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Margot Robbie To Headline And Produce New Thriller Bad Monkeys

21 July 2016 7:27 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Dwayne Johnson. Alicia Vikander. Margot Robbie. It’s a trio that are among the most sought-after actors in Hollywood right now, and lately we’ve seen them all upping their stock by nabbing producing credits on a handful of projects. Today, The Hollywood Reporter brings word of an interesting new vehicle for the latter.

It’s called Bad Monkeys, a thriller novel penned by Matt Ruff that has now found a home at Universal Pictures, with Robbie’s own LuckyChap Entertainment banner attached as well.

Taking point as Jane Charlotte, the so-hot-right-now actress will play a woman wrongfully accused and arrested for murder. In her defence, Charlotte claims that she’s part of a clandestine organization built to ward off evil from the shadows called Department for the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons (Aka Bad Monkeys), and the remainder of the novel asks whether Jane Charlotte is lying through her teeth, »

- Michael Briers

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Margot Robbie To Star In "Bad Monkeys"

20 July 2016 9:41 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Universal Pictures and Bluegrass Films have optioned the film rights to Matt Ruff's 2007 psychological thriller novel "Bad Monkeys" with plans to adapt it as a feature.

Margot Robbie is slated to produce and is attached to star in the film as Jane Charlotte, who has been arrested for murder. Charlotte claims she's a member of a secret organization devoted to fighting evil and that she's working with the Department for the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons - aka 'Bad Monkeys'.

Her confession lands her in the jail's psychiatric wing, but is she truly crazy or is she playing a whole different game altogether? Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will also produce.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Universal Options Matt Ruff Novel ‘Bad Monkeys’ With Margot Robbie To Star

20 July 2016 5:15 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Universal Pictures has optioned rights to Matt Ruff's novel Bad Monkeys, a psychological thriller to be adapted as a feature by Bluegrass Films' Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark. They will produce with Margot Robbie for her LuckyChap Entertainment, with Robbie also attached to star. The 2007 novel centers on Jane Charlotte, who has been arrested for murder. She says she’s a member of a secret organization devoted to fighting evil and that she’s working with the Department for… »

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Margot Robbie to Produce, Star in ‘Bad Monkeys’ for Universal

20 July 2016 5:15 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Margot Robbie is about to tame some “Bad Monkeys” with the help of Universal Pictures. The “Suicide Squad” actress will star in and produce an adaptation of Matt Ruff’s novel of the same name, about an accused murderer who claims she works for a special agency that delivers justice for heinous crimes. Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will produce via their Bluegrass Films. Robbie will produce through her LuckyChap Entertainment banner. Josey McNamara, also of LuckyChap, will serve as executive producer. Also Read: Margot Robbie Just Leaves After Vanity Fair Questions About Sex Scenes Universal Pictures Evp Jon Mone »

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Margot Robbie Starring in ‘Bad Monkeys’ for Universal

20 July 2016 5:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Margot Robbie is starring in and producing Universal’s action-crime thriller “Bad Monkeys,” based on Matt Ruff’s novel of the same name.

Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark are producing through their Universal-based Bluegrass Films company. Robbie is producing through her LuckyChap Entertainment banner and LuckyChap’s Josey McNamara will serve as executive producer.

Robbie was most recently seen as Jane in “The Legend of Tarzan” and will star as Harley Quinn in Warner Bros.’ upcoming “Suicide Squad,” which has been primed for a massive opening weekend in the $125 million range. She is currently in production on LuckyChap’s “Terminal.”

Robbie is also attached to star in a Harley Quinn spinoff movie for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment. she is expected to appear at the studio’s presentation at Comic-Con on Saturday.

Ruff’s previous books include “Lovecraft Country,” “Fool on the Hill,” “Set This House in Order,” and “The Mirage. »

- Dave McNary

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Margot Robbie to Star in, Produce Thriller 'Bad Monkeys'

20 July 2016 5:15 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Universal Pictures is hitching a ride on Margot Robbie's rising stardom. In a move just weeks before the actress stars in Suicide Squad, Universal has optioned the rights to Bad Monkeys, a novel by Matt Ruff, to act as a Robbie vehicle. She is attached to star and also will produce via her LuckyChap Entertainment banner. Also producing are Bluegrass FilmsScott Stuber (Central Intelligence) and Dylan Clark (War of the Planet of the Apes). Ruff’s 2008 novel centers on a woman named Jane Charlotte, who has been arrested for murder. She denies the charges, saying she is part of

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Patriots Day Poster Celebrates the Heroes of the Boston Marathon Bombing

6 July 2016 9:01 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Peter Berg,&#160Patriots' Day&#160is an account of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the everyday heroes who inspired the world in the extraordinary hours that followed. The harrowing real-life drama will open in New York, Los Angeles and Boston on December 21, 2016. The film will open nationwide on January 13, 2017. Today, we have the first poster which celebrates the heroes behind this awful day that will be long remembered.

