UK genre sales firm Devilworks has added two titles to its slate for the upcoming American Film Market. Matteo Rolleri's outfit has boarded world sales rights to U.S. supernatural horror The Special by B. Harrison Smith D eath House about a young man who is offered a night of pleasure beyond his wildest imagination. Davy Raphaely Camp Dread, Dave Sheridan Sky Sharks and Sarah French Ouija House star. Alexander Bafer and Doug Henderson produce for Everything's Fire Productions, Jonathan Ilchert is executive producer for Brick Top Productions. Also on the slate is Canadian horror Welcome To The Circle,written and directed by David Fowler Born In China and starring Heather Doerksen Pacific Rim, Matthew MacCaull Tomorrowland and Taylor Dianne Robinson Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. Pic tells the story of a young girl and her father who fall prey to a secluded, madman-worshiping cult situated deep in a wood. Michael Khazen produced for High Deaf Productions, alongside Andrew Francis and Jeff Renfroe. Sam Vincent executive produced.
The Favourite and Vikings backer Screen Ireland is getting a funding increase of€1M, bringing the agency's annual capital budget to €17.2M for 2020. Screen Ireland chair Dr. Annie Doona said, “This additional funding together with the introduction of the regional uplift to Section 481 of 5%, announced last year, is an example of successful government policy, in terms of attracting new productions to regional areas. The uplift has allowed Screen Ireland to work with regional stakeholders to develop training opportunities and enhance skills, supporting production activity in these areas. Last year, Screen Ireland established a new TV drama production fund aimed at supporting high-end episodic TV drama. New projects emerging from this fund include Normal People, The South Westerlies and a slate of pilot TV comedies in partnership with RTÉ. Recent Irish movies backed by Screen Ireland include Lee Cronin's Hole In The Groundstarring Seana Kerslake, Extra Ordinary staring Maeve Higgins and Greta directed by Neil Jordan. International projects to have filmed on location in Ireland include Fate: The Winx Saga, Vikings, Nightfliers, Into the Badlands, The Rhythm Sectionand The Green Knight.
Fremantle has completed deals with both BBC in the UK and Mediengruppe RTL in Germany for upcoming crime series The Investigation. Produced by Fremantle's Scandinavian drama producers, Miso Film, and written and directed by Tobias Lindholm A Hijacking, the six-part series follows the complex investigation carried out by Jens Møller, the Head of Homicide for the Copenhagen Police, surrounding the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall.Søren Malling A Hijacking leads the cast as Møller, alongside Pilou Asbæk Game of Thrones as the prosecutorJakob Buch-Jepsen and Pernilla August Star Wars and Rolf Lassgård Downsizing as Kim Wall's parents, Ingrid and Joachim Wall. The Investigation is produced by Fremantle's Miso Film and is currently in production in Denmark. The series was developed by Miso Film together with Tobias Lindholm. It's produced by Miso Film in co-production with Outline Film for TV 2 Danmark, SVT and Viaplay with support from The Danish Film Institute's Public Service Fund and Copenhagen Film Fund. Fremantle has international distribution rights.
Everest director Baltasar Kormákur is making a supernatural volcano drama for Netflix.
The Icelandic auteur has co-created Katla with Trapped showrunner Sigurjón Kjartansson. The eight-part series is set in Iceland and begins one year after the violent eruption of the subglacial volcano Katla, which dramatically disturbs the peace and tranquility of the small town of Vik.
As people evacuate the area, the ice near the volcano starts to melt. The few remaining people manage to provide necessary community service and despite its grand location the area turns out somewhat apocalyptic. Mysterious elements, that have been deeply frozen into the glacier from prehistoric times, start to emerge from the melting ice and cause consequences no one could have ever foreseen.
Production is set to start on the project, which is written by is written by Kjartansson, Lilja Sigurðardóttir and Davíð Már Stefánsson, in 2020.
Kormákur has been developing the series, which is produced by his own RVK Studios, for a number of years and took it to Berlinale in 2017, where a number of linear broadcasters were thought to have been interested.
Deadline understands it is one of two projects that Kormákur is working on for Netflix — the other is thought to be a feature film.
