Let me give you some inside baseball talk, folks. Here in the wild world of entertainment journalism certain names garner certain attention. We’re talking about actors, writers, directors, etc. who get people excited. When news breaks about these folks, we must report it. It’s our job. But sometimes the news is maddeningly vague.
Take this story, for instance! Word has just come down that Phil Lord & Chris Miller are going to develop a new movie that sprung forth via an idea by Andy Weir, author of The Martian. What’s the idea? No one knows. Is there a movie title? If there is, we don’t know. But the news is out there, my friends. And I’m here to give it to you.
Deadline has the scoop on this very vague story, stating that it’s the first major deal of Lord and Miller’s Lord Miller company since signing a first-look deal with Universal Pictures. The film is based on an original idea by Andy Weir – but Weir isn’t writing the script. Instead, a screenwriter will be hired soon as Lord and Miller develop the project. What’s it about? All we know is that it’s being described as “a problem-solving science fiction adventure,” a la The Martian.
And that’s literally all we have! Of course, we can make some assumptions about what to expect from the film. Lord and Miller specialize in crafting innovative, inventive, and often very funny movies. They also have a knack for taking things that sound like terrible ideas – a LEGO movie! – and making them surprisingly good. Then we have Weir, who tends to gravitate towards character-driven sci-fi. Character is a huge part of Lord and Miller’s work as well, so this pairing should work out nicely.
This isn’t the only collaboration between Lord and Miller and Weir. Lord and Miller are also developing Weir’s novel Artemis as a directing project. Weir will executive produce this new film, with Aditya Sood serving as producer.
Travel Channel has greenlighted Trending Fear,a paranormal docuseries from Ada Ellis, author of the #DeadDavid stories. The six-part series will premiere at 11 p.m. Friday, December 20.
In 2017, Buzzfeed author and illustrator Ellis captured the image of a ghost child in his New York City apartment and wrote his first of many spine-tingling tweets: “My apartment is currently being haunted by the ghost of a dead child and he's trying to kill me.” In a state of fear and confusion, he documented his haunting on social media under the hashtag #DeadDavid. Some 14 million people feverishly followed his terrifying experience, yearning for answers behind the little boy who invaded Ellis' life.
Now he and his and friends — researcher-documentarian Jen Lewis and ghost hunter/lead investigator Paul Bradford — are on a mission to help others understand and escape their own nightmares Trending Fear. Each of the hourlong episodes will see the trio traveling America hoping to help people take back their lives after unexplainable encounters with the paranormal. By assisting others, Ellis hopes what he learns from his hands-on investigations will help further a deeper understanding of his own haunting.
“Adam's extraordinary personal experience and harrowing tale that went viral in #DearDavid makes him uniquely positioned to help those grappling with paranormal fear,” Travel Channel GM Matthew Butler said. “The stories in Trending Fear give local community members the ability to discuss and engage with paranormal stories that most thought too taboo to discuss publicly. Adam, Jen and Paul will be able to take them through the investigations — in real time and with community help — unlike any other paranormal stories before.”
Produced by Texas Crew Productions, Trending Fear is executive produced by David Karabinas, Rick Cikowski, Bill Hochhauser and Brad Bernstein and Christine Shuler.
Bella Thorne is getting prepared to make her feature-length debut as a director. The actress has been dipping her toes into the world of directing lately. The project is being described as an "elevated thriller," which was written by Zander Cote. No information about the plot has been revealed at this time.
In addition to directing the Untitled Bella Thorne Mystery Thriller, the acclaimed actress will also be taking on a supporting role, though it's unclear what that role will be. Eric B. Fleischman's Defiant Studios, David Bernon of Burn Later Productions, and Maurice Fadida of Kodiak Pictures will produce the project together.
David Bernon says, "We are thrilled to partner with Bella on her feature directing debut." Bella Thorne directed a Pornhub movie and enjoyed the experience. "She's about to leave an indelible mark on the genre, and we can't wait for audiences to discover her bold vision." In addition to being a famous actress, Thorne is a best-selling author, philanthropist, musician, and entrepreneur. She recently directed a commercial for her own cannabis company, which was released on Halloween and featured a Mad Hatter's tea party-type vibe.
