & Denis Johnson

26 May 2015 3:08 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

HBO has in the works Unarmed, a limited drama series from Oscar winner Eric Roth and writer Denis Johnson, set at an Armed Forces medical center. Warner Bros. TV and Timberman/Beverly are producing the project, now in development, which is looking for a director in anticipation of a pilot order. Unarmed centers on Amos Searl, a civilian psychiatrist new to his practice at an Armed Forces medical center that specializes in treating amputees and burn victims, critically… »

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Epix Jumps Into Scripted Series with Nick Nolte Comedy ‘Graves,’ ‘Berlin Station’

21 May 2015 3:19 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Epix is moving into original scripted series with its first orders handed to a comedy starring Nick Nolte and the 10-part espionage thriller “Berlin Station.”

Both projects come from Epix’s parent companies Lionsgate and Paramount. A third series is in the works from MGM, the other parent in Epix’s trio of studio partners. Both have 10-episode straight-to-series orders.

Epix has developed original series on and off in the six years since the pay TV venture launched in the fall of 2009. But “Graves” and “Berlin Station” are the first to move beyond the pilot stage.

“Tapping into the creative talents of these entertainment power-houses to deliver this kind of compelling programming is exactly what we had envisioned when we created this joint-venture and launched the channel,” said president-ceo Mark Greenberg. “Our focus was on business success and profitability first and having established that firm business foundation, we are now »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Corporate Greed Is Bad for Your Health and for the Health of Democracy

13 May 2015 6:02 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Insider' movie: Al Pacino and Russell Crowe 'The Insider' movie: 1999 exposé of CBS news show barks, but doesn't bite Michael Mann's 1999 movie The Insider quote exchange: "It's old news. ... We'll be ok," says Don Hewitt (Philip Baker Hall), the creator of the CBS news show 60 Minutes. "These things have a half-life of 15 minutes." "No, that's fame," replies 60 Minutes anchor Mike Wallace (Christopher Plummer). "Fame has a 15-minute half-life. Infamy lasts a little longer." The infamous "things" referred to by Hewitt and Wallace are the series of scandals that erupted in early 1996, when it was revealed that CBS had refused to air an interview with a tobacco company whistleblower because the network feared the (financial) consequences. What Freedom of the Press? Based on Marie Brenner's Vanity Fair article about the events that led up to that embarrassing – and disturbing – incident, The Insider tells the story of scientist Jeffrey Wigand »

- Andre Soares

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‘The Alienist’ Lands Big Bucks Series Order From TNT

13 May 2015 7:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

TNT has made a hefty series commitment to Paramount TV’s adaptation of Caleb Carr’s novel “The Alienist,” spearheaded by “True Detective’s” Cary Fukunaga and screenwriters Eric Roth and Hossein Amini.

The deal for the project came down on the eve of Turner Broadcasting’s upfront presentation Wednesday morning in New York. New TNT/TBS boss Kevin Reilly has promised to overhaul TNT’s original drama offerings in an effort to bring more provocative and edgy material to the cabler known for its procedural hits.

TNT is said to have made a whopping $5 million-an-episode deal for the eight-part series, a clear signal to the industry that TNT is ready to spend big for glossy properties. The exact number of episodes is still to be determined, TNT said.

“Alienist” is set in late 1800s New York City and revolves around the search for a serial killer by then-police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Oscar Nominated Film Series: Munich - Director Spielberg's Most Satisfying Effort in Decades

3 May 2015 7:46 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Munich' movie cover 'Munich' movie review: Steven Spielberg tackles political time-space continuum in wildly uneven but ultimately satisfying thriller Alternately intriguing and irritating, thought-provoking and banal, subtle and patronizing, the biggest surprise about Steven Spielberg's Munich is that it – however grudgingly – works. The film, which Spielberg himself has referred to as a "prayer for peace," follows five men contracted by the Israeli government to avenge the massacre of that country's athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Sizable chunks of this political thriller with a Message (capital "M") are simplistically written, clumsily acted, and handled with the director's notoriously heavy touch, but the old adage – blood begets blood – even if somewhat muddled, is too timely not to make an impact. Complex 'Munich' movie plot Based on George Jonas' 1984 book Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team, whose veracity has been questioned in some quarters, Munich begins as »

- Andre Soares

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The Alienist Heads To Television With Cary Fukunaga At The Helm

15 April 2015 6:03 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Success can be a double-edged sword. Delivering the first season of the highly acclaimed TV series True Detective has clearly made director Cary Fukunaga a sought-after commodity – and deservedly so. However, an influx of work opportunities can lead to something of a backlog, with fans chomping at the bit for one project or the other. This makes today’s announcement maddening for those patiently awaiting Fukunaga’s version of Stephen King’s It, since it has the director moving full-steam ahead with a television adaptation of the 1994 novel The Alienist.