In the aftermath of an unspeakable act of terror, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. Weaving together the stories of Special Agent Richard Deslauriers (Kevin Bacon), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman), Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. Simmons) and nurse Carol Saunders (Michelle Monaghan), this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of the most sophisticated manhunt in »

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‘Free State of Jones’: Five Reasons a 150-Year-Old Story Could Resonate Today

23 June 2016 9:41 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With summer beginning in earnest this weekend, movie patrons will be able to choose from an earthlings vs. aliens tentpole, one of the hottest animated films in history and a comedy starring two of the world’s most bankable stars. “Independence Day,” “Finding Dory,” and “Central Intelligence,” with Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, are poised to blot out all challengers at the the multiplex.

But an upstart studio with big ambitions is hoping it can find a niche in the market with a gritty historical drama about a 150-year-old slice of Americana that few people had ever heard of.

Free State of Jones” may be the most audacious piece of counter-programming on the 2016 summer calendar. Its June 24 opening is flying against, not only the headwinds of bigger, splashier competition, but of also a history of tough results for adult summer films. The movie’s tracking is weak, with weekend opening estimates of just $11 to $13 million, »

- James Rainey

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Watch Five Minutes of Matthew McConaughey’s ‘Free State of Jones’

21 June 2016 2:20 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Stx Entertainment has released five minutes of footage from Matthew McConaughey’s action-drama “Free State of Jones” on YouTube.

The footage covers an intense battle sequence that occurs near the opening of the film. The movie debuts Friday in about 2,600 North American theaters.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell and Mahershala Ali also star with Gary Ross directing from his own screenplay, based on a story he wrote with Leonard Hartman.

Producers are Scott Stuber, Jon Kilik and Ross. McConaughey portrays a defiant Southern farmer, Newton Knight, and his armed rebellion against the Confederacy, in which he launched an uprising that led Jones County, Miss., to secede from the Confederacy, creating the Free State of Jones.

The movie faces formidable competition from Fox’s launch of “Independence Day: Resurgence.” Sony is also opening shark thriller “The Shallows” and Broad Green is debuting Elle Fanning’s “The Neon Demon.”

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- Dave McNary

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Battlestar Galactica Has Happened Before, Will Happen Again With 'Westworld' Writer

10 June 2016 10:51 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Remember a few years ago when Universal was working on a Battlestar Galactica feature film? Turns out it's still happening and it has some exciting new names attached. We first have to go all the way back to 2009 when work on this film project first started. The 2003/4 Syfy reboot of the 70s series was just wrapping up and Universal got together with Glen A. Larson to start work in a big-screen version. The project was meant to be a reimagining of the story which did not continue with the continuity of the original television series or the reboot but would include the characters we know like Adama, Starbuck, and Baltar. Bryan Singer was attached to direct at one point and in 2011 John Orloff was close to writing, telling Deadline “I have wanted to write this movie since I was 12 years old, and built a Galactica model from scratch out of balsa wood, cardboard, old model parts and LEDs. I love BSG, and I would pass on the job rather than frak it up.” Things were quiet for a bit and then in 2014 Universal hired Transcendence writer Jack Paglen (who's also worked on Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant) for screenwriting duties. Earlier this year they picked up Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark of Bluegrass Films to produce but now we get to the really exciting news. Deadline reports on a new writer and a possible new director: The long-awaited big-screen transfer of the Glen Larson 1978 TV series is moving forward at Universal. Lisa Joy, who scripted and is exec producer on HBO’s series Westworld, is writing the script. Francis Lawrence is circling the movie to direct...Numerous directors have taken cracks at the feature film version over the years. It gives Universal a strong chance to create another tentpole franchise. This is excellent news from where I'm standing. Joy's credits also include Pushing Daisies and Burn Notice. She was also writing a film for Sony Pictures in 2014 which would have focused on female characters from Spider-Man lore, though there hasn't been any updates on that for a while.  Lawrence of course ushered the last three installments of The Hunger Games franchise to screen and I'd be interested to see what his BSG would look like. Here's a tip for you though - keep Katee Sackhoff as Starbuck. »

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Lisa Joy To Pen New "Galactica" Film

9 June 2016 9:03 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Producer and screenwriter Lisa Joy (HBO's "Westworld") will pen the upcoming film adaptation of Glen Larson's 1978 sci-fi TV series "Battlestar Galactica" for Universal Pictures and Bluegrass Films.

