7 items from 2015
The banner, in a low six-figure deal, has acquired rights to Mark Curriden and Leroy Phillips, Jr.’s book “Contempt of Court: The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching That Launched a Hundred Years of Federalism.” Hirsch will produce and Stuart Stout’s Mfwh Productions will executive produce.
The victim, Ed Johnson, was murdered in his home town of Chattanooga, Tenn., after being sentenced to death for the alleged rape of a white woman. Johnsons’s court-appointed attorneys decided not to appeal the ruling, but two local black attorneys — Noah Parden and Styles Hutchins — took up the case, going first to federal court and then to the Supreme Court to argue that Johnson’s constitutional rights had been violated.
Parden traveled to Washington, »
- Dave McNary
Director: Michael Wenning
Producers: Rashidi Hendrix, Daniel Ziskind
Cast: Amr Waked
Five international thieves meet in Berlin to steal the most valuable stamp in the world.
Director: Gerard Barrett
Cast: Dakota Fanning
Based on Susannah Cahalan’s bestselling memoir.
Sales: Mister Smith Entertainment (international); Wme (U.S.)
Director: Steven C. Miller
Cast: Bruce Willis
Thriller involving super-weapons and conspiracies.
Sales: Highland Film Group
Elvis & Nixon
Director: Liza Johnson
The morning when President Nixon met Elvis Presley in 1970.
Director: Stephen Gaghan
Cast: Matthew McConaughey
The story of the 1993 Bre-x Mineral Corp. mining scandal.
Sales: Sierra/Affinity (international); CAA (domestic)
- Variety Staff
Academy Award winning actress Octavia Spencer is attached to star in Seacole – a historical biopic about the legendary woman who defied discrimination to nurse soldiers in the Crimean War. With Charlie Stratton (In Secret) set to direct a script written by Dianne Houston (Take The Lead) and Marnie Dickens (Ripper Street), the project is being packaged for sale at the Berlin Film Festival.
“Mary Seacole was a dynamic, complex and charming woman, and knowing Octavia and her immense talent, there is no one better to embody this impressive and courageous historical figure.”
Having been born to a Jamaican woman and a Scottish officer from the British Army, Seacole grew up studying the healing techniques used by her mother in the boarding house she ran. Later in life, after the death »
- Sarah Myles
Octavia Spencer is attached to star in Seacole, a period biopic about "a pioneering Jamaican doctress who battled prejudice to play a key role in the Crimean War, rivaling Florence Nightingale." The film will reteam Spencer with producer of The Help, Brunson Green, and is set to be directed by Charlie Stratton (In Secret). [The Hollywood Reporter] Emma Roberts and Dave Franco will star in Nerve, Lionsgate’s adaptation of Jeanne Ryan's young adult novel. Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Catfish), will direct and the script was penned by Jessica Sharzer. The book told the story of a high school wallflower who »
- Jennifer Maas
Details on a new project Octavia Spencer is now attached to, which will be shopped at the upcoming European Film Market, which runs in conjunction with the Berlin Film Festival... Brian O'Shea, CEO of The Exchange, announced today that Octavia Spencer is attached to Brunson Green's "Seacole." The pair last worked together on "The Help," which Spencer co-starred in, and Green produced. Via the press release, the project is described as an epic drama that will be directed by acclaimed theater and filmmaker Charlie Stratton, from a screenplay written by Academy Award nominee Dianne Houston and Marnie Dickens. It'll tell the widely unknown, inspirational true story »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Based on the Jeanne Ryan novel, the story follows a high school senior who finds herself immersed in an online game of truth of dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of voyeurs. Jessica Sharzer adapted the script. [Source: Variety]
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DuVernay will write, produce, and direct, whilst Oyelowo is in negotiations to produce and star. No schedule has yet been set. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
Charlie Stratton will direct Seacole from a screenplay by Dianne Houston and Marnie Dickens about Mary Seacole, a Jamaican nurse and contemporary of Florence Nightingale who tended to the sick during the 19th century Crimean War.
The film will focus on battlefield action as Seacole fights to take care of British soldiers during and after the war. Umedia finances the project and is on board as co-producer.
“It is time to bring Mary Seacole’s story to the big screen,” said The Exchange CEO Brian O’Shea. “Octavia Spencer will bring her wit and determination to this strong character.”
“It’s exciting to be working with Octavia again to bring this important and moving story to life,” said Green. “Mary Seacole was a dynamic, complex and charming »
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7 items from 2015
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