By THE DEADLINE TEAM | Friday October 11, 2013 MTV has cast Victoria Justice in the cyber thriller Eye Candy based on RL Stine’s bestselling novel. Justice plays Lindy, a beautiful but reclusive hacker whose blog exposes everything from terrorist plots to suspected killers. Convinced by her roommate to begin online dating, Lindy is targeted by a dangerous cyber stalker and believes one of her suitors to be the culprit. When things take a deadly turn, she teams up with the city’s cyber-crime unit to catch the killer. Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke will direct and executive produce the pilot. Justice is coming off her successful Nickelodeon series Victorious which wrapped in 2012. She is repped by UTA. Madeleine Martin has joined Netlix’s Hemlock Grove as a new series regular. She’ll take on the role of Shelly Godfrey, a reanimated child of the Godfreys, played last season by Nicole Boivin. Martin can currently be seen in the feature The Discoverers. Her film Refuge was picked up by Strand Releasing this summer for U.S. distribution and she recently wrapped My Daughter’s Nightmare opposite Joelle Carter and Paul Popowich. Martin is repped by Underground’s Chris Dennis, Innovative, Great North Artists Management and attorney Steve Younger. Troy Garity has joined Dwayne Johnson and Omar Miller in HBO’s half-hour dramedy pilot Ballers, which chronicles the lives of … Read More
10/9/2013 by Tatiana Siegel Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, the writing team behind four of the seven Saw films, are moving into family-friendly territory. The pair have been tapped to adapt Disney’s live-action family film The Stuff of Legend. The project, which is based on a graphic novel written by Mike Raicht and Brian Smith and illustrated by Charles Paul Wilson III, revolves around a band of toys that journeys into a dark realm to rescue their owner from the infamous Boogeyman. Peter Candeland is attached to direct the film, which is being produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman through their Disney-based Mandeville Films. Last year, Disney made a pre-emptive pitch deal for Stuff of Legend, with Shawn Christensen writing. But Christensen, who since has won an Oscar for best short film for Curfew, became unavailable because a feature based on the short got greenlighted. He no longer is involved with Stuff of Legend. Melton and Dunstan are best known as purveyors of scary and genre fare. In addition to penning the fourth through seventh installments of Saw, they wrote Piranha 3D as well as an adaptation of The Outer Limits, which is in development at MGM. The pair, whose credits also include Outliers at Fox and Rise at Warner Bros., also did an uncredited rewrite on Pacific Rim. Melton and Dunstan are repped by WME, Underground’s Trevor Engelson and attorney Dave Feldman.
10/03/2013 by Tatiana Siegel | The Hollywood Reporter Despite an executive shake-up Wednesday that saw CEO James Schamus out and Peter Schlessel taking the reins, it’s back to business at Focus Features. The specialty label has closed a deal to make a feature-length adaptation of Jesse Atlas‘ short Record/Play with Charles Roven‘s (Man of Steel) Atlas Entertainment producing. Atlas is writing the screenplay with Aaron Wolfe and is attached to direct. The 11-minute short, which screened at Sundance in January, is described as tragic love story wrapped in a complex time-travel scenario. The time travel is achieved by manipulating a Walkman to transport to the source of a cassette recording. The project marks the first to move forward since Schamus’ exited the specialty label amid speculation that Focus would begin to move away from its art house sensibilities. A Roven-esque sci-fi project would be a departure for the old Focus and sheds light on the direction the specialty label might be headed under Schlessel’s charge. Jeb Brody is overseeing the project at Focus. Atlas Entertainment’s Richard Suckle is producing, while Roven is executive producing. Jake Kurily is shepherding for Atlas Entertainment. Roven is producing the Man of Steel follow-up Batman vs. Superman for Warner Bros. He also has David O. Russell‘s awards-season hopeful American Hustle bowing on Christmas Day. Jesse Altas and Wolfe are repped by … Read More
Alex Stedman | News Editor, Variety.com | OCTOBER 3, 2013 Andrew Bachelor could very well be the next big thing in comedy. He’s developing a pilot with BET, had a corporate-sponsored gig with Samsung and has even taken to selling his own merchandise. No wonder two of the top five talent agencies sought to represent him. But they didn’t discover Bachelor on the standup circuit or in any other of the usual places. The comedian was spotted on Vine, the Twitter-owned app, where he’s attracted 2.5 million followers under the name King Bach. Though Vine consists entirely of videos that are just six seconds long, talent agencies have been scouting the platform. “It’s important that clients go where their fans are,” said Eric Kuhn, UTA’s head of social media. “So many people are now on Vine, and it’s increasing every day.” Since launching in January, Vine has found more than 40 million users. Bachelor is the fifth-most-followed person on the app, thanks to self-produced videos consisting of funny situations brought to a new level of absurdity, usually co-starring a cast of his friends. Though Bachelor was in talks with BET to develop a pilot based on his YouTube series “BachelorPadTV” about two years ago, the project’s prospects had stalled. “At the … Read More
5:09 PM PDT 9/25/2013 by Borys Kit Paramount has captured its next victims — we mean, writers — to pen Paranormal Activity 5. Jason Pagan and Andrew Deutschman will write the latest installment of the scary movie franchise, which has so far made more than $718 million worldwide. A Latin-themed spinoff titled Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is due to be released Jan. 3, 2014. Paranormal Activity 5 is set for an Oct. 24, 2014, open. No plot details have emerged but as the process for these movies go, Pagan and Deutschman will write scriptments that will serve as the basis for the found footage movie. Jason Blum and Oren Peli are producing. Pagan and Deutschman are already well-entrenched in that lucrative genre and at Paramount in general: They wrote Almanac, the Michael Bay–produced found footage sci-fi thriller that the studio will release Feb. 28, 2014. And last month Paramount picked up Raindrop, another film that reteams the writers with Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form and is meant to be another entry in the handheld camera genre. Pagan and Deutschman are repped by WME, manager Trevor Engelson at Underground and attorney Andrew Hurwitz.
