‘Wonder Woman’ Takes Weekend, Netflix Lands Misha Green Spec, ‘Don Quixote’ Finally Wraps, Ben Stiller Prison Series Greenlit

Weekend Box Office: ‘Wonder Woman’ Lassos $100.5 Million Domestic Opening With an estimated weekend domestic toll of $100.5 million and a possible global take over $200 million, Wonder Woman now owns the highest box office opening from a female director…

Weekend Box Office: ‘Wonder Woman’ Lassos $100.5 Million Domestic Opening

With an estimated weekend domestic toll of $100.5 million and a possible global take over $200 million, Wonder Woman now owns the highest box office opening from a female director to date. (COLL)

Netflix Lands Misha Green Female Empowerment Action Spec ‘Mother’ In Heavy Bidding

Netflix outbid several suitors for Mother, an action thriller by Underground co-creator Misha Green, a hot spec sent to buyers on the eve of the historical opening of Wonder Woman. (DH)

Terry Gilliam Finally Wraps ‘Don Quixote’ Project After 17 Years

Some 17 years after he first started pre-production, Terry Gilliam has finally wrapped principal photography on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, a project once so notoriously beleaguered and stuck in near-mythical “development hell” that a documentary was made about it.  (THR)

Ben Stiller’s Prison Escape Series Starring Benicio del Toro, Patricia Arquette, Paul Dano Greenlit At Showtime

Showtime has given a formal order to Escape at Dannemora, the prison break project starring Benicio del Toro and Patricia Arquette. Paul Dano will also star. All eight episodes will be directed by Stiller who is also executive producer on the series. (VAR)

Leah Remini Will Return To ‘Kevin Can Wait’ As Erinn Hayes Exits

Erinn Hayes is out after one season of playing James’ wife on the successful show Kevin Can Wait. Leah Remini, James’ wife from his previous comedy hit, The King of Queens, is back in. (HP)

Rudolph, Crews, Short To Voice ‘The Willoughbys’

Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews, Martin Short, Jane Krakowski and Sean Cullen have joined the voice cast of Bron Animation’s “The Willoughbys” based on Lois Lowry’s 2010 children’s book of the same name. (DAR)

‘UnREAL’ Season 3 Delayed Until 2018

Lifetime is now confirming what Constance Zimmer first revealed on Twitter late Sunday: the drama — which wrapped its second season in August 2016 — will not return with Season 3 until 2018. (TVL)

Focus Acquires Paolo Sorrentino’s Berlusconi Project ‘Loro’ For Italy

Focus Features has acquired Paolo Sorrentino’s upcoming Loro for release in Italy where it will be distributed by Universal Pictures’ local outpost. (DH)

It’s tough to imagine that Gal Gadot can break out, because, quite simply, she is now tied forever to the role that is making her a star. For better or worse, she is Wonder Woman, and, even a title as evocative as that one has not, historically, been transferable to other roles. (TB)

 

Hailee Steinfeld to Lead ‘Bumblebee,’ Michelle Williams Joins ‘I Feel Pretty,’ Fox Ani Gets Michelle Cuevas Novel

Hailee Steinfeld In Talks To Lead ‘Transformers’ Spinoff ‘Bumblebee’ Star Hailee Steinfeld is eyeing the “Transformers Universe” film, which recently recruited Kubo and the Two Strings helmer and LAIKA president/CEO Travis Knight to direct. (COLL) Michelle Williams Joins Amy Schumer Film…

Hailee Steinfeld In Talks To Lead ‘Transformers’ Spinoff ‘Bumblebee’

Star Hailee Steinfeld is eyeing the “Transformers Universe” film, which recently recruited Kubo and the Two Strings helmer and LAIKA president/CEO Travis Knight to direct. (COLL)

Michelle Williams Joins Amy Schumer Film ‘I Feel Pretty’

Michelle Williams has just joined Amy Schumer in the upcoming film I Feel Pretty. Williams will play “Avery LeClaire, the stunning cosmetics company boss to Schumer’s Renee Bennett.” (CS)

