Stefano Sollima In Talks To Helm Michael B. Jordan In Tom Clancy Pic ‘Without Remorse’

Stefano Sollima, who directed Sicario: Day of the Soldado for Sony, is in talks to direct Without Remorse, based on the Tom Clancy novel that serves as the origin story of John Clark, to be played by Michael B. Jordan.
The film will be the first of two…

Stefano Sollima, who directed Sicario: Day of the Soldado for Sony, is in talks to direct Without Remorse, based on the Tom Clancy novel that serves as the origin story of John Clark, to be played by Michael B. Jordan. The film will be the first of two novels (the other being Rainbow Six) that Paramount is adapting based on the character from the Jack Ryan universe. Akiva Goldsman producing alongside Jordan, Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec. John Clark first appeared in the…

Robert Schwentke Eyed As Director Of ‘G.I. Joe’ Spinoff At Paramount

Robert Schwentke, who has directed films like The Divergent Series: Insurgent, R.I.P.D., and The Time Traveler’s Wife, is in early discussions to helm Snake Eyes, the G.I. Joe spinoff from Paramount Pictures.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War scribe Eva…

Robert Schwentke, who has directed films like The Divergent Series: Insurgent, R.I.P.D., and The Time Traveler’s Wife, is in early discussions to helm Snake Eyes, the G.I. Joe spinoff from Paramount Pictures. The Huntsman: Winter's War scribe Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the script based on the Hasbro toy. Snake Eyes is the silent, masked, ninja commando who is part of the original members of the G.I. Joe Team. The character was featured in 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Sony’s ‘Venom’ Gets Extended China Release; Par’s ‘Bumblebee’ Sets Date

After nearly four weeks of sinking its fangs into the Chinese box office, Sony’s Venom has been granted an extended run. Through Monday, the Tom Hardy-starrer has grossed $263.6M locally, taking the past frame at No. 2 behind China breakout A Cool Fish…

After nearly four weeks of sinking its fangs into the Chinese box office, Sony's Venom has been granted an extended run. Through Monday, the Tom Hardy-starrer has grossed $263.6M locally, taking the past frame at No. 2 behind China breakout A Cool Fish. It had earlier held No. 1 during its first two weeks of play, seeing an unprecedented hold at Middle Kingdom turnstiles. Venom, which has a sizable investment from China behemoth Tencent, counts $846.9M worldwide through…

Paramount’s Bob Buchi Inducted into Variety’s Home Entertainment Hall of Fame

As head of one of the six major studios’ home entertainment divisions, Bob Buchi has seen content distribution channels proliferate. The president of worldwide home media distribution for Paramount Pictures also is on the front lines of Hollywood’s pus…

As head of one of the six major studios’ home entertainment divisions, Bob Buchi has seen content distribution channels proliferate. The president of worldwide home media distribution for Paramount Pictures also is on the front lines of Hollywood’s push to boost digital movie sales and rentals while at the same time shoring up the core […]

Paramount’s ‘Mission: Impossible’ Franchise Inspires Location-Based VR Game

The immersive entertainment company Nomadic and virtual reality games publisher VRWERX are teaming to develop an adrenaline-laced virtual reality experience based on Paramount’s hit film franchise Mission: Impossible.
The location-based game, which is …

The immersive entertainment company Nomadic and virtual reality games publisher VRWERX are teaming to develop an adrenaline-laced virtual reality experience based on Paramount's hit film franchise Mission: Impossible. The location-based game, which is scheduled to open next spring in Orlando, will bring groups of players inside a mission and give them the vicarious thrills of pursuit — running, jumping and interacting with objects in a physical space that’s enhanced…

‘Maze Runner’ Star Dylan O’Brien Is The Voice Of ‘Bumblebee’ In Paramount’s Standalone Film

Bumblebee has found its voice. Maze Runner and Teen Wolf star Dylan O’Brien is providing the vocals for the title Autobot in Paramount’s first Transformers standalone film, which hits theaters December 21. The Travis Knight-directed origin …

Bumblebee has found its voice. Maze Runner and Teen Wolf star Dylan O’Brien is providing the vocals for the title Autobot in Paramount’s first Transformers standalone film, which hits theaters December 21. The Travis Knight-directed origin story will mark the first feature in the franchise to showcase Bumblebee’s real voice. In the previous installments, yellow-and-black Transformer is forced to speak via its car radio. Set in the 1980s, the prequel stars Hailee Steinfeld…

‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ Sequel Will Be First Film in Paramount-Netflix Deal

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish, speaking at UBS’s media and communication conference on Monday, said that a sequel to Netflix’s teen-love hit “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is in the works.

The project will be the first film as part of a multipicture deal that Viacom’s Paramount and Netflix signed in November, Bakish said via a livestream from the conference.

“We’re doing a sequel to ‘To All the Boys’ and we’re in conversations with them about other titles,” Bakish said.

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The first film was produced by Awesomeness TV, which was acquired by Viacom in July. Bakish said that according to Netflix the film “is one of the most-viewed films of all time on the platform” — making a sequel an almost foregone conclusion.

Netflix did not return TheWrap’s request for comment.

News of the sequel was not unexpected given the success of the original and the fact that there are three installments in Jenny Han’s book series on which “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” was based. That first book was followed by “P.S. I Still Love You,” and then “Always and Forever, Laura Jean.”

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Han and the film’s star Lana Condor said during the Vulture Festival in Los Angeles last month that everyone involved would love to do a sequel.

Condor stars as Lara Jean Covey, a high school junior whose sister sends out the deliberately never-to-be-sent to boys on whom she had a crush — sparking much drama as well as a budding romance with cool-kid crush Peter (played by Noah Centineo).

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Viacom CEO Bob Bakish, speaking at UBS’s media and communication conference on Monday, said that a sequel to Netflix’s teen-love hit “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is in the works.

The project will be the first film as part of a multipicture deal that Viacom’s Paramount and Netflix signed in November, Bakish said via a livestream from the conference.

“We’re doing a sequel to ‘To All the Boys’ and we’re in conversations with them about other titles,” Bakish said.

The first film was produced by Awesomeness TV, which was acquired by Viacom in July. Bakish said that according to Netflix the film “is one of the most-viewed films of all time on the platform” — making a sequel an almost foregone conclusion.

Netflix did not return TheWrap’s request for comment.

News of the sequel was not unexpected given the success of the original and the fact that there are three installments in Jenny Han’s book series on which “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” was based. That first book was followed by “P.S. I Still Love You,” and then “Always and Forever, Laura Jean.”

Han and the film’s star Lana Condor said during the Vulture Festival in Los Angeles last month that everyone involved would love to do a sequel.

