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‘Big Sick’ Pair, Lee Eisenberg to Shepherd Immigrant Anthology Series ‘Little America’ for Apple

Apple is developing a half-hour anthology series dubbed “Little America.”

Based on true stories from Epic Magazine, the Universal Television series will explore the stories of immigrants in America. “The Office” alum Lee Eisenberg will write and executive produce along with “The Big Sick” writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. Alan Yang, co-creator of the Netflix series “Master of None,” will also executive produce.

Joshuah Bearman and Joshua Davis will executive produce for Epic Magazine, alongside co-executive producer Arthur Spector.

The project is in the early development stage. It’s one of a slew of projects Apple has in the pipeline as it revs up for the launch of its original content venture led by former Sony Pictures TV chiefs Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg. Details of how Apple intends to distribute its shows remain fuzzy.

Deadline first reported the “Little America” development news.

(Pictured: Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani
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Amazon Teams With Scott Free for Action Adventure Film 'Task Force Two' (Exclusive)

Amazon Studios is acquiring Task Force Two, an action pitch from rising writer Jennifer Yee McDevitt.

Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions is on board to produce the project along with Joshuah Bearman of Epic Magazine.

Logline details are being kept under wraps, but it is known to be a true-life action drama and is based on an article by Vince Beiser that chronicled the eponymous, elite search-and-rescue team based in California.

The material falls in line with the kind of subject Epic tackles; Bearman was the writer behind The Great Escape, the Wired article that was the basis for Argo,...
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Fox, Russell Simmons Developing Movie About Def Jam Artist T La Rock (Exclusive)

The life of T La Rock, the first artist signed to Def Jam Records, is getting the big-screen treatment.

20th Century Fox has picked up the rights to Joshuah Bearman’s recently published GQ article, "The Man Who Forgot He Was a Rap Legend," which follows Rock's rise as a pioneer and ground-breaker in rap music until a nearly deadly beating that left him in a coma at the peak of his career. The feature will tell the story of his rehabilitation in a nursing home, filled with an unlikely band of patients, caregivers and elderly residents, at a Jewish care facility...
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Steve Zaillian to Write Fox Thriller 'Dark Web' (Exclusive)

Steve Zaillian is the latest writer to surf the Dark Web for Fox.

The Night Of co-creator and Oscar-winning screenwriter has been hired to pen a rewrite of the thriller, which follows the true story of a 29-year-old idealist named Ross William Ulbricht (aka Dread Pirate Roberts) who built an online illegal-drug marketplace called "The Silk Road." Along the way, Ulbricht allegedly became a murderous kingpin.

Zaillian takes over duties from fellow Oscar-winning writers Joel and Ethan Coen, who penned the previous draft. The project, previously titled Silk Road, is based on a two-part Wired magazine article by Joshuah Bearman...
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Johnny Depp to play antivirus magnate John McAfee in King of The Jungle

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Once known as the King of the high seas for his role in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise (well not quite, we just made that up), Johnny Depp has now been confirmed to star in the ‘real life’ story of Antivirus magnate John McAfee in the new film, King of The Jungle.

The comedy, which is to be co-directed by Glenn Ficarra (Crazy, Stupid, Love, I Love You Phillip Morris) and John Requa (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Crazy, Stupid, Love) comes from Conde Nast Entertainment, the same Conde Nast who published the story, “John McAfee’s Last Stand” in Wired. The other players also involved are Zaftig Films, MadRiver Pictures, and Epic Entertainment.

Screenwriting team Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (American Crime Story, The People Vs. Larry Flynt) penned the true story King of the Jungle which is based on the Wired article “John McAfee’s Last Stand,
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Johnny Depp Is John McAfee in Biopic King of the Jungle

Just days before his new movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens around the world, Johnny Depp has found his next project. A new report reveals that the actor has signed on to play McAfee anti-virus company founder John McAfee in a new biopic entitled King of the Jungle. Imr International will be handling foreign sales for the movie at the Cannes International Film Festival later this month.