Fox Animation To Adapt Michelle Cuevas’ ‘Care And Feeding Of A Pet Black Hole’

Fox Animation is developing a movie based on the upcoming Michelle Cuevas book The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole. Matt Reeves is attached to produce through his 6th and Idaho production company. (VAR)

Carey Mulligan To Star As Vietnam War Correspondent In ‘On the Other Side’

The Oscar-nominated actress also will produce the Topic film based on the true story of Kate Webb, who was held in captivity by the with the Vietcong for 23 days. (THR)

Lanny Noveck & Liz Robinson Launch Boutique Literary Management Firm

Literary representation veterans Lanny Noveck and Liz Robinson have teamed to form Signature Ltd., a boutique literary management firm. This is a re-teaming of the duo who first worked together as agents at the William Morris Agency. (DH)

Animaniacs’’ Reboot Being Developed By Steven Spielberg, Amblin TV And Warner Bros.

Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Animation are kicking around a brand new version of the hit 1990s cartoon, IndieWire has learned. Steven Spielberg, who developed the original as a follow-up to the success of his “Tiny Toon Adventures,” is expected to be on board in crafting the updated version. (IW)

A New ‘Sin City’ Television Series Is On The Way

The Weinstein Company is moving forward with its television reboot, one that will apparently “hew closely to the graphic novels.” The series will be written by Glen Mazzara  and will have director Len Wiseman on board to direct the pilot.  (SC)

Trailer Buzz: ‘Murder On The Orient Express’

The trailer for the remake of Agatha Christie’s famed 1934 murder-mystery novel Murder on the Orient Express has arrived, and it’s stacked with stars: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penélope Cruz, Daisy Ridley, Judi Dench, Josh Gad, Willem Dafoe are all here. Branagh’s remake arrives this November. (VUL)

Sony’s Film Division Isn’t What It Was — Well, Most Of It Isn’t (Studio Series)

Now we begin Part Two of our Studio Tale of Woe, with Sony, which has had a decidedly rough go of it lately. Any time your film division loses over $700 million in a year, and that essentially carves the parent company’s profits in half, it’s low tide. (TB)

‘Wonder Woman’ to the Rescue, Cannes Winners, ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’ Taps Director, CBS Exec Shuffles

Hollywood’s Summer Has Flopped So Far. Here Comes ‘Wonder Woman’ To The Rescue Hollywood just suffered its worst Memorial Day weekend in 18 years, but all signs suggest Warner Bros. is about to deliver a much-needed hit with Wonder Woman.…

Hollywood’s Summer Has Flopped So Far. Here Comes ‘Wonder Woman’ To The Rescue

Hollywood just suffered its worst Memorial Day weekend in 18 years, but all signs suggest Warner Bros. is about to deliver a much-needed hit with Wonder Woman. (LAT)

Cannes 2017: Full List Of Winners

All the awards from the 70th edition of the Cannes film festival. (GUAR)

‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’ Taps Adam Wingard To Direct

Warner Bros. announced plans to release a Godzilla vs. Kong movie, with it set to arrive in May 2020. The movie will be directed by Blair Witch and Death Note director Adam Wingard. (SR)

Kelly Kahl, Thom Sherman Take CBS Entertainment Reins As Glenn Geller Departs

Glenn Geller is stepping down from his role as CBS Entertainment president, two months after suffering a mild heart attack. CBS is promoting longtime scheduling chief Kelly Kahl and recruiting Thom Sherman from the CW to be senior executive vice president. (VAR)

‘This Is Us’ Scheduling Twist: NBC Will Not Move Hit Drama To Thursday

After announcing earlier this month that it was relocating breakout smash This Is Us to Thursdays-at-9 pm next season, NBC has opted not to: The acclaimed drama will stay put on Tuesdays-at-9 pm.  (TVL)

