Movie studios will always bend over backwards for a good idea and that’s what happened earlier this week. Sony Pictures won a bidding war to pick up the rights to a graphic novel called The Sculptor by Scott McCloud. McCloud is a comic book legend, having created the Eighties sci-fi comic Zot! before transitioning into more of a mentor role by publishing books such as Understanding Comics and Making Comics.
The Sculptor is McCloud’s first major work of fiction in many years. It follows a man who makes a deal with the Devil to be a genius sculptor for 200 days, after which he’ll die. Read more about The Sculptor movie adaptation below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, November 20th, 2014 by Angie Han
Never one to shy away from political tales, Paul Greengrass is preparing to adapt a classic of the genre. Sony Pictures is getting the ball rolling on a new adaptation of 1984, the dystopian novel by George Orwell, and has attached Greengrass to direct. Hit the jump for more details on the Paul Greengrass 1984 movie. Read More »
Paul Greengrass has been linked to an adaptation of the book Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA. The book is about Morten Storm, a one-time Islamic radical who became a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence. Sony has picked up rights to the book, and Scott Rudin will produce with Greengrass reportedly developing the adaptation, and potentially directing. Read More »
Posted on Friday, June 20th, 2014 by Angie Han
The last time Scott Rudin had a Michael Lewis adaptation on his hands, he got Aaron Sorkin to help turn it into a critically acclaimed hit. So now that he’s got another Lewis adaptation in the works, he’s naturally bringing Sorkin back on board.
The Oscar-nominated scribe is in talks to pen Flash Boys, based on Lewis’ bestseller about high-frequency trading on Wall Street. Which sounds like kind of a dense, dull topic, but then so did sabermetric analysis before Rudin and Sorkin made it look interesting in Moneyball. Hit the jump for more details.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 by Angie Han
Michael Lewis isn’t a Hollywood guy per se, but he has been behind a couple of big recent hits. Best Picture nominees The Blind Side and Moneyball were both based on books of his, and movies based on his tomes Liar’s Poker and The Big Short are both in the works.
Now Sony and producer Scott Rudin are getting close to picking up his latest bestseller, Flash Boys. The tome centers around a group of Wall Street guys who, dismayed to realize how rigged the stock market is, band together to reform their industry. Think of it as the anti-Wolf of Wall Street. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by Angie Han
Brooklyn Castle is being turned into a narrative feature, courtesy of Seth Rogen and his 50/50 team. His Point Grey has set up an adaptation of the junior high chess documentary at Sony, with 50/50 helmer Jonathan Levine and 50/50 scribe Will Reiser on board.
Directed by Katie Dellamaggiore, the original film centered on the adolescent chess whizzes of I.S. 318. Though the kids’ triumph would’ve been admirable in any context, it was made even more so by the fact that they hailed from Intermediate School 318 — a poor inner-city school in Brooklyn where about two-thirds of the students live below the federal poverty line. Hit the jump for more details on the project.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 by Angie Han
Vampire romances and fairy tale retellings may come and go, but spy stories never really seem to go out of style. The latest to get picked up is The Director, based on a forthcoming novel by Body of Lies author David Ignatius. Scott Rudin is attached to produce, and he already has a director in mind: Paul Greengrass. Hit the jump for plot details and more.
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A set of ’70s sitcoms produced or developed by Norman Lear managed to change the tone of American television. All in the Family, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, Good Times, and Maude all addressed social and political issues to varying degrees through the basic structure of the sitcom.
Originally developed as a way to use the sitcom to show the lives of a hard-working, poor black family in a Chicago housing project, Good Times turned into a more broad, typical comedy thanks to the unexpected success of actor Jimmie Walker, whose popular catchprase “Dy-no-MITE!” gave the show’s writers an easy road to audience approval.
Now Good Times is being revived as a movie. Producer Scott Rudin (No Country For Old Men) and screenwriter Phil Johnston (Wreck-It Ralph, Cedar Rapids) are working with Sony to bring the show to the big screen. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, December 7th, 2012 by Angie Han
Today’s TV bits is stuffed to the brim with new project announcements, casting notices, trailers, and much more. After the jump:
- Mike Judge and Scott Rudin team for Silicon Valley at HBO
- FX is adapting J. Michael Feldman‘s show Fairy Tale Theater
- Goonies co-stars Sean Astin and Corey Feldman reunite on TMNT
- The Newsroom casts someone to play a Romney campaign staffer
- Sean Bean replaces Brendan Fraser in TNT’s spy drama Legends
- The CW gives freshman drama series Cult a February premiere date
- Jon Hamm and John Slattery direct more episodes of Mad Men
- Is Doctor Who uniting all 11 Doctors for an anniversary special?
- How would you like to create a title sequence for A&E’s Bates Motel?
- Read an in-depth oral history of beloved cult classic Freaks & Geeks
- Hannah fails to get a job in a deleted scene from Season 1 of Girls
- Laura Dern has big plans in the Enlightened Season 2 teaser
- See a teaser for the Beyonce-directed documentary about Beyonce
- Check out a production video from the Game of Thrones set
- Showtime offers up a teaser for season 6 of Californication
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When Universal was shedding projects in 2011, one that was dropped was Memphis, a chronicle of Martin Luther King, Jr. from producer Scott Rudin and director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum, United 93). The film was ambitiously scheduled, with a hopeful release date set for this year’s MLK holiday, and with Greengrass not being noted for his post-production speed.
But there was also question over whether the King estate approved the script. All told, the deck was stacked against the project, and Greengrass moved on to Captain Phillips. I joked when Universal cut the film loose that Annapurna Productions should step in, but in reality it looks like Wild Bunch is now going to finance Memphis, giving Rudin and Greengrass another chance to tell the story. Read More »