Tracy Morgan, Aldis Hodge Join ‘What Men Want’; Octavia Spencer To EP ‘Mumbet’; RLJE Films Acquires ‘Housewife’ – Film Briefs

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The Last O.G. star Tracy Morgan and Aldis Hodge have come aboard the Taraji P. Henson-led comedy What Men Want, the gender-flipped iteration of the 2000 Mel Gibson-starring film, What Women Want from Nancy Meyers. Adam Shankman is directing the pic which centers on a female sports agent (Henson) who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. Like the original, she gains the power to hear mens’ thought and she is able to shift the paradigm to her advantage as…

Octavia Spencer to Executive Produce Anti-Slavery Movie ‘Mumbet’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Octavia Spencer has signed on as executive producer on the independent anti-slavery movie “Mumbet,” Variety has learned exclusively. “Mumbet” will be directed by Alethea Root (“Part Time Fabulous”) and produced by Kim Waltrip (“Hit & Run”) of Wonderstar Productions and Root of Truth 13 Productions. The script, written by Stephen Glantz (“Wunderkinder”) is based on […]

Robert Downey Jr. Unveils Full ‘Doctor Dolittle’ Cast, Including Rami Malek, Octavia Spencer, Kumail Nanjiani

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Robert Downey Jr. unveiled the full cast of his star-studded “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle” on Tuesday. I am most pleased to announce the stellar voice cast joining me on #TheVoyageofDoctorDolittle. #EmmaThompson @ItsRamiMalek @octaviaspencer #RalphFiennes @kumailn @selenagomez @MrCraigRobinson @carmenejogo @TomHolland1996 #MarionCotillard @RealFDLT @JohnCena pic.twitter.com/GmfjOCqv7w — Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) March 27, 2018 Rami Malek, Octavia […]

Michael Showalter to Direct Universal’s Jessica Chastain-Octavia Spencer Holiday Comedy

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“The Big Sick” director Michael Showalter has found his follow-up project and will direct Universal Pictures’ untitled holiday comedy starring Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Universal Pictures recently acquired the pitch from Chastain’s Freckle Films, which follows two women fighting the elements to make it home by Christmas. Chastain and Kelly Carmichael wrote the treatment and Peter Chiarelli will write the script. Following a heated bidding war, Universal beat out Fox and Paramount for it.

Chastain is attached to produce with Freckle Films and Maven Pictures. The project reunites Chastain and Spencer, who each earned Oscar nominations for the “The Help,” with Spencer taking home the gold for best supporting actress.

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Kelly Carmichael, Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler will also produce.

Executive vice president of production Erik Baiers and creative executive Mika Pryce will oversee the project for Universal.

Showalter also co-created the Netflix series “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later,” which is based on his and David Wain’s cult classic of the same name. Showalter has also directed several episodes of Netflix’s “Love” and “Grace and Frankie,” and TBS’ “Search Party.”

Showalter is represented by UTA, Principato-Young Entertainment and Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher, LLP.

Variety first reported the news.

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