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HBO Continues Where The “Serial” Podcast Left off With “The Case Against Anand Syed”

HBO and Sky today announced The Case Against Adnan Syed, a four-hour documentary series directed by Academy Award® nominee Amy Berg. The series will explore the 1999 disappearance and murder of 18-year-old Baltimore County high school student Hae Min Lee, and the subsequent conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, a case brought to global attention by the hugely popular “Serial” podcast. Working Title TV and Instinct Productions are producing and NBCUniversal International Studios are distributing the follow-up to the case, which will debut on HBO in the U.S. and on Sky Atlantic in Europe.

In production since 2015, The Case Against Adnan Syed closely re-examines the events leading up to Hae Min Lee’s disappearance, from high school romance, forbidden love and cultural conflict, to the aftermath of her disappearance, the original police investigation and the present day, when Syed awaits a new trial. Presenting new discoveries, as well as groundbreaking
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Sky, HBO Follow ‘Serial’ Podcast with ‘The Case Against Adnan Syed’ Documentary

Sky and HBO are teaming again, this time for a documentary series about the Adnan Syed case, which inspired the popular ‘Serial’ podcast. Academy Award nominee Amy Berg (“Deliver Us from Evil”) will direct.

“The Case Against Adnan Syed” will run to four hours. Working Title TV and Instinct Productions are producing, and NBC Universal International Studios are distributing the follow-up to the case, which will play on the Sky Atlantic channel in the U.K. and in the U.S. on HBO.

The series will explore the 1999 disappearance and murder of 18-year-old Baltimore County high school student Hae Min
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Stephen Woolley, Creative England to launch Simon Relph Memorial Bursary in Cannes (exclusive)

A £20,000 reward will be given to an emerging UK producer based outside of London.

Simon Relph, the former Bafta chairman and British Screen Finance CEO, who passed away in October 2016, is a having a new talent bursary launched in his name.

The bursary is being unveiled by Creative England in Cannes. It will be a £20,000 award will be given to an emerging independent UK producer who is based outside of London.

Number 9 Films’ Stephen Woolley will speak at an event in Cannes on May 12 where the bursary will be officially launched, as will a representative of Creative England. The event
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Four Weddings and a Funeral: Hulu Orders Mindy Kaling (Mindy Show) Comedy Anthology Series

About a month ahead of high nuptial season, Hulu has ordered the Four Weddings and a Funeral TV show to series. Based on the 1994 feature film starring Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, James Fleet, Simon Callow, John Hannah, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Charlotte Colement, the new series is a limited anthology. A scripted Hulu comedy, Four Weddings and a Funeral comes from writers Mindy Kaling and Matt Warburton. The duo will executive produce along with Jonathan Prince, Howard Klein, Tim Bevan, and Eric Fellner. The cast and TV series premiere date are Tbd. Read More…
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Hulu orders Mindy Kaling's 'Four Weddings And A Funeral' series

Streaming platform also greenlights Season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale, passes 20m subscribers.

Us streamer Hulu has ordered Four Weddings And A Funeral, a limited series from Mindy Kaling and Matt Warburton inspired by the 1994 rom-com, and renewed The Handmaid’s Tale for a third season.

Hulu top brass announced the developments at the upfront presentation in New York, where the company also said it has now passed the 20m subscriber mark in the Us.

Kaling and Warburton, who previously teamed on sitcom The Mindy Project, will write and serve as executive producers on the Four Weddings series, which will
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Hulu Orders Mindy Kaling’s ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral,’ Ramy Youssef Comedy to Series

Hulu Orders Mindy Kaling’s ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral,’ Ramy Youssef Comedy to Series
Hulu has given out series order to the adaptation of “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and a comedy starring Ramy Youssef, the streaming service announced Wednesday.

Four Weddings and a Funeral,” based on the 1994 British film of the same name, will follow a group of friends as their lives intersect through five events. The limited series is written and executive produced by Mindy Kaling and Matt Warburton, who previously worked together on “The Mindy Project.” Jonathan Prince, Howard Klein, Tim Bevan, and Eric Fellner will also executive produce.

MGM Television and Universal Television will produce, with MGM serving as the lead studio.
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Hulu Series Orders Include ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Adaptation From Mindy Kaling

Hulu Series Orders Include ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Adaptation From Mindy Kaling
Hulu has given a series order to Mindy Kaling’s new adaptation of “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” while the streaming service has also greenlit a sitcom from comedian Ramy Youssef, to be executive produced by Jerrod Carmichael.

The pickups were among the announcements made this morning at Hulu’s annual upfront presentation to advertisers, taking place at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Among other news: Hulu has sealed a new deal with DreamWorks Animation, which kicks into gear with new original series in 2020.

Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Ramy” are part of an upcoming Hulu slate that also includes newcomers “Castle Rock,” “Catch-22,” “The First” and “Little Fires Everywhere.”

