‘Dirty Grandpa’ writer John M. Phillips will pen the script about the world of investment bankers based on John LeFevre’s book. Zac Efron is diving into the wild world of Wall Street. He’s producing with Paramount a film loosely based on John LeFevre’s Straight to Hell. LeFevre’s now-infamous @GSElevator Twitter feed provided an inside look at the real world of international finance, based on conversations in the Goldman Sachs’ elevator. After hundreds of thousands followed the account, Goldman Sachs launched an investigation to identify the person behind it all. LeFevre’s book, which was published in July 2015 via Atlantic Monthly Press, gives readers an unapologetic and darkly funny account of his life as a globe-conquering, win-at-all-costs investment banker. The deal is in early development, but Efron also is eyeing the project as a possible starring vehicle for himself. John M. Phillips, who penned the Efron starrer Dirty Grandpa, will write the script. Efron will produce via his Ninjas Runnin Wild banner along with Doug Banker at Five All in the Fifth Entertainment. Efron was most recently seen in Neighbors 2. The actor, who has been increasing his activity as a producer, will next be seen in Baywatch opposite Dwayne Johnson, … Read More
FX is moving ahead with Snowfall, giving a 10-episode series order to John Singleton’s drama inspired by the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles in the early 1980s. The series pickup comes after the cable network saw the second pilot for the project, originally piloted last year. The first pilot was written/executive producer by Boyz N The Hood director Singleton and Eric Amadio, and directed by Singleton. Dave Andron was then brought in as executive producer/showrunner. He co-wrote the new pilot with Singleton and Amadio. It was directed by the Belgian directing team of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Black, Image), with veteran Thomas Schlamme joining as executive producer. There were also casting changes, with new actors brought in alongside returning leads Damson Idris and Sergio Peris-Mencheta. “Dave Andron, Tommy Schlamme, John Singleton and Eric Amadio have delivered a riveting and beautiful pilot and we can’t wait to start work on the series,” said FX’s Nick Grad. Snowfall is a one-hour drama set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it. The story follows numerous characters on a violent collision course, including: Franklin … Read More
Boardwalk Empire alum Michael Zegen has been cast opposite Rachel Brosnahan in Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Amazon drama pilot The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Set in the 1950s, the project centers on Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Brosnahan), who had her life mapped out for herself: go to college, find a husband, have 2.5 kids and throw the best Yom Kippur dinners in her elegant Manhattan apartment. But when her life takes an unexpected turn, Midge will have to decide quickly what else she’s good at. Going from uptown housewife to a stand-up comic in a grungy club in the Village is an appalling choice to everyone but Midge. Zegen will play Joel, Midge’s (soon-to-be-ex) husband. Joel is self-assured, charming, loves to make people laugh and to be the center of attention. Although he has a good job working for his father’s company, his real dream is to be a stand-up comedian. It’s his dream but not his destiny. And once he figures that out, he decides he can’t face his life, or his wife. He leaves but he never manages to completely untangle himself from Midge. In addition to Brosnahan, he joins the recently cast Tony Shalhoub. Zegen recurred as legendary gangster Bugsy Siegel on … Read More
CBS has put in development a single-camera family comedy from Jake in Progress creator Austin Winsberg, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum and CBS TV Studios. Written and executive produced by Winsberg, the Untitled Austin Winsberg Project is a semi-autobiographical look at a dysfunctional family in transition one year after the larger-than-life patriarch has passed away. Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum also executive produce. CBS TV Studios is the studio. Creator of NBC comedy series Jake in Progress, Winsberg also penned the TV adaptation for NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! starring Carrie Underwood and was a writer and producer on the CW’s Gossip Girl. He’s with CAA and Underground.
After announcing a script deal in March, TV Land has ordered a pilot for Heathers, a dark comedy series based on the cult 1988 film. Leslye Headland (Sleeping With Other People, Bachelorette) is attached to direct, and the pilot is expected to shoot later this fall. Reimagined as an anthology, Heathers will be set in the present day, as our heroine deals with a very different but equally vicious group of Heathers. The script is written by Jason Micallef (Butter), and Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi will executive produce for Lakeshore Entertainment. Heathers marks the first anthology series project for TV Land. It also marks the latest attempt to mount a Heathers TV series reboot, most notably a sequel series written by Mark Rizzo and supervised by Jenny Bicks, which was in the works at Bravo. Headland is repped by UTA and Anonymous Content. Original story appeared on Deadline.