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eOne, Angry Films, Moonriver to remake 'Babysitting'

eOne, Angry Films, Moonriver to remake 'Babysitting'
English-language remake of French comedy set to begin production in New York this year.

eOne, Angry Films and Moonriver Content, have announced Babysitting, which eOne will finance and produce.

Iain Morris will direct the film that takes place over one night and centres on a young artist who has a series of disastrous events befall him while being forced to babysit the child of his arrogant boss. In France, Babysitting was the most successful French film of 2014.

Angry FilmsDon Murphy and Susan Montford, and Moonriver’s Xavier Marchand will produce.

Christophe Cervoni and Marc Fiszman produced the original and will receive producer credits on the remake. Nicolas Benamou and Phillippe Lacheau directed that film and are also credited on the remake.

Peter Hoare, whose film Killing Hasselhoff will debut this autumn, will write the script. He is also a writer on CBS’ Kevin Can Wait.

Murphy and Montford said: “We are thrilled to be producing this side-splitting
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Release Dates

A couple of new key release date announcements today starting with the Ewan McGregor as Jesus & The Devil project "Last Days in the Desert" which Broad Green Pictures has acquired for the United States and is planning an early 2016 release.

Meanwhile the collapse of Relativity Studios has seen the studio quietly pull three titles - "The Disappointments Room," "Before I Wake" and "The Bronze" - from its calendar with no dates currently set. [Source: Variety]

Men and Chickens

Drafthouse Films has bought North American distribution rights to Anders Thomas Jensen's comedy "Men and Chicken" starring Mads Mikkelsen. The film will have a limited theatrical release in North America in 2016.

The story centers on two brothers who, through meeting their long-lost family, also discover a horrible truth about themselves. [Source: Variety]

Untitled Cop Comedy

"Bad Words" writer Andrew Dodge is set to pen a re-write of an untitled cop comedy at Perfect Storm Entertainment.
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Paramount Acquires Bestseller ‘Little Brother’ For Angry Films As Possible Ya Franchise

Exclusive: Paramount Pictures has acquired the feature rights to Little Brother, the New York Times bestselling novel by Cory Doctorow, for Angry Film producers Don Murphy and Susan Montford. The plan is to create a successful, reality-based Ya franchise for the studio with the book that follows a teenage Edward Snowden-type of character who, after a terrorist attack on the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, finds himself wrongfully pursued by a corrupt Department of Homeland…
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"Buck Rogers" Returns To The Big Screen

Angryfilms is reportedly set to adapt Philip Francis Nowlan's 1928 science fiction story "Armageddon 2419 A.D." which originally appeared in Amazing Stories magazine.

What's so special about this story ? The main character of Anthony Rogers went on to score a more familiar name - 'Buck Rogers'. In the story, Rogers is held in suspended animation where he survives for just short of five centuries.

He awakens on an Earth that is caught in a futuristic Civil War, with the remnants of the United States battling both futuristic Soviets and Mongolians. Newspaper syndicator John F. Dille expanded upon the character with a daily syndicated comic strip which brought him to mass audiences - ultimately spawning film and radio serials and an early 1980s TV series.

Interestingly enough, one of the screenwriters of the new project is Flint Dille, John F. Dille's grandson. The new film, which Ed Neumeier ("Robocop,
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Alan Moore's 'From Hell' to Become FX Event Series

Alan Moore's 'From Hell' to Become FX Event Series
FX is moving forward with a new event series based on the Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell graphic novel From Hell, which was previously adapted into a 2001 feature film starring Johnny Depp, Heather Graham and Robbie Coltrane. Allen Hughes and Albert Hughes, who directed the feature, will not be involved in the series.

The original graphic novel told the tale of legendary London serial killer Jack the Ripper, with the killer himself as the main character, chronicling the events leading up to the Whitechapel killings and the ensuing cover-up.

