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Apple Developing Series Based on NBA Star Kevin Durant From Imagine Television

Apple Developing Series Based on NBA Star Kevin Durant From Imagine Television
Apple is developing a drama series based on the early life and career of NBA superstar Kevin Durant.

Titled “Swagger,” the series is inspired by Durant’s youth basketball experiences. It will explore the world of Amateur Athletic Union basketball and the lives of the players, their families, and coaches.

The series will be produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Television along with Durant’s Thirty Five Media. Durant and Grazer will executive produce, along with Imagine’s Francie Calfo and Thirty Five Media’s Rich Kleiman.

Reggie Rock Bythewood will write and direct. Bythewood previously collaborated with Imagine on the Fox limited series “Shots Fired,” which he created. His past credits include co-writing the screenplay for the Notorious Big biopic “Notorious.”

Durant currently plays for the Golden State Warriors and has won numerous accolades throughout his basketball career. In addition to being a two-time Olympic gold medalist, he has previously
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The Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon developing Little America for Apple

Apple has tapped the husband-and-wife duo of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, the Oscar-nominated screenwriters of The Big Sick and producers of Master of None and Smilf, to develop a new immigration-themed anthology series entitled Little America.

Written by Lee Eisenberg (Smilf), who will also serve as showrunner, Little America is based on true stories from Epic Magazine and is described as “a small, collective portrait of America’s immigrants — and thereby a portrait of America itself [which] will go beyond the headlines to look at the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and unexpected lives of immigrants in America, at a time when their stories are more relevant than ever.”

Little America is part of a growing slate of original content at Apple, which includes the Octavia Spencer-headlined drama Are You Sleeping, Steven Knight and Francis Lawrence’s See, a Damien Chazelle series, a Ronald D. Moore space drama, a
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Daily Podcast: Joker Casting, Fast & Furious Director, Annihilation Reactions, Venom Trailer & More

Daily Podcast: Joker Casting, Fast & Furious Director, Annihilation Reactions, Venom Trailer & More
On the February 8, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film senior writer Ben Pearson and writer Hoai-Tran Bui to talk about the latest news, including the big Joker casting report, Bryan Fuller leaves Amazing Stories, The Big Sick writers go to Apple, Annihilation early buzz, a reaction to the […]

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Bryan Fuller Drops Out of Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories Reboot

I was excited to learn that Bryan Fuller would be developing Steven Spielberg's reboot of his classic anthology series Amazing Stories. He has a solid track record of developing great shows and he was set to serve as the showrunner on this one for Apple.

Unfortunately, he has decided to drop out of the series. According to Variety, the parting was amicable. "Fuller’s vision for the show did not mesh with the more family-friendly approach sought by Apple and Amblin Television."

It's no surprise that Amblin would want to keep the series family-friendly. The original series was very much like that. However, it would have been interesting to see what exactly Fuller would've wanted to do.

This is the third show that Fuller has dropped out of in the past few years. He previously left American Gods and Star Trek: Discovery. He is now completely focused on the
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Amazing Stories reboot: Bryan Fuller quits

Kirsten Howard Feb 8, 2018

News arrived last night that Bryan Fuller has quit as showrunner. No, not on that one. No, on the other one. No, the other other one.

Welp, the deja vu is currently here to stay when it comes to the world of Bryan Fuller and his exciting projects.

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THR broke the news last night that the always-in-demand Hannibal mastermind had ditched/been fired from (we're not entirely sure at this point - although the situation is currently said to be "amicable", we've heard that story before, only for another version of events to emerge later) another big TV series in the works - this time, the Amazing Stories reboot he'd been working on with Steven Spielberg since 2015.

Hart Hanson, of Bones fame, also walked
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Bryan Fuller no longer part of Apple’s Amazing Stories

A few months ago Apple announced its intention to develop scripted series with one of the first being a reboot of Amazing Stories with Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller at the helm. While they had yet to fully begin development on the series, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed Fuller has left the project over creative differences with Apple.

Fuller has been attached to the Amazing Stories reboot since it was over at NBC in October 2015. The original series ran for two seasons from 1985 – 1987 with Steven Speilberg creating the anthology sci-fi. The drama reboot moved to Apple last year with Spielberg once again boarding the project along with Amblin Television’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank and Bones creator Hart Hanson.

Fuller’s departure is said to be an amicable one with the cause being Fuller’s desire to make Amazing Stories more in the vein of Black Mirror while Apple wanted
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Amazing Stories: Bryan Fuller Exits Apple Reboot of Steven Spielberg Series

Bryan Fuller is leaving another TV show. Deadline reports the executive producer has left Apple's upcoming reboot of Amazing Stories.From Steven Spielberg, the original anthology series debuted in 1985 and featured episodes written by the Oscar-winning filmmaker and directed by the likes of Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorsese. The show ran on NBC for only twos seasons before ending in 1987.Read More…
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Bryan Fuller Exits ‘Amazing Stories’ Reboot at Apple

Bryan Fuller Exits ‘Amazing Stories’ Reboot at Apple
Bryan Fuller will no longer serve as showrunner on the upcoming Apple version of the anthology series “Amazing Stories,” Variety has confirmed.

