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While Ryan Murphy’s television career thus far has been squarely set within specific genres like the musical Glee, the “horror” American Horror Story, and the upcoming horror-comedy Scream Queens, he’s now setting out to tackle something wholly different: true crime. American Crime Story is a new anthology series set up at FX, executive produced by Murphy and his partner Brad Falchuk, as well as Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Scott Alexander, and Larry Karaszewski. The idea is to take on famous true crime stories, and the first season’s topic is decidedly Ryan Murphy-esque: American Crime Story: The People V O.J. Simpson. The first images from the series have been unveiled, and they’re certainly something. Cuba Gooding Jr. fills the role of Simpson, and the rest of the main cast includes Sarah Paulson as head prosecutor Marcia Clark, John Travolta as defense attorney Robert Shapiro, David Schwimmer »
- Adam Chitwood
Based on Jeffrey Toobin’s “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” the drama is said to show the behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court. It also stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson, John Travolta as defense attorney Robert Shapiro, David Schwimmer as defense attorney Robert Kardashian and Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark.
“American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” is written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. They are exec producing along with Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and Brad Falchuk. Murphy is also directing the first episode. »
- Whitney Friedlander
This story first appeared in the May 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Ask nearly 40 industry heavyweights -- directors, producers, writers and studio executives -- to tell you about their favorite book on their shelf, and you'll get a mix of genres and time periods. Some, including Homeland co-creator Howard Gordon, will veer toward the political, selecting Henry Kissinger's latest tome. Others will choose obscure novels (The Americans creator Joe Weisberg's pick: Ashenden), debut novels (You're the Worst showrunner Stephen Falk's pick: Leaving the Atocha Station), Ya novels (The Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson's pick: the Kingkiller
- Lacey Rose, Bryn Elise Sandberg, Pamela McClintock
Warner will play A.C. Cowlings, the former pro football player and protective friend of O.J. Simpson, most known for his role in the murder trial as the driver of the white Ford Bronco in the infamous televised police chase.
“The Cosby Show” alum is no stranger to FX or Murphy, as he recurred on both “American Horror Story: Freak Show” and “Sons of Anarchy.” Recently, he had a long arc on season three of TNT’s “Major Crimes.”
“American Crime Story” features an all-star ensemble cast topped by Cuba Gooding Jr., who will play Simpson; John Travolta, who will play Robert Shapiro; David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian; Selma Blair as Kris Kardashian; Connie Britton as Faye Resnick; Courtney Vance as Johnnie Cochran; and Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The radical changes the entertainment business has undergone as a result of new technology and expanding world markets was exemplified to Leslie Moonves by one fact: In a recent reporting period, he saw that 40% of his company’s earnings came from sources that did not exist five years ago, the CBS Corp. boss told an audience Wednesday at the Milken Institute Global Conference.
Speaking on the topic of “Trends in Global Entertainment,” Moonves said that sources such as Netflix, Amazon, expanded international markets, retransmission consent fees and a new paid subscription service, CBS All Access, had augmented what was once an advertising-dominated medium.
And he said that even more revenue lies on the horizon, as markets like China open more to American entertainment companies.
“They are going to start watching our television shows. Well, they’re already watching. But they’ll start paying for watching them,” Moonves said to laughter from the audience of business, »
- James Rainey
Katee Sackhoff is going back to the future.
The Battlestar Galactica alumna is set to create and star in the evolutionary drama Rain, our sister site Deadline reports.
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Described as a futuristic parable that examines the long-term effects of global warming and other ominous events, Rain will star Sackhoff as a soldier who explores the future of the human species.
Sackhoff also will write and executive-produce the project — which is currently being shopped around and has not yet found a home — alongside Continuum‘s Tom Rowe. Her recent TV credits include Longmire, »
Fox has put in development Aftermath, a limited event series from The Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson and feature writing duo Ryan Belenzon and Jeffrey Gelber. Written/executive produced by Belenzon and Gelber, Aftermath is set in the wake of a worldwide flu pandemic. Former Cdc virologist Nathan Taggat is forced to investigate the strange pathogenic suicide of a John Doe, who might hold the key to stopping a high-level government conspiracy. Jacobson is executive… »
Jennifer Lawrence: 'I would totally do more Hunger Games movies'
Production on The Odyssey is currently being eyed to start up when Lawrence concludes promotion for Mockingjay – Part 2, according to Deadline.
Lawrence apparently became attached to the project after it was pitched by Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig while finishing work on Mockingjay in Paris.
There have been numerous film adaptations of The Odyssey throughout the decades, with the Coen brothers famously loosely adapting it for their Oscar-nominated movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay »
Lionsgate is reportedly chiseling away at a grand-scale re-imagining of "The Odyssey" to follow up "The Hunger Games" franchise, which concludes this Fall with "Mockingjay — Part 2" on November 20. Francis Lawrence, director of "Catching Fire" and the two "Mockingjay" films, has been tapped to direct, with "Mockingjay" co-screenwriter Peter Craig penning the film. Nina Jacobson, who has shepherded the entire "Hunger Games" franchise to box office gold, will produce "The Odyssey" through her Color Force production banner. Read More: Breaking Down How "Hunger Games" Became a Record-Breaking Blockbuster with Nina Jacobson "The Odyssey" is expected to begin production in early 2016, after the filmmakers wrap their "Mockingjay" chores. Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig, who pitched the project to Lawrence, is overseeing with executive production veep Jim Miller and »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The site reports that the studio is keen to fast track the project, and aims to begin shooting early next year once Lawrence and company have finished the promotional tour for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.