Condor stars as Lara Jean Covey, a high school junior whose sister sends out the deliberately never-to-be-sent to boys on whom she had a crush — sparking much drama as well as a budding romance with cool-kid crush Peter (played by Noah Centineo).

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‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before 2’ Confirmed As First Paramount-Netflix Title Under New Co-Venture

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish confirmed a sequel to the popular Netflix young-adult literary adaptation To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 2 would be the first title in Paramount’s multi-picture deal with the streaming giant.
The sequel had been rep…

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish confirmed a sequel to the popular Netflix young-adult literary adaptation To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 2 would be the first title in Paramount’s multi-picture deal with the streaming giant. The sequel had been reported to be in the works earlier this fall, though Jenny Han, who wrote the bestselling To All the Boys books, said as recently as two weeks ago that there was no definitive green light. AwesomenessTV, acquired by Viacom earlier this…

‘Bumblebee’ Will Sneak Into Theaters On Dec. 8

Following the Warner Bros./Amazon Prime announcement that they’re holding paid sneaks for Aquaman on Dec. 15 in 1,000 locations, Paramount will be holding one-day previews for its Transformers spinoff Bumblebee on Saturday, Dec. 8 ahead of the De…

Following the Warner Bros./Amazon Prime announcement that they’re holding paid sneaks for Aquaman on Dec. 15 in 1,000 locations, Paramount will be holding one-day previews for its Transformers spinoff Bumblebee on Saturday, Dec. 8 ahead of the Dec. 21 opening. Tickets will be on sale for the prevailing price at participating locations, and each admission includes a ticket to the movie, bonus content and a Transformers: Tiny Turbo Changers Movie Toy from Hasbro, while…

Viacom Beats Wall Street Estimates With Q4 Paced By Paramount

Viacom put an exclamation mark on earnings season and its fiscal year with fourth-quarter results that beat Wall Street estimates and proved a turnaround at Paramount Pictures. Media networks, however, offered a less rosy snapshot of the company’…

Viacom put an exclamation mark on earnings season and its fiscal year with fourth-quarter results that beat Wall Street estimates and proved a turnaround at Paramount Pictures. Media networks, however, offered a less rosy snapshot of the company’s progress. Earnings per share declined 43% from the year-ago period but came in at 96 cents, a penny ahead of estimates. Revenue increased 5% to just shy of $3.5 billion, ahead of analysts’ projection of $3.37 billion. Paramount…

‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Leads Viacom to Q4 Earnings, Revenue Beats

Viacom rode Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team to a better-than-expected fourth quarter in terms of both earnings per share and revenue.

The Paramount Pictures parent company unveiled its fourth-quarter and full fiscal year 2018 financials Friday morning, reporting 99 cents of earnings per share (EPS) on $3.485 in revenue. Wall Street had forecast EPS of 95 cents on $3.37 billion in revenue, according to a consensus estimate of 25 media analysts compiled by Yahoo Finance.

That all-in revenue figure was 5 percent better than Q4 2017 and the earnings per share is 29 percent higher. For the full fiscal year, revenues declined 2 percent, but EPS rose 9 percent. Without the benefit of glorious adjustments, that profit instead drops 43 percent.

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Paramount’s worldwide box office hauled in 3x what it did in the comparable quarter last year, thanks mostly to “Mission: Impossible – Fallout.” John Krasinski’s very profitable “A Quiet Place” also contributed, as did “Book Club,” which was a cheap acquisition.

Paramount also pitched in on TV, delivering “Maniac” to Netflix in the quarter. In return, Viacom enjoyed higher licensing revenues.

Viacom’s media networks didn’t do as hot, but there were some linear-TV highlights, like Season 2 of “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” on MTV. Millennials gobbled that up.

MTV has been making headlines lately with its push into live events. It’s also shooting for nostalgia, bringing back “MTV Spring Break,” sharing “The Real World” with Facebook Watch, reviving “The Hills,” and rebooting “Undressed.”

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“Our strong performance in the fourth quarter capped off a pivotal year for Viacom. We successfully turned around our core business, with dramatic improvements across our networks, at Paramount and in distribution,” Viacom President and CEO Bob Bakish said in a statement accompanying the financials. “We also took important steps to evolve Viacom for the future – investing in our portfolio of advanced marketing solutions, digital and experiential offerings and global studio production business. As we head into 2019, we are excited about the company’s evolution and expect to return to topline growth.”

Bakish and other Viacom executives will host a conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss the quarter and fiscal year in greater detail.

Shares of VIAB stock closed Thursday afternoon at $31.83, up 4 cents. The U.S. stock markets reopen at 9:30 a.m. ET today.

In pre-market trading, VIAB shares are currently trading up more than 5 percent.

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Viacom rode Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team to a better-than-expected fourth quarter in terms of both earnings per share and revenue.

The Paramount Pictures parent company unveiled its fourth-quarter and full fiscal year 2018 financials Friday morning, reporting 99 cents of earnings per share (EPS) on $3.485 in revenue. Wall Street had forecast EPS of 95 cents on $3.37 billion in revenue, according to a consensus estimate of 25 media analysts compiled by Yahoo Finance.

That all-in revenue figure was 5 percent better than Q4 2017 and the earnings per share is 29 percent higher. For the full fiscal year, revenues declined 2 percent, but EPS rose 9 percent. Without the benefit of glorious adjustments, that profit instead drops 43 percent.

Paramount’s worldwide box office hauled in 3x what it did in the comparable quarter last year, thanks mostly to “Mission: Impossible – Fallout.” John Krasinski’s very profitable “A Quiet Place” also contributed, as did “Book Club,” which was a cheap acquisition.

Paramount also pitched in on TV, delivering “Maniac” to Netflix in the quarter. In return, Viacom enjoyed higher licensing revenues.

Viacom’s media networks didn’t do as hot, but there were some linear-TV highlights, like Season 2 of “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” on MTV. Millennials gobbled that up.

MTV has been making headlines lately with its push into live events. It’s also shooting for nostalgia, bringing back “MTV Spring Break,” sharing “The Real World” with Facebook Watch, reviving “The Hills,” and rebooting “Undressed.”

“Our strong performance in the fourth quarter capped off a pivotal year for Viacom. We successfully turned around our core business, with dramatic improvements across our networks, at Paramount and in distribution,” Viacom President and CEO Bob Bakish said in a statement accompanying the financials. “We also took important steps to evolve Viacom for the future – investing in our portfolio of advanced marketing solutions, digital and experiential offerings and global studio production business. As we head into 2019, we are excited about the company’s evolution and expect to return to topline growth.”

Bakish and other Viacom executives will host a conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss the quarter and fiscal year in greater detail.

