Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple Headed To TV Via Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories

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Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories has inked a deal with Agatha Christie Ltd to develop a new TV series centered on Christie’s iconic sleuth Miss Marple. The latest incarnation will be based on the author’s Miss Marple books and short storie…

‘Queen America’s Janice Williams Makes First Look With Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories

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EXCLUSIVE: Emmy-nominated producer Janice Williams has signed her Well Red banner to a first look deal with Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories. This follows their successful collaboration on the Facebook Watch series Queen America. They worked together …

Netflix Orders Mother-Daughter Thriller ‘Pieces of Her’ From ‘Homeland’ Duo, ‘Big Little Lies’ Producer

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Netflix has placed a series order for a new mother-daughter thriller series from some of the creative minds behind Showtime’s “Homeland” and HBO’s “Big Little Lies.”

The streamer has picked up “Pieces of Her,” an eight-episode adaptation of crime author Karin Slaughter’s 2018 New York Times best seller, with an all female creative team behind the show.

“Homeland” director Lesli Linka Glatter (above right) will direct the series and executive produce, with “Homeland” and “House of Cards” writer Charlotte Stoudt penning the scripts, executive producing and acting as showrunner. “Big Little Lies” executive producer Bruna Papandrea will also executive produce the series under her Made Up Stories banner, along with Casey Haver, Jeanne Snow and Steve Hutensky.

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Here’s the official logline for the series: When a Saturday afternoon trip to the mall with her mother suddenly explodes into violence, an adrift young woman’s conception of her mother is forever changed. As figures from her mother’s past start to resurface, she is forced to go on the run and on that journey, begins to piece together the truth of her mother’s previous identity and uncovers secrets of her childhood.

Casting announcements for the series will come at a later date.

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Women In Film’s ‘#GotStamped: Gender Parity Success Stories’: Watch Deadline’s Sundance Series Panel Livestream

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As part of the Stella Artois & Deadline Sundance Series, Nisha Ganatra, Bruna Papandrea, and Cathy Schulman sat down for special Women in Film panel titled “#GotStamped: Gender Parity Success Stories” moderated by Amanda N’Duka.
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Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories Lands JoAnn Chaney Thriller Novel ‘As Long As We Both Shall Live’

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EXCLUSIVE: Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories has acquired film rights to As Long As We Both Shall Live, the upcoming JoAnn Chaney novel that Flatiron Books will publish January 15. Made Up Stories will develop the project for film in partnership with E…

Aussie Novel ‘The Lost Flowers Of Alice Hart’ Headed For TV In Deal With Bruna Papandrea

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Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories has acquired rights to The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, the debut novel from Australian writer Holly Ringland. The plan is to develop the coming-of-age drama into a TV series.
The novel, a bestseller in Australia after …

‘The Nightingale’s Jennifer Kent Has “Compassion For Ignorance” After Sexist Remark Hurled During Screening – Venice

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Arriving on the Lido, The Nightingale filmmaker Jennifer Kent was primed for questions about being the only female director in the Venice Film Festival competition, something she first addressed with Deadline earlier this week. What she may not have ex…

‘Roar’ TV Series In Works Based On Upcoming Cecelia Ahern Short Stories; ‘GLOW’ Duo To Showrun, Nicole Kidman Among Producers

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Cecelia Ahern’s upcoming short story collection Roar is getting the TV series treatment. Nicole Kidman and Per Saari’s Blossom Films, Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories and Theresa Park are teaming to produce the new series, and have tapped GLOW c…

Nicole Kidman Lands Film, TV Rights to ‘Big Little Lies’ Author’s Next Book

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Nicole Kidman and producer Bruna Papandrea have bought the film and television rights to “Nine Perfect Strangers,” the upcoming novel from “Big Little Lies” author Liane Moriarty.

Kidman, who won Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Awards for her performance in “Big Little Lies,” will star as a bestselling romantic novelist on a 10-day retreat at a secluded health resort. She will also serve as an executive producer, along with Per Saari, for her Blossom Films production company. Papandrea will also executive produce with Steve Hutensky for her company, Made Up Stories.

Kidman, Saari and Papandrea served in the same capacity on the seven-episode HBO adaptation of “Big Little Lies,” which won eight Emmys in the limited series categories. The network subsequently ordered a second season, which is currently in production and will premiere in 2019.

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Blossom Films and Made Up Stories made a preemptive deal for the novel, which will be published in November.

At this stage, the companies have not announced whether they are eyeing a feature film, television movie or limited series adaptation.

“Simply put, Liane Moriarty is a force of nature, not just as a virtuosic author, but as a collaborator and friend,” said Kidman in a statement. “We’re beyond thrilled to be making ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ with this extraordinary woman.”

Moriarty, who will also serve as an executive producer, added, “I’m so very happy and thrilled to once again be working with Nicole, Per and Bruna. They are such talented, passionate people and I have no doubt that whatever they do with my ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ it will be brilliant. I’m honored by their faith in this book – even before I’d written ‘the end’ they believed in it, and I just feel very lucky to have had them come into my life.”

Kidman is represented in the deal by CAA, Media Talent Group and attorney Alan Wertheimer. Papandrea is represented by WME. Moriarty is represented in the deal by Jerry Kalajian of Intellectual Property Group, Fiona Inglis of Curtis Brown Australia, Faye Bender of The Book Group and attorney Matt Sugarman.