Don Murphy (Transformers: Age of Extinction), who produced the 2001 film, is executive producing the event series, alongside his Angry Films partner Susan Montford. He had always envisioned the 572-page graphic novel as a TV series, which forced significant structural changes in the movie adaptation, which only took in $74 million worldwide, opening just one month after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Given the new popularity of event series' lately,
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FX Plans A "From Hell" TV Series

Screen adaptations of the works of legendary British comic writer Alan Moore have been a bit of a mixed bag and have often differed considerably from the original work.

One that strayed quite far from the text was 2001's "From Hell". Moore's original 572-page, black-and-white work is his magnum opus - a serialised exploration of the Jack the Ripper murders that explores its themes to extraordinary lengths.

The Johnny Depp-film though bares no real relation beyond the title and subject matter, transforming the story into a more standard whodunit which pales compared to Moore's indulgent yet nonetheless astonishing creation.

Now, FX and producer Don Murphy ("Transformers," "Real Steel") are teaming for a new TV series adaptation of Moore's work which "Children of Men" screenwriter David Arata will pen. The plan is to turn this into an 'event series' with the much longer runtime than a two-hour movie allowing time
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Stream to Scream: “While She Was Out”

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Stream to Scream: “While She Was Out”
As many fright fans already know, Fangoria offers a great selection of gruesome movies, old and new, for free at our Hulu channel. To give you a better idea of what’s available, Fangoria is taking in-depth looks at some of the channel’s terrifying titles with Stream to Scream. Today: Susan Montford’s cat-and-mouse thriller While She Was Out.In the […]
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Peter Facinelli’s A7SLE Films Hires ‘Cropsey’ Scribe

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Exclusive: Adam Robitel has been tapped to script horror feature Cropsey for Peter Facinelli and Rob DeFranco’s A7SLE Films. The picture takes a fresh look at the mythology of the Cropsey Maniac, the boogeyman of campfire lore who has terrorized the minds of youngsters for decades. The Cropsey urban legend also inspired a 2009 documentary. Further details of the A7SLE Films project are under wraps, but it joins true-tale horror project The Devil’s Rooming House on A7SLE’s slate and also will be produced by Old Lime’s Kevin Sisti and Ray Esposito. Robitel’s genre credits include spec script The Bloody Benders, which was optioned by Guillermo del Toro’s Necropia Entertainment and Don Murphy and Susan Montford’s Angry Films, and medical documentary/possession pic The Taking Of Deborah Logan, which Robitel wrote and directed. Robitel is repped by Zero Gravity Management.
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Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire Director Mike Newell To Make The Day Of The Triffids Remake

Beware the shrubbery! 1951.s Day Of The Triffids is one of the most beloved science fiction books of all time, telling the story about the collapse of a civilization in the wake of collective blindness prompted by dangerous unknown plants. The story was a product of its time and environment, and the politics were clumsily adapted for a camp classic 1962 film, but John Wyndham.s original story seems ripe for a re-imagining - one much grislier than the other interpretations of the story. Now that new adaptation has found a director. Deadline reports that Mike Newell is onboard to helm a new interpretation of the classic for Sam Raimi.s Ghost House Pictures and producers Mark Gordon, Don Murphy and Michael Preger, with Murphy.s partner at Angry Films Susan Montford executive producing. This would be Newell.s first foray into the horror genre and science fiction - unless you
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Mike Newell Wants To Unleash The Triffids

Despite what is clearly a hardy seed of an idea, and plenty of people tending its development through the last few years, the new cinematic outing for John Wyndham’s The Day Of The Triffids hasn’t been able to take root on the big screen. All involved, including producers Don Murphy, Mark Gordon, Susan Montford and Sam Raimi, are hoping that Mike Newell could be the man to make it sprout anew.Triffids, for those who need the briefing, follows a devastating time for humanity when the growth of aggressive flora with poisonous, face-swiping stingers is followed a while later by a meteor shower that blinds a good proportion of the Earth’s population. Our sighted hero, Bill Masen, is in hospital after being attacked by one of the rampaging stalk-ers and must try to help fellow survivors make it through an England now dominated by the plants.Although,
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The Day of the Triffids Finds a Director

We've been talking about a new version of the sci-fi classic The Day of the Triffids for some time now, and it finally sounds as if it's gonna happen. At least we hope. We've been fond of the Triffids for a really long time now, and they're definitely overdue for their due.

