Shane Salerno on ‘Gears of War’ Movie, Antoine Fuqua Gets Sony First Look, ‘Book Club’ Movie Cast, ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’ Release Date

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Gears Of War’ Movie Gets Avatar Sequel Writer Shane Salerno

Microsoft and The Coalition‘s Gears of Warvideo game franchise is on its way to the big screen, and Universal Pictures has acquired Shane Salerno to write the screenplay. (CS)

Antoine Fuqua Sets First-Look Deal With Sony, Includes ‘Equalizer 2’

Films expected under terms of deal include high-profile action movies as well as Fuqua’s passion project about Black Panthers leader Fred Hampton. (WRAP)

Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda & Candice Bergen Joining ‘Book Club’ — Cannes

Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda and Candice Bergen are attached to star in upcoming comedy Book Club, the directorial debut from A Walk in the Woods producer Bill Holderman. (DH)

Godzilla Vs. Kong’ Release Date Moves Up One Week

Warner Bros. is altering their distribution schedule for the next three years, including moving the release date for the MonsterVerse film Godzilla vs. Kong up one week. (SR)

Taylor Sheridan’s ‘Yellowstone’ Shows What The New Paramount Network Wants To Be

Paramount Network gave a straight-to-series order to Yellowstone, a drama series from screenwriter Taylor Sheridan. The 10-episode drama will premiere in Summer 2018, after Spike rebrands as the Paramount Network in January. (TVG)

Danny DeVito-Jeff Goldblum Comedy In The Works At Amazon

The as-yet-untitled half-hour show follows Matt Downey (Goldblum) and Arlo Finkleman (DeVito), an “iconic music duo from the past” who can’t stand each other but are forced to reunite. (TVL)

Nickelodeon President Confirms New ‘SpongeBob’ Film

Cyma Zarghami discussed the success of the conglomerate’s biggest business, with Viacom CEO Bob Bakish saying it provides a strategic blueprint for all of the company’s brands. (THR)

‘Get Out’ Filmmaker Jordan Peele Lands First-Look Deal With Universal

Universal Pictures has signed Get Out writer-director Jordan Peele and his Monkeypaw Productions banner to a first-look deal. (VAR)

Screenwriters: Screenwriting Traps To Avoid

That fab career in screenwriting has not arrived. Is your blind belief in your abilities just delusion? Paul Peditto shares some screenwriting traps to avoid. (SM)