The Morning Update for Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, June 1, 2017:


Frank Miller’s ‘Sin City’ TV Series Enlists Glen Mazzara, Len Wiseman & Stephen L’Heureux
is developing a TV reboot of Frank Miller’s iconic comic series Sin City. This one will hew closely to the graphic novels, with a fresh take by writer Glen Mazzara. Underworld helmer Len Wiseman, whose TV credits include Sleepy Hollow and Lucifer, will direct. Stephen L’Heureux will oversee this and produce with Miller, Mazzara, Wiseman and Bob & Harvey Weinstein. The intention is to be a far departure from the films, introducing original characters and timelines within the Sin City universe.

AMC Opens Writers Rooms For 3 Dramas Under Scripts-To-Series ModelAMC is opening writers’ rooms for three drama projects earmarked for potential straight-to-series orders: NOS4A2 from Jami O’Brien based on the novel by Joe Hill; Pandora, from Sam Vincent & Jonathan Brackley; and Silent History, from Claire Carré & Charles Spano. All three projects come from AMC Studios; NOS4A2 is a co-production with Tornante.

John Hamburg Inks Deal With Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, Boards ‘Los Hermanos’ Comedy At ShowtimeWriter-director John Hamburg and his production company, Particular Pictures, have signed an exclusive production deal with Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Under the pact, Hamburg and Kaplan will identify projects to develop and produce together for broadcast, cable and digital platforms. In addition to executive producing, Hamburg would also direct, subject to availability and creative approval. Hamburg and Kaplan’s first collaboration under the agreement is Los Hermanos, the brothers comedy Kapital has in development at Showtime.

Cinemax’s ‘Quarry’ Not Returning for Season 2Co-creator Michael D. Fuller made the announcement Wednesday.

(review) Variety: Jim Carrey’s ‘I’m Dying Up Here’ on ShowtimeAll in all, like a comic in search of the perfect standup set, this rambling series would benefit from a dash of ruthlessness, a greater injection of originality and a good deal of relentless honing.

TVLine: Fall TV First Impression: DynastyThe pilot as a whole is arguably better [than the trailer], if you accept the series for what it is — a contemporary reboot that shifts the setting from Denver to Atlanta and assigns new faces (and sometimes genders) to names made familiar by the classic 1980s sudser. We’re not creating a polio vaccine here.


‘Supergirl’ Taps Odette Annable as Major DC Villain for Season 3The ‘House’ alum has signed on for the series regular role of DC Comics big bad Reign.

‘Orange Is The New Black’ Ups Dale Soules To Series RegularDale Soules, who has recurred since Season 2 as no-nonsense inmate Frieda Berlin, has been promoted to series regular for Season 6.

Wallace Shawn Joins ‘Graves’ Season 2The veteran actor will play the political opponent of Sela Ward’s character.

Meet ‘Fargo’ Season 3 Breakout Olivia SandovalWinnie Lopez has quickly become a ‘Fargo’ favorite and Olivia Sandoval has held her own with Carrie Coon as an intrepid traffic cop.


Can Universal Create a Marvel-Like Universe With ‘The Mummy’ and Other Monster Flicks?The high-stakes blockbuster arrives with so-so tracking as Tom Cruise leads a risky foray into the "Dark Universe," a superhero-style series of interconnected films.


Timbaland Joins ABC’s ‘Boy Band’ Grammy Award-winner Timbaland has joined ABC’s upcoming singing-competition series “Boy Band.” The veteran producer will serve alongside Spice Girl Emma Bunton and Backstreet Boy Nick Carter as one of three judges — referred to on the series as “architects.”

Tough Mudder Muscles Up With New CBS DealCBS Sports and endurance race brand Tough Mudder Inc are expanding their partnership with a new deal that will see all Tough Mudder events airing on CBS beginning July 22. As part of the agreement, Tough Mudder is launching a new event, Tough Mudder X, a mix of the brand’s endurance races, Cross-Fit and road racing.

‘MTV Beach House’ Revival Set for Summer 2017
is reviving “MTV Beach House” this summer. This 2017 reboot is described as catering to “a new generation of fans” and will be hosted by a trio of MTV talent: Nessa of “Girl Code,” Cody Christian of “Teen Wolf” and Chico Bean of “Wild ‘n Out.”

Jared Hoffman & Chris Pollack Launch Production Co., Ink Deal With ITV AmericaJared Hoffman and Chris Pollack have exited as co-presidents of DEFY Media’s Generate to launch a new production company, Forge Media. The duo and their banner have signed an exclusive deal with ITV America to create and produce scripted and unscripted content for network, cable and streaming platforms under the ITVA banner.

A “Bachelorette” Contestant Is Under Fire For Racist, Sexist, And Islamophobic Tweets
Lee Garrett
, a contestant on the current season of ABC’s The Bachelorette, has locked his Twitter account after a series of racist, sexist, and Islamophobic tweets from before the show filmed were exposed.