Variety broke the news about this upcoming biopic, which is based on Cond&#233 Nast's Wired magazine article "John McAfee's Last Stand," by Joshua Davis, and the film will be produced by Cond&#233 Nast Entertainment, Zaftig Films, MadRiver Pictures, and Epic Entertainment. This dark comedy will be directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa from an adapted script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. It isn't clear when production will take place, or how far along the screenplay is.
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Johnny Depp to star in 'King Of The Jungle'

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Imr International will introduce dark comedy to Cannes buyers.

Johnny Depp has signed on to star in the dark comedy King Of The Jungle that Glenn Ficarra and John Requa will direct based on a true-life story from Wired magazine.

Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski adapted the screenplay from Joshua Davis’s article entitled ‘John McAfee’s Last Stand.

The story centres on the eponymous rogue tech magnate who cashed in his fortune and moved to the jungle in Belize where he established a compound of guns, sex and madness reminiscent of the character Kurtz from Joseph Conrad’s novel Heart Of Darkness.

When the interviewer goes to meet McAfee he encounters paranoia, blurry reality, and murder.

Imr International will introduce international buyers in Cannes to the project from Condé Nast Entertainment, Zaftig Films, MadRiver Pictures, and Epic Entertainment. CAA represents Us rights.

Condé Nast’s Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler produce alongside Zaftig’s Charlie Gogolak, Ficarra
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Johnny Depp Confirmed to Star in Comedy ‘King of the Jungle’

Johnny Depp Confirmed to Star in Comedy ‘King of the Jungle’
Johnny Depp is set to star in “King of the Jungle,” a dark comedy to be directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa from a script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, it was confirmed Sunday. Imr International is handling foreign sales at Cannes with CAA repping domestic rights.

The pic is based on a true story first published in Condé Nast’s Wired magazine by Joshua Davis. The film is from Condé Nast Entertainment, Zaftig Films, MadRiver Pictures, and Epic Entertainment.

Based on the Wired article “John McAfee’s Last Stand,” the film tells the true story of tech magnate John McAfee, creator of the McAfee Antivirus software, who cashed-in his fortune, left civilization, and moved to the jungle in Belize. There, he set-up a “Colonel Kurtz-like compound of guns, sex and madness,” according to a statement. In the film, a Wired magazine investigator “accepts what he thinks is
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A Handy Guide to Amazon’s Trash Pilots

Are these new pilots from Amazon trash? Of course they are! Here’s a guide.Just Robb Stark over here, wearin’ shades in outer space

Crowds may not be able to fund things, but they can give opinions. Or, at the very least, that’s been the idea behind Amazon’s occasional Pilot Season, generating enthusiasm for their programming by giving ordinary folk like yourself the opportunity to watch pilots and say, gee, this blows and vote them a big n’ meaningful thumbs down. Last year, they took everything, so it might just be a load of promotional nonsense. But it might not.

So, what’s hip in this line of potential programing? Once canceled TV-hands like Steve Dildarian and Amy Sherman-Palladino return with their latest attempts to enthuse audience with binge-worthy hours of spectacle and movie men like James Ponsoldt and Kevin Macdonald try to get into this golden age of TV they’ve been hearing
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Amazon Pilot Reviews: All the 2017 Entries, Ranked Worst to Best

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Amazon Pilot Reviews: All the 2017 Entries, Ranked Worst to Best
Amazon released five new pilots on Friday, and it’s up to viewers to determine which ones get picked up. “The Legend of Master Legend,” “Budding Prospects,” “The New V.I.P.’s,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Oasis” make up the 2017 Amazon pilot season. Some are good, some are bad, but the power lies with all of us to determine which are worthy of a full season order. Read our reviews below to get a little insight into each offering, and watch the episodes for yourself right here.

The Legend of Master Legend

John Hawkes can’t catch a break. When he nabbed the lead in Charlie Kaufman’s FX pilot — Charlie Kaufman — it didn’t get picked up. He landed an Oscar nomination for “The Sessions,” but his follow-ups have meant diddly-squat comparatively. Sure, he stole a few scenes in “Lincoln” and got to take part in Amy Schumer’s amazing sketch,
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Amazon spring 2017 pilots include Richard Madden drama

Amazon spring 2017 pilots include Richard Madden drama
Streaming giant’s slate also includes comedy from creator of Gilmore Girls.