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‘Big Little Lies’ Nicole Kidman, Bruna Papandrea & Liane Moriarty Re-Team On ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’

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Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films and Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories have closed a preemptive deal for tv/film rights to Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty’s upcoming novel Nine Perfect Strangers. Kidman will star in the project and be exec producer …

Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories Acquires Jessica Knoll Novel ‘The Favorite Sister’ For Series

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EXCLUSIVE: Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories has acquired the bestselling Jessica Knoll novel The Favorite Sister to develop it for a television series through the company’s partnership with Endeavor Content. Simon and Schuster published the nove…

‘Big Little Lies’ Producer Options NY Times’ Bestseller ‘How Hard Can It Be?’

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Bruna Papandrea‘s Made Up Stories (Big Little Lies) has optioned The New York Times‘ bestselling author Allison Pearson‘s new novel How Hard Can It Be? for an upcoming TV project. The book is the sequel to Pearson’s I Don’t Know How She Does It, and has a street date of June 5, 2018 from St. Martin’s Press.
How Hard Can It Be? picks up the story of Kate Reddy as she approaches her 50th birthday. Kate is now a Sandwich Woman dealing with all the challenges of midlife…

Margot Robbie Talks Seeking American Dream at G’Day USA Gala

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Margot Robbie is living the American Dream. In her acceptance speech for G’Day USA’s excellence in film award on Saturday night, the Australian actress revealed the recent revelation she had when a journalist described how Robbie and former figure skater Tonya Harding, who Robbie plays in “I, Tonya,” as pursing similar dreams. “I moved to […]

Bruna Papandrea Options Tina Brown’s ‘Vanity Fair Diaries’ For Limited TV Series

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Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories has optioned Tina Brown‘s upcoming book, The Vanity Fair Diaries, for development as a limited series.
The book, to be published next month by Holt, follows the British editor’s rise and eight-year reign at the helm of Vanity Fair in the 1980s, when she arrived from London scarcely out of her 20s and was tasked with rescuing the struggling magazine and establish herself in a male-dominated industry. The book is based on Brown’s detailed…

Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea to Produce Marc Webb’s ‘This Above All’ for Conde Nast Entertainment

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Marc Webb (“Amazing Spider-Man 2”) will direct the upcoming feature film “This Above All,” about former member of the Westboro Baptist Church Megan Phelps-Roper, Conde Nast Entertainment announced on Monday.

Nick Hornby will write the screenplay for the film, which will be produced by Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea for Made Up Stories, Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler for Conde Nast Entertainment, River Road Entertainment’s Bill Pohlad and Webb. River Road will finance the film.

The film, being adapted from both an article written by Adrian Chen for The New Yorker and from Phelps-Roper’s upcoming memoir, follows the granddaughter of the famous founder of the Westboro Baptist Church. Phelps-Roper quickly became one of the most powerful voices for the Church on social media, protesting several cultural events until her conversations with opponents on Twitter led her to question her belief system. She and her younger sister then decided to leave the Church. In response, her family disowned her.

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“Megan’s extraordinary story says so much about to many things in contemporary America, and I’m really excited about this project,” said Hornby. “I’m looking forward to working with the brilliant Marc Webb, CNE and my friends Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea and River Road, with whom I enjoyed such a good relationship during the making of ‘Wild.’”

“When we read The New Yorker article about Megan’s incredible journey, we knew that it was the perfect fit for CNÉ’s film group, which focuses on compelling and timely stories from Condé Nast’s vast library of publications,” said Ostroff, president of CNÉ, and Steckler, CNÉ’s executive vice president of feature films. “Marc and Nick both have a powerful vision of how to tell Megan’s story and we are very happy to be partnered with Reese, Bruna and Bill, who understand the importance of bringing this project to the big screen.”

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The deal was negotiated by Christa Zofcin Workman for River Road with CAA representing CNÉ, Megan Phelps-Roper, Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea and Mark Webb.

Webb’s directorial credits include “Gifted,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “500 Days of Summer” and “Limitless.” Hornby wrote the novel, “About a Boy,” which was made into a film and TV series.

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Shaun Grant To Adapt ‘Penguin Bloom’; Naomi Watts To Star

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EXCLUSIVE: Australian scribe Shaun Grant has signed on to adapt Penguin Bloom, the top-selling Australian book optioned last December by Naomi Watts, Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea for a film that will star Watts. The trio is producing the film with Aussie-based producer Emma Cooper.
Set on Sydney’s northern beaches, Penguin Bloom is the true story of a unique little bird that saves a family. The book is written by Bradley Trevor Greive, with photographs by Cameron…

Women Lead The Charge Toward A Gender Balance Not Seen In The History Of Entertainment — Deadline Disruptors

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Last year, all it took was a hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite, to re-energize an important conversation. Twelve months later, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins made history by becoming the first African-American filmmaker to be nominated for Best Director, Picture and Screenplay at the Academy Awards. And, as everyone knows, his film went on to take the Best Picture Oscar—literally—from the hands of the favorites, the makers of La La Land. Meanwhile, a similar conversation about…