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Bella Thorne partnered with PornHub to make an adult movie earlier this year. The decision caught a lot of her fans off guard, but as the actress says, she was not able to find a traditional studio to put out Her and Him. Thorne made the movie under the PornHub Visionaries Director Series, but it was only a short. She was surprised how much fun she had making the movie and even ended up winning the PornHub Visionary award in October for her work. She attended the ceremony to accept the award and announced another partnership with PornHub to help put an end to DeepFake pornography.
Bella Thorne says, "People are kind of scared to make a movie like this one when it comes to dominance and submissiveness between a male and a female," when she was shopping Her and Him around. However, the Romeo and Juliet story caught the eye of PornHub, who agreed right away to help make it. While there is a disturbing love story going on, it also has some very graphic adult scenes, which Thorne had fun directing. From there, she decided that she wanted to do more work behind the camera.
It is unclear when Bella Thorne will start work on her latest directorial project. As of this writing, we don't even have a title, so more news is expected to drop soon. With that being said, one can easily see Thorne stepping behind the camera of her first feature-length early next year. For now we'll just have to wait and see what else she has planned for her new endeavor. One has to wonder where the young artist finds so much time to do all of these projects. Deadline was the first to announce Bella Thorne's feature-length directorial debut.
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Sue Kroll is set to produce the New York Times Penguin bestseller City of Girls from Eat Pray Loveauthor Elizabeth Gilbert under the Kroll & Co. Entertainment banner.
Warner Bros. Pictures acquired the film rights to the novel, which was published on June 4, on behalf of Kroll & Co. The Pacific Emmy-nominated and WGA nominated Masters of Sexcreator Michelle Ashford will adapt the feature screenplay.
It's Gilbert's second novel after her memoir Eat Pray Love, which racked up $205M at the global B.O., to be adapted for the big screen. City of Girlsis set against the backdrop of the New York City theater world of the 1940s, centering around a young woman's exploration of love, sex, self-discovery and friendship. Nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves — and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it.
“Reading City of Girlswas a very sentimental and nostalgic experience for me. Many of these female characters reminded me of the glamorous, unconventional, and artistic women who my father, theater critic Jack Kroll, and my mother knew. Having grown up hearing stories about the inner circles of New York's theatre and art world, I'm very excited to bring this novel to the big screen as it is a world I long to revisit,” Kroll tells Deadline.
“This is a world that many haven't been privy to in movies, and the exploration of this young woman's journey will speak greatly to contemporary audiences,” adds Kroll.
“I'm thrilled to be working with the inimitable Sue Kroll and the brilliant Michelle Ashford on the adaptation of my novel. More than any book I've ever written, City of Girls always felt like it wanted to be a movie. The entire time I was writing the novel, I was picturing it on the big screen. Something about the glittering and glamorous sex-appeal of the New York City theater world in the 1940s just demands to be brought to life in the most vivid and shining way. The fact that this will be a female-led production makes me happier still, because City of Girls was always meant to be a story for women, and about women. My characters could not be in better hands with Kroll and Ashford. I'm over the moon,” beamed Gilbert.
Gilbert's GQarticle about her time as a bartender at the NYC Coyote Ugly saloon was another piece adapted for the big screen with Disney's 2000 Jerry Bruckheimer produced feature Coyote Uglywhich made $115M global.Gilbert is represented by The Wylie Agency. Ashford is repped by CAA and Gendler & Kelly.
Kroll recently executive produced Edward Norton's Motherless Brooklynand the Oscar-winning $435M blockbuster A Star Is Born.Up next for Kroll & Co. is the Feb. 7, 2020 DC films release Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn. Also in the works is the sci-fi action thriller Nemesis, with producers Ridley Scott and Jules Daly; an untitled comedy starring Sandra Bullock, who will also produce with Michael Bostick; the action thriller The Six Billion Dollar Man starring Mark Wahlberg, a film based on Peter Kornbluth's Politico article “My Dearest Fidel: A Journalist's Secret Liaison with Fidel Castro” with producers Gal Gadot and Jaron Varsano; and feature adaptations of Annie Ward's Beautiful Bad and Jonathan Lethem's The Feral Detective. Kroll is also an EP on the DC action adventure Blackhawk, directed by Steven Spielberg.
