Deal comes a day after Apple unveiled a teaser trailer for Morning Show, a series that Witherspoon stars in with Jennifer Aniston. Now, Netflix has a Witherspoon feature vehicle. I’m told that up to six studios chased this package and that Sony Pictures was among the finalists.
Pierce will write the script based on his short story that was published in The New Yorker magazine last year. It’s the second major movie deal he has made on one of his New Yorker short stories; Chairman Spaceman was bought and is being developed by Fox Searchlight. Kinberg is producing that one as well. Deadline revealed the package hit the market August 1.
Hello Sunshine's Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter are producing with Genre Films' Audrey Chon.
em>Tardy Man deals with a group of augmented people who are fitted with indestructible fire suits that are fused to their spines. They work for a corporation that recovers objects for wehy people when their houses are burning. It is strictly forbidden for them to veer from their salvage missions, even when other humans are in danger. The protagonist decides to make an exception to this rule and that is the jumping off point.
It’s the second big female-driven package deal to land this week. Yesterday, New Line beat out 17 other bidders for Don’t Worry Darling, the spec script that Booksmart’s Olivia Wilde will direct and star in. CAA is in the middle of both auctions, which are expected to sort themselves by next week. Witherspoon is managed by LBI and the writer by Kaplan/Perrone.
strong>EXCLUSIVE: Australian actor Ben Lawson has been cast opposite Katherine Heigl in Netflix's Firefly Lane, a drama series from Maggie Friedman No Tomorrow based on the bestselling novel by Kristin Hannah.
Written and executive produced by Friedman, who also serves as showrunner, Firefly Lane follows the story of Tully Heigl and Kate, two unlikely best friends who meet as young girls and become inseparable for nearly 30 years, until a tragedy breaks them apart. Lawson will play Kate's ex-husband Ryan, who also has a long history working with Tully.
Friedman executive produces with Stephanie Germain and Lee Rose. Hannah is co-executive producer. Peter O'Fallon will direct and executive produce the first episode.
Lawson recently starred on the second season of Netflix's hit drama series 13 Reasons Why and on ABC's action dram a Designated Survivor. He also recurred on NBC’s critically acclaimed comedy series The Good Place. On the film side, he’ll next star as Lachlan Murdoch in the upcoming Untitled Roger Ailes biopic from Charles Randolph and Jay Roach. Lawson is repped by ICM, United Management, Untitled and Derek Kroeger.
The riotous first trailer for “Dolemite Is My Name!,” a new original feature from Netflix based on the life and work of blaxploitation hero Rudy Ray Moore, has arrived in fitting style. Starring Eddie Murphy and directed by “Hustle & Flow” director Craig Brewer, the new film was enned by Golden Globe and Emmy Award winners Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski “Ed Wood,” “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson”. It tells the story of how Moore, a larger than life comedian, singer, actor, and film producer, launched a movie career in the 1970s with one of the most well-known Blaxploitation films of all time, “Dolemite.”
Moore rode the Dolemite character he created into a successful career that spanned four decades. Honing his craft in comedy clubs, he released several comedy albums starting with 1959’s “Below the Belt.” Success, however, wouldn’t come until a trio of raunchy albums he released between 1970 and 1971: “Eat Out More Often,” “This Pussy Belongs to Me,” and “The Dirty Dozens.”
Loaded with explicit depictions of sex acts and graphic violence, the albums weren’t marketed to the mainstream, but they found audiences primarily among black audiences looking for politically incorrect, anti-establishment material, and grew in popularity via word-of-mouth. Unable to get work in Hollywood, Moore used the money he made from his album sales to finance the movie that would eventually become 1975’s “Dolemite.”
The ultimate “hood hero,” skilled in the martial arts, and of course known for his sexual prowess, Dolemite was a pimp with a team of kung-fu-fighting prostitutes. After getting set up by a rival which sends him to prison, his friend and fellow pimp Queen Bee breaks him out, and both plot revenge.
Released by 1970s exploitation label Dimension Pictures, the low-budget film was quite successful and led to multiple sequels, starting with “The Human Tornado” in 1976. In total, Moore appeared in roughly 20 feature films in a career that spanned 30 years, including the 1997 Halle Berry comedy “B*A*P*S.”
