Client Cy Amundson Books Half Hour Special On Comedy Central

Every year, Comedy Central selects a handful of rising comedians to star in their own 30-minute standup specials for The Half Hour, and the network just gave us an exclusive look at the 17 comics chosen for the show’s fifth season set to air in the fall. The specials will tape at The Civic Theatre in New Orleans from Wednesday, June 1st through Saturday June 4th, and this year’s lineup features Aparna Nancherla, 2015 Just For Laughs New Faces recipients Matthew Broussard and Nate Fernald, Baskets cast member Martha Kelly, Broad City writer Naomi Ekperigin, and more. Check out the full list below: Cy Amundson Erik Bergstrom Ahmed Bharoocha Matthew Broussard Naomi Ekperigin Nate Fernald Noah Gardenswartz Emily Heller Martha Kelly Joe Machi Drew Michael Aparna Nancherla Jacqueline Novak Mike Recine Ramon Rivas II Ali Siddiq Nick Turner

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Underground Producing Adaptation of Client Neal Shusterman’s Novel SCYTHE for Universal

Universal has picked up Neal Shusterman’s macabre YA series with plans to adapt the first novel, Scythe. Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will produce for their Bluegrass Films banner, along with Trevor Engelson. Scythe is set in the near future where mankind has eradicated all disease. In order to keep the population in check, people, called scythes, are tasked with killing others at random. The story follows two teens, Citra and Rowan, who are tasked with killing one another after both are chosen to be scythes’ apprentices — a position neither of them wants. Simon and Schuster will publish the book this year, on Nov. 29. Universal vp production Sara Scott will oversee the project for the studio, while senior vp Jay Ireland will oversee for Bluegrass, which is currently in postproduction on Matthew McConaughey’s Civil War drama The Free State of Jones and will release the Kevin Hart-Dwayne Johnson buddy comedy Central Intelligence on June 17. Shusterman is a New York Times best-selling young adult author who is responsible for award-winning titles like The Shadow Club, The Schwa Was Here and the Unwind trilogy. He won the 2015 National Book Award for young people’s literature for his book Challenger Deep, which he is currently adapting for 20th Century … Read More

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Roger Avary Adapting Client Neal Shusterman’s Novel ‘Unwind’

Voltage Pictures has come on board to co-finance and handle foreign sales on the Constantin Film/Don Carmody co-production Unwind, directed by Pulp Fiction Oscar winner Roger Avary.  He and his daughter Gala Avary also wrote the screenplay. Unwind is based on Neal Shusterman’s award-winning novel, which imagines a cruel dystopian world in which those over 18 years of age, either function as a cog in the machine of a brainwashed society, or they will be “unwound.”   That is, your body will be taken apart, piece by piece, and given to those the government determines to be more suitable. Connor (Ian Nelson), Risa (Kiernan Shipka), and Lev (Percy Hynes White) are three young people raging against the machine.  Their desire for freedom and self-determination is greater than their fear of unwinding. Bill Paxton and Jay Baruchel also star respectively as The Admiral and Officer Nelson. Casting of the remaining roles is under way. The pic marks Avary’s return to the director’s chair, his last outing being 2004’s Glitterati, which was an adaptation of two Bret Easton Ellis novels, Rules of Attraction and Glamorama. Avary wrote and produced the Franco-Canadian TV series XIII: The Series. Avary also wrote and served as EP on Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf. During the ’90s, Avary’s Killing Zoe was a quintessential indie cult classic. Pic is … Read More

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TNT Picks Up Client Tom Basden’s Series ‘ Foreign Bodies’

TNT has teamed with British broadcaster Channel 4 for Foreign Bodies, a comedic drama about a group of young adults venturing across China, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The series, originally commissioned by Channel 4 in January for a run on E4, has an eight-episode order. Jamie Campbell & Joel Wilson’s Eleven and Entertainment One are producing the show, scheduled to launch on E4 in early 2017, followed later in the year by its U.S. debut on TNT, with eOne handling worldwide distribution outside the U.K. Created by actor-writer Tom Basden (Plebs, Peep Show), Foreign Bodies features a cast of mostly young UK, U.S. and Canadian actors, led by Anders Hayward, Ade Oyefeso, Brittney Wilson, Alice Lee and Tim Key. It tells the story of a motley gang of travelers embarking on a three-month trip around Asia. British lads Sean (Oyefeso) and Dylan (Hayward) meet American girls May ( Lee) and Ashley (Wilson) in Beijing and opt to undergo the first leg of their travels together. But they soon find that their journey takes them much further than any of them expected. Key plays Greg, a 38-year-old in denial about his marriage, his business and life in general. Jonathan van Tulleken (Off Season, Movie 43s) will direct the first block of episodes. “Foreign Bodies … Read More

AdamTNT Picks Up Client Tom Basden’s Series ‘ Foreign Bodies’