Shares of VIAB stock closed Thursday afternoon at $31.83, up 4 cents. The U.S. stock markets reopen at 9:30 a.m. ET today.

In pre-market trading, VIAB shares are currently trading up more than 5 percent.

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‘Jack Reacher’ Is Being Adapted Into a TV Series, Author Says

“Jack Reacher” is moving from the big screen to the small screen for the character’s next adventure, according to Lee Child, whose eponymous books were turned into a pair of big screen films starring Tom Cruise.

But the TV version will swap out Cruise for a different actor, says Child, who told BBC Radio on Wednesday: “Cruise, for all his talent, didn’t have that physicality.” In his books, Child frequently describes Jack Reacher as being 6 feet 5 inches tall, with hands “the size of dinner plates” — they have also been described as the size of “a supermarket chicken,” or “Thanksgiving turkeys.” Cruise is listed at 5 feet, 7 inches.

The two movies — “Jack Reacher” and “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” — were produced by Skydance and Cruise/Wagner and distributed by Paramount. Both Skydance and Paramount TV declined to comment, but an individual with knowledge confirms that a TV version of Jack Reacher is in the early stages of development.

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“We’re going to take it to Netflix or something like that. Long form streaming television, with a completely new actor,” Child continued. “And I want all those readers who were upset about Tom Cruise to help me out – participate in choosing the right actor for the TV series. We’re rebooting and starting over and we’re going to try and find the perfect guy.”

The first film, which was released in 2012 and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, went on to earn $218 million at the global box office (and $80 million domestically). The 2016 sequel, which saw Edward Zwick take over as director, grossed only $162 million globally, and just under $59 million in the U.S.

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“Jack Reacher” is moving from the big screen to the small screen for the character’s next adventure, according to Lee Child, whose eponymous books were turned into a pair of big screen films starring Tom Cruise.

But the TV version will swap out Cruise for a different actor, says Child, who told BBC Radio on Wednesday: “Cruise, for all his talent, didn’t have that physicality.” In his books, Child frequently describes Jack Reacher as being 6 feet 5 inches tall, with hands “the size of dinner plates” — they have also been described as the size of “a supermarket chicken,” or “Thanksgiving turkeys.” Cruise is listed at 5 feet, 7 inches.

The two movies — “Jack Reacher” and “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” — were produced by Skydance and Cruise/Wagner and distributed by Paramount. Both Skydance and Paramount TV declined to comment, but an individual with knowledge confirms that a TV version of Jack Reacher is in the early stages of development.

“We’re going to take it to Netflix or something like that. Long form streaming television, with a completely new actor,” Child continued. “And I want all those readers who were upset about Tom Cruise to help me out – participate in choosing the right actor for the TV series. We’re rebooting and starting over and we’re going to try and find the perfect guy.”

The first film, which was released in 2012 and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, went on to earn $218 million at the global box office (and $80 million domestically). The 2016 sequel, which saw Edward Zwick take over as director, grossed only $162 million globally, and just under $59 million in the U.S.

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‘Instant Family’ Red Carpet Canceled In Response To Southern California Fires

Due to the fires that have been affecting Southern California, Paramount has canceled the red carpet and after party for Instant Family starring Rose Byrne and Mark Wahlberg, Deadline has confirmed.
“In light of the ongoing, active fires being battled …

Due to the fires that have been affecting Southern California, Paramount has canceled the red carpet and after party for Instant Family starring Rose Byrne and Mark Wahlberg, Deadline has confirmed. "In light of the ongoing, active fires being battled in the area, we have canceled tomorrow's red carpet and after party of the Los Angeles premiere of Instant Family,” said a Paramount spokesperson in a statement sent to Deadline. “We will move forward with the screening, as…

‘The Grinch’ Swipes $2.2 Million at Thursday Box Office

Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s “The Grinch,” the remake of the Dr. Seuss classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” earned $2.2 million in Thursday previews from 3,200 screens. It will open on 4,140 screens this weekend.

Universal is projecting an opening weekend of $50 million for “The Grinch” and as high as $62 million based on numbers from independent trackers. Illumination’s previous Dr. Seuss adaptation, “The Lorax,” exceeded expectations by opening to $70.2 million in March 2012. Both “The Lorax” and “The Grinch” have reported $75 million budgets, consistent with other Illumination films. More recently, Illumination’s 2016 film “Sing” opened to only $1.7 million in Thursday previews on the way to a $35.2 million opening.

“The Grinch” stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character along with Rashida Jones and Kenan Thompson about a lonely green grouch who concocts a plan to steal Christmas. Longtime Illumination director Yarrow Cheney directs with Scott Mosier.

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The family-friendly “The Grinch” also faces some competition from much more adult fare. Opening this weekend is Sony’s “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” and Paramount’s “Overlord,” both films with an R-rating. And all three films have to contend with “Bohemian Rhapsody” hoping to have a strong holdover in its second weekend.

“Overlord” nabbed $900,000 in its Thursday showing from 2,330 locations. Earlier this year, the sci-fi “Annihilation” also opened to $900,000 on Thursday and went on to gross $11.1 million over the three-day weekend. Paramount is expecting an opening between $9-10 million, with expectations from independent trackers topping out at $13 million. The film will open in approximately 2,850 locations as well as on 300 IMAX screens.

The horror film produced by J.J. Abrams and directed by Julius Avery is set during World War II and follows American paratroopers behind enemy lines on D-Day who discover the Nazis performing unspeakable experiments. It currently has an 86 percent Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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“Spider’s Web” earned only $635,000 in its Thursday opening across 2,620 screens. Sony is anticipating an $8 million opening with trackers suggesting as much as $12-$14 million when it opens on approximately 2,400 screens. Comparatively, the American “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” from 2011, starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara in David Fincher’s film, opened to $12.7 million on its way to $102 million domestically and over $230 million worldwide. However, “Spider’s Web” is operating on nearly half of the original film’s budget at just $43 million.

Claire Foy takes up the role of goth hacker and defender of women Lisbeth Salander in the film directed by Fede Alvarez, which he co-wrote with Jay Basu and Steven Knight. Columbia Pictures co-produced the film with MGM and New Regency.

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2018 Box Office Is Even Breaking Records for 4DX Theaters

Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s “The Grinch,” the remake of the Dr. Seuss classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” earned $2.2 million in Thursday previews from 3,200 screens. It will open on 4,140 screens this weekend.