The source material was written by author Caleb Carr and is a crime novel set in 1896 in New York City. It follows several prominent figures from that time and place, including Theodore Roosevelt at the point in his career when he was New York City Police Commissioner. Roosevelt oversees a team of homicide investigators who use emerging tactics such as psychological profiling, »

- Sarah Myles

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Cary Fukunaga to Helm The Alienist TV Series with Eric Roth Producing

14 April 2015 10:41 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

After you helm the most talked about television program of 2014, there's a bit more freedom, creatively speaking, given when the choice of a new project comes along and how you'd like to approach that project. In the case of Cary Fukunaga, who directed the visually stunning first season of HBO's True Detective, the triumph of the series has allowed Fukunaga to secure distribution for Beasts of No Nation, his hugely controversial film focused on a child soldier in Africa and starring Idris Elba, through Netflix, and directorial duties on a new adaptation of Stephen King's It. On top of these two major projects, The Wrap reports today that Fukunaga is attached to another cherry television directing gig, this one being an adaptation of Caleb Carr's The Alienist for Paramount and Anonymous Content. The Wrap summarizes the story of The Alienist as such: Set in the tenements and mansions of Gilded Age New York City, »

- Chris Cabin

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Cary Fukunaga to Direct Series Based on Caleb Carr’s ‘The Alienist’

14 April 2015 10:03 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cary Fukunaga will direct and executive produce a drama series based on the Caleb Carr thriller “The Alienist” with Paramount Television and Anonymous Content producing, Variety has learned.

Eric Roth and Hossein Amini are also exec producing. Amini, who was nominated for an Oscar in 1998 for writing the script for “The Wings of the Dove,” wrote the pilot and will write the series.

Set in Gilded Age New York, the story follows Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, who, with the help of newspaper reporter John Moore and police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, uses the emerging discipline of psychology to track down one of New York City’s first serial killers.

“‘The Alienist’ is a fascinating and distinctive, fast-paced psychological thriller that is wonderfully evocative of the unrivaled Gilded Age of New York City,” said Paramount Television President Amy Powell. “Cary Fukunaga’s unique vision and ability to render compelling, distinctive and superbly atmospheric »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Cary Fukunaga Takes Over Long-Stalled 'The Alienist' as TV Series

14 April 2015 9:40 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

He will executive produce and direct. Two A-list Hollywood screenwriters are also executive producing: Eric Roth (Oscar-winner "Forrest Gump") and Hossein Amini (Oscar nominee "Wings of the Dove"). Anonymous Content, which pioneered the director-centric approach with Fukunaga on "True Detective" at HBO, has the rights and will produce with Steve Golin and Rosalie Swedlin as executive producers. Years ago Scott Rudin had tried to make the project into a movie but it never got off the ground. It was period, which is costly. The great concept is that the book tracks Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, newspaper reporter John Moore and police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt in 19th century New York City as they deploy the emerging science of psychology to track a serial killer. Think "The Knick" meets "True Detective." "The Alienist is a fascinating and distinctive, fast-paced psychological thriller that is wonderfully evocative of »

- Anne Thompson

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Cary Fukunaga Returns To TV To Direct Event Series Based On Caleb Carr's 'The Alienist'

14 April 2015 9:37 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Director Cary Fukunaga knows first hand the tremendous amount of work and reward that comes with taking on directorial duties of an entire TV show. Of course, he's the man that guided the first season of "True Detective" to critical acclaim, but the shoot was long and the post-production lengthier than usual, as Fukunaga oversaw everything. It's part of the reason why HBO opted for a handful of directors for the second season — it allows things to get moving along much faster, and it's why you'll be seeing the second season in June. But Fukunaga clearly enjoyed longform storytelling, and he's got another project cooking. Deadline reports that Fukunaga is reteaming with "True Detective" production company Anonymous Content to direct and executive produce an event series based on Caleb Carr's best-selling "The Alienist." Eric Roth is also on board to produce. The book — which is guaranteed to be found »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Cary Fukunaga Returns To TV To Direct Event Series Based On Caleb Carr's 'The Alienist'

14 April 2015 9:37 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Director Cary Fukunaga knows first hand the tremendous amount of work and reward that comes with taking on directorial duties of an entire TV show. Of course, he's the man that guided the first season of "True Detective" to critical acclaim, but the shoot was long and the post-production lengthier than usual, as Fukunaga oversaw everything. It's part of the reason why HBO opted for a handful of directors for the second season — it allows things to get moving along much faster, and it's why you'll be seeing the second season in June. But Fukunaga clearly enjoyed longform storytelling, and he's got another project cooking. Deadline reports that Fukunaga is reteaming with "True Detective" production company Anonymous Content to direct and executive produce an event series based on Caleb Carr's best-selling "The Alienist." Eric Roth is also on board to produce. The book — which is guaranteed to be found »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Cary Fukunaga To Direct "The Alienist"

14 April 2015 9:25 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"True Detective" helmer Cary Fukunaga is slated to direct and executive produce the upcoming event TV series adaptation of Caleb Carr's bestselling 1994 novel "The Alienist" for Anonymous Content.

Set in the tenements and mansions of Gilded Age New York City, the story follows Dr. Laszlo Kreizler who, with the help of newspaper reporter John Moore and police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, uses the emerging discipline of psychology to track down one of New York City’s first serial killers.

