ABC has bought a comedy pitch from writer Spencer Porter (Family Guy, Cartoon Network’s We Bare Bears) and Ryan Reynolds’ UCP-based Dark Trick production banner. Written by Porter, the project is loosely based on Porter’s personal life and relationship with his wife and her family. Jonathon Komack Martin and Blake Goza oversee the comedy for Dark Trick. Porter started his career as Seth MacFarlane’s assistant before becoming a staff writer on MacFarlane’s Family Guy. He went on to develop projects to ABC Family and Cartoon Network. He is repped by WME, attorney Lev Ginsburg and Underground’s Josh McGuire. Original Story appeared on Deadline.
Cruel Intentions, the cult 1999 movie starring Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Michelle Gellar, is getting a TV update. NBC has given a script plus penalty commitment to Cruel Intentions, a drama series, which tells the story of Bash Casey, the son of the characters played in the film by Phillippe and Witherspoon. The project comes from the film’s writer-director Roger Kumble and producer Neal H. Moritz as well as Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross, the duo behind the The Unauthorized Musical Parody Of Cruel Intentions, whose staging at Los Angeles’ Rockwell Table & Stage in May generated buzz and drew Kumble, Witherspoon, Gellar and co-star Selma Blair who all attended. Kumble gave Rosin and Rosshis blessing for the musical and had stayed in touch with the duo since. Set in present day, Cruel Intentions follows the rags-to-riches story of 16-year-old Bash Casey, the son of the late Sebastian Valmont (played by Phillippe) and Annette Hargrove (Witherspoon). Upon finding his late father’s journal, Bash learns of the family legacy he didn’t know existed. In search of answers, he trades his small-town Kansas upbringing for a scholarship to the prestigious Brighton Preparatory Academy in San Francisco and soon finds himself in a world of sex, money, power, and corruption he never could … Read More
David Frigerio, one of the screenwriters behind the 2014 Sundance Film Festival title The Signal, has sold an untitled sci-fi pitch to Paramount Animation, which one source close to the project bills as “tonally Cars set in space.” Paramount provided no comment on the deal. Paramount Animation currently claims the second highest-grossing title for the Melrose lot this year with The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water ($311.6M), after Paramount/Skydance’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation ($680M worldwide). The next family title up for Paramount Animation is Monster Trucks, which is set to debut March 18. Sci-fi thriller The Signal was directed by William Eubank and starred Laurence Fishburne and Olivia Cooke. Focus Features released the film in June 2014, making $601K. The Signal followed three kids on a cross-country trip in the Southwest. They are drawn to an isolated area by a computer genius, but everything soon goes dark with one of them awaking to a living nightmare. Frigerio also is reteaming with Signal’s William Eubank and Carlyle Eubank on the sci-fi action adventure TauTona at Warner Bros. Frigerio is repped by Paradigm, Underground and Mike Weiss at Abrams, Garfinkel, Margolis, Bergson. Original story appeared on Deadline.
Ryan Seacrest is going to work on yet another project — this time, a scripted network comedy. Seacrest will serve as an exec producer on “Squad Goals,” a timely, multi-camera, hybrid sitcom that is in development at CBS. The potential series is an ensemble comedy about a group of late 20-something friends who met in college and realize it’s time to finally grow up. “Squad Goals” hails from Underground Films clients Lindsey Rosin and Aaron Karo, who penned the script. The duo has previously worked together, but the project marks their first major network sale together. Along with the “American Idol” multi-hyphenate, Nina Wass of Ryan Seacrest Productions will also exec produce, while Rosin and Karo will serve as co-exec producers and writers. The comedy, loosely inspired by the writers’ own observations, came to fruition when the pair realized they, among many other young adults, were at a pivotal life moment when their friends were at a crossroads, either balancing marriage and mortgages — or margaritas. “Squad Goals” (an inspirational term made famous by Taylor Swift, defining the ultimate group of friends) hails from CBS Television Studios and Ryan Seacrest Prods., which is under an overall deal at the studio, … Read More
In a competitive situation, Warner Bros. TV has acquired the rights to Kresley Cole’s popular series of young adult novels The Arcana Chronicles for Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot’s studio-based Offspring Entertainment. Writer Seamus Kevin Fahey (Battlestar Galactica, The Following) has been brought in to pen an adaptation of the first book in the series, Poison Princess. In the vein of YA staples like The Hunger Games, The Selection and Divergent, Poison Princess is a dystopian tale about a young woman who realizes she has the power to rebuild the world. Fahey executive produces with Shankman and Gibgot. The property was brought to Offspring by the company’s TV executive Meredith Ditlow. The company is repped by UTA, which also reps Fahey. There have been three books in the Arcana Chronicles series, Poison Princess, which was published in 2012, Endless Knight (2013) and the best-selling Dead of Winter (2015), with a fourth novel slated for next year. Original story appeared on Deadline.
“Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany is in early talks to co-star with Jake Gyllenhaal in Lionsgate’s Boston Marathon bombing drama “Stronger.” Pic tells the true story of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs in the attack. David Gordon Green recently signed on to direct the pic. John Pollono has adapted the script for “Stronger,” which marks his full-length feature debut. Pollono wrote and co-starred in the Off Broadway play “Small Engine Repairs.” “Stronger” has been set up with Mandeville Films principals Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman along with Scott Silver, while Peter McGuigan and Anthony Mattero will exec produce. “Stronger” is based on the book by Bauman and Bret Witter. It details the aftermath of the 2013 attack at the marathon finish line, where Bauman had been cheering for his girlfriend, who will be played by Maslany. The book, published last year, also describes Bauman’s attempts to walk again and face his new circumstances with grace, transforming from an aimless deli counter worker to a man driven with ambition and full of love. “I saw the bomber,” Bauman wrote. “He took my legs, but he didn’t break me. He only made me stronger.” Several actresses including … Read More
On the heels of deals for These Final Hours (Fox) and Taken (NBC), EuropaCorp Television Studios USA has set a third project at a U.S. network. Janus, an adaptation of the Austrian drama, has been put into development at ABC. The pilot is being written by Kevin O’Hare. Thor Freudenthal (Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, Arrow) is attached to direct and co-exec produce. Janus is a large pharmaceutical corporation that will stop at nothing to protect its image and maximize profits. Protagonist Leo is a forensic psychologist married to a pharmaceutical researcher. After his son is diagnosed as a psychopath, Leo refocuses his life to seek answers on how to help. When a rash of murder-suicides breaks out, he teams with a homicide detective and together they discover a shocking link between the victims and shadowy medical trials conducted by Janus. EuropaCorp TV Studios USA launched last year as the U.S. outpost of Luc Besson’s French studio and with Matthew Gross as president. Gross noted today that there are another three deals currently in negotiations; two with American cable networks and one with a major streaming service. “This puts us ahead of where I thought we would be 12 months … Read More