Universal is projecting an opening weekend of $50 million for “The Grinch” and as high as $62 million based on numbers from independent trackers. Illumination’s previous Dr. Seuss adaptation, “The Lorax,” exceeded expectations by opening to $70.2 million in March 2012. Both “The Lorax” and “The Grinch” have reported $75 million budgets, consistent with other Illumination films. More recently, Illumination’s 2016 film “Sing” opened to only $1.7 million in Thursday previews on the way to a $35.2 million opening.

“The Grinch” stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character along with Rashida Jones and Kenan Thompson about a lonely green grouch who concocts a plan to steal Christmas. Longtime Illumination director Yarrow Cheney directs with Scott Mosier.

The family-friendly “The Grinch” also faces some competition from much more adult fare. Opening this weekend is Sony’s “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” and Paramount’s “Overlord,” both films with an R-rating. And all three films have to contend with “Bohemian Rhapsody” hoping to have a strong holdover in its second weekend.

“Overlord” nabbed $900,000 in its Thursday showing from 2,330 locations. Earlier this year, the sci-fi “Annihilation” also opened to $900,000 on Thursday and went on to gross $11.1 million over the three-day weekend. Paramount is expecting an opening between $9-10 million, with expectations from independent trackers topping out at $13 million. The film will open in approximately 2,850 locations as well as on 300 IMAX screens.

The horror film produced by J.J. Abrams and directed by Julius Avery is set during World War II and follows American paratroopers behind enemy lines on D-Day who discover the Nazis performing unspeakable experiments. It currently has an 86 percent Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Spider’s Web” earned only $635,000 in its Thursday opening across 2,620 screens. Sony is anticipating an $8 million opening with trackers suggesting as much as $12-$14 million when it opens on approximately 2,400 screens. Comparatively, the American “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” from 2011, starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara in David Fincher’s film, opened to $12.7 million on its way to $102 million domestically and over $230 million worldwide. However, “Spider’s Web” is operating on nearly half of the original film’s budget at just $43 million.

Claire Foy takes up the role of goth hacker and defender of women Lisbeth Salander in the film directed by Fede Alvarez, which he co-wrote with Jay Basu and Steven Knight. Columbia Pictures co-produced the film with MGM and New Regency.

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‘Heathers’ Episodes Pulled (Again) Following Pittsburgh Shooting

Two episodes of Paramount Network’s “Heathers” reboot were pulled from the schedule Sunday following the shooting that took place on Saturday at a Pittsburgh synagogue, which left 11 people dead and six injured.

According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, the installments were pulled because the episodes featured active shooter training scenes in the storyline. A spokesperson for Paramount told TheWrap on Monday the decision was made “in deference to the Pittsburgh tragedy.”

The pair of episodes that were pulled from the network’s on-air lineup are currently available via VOD and the Paramount app and website for viewers.

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TheWrap has learned Monday’s episode, the season finale, will air as scheduled and that the sensitive storyline in the previous episodes doesn’t continue in tonight’s broadcasts.

“Heathers” was shelved by the network after the Parkland shooting despite previous plans to shop the series around to other outlets. In October, Paramount announced the series would, in fact, air the reboot, just without the planned 10th and final episode, which was originally supposed to depict the show’s high school being destroyed in an explosion.

Instead, the last two episodes have been re-cut, with the ninth episode to serve as a cliffhanger ending.

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The entire season of the dark comedy was made available to stream on the Paramount Network app and website beginning Monday, Oct. 22, with the show airing on the network with two episodes back-to-back throughout the week, beginning Oct. 25.

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Two episodes of Paramount Network’s “Heathers” reboot were pulled from the schedule Sunday following the shooting that took place on Saturday at a Pittsburgh synagogue, which left 11 people dead and six injured.

According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, the installments were pulled because the episodes featured active shooter training scenes in the storyline. A spokesperson for Paramount told TheWrap on Monday the decision was made “in deference to the Pittsburgh tragedy.”

The pair of episodes that were pulled from the network’s on-air lineup are currently available via VOD and the Paramount app and website for viewers.

TheWrap has learned Monday’s episode, the season finale, will air as scheduled and that the sensitive storyline in the previous episodes doesn’t continue in tonight’s broadcasts.

“Heathers” was shelved by the network after the Parkland shooting despite previous plans to shop the series around to other outlets. In October, Paramount announced the series would, in fact, air the reboot, just without the planned 10th and final episode, which was originally supposed to depict the show’s high school being destroyed in an explosion.

Instead, the last two episodes have been re-cut, with the ninth episode to serve as a cliffhanger ending.

The entire season of the dark comedy was made available to stream on the Paramount Network app and website beginning Monday, Oct. 22, with the show airing on the network with two episodes back-to-back throughout the week, beginning Oct. 25.

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‘Clueless’ Is Getting the Remake Treatment

“Girls Trip” and “Glow” writers are bringing it to life.

Oh, you thought “Clueless” wouldn’t get remade eventually? As if. Deadline reports that Amy Heckerling’s teen classic will be the latest ’90s favorite to see new life, with “Glow” writer Marquita Robinson on screenplay duty and “Girls Trip” writer Tracy Oliver producing. Per Deadline’s report, the project is in the earliest stages of development and details are scarce; it’s currently unknown whether “it’s a fresh new take for the millennium and if older characters will be reprising their roles.”

Heckerling both wrote and directed the 1995 film, a loose adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel “Emma” starring Alicia Silverstone as a wealthy teen navigating high school and everything that goes with it in Beverly Hills. Paul Rudd, Brittany Murphy, Dan Hedaya, Stacey Dash, and Breckin Meyer all co-starred in “Clueless,” which earned $56.6 million at the box office and became a cult classic.

That continued fandom has led to a spate of other adaptations. A TV series based on the film premiered in 1996 and aired 62 episodes during its three-season run, which ended in 1999; a number of young-adult novels were published from 1995-1999; and a jukebox musical starring Dove Cameron is set to premiere Off-Broadway next month.

Heckerling and Silverstone went on to reunite on 2012’s “Vamps,” a comedy/horror that co-starred Krysten Ritter. In an interview with IndieWire prior to the film’s release, Heckerling — who also directed “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and “Look Who’s Talking” — called Hollywood “a disgusting industry. I don’t know what else to say. Especially now. I can’t stomach most of the movies about women. I just saw a movie last night. I don’t want to say the name – but again with the fucking wedding and the only time women say anything is about men.”

The remake is being developed by Paramount, which produced and distributed the original as well. No casting or release details have been announced as of yet.

Roman Polanski’s Name Left Out of Paramount’s Marketing for ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ 50th Anniversary

Polanski’s rape trial has resurfaced throughout the last year in the wake of the #MeToo anti-harassment movement.

