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‘High Fidelity’ Series Reboot Starring Zoë Kravitz Moves From Disney+ To Hulu

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Exclusive: High Fidelity is on the move. Disney+ 10-episode series starring Zoë Kravitz, which had been set up at Disney’s upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service, will relocate to fellow streaming platform Hulu.

The decision comes a couple of weeks after the close of Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox assets, which gave Disney controlling 60% stake in Hulu.

Disney+ is being billed as a service featuring programming that appeals to all ages while still conforming with the Disney brand. It runs the gamut of different demographics but it is considered a place for family-friendly fare vs. the more adult-oriented Hulu.

High Fidelity, from writers Veronica West and Sarah Kucserka, Midnight Radio and ABC Signature, is a reimagining of Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel and the 2000 feature starring John Cusack with a female point of view. While the movie was rated R, reflecting the tone in the book, I hear the series was
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Marley Shelton, NeNe Leakes & David Fynn Lead Casts Of Pop Comedy Pilots ‘Ride Or Die’ & ‘Best Intentions’

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Marley Shelton, NeNe Leakes & David Fynn Lead Casts Of Pop Comedy Pilots ‘Ride Or Die’ & ‘Best Intentions’
Pop has set the core casts for its comedy pilots Ride or Die and Best Intentions.

Ride or Die will star Marley Shelton, NeNe Leakes, Molly Sims, Jennifer Landon and Tawny Newsome. Set for Best Intentions are David Fynn, Daniel Rashid, Lindsey Gort and Sarah Levy.

In Ride or Die, written by Matt McConkey (Heathers), when an elite spin studio is rocked by a strange murder, down-on-her-luck outsider Shauna (Shelton) teams up with true-crime buff Glo (Leakes) to find the killer. Sims plays Jamie, a cunning housewife, resident mean girl and frenemy from Shauna’s past life. Landon is Ali, who is wildly ambitious and threatened by Shauna’s rising popularity. Newsome plays Lindy,
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Pop Orders Comedy Pilots ‘Best Intentions’ From Adam Herz & ‘Ride Or Die’

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Pop Orders Comedy Pilots ‘Best Intentions’ From Adam Herz & ‘Ride Or Die’
Exclusive: Pop has ordered two half-hour comedy pilots, Best Intentions, from American Pie writer Adam Herz, A+E Studios and Howard T. Owens and Ben Silverman’s Propagate; and Ride Or Die, from writer Matt McConkey (Paramount Network’s Heathers),The Gotham Group and Nomadic Pictures.

Pop has been looking to build up its original scripted series roster with an emphasis on comedy, capitalizing on the success of its signature show, the popular and praised comedy Schitt’s Creek, which is currently airing its fifth season on the cable network. Next for Pop is the February premiere of its latest scripted series, hourlong dramedy Flack staring Anna Paquin. The PR-themed series will be showcased with a panel during CBS’ portion of Winter TCA this week. (Pop is jointly owned by CBS Corp. and Lionsgate.)

Written by Herz and to be directed by Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine), Best Intentions revolves around a teenager,
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Nickelodeon Sister Network Paramount Players Making Slime Movie

Have you ever wondered why there hasn’t been a movie based on Slime? No? Me neither. But here we are, expecting a movie based on Slime. We complain that there aren’t enough original ideas in Hollywood, and then when they give us something original, we complain some more. Let’s clean up our act and give Slime a chance. Or something like that.

The movie will get its script from writing partners Steve Pink and Jeff Morris, with Pink directing. The Deadline exclusive says the movie will be a “family action adventure film,” “about a slime experiment gone wrong.” So we don’t have a lot to go on for now, but judging by the writers, there actually is a glimmer of hope that they could pull off a fun movie with a solid story. Pink has been at the helm of two of my favorite shows, Santa Clarita Diet and Cobra Kai,
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‘Slime’ Time For Paramount Players, Steve Pink & Jeff Morris

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Exclusive: Paramount Players has acquired Slime, a pitch for a family action-adventure film that will be scripted by writing partners Steve Pink and Jeff Morris. Pink will direct it. Pic is about a slime experiment gone wrong. Slime of course has long been a staple of sister network Nickelodeon.