Anthony Horowitz’s ‘Alex Rider’ Novels Spy TV Adaptation With Eleventh HourUK-based indie Eleventh Hour Films has optioned the screen rights to Anthony Horowitz‘s bestselling Alex Rider novels. BAFTA winner Guy Burt is attached to script a large-scale family series based on the YA books that chart the adventures of a reluctant teenage super-spy on his missions to save the world. Eleventh Hour is currently developing the idea with ITV, and is also in discussion with international partners. The plan is to create a long-running series that’s re-imagined as an older-skewing family event drama.

NBC Invests $30 Million in Euronews, Paves Way for EuronewsNBC
news division has acquired a 25% stake in European news network Euronews, in a deal that will close this week and that will see the creation of a new EuronewsNBC brand bearing the American broadcaster’s famous peacock.


Marvel Teases Mysterious Project with YA Author Rainbow RowellAcclaimed YA author Rainbow Rowell is signing on to Marvel for a new project … but neither party is spilling the beans about just what, just yet. Marvel announced that Rowell, author of Eleanor & Park and Landline, would appear at this year’s Book Expo America, noting in a tweet Wednesday that the company was "excited to welcome award-winning author [Rowell] to the House of Ideas."

(video) You can now watch 4K footage of Disney’s two new Avatar rides

The public is now posting video of the inside of the two big rides — a 3D motion simulator called Flight of Passage and a boat ride called Na’vi River Journey.


Producer Mark Gordon Slips the Bonds of HollywoodThe new-model Mark Gordon Co. reflects the budding trend of financing for scripted TV series production flowing from outside the major U.S. studios. Gordon’s pact with eOne banks heavily on international sales and digital syndication to cover (and then some) the production deficits on the show. Others who have recently ventured into independently financed TV production include Sonar Entertainment and STX Entertainment. Jerry Bruckheimer’s TV operation has been meeting with financiers during the past year since ending its formal studio alliance with Warner Bros. TV.

Lanny Noveck & Liz Robinson Launch Boutique Literary Management FirmLiterary representation veterans Lanny Noveck and Liz Robinson have teamed to form Signature Ltd., a boutique literary management firm.

Netflix vs live programming: CEO says no sports, news
co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings spoke with CNBC’s Squawk Alley from this year’s Code Conference, discussing what’s next for the streaming service. Three interesting tidbits…

– Netflix’s future focus: The company will remain focused on TV and movies, and it has no plans to jump into news or sports as Hastings doesn’t want "content that you only want to consume once."

– How people watch: Hastings said that two-thirds of viewers watch on large screen televisions, but noted that there’s still a lot of room to grow in an Asian market that is much more mobile-centric.

– China? "I think that’s off the table for the next couple years."


Variety: Visual Effects Are on the Rise in TVYou could call it the “Game of Thrones” effect. In the years since the HBO show premiered feature-quality visual effects, pushing the standards and expectations for television, other shows have aimed to crush it with their visuals to attract audiences in a competitive environment.

Variety: More Superhero Shows Raise the Bar for Television StuntworkWith a quartet of Marvel series on Netflix and one on ABC (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), and nine series built around characters from the DC Comics universe airing across the broadcast networks, an unprecedented number of comic-book heroes are battling it out on the small screen in increasingly elaborate, Emmy-worthy action sequences.

(opinion) Variety: Revival Trend a Troubling Sign That TV Might Follow in Film’s FootstepsTelevision can be many things. What it should not become, at least as long as it can resist a certain kind of increasing pressure, is the movie industry. …But it certainly looks as though TV is betting more heavily than ever on reboots, re-imaginings and the questionable returns of known franchises. In writing about this rising trend in the past, I’ve called it “the blockbuster-ization of TV,” and it’s more than a little troubling.

AdAge: 12 Key Takeaways From Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends ReportRecode rightfully calls Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends Report "the most anticipated slide deck of the year."
– Media disruption continues at a "torrid pace," with digital leaders transforming the marketplace by offering better user experiences and lower prices, while leveraging data and scale (starting at No. 151). The likes of Spotify and Netflix get shoutouts here, with one remarkable slide (No. 162) showing how Netflix went from near zero to 30% of the U.S. home entertainment market in 10 years.
(whole slide deck here:

NYT: State of the Art: How Twitter Is Being Gamed to Feed MisinformationSpecifically, Twitter often acts as the small bowel of digital news. It’s where political messaging and disinformation get digested, packaged and widely picked up for mass distribution to cable, Facebook and the rest of the world. …This makes Twitter a prime target for manipulators: If you can get something big on Twitter, you’re almost guaranteed coverage everywhere. …For determined media manipulators, getting something big on Twitter isn’t all that difficult.