Roman Polanski’s “Rosemary’s Baby” is one of the most iconic horror movies ever made (it ranked #3 on IndieWire’s list of the 100 greatest horror movies of all-time), but the director is nowhere to be found in Paramount’s marketing for the movie’s 50th anniversary re-release. The studio released an official trailer and synopsis on October 22 for the milestone release without any mention of Polanski.

Paramount did not immediately answer IndieWire’s multiple requests for comment.

The studio’s official synopsis reads: “Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film that birthed a chilling new direction in horror. From Ira Levin’s best-selling novel, ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ tells the story of a young newlywed couple who are expecting their first child. Like most first-time mothers, Rosemary (Mia Farrow) experiences confusion and fear. Her husband (John Cassavetes), an ambitious but unsuccessful actor, makes a pact with the Devil that promises to send his career skyward. The performances are extraordinary, notably Ruth Gordon’s Oscar-winning performance as an over solicitous next-door neighbor.”

Polanski’s name has resurfaced throughout much of the last year in the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up anti-harassment movements. Polanski was found guilty in 1977 of statutory rape, and he remains a fugitive of the United States after fleeing the country in 1978 to avoid jail time for the sex abuse case. Earlier this year, Polanski was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which he had been a member of for the last 50 years.

Considering “Rosemary’s Baby” remains one of the most recognizable films ever made, it’s noteworthy Paramount has decided to promote its 50th anniversary without Polanski. Earlier this year, Warner Bros. had Stanley Kubrick’s name involved in every piece of marketing for its 70mm re-release of “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

Watch the Polanski-free “Rosemary’s Baby” trailer below.

What’s Next for Fox Film CEO Stacey Snider After Disney Closes Deal?

The Walt Disney Co. has officially laid claim to the top-level executives at Fox that the company wants to keep once it finalizes its $71.3 billion acquisition for the majority of the Murdoch family’s entertainment assets — but Fox film chief Stacey Snider won’t be making the move.

That puts Snider, a well-liked and respected executive who has had stints running Universal Pictures, DreamWorks and currently 20th Century Fox, in play at a time when Hollywood is craving experienced leadership.

“Literally I’d be outside the lot right now with a lobster bib on,” REDEF CEO Jason Hirschhorn said at this month’s TheWrap-sponsored media and entertainment conference TheGrill.

Also Read: Fox Executives Emma Watts, Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula to Join Disney Studio After Merger

The problem, however, is that there don’t seem to be a lot of clear landing places at the moment for an executive of her caliber, one who has taken successful risks on films such as “Deadpool,” “Hidden Figures” and “The Greatest Showman.”

“Her first thought is always going to be to work at a studio,” one studio executive told TheWrap. “I’m sure she’ll want to wait for a studio, I just don’t know what’s out there.”

Fox did not respond to requests for comment about Snider’s post-Fox plans, but  interviews with Hollywood insiders suggest several paths for her once the Disney deal closes.

Also Read: Peter Rice, Dana Walden to Lead Disney-ABC’s TV Networks and Studio After Fox Deal Closes

1. Another Major Studio

With her background, it would make sense that Snider would want to run another major studio. She’s been at the solo helm of Fox’s film studio since taking over in 2016 after the ouster of now-Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos. Before that, she served as co-chairman alongside Gianopulos.

During her tenure, the studio has struck gold with hits like the Ryan Reynolds’ R-rated “Deadpool” franchise, the R-rated “Logan” film (a send-off for Hugh Jackman), “Hidden Figures” and “The Greatest Showman.” In addition, the studio’s specialty banner Fox Searchlight nabbed the Best Picture Oscar for “The Shape of Water” — and two acting prizes for “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri.”

“I know her very well, and she’s going to want to run a studio,” the insider told TheWrap. “But studio-wise, I don’t see anything out there.”

Indeed, the other majors all seem stable at the top. Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley oversaw the studio’s most profitable year in 2017, crossing $5 billion at the worldwide box office with slate of films that included “Split,” “Get Out,” “The Fate of the Furious” and “Girls Trip.”

Paramount is rebounding and producing hits again under Gianopulos; Sony just reinforced its faith in Tom Rothman by extending his contract for five years on the eve of breakout hit “Venom;” and AT&T retained Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara after its multibillion-dollar acquisition of Time Warner over the summer.

Also Read: Warner Bros Leadership Shake-Up: Toby Emmerich to Run Studio, Sue Kroll Steps Down

2. An Upstart Studio

With the major Hollywood studios locked up, Snider could turn to one of the town’s upstart studios. The insider suggested MGM, which has been run by an assortment of senior leadership and division heads known as the “Office of the CEO” since Gary Barber’s surprise ouster last March.

The James Bond studio has been working its way back to prominence since emerging from bankruptcy in 2010, and has helped produced a number of high-profile films, including a minority stake in Warner Bros.’ hit “A Star Is Born.”

And last year, MGM inked a deal with Annapurna Pictures to return to domestic distribution while retaining control of major projects like next month’s “Rocky” spinoff sequel “Creed 2” and the upcoming 25th James Bond film, starring Daniel Craig.

Speaking of Annapurna, the Megan Ellison-run company lost its head of film Chelsea Barnard last week after parting ways with president Marc Weinstock in June. The company decided over the summer to dissolve Weinstock’s position and redistribute his duties, and Ellison now wants to take a more active role in the studio’s day-to-day as it looks to reevaluate the film division and rein in spending.

There’s also STX, which hasn’t filled the hole left by entertainment president Sophie Watts when she exited the company in January — if at this point STX even has a desire to replace her. CEO Robert Simonds is still running the company.

And Lantern Entertainment is still looking for a new CEO to relaunch the indie studio formerly known as The Weinstein Company, though it’s unclear how much Dallas-based Lantern Capital is interested in investing in a venture that’s well outside its usual wheelhouse as a middle-market private equity firm. The company emerged with TWC in a bankruptcy auction in April at a sale price later lowered to $287 million.

Also Read: Annapurna Upheaval: Megan Ellison Is ‘Reevaluating’ Film Division Amid Money Woes

3. A Streaming Giant

The streaming giants all seem to be looking to make a big splash in film, which would make Snider a desirable commodity. Hirschhorn noted that she might be particularly needed at Hulu, which has been mainly focused on TV and documentaries.

But while companies like Netflix, Amazon Studios and Apple would likely benefit from bringing in an executive with experience running a major studio, most of the top jobs are already taken.

NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke took over at Amazon Studios in February months after the ouster of Roy Price in the midst of a sexual harassment accusation. While Amazon is searching for a new head of its film division since the exit of Jason Ropell in July, the insider said Snider is unlikely to want to report to Salke. (The division is currently being overseen in the interim by production chief Ted Hope and international distribution head Matt Newman.)

