‘The Prince And The Dressmaker’ Feature Rights Acquired By Universal & Marc Platt

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures and Marc Platt have snapped up feature rights to The Prince and the Dressmaker, a graphic novel from Jen Wang which has crossover YA elements in it and in more ways than one. The story is a sweet one, it is about the friendship between a seamstress named Frances and a Prince named Sebastian, whose parents are looking for a bride for him. We were told this was a competitive bidding situation.
However, at night, the Prince transforms: he puts…

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures and Marc Platt have snapped up feature rights to The Prince and the Dressmaker, a graphic novel from Jen Wang which has crossover YA elements in it and in more ways than one. The story is a sweet one, it is about the friendship between a seamstress named Frances and a Prince named Sebastian, whose parents are looking for a bride for him. We were told this was a competitive bidding situation. However, at night, the Prince transforms: he puts…

Lionsgate to Develop World War II Story ‘How the Girl Guides Won the War’

Lionsgate is developing British World War II book “How the Girl Guides Won the War” with “La La Land” producer Marc Platt on board. The studio is also in talk with Walden Media to come on as a producer. It also hired “Everything, Everything” screenwriter J. Mills Goodloe to adapt the script from Janie Hampton’s […]

Lionsgate is developing British World War II book “How the Girl Guides Won the War” with “La La Land” producer Marc Platt on board. The studio is also in talk with Walden Media to come on as a producer. It also hired “Everything, Everything” screenwriter J. Mills Goodloe to adapt the script from Janie Hampton’s […]

Lionsgate Options ‘Girls Guides’ Book For Producer Marc Platt & Walden Media; Writer Hired To Adapt

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate has optioned the rights to the book How the Girl Guides Won the War for producer Marc Platt which the company is negotiating with now with Walden Media. The project is not yet titled. J. Mills Goodloe has already been brought aboard to pen a feature adaptation. Goodloe has a very good track record as a writer with such projects as Everything, Everything, The Mountain Between Us and Age of Adaline.
Based on the book by Janie Hampton, the narrative is…

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate has optioned the rights to the book How the Girl Guides Won the War for producer Marc Platt which the company is negotiating with now with Walden Media. The project is not yet titled. J. Mills Goodloe has already been brought aboard to pen a feature adaptation. Goodloe has a very good track record as a writer with such projects as Everything, Everything, The Mountain Between Us and Age of Adaline. Based on the book by Janie Hampton, the narrative is…

John Legend to Play Jesus in NBC’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live’

Good God: John Legend is set to play Jesus in NBC’s upcoming live TV musical adaptation of “Jesus Christ Superstar Live.” The R&B star will join Alice Cooper — the production’s previously announced King Herod — in the Easter Sunday rock opera.

“We’re all overjoyed to have world-class musical artist and producer John Legend starring as Jesus,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman, NBC Entertainment. “This score demands a singer with an amazing range and an actor with great depth, and there isn’t anyone better to bring this story to a new audience. His casting is also groundbreaking as the traditional image of Christ will be seen in a new way.”

“John Legend is a superstar,” added Tim Rice, the lyricist of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” “As a performer, his voice is infectious and effortless. As an actor, he is believable and honest. I’m thrilled he will be able to share his portrayal of Jesus with the world.”

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“I’m thrilled to join the cast of this production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!,’” Legend said. “It’s such a powerful, meaningful musical and I’m humbled to be part of this performance. We’ve already formed an incredible team, and, as we finish casting, I’m certain we will put together some of the greatest talents around to do this work justice.”

“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!” will be executive produced by Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, Marc Platt, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius. David Leveaux is set to direct the show, which will open in front of a large audience at the Marcy Armory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York.

The companies behind those credits are Universal Television, The Really Useful Group, Marc Platt Productions and Zadan/Meron Productions.

