Abigail Spencer, Chris Messina Dramedy ‘The Sweet Life’ Gets Release Date (EXCLUSIVE)

Chris Messina and Abigail Spencer’s romantic dramedy “The Sweet Life” has been acquired for digital release by The Orchard on April 11, Variety has learned exclusively. Mockingbird Pictures has also announced the movie, directed by Rob Spera from a Jared Rappaport script, will have a limited theatrical release from Tugg in March with a portion… Read more »

Chris Messina and Abigail Spencer’s romantic dramedy “The Sweet Life” has been acquired for digital release by The Orchard on April 11, Variety has learned exclusively. Mockingbird Pictures has also announced the movie, directed by Rob Spera from a Jared Rappaport script, will have a limited theatrical release from Tugg in March with a portion... Read more »

‘Maleficent’ Director Robert Stromberg Boards Thriller ‘Carnival’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Anonymous Content, Voltage Pictures, Peck Entertainment, and Bread & Circuses Entertainment have brought on “Maleficent” director Robert Stromberg to helm the noir thriller “Carnival.” The project, written by Matias Caruso, centers on a knife-throwing master in a traveling circus, who uses his deadly skills to avenge the brutal murder of his sister. In hunting down… Read more »

Anonymous Content, Voltage Pictures, Peck Entertainment, and Bread & Circuses Entertainment have brought on “Maleficent” director Robert Stromberg to helm the noir thriller “Carnival.” The project, written by Matias Caruso, centers on a knife-throwing master in a traveling circus, who uses his deadly skills to avenge the brutal murder of his sister. In hunting down... Read more »

Oscar Isaac to Star in World War II Thriller ‘The Garbo Network’

Oscar Isaac will star in World War II thriller “The Garbo Network” with Bob Cooper and Richard Saperstein’s Storyscape Entertainment launching sales at the Berlin Film Festival. Isaac played the character Poe Dameron in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and will be seen in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” The script for “The Garbo Network”… Read more »

Oscar Isaac will star in World War II thriller “The Garbo Network” with Bob Cooper and Richard Saperstein’s Storyscape Entertainment launching sales at the Berlin Film Festival. Isaac played the character Poe Dameron in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and will be seen in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” The script for “The Garbo Network”... Read more »

Maggie Siff’s Drama ‘A Woman, A Part’ Bought by Strand for U.S.

Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Elisabeth Subrin’s debut feature film “A Woman, A Part,” starring Maggie Siff, Variety has learned exclusively. The drama had its world premiere in competition at the Rotterdam International Festival and later screened at BAMcinemafest. Siff, whose credits include AMC’s “Mad Men,” FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” and Showtime’s “Billions,”… Read more »

Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Elisabeth Subrin’s debut feature film “A Woman, A Part,” starring Maggie Siff, Variety has learned exclusively. The drama had its world premiere in competition at the Rotterdam International Festival and later screened at BAMcinemafest. Siff, whose credits include AMC’s “Mad Men,” FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” and Showtime’s “Billions,”... Read more »

New ‘Halloween’ Movie Taps Director David Gordon Green, Writer Danny McBride

David Gordon Green has come on board to direct “Halloween” for Miramax with an Oct. 19, 2018, release date. Franchise originator John Carpenter made the announcement Thursday from his Facebook page. Gordon Green, whose credits include “Stronger,” “Our Brand Is Crisis” and “Pineapple Express” is teaming with Danny McBride to write the script. As previously… Read more »

David Gordon Green has come on board to direct “Halloween” for Miramax with an Oct. 19, 2018, release date. Franchise originator John Carpenter made the announcement Thursday from his Facebook page. Gordon Green, whose credits include “Stronger,” “Our Brand Is Crisis” and “Pineapple Express” is teaming with Danny McBride to write the script. As previously... Read more »

Writers Guild of America to Seek Streaming Compensation Hikes in Studio Contract Talks

Leaders of the Writers Guild of America are placing a premium on increasing coverage and compensation for writers in the digital arena, according to the union’s latest message to its 12,000 members. The WGA has started asking members to approve its “pattern of demands” letter for its upcoming negotiations with the major studios — a… Read more »

Leaders of the Writers Guild of America are placing a premium on increasing coverage and compensation for writers in the digital arena, according to the union’s latest message to its 12,000 members. The WGA has started asking members to approve its “pattern of demands” letter for its upcoming negotiations with the major studios — a... Read more »

Sony Classics Buys Daniela Vega’s Drama ‘A Fantastic Woman’

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all rights in North America, Australia and New Zealand to Sebastian Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman” from Participant Media. The film, starring Daniela Vega and Francisco Reyes, will have its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in the competition section on Feb. 12. The film is produced by Chile-based… Read more »

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all rights in North America, Australia and New Zealand to Sebastian Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman” from Participant Media. The film, starring Daniela Vega and Francisco Reyes, will have its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in the competition section on Feb. 12. The film is produced by Chile-based... Read more »

David Ramsey-Vivica Fox Thriller ‘Illicit’ Bought by Breaking Glass

Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to writer/director Corey Grant’s thriller “Illicit,” starring David Ramsey, Vivica Fox and Dean Cain, Variety has learned exclusively. The film had its world premiere last year at the American Black Film Festival, and will go on to play the Pan African Film Festival and Toronto Black Film… Read more »

Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to writer/director Corey Grant’s thriller “Illicit,” starring David Ramsey, Vivica Fox and Dean Cain, Variety has learned exclusively. The film had its world premiere last year at the American Black Film Festival, and will go on to play the Pan African Film Festival and Toronto Black Film... Read more »

Lena Headey, Nick Frost Join Dwayne Johnson in Wrestling Drama ‘Fighting With My Family’

Lena Headey and Nick Frost will join Dwayne Johnson in the wrestling drama “Fighting With My Family,” based on the story of WWE star Paige. Stephen Merchant is directing from his own script, inspired by the Channel 4 documentary “The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family.” Production companies are Seven Bucks Productions, which Johnson co-founded with… Read more »

Lena Headey and Nick Frost will join Dwayne Johnson in the wrestling drama “Fighting With My Family,” based on the story of WWE star Paige. Stephen Merchant is directing from his own script, inspired by the Channel 4 documentary “The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family.” Production companies are Seven Bucks Productions, which Johnson co-founded with... Read more »

Tony Winner Cynthia Erivo to Star in Harriet Tubman Biopic

Cynthia Erivo is set to star in an independent Harriet Tubman biopic, tentatively titled  “Harriet.” Producers are Charles D. King’s through his Macro company, Debra Martin Chase, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Kim Roth and Gregory Allen Howard. Macro, New Balloon and Stay Gold Features are financing. Seith Mann is directing from Howard’s script. The film will the portray… Read more »

Cynthia Erivo is set to star in an independent Harriet Tubman biopic, tentatively titled  “Harriet.” Producers are Charles D. King’s through his Macro company, Debra Martin Chase, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Kim Roth and Gregory Allen Howard. Macro, New Balloon and Stay Gold Features are financing. Seith Mann is directing from Howard’s script. The film will the portray... Read more »

Lionsgate Posts Q3 Loss Due to Starz Deal, Revenues Gain 12%

Lionsgate has reported a loss of $31 million for its third quarter, which ended Dec. 31, due to costs stemming from buying premium cabler Starz. Its adjusted earnings were $34 million, or 21 cents a share. The company, which announced earnings Wednesday after the market closed, reported revenues rose 12% to $752 million driven by… Read more »

Lionsgate has reported a loss of $31 million for its third quarter, which ended Dec. 31, due to costs stemming from buying premium cabler Starz. Its adjusted earnings were $34 million, or 21 cents a share. The company, which announced earnings Wednesday after the market closed, reported revenues rose 12% to $752 million driven by... Read more »

‘Star Wars’ Spoof ‘Star Worlds’ in the Works From ‘Scary Movie’ Duo

A spoof of the Star Wars franchise is in development with Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, whose credits include the Scary Movie franchise, “Epic Movie” and “Vampires Suck.” The duo will write and direct the project, titled “Star Worlds Episode XXXIVE=MC2: The Force Awakens The Last Jedi Who Went Rogue.” Covert Media’s CEO Paul Hanson… Read more »

A spoof of the Star Wars franchise is in development with Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, whose credits include the Scary Movie franchise, “Epic Movie” and “Vampires Suck.” The duo will write and direct the project, titled “Star Worlds Episode XXXIVE=MC2: The Force Awakens The Last Jedi Who Went Rogue.” Covert Media’s CEO Paul Hanson... Read more »

STX Announces Five-Film U.K. Slate, Opens International Headquarters in London

STXfilms is rolling out its first slate to be distributed in the United Kingdom with five titles set for this year. The group has opened an international headquarters in London. Three-year-old STX made the announcement on Wednesday on the eve of the opening of the Berlin Film Festival. The company has acquired U.K. rights to… Read more »

STXfilms is rolling out its first slate to be distributed in the United Kingdom with five titles set for this year. The group has opened an international headquarters in London. Three-year-old STX made the announcement on Wednesday on the eve of the opening of the Berlin Film Festival. The company has acquired U.K. rights to... Read more »

Polio Vaccine Movie ‘The Impossible War’ in the Works

Black Bear Pictures is launching development on “The Impossible War,” a movie chronicling efforts by Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin to develop anti-polio vaccines. Black Bear won the auction for Robert Specland’s script and will team with Pacific View Management & Production to produce and fully finance the movie. Black Bear’s Teddy Schwarzman and Ben… Read more »

Black Bear Pictures is launching development on “The Impossible War,” a movie chronicling efforts by Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin to develop anti-polio vaccines. Black Bear won the auction for Robert Specland’s script and will team with Pacific View Management & Production to produce and fully finance the movie. Black Bear’s Teddy Schwarzman and Ben... Read more »

Mia Wasikowska, Christopher Abbott Starring in Thriller ‘Piercing’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Mia Wasikowska and Christopher Abbott have wrapped production on Nicolas Pesce’s psychological thriller “Piercing,” Variety has learned exclusively. “Piercing” is based on Ryu Murakami’s 1994 novel of the same name. Abbott plays a man who kisses his wife and baby goodbye, seemingly headed away on business, with a plan to  check into a hotel, call… Read more »