And Netflix seems to be doing just fine under the supervision of original films head Scott Stuber and chief content officer Ted Sarandos.

“I think she would consider one of the streamers if it was a big enough position,” the insider said. “Say, if Apple came and the guys over there needed a boss — but I don’t think they do.”

Also Read: Annapurna Film President Chelsea Barnard Departs Company

4. Start Her Own Thing

Snider could also become her own boss, partnering with finance types to launch her own production or distribution company. Roy Salter, a senior advisor at FTI Consulting, told TheWrap that an executive Snider’s caliber has endless opportunities in Hollywood.

“Capital, in my view, would be well served to strongly consider the judgment of this type of professional, particularly as there as so few possessing these abilities.” Salter said. “Judging by results, Stacey Snider is one of this industry’s unique professionals that possesses the ability to assess and manage the production and release of content that works both commercially and creatively.

“I would go further to say that Stacey knows how to manage content such as to facilitate positive social impact for the world,” he said “In the upcoming changes within media and entertainment, that type of professional has limitless opportunity.”

There are a lot of risks, however, in trying to get a new company off the ground — and the recent box office record of junior studios like STX and the financial struggles of Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Studios, Global Road and recently Annapurna are not exactly encouraging.

Also Read: Why Hollywood’s Merger Mania Will Leave a Host of Theater Chains and Entertainment Companies in the Dust (Video)

5. Stay on the lot

Another option for Snider would be the more traditional route for top studio executives who find themselves out of the corner office — setting up a production banner on the (soon-to-be Disney) lot.

Former Sony Motion Pictures Group head Amy Pascal transitioned into production after stepping down in the wake of the devastating studio hack. She’s since produced such films as “The Post,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Venom.”

Sue Kroll took a similar approach, launching her own production label Kroll & Co. Entertainment at Warner Bros. after stepping down as head of marketing and distribution in January. She’s an exec producer on the hit “A Star Is Born,” and has set up the upcoming female-led superhero flick “Birds of Prey” at the studio with Margot Robbie.

Disney has offered next to no details into how the Fox studio and its different banners would be incorporated into the new company and exactly what the layout and hierarchy of the studios will look like.

The insider told TheWrap that while it seemed unlikely that Snider would want to launch a full-fledged production shop, producing some films in partnership with a studio could be plausible — especially in the interim, until another top job opens up.

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The Walt Disney Co. has officially laid claim to the top-level executives at Fox that the company wants to keep once it finalizes its $71.3 billion acquisition for the majority of the Murdoch family’s entertainment assets — but Fox film chief Stacey Snider won’t be making the move.

That puts Snider, a well-liked and respected executive who has had stints running Universal Pictures, DreamWorks and currently 20th Century Fox, in play at a time when Hollywood is craving experienced leadership.

“Literally I’d be outside the lot right now with a lobster bib on,” REDEF CEO Jason Hirschhorn said at this month’s TheWrap-sponsored media and entertainment conference TheGrill.

The problem, however, is that there don’t seem to be a lot of clear landing places at the moment for an executive of her caliber, one who has taken successful risks on films such as “Deadpool,” “Hidden Figures” and “The Greatest Showman.”

“Her first thought is always going to be to work at a studio,” one studio executive told TheWrap. “I’m sure she’ll want to wait for a studio, I just don’t know what’s out there.”

Fox did not respond to requests for comment about Snider’s post-Fox plans, but  interviews with Hollywood insiders suggest several paths for her once the Disney deal closes.

1. Another Major Studio

With her background, it would make sense that Snider would want to run another major studio. She’s been at the solo helm of Fox’s film studio since taking over in 2016 after the ouster of now-Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos. Before that, she served as co-chairman alongside Gianopulos.

During her tenure, the studio has struck gold with hits like the Ryan Reynolds’ R-rated “Deadpool” franchise, the R-rated “Logan” film (a send-off for Hugh Jackman), “Hidden Figures” and “The Greatest Showman.” In addition, the studio’s specialty banner Fox Searchlight nabbed the Best Picture Oscar for “The Shape of Water” — and two acting prizes for “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri.”

“I know her very well, and she’s going to want to run a studio,” the insider told TheWrap. “But studio-wise, I don’t see anything out there.”

Indeed, the other majors all seem stable at the top. Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley oversaw the studio’s most profitable year in 2017, crossing $5 billion at the worldwide box office with slate of films that included “Split,” “Get Out,” “The Fate of the Furious” and “Girls Trip.”

Paramount is rebounding and producing hits again under Gianopulos; Sony just reinforced its faith in Tom Rothman by extending his contract for five years on the eve of breakout hit “Venom;” and AT&T retained Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara after its multibillion-dollar acquisition of Time Warner over the summer.

2. An Upstart Studio

With the major Hollywood studios locked up, Snider could turn to one of the town’s upstart studios. The insider suggested MGM, which has been run by an assortment of senior leadership and division heads known as the “Office of the CEO” since Gary Barber’s surprise ouster last March.

The James Bond studio has been working its way back to prominence since emerging from bankruptcy in 2010, and has helped produced a number of high-profile films, including a minority stake in Warner Bros.’ hit “A Star Is Born.”

And last year, MGM inked a deal with Annapurna Pictures to return to domestic distribution while retaining control of major projects like next month’s “Rocky” spinoff sequel “Creed 2” and the upcoming 25th James Bond film, starring Daniel Craig.

Speaking of Annapurna, the Megan Ellison-run company lost its head of film Chelsea Barnard last week after parting ways with president Marc Weinstock in June. The company decided over the summer to dissolve Weinstock’s position and redistribute his duties, and Ellison now wants to take a more active role in the studio’s day-to-day as it looks to reevaluate the film division and rein in spending.

There’s also STX, which hasn’t filled the hole left by entertainment president Sophie Watts when she exited the company in January — if at this point STX even has a desire to replace her. CEO Robert Simonds is still running the company.

And Lantern Entertainment is still looking for a new CEO to relaunch the indie studio formerly known as The Weinstein Company, though it’s unclear how much Dallas-based Lantern Capital is interested in investing in a venture that’s well outside its usual wheelhouse as a middle-market private equity firm. The company emerged with TWC in a bankruptcy auction in April at a sale price later lowered to $287 million.

3. A Streaming Giant

The streaming giants all seem to be looking to make a big splash in film, which would make Snider a desirable commodity. Hirschhorn noted that she might be particularly needed at Hulu, which has been mainly focused on TV and documentaries.

But while companies like Netflix, Amazon Studios and Apple would likely benefit from bringing in an executive with experience running a major studio, most of the top jobs are already taken.

NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke took over at Amazon Studios in February months after the ouster of Roy Price in the midst of a sexual harassment accusation. While Amazon is searching for a new head of its film division since the exit of Jason Ropell in July, the insider said Snider is unlikely to want to report to Salke. (The division is currently being overseen in the interim by production chief Ted Hope and international distribution head Matt Newman.)

And Netflix seems to be doing just fine under the supervision of original films head Scott Stuber and chief content officer Ted Sarandos.

“I think she would consider one of the streamers if it was a big enough position,” the insider said. “Say, if Apple came and the guys over there needed a boss — but I don’t think they do.”

4. Start Her Own Thing

Snider could also become her own boss, partnering with finance types to launch her own production or distribution company. Roy Salter, a senior advisor at FTI Consulting, told TheWrap that an executive Snider’s caliber has endless opportunities in Hollywood.

“Capital, in my view, would be well served to strongly consider the judgment of this type of professional, particularly as there as so few possessing these abilities.” Salter said. “Judging by results, Stacey Snider is one of this industry’s unique professionals that possesses the ability to assess and manage the production and release of content that works both commercially and creatively.

“I would go further to say that Stacey knows how to manage content such as to facilitate positive social impact for the world,” he said “In the upcoming changes within media and entertainment, that type of professional has limitless opportunity.”

There are a lot of risks, however, in trying to get a new company off the ground — and the recent box office record of junior studios like STX and the financial struggles of Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Studios, Global Road and recently Annapurna are not exactly encouraging.

5. Stay on the lot

Another option for Snider would be the more traditional route for top studio executives who find themselves out of the corner office — setting up a production banner on the (soon-to-be Disney) lot.

Former Sony Motion Pictures Group head Amy Pascal transitioned into production after stepping down in the wake of the devastating studio hack. She’s since produced such films as “The Post,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Venom.”

Sue Kroll took a similar approach, launching her own production label Kroll & Co. Entertainment at Warner Bros. after stepping down as head of marketing and distribution in January. She’s an exec producer on the hit “A Star Is Born,” and has set up the upcoming female-led superhero flick “Birds of Prey” at the studio with Margot Robbie.

Disney has offered next to no details into how the Fox studio and its different banners would be incorporated into the new company and exactly what the layout and hierarchy of the studios will look like.

The insider told TheWrap that while it seemed unlikely that Snider would want to launch a full-fledged production shop, producing some films in partnership with a studio could be plausible — especially in the interim, until another top job opens up.

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Michael B Jordan Set to Produce, Star in ‘The Silver Bear’ for Lionsgate

Michael B. Jordan is set to star in a potential franchise launch for Lionsgate with the hitman film “The Silver Bear.”

The “Black Panther” and “Creed II” star will also serve as producer for the film, which is an adaptation of the popular book series by Derek Haas (“Wanted,” “3:10 to Yuma”). Nickel City Pictures is the production company behind the film.

“The Silver Bear” tells the story of Columbus (Jordan) who becomes the most feared and respected hitman in the criminal underworld.

Also Read: Michael B. Jordan to Lead Animated Series ‘gen:LOCK’ From Rooster Teeth

“‘The Silver Bear’ is the kind of story that needs to be experienced on the big screen and Michael is the perfect movie star to inhabit the skin of this dynamic character and take us into the cinematic world of Columbus,” Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Joe Drake said in a statement. “We’re incredibly honored that Michael and Nickel City chose Lionsgate to partner with in bringing this exciting property to life.”

Nickel City optioned the rights to the book franchise last year and engaged Frank Baldwin (“Hard Powder,” “The Godmother”) to adapt the first book of the series. Vishal Rungta, Mark Fasano, Ankur Rungta of Nickel City Pictures will produce along with Jordan’s Outlier Society Productions banner. Derek Haas, Michael Garnett and Tobias Weymar will serve as executive producers.

Earlier this year, Jordan earned critical acclaim as Erik Killmonger in Disney’s box office hit “Black Panther.” Jordan also has “Creed II” and “Just Mercy” upcoming, both of which he is also executive producing. Jordan launched Outlier Society, a film and television company, in fall of 2016 with Alana Mayo heading production and development. Their slate of upcoming projects includes “Gen:Lock,” “Raising Dion,” and “David Makes a Man.”

Also Read: New ‘Creed II’ Trailer: Michael B Jordan Takes on the Fight of His Life (Video)

Jordan has also been in talks recently with Paramount to play the Tom Clancy character John Clark for an upcoming film series.

“We could not be more excited to work with Michael and Lionsgate. We have been huge fans of Michael all the way back to his days in The Wire, and from our first meeting we knew that he was the perfect fit for the role of Columbus,” said Rungta.

Jordan is represented by WME and attorney Greg Slewett. Haas is represented by WME and Adam Kaller. Baldwin is represented by Syndicate Entertainment, Leverage Management and Stuart Rosenthal. WME and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal represent Outlier Society and Endeavor Content and Jerry Dasti of Sloss Eckhouse LawCo represented Nickel City Pictures.

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Michael B. Jordan is set to star in a potential franchise launch for Lionsgate with the hitman film “The Silver Bear.”

The “Black Panther” and “Creed II” star will also serve as producer for the film, which is an adaptation of the popular book series by Derek Haas (“Wanted,” “3:10 to Yuma”). Nickel City Pictures is the production company behind the film.

“The Silver Bear” tells the story of Columbus (Jordan) who becomes the most feared and respected hitman in the criminal underworld.

“‘The Silver Bear’ is the kind of story that needs to be experienced on the big screen and Michael is the perfect movie star to inhabit the skin of this dynamic character and take us into the cinematic world of Columbus,” Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Joe Drake said in a statement. “We’re incredibly honored that Michael and Nickel City chose Lionsgate to partner with in bringing this exciting property to life.”

Nickel City optioned the rights to the book franchise last year and engaged Frank Baldwin (“Hard Powder,” “The Godmother”) to adapt the first book of the series. Vishal Rungta, Mark Fasano, Ankur Rungta of Nickel City Pictures will produce along with Jordan’s Outlier Society Productions banner. Derek Haas, Michael Garnett and Tobias Weymar will serve as executive producers.

Earlier this year, Jordan earned critical acclaim as Erik Killmonger in Disney’s box office hit “Black Panther.” Jordan also has “Creed II” and “Just Mercy” upcoming, both of which he is also executive producing. Jordan launched Outlier Society, a film and television company, in fall of 2016 with Alana Mayo heading production and development. Their slate of upcoming projects includes “Gen:Lock,” “Raising Dion,” and “David Makes a Man.”

Jordan has also been in talks recently with Paramount to play the Tom Clancy character John Clark for an upcoming film series.

