Kevin and Dan Hageman, the screenwriting brothers who came up with the story for Warner Bros’ blockbuster The Lego Movie, have just been hired by DreamWorks Animation to rewrite The Croods 2, the sequel to studio’s 2013 film that grossed $587.2M worldwide. The film was supposed to be released on December 22, 2017, by 20th Century Fox, but the studio recently put The Story of Ferdinand in its place after DWA sold to NBCUniversal. Since The Croods 2 now is outside of Fox’s distribution contract, Universal Pictures will be announcing a new date for the animated family film for sometime in 2018. DWA today announced its new executive team over at NBCUniversal, which acquired the company earlier this year for $3.8B (the sale completed officially yesterday). The Hageman brothers are a proven entity, also working with director Guillermo del Toro on his Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark at CBS Films, which is an adaptation of Alvin Schwartz’s popular children’s book trilogy. The writing duo are also working with the director on Netflix’s Trollhunters, the family-friendly event series that will bow in December. In addition, they also wrote for the animated Ninjago Lego movie — they were writers and EPs on the TV series … Read More
Jessie Ennis (Better Call Saul) is continuing her education and has signed on to New Line Cinema’s upcoming college-set comedy Life Of The Party. While plot details are being kept under wraps for the pic described as in the vein of Rodney Dangerfield’s 1986 comedy Back To School, Ennis will play “a sorority sister with issues”. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Gillian Jacobs, Jacki Weaver, and Molly Gordon, Ben Falcone directs Life Of The Party from a script he co-wrote with McCarthy. McCarthy and Falcone are producing alongside Chris Henchy, with David Siegel executive producing. Set for release May 11, 2018, filming is set to begin next month in Atlanta. Ennis, whose previous roles include Erin on Better Call Saul and Leigh Patterson on Veep, will be seen alongside Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler in New Line’s summer 2017 comedy The House. She was most recently seen in the comedy Slash, and is repped by UTA and Underground. Original story appeared on Deadline.
Denyse Tontz (The Fosters) has booked a series regular role on Incorporated, Syfy’s upcoming futuristic thriller series from Matt Damon, Ben Affleck & Jennifer Todd’s Pearl Street Films, CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Prods. Created by David & Alex Pastor, who wrote and directed the pilot, Incorporated is set in a near future where corporations have unlimited power. It centers on Ben Larson (Sean Teale), a young executive who conceals his true identity to infiltrate a very dangerous corporate world to save the woman he loves. Tontz will play Elena, the love of Ben’s (Teale) life, who is forced to sell herself into servitude to pay off her family’s debts. In addition to Teale, Tontz joins Allison Miller, Eddie Ramos, Dennis Haysbert, and Julia Ormond in the series, set to premiere this fall. Ted Humphrey (The Good Wife) is showrunner. Tontz, an actress and musician, currently recurs on Jennifer Lopez-produced family drama, The Fosters, on Freeform. As a singer/songwriter, Tontz’s original song, “Parachute,” earned a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Song in a Drama Series (All My Children). She’s repped by Paradigm Talent Agency, Underground and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein. Original story appeared on … Read More
Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will write and produce the adaptation of Sarah Pinborough’s novel that is described as ‘Gone Girl’ meets ‘Mean Girls.’ Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, who tackled teen themes with The O.C. and Gossip Girl, are entering the high school campus again, this time with a movie: 13 Minutes. Coming on top of a bidding war, Netflix has picked up the rights to the British YA novel by Sarah Pinborough with Schwartz and Savage on board to write the adaptation and produce it via their Fake Empire banner. Michael De Luca and Underground’s Trevor Engelson also will produce. The YA crime and psychological thriller has been described as Gone Girl–meets-Mean Girls in tone. The story centers on a popular high school student who dies under suspicious circumstances for 13 minutes before she is revived. The girl’s former best friend attempts to get back into her good graces by solving this would-be murder, but unwittingly steps into a hornet’s nest of social media driven manipulation and suburban secrets that puts her own life at risk. De Luca Productions’ executive Lucy Kitada is executive producing as is Fake Empire’s Lis Rowinski. The project has considerable pedigreed names behind it. De … Read More