Deadline reports that Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Donnie Brasco, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Great Expectations) has been set to helm The Day of the Triffids, the adaptation of the classic sci-fi book by John Wyndham that was scripted by Neil Cross for Ghost House Pictures.

DC readers should certainly know the logline: After a comet shower blinds most of the world’s population, those with sight must battle alien plants, known as triffids, bent on destroying mankind.

The film’s being produced by Ghost House Pictures, Mark Gordon, Don Murphy, and Michael Preger
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Mike Newell Plants Flag To Helm ‘The Day Of The Triffids’

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Mike Newell Plants Flag To Helm ‘The Day Of The Triffids’
Exclusive: Mike Newell has been set to helm The Day Of The Triffids, the adaptation of the classic sci-fi book by John Wyndham that was scripted by Neil Cross for Ghost House Pictures. Those sparked about this development know the logline: After a comet shower blinds most of the world’s population, those with sight must battle alien plants, known as triffids, bent on destroying mankind. The film’s being produced by Ghost House, Mark Gordon, Don Murphy, and Michael Preger, and Murphy’s Angry Films partner Susan Montford will be executive producer. Newell is repped by Wme and UK-based Independent Talent. The book was previously turned into a 1962 film and most recently a 2009 miniseries that starred Dougray Scott and Joely Richardson. Newell seems an inspiring choice for the material. The helmer of Four Weddings And A Funeral, Donnie Brasco and Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire last helmed Great Expectations.
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New Vampire Academy clip! - The High Road

The Weinstein Company has sent along a new clip from their upcoming Vampire Academy starring Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Sarah Hyland, Joely Richardson, Cameron Monaghan, Sami Gayle, Claire Foy and Ashley Charles. Mark Waters directs the adaptation of Richelle Mead's bestselling series scripted by Daniel Waters. The film opens on Valentine's Day, 2014 and is produced by Susan Montford, Don Murphy, Deepak Nayar and Michael Preger. "Vampire Academy tells the legend of Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) and Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry), two 17-year-old girls who attend a hidden boarding school for Moroi (mortal, peaceful Vampires) and Dhampirs (half-vampire/half-human guardians). Rose, a rebellious Guardian-in-training and her best friend, Lissa - a royal vampire
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9 Secrets of ‘Vampire Academy’

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For fans of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy books, the upcoming film adaptation could not be more heavily anticipated. Security was tight on the secretive set when we visited earlier this year in London, but Fandango found a way through, and we proudly share 10 things you simply must know about this exciting new Ya vampire series. 1. The film nearly didn’t happen. When the project came to producers Don Murphy and Susan Montford at the height of Twilight’s popularity, they resisted reading Richelle Mead’s books, fearing vampire overkill. When their fellow producer Michael Preger wore them down, they realised what they’d missed. “Eventually we read it, and it was amazing. We knew we had to be involved in it,” says Murphy. And anyway,...

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‘The Last Vampire’ Movie In The Works (Exclusive)

‘The Last Vampire’ Movie In The Works (Exclusive)
Vampire Academy” producer Michael Preger and his Preger Entertainment are giving more life to the undead, obtaining movie rights to Christopher Pike’s series “The Last Vampire.”

The series originally appeared in print in 1994 and was re-released in 2009 by Simon & Schuster and re- titled “Thirst,” debuting on the New York Times young adult bestseller’s list for 27 weeks.

