Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Tuesday, February 10, 2015:
Sanaa Hamri To Direct Fox’s ‘Studio City’; Ben Taylor To Helm ABC’s ‘Chev & Bev’
Empire co-executive producer Sanaa Hamri is set to direct a drama pilot for the network, Studio City, from creator Krista Vernoff, Warner Bros TV and John Wells Prods. British TV comedy director Ben Taylor will helm Chev & Bev, ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo.
(from Mon) ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Pilot Not Going Forward; ‘Roadies’ & ‘Billions’ Looking Good At Showtime
Showtime has opted not to proceed with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,Rachel Bloom’s half-hour comedy pilot with musical elements directed by Marc Webb. Both other Showtime pilots — the hourlong Roadies, from Cameron Crowe, Winnie Holzman and J.J. Abrams; and Billions, from Andrew Ross Sorkin, Brian Koppelman and David Levien — are looking good.
Ben Stiller Plots ‘Super Sad True Love Story’ TV Series
Media Rights Capital is in late development and already exploring casting ahead of a series order for an adaptation of Gary Shteyngart’s best-selling novel Super Sad True Love Story. Super Sad True Love Story is a one-hour dramedy set in the near-future that explores the unlikely relationship between a bookish man stuck in a tech-obsessed society and a complex, materialistic young Korean-American woman. While navigating this romance he must also contend with mounting demands from his charismatic boss, who is himself being pressured by the domineering American government. Shteyngart and Karl Gajdusek co-created the TV adaptation and will co-write the script and exec produce. Per MRC’s typical business model, the dramedy will go to series before a network is attached.
(from Mon) ‘Walking Dead’ EP Adapting Swedish Drama Series ‘Brothers in Crime’
Gale Anne Hurd has signed on to adapt Swedish drama Brothers in Crime.
Crime (Tusenbroder) revolves around three childhood best friends, now partners in a construction business, who find themselves on the wrong end of a bank loan. Looking down the barrel of losing everything, their last option is doing one criminal job in order to keep themselves and their families off the streets. Hurd will executive produce via her Universal Cable Productions-based Valhalla Entertainment banner. Nick Cassavetes will exec produce and direct; Cliff Dorfman will adapt the original series and executive produce.
(from Mon) HBO Developing Supernatural Drama From Alan Poul
HBO has put into development drama Incurable, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Incurable is described as a drama centering on a support group for people with supernatural problems. Will Strouse will pen the script and exec produce alongside Alan Poul, who will direct the pilot should the drama move forward.
IFC’s ‘Portlandia’ Renewed for Two Additional Seasons
The Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen comedy will run through seasons six and seven in 2016 and 2017.
(from Mon) HBO’s ‘Getting On’ Renewed for Third and Final Season
The Alex Borstein comedy will be back for six more episodes.
(review) Variety: ‘The Slap’
Novelistic in its approach — with a sober narration that brings to mind the movie “Little Children” — it’s the kind of admirable experiment that, for broadcasters, has seldom paid off. Hewing closely to the earlier Australian program at the outset, “The Slap” will need good fortune to make a mark in this inhospitable Thursday timeslot.
(review) Variety: ‘Schitt’s Creek’
Seldom has a title been more descriptive than “Schitt’s Creek,” a tired reunion of SCTV’s Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara that makes a case for putting a cap on Canadian imports.
Mistresses Scoop: Jennifer Esposito Snags Major Season 3 Role
Jennifer Esposito has landed a series-regular role on Season 3 of Mistresses.
Meagan Good Joins NBC Comedy Series ‘Mr. Robinson’
Meagan Good has signed on for a major recurring role on Mr. Robinson, NBC’s upcoming six-episode comedy series starring The Office alum Craig Robinson.
Adhir Kalyan Cast In Fox’s ‘Frankenstein’
Rules Of Engagement alum Adhir Kalyan has become the first cast member ofFrankenstein, Fox’s drama pilot written and executive produced by Rand Ravich and executive produced by Howard Gordon.
Meaghan Rath To Star In Fox Comedy Pilot ‘Cooper Barrett’s Guide’
FormerBeing Human star Meaghan Rath has been cast as the female lead in another series project, Fox comedy Cooper Barrett’s Guide To Surviving Life, from 20th Century Fox TV and Gail Berman’s the Jackal Group.