This was a last-minute bidding situation, and Paramount Players pre-emptively took it off the table before the holidays. Jeremy Stein brought the project in, met with Morris to discuss and got it sold immediately on his first week at his new job with Davis Entertainment.

Pink directed the Hot Tub Time Machine films and About Last Night for Screen Gems. He has been helming TV shows including Cobra Kai, Santa Clarita Diet and the upcoming Wayne for YouTube. Pink and Morris have projects in development including Failure to Appear and The Yank at Sony, as well as Cop Swap at MGM.
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Legendary to remake The Toxic Avenger as a big budget franchise

THR is reporting that Legendary Entertainment has acquired the rights to Troma’s cult classic mutant superhero The Toxic Avenger, with plans to relaunch the property as a big-budget franchise.

The 1984 film centres on a mild-mannered janitor who finds himself transformed into a mutated superhuman crime-fighter after falling into a vat of toxic waste. The film proved an early hit for Troma Entertainment, and led to the sequels The Toxic Avenger Part II, The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie and Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV.

A remake of The Toxic Avenger has been in the pipeline for a number of years, with Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) and Conrad Vernon (Sausage Party) attached to direct at one point or another and both John Travolta and Arnold Schwarzenegger linked to star.

As yet, Legendary is yet to attach a writer or director to the remake,
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The Toxic Avenger Will Be Rebooted By Legendary Pictures

Troma Entertainment's The Toxic Avenger has been on a road to getting rebooted. There have been people trying to get the film into production since 2010. The last we heard, Sausage Party director Conrad Vernon was attached to direct it from a script written by Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine).

Now, according to Deadline, Legendary Entertainment has acquired feature film rights to The Toxic Avenger, and the directors of the original 1984 film Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz will serve as producers on the new film. There’s no word on if Vernon or Pink are still involved though.

The original film told the story of a bullied janitor who becomes a mutant superhero after falling into a vat of toxic waste and transforms into a radioactive hero, who stands up to bullies and corruption with irreverent zeal.

Over the years, there were reports that Arnold Schwarzenegger was offered a
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Toxic Avenger Franchise Lands at Legendary

Mike Cecchini Dec 11, 2018

It looks like we might be headed for a Toxic Avenger reboot.

Somehow, against all odds, nobody has managed to reboot The Toxic Avenger yet. Oh, there have been attempts. In 2013, Arnold Schwarzenegger was attached to join a Toxic Avenger reboot where he would play Toxie's heroic coach, "The Exterminator." Thankfully, that never happened.  More recently, Sausage Party director Conrad Vernon was working with writers Mike Arnold and Chris Poole (who were working off the Steve Pink/DC Mitchell draft that Arnie had been involved with) on another attempt to bring the character back to the big screen.

It would appear that all previous reboots have dissolved like so much flesh in a barrel of radioactive waste, though. Legendary Pictures has picked up the rights to The Toxic Avenger franchise, so it's inevitable that we're going to see a new movie sooner or later. Maybe. After all,
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Zoë Kravitz To Topline 'High Fidelity' Series Reboot For Disney OTT Service

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Zoë Kravitz To Topline 'High Fidelity' Series Reboot For Disney OTT Service
After lengthy negotiations, Zoë Kravitz ("Big Little Lies") has been tapped to star and executive produce "High Fidelity," the reimagining of Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel and the 2000 feature starring John Cusack with a female point of view, which had been in development at Disney’s upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service.

With Kravitz on board, the project has received a formal 10-episode order. The "High Fidelity" reboot hails from writers Veronica West & Sarah Kucserka, the Midnight Radio producing team and ABC Signature Studios (Smilf), and the cable/streaming division of ABC Studios. Midnight Radio is comprised of Scott Rosenberg — who co-wrote the High Fidelity feature — Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec.