Gabrielle Union Reunites With Will Packer To Produce & Star In ‘Breaking In’

Being Mary Jane star Gabrielle Union is teaming up once again with producer Will Packer on upcoming feature — Breaking In. Union will star in and produce the drama. Helmer James McTeigue is directing the project which will go before the cameras in July. (DH)

Kevin Hart And T.I. Are Making A TV Home At Showtime

The comedian and hip-hop star are developing an office comedy The Studio with the premium network. Aeysha Carr is penning the script and will executive produce with Hart and T.I. (TVG)

‘Underground’ Canceled At WGN America As Channel Exits Premium Scripted Business

BET and OWN are said to have passed on the pricey drama produced by Sony Pictures Television. (THR)

Paramount Is Certainly Down, But Is It Ever Really Out? (Studio Series)

There are all kinds of things we can say about the lousy run Paramount has had for the last few years, but in the wake of news that Brad Grey was suffering from terminal cancer during the latter part of his time as the head of the studio, it’s difficult to talk about. Instead, let’s try to remember that, the five-year span he had early in his run at the top of the Mountain was pretty epic. (TB)

‘Boss Baby 2′ Set, Lionsgate Picks Up ‘Early Man,’ ‘SVU’ Gets New Showrunner

‘The Boss Baby 2’ Gets 2021 Release Date; Alec Baldwin To Return The studio announced that they’re moving forward with The Boss Baby 2 for Universal Pictures, and they’ll release it on March 26, 2021. Alec Baldwin will return to…

‘The Boss Baby 2’ Gets 2021 Release Date; Alec Baldwin To Return

The studio announced that they’re moving forward with The Boss Baby 2 for Universal Pictures, and they’ll release it on March 26, 2021. Alec Baldwin will return to voice the business-minded infant. (COLL)

Aardman’s Early Man Gets An Official U.S. Release Date

Lionsgate has picked up Aardman’s Early Man and will release it domestically February 16, 2018. (SR)

‘SVU’ Season 19: ‘Chicago Justice’ EP Is Procedural’s New Showrunner

Michael Chernuchin, who most recently was an executive producer on NBC’s recently cancelled Chicago Justice, will be in charge when the Mariska Hargitay-led procedural returns for Season 19. (TVL)

STXfilms Boards Amy Schumer Comedy ‘I Feel Pretty’

STXfilms has landed distrib rights to the Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty, the directorial debut of successful screenwriters Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. (VAR)

Cannes: A24 Picks Up Sean Baker’s Directors’ Fortnight Hit ‘The Florida Project’

A24 has picked up U.S. distribution rights to Sean Baker’s The Florida Project. The Tangerine filmmaker’s followup to his lauded breakout project premiered in the Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight section. (IW)

Cohen Media Group Boards Cannes Competition Title ’Redoubtable’

Cohen Media Group has acquired all North American distribution rights to Michel Hazanavicius’ Jean-Luc Godard biopic Redoubtable. The film is set for a North American release in early 2018. (SD)

Universal Wins ‘Salt To The Sea’ Auction: Neustadter & Weber To Write

Universal Pictures beat out other bidders to land the Ruta Sepetys book Salt to the Sea, with scribe team Scott Neustadter & Michael Weber writing and Lorenzo di Bonaventura attached to produce. (DH)

‘Veep’: Original Cast Closes Deals To Return For Season 7 Of HBO Comedy

The premium cable network has closed one-year deals with all original cast members on the show to return for the upcoming seventh season. (DH)

Eva Longoria Joins Anna Faris In ‘Overboard’ Film Remake

The Desperate Housewives alum is set to co-star in a remake of the 1987 romantic comedy film Overboard.  (EO)

Doug Liman Out of ‘Dark Universe,’ Anne Hathaway in STX Rom Com, Amazon Orders ‘Hanna,’ Elisabeth Moss to Play Typhoid Mary