Also onboard are Oscar winner Eric Roth ("Forrest Gump") as executive producer, and Hossein Amini ("The Two Faces Of January") who will write and executive produce the series. This marks the first project in a three year, first-look production deal announced last year between Anonymous and Paramount TV.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Cary Fukunaga to Direct ‘The Alienist’ TV Series

14 April 2015 9:17 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

True Detective” director Cary Fukunaga has been tapped to direct the upcoming drama series “The Alienist,” based on the Caleb Carr novel. Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump”) has also been chosen to executive produce the project, which hails from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. Hossein Amini, who wrote the pilot, will write the series as well as executive produce. Set in the tenements and mansions of Gilded Age New York City (late-‘1800s), Carr’s 1994 novel tells the story of Dr. Laszlo Kreizler who, with the help of newspaper reporter John Moore and police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, uses the emerging discipline of psychology. »

- Tim Kenneally

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Production: Cary Fukunaga to direct 'The Alienist'

14 April 2015 7:48 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The red-hot director of the first season of True Detective will direct and serve as executive producer on the serial killer series for Paramount Television and Anonymous Content.

Eric Roth will also serve as executive producer and Hossein Amini, who wrote the pilot, will write and serve as executive producer on the first project to stem from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content’s three-year, first-look production deal.

The Alienist is based on the novel by Caleb Carr and takes place in late 19th century New York as Dr Laszlo Kreizler enlists the help of newspaper reporter John Moore and police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt to track down one of the city’s first serial killers. 

Weinstein Books and The Weinstein Company (TWC) have acquired film and publishing rights to Agnes Martin-Lugand’s debut novel and French self-publishing smash Happy People Read And Drink Coffee. Weinstein Books, a joint venture between TWC and the Perseus Books Group, is set to »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Us: Cary Fukunaga to direct 'The Alienist'

14 April 2015 7:48 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The red-hot director of the first season of True Detective will direct and serve as executive producer on the serial killer series for Paramount Television and Anonymous Content.

Eric Roth will also serve as executive producer and Hossein Amini, who wrote the pilot, will write and serve as executive producer on the first project to stem from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content’s three-year, first-look production deal.

The Alienist is based on the novel by Caleb Carr and takes place in late 19th century New York as Dr Laszlo Kreizler enlists the help of newspaper reporter John Moore and police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt to track down one of the city’s first serial killers. 

Weinstein Books and The Weinstein Company (TWC) have acquired film and publishing rights to Agnes Martin-Lugand’s debut novel and French self-publishing smash Happy People Read And Drink Coffee. Weinstein Books, a joint venture between TWC and the Perseus Books Group, is set to »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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News Bits: Pics, Girl, Wake, Shot, 37th, Chiraq

12 April 2015 1:55 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

New Photos

A Summer movie preview feature has gone up at USA Today including a bunch of first look photos from all sorts of movies scheduled to open over the next few months including "Southpaw," "Fantastic Four," "Inside Out," "Pixels," "Entourage," "Spy," "Magic Mike Xxl," "Mission Impossible Rogue Nation," "Masterminds," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," "Ricki and the Flash" and many more. Click here for the full gallery.

Luckiest Girl Alive

Lions gate has scored the movie rights to Jessica Knoll's debut novel "Luckiest Girl Alive”. The story follows a 28-year-old New Yorker who appears to have a perfect life until a dark trauma from her past resurfaces. Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea will produce through their Pacific Standard company. [Source: Variety]

The Good Girl

Anonymous Content has picked up rights to Mary Kubica's debut novel "The Good Girl". The story depicts the kidnapping of a judge’s daughter gone really wrong. »

- Garth Franklin

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Warner Bros. Options Book ’21st Century Robot’ for Roy Lee and Eric Roth (Exclusive)

10 April 2015 11:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warner Bros. has optioned the film rights to the book “21st Century Robot” by Brian David Johnson, with Roy Lee and Eric Roth attached to produce.

The story follows Jimmy, the first-of-its-kind social interactive robot. Intel and Trossen Robotics designed a kit that allows someone to create his or her own open-source 3D-printable robot that runs on Intel’s Edison chip. With this chip, the robot is able to adapt to society, and it serves as a sort of sidekick to whomever purchases it.

Johnson’s book came as a way to tell a fictional story of Jimmy while also cataloging some of his adventures, including his actual trip to the Maker Faire in New York.

Chantal Nong and Julia Spiro will oversee for Warner Bros.

Roth and Johnson are repped by CAA, who brokered the deal.

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- Justin Kroll

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Angelina Jolie’s ‘Africa’ Project On Shaky Ground As Skydance Searches For Partner

9 April 2015 3:21 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Africa, the feature about paleo-archaeologist Richard Leaky’s battle with ivory poachers in Kenya that was to be directed by Angelina Jolie and star her husband Brad Pitt, is said to be on shaky ground. The feature was being produced through David Ellison's Skydance Productions from a script by Oscar winner Eric Roth. Sources close to the project say things started to turn just recently over budget involving creative issues. Tons of development money was poured into this… »

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