4 items from 2013
Exclusive: Cougar Town writer-producer Blake McCormick has been elevated to showrunner of the ensemble comedy as it heads into its fifth season and second on TBS. McCormick replaces Ric Swartzlander, who ran Cougar Town last season. Additionally, McCormick has signed a blind script deal with Warner Bros TV through studio-based Doozer, the company of Cougar Town co-creator/executive producer Bill Lawrence. Lawrence exited Cougar Town after Season 3 to segue into his overall deal at Warner Bros TV but ended up being pretty hands-on during Season 4 since he didn’t have a series on the air. That likely won’t be the case next season as he has three pilots in contention for series pickup: Undateable at NBC, I Suck At Girls at Fox and Ground Floor at TBS. McCormick, repped by UTA, Kaplan Perrone and attorney Jared Levine, has been on Cougar Town for the past three seasons, starting out »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Set in the tangled lanes of Prague, a mysterious young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. A star-crossed romance and the search for the truth about her past soon take over her life. [Source: THR]
Fox Searchlight has acquired film rights to Nickolas Butler’s debut novel "Shotgun Lovesongs". The story follows the friendship between four men in their early 30s who live near one another in the same Wisconsin town where they grew up.
Some in the quartet have left while others have not, and they are just now coming into their own as husbands and fathers with each hoping to finally find real purchase in the world. »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Universal Pictures has pre-emptively acquired an untitled pitch by Josh Friedlander that will be produced by American Reunion helmers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, which the duo is eyeing as a potential directing project. It’s described as a high-concept relationship comedy with a strong action component. It is the second collaboration for the writer with Hurwitz and Schlossberg. Friedlander previously sold One Night Stan with the helmers attached to direct. Friedlander’s other notable script, Pictures Of You, made the Black List and is out to directors. Apostle’s George Heller and Industry’s Ava Jamshidi rep the scribe with attorney Rob Szymanski. Hurwitz and Schlossberg are repped by CAA. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
News Simon Brew 28 Feb 2013 - 06:40
The co-director of the first American Pie movie gives an update as to where things are with the franchise...
Paul Weitz, along with his brother Chris, may only have directed the first American Pie movie, but he's had an executive producer credit ever since, and has had some kind of involvement with the subsequent movies. Although we don't blame him for the straight to DVD adventures.
Weitz, who's promoting his new movie Admission, was chatting to The Hollywood Reporter, and they asked him about the talk of American Pie 5. "I'm happy that keeps on going", he said. "I imagine [there will be]. I think this one kind of benefited from being seven years since the last one, so there's a curiosity factor".
So: just how involved does Universal make him in the sequels? "It kind of happens where they tell me about it, and I go 'Neat'. »
4 items from 2013
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