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EXCLUSIVE: Universal Television has delayed production on three series, Season 2 on Russian Doll, starring Natasha Lyonne, for Netflix, Season 2 of anthology Little America for Apple and Season 1 of Rutherford Falls, headlined by Ed Helms, for Peacock, I have learned.Little America Apple
I hear all of the shows were yet to start filming and had no firm delivery dates, giving the studio some wiggle room as it navigates the fast spreading coronavirus outbreak. Writing and casting for the three comedies continues, and production on all of the studio’s current series and pilots is going on as planned for now.
Over the past two days, two TV sets were impacted by the pandemic. It was revealed on Tuesday that a crew member on the Fox drama series NeXt in Chicago tested positive for the coronavirus. While the series had wrapped last week, the person had started showing symptoms before and had come in contact with other people on set. Yesterday, the CW's Riverdale suspended production in Vancouver amid concerns that a person working on the show was recently in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, Tom Hanks and his wife caught the virus while he was working on the Elvis Presley movie in Australia.
I hear factoring into the decision to postpone production on Russian Doll, Little America and Rutherford Falls was the fact the majority of the shows require international travel for their upcoming storylines. I hear crews were notified of the delay yesterday, before President Trump unveiled travel restrictions from Europe Wednesday night.
Also yesterday CBS announced that it is delaying start of production for the upcoming Season 41 of Survivor, which is slated to film in Fiji. The network also has paused production on its globetrotting reality competition The Amazing Race. Both moves were a response to the global coronavirus outbreak, which was calcified as global pandemic by the World Health Organization yesterday.
Like all of its Hollywood counterparts, Uni TV is evaluating decisions how to proceed with its shows in partnership with health and government officials.
Russian Doll, created and executive produced by Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler, and Leslye Headland, devoted its first season to the experience of a young woman named Nadia, played by Lyonne. She repeatedly dies during a New York party that seems never to end thanks to an edgy, mordant update of Groundhog Day's premise. The series is produced by Universal Television, Poehler's Paper Kite Productions, JAX Media and 3 Arts Entertainment.
Inspired by the true stories featured in Epic Magazine, Little America goes beyond the headlines to bring to life the funny, romantic, heartfelt and surprising stories of immigrants in America. The Uni TV series is...
The Berlin Wall may have “fallen” in November 1989, but it was never destroyed — only dismantled. More than 30 years later, fragments of the concrete border that once separated East and West Germany are now scattered around the world; these lonely slabs of rock stick out of the ground like cold, gray monoliths, and radiate with the knowledge of another time. Dozens and dozens can be found in the United States alone. One hides in the verdant forests of Pennsylvania's Unincorporated Land. Another is on display at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas. A Hilton Hotel in Dallas keeps a fragment in the lobby, where people walk by without looking twice. There's even one at Universal Studios in Florida — right behind the Hard Rock Cafe.
Courtney Stephens and Pacho Velez's “The American Sector” may not have time to visit every section of the Berlin Wall that's been imported to the country the film runs a breezy 65 minutes without credits, but this light and thoughtful documentary road trip still manages to draw a comprehensive map of what the Cold War relic has come to represent — and what freedom means to the people of a nation that's been defined by its pursuit. A nonlinear portrait of the public imagination that was conceived in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 election, Stephens and Velez's appropriately fragmented movie isn't a reactionary time capsule so much as a gentle meditation on the relationship between history and the ideals that help to shape it Velez co-directed “Manakamana,” and fans of that film will recognize a similar flavor of semi-voyeuristic humanity.
Much of “The American Sector” is devoted to insightful “man on the street” interviews with good-natured Americans who Stephens and Velez just happen to find near the Wall slabs, but some of the subjects have clearly spent a fair bit of time considering the value of these far-flung slabs. British sculptor Edwina Sandys who also happens to be Winston Churchill's granddaughter reflects on how the concept of “freedom” can only be defined by its contrast against a threatening “unfreedom.” Elsewhere, someone discusses how ironic it is that a blunt tool of division has been reclaimed as a symbol of liberty. To paraphrase their rather poetic conclusion: By trying to contain people's bodies, the Wall has unlocked their minds.