David Morrissey Joins CBS’ ‘Extant’
David Morrissey is the latest new cast addition for the upcoming second season of CBS‘ summer drama series Extant.
‘Spider-Man’ Swings to Marvel Studios in Major Sony Partnership
The new Spider-Man will first make his appearance in a Marvel Studios movie. Once the character is relaunched, Sony will then release a new Spider-Man movie on July 28, 2017. Marvel’s Kevin Feige will join Amy Pascal as a producer on the new movie.
Disney Shuffles Marvel Release Dates As Spider-Man Joins The Party
With tonight’s big news that Marvel and Sony are teaming on a new Spider-Man franchise, Disney got busy reshuffling its superhero release dates. It has moved Thor: Ragnarok to November 3, 2017. Black Panther is retreating eight months to July 6, 2018. Captain Marvel has been pushed back to November 2, 2018. Inhumans is set for release July 12, 2019.
David Koepp Set To Script Sci-Fi ‘Themis Files’ For Sony
Sony Pictures has set David Koepp to adapt The Themis Files, the debut novel by Sylvain Neuvel that Matt Tolmach and Josh Bratman will produce. The novel revolves around a secret project to assemble the ancient body parts of a giant humanoid relic buried throughout the world by aliens.
Best-Seller ‘Station Eleven’ Acquired by Scott Steindorff
Producer Scott Steindorff has acquired film and TV rights to Emily St. John Mandel’s best-selling novel Station Eleven. The project, a post-apocalyptic drama that is set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse following a pandemic, will be produced by Steindorff and Dylan Russell. Station Eleven revolves around a Hollywood star, his would-be savior and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.
Gail Berman’s Jackal Group Inks First-Look Deal With Fox 2000
The deal comes less than a year after Berman founded the joint venture with Fox Broadcasting.
‘Billy on the Street’ Renewed for Fourth Season, Moves to TruTV as Part of Turner Deal
As part of a multilayered deal with Turner, Billy Eichner will also develop new projects for TBS and Adult Swim, with the former landing repeats of the popular game show.
LeBron James-Produced Sports Series To Premiere On Disney XD
Disney XD has ordered Becoming, a series from ESPN films that features inspiring athlete profiles, executive produced by LeBron James and his Springhill Prods. Aimed at kids and families, the half-hour show will feature extraordinary stories of athletes from around the world.
Variety: How Studio Shuffles at Disney, Sony Could Usher in a Period of Upheaval
High-level executive shakeups are a constant in the industry. While the developments at Sony and Disney are polar opposite in nature — with one executive descending, the other ascending — they are sure to trigger a domino effect that alters the corporate order.
Why Filmmakers Are Coming To TV: Netflix, AMC, Sony Execs At ‘New Era’ Panel
“The entertainment industry will be driven by the TV business, not the movie business,” Sony Pictures Television President Steve Mosko said at last night’s Chapman University panel “The New Era of Television” at the Sony lot’s Backstage Theatre. Mosko was joined by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and AMC Networks COO Ed Carroll as they canvassed where the small-screen medium has been and where it’s going.
Kelly Garner Joins Syfy As VP Alternative
Syfy’s new head of alternative development and production Heather Olander continues to build her team, recruiting Kelly Garner of Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios to join the network as VP Alternative Development and Production.
AwesomenessTV Taps Hearst’s James Deutch to Head Branded Entertainment
AwesomenessTV, a digital-focused media company aimed at tween and teen audiences, has hired James Deutch in the newly created position of creative director of branded entertainment.
Female Leads A Hollywood Rarity, Study Finds
According to a new study, females accounted for only 12% of all the protagonists depicted in the top 100 domestic box office hits released last year. They also made up just 29% of the major characters and 30% of all speaking roles.
io9: 10 Real-Life Female Spies Who Deserve Their Own Movie Franchises
You may be familiar with the espionage efforts of female spies like Josephine Baker and Mata Hari, whose lives have been committed time and time again to film. But there are numerous female spies who — even if we don’t agree with all their politics — led fascinating lives, ones that could fill entire movie franchises.