The popular social media personality known as The Fat Jew has teamed with Maker Studios for an animated series Story Time With Fat Jew, which features tales from Ostrovsky’s life. Launched today, the series is voiced by Ostrovsky and features him recounting wacky real-life stories which are then animated. One feature will be the “dirt-bag list,” which sees Ostrovsky recounting his dealings with famous people like Kanye West and Tyrese Gibson. Each new episode will go live on Mondays at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT on Ostrovsky’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, as well as on Maker.tv. The series was drawn and animated by TMWRK and Superette and co-produced by Matador Content and Maker Studios. “Like a drunk uncle on Thanksgiving, I tell you a bunch of awesome stories that nobody will ever forget and might ruin dinner,” Ostrovsky said in a statement. Maker recently launched the animated adventure Pugatory voiced by PewDiePie and CutiePieMarzia, the digital talk show Party Fun Times hosted by Taryn Southern, and the skateboard travel adventure The Unge Quest, starring German gamer Simon Unge. Ostrovsky, who has more than 7.5 million followers across his Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. He recently published his first book, Money Pizza Respect. With the book deal, … Read More
Sony’s TriStar Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to Danny Boyle’s sequel to “Trainspotting,” with shooting starting in the late spring. Sony made a pre-emptive bid to acquire the rights Friday. The untitled film, based on characters created by Irvine Welsh, reunites director Danny Boyle with screenwriter John Hodge and all of the principal cast of the 1996 film. Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle will reprise the roles of Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie, respectively. Producers are Andrew Macdonald, Boyle, Christian Colson, and Bernie Bellew through Figment Films, Decibel Films and Cloud Eight Films. Film4 is also a production entity. Sony plans to release the film in 2017 to mark the 21st birthday of the original film. “It’s been 20 years since we met these characters and John Hodge’s screenplay brilliantly explores what’s happened to them — and to us — in the intervening years,” Boyle said. Carlyle recently told NME, “It’s one of the best scripts I’ve f—ing read.” Based on the novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh, the Hodge screenplay received an Academy Award nomination. The story, set in the late 1980s, follows a group of heroin addicts in an economically depressed area of Edinburgh. The … Read More
Chernin Entertainment has acquired Challenger Deep, the YA novel by Neal Shusterman that was the center of a bidding battle last week after it won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature a couple of weeks ago. The deal was made out of Chernin’s discretionary fund. We’re hearing that so far this has not been set up at 20th Century Fox where Chernin has a deal. The book tells the story about a 15-year-old boy afflicted with schizophrenia who imagines himself on a pirate ship voyaging through the Pacific Ocean. It is inspired by Shusterman’s son Brendan and his struggle with mental illness; Brendan’s illustrations are featured throughout the novel. HarperCollins published the book in April and it won the National Book Award Shusterman will co-produce and adapt the screenplay with Underground’s Trevor Engelson producing alongside Chernin Entertainment. His previous novels include the Unwind trilogy, and he is also co-writing a backdoor pilot for Disney XD with Eric Elfman based on their middle-grade series The Accelerati Trilogy. He is repped by APA, Underground and attorney Shep Rosenman. Original story appeared on Deadline.