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Eli Roth is set to direct a remake of 1974’s Death Wish from a script by Scott Alexander ’85 and Larry Karaszewski ’85.

Walt Becker '95 is set to direct a screen adaptation of his YA fantasy novel Charlie Paris and the Young Ambassadors, which has been acquired Fox 2000. Joe Ballarini '99 is going to pen the script.

Adrienne Biddle ’99 and Bryan Bertino of Unbroken Pictures are producing the suspense thriller He’s Out There, which will star Yvonne Strahovski.

Gillian Bohrer ’03 has left Lionsgate to join Fox 2000 as the Executive Vice President of Production.

TV drama Westworld, executive produced by Bryan Burk ’91 and produced by Athena Wickham ’02, has been set to premiere in the fall at HBO.

Trey Callaway '89 has been named the showrunner of the new Fox series APB, which will debut in February of 2017.

John Carpenter will executive produce a new installment in the Halloween franchise for Miramax and Blumhouse Productions. Malek Akkad will produce the film under his Trancas International Films banner.

The new documentary Out Run, directed and produced by S. Leo Chiang ’00, is set to have its European debut at the 2016 Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Jon Chu '03 will direct Crazy Rich Asians, an on-screen adaptation of Kevin Kwan's 2013 book of the same name.

Mommy's Little Boy, penned by Christine Conradt '96, is set to start production in July.

R.J. Cutler is set to direct an event series based on the nonfiction novel The Birth of the Pill.

A24 has acquired the U.S. rights to the comedy 20th Century Women, which is produced by Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures. The film will star Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, and Greta Gerwig.

Dope director Rick Famuyiwa '96 is set to helm Warner Bros.' The Flash from a script written by Seth Grahame-Smith.

Dan Fisher ’08 under Gravitas Ventures has secured all worldwide rights to Better Off Single, a dating comedy starring Aaron Tveit. The film is set to be released in theaters and on demand on October 7.

Leah Fong ’08 has been tapped as a story editor for ABC’s Once Upon a Time, after previously writing for Syfy’s The Magicians and NBC’s Emerald City.

Brian Grazer is set to produce a remake of the 1984 cult hit Splash, which starred Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah. Grazer previously wrote and produced the original 1984 film.

Glenn Gebhard '81 has been nominated for an Emmy for his PBS documentary Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution, which is also available on Netflix.

Craig Gerber ’92 created and is executive producing Disney Channel’s Elena of Avalor, a spinoff of his award-winning Sofia the First.

Darin Goldberg '91 and Shelley Meals '91 are now writers/co-EPs on NBC's Chicago Med.

David Goyer '88 will produce a film adaptation of the graphic novel Doctors for 20th Century Fox under his Phantom Four Films production banner. He is also set to direct the remake of German hacker film Who Am I for Warner Bros.

James Gray ’91 will write and direct the sci-fi epic Ad-Astra.

George Heller ’02 has joined Brillstein Entertainment Partners (BEP) after leading the LA management operations of Denis Leary’s Apostle for the past five years.

Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures has inked a first-look deal with Sonar Entertainment.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, directed by Ron Howard, has been acquired by Hulu, making it the first film to be released by the Hulu Documentary Films division. Howard will also direct sci-fi film Seveneves for Skydance, producing the movie with Skydance's David Ellison.

Gravitas Ventures has acquired Beyond Glory, a feature film adaptation of actor’s Stephen Lang’s one-man show. Jon Landau and James Cameron are executive producers.

Netflix will acquire the rights to Paolo Bacigalupi’s sci-fi short story Mike Model. Shawn Levy ’94 will produce the film adaptation.

Jaffar Mahmood '02 is directing an episode for Season 8 of ABC's The Middle.

Paul Maibaum '75 has been attached as Director of Photography on the new Fox Network episodic drama Pitch, which will air this fall.

Lucky McGeewill direct the chase thriller Misfortune for Radiant Films.

Gunpowder & Sky is partnering with Supergravity Pictures, director Nicholas Musurca ’12 and writer Jerome Sable ’09 for a thriller centered on a small-town skate crew that wants to become Internet-famous.