The “Vampire Academy” project, based on Richelle Mead’s series of books, was launched at the Berlin market this year with The Weinstein Company taking U.S. rights. TWC plans to release the film, directed by Mark Waters and starring Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry, in February. Preger produced with Don Murphy and Susan Montford of Angry Films and Deepak Nayar of Kintop Pictures

“The Last Vampire” chronicles the life of Sita as a character prone not only to great spiritual beliefs and human-like compassion, but also brutal acts of retribution. “She
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‘Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters’ Trailer: Nothing’s Scarier Than A Teen Girl With Fangs

High school just got a whole lot scarier. The Weinstein Company has released the very first trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy, which follows Rose (played by Zoey Deutch) as she trains to become a supernatural bodyguard for her best friend Lissa (Lucy Fry), who also happens to be a vampire princess.

Here’s an official synopsis of the film:

Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human/vampire, guardians of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world. Her legacy is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi. This is her story.

The film is bound to have tons of sass since it comes from Mean Girls director Mark Waters, with an adapted script by Heathers scribe Daniel Waters. Susan Montford, Don Murphy, Deepak Nayer and Michael Preger will produce with Stuart Ford executive producing.

The trailer is loaded
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Syfy Announces Leads Cast in Bryan Fuller’s Pilot High Moon

We told you back in April that Bryan Fuller‘s pilot for Syfy, High Moon, had gone into production. Four months later they’re announcing lead casting, so I’m trying to not be concerned about the time that’s elapsed, and instead be pleased about this forward momentum.

I love Bryan Fuller‘s work with Our Kind of Shows (Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls and more), so I’d really love to see this one go forward.

Chris Diamantopoulos And Jake Sandvig Sign On For Lead Roles In Syfy’S New Scripted Series Pilot High Moon

New York – August 13, 2013 – Syfy has inked actors Chris Diamantopoulos and Jake Sandvig for starring roles in High Moon, a 90-minute pilot, co-produced by Universal Cable Productions and Lark Productions set to commence shooting August 26 in Vancouver BC. The project is based on the novel “The Lotus Caves” by John Christopher.

High Moon is an imaginative,
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Vampire Academy Opens its Doors with a First Trailer!

Following the debut of the very first stills from the film yesterday , The Weinstein Company's Vampire Academy has revealed a trailer! Check it out in the player below, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies . Directed by Mean Girls helmer Mark Waters and based on the hit book series by Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy stars Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Sarah Hyland, Joely Richardson, Cameron Monaghan, Sami Gayle, Claire Foy and Ashley Charles. The film follows Rose Hathaway (Deutch) is a Dhampir: half human/vampire, guardians of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world. Her legacy is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi. Susan Montford, Don Murphy, Deepak Nayer and Michael Preger will produce...
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Syfy Casts Two in Pilot, High Moon

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Syfy has announced two new cast members for the sci-fi pilot High Moon.

Syfy has announced the casting of Chris Diamantopoulos and Jake Sandvig in High Moon, a 90-minute pilot, co-produced by Universal Cable Productions and Lark Productions that is set to commence shooting on August 26 in Vancouver. The project is based on the novel “The Lotus Caves” by John Christopher.

High Moon is an imaginative, out-of-this-world adventure series exploring what happens when Earth establishes colonies to mine the Moon’s resources and discover a new form of life. Chaos erupts in a genuinely emotional, humorously thrilling and always unexpected fashion as the colonists of the Moon race to uncover this life form’s powerful secrets.

High Moon is executive produced by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Adam Kane (Being Human), Cary Granat and Steve Granat for Reel FX, Don Murphy and Susan Montford for Angry Films, and Louise Clark and Andrew Williamson for Lark Productions.
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The First Images from Vampire Academy Are Here

First announced back in 2010 , Richelle Mead's hit book series Vampire Academy is headed to the big screen. Today, The Weinstein Company has revealed the first three stills from the anticipated adaptation. Check them out below! Directed by Mean Girls helmer Mark Waters, Vampire Academy stars Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Sarah Hyland, Joely Richardson, Cameron Monaghan, Sami Gayle, Claire Foy and Ashley Charles. The film follows Rose Hathaway (Deutch) is a Dhampir: half human/vampire, guardians of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world. Her legacy is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi. Susan Montford, Don Murphy, Deepak Nayer and Michael Preger will produce with Stuart Ford...
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