‘Justice League Dark’ Movie Loses Director Doug Liman Dark Universe, Warner Bros.’ upcoming Justice League Dark film adaptation, has reportedly lost its director, Doug Liman, over scheduling issues. The studio has reportedly begun its search for a replacement. (IGN) Anne Hathaway…

Justice League Dark’ Movie Loses Director Doug Liman

Dark Universe, Warner Bros.’ upcoming Justice League Dark film adaptation, has reportedly lost its director, Doug Liman, over scheduling issues. The studio has reportedly begun its search for a replacement. (IGN)

Anne Hathaway To Star In Untitled Romantic Comedy For STX

Anne Hathaway will be working with STXfilms on a contemporary romantic comedy from screenwriters Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein. (CS)

Amazon Orders ‘Hanna’ Series From NBCUniversal International Studios

Amazon Studios has given a straight-to-series order to Hanna, adapted from the 2011 film directed by Joe Wright. The series hails from NBCUniversal International Studios. (VAR)

Elisabeth Moss To Play ‘Typhoid Mary’ In BBC America Miniseries ‘Fever’

The star will play Irish immigrant Mary Mallon, infamously known as “Typhoid Mary,” in a new BBC America miniseries entitled Fever. Moss will executive produce, along with director Phil Morrison and writer Robin Veith, who will pen the adaptation. (TVL)

Cannes: IFC Acquires Gurinder Chadha’s ‘Viceroy’s House’

The period drama, which bowed in Berlin, stars Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson and is set during the partition of India. (THR)

U.S.-Asia Institute Organizing Members Of Congress To Go To China In August

The US-Asia Institute, an educational non-profit, is organizing a delegation of Members of the U.S. Congress focused on the entertainment and media industry in August 2017.  US-Asia Institute Trustees Chris Fenton and Tom Ara will facilitate and accompany the delegation. (DH)

Trailer Buzz: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Sony has released a pair of new trailers for Spider-Man: Homecoming this morning. Where the first two show off Peter Parker swinging around New York City, the other two reveal one of the most technologically focused Spider-Man films yet. (VER)

Trailer Buzz: ‘Wonder’

The first trailer for Lionsgate’s Wonder is here, in which Jacob Tremblay plays a fifth grade student who has to grapple with his facial deformities and bullies at school. (WRAP)

The State Of The Spec Market

Last year, 377 specs went out, and 133 of those found a home, for a percentage of 35 percent, all up from 375, 129, and 34.4 percent the previous year. Not enormous gains, but relevant ones, especially in a movie world awash in intellectual properties and tent poles. (TB)

Sam Mendes May Direct ‘Pinocchio,’ Focus Gets ‘Little Stranger,’ Zack Snyder Steps Away From ‘Justice League’

Sam Mendes May Direct Disney’s Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’ The studio is in early talks with the American Beauty and Skyfall director for the project. Last we heard, Peter Hedges was penning a script loosely based on the original story. (COLL) Focus Picks…

Sam Mendes May Direct Disney’s Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’

The studio is in early talks with the American Beauty and Skyfall director for the project. Last we heard, Peter Hedges was penning a script loosely based on the original story. (COLL)

Focus Picks Up Lenny Abrahamson, Domhnall Gleeson Ghost Story ‘The Little Stranger’

Focus Features has picked up worldwide rights to Lenny Abrahamson’s upcoming The Little Stranger, starring Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Will Poulter. (SD)

Zack Snyder Steps Down From ‘Justice League’ To Deal With Family Tragedy

The filmmaker’s daughter died by suicide in March, prompting him to take a break from work and hire Joss Whedon to finish the Warner Bros. superhero pic. (THR)

Annabelle Wallis Tapped For ‘Tag’; Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms Comedy From New Line

Annabelle Wallis has been set to star in the New Line comedy alongside Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson and Hannibal Buress. Jeff Tomsic is directing from a script by Mark Steilen and Rob McKittrick. (DH)

James Wan Will Produce The ‘Resident Evil’ Reboot

Director James Wan is on board to produce the Resident Evil reboot. Greg Russo will write the script. (SF)