Justin Ostensen '04 has been promoted to VP of Post Production at Amblin.

Hannah Ozer ’09 has been hired as Manager for Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment where she will focus on repping film/TV writers and directors.

Issa Rae's long-awaited comedy series Insecure, which is executive produced by Prentice Penny ‘95, is coming to HBO in the fall.

Jason Reitman has signed a first-look deal with Hulu for all TV projects. Hulu has also renewed the dramedy Casual, which he executive produces, for a third season.

Adam Robitel '00 will direct 2017's Insidious: Chapter 4.

Mike Roma ’15 has written and directed a new gender-defying web series called Danny the Manny. The 5-episode series follows a gay babysitter who discovers that the boy  he watches has a penchant for cross-dressing.

Erica Shelton Kodish '98 has been named the new showrunner for the fourth season of BET's Being Mary Jane starring Gabrielle Union.

Activision Blizzard Inc.'s first television series Skylanders Academy, produced by Stacey Sher '85, has received a two-season order at Neflix and will debut in the fall.

Empire co-creator Danny Strong '96 has signed a multi-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV where he will write, direct, supervise and develop series for the company.

Rawson Marshall Thurber ’99 will write and direct the China-set action film Skyscraper, which will star Dwayne Johnson.

Dave Tolchinsky will co-curate SICK BY SEVEN at A Red Orchid Theater. The seven interconnected works includes plays and films. In addition to co-curating, Tolchinsky will also direct one of the seven works "Where's the Rest of Me?"

Jeff Wadlow '01 will direct the action comedy The True Memoirs of an International Assassin, which will star Kevin James. The picture will begin production in September.

Max Winkler ’06 will direct the coming of age film Flower, which will star Zoey Deutch, Kathryn Hahn, Tim Heidecker, and Adam Scott.

Jeremy Whitman has joined the Shout! Factory team as Development Director. In this role, he will help develop scripted and unscripted series for television, digital, and premium content services.

New TV Shows on the Air

All the Way
Jay Roach ‘86, Director

Animal Kingdom
John Wells ‘82, Executive Producer, Director

BrainDead
Liz Glotzer ‘85, Executive Producer

Guilt
Todd Slavkin ‘87, Executive Producer

Lady Dynamite
Andrew Weil ‘06, Executive Producer

Outcast
Chris Black ‘81, Executive Producer

Preacher
Neal Moritz ‘85, Executive Producer
Ori Marmur, Executive Producer

Roadies
Bryan Burk ‘91, Executive Producer

Roots
Mark Wolper ‘00, Executive Producer

The American West
John Ealer ’99, Director


New Films in Release

Alice Through the Looking Glass
Jennifer Todd, Producer
Suzanne Todd, Producer

Captain America: Civil War
Kevin Feige ‘95, Producer
Jeffrey Ford ‘94, Editor
Tom Johnson, Sound Re-Recording Mixing

Central Intelligence
Rawson Marshall Thurber ‘99, Writer/Director

Finding Dory
Victoria Strouse ‘97, Writer
Tim Nielsen ‘99, Sound Designer
Lindsay Armstrong ‘14, Assistant Editor

Independence Day: Resurgence
James Vanderbilt ‘99, Writer

Money Monster
Grant Heslov ‘86, Producer
Dan Dubiecki, Producer

Now You See Me 2
Jon Chu ‘03, Director
Peter Chiarelli ‘99, Writer

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Judd Apatow, Producer

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Bob Ducsay ‘86, Editor

The BFG
Justin Ostensen ‘04, Post Production Supervisor
Gary Rydstrom ‘81, Sound Designer, Re-Recording Mixer

Warcraft
Charles Roven, Producer

The Nice Guys
John Ottman ‘88, Co-Composer

X-Men: Apocalypse
Bryan Singer ‘89, Writer/Producer/Director
John Ottman ‘88, Editor/Composer/Co-Producer
Chuck Michael ‘88, Sound Designer