Hot Sheet May - June 2017

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Todd Black is producing a remake of the 2015 French film Disorder for Sony. Black will also produce Linda And Monica, about the budding friendship between D.C. pals Linda Tripp and Monica Lewinsky that imploded when it led to the revelation of the scandalous relationship between the White House intern and President Bill Clinton.

Julian Breece ‘05 is the writer and executive producer of Mason Dixon, an hour-long drama in development at Fox.

Ryan Coogler ‘11 will direct and produce Wrong Answer, the true story of how Atlanta high school educators participated in an intricate, systemic standardized-test cheating scandal in 2013. 

Ericson Core is set to direct a film based on The Translator, an international bestseller about the genocide in Western Sudan.

Sara Cross is one of the 11 writers selected for the 2017 HBO Access Writing Fellowship, which will run from July through February.

Megan Ellison will produce Waco, about the 1993 standoff between the Branch Davidian group and FBI and Texas state law enforcement. Ellison will also produce a series adaptation of Maria Semple’s bestselling novel Today Will Be Different, which has landed at HBO for development. In addition, Ellison will serve as an executive producer on a limited series adaptation of the period drama Fever, based on Mary Beth Keane’s novel.

Ryan Engle ’01 is the writer of Breaking In, which centers on a woman who fights to protect the ones she loves during a home invasion. The feature is set to start production in July.

Jason Ensler ‘97 is joining Fox’s horror drama The Exorcist as an executive producer/director for its upcoming second season. In addition, he has also signed a deal with the studio behind it, 20th Century Fox TV.

Paul Feig ‘84 will direct and produce the thriller A Simple Favor for Lionsgate. Peter Kang ’96 will oversee this project for the studio.

Josh Friedman and David Goyer ‘88 are set to adapt Foundation, Isaac Asimov’s science fiction trilogy, into a sprawling TV series for Skydance Television. Goyer is also producing Escape, based on atrue story about a professor who is caught in Sarajevo as the city is turned into an explosive battleground and who sacrifices his own safety to continue teaching. 

Brian Grazer ‘74 and Ron Howard will produce a feature documentary on famed tenor and opera icon Luciano Pavarotti. Howard is set to direct.

Javier Grillo-Marxuach ‘93 will co-executive produce and lead the writing of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. The new Netflix original series will be a prequel series to the groundbreaking 1982 feature The Dark Crystal.

Aaron Kaplan ‘90 is the executive producer of the half-hour single camera comedy The Interventionist, which is being developed by the upcoming Paramount Network. Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment has signed an exclusive production deal with Particular Pictures, writer-director John Hamburg’s company. Under the pact, Hamburg and Kaplan will identify projects to develop and produce together for broadcast, cable and digital platforms. Their first collaboration under the agreement is Los Hermanos, in development at Showtime. Kaplan is set to executive produce the show.

Eric Kripke ‘96 has written the script for The House With A Clock In Its Walls, an adaptation of the 1973 John Bellairs book illustrated by Edward Gorey. It is part of a 12-book series. James Vanderbilt ‘99 will produce with Kripke. 

Shawn Levy ‘94 will produce a live-action/animation hybrid fillm for Sony based on the bestselling children’s picture book The Day The Crayons Quit. Levy will also direct and produce the Amblin sci-fi action drama The Fall.

Doug Liman is directing and executive producing Impulse, the first drama to be given a series order from YouTube Red’s new subscription service.

Hiro Murai ‘06 is set to direct and executive produce the Amazon comedy pilot Sea Oak, starring Glenn Close.

Matt Reeves ‘88 is finalizing a deal with Fox Animation to produce an adaptation of the recently acquired Michelle Cuevas book The Care and Feeding Of A Pet Black Hole.

Jason Reitman has written and is also set to direct and produce The Frontrunner, about the rise and fall of Gary Hart, the Colorado senator who ran for president in 1984.

Shonda Rhimes ‘94 will executive produce Adult Behavior, an hour-long project for ABC inspired by the British TV series Cucumber and Banana. Rhimes’ Grey’s Anatomy spinoff about firefighters has just received a straight-to-series order from ABC for midseason 2018 as well.

Josh Schwartz’s Fake Empire has received a pilot order from Freeform to make Misfits, a supernatural drama inspired by the British series. Schwartz will also serve as executive producer of the project. In addition, Schwartz has new series Dynasty on the CW and Marvel’s Runaways on Hulu. 

Peter Segal ‘84 is directing Second Act, a romantic comedy for STX Films. The film is about a big-box store employee who reinvents her life and her lifestyle and gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as a college degree.

‘89 is producing Dark Phoenix, the next installment of the X-Men franchise. The film has a release date of November 2, 2018.

Tim Story is set to direct and produce Black Wall Street, about the racial unrest that happened in the Greenwood section of Tulsa, OK.

Aaron Thomas ’01, SCA alum and faculty member, had his pilot SWAT picked up to series by CBS. Neal Moritz ‘85 is an executive producer on the show.

Rawson Thurber ‘99 is in talks with Warner Bros. to direct a re-launch of the Cannonball Run franchise. 

Patrick Tobin ‘88, ‘90 will write the adaptation of Katie Williams’ soon-to-be-published science fiction drama The Happiness Machine into a TV series.

Kurt Voelker wrote and directed The Bachelors, starring J.K. Simmons. It premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and will be released by Freestyle later this year.

Robert Zemeckis ‘73 and his company ImageMovers have received a 10-episode straight-to-series order from History to produce the UFO drama Blue Book.

Randy Zisk will be the director and executive producer of The Good Cop, a dramedy crime procedural for Netflix.


New TV Shows on the Air

American Gods
Bryan Fuller, Creator/Writer/Executive Producer

I Love Dick
Dara Resnik ‘03, Writer/Co-Executive Producer

Still Star-Crossed
Shonda Rhimes ‘94, Executive Producer


New Films in Release

The Big Sick
Judd Apatow, Producer

The Book of Henry
John Schwartzman, Cinematographer
Despicable Me 3
Cinco Paul ‘93, Screenwriter

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Adam Sztykiel ‘99, Screenwriter

Spider Man: Homecoming
Kevin Feige ‘95, Producer

Transformers: The Last Knight
Tom DeSanto, Producer
Don Murphy ‘88, Producer

Wonder Woman
Charles Roven, Producer
Matthew Jensen ‘94, Cinematographer