Amazon has announced its 2017 pilot slate, which includes space drama Oasis, with Game Of Thrones star Richard Madden, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, a comedy from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.

Five pilots will debut on 17th March in the UK, Us, Germany, Austria and Japan.

Customer reviews will help determine if the pilots are turned into a series.

The pilots are:

The Legend of Master Legend (half-hour)

A dark comedy about the life of a homemade superhero whose mission is to protect the people of Las Vegas from evil doers. Executive produced by Youree Henley (20th Century Women), Joshuah Bearman (Argo) and David Klawans (Argo), along with executive producers and writers Micah Fitzerman-Blue (Transparent) and Noah Harpster (Transparent). The pilot is directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) and stars John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone), Dawnn Lewis (Major Crimes), Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire) and newcomer
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Amazon Sets 2017 Pilot Season Lineup With Projects From Amy Sherman-Palladino, ‘Game of Thrones’ Actors

Amazon Sets 2017 Pilot Season Lineup With Projects From Amy Sherman-Palladino, ‘Game of Thrones’ Actors
Amazon’s 2017 pilot season will kick off on March 17, Variety has learned.

The streaming service will put up five pilots — two hourlongs and three half-hours. One of the hourlongs, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” comes from “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino; the other, “Oasis,” boasts both Richard Madden and Mark Addy from “Game of Thrones.” Amazon is also entering the adult animated space with “The New V.I.P.’s” from “The Life and Times of Tim” creator Steve Dildarian.

Here’s a full rundown of what Amazon users will be able to vote on starting March 17:

Hourlongs:

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

It’s 1958 Manhattan and Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan, “House of Cards)” has everything she’s ever wanted — the perfect husband, two kids, and an elegant Upper West Side apartment perfect for hosting Yom Kippur dinner. But her perfect life suddenly takes an unexpected turn and Midge discovers a previously unknown talent
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Movie News: Coen Brothers' Next Is a Thriller; Watch Nic Cage Fight Sharks in New 'U.S.S. Indianapolis' Trailer

Dark Web: Joel and Ethan Coen (above) will write a new draft of the screenplay for Dark Web. The thriller is based on a magazine article by Joshuah Bearman about a real-life entrepreneur who created an illegal-drug marketplace online and "allegedly became a murderous kingpin." Dennis Lehane wrote the first draft of the script. Though primarily known for writing and directing their own movies, the Coen brothers have recently written scripts for Angelina Jolie's Unbroken and Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies. [THR]   Hidden Figures: The upcoming drama Hidden Figures, previously set for theatrical release on January 13, 2017, will instead receive a limited release on December 25, ahead of its wide opening on January 6. That will make the movie eligible...

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News Briefs: Coen Brothers to Write 'Dark Web' Thriller

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Dark Web: Joel and Ethan Coen will write a new draft of the screenplay for Dark Web. The thriller is based on a magazine article by Joshuah Bearman about a real-life entrepreneur who created an illegal-drug marketplace online and "allegedly became a murderous kingpin." Dennis Lehane wrote the first draft of the script. Though primarily known as writers and directors of their own movies, the Coen brothers have recently written scripts for Angelina Jolie's Unbroken and Steven...

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Coen Brothers to pen Silk Road thriller Dark Web for Fox

THR is reporting that Joel and Ethan Coen have signed on to pen the screenplay for Dark Web, a thriller from 20th Century Fox which has previously been scripted by Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River and Shutter Island.

Formerly titled Silk Road, Dark Web is based on a Wired magazine article from Joshuah Bearman, which “centers on a 29-year-old idealist named Ross William Ulbricht (aka Dread Pirate Roberts) who built an online illegal-drug marketplace called ‘The Silk Road’ and along the way allegedly became a murderous kingpin.”

