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Movie News: 'Kingsman' Director Touted for Sci-Fi 'Courage'; Blaxploitation Classic 'Super Fly' to Be Rebooted

Courage: Matthew Vaughn, whose credits include Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kingsman: The Golden Circle (above), is said to be "circling to produce and possibly direct" Courage. It's described as an action/sci-fi movie, based on an original script by Karl Gajdusek (Oblivion), and has drawn comparisons to Inception and Edge of Tomorrow. [Deadline]   Super Fly: First released in 1972 during the brief, so-called "Blaxploitation" era, crime drama Super Fly starred Ron O'Neal (above) as a cocaine dealer who wants to make one more big deal and then retire. Now a new version is on its way, with hopes that it will lead to a series of films. Alex Tse (Watchmen) is writing the screenplay; Joel Silver is...

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Movie News: 'Kingsman' Director Touted for Sci-Fi 'Courage'

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Courage: Matthew Vaughn, whose credits include Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kingsman: The Golden Circle (above), is said to be "circling to produce and possibly direct" Courage. It's described as an action/sci-fi movie, based on an original script by Karl Gajdusek (Oblivion), and has drawn comparisons to Inception and Edge of Tomorrow. [Deadline]   Super Fly: First released in 1972 during the brief, so-called...

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Matthew Vaughn circling original sci-fi drama Courage

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Matthew Vaughn delivered his highly-anticipated sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle this year, and no one would be remiss to think the man would want to take some time off. But the man thrives on being busy, and it seems he may already be circling his next venture in a sci-fi film called Courage from Karl Gajdusek (Oblivion and The November Man). Deadline got the scoop that Vaughn circling the... Read More...
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Matthew Vaughn to produce sci-fi action film Courage

According to Deadline, Matthew Vaughn is to follow Kingsman: The Golden Circle by producing, and possibly directing a science-fiction script written by Stranger Things exec producer Karl Gajdusek.

Titled Courage, the only details revealed were that “it’s an epic premise, a drama in the vein of Inception and Edge of Tomorrow.”

Vaughn will produce the movie under his Marv Films banner, alongside former HBO exec Michael Ellenberg, who’s responsible for the likes of Westworld, Big Little Lies, The Leftovers, True Detective, and The Young Pope. Courage will be released by 20th Century Fox, who purchased the script earlier in this year.

Do you agree that it’s time for Vaughn to tackle something detached from his usual heightened fare, or would you be happy to see his Flash Gordon reboot get off the ground?

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Matthew Vaughn Will Produce & Maybe Direct Sci-Fi ‘Courage’

]Kingsman: The Golden Circle helmer Matthew Vaughn is lining up a new sci-fi movie titled Courage to produce and potentially direct, so reports Deadline. The new movie is said to be an action sci-fi written by Stranger Things executive producer Karl Gajdusek.

The trade blog says that Courage has “an epic premise, a drama in the vein of Inception and Edge of Tomorrow.” Other than that, no other information is known at this time.

The project is set-up at 20th Century Fox who released the Kingsman movies. We’ll bring you more as we get it.

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Matthew Vaughn Circling Karl Gajdusek Sci-Fi Script ‘Courage’

Matthew Vaughn Circling Karl Gajdusek Sci-Fi Script ‘Courage’
Exclusive: The Kingsmen helmer Matthew Vaughn is circling to produce and potentially direct Courage, an action sci-fi script by Stranger Things Exec producer Karl Gajdusek, whose logline is being kept under wraps. It’s an epic premise, a drama in the vein of Inception and Edge of Tomorrow. Vaughn and his Marv Films banner will produce it with Michael Ellenberg, the former HBO drama vet who hatched his own Media Res producing shingle and became attached as producer when…
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Jeff Bezos Mandates Programming Shift at Amazon Studios (Exclusive)

Jeff Bezos Mandates Programming Shift at Amazon Studios (Exclusive)
The mandate from Jeff Bezos is clear: Bring me “Game of Thrones.”

That’s the word that has the creative community buzzing this week about a major strategy shift underway for Amazon Studios’ original series efforts.

The CEO of the e-commerce giant is said to have tasked Amazon Studios chief Roy Price with honing the focus on high-end drama series with global appeal. Amazon’s decision this week to scrap plans for a second season of period drama “Z: The Beginning of Everything” reflects the new marching orders.

