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“The Tunnels” is the untold true story of a great escape before the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. The story focuses on a group of West Germans trying to get their loved ones out of East Berlin, with the unlikely help of American news networks, who funded their expedition.
“Finding an untold true story of this caliber is such a rarity,” Ryder said. “Greg’s proposal will make for a very human and cinematic experience. We have no doubt that Mark »
- Dave McNary
"It was… good," he says carefully, with a little chuckle. His diplomatic appraisal isn’t without a dash of self-preservation: Mick Jagger, a co-producer of the Tate Taylor film, also co-produced Gibney’s latest film, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, a documentary about the great performer’s musical and social impact that will debut Monday, October 27th on HBO.
Gibney, the Oscar-winning investigative director (Taxi to the Dark Side) who »
I actually don't think I was aware of this before reading about it today. Or maybe I was, but just can't remember. And I'm assuming that some of you probably weren't aware either. So I'm just sharing as an Fyi. There's obviously nothing that can be done about it now. Or is there... I believe it's mostly known that Spike Lee and Wesley Snipes at one time (2008 or so) paired up for a James Brown movie (which never happened; Tate Taylor would eventually take over the project that Chadwick Boseman starred in); but did you know that, about 15 years before that, Lee and Snipes were to team up for a Miles Davis biopic, with Snipes of course starring, and Spike directing? I was reading This »
- Tambay A. Obenson
You can blame the huge success of Fargo for this. Hollywood, even before that, had been moving more and more to exploiting movie properties on the small screen. But since Fargo married up critical acclaim to a good audience? All bets are off.
Here are 23 - count 'em! - currently in differing stages of production...
The film: Earning Tom Hanks his first Oscar nomination, the beloved 1988 comedy drama Big saw him as Josh Baskin who, courtesy of a Zoltar machine, turns into an adult. Romance, work, and playing on a big piano follow.
Warren Littlefield has planted his flag at Legendary Television and Digital Media, cutting a first-look deal to develop projects for various platforms.
Littlefield is riding high on the success of FX’s “Fargo,” which bagged the Emmy for best miniseries and is returning for a second season next year. He also just inked a development deal with Showtime for a new TV rendition of “In the Heat of the Night” with filmmaker Tate Taylor.
“Warren is one of the few former broadcast network presidents who has successfully made the transition from executive to producer.” said Bruce Rosenblum, prexy of Legendary TV and Digital. “We are thrilled to be in business with him and proud to have his award-winning talents to help us create content that will resonate with audiences no matter what the platform.”
Littlefield launched his Littlefield Co. shingle shortly after leaving NBC in 1998 after a 15-year run. He »
- Cynthia Littleton
Chicago P.D.‘s Det. Antonio Dawson is about to protect and serve a soap star.
As the World Turns Emmy winner Michael Park has landed a three-episode arc on the NBC drama as Asher Roslyn, a slick, confident diamond dealer who hires the detective for after-hours private security, TVLine has learned exclusively.
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Dawson’s judgment and instincts will be challenged as he balances the new assignment with his official police department responsibilities.
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At some point, it’s probably going to become easier to name the classic movies that haven’t been turned into TV shows than the ones that have. The latest big-screen property to transition to the small-screen is In the Heat of the Night, the 1967 drama starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. Well… at least it’s […]
- Angie Han
Showtime is taking their time in digging up new ideas of TV series, especially controversial ones. Thus the network agreed with Tate Taylor (from The Help fame) to look into a TV series reboot of In The Heat of the Night. Fitting to the latest rounds of racial waves, the plot follows the life of an African-American police officer who is now in the middle of a crime investigation. It is expected to be darker with Tate working with Warren Littlefield on it. As for it actually being filmed, it appears to be in the very early stages of being planned.
Showtime is certainly working hard this fall to line up some interesting shows. I am not sure how they will pull this one off without too many issues. The concept will be a great source of chatter and perhaps issues due to the nature of the story. I think »
- Sarah Peel
MGM Television’s rebooted version of movie classic, In The Heat Of The Night, has found a home at Showtime, as the network will work with the studio to develop the TV series with The Help’s Tate Taylor at the helm.
The original 1967 movie arrived on the big screen during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Based on the 1965 novel, it starred Sidney Poitier, Warren Oates and Rod Steiger, and snagged five Academy Awards for its depiction of a divided Southern town. Poitier led the pic as a police detective sent to the fictional Mississippi town of Sparta to investigate a murder. He meets great hostility from the local sheriff, played by Steiger.
It’s a phenomenal film that sparked two sequels, but doesn’t exactly lend itself to the TV format. However, this approach has been tried before. In the late 80s NBC broadcasted a small screen »
- Gem Seddon
Showtime is looking to add a little heat to its nighttime lineup. The premium network and MGM Television have begun developing a new TV project based on the 1967 film In the Heat of the Night, EW has confirmed. Written and directed by The Help's Tate Taylor, the series will be "an exploration of character and race set in modern-day Mississippi." Taylor, a Mississippi native, will also executive produce alongside Warren Littlefield (Fargo) and John Norris (Get on Up). The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news. The movie starred Rod Steiger and Sidney Poitier as two men working together against »
- Jake Perlman
An update on the August announcement that MGM was developing a TV series based on its 1967 classic drama "In the Hear of the Night," with none-other-than Tate Taylor (director of "The Help" and "Get on Up") directing... Announced today, the series has found a home on the Showtime network, which we can assume, means, it'll something more adult and R-rated, than if it were picked up by a broadcast network like NBC or CBS. The news comes after Showtime announced, earlier this week, that the network will be rebooting the cult classic "Twin Peaks" from David Lynch, for a 9-episode limited series in 2016. Showtime is also developing a TV series based »
- Tambay A. Obenson
We learned back in August that a new take on "In the Heat of the Night" (originally a novel by John Ball and previously adapted for both the big screen and small screens) was eyeing a return for television. Now it appears that Showtime picked up the new series with The Help and Get on Up helmer Tate Taylor set to executive produce alongside Warren Littlefield and John Norris, both of whom recently served as executive producers on FX's "Fargo." »
The pay cabler has commissioned multiple scripts with an eye toward a straight-to-series order if the scripts are well-received. The project based on the 1967 Sidney Poitier-Rod Steiger pic is described as an exploration of character and race set in modern-day Mississippi. Taylor is a native son of the Magnolia state, and he’s known for his touch with material set in the South as the filmmaker behind “The Help” and this year’s James Brown biopic “Get On Up.”
