Hot Sheet May - June 2015

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Malek Akkad ’06 will produce Halloween Returns, the next installment of the Halloween franchise for Dimension Films and Trancas International Films.

Judd Apatow will produce Universal's untitled music-based comedy to star The Lonely Island members Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone.

Joe Ballarini ’99 will adapt the New York Times bestselling children's book Greenglass House for Paramount Pictures. Ballarini will also adapt his own novel Babysitters Guide to Monsters for Walden and Montecito Pictures.

Jon M. Chu ’03 and Hieu Ho ’07 will produce Paramount's Escape, an action adventure story about a group of tech-savvy criminals.

Chris Coggins ’02 was hired as Vice President of Production and Development at EuropaCorp USA.

Gabriela Cowperthwaite will direct an adaptation of Peter Heller's novel The Painter the story of a famous artist who goes on the lam after he's suspected of murder.

R.J. Cutler will co-write and direct an adaptation of My Dark Places, a memoir by James Ellroy about the crime writer's attempt to re-investigate his mother's 1958 murder some 36 years later.

Caleb Deschanel ’69 received the 2015 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal during the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Steve Martin.

Susan Downey ’95 and Dan Dubiecki will produce an adaptation of Paul Tremblay's forthcoming thriller novel A Head Full of Ghosts for Focus Features.

Ryan Engle ’01 wrote Rampage, a live-action feature based on the classic 1980s arcade game. Production has been set for summer of 2016 with Dwayne Johnson to star.

Josh Goldsmith ’95 and Cathy Yuspa’95 co-wrote Jay Berger Wants to Be Your Friend, an indie comedy to star Haley Joel Osment. Goldsmith will direct.

Luke Greenfield ’94 co-wrote and will direct a supernatural love story titled Destiny for DreamWorks.

Kip Konwiser ’88 and Kern Konwiser ’92 will write, direct, and produce an untitled feature-length documentary for Legendary Pictures designed to inspire American youth to develop a passion for math and science.

Shawn Levy ’94 and Billy Rosenberg ’00 will produce Fist Fight, a comedy to star Ice Cube and Charlie Day. Levy is also set to executive produce an untitled eight-episode supernatural period drama series for Netflix starring Winona Ryder and David Harbour.

CAA hired Maren Olson ’03 to join their Film Finance & Sales Group.

Ben Proudfoot ’12 shot, directed, and produced Turns, a documentary short on the master woodcutter Steven Kennard. The film was chosen to be a Vimeo Staff Pick.

Jason Reitman ’99 will write and direct an adaptation of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend for DreamWorks Animation.

Shonda Rhimes ’94 will publish her first book, Year of Yes, with Simon & Shuster.

Ari Sandel ’05 will direct the CBS Films comedy Preconception, a story about a mid-30s couple who take on their pre-parenthood bucket list before trying to have a baby.

The pilot of Snowfall, a 1980s period drama co-created and co-written by John Singleton ’90, has been picked up by FX. Singleton will executive produce the series which centers on the beginnings of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles.

Scott Speer ’04 will direct Midnight Sun, a young adult romance based on the 2006 Japanese film of the same title.

HBO has sent to series Brother in Atlanta, a comedy pilot directed by Tim Story ’94. Story will executive produce.

Danny Strong ’96 will produce The Best of Enemies, a historical drama based on the unlikely friendship of civil rights activist Ann Atwater and Ku Klux Klansman C.P. Ellis.

Jon Turteltaub's thriller drama pilot Stay was picked up by ABC Family. He will executive produce.


Avengers: Age of Ultron
Kevin Feige ’95, Producer
Jeff Ford ’91, Editor

Rick Famuyiwa ’96, Writer/Director

Hot Pursuit
Dana Fox ’00, Producer

Jurassic World
Amanda Silver ’89, Writer
John Schwartzman, Director of Photography

Paul Feig ’84, Writer/Director/Producer

Terminator: Genisys
David Ellison, Producer

Ashley York ’06, Co-Director/Producer

Walter Murch, Editor