Avengers: Endgame screenwriter Christopher Markus explains why they broke the Mjolnir rules for Captain America. Cap had a pretty major role, especially during the climactic battle at the conclusion of the movie. One of the most epic parts of the whole thing comes when Cap is able to take on the power of Mjolnir as his buddy Thor proudly looks on, muttering that he knew it.
However, it does go against some of what we have learned about the mighty hammer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far. Markus had this to say about bending the rules for Captain America.
"There was certainly a debate at one point because particularly in Ragnarok, it establishes that Thor can summon the lightning without the hammer. I think Odin even says, 'It was never the hammer.' And yet Cap summons the lightning with the hammer. You get to those things and you're like, 'It's too awesome not to do it! We'll talk about it later.'"
The scene was so epic that most MCU fans didn't really even second guess it, though it did spark a debate amongst some of the more hardcore fans online. Whatever the case may be, it seems that Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, the Russo Brothers, and Kevin Feige were into adding things to Avengers: Endgame for the fun of it. In addition to Captain America and Mjolnir, the battle scene included another moment that the screenwriters thought would be fun to throw in.
When most of the female superheroes are seen in one shot, that was something that Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely thought was too good of an opportunity to pass up. They knew that some MCU fans would think that they were pandering to the female audience, but it was something that they wanted to see, so they included it during the final battle sequence and it has started rumors of a female-led MCU movie.
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Thor has learned a lot about himself over the course of Ragnarok, Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. He has also gone through quite a bit in the last three movies, which led to his depression and weight gain. When discussing the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder, director Taika Waititi was unsure of whether or not they were going to keep the character in his latest body transformation or if they were going to go back to the God of Thunder physique.
Avengers: Endgame is now the highest grossing movie of all time and a crowning achievement for Marvel Studios. It's also a huge win for the comic book genre in general. The fact that Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, the Russo Brothers, and Kevin Feige are still getting asked about different aspects of the movie is pretty amazing. The interview with Markus and McFeely was originally conducted by Slash Film.
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EXCLUSIVE: Trace Adkins, Thora Birch, Peter Facinelli, Anne Heche, Will Peltz and Paz Vega have been set to lead the cast of 13 Minutes, a tornado-driven drama that will mark the feature directing debut of Lindsay Gossling. Shooting starts next month in Oklahoma in the heart of Tornado Alley.
Set in a small American town, Gossling's script begins with residents starting a day as ordinary as the next. Mother Nature, however, has other plans for them. Inhabitants have just 13 minutes to seek shelter before the largest tornado on record ravages the town, leaving them struggling to protect their loved ones and fighting for their lives.
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Travis Farncombe and Gossling developed the project and will produce with Karen Harnisch via their Involving Pictures. Elevated Films' Cassian Elwes and Jere Hausfater will executive produce in association with ImpactWX.
Highland Film Group is steering international sales at the American Film Market that kicks off next week and is co-repping U.S. rights with Elevated.
Gossling most recently penned A Translator, the Havana-set drama that is Cuba's submission in this year's International Feature Film Oscar race.
Country star/actor Adkins is repped by UTA and Greg Baker. Birch, currently on The Walking Dead, is repped by Buchwald and Luber Roklin Entertainment. Facinelli, whose featuring film Hour of Lead co-starring Heche and Thomas Jane is now in postproduction, is repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Mainstay Entertainment. Heche is repped by Paradigm and Untitled Entertainment.
Vega, most recently seen in Rambo: Last Blood, is repped by Paradigm and Management Production Entertainment. Peltz Unfriended is repped by Innovative Artists and Management Production Entertainment.
13 Seconds joins a Highland slate that already includes Jiu Jitsu starring Nicolas Cage, Alain Moussi, Tony Jaa, Frank Grillo, and Rick Yune; Open Source starring Bruce Willis; Persephone starring Brianna Hildebrand; and Michael Polish's Axis Sally starring Al Pacino.