Taylor is writing at least two scripts for Showtime and will direct should the project go before the cameras. Taylor and Littlefield are exec producing with John Norris. Littlefield Co.’s Ann Johnson is on board as a producer.
- Cynthia Littleton
Another remake may be headed to television. Showtime and MGM Television are developing a new project based on the 1967 Oscar-winning film by Norman Jewison, In the Heat of the Night, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Tate Taylor, who helmed The Help and the James Brown biopic Get On Up, will write and direct, as well as executive produce. Warren Littlefield (Fargo) and John Norris will also serve as executive producers, with The Littlefield Company's Ann Johnson. In the Heat of the Night is an exploration of character and race set in modern-day Mississippi, which happens to be
- Philiana Ng
While in Deauville to receive an homage and present his James Brown biopic “Get on Up,” Hollywood producer Brian Grazer shared thoughts and wise advice on moviemaking with French producers during a discussion hosted by the PGA, the French Producers Guild (Apc), the Ile de France Film Commission, and backed by Variety. Grazer, who was in an upbeat mood, spoke candidly about the business before a captive audience of local producers. His latest movie,”Get on Up,” directed by Tate Taylor, will come out in France on Sept. 24.
Here are some highlights from this conversation:
What drives your inspiration as a producer? What do you look for in a story?
Many of the movies that I’ve produced have a common denominator: They’re usually about self-worth and they’re often about men who have drive and talent but are emotionally handicaped and they have to solve or work to »
- Elsa Keslassy
Brian Grazer got on up in Deauville to accept a career honor from the film festival before the European premiere of Get on Up. Grazer accepted the award from Alain Terzian, president of the French academy, before he was joined on stage by co-producer Mick Jagger, director Tate Taylor and star Chadwick Boseman. The Oscar winner joked that he hired a professional translator to take his French test in college, but he still gamely thanked the many French film figures that were in the audience. He also thanked his "partner and best friend, Ron Howard" for their many collaborations. Before
- Rhonda Richford
The Zurich International Film Festival has completed its lineup for its 10th edition, which runs from Sept. 25 to Oct. 5. Zurich named a few last-minute editions to its schedule, including Craig Johnson's Sundance-winning drama The Skeleton Twins, starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader; Nima Javidi-directed drama Melbourne, which premiered in Venice; and Toronto titles including Michael R Roskam’s The Drop, starring Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini, and Life in a Fishbowl from Icelandic director Baldvin Zophoniasson. Tate Taylor’s James Brown biopic Get on Up starring Chadwick Boseman will open the festival. Zurich hasn't yet
- Scott Roxborough
The 10th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 – Oct 5) has revealed its full line-up, which comprises 145 features – up from 122 last year – from 29 countries.
Co-director Nadja Schildknecht revealed a rise in budget for the festival as well as growth in anticipated guest numbers.
“This year, we expect some 500 guests (previous year 450) from around the world to accompany their films,” she said.
“And the budget has increased accordingly to CHF6.9m ($7.4m) (previous year CHF6.1m/$6.5m).”
The International Feature Film Competition includes 14 titles, some of which have received critical acclaim at previous festivals such as Yann Demange’s action thriller ‘71, which debuted at the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
<< Continued from "Grading Mojo's Summer 2014 Forecast"NeighborsForecast: $140 millionActual: $150.1 millionDifference: 7.2%Grade: ANeighbors always seemed well-positioned to be a comedy hit: the concept was relatable and easily explainable, the previews were laugh-out-loud funny, and early reactions were very positive. Still, to out-gross fellow Seth Rogen comedy Knocked Up ($148 million) is pretty impressive.22 Jump StreetForecast: $135 millionActual: $192 million (est.)Difference: 42%Grade: FIt was clear that 21 Jump Street movie was very well-liked, and that the sequel's previews delivered the laughs. We incorrectly assumed, though, that a more competitive Summer schedule would keep 22 Jump Street on roughly the same level as its predecessor. Instead, it wound up dramatically exceeding the forecast on its way to becoming the highest-grossing live-action comedy of the year so far.Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesForecast: $130 millionActual: $190 million (est.)Difference: 46%Grade: FAt the time these predictions were made, there was only a brief teaser trailer available for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that focused »
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Ben Browning has joined FilmNation Entertainment as co-president of production and acquisitions, a newly-created position that will further the company's synergy between production and acquisitions, it was announced Friday by FilmNation CEO Glen Basner. Browning will relocate from New York to join Aaron Ryder (also co-president of production and acquisitions) in FilmNation's La office as the company's development and production slate continues to grow. Also read: Ben Browning to Exit Start Motion Pictures (Exclusive) FilmNation is currently in development on the Meryl Streep-Robert De Niro movie “The Good House” and Tate Taylor's “In the Event of a Moon Disaster, »
- Jeff Sneider
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