Cannes: Sundance Selects Acquires Jonas Carpignano’s ‘A Ciambra’

The Director’s Fortnight entry is the first film to be produced under Martin Scorsese’s new fund to help emerging filmmakers. (IW)

Lauren Graham’s ‘Linda From HR’ Not Moving Forward At Fox

Fox is letting Linda From HR go. The network has opted not to move forward with the Lauren Graham-fronted comedy pilot. (TVL)

‘Chicago Justice’ Canceled After One Season At NBC

The series from superproducer Dick Wolf  followed prosecutor Peter Stone, the ambitious Deputy Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau for the city of Chicago. The series also starred Carl Weathers, Monica Barbaro, Joelle Carter, and Jon Seda. (VAR)

The Spec Book

Tracking Board has created this exclusive and unprecedented book for the 4th year running. The Spec Book gives you an insider’s look into one of the most exciting, but elusive parts of our industry – the spec market. (TB)

 

Weekend Box Office, Universal’s ‘Dark Universe,’ Tom Holland in ‘Uncharted,’ ‘Angry Birds 2′ Set

‘Alien: Covenant’ Narrowly Edges Out ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2′ To Top Weekend Box Office Alien: Covenant is holding a narrow lead over Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for the #1 spot at the weekend box office. Meanwhile, WB…

‘Alien: Covenant’ Narrowly Edges Out ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2′ To Top Weekend Box Office

Alien: Covenant is holding a narrow lead over Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for the #1 spot at the weekend box office. Meanwhile, WB and MGM’s Everything, Everything delivered on the high end of industry expectations while Fox’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul will be looking to next weekend to improve a rather weak debut. (BOM)

Universal Goes All In With Their ‘Dark Universe,’ Slates ‘Bride Of Frankenstein’ For 2019

Universal/Comcast Corp. just dropped a massive press release with images, videos, website likes and a deluge of details, concerning what is now known as their “Dark Universe.” That is the official name for the wave of big-budget classic monsters movies coming our way, beginning with The Mummy. (FOR)

‘Spider-Man’ Star Tom Holland To Play Young Nathan Drake In ‘Uncharted’

Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Tom Holland will star in Sony’s adaptation of the popular video game Uncharted. Shawn Levy came on board in October to direct the film, based on the PlayStation video game. (VAR)

The Angry Birds’ Movie 2 Release Date Set For 2019

Columbia Pictures in association with Rovio Entertainment Ltd. are once again joining forces on the next  adventure of the flightless birds. The Angry Birds Movie 2 release date has been set for September 20, 2019. Sony Pictures will distribute the sequel and Thurop Van Orman will direct. (CS)

Annapurna, eOne Announce Distribution Partnership

Annapurna Pictures and Entertainment One announced a new distribution partnership. The multi-year deal kicks off with Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit this summer. (SD)

Weinstein TV Nabs Oliver Stone’s ‘Guantanamo’ Prison Drama

Stone will helm all season one episodes of the scripted series, marking his TV directorial debut. (THR)

Cannes 2017 Midpoint: Where Are The Deals? ‘A Ciambra’ In 3-Way Tug Of War

The Sean Baker-directed The Florida Project had its first screening and with buzz building for deals on films from Disobedience to Book Club, Redoubtable, 120 Beats Per Minute, Pom and I Feel Pretty. Sources said a deal is imminent for the Italian-language film A Ciambra. (DH)

Hugh Grant Joins ‘A Very English Scandal’

Hugh Grant will return to TV for the upcoming BBC One drama A Very English Scandal. The three-part event series is based on the true story of the first British politician to stand trial for conspiracy and incitement to murder. (DAR)

‘Saturday Night Live': Sasheer Zamata Leaving After 4 Seasons

Sasheer Zamata, who’s been a Saturday Night Live cast member for the past four seasons, will not return to the late-night sketch comedy series when it returns this fall. (TVL)