“It's an exciting challenge to embark on this journey on Katla with Netflix and we're honored to be the first Icelandic production team to be commissioned to deliver a full series. Katla is a unique and ambitious sci-fi project that has been in development within my company, RVK Studios for a few years and we're delighted that it now has been picked up by Netflix,” said Kormákur.
Tesha Crawford, Director Netflix International Originals Northern Europe, added, “Iceland has been the home for so many series and films over the years. We are excited to be able to feature it's breathtaking surroundings in a story that is so grounded in Icelandic themes. Working with such an acclaimed talent like Baltasar Kormákur makes this project a perfect set up for us. We can't wait to see this story come to life and bring it to our members all across the globe.”
EXCLUSIVE: Amblin Partners’ Sigourney Weaver-Kevin Kline feature reteam The Good House has added six castmembers including Deadpool franchise’s Morena Baccarin and Rob Delaney, as well as Vacation‘s Beverly D’Angelo, David Rasche, Rebecca Henderson and Molly Brown.
The pic, already shooting in Canada, is directed by Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky, based on a script they co-wrote adapted from the Ann Leary novel . The Good House follows Hildy Good Weaver, a wry New England realtor and descendant of the Salem witches who loves her wine and loves her secrets. Her compartmentalized life starts to unravel as she rekindles an old romance and becomes dangerously entwined in one person's reckless behavior.
Baccarin will play Rebecca McAllister, a beautiful, luminous woman in an unhappy marriage. She's distractible, emotional, with an air of danger around her. Baccarin just wrapped back to back films Waldo opposite Charlie Hunnam and Greenland opposite Gerard Butler. She’s starred in such TV series as V, Gotham and Homeland, the latter on which she received a best supporting actress Emmy nomination. Baccarin is repped by UTA and Seven Summits Pictures & Management.
Delaney plays Peter Newbold, a handsome and astute psychiatrist in his 40s who grew up in Wendover but now feels trapped there and his restlessness leads him to stray from his marriage. Delaney is repped by UTA, Avalon Management and Goodman Schenkman. The stand-up comedian is the co-creator and co-star of the Channel 4/Amazon Prime comedy Catastrophe. In 2016, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy alongside his co-creator Sharon Horgan in the Outstanding Writing for Comedy Series category. He’s also starred in such movies as The Hustle, Hobbs & Shaw, upcoming Bombshell, Tom & Jerry and Last Christmas.
D'Angelo will portray the loud, gregarious best friend to Weaver’s character. D’Angelo, renowned for the Vacation franchise, can be seen recurring on the Netflix series, Insatiable. She also starred in USA’s series Shooter and HBO’s Entourage. She is repped by Innovative Artists and Link Entertainment.
Rasche will play Scott, a posh, good-natured antiques dealer. He left Hildy after coming out as gay but they share an affectionate bond, and he's the loving father to their two daughters. Rasche starred in In the Loop, Burn After Reading, Men in Black 3, Kill Your Darlings and Tribeca- and Deauville Film Festival-winning film Swallow. He is repped by Innovative Artists, Liebman Entertainment, and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham.
Henderson portrays Tess Good, Hildy's eldest daughter and mother of Hildy's grandson. Her credits include Mistress America and HBO’s Westworld and Netflix’s Russian Doll. She is represented by Framework Entertainment.
Brown will play Emily Good, Hildy's youngest daughter, who lives in New York and is trying to make a living as an artist. She is represented by Nicolosi & Co. Credits include The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and High Maintenance.
If you were one of the lucky patrons to devour a Max Burger at Saved by the Max, enjoy the 90210 life at The Peach Pit or gobble down some Good Chunks at Good Burgerthen you will certainly will be ready to throw on your hazmat suit and enter the “ Breaking Bad Experience”, a pop up bar a restaurant which will open its doors on October 16.
From the team that brought you the aforementioned TV experiences, the “ Breaking BadExpeirence” will celebrate the critically acclaimed Emmy-winning AMC drama starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul and is timed with the October 11 debut of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie on Netflix.
“We couldn't be more excited to bring the world of Breaking Bad to life,” said Derek Berry, one of the concept's partners. “We are always looking to further elevate the nostalgic pop-up experience into something both foodies and show fans will love. So, when the timing aligned for this to become our next concept, we saw an opportunity to cook up our most immersive experience yet.”