Kravitz will play the ultimate music fan, a record store owner who’s obsessed with pop culture and Top Five lists, a female take on the character played in the movie by Cusack.
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Netflix’s Carmen Sandiego Movie Sets ‘Game Night’ Scribe Mark Perez As Writer

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Exclusive: Netflix has tapped Game Night screenwriter Mark Perez to pen its Carmen Sandiego feature film that has set Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez to topline. No director is attached yet.

The streaming service acquired live-action film rights to the iconic 1990s property back in March with Rodriguez attached to the title role. It’s part of a full-court press for Netflix and the brand: Rodriguez also will voice the character in an animated series eyeing a release in 2019, when publisher and property owner Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will launch a a line of books timed to to premiere.

Rodriguez is also producing the Carmen Sandiego movie through her I Can and I Will productions alongside Kevin Misher and Caroline Fraser. Andy Berman of Misher Films is the executive producer. Misher Films also produced Miss Bala, the English-language reboot of the 2011 Mexican pic that stars Rodriguez and is directed by Catherine Hardwicke.
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Gender-Swapped “High Fidelity” TV Reboot in Development

“High Fidelity”: Touchstone Pictures

“High Fidelity” may soon be making its way to your “Top Five Gender-Flipped Reboots” list. “Ugly Betty” writers Veronica West and Sarah Kucserka are adapting the 1995 Nick Hornby novel and 2000 John Cusack-starrer for television, Deadline reports. But this time the central character — a sad sack record store owner looking back on past relationships — will be a woman.

Penned by West and Kucserka, the new “High Fidelity” will use the film’s fourth wall-breaking convention in which the main character speaks directly to the camera. Described as “an optimistic-in-tone mixtape/diary rom-com … intended for family co-viewing,” the series is in early development at Disney’s upcoming direct-to-consumer service.

Midnight Radio and ABC Signature Studios are producing.

Cusack wrote the film version of “High Fidelity” with D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, and Scott Rosenberg. Stephen Frears (“Florence Foster Jenkins”) directed. Joan Cusack, Lili Taylor, Iben Hjejle, Lisa Bonet,
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‘High Fidelity’ TV Series With Female Lead In Works For Disney’s Streaming Service From Midnight Radio & ‘Bull’ Writing Duo

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‘High Fidelity’ TV Series With Female Lead In Works For Disney’s Streaming Service From Midnight Radio & ‘Bull’ Writing Duo
Exclusive: I hear a romantic comedy TV series inspired by Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel High Fidelity and the 2000 feature starring John Cusack is in early development for Disney’s upcoming direct-to-consumer service. The project, a gender-swapped take on the classic title, comes from writers Veronica West and Sarah Kucserka (Bull, Ugly Betty), the Midnight Radio producing team and ABC Signature Studios (Smilf), the cable/streaming division of ABC Studios. Midnight Radio is comprises Scott Rosenberg — who co-wrote the High Fidelity feature — Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec.

Written by West and Kucserka, the High Fidelity TV series is described as a departure from the book and the movie while still capturing the romantic comedy and authentic spirit of the original source materials. I hear it centers on a record store owner — a female take on the character played in the movie by Cusack — talking straight to the camera as she chronicles past relationships.
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Kevin Smith Was Offered To Direct The Toxic Avenger Remake But He Turned it Down

It's easily one of the biggest cult classic films of all time and Troma Entertainment's The Toxic Avenger has been in the process of being remade for a long time. Producers first got the remake rights back in early 2010, but by the end of that year, director Steve Pink (Hot tub Time Machine) had been hired to write and direct a PG-13 action comedy take on Troma's very R-rated original. Pink wrote the screenplay with Daniel C. Mitchell, their story followed an average teen who joins an environmental club in hopes to impress his crush. Then while investigating a waste plant, he falls into a tub of waste and transforms into a radioactive hero.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was even offered a role in 2013, but it wasn't clear if he would play, and John Travolta was even rumored to be up for a role.