“We could not be more excited to work with Michael and Lionsgate. We have been huge fans of Michael all the way back to his days in The Wire, and from our first meeting we knew that he was the perfect fit for the role of Columbus,” said Rungta.

Jordan is represented by WME and attorney Greg Slewett. Haas is represented by WME and Adam Kaller. Baldwin is represented by Syndicate Entertainment, Leverage Management and Stuart Rosenthal. WME and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal represent Outlier Society and Endeavor Content and Jerry Dasti of Sloss Eckhouse LawCo represented Nickel City Pictures.

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Latino Group NHLA Joins Call for Greater Diversity at Paramount

The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) has announced it is joining a nationwide campaign calling for Paramount to improve its record of Latinx inclusion.

In an open letter Tuesday, NHLA called on Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos to work with the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) and the National Latino Media Council (NLMC) to address what it says is “Paramount’s status as the worst-performing movie studio with respect to Latino inclusion.”

NHMC and NLMC have been organizing a boycott effort against Paramount after an NHMC report earlier this year said the studio had “the worst numbers amongst the major six film studios when it comes to Latino representation in front and behind the camera.” The groups organized a protest in front of the studio entrance in August, and have announced a second protest will take place Wednesday.

Also Read: Latinx Producers Call on Hollywood to Invest in Diverse Talent, Stars: ‘We Are Part of the Mainstream’

Reached for comment, Paramount provided TheWrap with a statement it issued earlier this summer in response to the boycott effort.

“We met with NHMC in a good faith effort to see how we could partner as we further drive Paramount’s culture of diversity, inclusion and belonging,’ the statement says. “Under our new leadership team, we continue to make progress — including ensuring representation in front of and behind the camera in upcoming films such as “Dora the Explorer,” “Instant Family,” “Bumblebee” and “Limited Partners” — and welcome the opportunity to build and strengthen relationships with the Latinx creative community further.”

The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda is a coalition of 45 national Latino advocacy organizations. Read the full text of the letter below:

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Jim Gianopulos
Chairman & CEO, Paramount Pictures Corporation
5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90038

Dear Mr. Gianopulos:
The board of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) recently voted to support a nationwide
campaign against Paramount Pictures for its refusal to work with the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) and the National Latino Media Council (NLMC) to address Paramount’s status as the worst-performing movie studio with respect to Latino inclusion. The NHLA is a coalition of 45 of the most preeminent national Latino nonpartisan civil rights and advocacy organizations in the United States. The NHLA works as a coalition to address national issues of concerns to the Latino community. We urge you to agree to work with NHMC and NLMC to address the issue of Latino exclusion immediately. The NHLA will join others in a campaign against Paramount Pictures until it addresses this issue.

As you know, Latinos represent over 18 percent of the United States population, and Latinos have been the largest racial/ethnic minority group in the country for more than a decade. In addition, Latinos comprise over one quarter of all public school students from kindergarten through 12th grade nationwide. Not surprisingly then, surveys indicate that Latinos represent nearly a quarter of all moviegoers in the United States. These statistics render all the more shocking – and insulting to all Latinos – Paramount’s abysmal representation of Latinos both in front of and behind the camera in your movies.

The Latino community faces a particular challenge in 2018 as some of our country’s leaders, including Donald Trump, regularly marginalize and demonize Latinos despite our longstanding and continuing contributions to public and military service in the United States. Prominent media companies that continue to dramatically underrepresent the Latino community are complicit in creating a societal atmosphere that permits such demonization. The Latino community can no longer tolerate such complicity.

Paramount Pictures must immediately attend to its worst record in the industry with respect to Latino inclusion, and cease its ongoing campaign of disrespect toward the Latino community and its leadership.

Sincerely yours,
Thomas A. Saenz
Chair, NHLA

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The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) has announced it is joining a nationwide campaign calling for Paramount to improve its record of Latinx inclusion.

In an open letter Tuesday, NHLA called on Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos to work with the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) and the National Latino Media Council (NLMC) to address what it says is “Paramount’s status as the worst-performing movie studio with respect to Latino inclusion.”

NHMC and NLMC have been organizing a boycott effort against Paramount after an NHMC report earlier this year said the studio had “the worst numbers amongst the major six film studios when it comes to Latino representation in front and behind the camera.” The groups organized a protest in front of the studio entrance in August, and have announced a second protest will take place Wednesday.

Reached for comment, Paramount provided TheWrap with a statement it issued earlier this summer in response to the boycott effort.

“We met with NHMC in a good faith effort to see how we could partner as we further drive Paramount’s culture of diversity, inclusion and belonging,’ the statement says. “Under our new leadership team, we continue to make progress — including ensuring representation in front of and behind the camera in upcoming films such as “Dora the Explorer,” “Instant Family,” “Bumblebee” and “Limited Partners” — and welcome the opportunity to build and strengthen relationships with the Latinx creative community further.”

The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda is a coalition of 45 national Latino advocacy organizations. Read the full text of the letter below:

Jim Gianopulos
Chairman & CEO, Paramount Pictures Corporation
5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90038

Dear Mr. Gianopulos:
The board of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) recently voted to support a nationwide
campaign against Paramount Pictures for its refusal to work with the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) and the National Latino Media Council (NLMC) to address Paramount’s status as the worst-performing movie studio with respect to Latino inclusion. The NHLA is a coalition of 45 of the most preeminent national Latino nonpartisan civil rights and advocacy organizations in the United States. The NHLA works as a coalition to address national issues of concerns to the Latino community. We urge you to agree to work with NHMC and NLMC to address the issue of Latino exclusion immediately. The NHLA will join others in a campaign against Paramount Pictures until it addresses this issue.

As you know, Latinos represent over 18 percent of the United States population, and Latinos have been the largest racial/ethnic minority group in the country for more than a decade. In addition, Latinos comprise over one quarter of all public school students from kindergarten through 12th grade nationwide. Not surprisingly then, surveys indicate that Latinos represent nearly a quarter of all moviegoers in the United States. These statistics render all the more shocking – and insulting to all Latinos – Paramount’s abysmal representation of Latinos both in front of and behind the camera in your movies.

The Latino community faces a particular challenge in 2018 as some of our country’s leaders, including Donald Trump, regularly marginalize and demonize Latinos despite our longstanding and continuing contributions to public and military service in the United States. Prominent media companies that continue to dramatically underrepresent the Latino community are complicit in creating a societal atmosphere that permits such demonization. The Latino community can no longer tolerate such complicity.

Paramount Pictures must immediately attend to its worst record in the industry with respect to Latino inclusion, and cease its ongoing campaign of disrespect toward the Latino community and its leadership.

Sincerely yours,
Thomas A. Saenz
Chair, NHLA

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