9/24/2013 by Lesley Goldberg Nick Kreiss is going from the hidden-camera world of Punk’d to scripted comedy. The former Punk’d producer is developing a semi-autobiographical comedy for ABC, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. How to Be an Adult marks Kreiss’ first scripted sale and is described as a hybrid workplace comedy about a man-child tasked with saving his family business alongside his dad’s comically awful widow. Kreiss will pen the script for ABC and Sony Pictures Television. Fanfare’s Jamie Tarses (Happy Endings, Franklin & Bash) will executive produce alongside Evan Silverberg and Trevor Engelson. This marks the latest collaboration for Engelson and Tarses. Last year, the pair teamed with Butter writer Jason Micallef for Fox’s family comedy Bastards. Kreiss, whose credits also include Who Gets the Last Laugh? is repped by CAA and Underground. The entry marks the latest semi-autobiographical comedy this development season. Jay Baruchel is prepping his take on an actor who moves back home for ABC; and Accidentally on Purpose‘s Andrea Abbate landed a put-pilot order from Fox for a comedy based on members of her family getting out of prison, among others. Semi-autobiographical comedies were among the biggest trends of the 2012-13 development season.
9/23/2013 by Stephen Dalton | The Hollywood Reporter James McAvoy takes a depraved walk on the wild side in this gleefully lurid adaptation of a cult novel by Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh. In an impressive shift away from his usual clean-cut roles, the young Scot plays a corrupt police officer riding a drug-fuelled rollercoaster to mental breakdown, roughing up his boyish good looks into a boozy, sweaty, red-eyed, fuzzy-bearded monster oddly reminiscent of Russell Crowe. Detective Bruce Robertson is a diabolically unpleasant anti-hero, but somehow McAvoy and writer-director Jon S. Baird makes us feel sympathy for the devil. First published in 1998, Filth is a scabrously funny gothic-noir thriller about a sociopathic Edinburgh cop with an insatiable appetite for kinky sex, illicit drugs and back-stabbing office politics. The title has a double meaning, for Brits at least, being an insulting slang term for the police. Baird’s film version struggles to match the book in sordid detail, but it is bursting with manic energy and savage humor. Beginning a staggered theatrical release in Scotland later this week, followed by the rest of Britain next week, overseas audience potential should be healthy based on positive advance buzz and McAvoy’s strong track record, not to mention a highly marketable sleaze factor. Welsh … Read More
By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Wednesday September 18, 2013 Jamie Abrams and DJ Lubel‘s Women Of LA short video went viral earlier this year, amassing more than 1.2 million views on YouTube and even getting a mention on Deadline (you can watch it below). It also has helped the duo set up a TV project. Fox has bought Last Night, a single-camera comedy written by Lubel and Abrams. 20th TV and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment are producing, with Kaplan executive producing. In the tone of Women Of LA, Last Night is described as Entourage meets Seinfeld and focuses on four best friends who join up every Saturday night to navigate, analyze and hopefully survive the very real social revolution that is currently upon us. The deal for the project was brokered by ICM Partners, which reps Lubel with Underground. Abrams is with APA and New Wave.
By MIKE FLEMING JR | Tuesday September 17, 2013 EXCLUSIVE: After Insidious: Chapter 2 grossed eight times its $5 million budget on its opening last weekend, the film’s producer, Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum, has set the company’s next launch at another horror film franchise. Incarnate will go into production in November, with Aaron Eckhart starring and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island‘s Brad Peyton directing a script by Ronnie Christensen. The plot: an unconventional exorcist who can tap into the subconscious of the possessed meets his match when a 9-year-old boy is possessed by a demon from his past. Blumhouse and IM Global will co-finance the film. Blum is producing, and Couper Samuelson exec producing with Michael Seitzman and Trevor Engelson. Foreign sales will be overseen by Cynthia Kim, who recently joined Blumhouse International as senior veep of International Sales and Distribution. Peyton, Stuart Ford and Charles Layton are also exec producers. Blum has put together an enviable track record in the low-cost horror game. Besides Insidious, he presides over the Paranormal Activity and Sinister franchises as well as The Purge, the latter a $3 million film which opened to a $34 million weekend in June, finishing with a $64 million domestic gross. Blumhouse has its first-look deal with Universal but Incarnate hasn’t yet been set for distribution. Hard to imagine the studio … Read More