On Friday, Amazon confirmed five new projects — series greenlights for a period drama from Paul Attanasio and Wong Kar-wai and a comedy starring Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph; two comedy pilots; and a Seth Rogen-produced comic book adaptation eyed as a straight-to-series order — that reflect the drive to find shows that deliver sizzle in the water-cooler environs of social media and can travel around the world.

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Z: The Beginning of Everything: Showrunner Named for Season Two of Amazon Series

Z: The Beginning of Everything has a new leader. Deadline reports Karl Gajdusek has been announced as the showrunner for season two of the Amazon TV show.The period drama stars Christina Ricci as a fictionalized version of Southern Belle and flapper icon Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The cast also includes David Hoflin, Jamie Anne Allman, David Strathairn, Corey Cott, Jordan Dean, Natalie Knepp, Christina Bennett Lind, and Holly Curran.Read More…
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‘Z: The Beginning of Everything’: Karl Gajdusek Joins As Showrunner For Season 2 Of Amazon Series

Karl Gajdusek (Stranger Things) has been tapped as executive producer and showrunner for the upcoming second season of the Amazon half-hour dramedy Z: The Beginning Of Everything starring Christina Ricci. The bio-series is based on the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (Ricci), the brilliant, beautiful and talented Southern Belle who becomes the original flapper and icon of the wild Jazz Age in the 20s. Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin, who wrote the pilot and ran the…
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‘Stranger Things’ Ep Karl Gajdusek Sells Sci-Fi Spec To Fox & Producer Michael Ellenberg

Exclusive: Fox has acquired an untitled sci-fi spec script by Karl Gajdusek, the Stranger Things Ep whose movie credits include Oblivion. Michael Ellenberg will produce in the first film deal for his new Media Res banner. Matt Reilly brought in the project for Fox and will shepherd it. The spec was auctioned under the title Courage, but it won’t be called that. The logline’s being kept under wraps, but it's said to be a character-based sci-fi drama in the vein of Inception…
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Road Pictures to produce Chinese version of 'Run Lola Run'

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Zhu Zhu will star in the remake of the cult German thriller.

China’s Road Pictures has unveiled a slate of new productions, including a Chinese-language remake of 1998 German breakout hit Run Lola Run.

Announced at the recent Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff), the remake will star Chinese actress Zhu Zhu (Marco Polo), who will also executive produce.

Based in Beijing with an office in Los Angeles headed by Julien Favre, Road Pictures is also co-financing Andrew Niccol’s upcoming sci-fi thriller Anon, starring Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried, with Germany’s K5 Media Group. The film is currently in post-production for release later this year.

Road Pictures also announced several new projects at the Bjiff event including The Diamond Age, an adaptation of Neal Stephenson’s cult sci-fi novel, produced in association with Lauren Selig, Barry Levine and Mike Bundlie, which is being scripted by Karl Gajdusek.

Other projects unveiled by Road Pictures include English-language TV series
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'Hell Or High Water', 'Deadpool' score WGA nominations

Writers of Hell or High Water, La La Land, Arrival and Deadpool are among the nominees for this year’s Writers Guild Awards.

Writers of Hell or High Water (pictured), La La Land, Arrival and Deadpool are among the nominees for this year’s Writers Guild Awards, set to be presented at ceremonies hosted by the West and East branches of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) on Feb 19.

Also nominated in the WGA’s original screenplay category are the writers of Loving, Manchester By The Sea and Moonlight. Fences, Hidden Figures and Nocturnal Animals produced the other nominations in the adapted screenplay category.

Documentary nominations went to Author: The Jt Leroy Story, Command And Control and Zero Days, while dramatic TV series getting nods were The Americans, Better Call Saul, Game Of Thrones, Stranger Things and Westworld.

Full list of feature nominees and selected TV nominees:

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Hell or High Water Taylor Sheridan

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'Hell,' 'La La,' 'Arrival,' 'Deadpool' score WGA nominations

Writers of Hell or High Water, La La Land, Arrival and Deadpool are among the nominees for this year’s Writers Guild Awards.

Writers of Hell or High Water (pictured), La La Land, Arrival and Deadpool are among the nominees for this year’s Writers Guild Awards, set to be presented at ceremonies hosted by the West and East brances of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) on Feb 19.