He also continued to release comedy albums that appealed to a loyal fanbase that endured through the 1970s and 1980s, even though much of the work failed to break into the mainstream, especially among white audiences. Moore gained exposure to a new generation of younger fans in the latter half of his career, thanks to the sampling of his album work by rappers, some of whom he also collaborated with, including 2 Live Crew, Schooly D, Big Daddy Kane, and Snoop Dogg.
He died in October 2008 at 81 years old due to complications from diabetes.
Netflix has high hopes for the Eddie Murphy film, which will focus specifically on the period in Moore’s life when he struggled to make it in Hollywood, and opted to strike out on his own to make “Dolemite.” Murphy is joined by a who’s who cast of black comedians, including Chris Rock, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Keegan-Michael Key, Luenell, Wesley Snipes, Tituss Burgess, and Da'Vine Joy Randolph.
The film will hit Netflix and select theaters sometime this fall, which puts the film in the thick of awards season. Watch the rollicking first trailer for “Dolemite Is My Name!,” thanks to Entertainment Weekly, below.
When Apple’s new streaming platform Apple TV+ makes its big debut this fall, it’s going to have some major star power courtesy of “The Morning Show.” The upcoming series pairs Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston for a comedy-drama about the behind-the-scenes happenings at a popular morning talk show. Witherspoon is no stranger to television and is coming off the second season of HBO’s limited series “Big Little Lies,” while Aniston is an Emmy winner from “Friends” but has not had a series regular TV role since wrapping her run as Rachel on the mega-successful NBC comedy series.
“The Morning Show” is inspired by CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter's 2013 book “Top of the Morning,” which explored the morning show rivalry between NBC’s “Today” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.” The series’ plot specifics have yet to be revealed, although at an Apple TV+ event earlier this year Witherspoon teased the show is “a high-velocity thrill ride in which we pose questions without easy answers.”
If pairing Witherspoon and Aniston wasn’t enough star power for “The Morning Show,” the series is also bringing Steve Carell back to television in his first series regular role since wrapping “The Office.” The supporting cast includes indie film powerhouses like Bel Powley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Billy Crudup, and Mark Duplass. Néstor Carbonell of “Lost” and “Bates Motel” also stars. Behind the camera is Mimi Leder, the acclaimed director whose credits include “The Leftovers” and “On the Basis of Sex.”
For Apple TV+, “The Morning Show” is perhaps its most high profile title heading into its fall launch. While Disney+ will attempt to dominate the streaming market for kids and families, Apple TV+ is targeting young adults and adults with a huge slate of original drama and comedy series from the likes of J.J. Abrams, M. Night Shyamalan, “Outlander” creator Ronald D. Moore, “The Big Sick” Oscar nominees Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, and more. Apple has yet to announce the launch date for Apple TV+, but it’s likely “The Morning Show” debuts that day, given its star power should bring in potential subscribers.
“The Morning Show” will debut on Apple TV+ sometime this fall. Watch the first official trailer for the series in the video below.
Apple has released a teaser for its highly anticipated drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.
The first look at The Morning Show, which also stars Steve Carell, provides a peek into the high-stakes drama that will pull back the curtain on early morning TV. The teaser, which dropped on Monday, includes dramatic out-of-context audio but no footage of Aniston, Witherspoon and Carell's characters. The clips from forthcoming scenes are played over a visual tour of the Morning Show set introducing the Apple original series.
The footage brings viewers inside the office of Mitch Kessler Carell, a morning show anchor who is struggling to maintain relevance in a changing media landscape. The office contains pictures of Carell and Aniston's characters, who appear to be the main Morning Show co-anchors.
The teaser did not announce a premiere date. The Morning Show will debut exclusively on Apple TV+ this fall.
Apple won a bidding war for The Morning Show, which it ordered straight-to-series with a two-season order of 20 episodes. Aniston and Witherspoon executive produce and co-own the show alongside Michael Ellenberg's Media Res company. The show has been described as an inside look at the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning, exploring the unique challenges faced by the women and men who carry out this daily televised ritual.