With ‘Buñuel In The Labyrinth Of The Turtles’, Director Salvador Simó Delves Into Origins Of Iconic Filmmaker

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John Grisham Shared Universe in Development at Hulu, Starting With ‘Rainmaker,’ ‘Rogue Lawyer’

Hulu has begun development on a John Grisham shared universe, the streamer announced on Tuesday. The first two projects in development are companion series adaptations of “Rogue Lawyer” and “The Rainmaker.”

Written and executive produced by Michael Seitzman and Jason Richman, the storylines of the two projects in what is being called “The Grisham Universe” will stand on their own, but will intersect at points and share characters. The series will be designed such that viewers can watch each season independently or bounce from the first episode of “Rainmaker” to the first episode of “Rogue Lawyer,” then back to “Rainmaker,” etc.

Published in 2015, “Rogue Lawyer” follows the unconventional street lawyer Sebastian Rudd, known for taking on the cases no one else will touch, as he’s contacted by a serial kidnapper who knows the whereabouts of the assistant chief of police’s missing daughter.

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“The Rainmaker,” first published in 1995, centers on a young man barely out of law school who finds himself taking on one of the most powerful, corrupt and ruthless companies in America — and exposing a complex, multibillion-dollar insurance scam. It was previously adapted into a 1997 film starring Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Danny Glover, Claire Danes and Jon Voight.

Grisham will serve as an executive producer on the ABC Signature Studios production. Christina Davis of Seitzman’s Maniac Productions will also executive produce.

Hulu’s approach to the “Grisham Universe” is similar to how the streamer is adapting George R. R. Martin’s “Wild Cards” book series. Andrew Miller is on board to write and executive produce two separate series based on the sci-fi anthology, which is set in a version of the present where an alien virus has wiped out 90 percent of those it infected.

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SXSW 2019: VR Filmmaker Jessica Brillhart Named Film Keynote Speaker

Virtual Reality filmmaker Jessica Brillhart has been named a film keynote speaker for the 2019 South by Southwest Conference, the festival committee announced Tuesday.

The committee also announced new featured speakers for the Austin-based festival’s 2019 edition, including “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah, director and producer Frank Oz, actor and comedian Kevin Hart, and singer-actor Lance Bass.

Brillhart is the founder of independent studio Vrai Pictures, and previously served as principal VR filmmaker at Google, where she helped to develop Google Jump. She joins previously-announced keynote speakers Joseph Lubin (Interactive), Shirley Manson and Lauren Mayberry (Music), Marti Noxon (Film), and Kevin Systrom with Josh Constine (Interactive).

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“A shining star in the immersive arts community, Jessica Brillhart is an early explorer trying to
define storytelling in the immersive world and she’s spearheaded early innovation in creating
stories using VR, AR, and AI,” said SXSW Director of Film Janet Pierson. “We are excited to share her perspectives on this exciting field, as well as from our many esteemed Featured Speakers in
entertainment, business and technology.”

Registration for SXSW 2019 is currently open. Conference programming is organized into 25 tracks divided between Interactive, Film, Music, and Convergence, presented in a variety of session formats.

Founded in 1987, SXSW celebrates the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. The 2019 festival takes place March 8 to March 17, 2019.

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