Then last year, it was announced that Pink was out as director,
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‘Rhett & Link’s Buddy System’: YouTube Red Announces Season 2 Premiere Date, Celebrity Guest Stars

YouTube Red’s comedy series Rhett & Link’s Buddy System is set to return with its second season on Nov. 29. Joining stars and co-creators Rhett McLaughlin and Charles "Link" Neal this season are celebrity guests Tony Hale (Veep), Mayim Bialik (Big Bang Theory), Leslie Bibb (Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby), Rob Corddry (Ballers) and more. The eight-episode season will be directed by Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) and will be executive produced by the…
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Steve Pink to adapt Hunter S. Thompson’s The Curse of Lono

Deadline is reporting that Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine, About Last Night) has signed on to direct an adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s book The Curse of Lono.

Published in 1983, The Curse of Lono follows the exploits of Thompson and illustrator Ralph Steadman as they are sent to cover the marathon in Waikiki and end up on a drug-fueled journey to the sacred City of Refuge.

See Also: MGM developing Hunter S. Thompson series

The script for The Curse of Lono has been penned by Jd Rosen, who is also producing the movie with Stephen Nemeth of Rhino Films. Production is slated to get underway in 2018.
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Steve Pink to helm an adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's The Curse of Lono

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I was somewhere around London, Ontatio, when the news that Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink had signed on to helm an adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's The Curse Of Lono began to take hold. I remember saying something like "I feel a bit lightheaded, maybe you should drive ..." And suddenly I realized that there'd soon be another film in the works based on... Read More...
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Steve Pink Tapped To Direct ‘The Curse Of Lone’ Adaptation For Rhino Films

Steve Pink Tapped To Direct ‘The Curse Of Lone’ Adaptation For Rhino Films
Exclusive: Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink has signed on to helm the film adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's 1983 book The Curse of Lono. The story follows the exploits of Thompson and illustrator Ralph Steadman who are sent to cover the marathon in Waikiki and end up on a drug-fueled journey to the sacred City of Refuge.

JD Rosen wrote the screenplay and is producing the project with Rhino Films' Stephen Nemeth. Production is slated to being sometime next year…
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‘The Interventionist’ TV Comedy Based On Tom Arnold’s Life In Works At Paramount Network From Kapital Entertainment

The upcoming Paramount Network (currently Spike TV) is developing half-hour single camera comedy The Interventionist, executive produced by Tom Arnold and Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan. Written by Steve Pink (High Fidelity), The Interventionist is based on Tom’s life as a recovering addict and interventionist for substance abusers in La. Arnold, Pink and Kaplan executive produce with Alex Hardcastle, Glenn Porter and Kapital’s Dana Honor. Hardcastle (Grace and Frank…
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Tyler Labine To Co-Star In ‘Hannah Royce’s Questionable Choices’ CBS Pilot

Mad Love star Tyler Labine is reuniting with the series’ creator, Matt Tarses, network, CBS, and studios, Sony TV and CBS TV Studios. Labine is set as a male lead opposite Alice Eve in CBS' single-camera comedy pilot Hannah Royce's Questionable Choices, from Tarses and Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment. Sony and CBS TV Studios are producing. Written by Tarses and directed by Steve Pink, Hannah Royce's Questionable Choices centers on Hanna Royce (Eve), who has made some…
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‘Hannah Royce’s Questionable Choices’: Kyle Howard Cast In CBS Pilot

Former My Boys and Your Family or Mine star Kyle Howard is set for a lead role opposite Alice Eve in CBS' single-camera comedy pilot Hannah Royce's Questionable Choices. Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) is directing the pilot, from Mad Love creator Matt Tarses and Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment. Written by Tarses, Hannah Royce's Questionable Choices centers on Hanna Royce (Eve), who has made some interesting choices throughout her life – namely, having three…
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