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Good God: John Legend is set to play Jesus in NBC’s upcoming live TV musical adaptation of “Jesus Christ Superstar Live.” The R&B star will join Alice Cooper — the production’s previously announced King Herod — in the Easter Sunday rock opera.

“We’re all overjoyed to have world-class musical artist and producer John Legend starring as Jesus,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman, NBC Entertainment. “This score demands a singer with an amazing range and an actor with great depth, and there isn’t anyone better to bring this story to a new audience. His casting is also groundbreaking as the traditional image of Christ will be seen in a new way.”

“John Legend is a superstar,” added Tim Rice, the lyricist of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” “As a performer, his voice is infectious and effortless. As an actor, he is believable and honest. I’m thrilled he will be able to share his portrayal of Jesus with the world.”

“I’m thrilled to join the cast of this production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!,'” Legend said. “It’s such a powerful, meaningful musical and I’m humbled to be part of this performance. We’ve already formed an incredible team, and, as we finish casting, I’m certain we will put together some of the greatest talents around to do this work justice.”

“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!” will be executive produced by Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, Marc Platt, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius. David Leveaux is set to direct the show, which will open in front of a large audience at the Marcy Armory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York.

The companies behind those credits are Universal Television, The Really Useful Group, Marc Platt Productions and Zadan/Meron Productions.

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Nothing says “Christmas Spirit” these days like the sight of a beaming, bespectacled tow-headed 9-year-old pointing his new rifle into the cold dark of night and pulling the trigger. Nothing, that is, unless it’s another vision, this one eye-poppingly aglitter, of a sexy, spangled schoolteacher-turned-hoofer sellin’ it, surrounded by a bevy of prepubescent girls in can-can regalia, also sellin’ it.
Call me old fashioned, or politically correct or whatever you choose, but…

Nothing says “Christmas Spirit” these days like the sight of a beaming, bespectacled tow-headed 9-year-old pointing his new rifle into the cold dark of night and pulling the trigger. Nothing, that is, unless it’s another vision, this one eye-poppingly aglitter, of a sexy, spangled schoolteacher-turned-hoofer sellin’ it, surrounded by a bevy of prepubescent girls in can-can regalia, also sellin’ it. Call me old fashioned, or politically correct or whatever you choose, but…

‘Greatest Showman’ Cast to Perform Live Trailer During Fox’s ‘A Christmas Story’ Musical

Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Zendaya are all participating in a one-of-a-kind marketing experiment from 20th Century Fox, staging a live trailer for their new musical “The Greatest Showman.”

The stars will perform a two-and-a-half minute music spectacle in support of the film, during Fox’s live staging of the musical “A Christmas Story Live” this Sunday. Newcomer Keale Settle, who plays the bearded lady in the film about P.T. Barnum, will join them for the stunt.

“As we continue to drive innovation in both our programming and ad products, we are thrilled to be working in partnership with our sister film studio in this exciting live holiday event,” said Suzanne Sullivan, Executive Vice President of Entertainment Ad Sales for Fox Networks Group.

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“We can’t wait to watch as Hugh, Zac, Zendaya and Keala make history and unwrap the first-ever live theatrical commercial on FOX’s air.”

As if “A Christmas Story” wasn’t heavy enough lifting, the “Showman” crew will take up a stage adjacent to the TV special, which stars Maya Rudolph, Matthew Broderick and Jane Krakowski on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, CA.

Warner Horizon Unscripted and Alternative Television are producing “Christmas Story.”

Marc Platt (“Grease: Live,” “La La Land,” “Wicked”) and Adam Siegel (“Grease: Live”) executive produce, with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary (“Grease: Live,” “Anything but Love,” “Ira & Abby”) serve as co-executive producers.

“Showman” also counts Michelle Williams and Rebecca Ferguson in its ensemble. It opens nationwide on Dec. 20.

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Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Zendaya are all participating in a one-of-a-kind marketing experiment from 20th Century Fox, staging a live trailer for their new musical “The Greatest Showman.”

