The Morning News Update for Thursday, April 26, 2018

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, April 26, 2018.


Forest Whitaker to Star in Epix Straight-to-Series Crime Drama (Exclusive)

Godfather of Harlem, picked up for 10 episodes, is set in the early 1960s and hails from writers Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein.


Johnny Depp-Produced ‘Muscle Shoals’ Drama From Global Road Entertainment Set At ABC

Muscle Shoals, a drama based on the life of Rick Hall, producer of the legendary Muscle Shoals sound, has sold to ABC for development under a straight-to-series model, Deadline has learned. The project hails from Global Road Entertainment, Johnny Depp and Christie Dembrowski’s Infinitum Nihil, Richard Branson’s Virgin Produced, and Joshua D. Maurer and Alixandre Witlin’s City Entertainment.


‘Origin’ YouTube Sci-Fi Series Sets Natalia Tena & Tom Felton As Leads, Paul W.S. Anderson As Director

Two alums from the Harry Potter movie franchise, Natalia Tena and Tom Felton, along with newcomer Sen Mitsuji, are set to topline Origin, YouTube’s upcoming sci-fi thriller series. Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, AVP: Alien vs. Predator) is directing the first two episodes of the show, from The Crown and Outlander producers Left Bank Pictures, Midnight Radio (CBS’ Zoo), CiTVC and Sony Pictures Television International Productions.


‘Here and Now’ Canceled by HBO

HBO has canceled drama series Here and Now.


Gabriel Iglesias Inks Netflix Deal for Scripted Comedy Series, Pair of Stand-Up Specials

The multicamera comedy Mr. Iglesias has been picked up for 10 episodes.


Nancy Dickerson Biopic From Stephen Colbert & Evelyn McGee Colbert In Works At Showtime

Showtime is developing Hello Nancy, an original film based on the nonfiction book On Her Trail, My Mother, Nancy Dickerson, TV News’ First Woman Star by CBS This Morning co-host John Dickerson, with Stephen Colbert and his wife Evelyn McGee Colbert serving as executive producers.



William Baldwin cast in USA’s ‘The Purge’ series

Blumhouse Television has added William Baldwin to the cast of its upcoming series adaptation of the horror franchise The Purge.


Bradley Whitford Joins Anna Paquin in Pop TV’s Limited Series ‘Flack’

The Get Out star is to star opposite Paquin in the upcoming scripted dramedy.


‘Victoria’ Star Leo Suter, ‘Outlander’s Stuart Harris & ‘Darkest Hour’s Imogen King Join Pop & BBC Drama ‘Clique’

Victoria star Leo Suter, Outlander’s Stuart Harris and Darkest Hour’s Imogen King have joined the cast of the second season of Clique after U.S. network Pop boarded the show.



N.Y. Times’ Harvey Weinstein Story to Become Movie From Annapurna, Plan B

The story of New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey and their roles in taking down movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is getting the Hollywood treatment.


LAIKA Sets Next Animated Pic ‘Film Five’ For Annapurna Release

LAIKA, which put its last four animated films through FocusKubo and the Two Strings, The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman, and Coraline — has moved its latest with Annapurna Pictures for U.S. release.


Harrison Ford and Tiffany Haddish Join ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’

Harrison Ford and Tiffany Haddish will join the cast of next year’s sequel to The Secret Life of Pets, Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri announced at Universal’s CinemaCon presentation.


Sony Pictures Makes Deal With Halsey For Movie Inspired By Singer’s Life

Sony Pictures has closed a life rights deal with singer/songwriter Halsey. The hope is to develop a movie loosely based on her life, which she would star in. I’m told the closest cousin to what they hope for here is a vehicle that does for her what 8 Mile did for Eminem.


Amy Adams Will Star in ‘The Woman in the Window’ for Director Joe Wright

Amy Adams and Joe Wright are teaming for an adaptation of A. J. Finn‘s novel The Woman in the Window. Adams will play a recluse who spies on her neighbors, and who one days witnesses something she shouldn’t.


Amber Heard Joins Elisabeth Moss in Drama ‘Her Smell’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Amber Heard is set to join Elisabeth Moss in Bow and Arrow Entertainment’s Her Smell, with Alex Ross Perry directing from his own script.


‘A Quiet Place’ Sequel in the Works at Paramount

Paramount Pictures is already working on a sequel to A Quiet Place, the studio’s chairman-CEO Jim Gianopulos said at CinemaCon on Wednesday.


Stephen King’s ‘The Long Walk’ in Development at New Line

Post It, New Line is staying in the Stephen King business and putting the author’s 1979 novel The Long Walk, into active development, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.



Stephen Curry to Relaunch YouTube Channel With Show Featuring His Postgame Chats With Guests

Stephen Curry hasn’t posted anything to his YouTube channel in more than four years. Now the Golden States Warriors superstar is relaunching the channel, officialstephcurry30, with a slate of original series starting with 5 Minutes From Home, which premieres May 1.


Equestrian Channel H&C Gallops into the U.S. (EXCLUSIVE)

Equestrian network H&C is rolling out in the U.S. The specialist sports and lifestyle channel will launch on Roku’s streaming player and smart TVs.



Saudi Arabia Getting First 4DX Theaters (EXCLUSIVE)

Saudi Arabia is getting its first 4DX movie theaters. South Korea-based CJ 4DPLEX has signed a new partnership with Cinemacity to open three locations in the country’s capital city, Riyadh, and other major Saudi cities by the end of 2018.



Comedy Central Unveils a Pop-Culture Show for the Internet, Inspired by ‘The Daily Show’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Comedy Central is hoping it’s whipped up the recipe for a daily dose of digital comedy, patterned on the success of its long-running TV mainstay, The Daily Show. The Viacom-owned cable programmer is unveiling a new project called The Creators Program: a team of five stand-up comedians, writers and improv performers who will produce a short weekday take on pop culture and entertainment, as well as a weekly scripted workplace comedy — about working at Comedy Central.


‘Firing Line’: PBS Reloads Public-Affairs Show With Host Margaret Hoover

PBS is bringing back an iconic property after nearly two decades. The pubcaster said today that a new version of Firing Line, the William F. Buckley-hosted public-affairs show it aired from 1966-99, will premiere in June.



Disney Opens Toy Story Land at Shanghai Theme Park

The Shanghai Disney Resort opened Disney·Pixar Toy Story Land, Shanghai Disneyland’s seventh themed land. It is the first major expansion of the theme park since it opened in June 2016.


‘Star Wars Resistance’ Animated Series Set at Disney Channel

Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie will reprise their characters and guest star in the series.



Tom Cruise Becomes First Actor to Receive Pioneer of the Year Award

A profoundly grateful Tom Cruise received the Pioneer of the Year award from the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation — the first actor to be so honored.



Nkechi Carroll Inks Overall Deal at Warner Bros. TV

After a competitive situation, Nkechi Carroll has signed an exclusive multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television. Carroll was previously under an overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV, where she served as co-executive producer on Rosewood and The Resident, and developed several pilots for both Fox and NBC.


‘Inside Amy Schumer’ Co-Creator Daniel Powell Inks Animation Partnership With Comedy Central

Inside Amy Schumer co-creator Daniel Powell is returning to Comedy Central for an exclusive animation partnership with the network via his Irony Point production banner.