A source close to Fuller says that the parting was amicable. Fuller’s vision for the show did not mesh with the more family-friendly approach sought by Apple and Amblin Television. “Bones” alum Hart Hanson has already been on board for some time to serve as day-to-day showrunner.

This marks the third show Fuller has departed in the past few years. Most recently, he and Michael Green exited the Starz series adaptation of “American Gods,” which Variety exclusively reported. The pair were said to have left that show over differences with producer Fremantle Media over the show’s budget and creative direction. Prior to that, Fuller was set as the showrunner on the CBS All Access series “Star Trek: Discovery” before stepping down in October 2016. It was announced in January that Fuller is now involved
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Damien Chazelle Drama Scores Straight-to-Series Order at Apple

Apple has given a straight-to-series order for a drama series that hails from acclaimed filmmaker Damien Chazelle, Variety has learned.

Details of the series’ plot are being kept under wraps, but Chazelle will write and direct every episode of the series, as well as serving as executive producer. In addition to Chazelle, the series will be executive produced by Jordan Horowitz via his Original Headquarters banner, and Fred Berger for Automatik Entertainment. Media Rights Capital is the studio.

Chazelle is an award-winning screenwriter, director and producer. His most recent film, “La La Land,” won six Academy Awards last year, including Best Director for Chazelle and Best Actress for Emma Stone. The film also won a record-breaking seven Golden Globe Awards, including Best Director and Best Screenplay for Chazelle. His previous film, 2014’s “Whiplash,” received five Academy Award nominations and three wins, including Best Supporting Actor for J.K. Simmons. He is currently in production on Universal’s “[link
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Drama Series From La La Land's Damien Chazelle Lands at Apple

Drama Series From La La Land's Damien Chazelle Lands at Apple
Apple has snapped up another Hollywood heavyweight, inking a deal with La La Land auteur Damien Chazelle for what its calling an “innovative drama” series, TVLine has learned. Oscar-winner Chazelle will write and direct every episode of the untitled hourlong project, which has received a straight-to-series order.

Apple is keeping details of the series under wraps, although one has to imagine it will feature some kind of musical component. Chazelle’s fellow La La Land producers Jordan Horowitz and Fred Berger are on board as EPs.
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Bryan Fuller Exits Apple's 'Amazing Stories' Anthology (Exclusive)

Updated: Hart Hanson, who had partnered with Bryan Fuller on Amazing Stories, has also exited the anthology as Apple and producers Universal Television are now searching for a showrunner.

Previous, 1:24 p.m.: Apple has yet to launch a scripted series, but it has parted ways with its first showrunner.

Bryan Fuller, who was poised to helm Apple's Amazing Stories anthology, has exited the project citing creative differences. The split is said to be amicable. Fuller, who originally developed Amazing Stories for NBC before it moved to Apple with a series pickup, is said to have wanted to do a Black...
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Cloverfield 3 may now debut on Netflix too

Simon Brew Jan 24, 2018

God Particle, the new Cloverfield film, may now skip cinemas altogether...

Paramount Pictures has already struck a deal that’s sending one of its planned big releases of 2018 primarily to Netflix. Alex Garland’s second film, Annihilation, is now only getting a cinema release in the Us, Canada and China, with everywhere else in the world getting it first on Netflix rather than the big screen.

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Now comes rumours that the studio is considering abandoning the big screen release of the new Cloverfield movie, still codenamed God Particle. The movie is on the schedules for April, but Netflix is now reported to be in talks with Paramount about acquiring the film.

There’s no definite confirmation that a deal will be reached, but it’s understood that new-ish
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Invisible Man reboot loses writer, more Dark Universe changes

Simon Brew Jan 24, 2018

Universal sounds like it's going back to square one on its Dark Universe plans...

Universal’s Dark Universe remains in limbo, with another of its projects now being overhauled. Off the back of The Mummy, that in theory was supposed to launch a universe of classic horror-themed movies (but didn't), Universal has already delayed its planned Bride Of Frankenstein, that’ll now be a more standalone project. It turns out too that The Invisible Man, that had been earmarked for a 2020 release, and had Johnny Depp set to star, has gone back to the proverbial drawing board.

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Ed Solomon had been hired to write the film, but chatting to Digital Spy, he’s revealed that he’s no longer involved.

“I think Universal and I had a different
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Director Steve Hughes interview: Creeped Out, Doctor Who

Louisa Mellor Jan 23, 2018

We chatted to director Steve Hughes about making Cbbc’s eerie anthology series Creeped Out and Doctor Who

TV and film-making is an arduous, competitive business. Unless a project is particularly close to the hearts of those making it, it’s unlikely to survive the process. Talent and a good idea can get you part of the way, but it takes really, really loving that idea to drive it through to the end, attracting more talent and love along the way.

