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The need for recognizable properties, writers, and talent is more important than ever to cut through the thousands of hours of scripted TV out there.
Getting the right rights, the right writers, and the right team on board is increasingly tough, and producers are having to get in earlier, and spend more, to get the books and IP that will be the backbone of their drama slates. They also increasingly need to co-produce and attract a number of partners as the pieces of the jigsaw come together.
We run the rule over projects at different stages of development, and which could be the next big thing … if they make it to screen.
East meets West serial killer thriller, “Cognition” hails from Garcia Lopez, the director of super-violent U.K. drama “Utopia.” Catalyst Global Media is bringing the project to market with John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow Films, with Woo exec producing. “Cognition »
- Stewart Clarke
Lionsgate Television U.K. has acquired the rights to non-fiction novel “Jerusalem” to develop the best-seller as its first series. It will be developed by Steve November, Lionsgate’s creative director of U.K. television, in collaboration with Lionsgate’s U.S. creative team.
Lionsgate will produce and act as global distributor, including in the U.S. and U.K., for the series which is based on the 2011 novel by historian Simon Sebag Montefiore. Lionsgate describes “Jerusalem” as a character-driven, action-filled account of war, betrayal, faith, fanaticism, slaughter, persecution and co-existence in the universal city through the ages.
“‘Jerusalem’ is a compelling narrative which tells the human story of empires, nations, dynasties, politics and religions,” said November. “This project will bring the story of this unique city and the people who have fought and died for it alive in an epic, dynastic television saga.”
- Robert Mitchell
Award-winning British historian and novelist Simon Sebag Montefiore's non-fiction best-seller Jerusalem is getting the TV treatment.
Lionsgate Television U.K. has acquired rights to develop the critically acclaimed book into what it says will be a "character-driven, action-filled account of war, betrayal, faith, fanaticism, slaughter, persecution and co-existence in the universal city through the ages."
Montefiore will act as consultant and exec producer alongside Lionsgate, which will produce and sell global rights, including the U.S. and U.K.
“For our first television development we could not be happier or more excited than to be working with Simon to adapt his extraordinary book," said Lionsgate TV's Steve »
- Alex Ritman
Lionsgate Television UK has acquired rights to 2011 non-fiction bestseller Jerusalem which will be adapted as a drama in what marks the company’s first UK series development. Written by historian and novelist Simon Sebag Montefiore, Jerusalem is an epic biography of the city that ranges from King David’s establishment of it as his capital to the 1967 Six-Day War that led to its current formation. The series is eyed as a character-driven, action-filled account of war… »
Angelina Jolie is in the midst of formulating her return to the movie scene following recent personal troubles.
The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the actress-producer-director is mulling over multiple projects, including the long-rumored Maleficent 2. Last we checked in on the fantastical sequel, screenwriter Linda Woolverton merely confirmed its existence – “this very minute, it’s blinking at my computer.” That was almost nine months ago, and though THR alludes to the Maleficent follow-up during its exhaustive interview, there’s no mention of a tangible update.
Beyond the realm of dark fantasy and vengeful fairies, Jolie is reportedly eyeing not one, but two large-scale Universal projects. The first is an adaptation of Simon Sebag Montefiore’s Catherine the Great and Potemkin: The Imperial Love Affair, which chronicles the fiery love affair between the eponymous Russian ruler and Prince Grigory Potemkin. There’s also mention of an espionage thriller based on »
- Michael Briers
David Crow Feb 23, 2017
Angelina Jolie arguably remains one of the most bankable movie stars in Hollywood. Granted, the last time she appeared in a live-action film was for 2015’s underperformer, By the Sea. But prior to that misfire, the combination of her marquee name and Disney nostalgia propelled Maleficent to a $759 million gross during the summer of 2014. And along with a purported Maleficent 2, many producers have sought the star to reprise roles in potential blockbusters like a now dormant Wanted 2 and the abandoned Salt 2.
However, personal life aside, she has kept a low profile in Hollywood, electing instead to direct a movie set and produced in Cambodia (Netflix has since purchased the international rights). Apparently things are changing at Universal Pictures, however, since THR is reporting she has »
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