The Coen brothers most recently wrote and directed Hail Caesar!, which was released earlier this year, and they have also written the script for George Clooney’s next film Suburbicon, which is slated to arrive in 2017.
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The Coen Brothers Will Plunge Into The Dark Web For New Thriller

After wrangling with Hollywood’s Golden Age for ensemble comedy Hail, Caesar, Joel and Ethan Coen are poised for a return to thriller territory in 2017 with George Clooney’s mystery drama, Suburbicon. It just entered production as of October 11 in Los Angeles, but thanks to The Hollywood Reporter we now have word of an equally intriguing project that has attracted the talented siblings.

It’s called Dark Web, a feature film based on a two-part Wired article by Joshuah Bearman that Joel and Ethan Coen will adapt. Setting up shop at Chernin Entertainment, this is a project that has been kicking around since 2013, when award-winning author Dennis Lehane (Shutter Island, Mystic River) had a crack at the first screenplay. Now, the movie formerly known as Silk Road is officially a go, and it’s landed two screenwriters that are arguably perfectly suited to the material.

Lifted from a true story,
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Newswire: The Coens are writing a movie about the online black market

Joel and Ethan Coen have signed on for another tale of the human animal’s unfailing knack for satisfying its basest urges, with Screen Rant reporting that the Oscar-winning duo will write the script for a film about the deep web black market known as Silk Road. Dark Web will be based on a 2015 Wired piece by Joshuah Bearman, tracking the rise of Ross Ulbricht, known on the online marketplace he created as “Dread Pirate Roberts.”

Before his arrest in 2013, Ulbricht’s site allowed users to trade contraband substances—mostly drugs—outside of the government’s watchful eye. He’s currently serving a life sentence in jail with no possibility of parole, after being convicted on counts of money laundering, computer hacking, conspiracy to traffic fraudulent identity documents, and conspiracy to traffic narcotics in 2015.

Dark Web continues the Coens’ recent trend of working as screenwriters-for-hire for other ...
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The Coen Brothers to Pen Illegal Drug Market Thriller ‘Dark Web’

The Coen Brothers have found their next thriller to pen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has enlisted Joel and Ethan Coen to write a new screenplay for their film “Dark Web,” formerly titled “Silk Road.”

Based on the two-part Wired magazine article by Joshuah Bearman, the project centers on the true story of Ross William Ulbricht, also known as Dread Pirate Roberts, who created the online illegal-drug marketplace called The Silk Road. Ulbricht was arrested in 2013 and is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for selling narcotics and money laundering.

The film was initially set up in 2013, with author Dennis Lehane writing the first draft of the movie.

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The project is being produced by Peter Chernin, Chernin Entertainment’s Jenno Topping, Joshua Davis and Bearman. At this moment it’s
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Coen Brothers tapped to write cybercrime thriller Dark Web

Joseph Baxter Oct 17, 2016

Internet-centric crime thriller Dark Web will see auteurs of cinematic crime Joel and Ethan Coen pen the script.

The legendary Coen Brothers have tackled numerous quotable quirky classics centering on crimes, capers and general mysteries as writers and directors, sometimes both. However, their prospective screenwriting work for an upcoming biographically-based film project might see the visionary siblings tackling the seedy underground economy of the Internet!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Coen Brothers are set to write a screenplay for a Fox film project called Dark Web. That title indicates a general reference to the Darknet, the search-engine hidden vestiges of the Internet where illegal commerce takes place with impunity, accessible only through cryptographic software. However, the project – formerly titled Silk Road – focuses on a paradigmatic figure in the rise of the Darknet market and modern cybercrime named Ross William Ulbricht. The script will be based off
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Coen Brothers to Write Internet Thriller 'Dark Web' for Fox (Exclusive)

Joel and Ethan Coen are logging on to the Fox thriller Dark Web. Fox has enlisted the Oscar winners to pen the screenplay for the Chernin Entertainment-produced film, formerly titled Silk Road. The project, which is based on a two-part Wired magazine article by Joshuah Bearman, was set up in 2013, with best-selling author Dennis Lehane taking the first crack at the screenplay. The true story centers on a 29-year-old idealist named Ross William Ulbricht (aka Dread Pirate Roberts) who built an online illegal-drug marketplace called "The Silk Road" and along the way allegedly

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