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Cbbc’s Creeped Out buzzes with love from the people who make it. A thirteen-part eerie anthology series inspired by Spielberg’s Amazing Stories, it tells emotionally resonant horror, sci-fi and fantasy-tinged tales that are suitable for kids and irresistible to adults.
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Cbbc's Creeped Out: spotting the nerdy 80s movie nods

Louisa Mellor Jan 23, 2018

Cbbc’s Creeped Out is a geek paradise for lovers of 80s sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Did you spot these movie references?

Contains mild spoilers for Creeped Out.

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“Nods to Spielberg, Zemeckis, Joe Dante, even John Carpenter…” Director Steve Hughes (Doctor Who, Wolfblood) is telling me about the first time he read a script for Cbbc anthology series Creeped Out. “I remember begging ‘you have to let me direct this – it’s my dream job!’”

The scripts, Hughes recalls, had a real flavour of Amazing Stories (“one of my favourite TV series from the 80s”) and “were clearly written by people who loved the same films as TV shows as I did.” Those people were Bede Blake and Robert Butler, movie nerds through and through.
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Kristen Wiig Lands Comedy Series At Apple

Apple is busy ramping up of original programming to try and shake up the streaming world, but no one is quite clear on how they’ll deliver that content. Wall Street thinks there’s a chance that the tech company might scoop up Netflix, but Apple certainly already has their iTunes Store to reach customers. Among the shows in development are Steven Spielberg’s anthology series “Amazing Stories,” a drama about a morning show that will star Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, “Are You Sleeping” starring Octavia Spencer, and possibly a space drama produced by J.J.

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Kristen Wiig to Star in Apple Comedy Series Produced by Reese Witherspoon

Apple is taking a bite out of Kristen Wiig.

The former Saturday Night Live star is set to headline a half-hour, Reese Witherspoon-produced comedy series for the company, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A studio is not yet attached.

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Inspired by You Think It, I’ll Say It — an upcoming collection of short stories by Curtis Sittenfeld, who will serve as a consulting producer — the yet-untitled comedy, which has been ordered for 10 episodes, marks Apple’s first scripted comedy order. It also marks
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Kristen Wiig to Star in Reese Witherspoon-Produced Comedy Series for Apple

Kristen Wiig to Star in Reese Witherspoon-Produced Comedy Series for Apple
Kristen Wiig is set to star in a comedy ordered to series at Apple that boasts Reese Witherspoon among its executive producers, Variety has confirmed.

The 10-episode, half-hour comedy is inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld’s upcoming short story collection “You Think It, I’ll Say It.” It marks Wiig’s first regular television role since she left “Saturday Night Live” in 2012. She will also serve as an executive producer on the show.

Colleen McGuinness created the series and will serve as showrunner and executive producer. Witherspoon will executive produce via her Hello Sunshine banner along with Lauren Neustadter and Wiig. Sittenfeld will serve as a consulting producer. This also marks Apple’s first half-hour scripted comedy order.

Wiig has embarked on a successful film career since leaving “SNL,” including starring in, co-producing, and co-writing the box office hit comedy “Bridesmaids,” for which she earned an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay. Her other recent
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Apple Orders Sci-Fi Drama ‘See’

Apple Orders Sci-Fi Drama ‘See’
Apple has given a straight-to-series order to “See,” a science fiction drama from “Peaky Blinders” creator Steven Knight. Francis Lawrence is set to direct.

The project, set in the far future, hails from the joint venture between Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content. Knight and Lawrence will serve as executive producers alongside Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, and Kristen Campo.

“See” is the fourth scripted series ordered by Apple since the launch of the tech giant’s new video-content arm under former Sony Pictures Television executives Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg. The order comes as Apple continues its push into original programming. Most recently, the company announced it is developing a drama series based on the book “Are You Sleeping” with Octavia Spencer set to star and with Reese Witherspoon producing.

Witherspoon is also set to star in and produce a drama for Apple alongside Jennifer Aniston set in the behind-the-scenes world of a television morning show.

Apple
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Apple Orders Docuseries ‘Home’ Straight to Series

Apple has given a straight-to-series order to the docuseries “Home,” Variety has learned.

The series will offer viewers a never-before-seen look inside the world’s most extraordinary homes, and delves into the minds of the people who built them. Apple has ordered 10, one-hour episodes of the new series.

“Home” hails from executive producers Matt Tyrnauer and Corey Reeser of Altimeter Films, Matthew Weaver, Ian Orefice and Bruce Gersh from Time Inc. Productions, and Joe Poulin, CEO of Luxury Retreats. Tyrnauer also directs the docuseries. Altimeter Films, Time Inc. Productions, and Media Weaver Entertainment produce.

The order comes as Apple continues its push into original programming. Most recently, the company announced they were developing a drama series based on the book “Are You Sleeping” with Octavia Spencer set to star and with Reese Witherspoon producing.

Witherspoon is also set to star in and produce a drama for Apple alongside Jennifer Aniston set in the behind-the-scenes world of a television
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