The story takes place in a distant corner of the universe known as the Twelve Colonies. The human civilization inhabiting the colonies has been in a war with the Cylons, and after being virtually wiped out by the cybernetic race, the surviving humans are forced to live on spaceships.

Francis Lawrence is reportedly circling the project, but there is no official attachment at this time. Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will produce.

The film is separate to the multiple award-winning four season-long Sci-Fi Channel series from Ronald D. Moore and David Eick.

Source: EW »

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Battlestar Galactica Movie Targets Hunger Games Director

9 June 2016 6:04 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After languishing in development since 2009, Universal Pictures' Battlestar Galactica movie is finally moving forward in the right direction. We reported last month that the studio has brought on Michael De Luca, Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark to produce this sci-fi reboot, but now even more progress is being made. Today we have word that HBO's Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy has signed on to write the screenplay, with Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) circling the project as a director.

This new report from Deadline doesn't reveal if Francis Lawrence is in negotiations, or if he's just interested in taking on this coveted directorial gig. Much like the original 1978 TV series, and the critically-acclaimed 2003 TV reboot, this project will follow the longstanding battle between humans and the Cylons, although no specific plot details were given. We reported back in 2014 that this project will be a full reboot that is more »

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‘Battlestar Galactica’ Movie Finds Writer in Lisa Joy, Eyes ‘Hunger Games’ Director

9 June 2016 4:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Westworld” scribe Lisa Joy has been set to adapt a “Battlestar Galactica” film for Universal, sources confirmed to Variety.

Bryan Singer had been attached to direct, but has since moved on. The studio is now eyeing “Hunger Games” helmer Francis Lawrence, though sources say discussions are early.

The popular property has already had two separate TV shows with the most recent appearing on Syfy. The series follows a crew of the aged Galactica as it accompanies a small civilian fleet who are in search of the planet Earth after their world is destroyed by an alien force known as the Cylons.

With the most recent TV series garnering critical acclaim, Universal has been trying to get a feature film version off the ground for quite some time. Bluegrass FilmsScott Stuber and Dylan Clark will produce alongside Michael De Luca through his Michael De Luca Productions.

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- Justin Kroll

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‘Hunger Games’ Director Francis Lawrence Circles ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Movie

9 June 2016 4:49 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Director Francis Lawrence is circling the “Battlestar Galactica” movie, TheWrap has learned, although he is not yet attached to the project. Having directed the last three “Hunger Games” installments, bringing futuristic television series to the big screen is right up his alley. Lisa Joy, of HBO’s “Westworld” will write the script to what’s being described as a reimagining of the 1978 television series created by Glen Larson. Also Read: 'Battlestar Galactica' Reboot Names Michael De Luca, Scott Stuber as Producers Bryan Singer was at one time attached to direct the Universal movie, but he has since dropped out. »

- Meriah Doty

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‘Battlestar Galactica’ Movie Sets ‘Westworld’s Lisa Joy To Write; Director Francis Lawrence Orbiting

9 June 2016 4:28 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: The long awaited big screen transfer of the Glen Larson 1978 TV series is moving forward at Universal. Lisa Joy, who scripted and is exec producer on HBO’s series Westworld, is writing the script. Francis Lawrence is circling the movie to direct. Bluegrass Films partners Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark are producing with Michael De Luca through his Michael De Luca Productions. Bluegrass is currently awaiting release on The Free State of Jones and Central Intelligen… »

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‘Supergirl’s’ Melissa Benoist, Khandi Alexander Join Mark Wahlberg’s ‘Patriots Day’

5 May 2016 3:47 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

CBS Films and Lionsgate have tapped “Supergirl” star Melissa Benoist, Khandi Alexander and Jake Picking to join Mark Wahlberg’s “Patriots Day

The Boston Marathon bombing saga includes John Goodman, J.K. Simmons, Michelle Monaghan, Kevin Bacon, Jimmy O. Yang, Vincent Curatola, Alex Wolff, James Colby and Rachel Brosnahan in its cast.

