MOVIES | By Jeff Sneider on May 6, 2014 : The Wrap The rising filmmaker made the viral hit “Follow the Frog” and the documentary “12 Years of DFA Records” Working Title has tapped up-and-coming filmmaker Max Joseph to direct an untitled DJ project that will serve as his feature directorial debut following his award-winning “Follow the Frog” commercial and the acclaimed short documentary “12 Years of DFA Records,” TheWrap has learned. Joseph, who co-hosts MTV’s “Catfish” with Nev Schulman, wrote the script with Meaghan Oppenheimer. The coming-of-age story follows a young DJ as he works on what he hopes is his first hit track. Also read: David Katzenberg to Direct Diplo’s EDM Movie for Fox (Exclusive) With five male leads and one female lead, Joseph is currently auditioning hot young actors and actresses, as shooting will begin this July in Los Angeles. Joseph is a well-respected filmmaker whose short films, ads, and sponsored pieces have gone viral, including his 2013 ”Follow the Frog” commercial, which has more than 4.3 million views on YouTube. Produced by Aaron Weber of Wander, “Follow the Frog” won TED’s prestigious Ads Worth Spreading Challenge as well as a bronze Cannes Lion for “short form Internet film.” Working Title’s untitled DJ movie … Read More
By JEN YAMATO | Tuesday May 6, 2014 | DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Media has hired writer Ronnie Christensen (Passengers, Dark Tide) to script Latitude, which the studio is developing with Marcel Langenegger set to direct. The psychological horror film follows a family who is trapped on a haunted Japanese cargo vessel that’s been lost at sea after a tsunami. Relativity’s Daniel Herther is overseeing for the studio. Langengegger, who made his directorial debut with 2008′s Hugh Jackman, Ewan McGregor, and Michelle Williams starrer Deception, also produced 2012′s 3,2,1 … Frankie Go Boom. Christensen previously sold supernatural spec Incarnate to Blumhouse, which IM Global partnered on to finance. Langenegger is repped by CAA. Christensen is repped by Trevor Engelson and Josh McGuire at Underground and Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson and Binder.
John Singleton is returning to the setting of his debut feature Boyz In The Hood – 1984 Los Angeles — with Snowfall, a drama series project set up at Showtime. Singleton is set to direct and co-write the project, co-written by Eric Amadio. The two executive produce with Michael London and Underground’s Trevor Engelson and Evan Silverberg. Told through the eyes of a young black kid from Compton, a Mexican wrestler and a CIA agent charged with running money to the Contras, Snowfall will examine the beginnings of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles. Allegedly fueled by CIA involvement stemming from the Iran-Contra affair, the drug started flowing to the U.S. in 1984, with Los Angeles as the first city to get hit hard. The project is described as being in the vein of Boyz In The Hood, which earned Los Angeles native Singleton writing and directing Oscar nominations, meets The Wire. Amadio, also originally from LA, previously developed an NFL drama at Starz. Singleton is with WME and attorney Stephen D. Barnes, Amadio with CAA and attorney Greg Slewitt. Both are managed by Underground.
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