Kaling and her “The Mindy Project” partner Matt Warburton are behind the limited series adaptation of “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” MGM Television is the lead studio on the project, which will also be produced by Universal TV
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Alison Owen, John Crowley, Tim Bevan sign up for Guiding Lights mentor scheme (exclusive)

45 Years, American Animals and Notting Hill directors also board talent initiative.

The ninth edition of UK film industry mentoring scheme Guiding Lights has named its crop of mentors and mentees.

This year’s group of mentors includes Brooklyn director John Crowley, Elizabeth producer Alison Owen, Atonement producer Tim Bevan and Carol producer Elizabeth Karlsen.

Joining them are 45 Years director Andrew Haigh, Notting Hill director Roger Michell, London To Brighton director Paul Andrew Williams, American Animals director Bart Layton, and Rush producer Andrew Eaton.

As previously announced, this year’s 13 mentees are: Demian Fox, Loran Dunn, Sean Spencer, Catryn Ramasut, Harry Macqueen,
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Ellen Page joins Netflix's 'Tales Of The City' spin-off

Ellen Page joins Netflix's 'Tales Of The City' spin-off
Production scheduled to start later in year for 2019 series debut.

Extending the 25-year run of TV adaptations of Armistead Maupin’s groundbreaking literary saga, Netflix has ordered a limited series based on Maupin’s Tales Of The City novels from Working Title Television and NBCUniversal International.

Set in the present day, the new 10-part series, titled Armistead Maupin’s Tales Of The City, will see Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis reprise their roles from the three previous Tales mini-series.

Ellen Page joins the cast and production is expected to start later this year for a series debut in 2019.

Orange Is The New Black
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Ellen Page joins Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis for Netflix's 'Tales Of The City' spin-off

Ellen Page joins Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis for Netflix's 'Tales Of The City' spin-off
Production scheduled to start later in year for 2019 series debut.

Extending the 25-year run of TV adaptations of Armistead Maupin’s groundbreaking literary saga, Netflix has ordered a limited series based on Maupin’s Tales Of The City novels from Working Title Television and NBCUniversal International.

Set in the present day, the new 10-part series, titled Armistead Maupin’s Tales Of The City, will see Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis reprise their roles from the three previous Tales mini-series.

Ellen Page joins the cast and production is expected to start later this year for a series debut in 2019.

Orange Is The New Black
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‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City’ Lands Series Order at Netflix

Netflix has ordered a new 10-episode installment of “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City,” Variety has learned.

As previously announced when it was revealed the series was in development, Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis will reprise their roles as Mary Ann Singleton and Anna Madrigal respectively. In addition, Barbara Garrick, who played DeDe Halcyon Day in the original miniseries, is also set to return.

Finally, “Juno” and “Inception” star Ellen Page will join the series as Shawna, Mary Ann’s daughter.

Based on the books by Maupin, the new installment follows Mary Ann, who returns home to San Francisco
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Saoirse Ronan-Margot Robbie’s ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’ Pushed Back to December

Saoirse Ronan-Margot Robbie’s ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’ Pushed Back to December
Focus Features has moved its awards-season contender “Mary, Queen of Scots,” starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, back five weeks from Nov. 2 to Dec. 7.

Ronan is starring in the title role opposite Robbie as Elizabeth I. Josie Rourke is making her feature directorial debut on the movie, directing from a script by Beau Willimon. The project is based on John Guy’s biography “My Heart Is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots.”

Producers are Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and Debra Hayward. The trio all received best picture Academy Award nominations for “Les Misérables.” Other cast members include Guy Pearce, David Tennant, Jack Lowden (“Dunkirk”), Joe Alwyn, Martin Compston, and Brendan Coyle (“Downton Abbey”).

The story is set during the 16th century when Mary Stuart became Queen of France at 16, was widowed two years later, and returned to her native Scotland to reclaim her throne.
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‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Gets Early December Release From Focus Features

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‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Gets Early December Release From Focus Features
Focus Features announced Wednesday that it is giving Josie Rourke’s Elizabethan biopic “Mary Queen of Scots” a December 7 release, right in the middle of awards season.

The film stars two of this year’s Best Actress Oscar nominees, Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, who will respectively play Mary Stuart and her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. It follows Mary after her husband, the French monarch Francis II, dies when she is 18. Defying demands that she remarry, she returns to her native Scotland to become Queen there, only to find that it has fallen under Elizabeth’s rule. In a world dominated by men, the two cousins vie for control of England’s throne, setting off a chain reaction of rebellion and conspiracy.
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Saoirse Ronan drama 'Mary Queen Of Scots' moves to December

Donmar Warehouse artistic director Josie Rourke directs Working Title drama based on book by John Guy.

Focus Features has scheduled a December 7 limited release in North America for its Saoirse Ronan period drama Mary Queen Of Scots.

The Working Title production had initially been set for November 2.

Ronan, who earned her second lead actress Oscar nod this year for Lady Bird after one for Brooklyn in 2016, stars as the 16th century British monarch.

