The Morning Update for Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, August 16, 2017:


Christopher & Heather McQuarrie Ink TV Deal With Gaumont; Set Drama Series Based On ’36 Quai des Orfèvres’ FeatureChristopher McQuarrie and his producing partner Heather McQuarrie have signed a first-look deal with Gaumont (Narcos). The duo’s first project under the deal is STL (working title) a TV drama series adaptation of Gaumont’s César-nominated feature film, 36 Quai des Orfèvres (36th Precinct), with Ben Ripley set to pen the adaptation and executive produce. 36 Quai des Orfèvres is about the gritty criminal underworld, and the ruthless competition between the cops at the Criminal Investigations Division. Chris McQuarrie is set to direct, with both Chris and Heather executive producing.

Octavia Spencer, LeBron James Team on TV Series About Entrepreneur Madam C.J. WalkerLeBron James’ production company, SpringHill Entertainment, is adding the first scripted drama to its growing slate. Octavia Spencer is attached to star in the limited series about entrepreneur and social activist Madam C.J. Walker’s life, with James exec producing along with his company’s co-founder, Maverick Carter. Sources tell Variety that Netflix is interested in the series and is the likely destination. Nicole Asher is on board to write and co-exec produce and Kasi Lemmons will direct the pilot and also exec produce.

‘Ozark’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix…The Jason Bateman and Laura Linney drama will return for another round of 10 episodes.

Matt Cherniss Joins Apple in Latest TV Push…He will serve as head of U.S. programming for Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg at the tech giant.

Sony Pictures TV Studios Hires Andrew Plotkin As SVP Drama DevelopmentSony Pictures TV Studios new leadership continues to beef up its senior executive ranks with the appointment with former SyFy head of development Andrew Plotkin as SVP drama development. He fills the void left by the recent promotion of Lauren Stein to EVP drama development and head of the department.

‘Z: The Beginning of Everything’: Karl Gajdusek Joins As Showrunner For Season 2 Of Amazon SeriesKarl Gajdusek has been tapped as executive producer and showrunner for the upcoming second season of the Amazon half-hour dramedy Z: The Beginning Of Everything starring Christina Ricci.

Apple Sets $1 Billion Budget for Original TV Shows, Movies…The tech giant has targeted $1 billion in spending for original television series and films over the next year, looking to establish itself as a buyer of premium entertainment, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing anonymous individuals. With its checkbook whipped out, Apple may be poised to acquire up to 10 TV high-caliber series, and company execs have begun scouting out prospects with agencies.

(review) Variety: ‘Marvel’s The Defenders’ on Netflix“Marvel’s The Defenders” is significantly better than the last offering from the comic-book factory’s ongoing collaboration with Netflix, “Iron Fist.” That was one of the most notable misfires ever in the realm of superhero TV, but “The Defenders” is a workmanlike series that gets the job done with a reasonable amount of energy and a few bursts of flair.


‘Quantico’ Star Russell Tovey Returns as Series Regular for Season 3Tovey’s Harry Doyle abruptly exited the ABC series during the second season.

Marvel’s Runaways Adds Julian McMahon as JonahMcMahon will play Jonah in the series.

Taken Season 2 Adds Adam GoldbergAdam Goldberg has joined the cast of NBC’s Taken, marking the second addition to the action-drama’s Season 2 rejiggering.

Hulu’s ‘Castle Rock’ Adds Scott Glenn…The ‘Leftovers’ alum is the latest actor to board the streamer’s J.J. Abrams and Stephen King anthology.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Alum Patrick Dempsey Sets TV Return…He’ll star alongside Ben Schnetzer, Damon Wayans Jr. and Virginia Madsen in the Epix event series ‘The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair,’ which is being directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud.


Ali Wong & Randall Park Set To Star In Netflix MovieNetflix has set American Housewife‘s Ali Wong and Fresh Off The Boat‘s Randall Park to star in an untitled feature comedy they wrote with Michael Golamco. The film follows two childhood friends who find themselves in vastly different socioeconomic situations when they fall in love as adults. Netflix is moving quickly to hire a director.

Marvel Taps Geneva Robertson-Dworet To Script ‘Captain Marvel’Marvel has set Geneva Robertson-Dworet to take over and write the script for Captain Marvel, the Brie Larson-starrer that will be directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Meg LeFauve & Nicole Perlman originally were set to write the script, but LeFauve had to leave to direct the Disney Animation pic Gigantic with Nathan Greno.


Walmart’s Vudu video streaming service is coming to Apple TV on August 22ndWalmart has confirmed a native app for Vudu, its video streaming service, is set to become widely available on Apple TV beginning August 22nd.


CBS Eyes Scooter Braun Singing Competition Show…The potential series is in the early stages; it’s unclear if the project is based on an original idea or an existing format, though sources say the latter is more likely. Should the project move forward, each of the Big Four broadcast networks would have a singing competition show.


Amy Glickman Heads To Participant Media As SVP Corporate CommunicationsAmy Glickman has been named SVP Publicity and Corporate Communications at Participant Media, reporting to Christina Kounelias, EVP Worldwide Marketing.


THR: Shonda Rhimes’ Netflix Deal Ups the Stakes in Hollywood’s Battle for Ownership…The ABC hitmaker’s four-year deal (estimated at around $100 million) will give the streaming giant full control of a key block of premium content as networks race to own rather than license their shows. …"You had a streaming company that was outbidding everybody for top shows, and now there’s about to be a war for talent," says one top exec, adding that Amazon’s first-look deal with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is evidence of a larger trend among the premium streamers. "This is an example that they’re not content to win a project anymore; they’re looking to own the talent and make sure these projects are exclusive to them."