The stars will perform a two-and-a-half minute music spectacle in support of the film, during Fox’s live staging of the musical “A Christmas Story Live” this Sunday. Newcomer Keale Settle, who plays the bearded lady in the film about P.T. Barnum, will join them for the stunt.

“As we continue to drive innovation in both our programming and ad products, we are thrilled to be working in partnership with our sister film studio in this exciting live holiday event,” said Suzanne Sullivan, Executive Vice President of Entertainment Ad Sales for Fox Networks Group.

“We can’t wait to watch as Hugh, Zac, Zendaya and Keala make history and unwrap the first-ever live theatrical commercial on FOX’s air.”

As if “A Christmas Story” wasn’t heavy enough lifting, the “Showman” crew will take up a stage adjacent to the TV special, which stars Maya Rudolph, Matthew Broderick and Jane Krakowski on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, CA.

Warner Horizon Unscripted and Alternative Television are producing “Christmas Story.”

Marc Platt (“Grease: Live,” “La La Land,” “Wicked”) and Adam Siegel (“Grease: Live”) executive produce, with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary (“Grease: Live,” “Anything but Love,” “Ira & Abby”) serve as co-executive producers.

“Showman” also counts Michelle Williams and Rebecca Ferguson in its ensemble. It opens nationwide on Dec. 20.

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Jane Krakowski and Chris Diamantopoulos Join Fox’s ‘A Christmas Story Live!’

Fox’s “A Christmas Story Live!” has cast Jane Krakowski and Chris Diamantopoulos in featured roles.

The Tony-winning “30 Rock” alum joins the live TV musical as Ralphie’s teacher, Miss Shields, while the “Silicon Valley” actor will play the kid’s dad. The two join previously announced cast members Maya Rudolph, Matthew Broderick and newcomer Andy Walken as the young hero.

Rudolph is Ralphie’s mom, Broderick plays the narrator — adult Ralphie — and Walken will be the 9-year-old holding out hope for a Red Ryder BB gun.

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From Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television, “A Christmas Story Live!” is inspired by the holiday classic feature “A Christmas Story” and the Tony-nominated Broadway production “A Christmas Story: The Musical.”

The television adaptation will be filmed at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.

“A Christmas Story Live!” will be produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will executive-produce, with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary serving as co-executive producers and writers. Scott Ellis is an executive producer and will serve as the director overseeing the stage direction. Alex Rudzinski is an executive producer and will serve as the live television director.

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Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who composed the original score to “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” will compose several new songs for the live television event.

They shared an Oscar this year for their lyrics to the “La La Land” song “City of Stars.”

“A Christmas Story Live!” airs Sunday, December 17 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

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Fox’s “A Christmas Story Live!” has cast Jane Krakowski and Chris Diamantopoulos in featured roles.

The Tony-winning “30 Rock” alum joins the live TV musical as Ralphie’s teacher, Miss Shields, while the “Silicon Valley” actor will play the kid’s dad. The two join previously announced cast members Maya Rudolph, Matthew Broderick and newcomer Andy Walken as the young hero.

Rudolph is Ralphie’s mom, Broderick plays the narrator — adult Ralphie — and Walken will be the 9-year-old holding out hope for a Red Ryder BB gun.

From Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television, “A Christmas Story Live!” is inspired by the holiday classic feature “A Christmas Story” and the Tony-nominated Broadway production “A Christmas Story: The Musical.”

The television adaptation will be filmed at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.

“A Christmas Story Live!” will be produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will executive-produce, with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary serving as co-executive producers and writers. Scott Ellis is an executive producer and will serve as the director overseeing the stage direction. Alex Rudzinski is an executive producer and will serve as the live television director.

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who composed the original score to “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” will compose several new songs for the live television event.

They shared an Oscar this year for their lyrics to the “La La Land” song “City of Stars.”

“A Christmas Story Live!” airs Sunday, December 17 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

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