Oscar-nominated Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, Gemma Chan, Martin Compston, Ismael Cordova, Brendan Coyle, Ian Hart, Adrian Lester, James McArdle round out the key cast alongside David Tennant,
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Danny Boyle comedy gets Universal release date close to 'Bond 25'

Danny Boyle comedy gets Universal release date close to 'Bond 25'
Lily James, Himesh Patel, Kate McKinnon to star.

Universal Pictures has set a September 13 2019 release date for Danny Boyle’s comedy for Working Title that sets up intriguing proximity to Bond 25.

Boyle has been linked to the next James Bond film, which Eon Productions and MGM have set to open on November 8 2019 through an as-yet-unannounced distributor.

Boyle’s rumoured involvement as director on Bond 25 is still to be confirmed, although if as seems likely he will take the reins, the filmmaker is looking at an extremely busy production schedule over the next 18 months.

Bond star Daniel Craig did
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Danny Boyle’s Kate McKinnon Comedy Gets Fall 2019 Release

Danny Boyle’s Kate McKinnon Comedy Gets Fall 2019 Release
Universal Studios has set a Sept. 13, 2019, release date for its untitled comedy with director Danny Boyle and stars Kate McKinnon, Lily James, and Himesh Patel.

Boyle will be directing from a script he co-wrote with Richard Curtis. The Irish writer-director said last month that he’s also been working on script for the 25th James Bond movie with plans to shoot the comedy first, followed by the 007 film at the end of the year.

The McKinnon comedy will be produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner alongside Matt Wilkinson and Bernie Bellew. Curtis and Boyle will also produce, while Nick Angel and Lee Brazier serve as executive producers. Most plot details are being kept under wraps, but it will be music-themed and set in the 1960s or ’70s.

The McKinnon comedy is the first title to be dated for Sept. 13, 2019. It opens a week after the launch
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Ed Sheeran in negotiations to star in Danny Boyle’s untitled musical comedy

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The British superstar musician, Ed Sheeran, is currently said by a British tabloid to be in talks to star in Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis’s upcoming untitled musical comedy.

Based on the music of The Beatles, the project has a script by Love Actually’s Richard Curtis. If casting plans go well – Himesh Patel, the actor who played Tamwar Masood in EastEnders, has been cast to play the up-and-coming musician, Also on board is The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie star Lily James and potentially Kate McKinnon – executives are looking to film this summer. Boyle has made it no secret that he wanted to be involved in a musical, only stating last year that it is the purest form of cinema.

As well as featuring musical material from The Beatles’ vast catalogue of hits, new music will also be written for the film which Sheeran is also said to be involved with.
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MipTV: FremantleMedia Boards Working Title’s ‘Luminaries’ For International Distribution

FremantleMedia International will handle international distribution on Working Title Television’s adaptation of Man Booker prize-winning novel “The Luminaries,” the company announced Tuesday. Produced by Working Title Television in association with FremantleMedia International and Silver Reel Television, the six-part adaptation for BBC Two is written by Eleanor Catton (pictured), based on her own novel.

“This story perfectly illustrates the types of projects that we are looking to add to our distinctive collection of dramas,” said Rebecca Dundon, director of acquisitions for FremantleMedia International.

Set on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island during the boom years of the 1860s gold rush,
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Johnny English Strikes Again Trailer: The Accidental Spy Is Back

The trailer for Johnny English Strikes Again has arrived. While it was known that the third movie in the Johnny English trilogy was happening, a teaser for the movie, recapping the events of the first two installments, arrived online yesretday somewhat unexpectedly. Now, the studio has released the first full-length trailer, which reveals Rowan Atkinson's return as the accidental super spy.

Johnny English 3, based on this trailer, looks to be exactly what you would expect. It's full of ham-fisted gags, riffs on the James Bond franchise and lots of gadgets gone wrong. The trailer actually opens up looking like a more serious spy movie. For the briefest of moments, one could actually be fooled into thinking this was a trailer for a more traditional adventure. Quickly, we realize it's Johnny English up to his same old shtick. This time around though, Rowan Atkinson is joined by an actual Bond
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Kate McKinnon and Lily James Team for New Danny Boyle Comedy

Kate McKinnon and Lily James Team for New Danny Boyle Comedy
With the current season of Saturday Night Live winding down, star Kate McKinnon has found a new movie to shoot over her summer hiatus. The actress has entered negotiations to star in an Untitled Danny Boyle Comedy that will put her alongside Lily James. Universal Pictures is eyeing a summer production start for this untitled project, so we could be getting more casting updates in the very near future.

While Universal is keeping any specific plot details under wraps, the story is said to be musically-themed and set in either the 1960s or 1970s. Kate McKinnon has been set to play a talent agent, while Lily James is playing a school teacher. Danny Boyle (T2 Trainspotting) is slated to direct from a script by Richard Curtis (Love Actually), although the studio has yet to set a release date at this time. Universal Pictures will be distributing and producing alongside Working Title FIlms.
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