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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Gravity Falls’ Writers to Pen ‘Pokemon’ Movie (Exclusive)

16 August 2016 2:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch are in negotiations to write the live-action “Pokemon” pic for Legendary based on the upcoming game “Detective Pikachu.”

The news comes following the announcement that the company landed the rights to the “Pokemon” franchise after they were shopped around in early July. That deal came two weeks after the Pokemon Go app was released and became a worldwide phenomenon, so much so that it led to a 25% jump in the stock of part-owner Nintendo. The augmented reality game allows players to capture, battle and train the Pokemon virtual creatures.

The hugely popular Pokemon Go app recently saw the pocket monsters surge back into the pop culture consciousnesses. Pokemon was introduced in Japan in 1996 and has sold 279 million video games worldwide with 21.5 billion cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 19 seasons.

Universal Pictures will handle distribution of the live-action film outside of Japan as »

- Justin Kroll

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Zoe Lister-Jones Makes her Directorial Debut with Indie ‘Band Aid’

19 July 2016 3:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Life in Pieces” star, Zoe Lister-Jones is set to make her directorial debut with the indie “Band Aid”, which she also wrote and produced.

Lister-Jones also stars alongside Adam Pally and Fred Armisen in the story of a couple who, in the wake of a miscarriage, can’t stop fighting, so decide to turn all their fights into songs and form a rock band to save their marriage.

Hannah Simone, Colin Hanks, Brooklyn Decker, Jesse Williams, Susie Essman, Ravi Patel, Jamie Chung, Chris D’Elia and Jerry O’Connell (Billions) are also on board.

Lister-Jones hired an all female production crew led by Producer Natalia Anderson, Cinematographer Hillary Spera, Production Designer Hillary Gurtler, Editor Libby Cuenin and Line Producer Kristen Murtha.

With lyrics for the original songs written by Lister-Jones and composed by Kyle Forester, she, Pally, and Armisen recorded the music live during production, with Pally on guitar and Armisen on drums. »

- Justin Kroll

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Ike Barinholtz Joins Amy Schumer’s Mother-Daughter Comedy

17 May 2016 1:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ike Barinholtz has joined Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn in Fox’s untitled mother-daughter comedy.

Fox announced in October that it had scheduled the project, unofficially known as “Mother/Daughter,” for a Mother’s Day weekend release on May 12, 2017.

Schumer set up the project in May. Jonathan Levine (“50/50”) is directing from a script by Katie Dippold (“The Heat”), which is inspired by her relationship with her mother.

Chernin Entertainment and Feigco Entertainment are producing. Dippold also serves as executive producer.

Schumer and Kim Caramele are also executive producers and provided additional script work. Daria Cercek is overseeing the project for Fox.

Variety reported last month that British actor Tom Bateman has joined the cast.

Schumer’s “Trainwreck” grossed $110 million domestically for Universal and raked in another $28 million internationally. Her original screenplay was nominated for a Writers Guild award.

Hawn came on board the project in February. It will be her »

- Dave McNary

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Wolf Entertainment Exec Danielle Claman Gelber Departing for NBC Production Deal

8 April 2016 5:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Development vet Danielle Claman Gelber, who was integral in developing NBC’s “Chicago” franchise, is transitioning from Wolf Entertainment to the network where she has inked an independent production deal, Variety has learned.

With the new production pact, Gelber will develop scripted series for NBC.

Gelber joined Dick Wolf’s company in 2011 and was head of development. Sources say there is no replacement for her position at this time.

Gelber worked with Wolf and his team to develop “Chicago Fire,” plus its spinoffs “Chicago Pd” and “Chicago Med.” She sold the flagship “Fire” to NBC on her first day at Wolf Entertainment.

“Danielle was an important member of the team as we developed ‘Chicago Fire,'” Wolf commented. “Lightning struck and we were off to the races with a hugely successful brand. With her passion for quality scripted projects, this is a logical and smart evolution to her successful career. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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‘Gravity Falls’ Creator Alex Hirsch Developing Animated Series at Fox (Exclusive)

6 January 2016 1:45 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Gravity Falls” creator Alex Hirsch is graduating from the world of Disney with a deal to develop an animated series for Fox.

Hirsch has set a deal for a script and presentation pilot for Fox and 20th Century Fox TV. Details of the project are being kept mum.

“I’m cooking up some brand-new weirdness,” Hirsch told Variety.

Hirsch has been pursued by numerous outlets for development projects coming off the success of “Gravity Falls,” the offbeat mystery toon series for Disney XD that has developed a “Lost”-like cult following. The series is wrapping its 40-episode run with an hourlong finale on Feb. 15.

Fox was a natural home for Hirsch given its success with primetime animated series.

Hirsch is an animation wunderkind who grabbed the industry’s attention with his short films by the time he graduated in 2007 from CalArts. He was recruited by Disney to help develop the »

- Cynthia Littleton

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