Those words cast a long shadow over this short film, as “The American Sector” is more interested in the wide array of responses the ruins inspire from people than in any one particular reading. If all of Stephens and Velez's footage is blanketed by a vague sense of warmth, perhaps that's...
On Friday, April 3, Apple TV+ releases all 10 episodes of the first season of its mystery-thriller “Home Before Dark.” Inspired by the life of Hilde Lysiak, a young journalist who gained national notoriety at age nine when she scooped a local homicide case in her Pennsylvania hometown, the Jon M. Chu-directed and executive produced series has already been renewed for a second season.
Created and executive produced by Dana Fox and Dara Resnick, “Home Before Dark” follows Brooklynn Prince as Hilde Lysko, a nine-year-old journalist whose family's cross-country move from New York to her father's Jim Sturgess small Washington hometown leads her to investigate a dark, deeply buried mystery from decades ago.
IndieWire spoke with “Home Before Dark” co-showrunner and co-creator Dana Fox about the series, from the process of making a bingeable mystery-thriller she hadn’t seen before to her transition from comedy to drama to the unexpected “Justified” reunion.
This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity.
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IndieWire: How exactly did you come to co-create “Home Before Dark”? How did you come to Hilde Lysiak’s story?
Fox: Basically, my dear friend Joy Gorman Wettels, who’s an amazing producer — she was my manager for a long time and then she started producing, as well — she was at the Tribeca Awards, and there were a bunch of adults winning awards for cool things. And then, this little nine-year-old girl stood up and gave this incredible speech and was incredibly poised. She started talking about the need for journalists and how important it was to try to find the truth, and it really resonated with Joy. We weren’t even deeply in the times that we are in now, but it’s something that was feeling important already.
And so Joy was talking to the people next to her about how extraordinary this little girl was, and it turned out to be Hilde’s parents. So she joked, “I have a five-year-old, can you come move in with me, and help me raise my daughter, because this girl is amazing.” And so they struck up a conversation, they got along, and eventually, Hilde was featured in the New York Times for essentially scooping her local paper on a murder.
Joy was in a very competitive situation with a lot of other producers and they were all talking to Hilde and her parents on the phone and they had all these conversations. Joy ended up winning the rights and when she did, afterwards she said, “Why did you pick me?” And Hilde’s...
Norman Lear exec produced the movie from director Heidi Ewing.
Sony Pictures Classic is partnering with Stage 6 films for the worldwide rights to immigrant love story I Carry You With Me, which will be released later this year.
Based on a true story, I Carry You With Me is a decades-spanning romance that begins in Mexico between two young men, an aspiring chef and a teacher. Their lives restart in incredible ways as societal pressure propels the couple to make the treacherous journey to New York with dreams, hopes and memories in tow.
Armando Espitia, Christian Vázquez and Michelle Rodríguez star.
The film, from director Heidi Ewing Jesus Camp, premiered in the fest's NEXT section. Ewing co-wrote the project with Alan Page Arriaga and produced withMynette Louie.
Norman Lear exec produced the movie alongside Brent Miller, Teddy Schwarzman, Ben Stillman and Michael Heimler.
Ewing said, 'I'm simply over the moon to collaborate with Sony Pictures Classics on my narrative debut. I've admired their deft releases of great films like Call Me by Your Name, Amour, A Fantastic Woman and Pain and Glory and know that they will bring this love story to audiences worldwide with great care.'
'I knew early on that Sony Classics would be a great fit for our film, and I'm gratified that our U.S.-Mexico co-production will get a proper theatrical release to showcase the incredible work of our Mexican cast and crew,” added Louie.
CAA Media Finance packaged and represented the film at Sundance.
Source: Hollywood Reporter