The film is directed by Peter Berg and produced by Scott Stuber, Mark Wahlberg, Hutch Parker, Dylan Clark, Stephen Levinson, Dorothy Aufiero and Michael Radutzky.

Benoist is playing Katherine Russell, Alexander is playing a law enforcement interrogator and Picking is playing MIT Police Officer Sean Collier. The film is currently shooting in Boston.

The film is being co-financed by CBS Films and Lionsgate with the former handling production and marketing and the latter handling distribution. “Patriots Day” will open Dec. 21 in Boston, Los Angeles and New York.

UTA and Anonymous Content represent Benoist. Alexander is represented by Green & Associates. »

- Dave McNary

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Office Christmas Party Enlists Chloe Wepper As Principal Photography Kicks Off

25 April 2016 9:21 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The RSVPs are in and, finally, after assembling a star-studded cast, principal photography has kicked off on the Atlanta set of DreamWorks’ festive comedy, Office Christmas Party – but not without the last-minute addition of Chloe Wepper.

That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter, confirming that Wepper will star opposite the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller and soon-to-be-Ghostbuster Kate McKinnon, who each look to ring in the festive season with a bang. At the heart of the workplace comedy, though, is a hard-partying Average Joe (Bateman, we assume), who learns that his CEO sister is attempting to shutter the branch he’s called home for years.

In a last-ditch – and ill-advised – attempt to salvage some festivity, Office Christmas Party brings together the entire workplace for the biggest bash of the year as our protagonist teams with the Cto in order to impress a potential client. Also on the »

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‘X-Men’ Actress Lana Condor Joins ‘Patriots Day’ (Exclusive)

7 April 2016 4:29 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lana Condor, who is making her feature film debut as Jubilee in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” has been cast in Mark Wahlberg’s “Patriots Day,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Condor will be playing the role of an MIT graduate student who is the girlfriend of MIT police officer Sean Collier. The officer was shot to death three days after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing by either Dzhokhar Tsarnaev or Tamerlan Tsarnaev several hours after the FBI published images of the brothers and asked for public help in tracking the bomb suspects down.

Besides Wahlberg, the film also stars John Goodman, J.K. Simmons, Kevin Bacon and Michelle Monaghan. “Patriots Day” is directed by Peter Berg and produced by Wahlberg, Scott Stuber, Hutch Parker, Dylan Clark, Stephen Levinson, Dorothy Aufiero and Michael Radutzky. Shooting has started in Boston.

The film is co-financed by CBS Films and Lionsgate, with the former handling production and marketing, and the latter handling distribution. »

- Dave McNary

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Universal’s ‘Let It Snow’ Pushed to 2017

6 April 2016 11:28 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal is pushing its adaptation of “Let it Snow” from December 2016 to November 2017.

Based on the anthology of short stories from John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle, the plot weaves together three unexpected romances that take place over the course of one Christmas Eve.

Luke Snellin was recently tapped to direct. “The Fault in Our Stars” screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber revised the screenplay, originally written by Kay Cannon.

Sources didn’t specify the reason for the postponement, other than not wanting Snellin to feel pressured to complete the production on time.

Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will produce for Universal-based Bluegrass Films. Universal senior VP of production Kristin Lowe and director of development Chloe Yellin will oversee the project for the studio. Alexa Faigen will oversee for Bluegrass Films.

Universal landed the rights to the anthology series in 2014 following the success of Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars, »

- Justin Kroll

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Universal Pushes John Green’s ‘Let It Snow’ to November 2017

6 April 2016 11:11 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Universal Pictures has pushed the release of “Let It Snow” from Dec. 9, 2016, to Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, the studio announced Wednesday. “Let It Snow” is based on the short story collection written by John Green (“The Fault in Our Stars”), Maureen Johnson (“13 Little Blue Envelopes”) and Lauren Myracle (“Internet Girls”). Luke Snellin will direct the film, which will weave together three unexpected romances that take place over the course of one Christmas Eve. Also Read: Jamie Chung, 'Deadpool' Actor Karan Soni Join Jennifer Aniston's 'Office Christmas Party' (Exclusive) Bluegrass FilmsScott Stuber (“Ted”) and Dylan Clark (“Planet of the Apes »

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