- Gary Collinson
It seems that Lionsgate is keen to capitalize on the winning Hunger Games formula, by setting its makers the task of delivering a new film version of Homer’s The Odyssey. The sweeping epic is now in development, and is scheduled to begin production in early 2016, immediately following global promotional activities for the franchise closer The Hunger Games – Mockingjay: Part 2 – set for release on November 20th 2015. The adaptation will be directed by regular Hunger Games helmer Francis Lawrence, written by Peter Craig (writer of the Mockingjay films) and produced by Hunger Games producer, Nina Jacobson.
The Odyssey is an epic, ancient Greek poem attributed to Homer, who is thought to have composed it around the end of the 8th century BC. Its main character is Odysseus and the tale details the events that befall him during his 10 year journey home from the decade-long Trojan War. Unaware of his quest to return, »
- Sarah Myles
Francis Lawrence has been busy prepping, filming, editing or promoting some Hunger Games movie or another for years now. Today, he’s deep in post production on his third and final picture in the sequence, Mockingjay: Part Two, and that will be with us in November.
Then, after a Christmas in which I imagine he’ll do very little but sleep, Lawrence will be up and at ‘em again. Deadline say he’s re-teaming with Mockingjay co-writer Peter Craig, producer Nina Jacobson and studio Lionsgate for a film version of The Odyssey.
In many ways, an epic undertaking.
The Odyssey is the second classical poem credited to Homer, after The Illiad. It tells the story of Odysseus after Troy and on his voyages home. If you’ve seen The Coen Bros.’ O Brother Where Art Thou, it’s like that but with less Dapper Dan and more sandals.
The Odyssey has… »
- Brendon Connelly
The latter would seem a viable prospect given that the episodic nature of Homer’s epic poem about the Greek king Odysseus’ journey home to Ithaca after the Trojan War lends itself to an action-packed fantasy spectacle.
Nor was it clear at time of writing whether co-chair of the motion picture group Patrick Wachsberger, who leads the international sales team at the markets, would officially introduce the project to buyers in Cannes.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
What do you do after earning boatloads of money for Lionsgate making three Hunger Games movies? You adapt Homer's Odyssey of course! Deadline is reporting that Lionsgate has put a brand new version of The Odyssey on the "fast track" for director Francis Lawrence following his work on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 this fall. In fact, they've gone all out bringing the whole team back, including producer Nina Jacobson (Hunger Games, Diary of a Wimpy Kid) and writer Peter Craig (The Town, Mockingjay Part 1 & 2, Top Gun 2, Hunter Killer), along with Francis Lawrence. Ten bucks says Jennifer Lawrence is going to be cast in this one somewhere. But it sounds like this will be quite something once they pull it off. In the report, Deadline mentions that this was pitched directly to Francis Lawrence by Lionsgate's Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig, who "pitched it to »
- Alex Billington
This is not to be confused with a new take on the story that Warners was developing last Summer which had Fedor Bondarchuk attached to direct.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Hollywood has been all about epics, and there’s no story in all of recorded more epic than the ancient Greek epic poem by Homer, The Odyssey. Centuries later, that story will now be getting fully retold on the big screen.
Francis Lawrence and Peter Craig, the director and the writer of the last two films in the Hunger Games franchise, will direct and write an adaptation of the story to be produced by Nina Jacobson and released via Lionsgate, Deadline reported Wednesday. Lionsgate has put this film on the fast track as soon as Lawrence is finished with promotion for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.
The Odyssey has been adapted countless times in cinema, TV and other literature, everything from Big Fish, O Brother Where Art Thou?, and a segment on The Simpsons. But with the exception of a 1997 TV series, the Odyssey itself has never been directly adapted. »
- Brian Welk
Lionsgate is bringing back the creative team from the last two Hunger Games movies to tackle Homer's epic poem The Odyssey. Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2) has signed on to direct, with Peter Craig (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2) set to write the screenplay. Nina Jacobson, who has shepherded the entire Hunger Games franchise through her Color Force company, has signed on to produce.
The studio is putting this project on the fast track, aiming to start production early next year, following the November 20 release of the franchise finale, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. The project came together after Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig pitched the idea to Francis Lawrence while they were working on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 in Paris. Erik Feig »
Time is running out on The Hunger Games franchise. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 opens this November, and then the series is complete until the studio can figure out a way to create sequels, prequels, or whatever they can fashion to not let it die. In the meantime, the studio has seized on some free public domain writing by fast-tracking an adaption of Homer’s The Odyssey. The story follows Odysseus returning home from the Trojan War and overcoming various obstacles including sirens, the cyclops, a witch, and more. Meanwhile, back at his home in Ithaca, his wife Penelope and son Telemachus must fend off suitors who believe Odysseus is dead. [caption id="attachment_224073" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Lionsgate[/caption] According to Deadline, Lionsgate is bringing in Francis Lawrence to direct, Peter Craig to write, and Nina Jacobson to produce. Lawrence helmed all of the Hunger Games movies except the first one; Craig wrote »
- Matt Goldberg
Lawrence took over directing duties on Lionsgate’s “Hunger Games” franchise (including the upcoming “Mockingjay — Part 2″) after Gary Ross exited following the first film, and Jacobson has produced all four films through her Color Force producing banner.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Finishing this fall with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Lionsgate is developing a grand-scale retelling of history’s greatest voyage home, Homer’s The Odyssey. To accomplish this epic, Lionsgate has enlisted Francis Lawrence to direct, Peter Craig to write and Nina Jacobson to produce. Lawrence directed three of the four Hunger Games films, Craig co-scripted the two installments of Mockingjay, and Jacobson and her Color Force have shepherded the… »
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