Also nominated in the WGA’s original screenplay category are the writers of Loving, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight. Fences, Hidden Figures and Nocturnal Animalsproduced the other nominations in the adapted screenplay category.

Documentary nominations went to Author: The Jt Leroy Story, Command and Control and Zero Days, while dramatic TV series getting nods were The Americans, Better Call Saul, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things and Westworld.

Full list of feature nominees and selected TV nominees:

Original Screenplay

Hell or High Water Taylor Sheridan

La La Land [link
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Trailer: Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Jaz Sinclair Star in Thriller 'When the Bough Breaks'

Sony Pictures' Screen Gems has released the first trailer for the psychological thriller "When the Bough Breaks" (previously titled "The Surrogate"), directed by Jon Cassar ("24," "The Kennedys"), from a screenplay penned by Jack Olsen and Karl Gajdusek. Official synopsis reads: John and Laura Taylor (Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall) are a young, professional couple who desperately want a baby. After exhausting all other options, they finally hire Anna (Jaz Sinclair), the perfect woman to be their surrogate – but as she gets further along in her pregnancy, so too does her psychotic and...
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Mandalay Bolsters Slate Following ‘Birth of a Nation’ Sale (Exclusive)

Mandalay Bolsters Slate Following ‘Birth of a Nation’ Sale (Exclusive)
Mandalay Pictures has unveiled a trio of new projects shepherded by VP Jason Michael Berman following the Sundance sale of Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Mandalay recently bought David M. Crabtree’s script “Phasic,” which follows a young woman who is pursued by a group of supernatural hitmen after she gains the power to transform physical objects with her imagination. Crabtree, a Clio Award-winning commercial director, also wrote “For All Time” for Lionsgate.

Mandalay has also purchased “Apex” from Black List writers Dan Frey and Russell Sommer, centering on an up-and-coming female Mma fighter sidelined by a devastating injury. When a cutting-edge genetic research company offers her a unique chance to step back into the ring, she has to fight to keep her humanity alive.

Frey and Sommer developed “Apex” with visual effects expert Steven Ilous, who will direct. Ilous worked on “The
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Ben Stiller set for TV adaptation of ‘Super Sad True Love Story’

Ben Stiller is heading for television, and an adaptation of the 2010 novel Super Sad True Love Story. Variety reports that Stiller, who will next be seen in Zoolander 2 in February, will develop the series over at Showtime with writer Karl Gajdusek. Stiller is expected to direct the series over at the network as well as executive produce alongside Gajdusek and he book’s author Gary Shteyngart.

Here’s the plot summary from the source material.

In the near future, America is crushed by a financial crisis and our patient Chinese creditors may just be ready to foreclose on the whole mess. Then Lenny Abramov, son of an Russian immigrant janitor and ardent fan of “printed, bound media artifacts” (aka books), meets Eunice Park, an impossibly cute Korean American woman with a major in Images and a minor in Assertiveness. Could falling in love redeem a planet falling apart?

No
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Ben Stiller to helm TV adaptation of Super Sad True Love Story for Showtime

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It's been almost a year since it was first announced that Ben Stiller and writer Karl Gajdusek (Oblivion, November Man) were developing a television adaptation of the 2010 novel Super Sad True Love Story, and now Variety is reporting that Showtime has picked up the project. In addition to writing the scripts, Gajdusek will also executive produce with Stiller and author Gary Shteyngart, while Stiller... Read More...
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Ben Stiller Partners With Showtime To Tell A Super Sad True Love Story

It’s been an awful long time coming – almost a year, in fact – though today Variety is reporting that Ben Stiller is finally making some headway with his small-screen rendition of Super Sad True Love Story.

Yes, remaining true to the old adage that true love never dies, Stiller will now take the reins of the project for Showtime, working from a script produced by Karl Gajdusek of Oblivion and Trespass fame. Pitched as a social satire, Super Sad True Love Story is based on the novel of the same name by Gary Shteyngart. Whisking viewers to a not-so-distant future where the American economy is on the brink of collapse, said Love Story revolves around Lenny Abramov and his relationship with an “impossibly cute Korean American woman” named Eunice Park.

Here’s the official logline lifted from Shteyngart’s acclaimed printed, bound media artifact:

In the near future, America is
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