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan added, “It's exciting to be able to give the folks who supported the show for all these years the chance to experience Walt's world firsthand.”
Fans of Walt and Jesse, will get be able to dive into Heisenberg's world which will not only the show's trademark RV but also an assortment of Insta-worthy set recreations from all five seasons of the show. The pop-up will feature a restaurant that will include bar snacks and libations inspired by the show including Heisenburger Sliders, the Full Measure Grilled Cheese the “Half Measure” if you want it crustless!, and Loaded SAULsa Nachos, all safely served via hazmat tableside.
Tickets for the pop-up are available now. The “ Breaking BadExperience” is located at 7100 Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood.
EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation with multiple bidders, ABC Signature, a division of Disney TV Studios, has acquired the rights to develop The Tiger's Wife author Téa Obreht's bestselling new novel Inland for television. The project will be executive produced by Drew Goddard and Sarah Esberg under Goddard's Goddard Textiles banner.
It marks one of the first major pieces of development for former Daredeviland The Defenders executive producer Goddard, who is under a massive four-year overall deal at ABC Studios and its cable/streaming unit ABC Signature. The sought-after TV creator was originally signed by Disney TV Studios' 20th Century Fox TV; Goddard's pact migrated to ABC Studios following former 20th TV President of Creative Affairs Jonnie Davis' appointment as ABC Studios President this past summer.
Published by Random House on August 13, Inland tells the story of two extraordinary lives that collide in the lawless, drought-ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893. Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of the men in her life—her husband, a newspaperman who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her elder sons, who have vanished after an explosive argument.
Nora is biding her time and enduring her thirst with her youngest son, who is convinced that a mysterious beast is stalking the land around their home, and her husband's seventeen-year-old cousin, who communes with spirits. Lurie is an immigrant—a man born under Ottoman rule who comes to America as a child—and a former outlaw who is haunted by ghosts. He sees lost souls who want something from him, and he finds reprieve from their longing in an unexpected companion who inspires a momentous expedition across the West.
Inland, a New York Times bestseller, was a pick on President Obama's summer reading list. It has been named a best book of summer by Elle, The Week, Time.com, USA Today, Esquire, Town & Country, PopSugar, Bustle, NYLON, Minnesota Public Radio, Thrillist, Alma, LitHub, Bookish, Southern Living and Publishers Weekly.
Obreht's debut novel, The Tiger's Wife, was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction. An international bestseller, it has sold over a million copies worldwide. Obreht was a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and was named by The New Yorker as one of the 20 best American fiction writers under 40.
Obreht is repped by The Gernert Company and Anonymous Content.
EXCLUSIVE:Deadline has learned that Legionand Dark Skiesfilmmaker Scott Stewart has sold his pitch based on Laura Whitcomb's best selling novel A Certain Slant of Light in a competitive situation to Amazon Studios. Jeff Okin and Kerry Roberts will produce for Anonymous. Stewart will write and direct the pic.
A Certain Slant of Light from HMH books tells the story of Helen, the ghost of a young woman who, for a 150 years, has existed as an invisible presence clinging to an ever growing chain of living hosts. Now, while haunting a contemporary high school English teacher, Helen makes the shocking discovery that Billy, a troubled student, is able to see her for the first time since her death. What follows is a mysterious love story about second chances and the things that bind us together in this life and beyond.
“I fell in love with Laura Whitcomb's beautiful, deeply empathetic, and original novel the moment I read it many years ago and have dreamed of adapting it ever since,” Stewart tells Deadline. “I couldn't imagine more perfect partners to join me in realizing that dream than Amazon Studios and Anonymous Content.”
Stewart is repped by Verve, Anonymous and attorney Barry Littman.
Stewart wrote and directed Legionand Priestfor Lionsgates and Dark Skies for Blumhouse. In TV, all three of the pilots he's directed have gone to series. Stewart directed both parts of Syfy's pilot Defiance, as well as the pilot for their series Dominion, which is based on his feature Legion. Most recently, he directed the pilot of Freeform's Siren, which has been picked up for a third season. His pilot Augs, which focuses on classism through the lens of augmented reality, is set up at Freeform with Anonymous Content producing.