Mia Wasikowska and Christopher Abbott have wrapped production on Nicolas Pesce’s psychological thriller “Piercing,” Variety has learned exclusively. “Piercing” is based on Ryu Murakami’s 1994 novel of the same name. Abbott plays a man who kisses his wife and baby goodbye, seemingly headed away on business, with a plan to  check into a hotel, call... Read more »

Warner Bros. Gives First Look at Jackie Chan’s ‘Lego Ninjago’

Warner Bros. has launched the first teaser trailer for “The Lego Ninjago Movie,” with Jackie Chan’s Sensei Wu dominating the 25-second clip in a looming battle for Ninjago City. Chan says in the voiceover that he’s forming a secret ninja force and assembles his friends, asking, “Are you ready to risk your life for Ninjago?”… Read more »

Warner Bros. has launched the first teaser trailer for “The Lego Ninjago Movie,” with Jackie Chan’s Sensei Wu dominating the 25-second clip in a looming battle for Ninjago City. Chan says in the voiceover that he’s forming a secret ninja force and assembles his friends, asking, “Are you ready to risk your life for Ninjago?”... Read more »

AFI Selects Paul Feig as Distinguished Artist for Women’s Directing Workshop

Paul Feig has been selected as the distinguished artist for the American Film Institute Conservatory’s directing workshop for women. Feig has become one of Hollywood’s top directors of female-driven movie comedies with credits on “Bridesmaids,” “The Heat,” “Spy” and “Ghostbusters.” He created the show “Freaks and Geeks” and directed episodes of “The Office,”  “Arrested Development,”… Read more »

Paul Feig has been selected as the distinguished artist for the American Film Institute Conservatory’s directing workshop for women. Feig has become one of Hollywood’s top directors of female-driven movie comedies with credits on “Bridesmaids,” “The Heat,” “Spy” and “Ghostbusters.” He created the show “Freaks and Geeks” and directed episodes of “The Office,”  “Arrested Development,”... Read more »

Advocacy Group WeForShe Unveils Top TV Pilot Scripts by Women (EXCLUSIVE)

Women’s advocacy organization WeForShe has selected 17 unproduced female-written television scripts for its 2017 WriteHer list, now in its third year. The organization said its aim is to make the list a “go-to” resource for executives seeking female-driven quality pilot scripts written by women. Joy Blake, a consulting producer on Cinemax’s “Outcast” who made  last… Read more »

Women’s advocacy organization WeForShe has selected 17 unproduced female-written television scripts for its 2017 WriteHer list, now in its third year. The organization said its aim is to make the list a “go-to” resource for executives seeking female-driven quality pilot scripts written by women. Joy Blake, a consulting producer on Cinemax’s “Outcast” who made  last... Read more »

Jennifer Connelly Joins James Cameron’s ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

Jennifer Connelly has been cast in James Cameron’s “Alita: Battle Angel” opposite Rosa Salazar, Jackie Earle Haley, Eiza Gonzalez, Lana Condor, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, and Christoph Waltz. Robert Rodriguez is directing and Cameron is producing with Jon Landau through his Lightstorm Entertainment banner. Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis wrote the screenplay, based on Yukito Kishiro’s… Read more »

Jennifer Connelly has been cast in James Cameron’s “Alita: Battle Angel” opposite Rosa Salazar, Jackie Earle Haley, Eiza Gonzalez, Lana Condor, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, and Christoph Waltz. Robert Rodriguez is directing and Cameron is producing with Jon Landau through his Lightstorm Entertainment banner. Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis wrote the screenplay, based on Yukito Kishiro’s... Read more »

James Franco’s ‘The Disaster Artist’ Premiering at SXSW

James Franco’s ‘The Disaster Artist” has been set for a world premiere the upcoming South by Southwest film Festival. SXSW made the announcement Tuesday. Franco directed “The Disaster Artist,” based on the making of Tommy Wiseau’s incomprehensible “The Room,” which some describe as the “’Citizen Kane’ of bad movies.” Franco also stars along with sibling… Read more »

James Franco’s ‘The Disaster Artist” has been set for a world premiere the upcoming South by Southwest film Festival. SXSW made the announcement Tuesday. Franco directed “The Disaster Artist,” based on the making of Tommy Wiseau’s incomprehensible “The Room,” which some describe as the “’Citizen Kane’ of bad movies.” Franco also stars along with sibling... Read more »

Universal Launching ‘Fast and Furious Live’ Arena Tour in 2018

Universal Studios is teaming with Brand Events to launch a live-entertainment arena tour, starting in January 2018. The show will include re-creations of some of the stunts and cars in the eight-film franchise with performance drivers and authentic digital projections. The locations have not yet been announced. “Fast & Furious Live will transform the live-entertainment… Read more »

Universal Studios is teaming with Brand Events to launch a live-entertainment arena tour, starting in January 2018. The show will include re-creations of some of the stunts and cars in the eight-film franchise with performance drivers and authentic digital projections. The locations have not yet been announced. “Fast & Furious Live will transform the live-entertainment... Read more »