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E! Buys Pitch For Scripted Drama Based On Deborah Schoeneman’s NYT Article About Guy-Rating Lulu App

E! Buys Pitch For Scripted Drama Based On Deborah Schoeneman’s NYT Article About Guy-Rating Lulu AppDeborah Schoeneman and Offspring Entertainment have sold a pitch to E! through Warner Horizon Television, about a young woman who has created a wildly successful (and controversial) app to rate/review men. Offline, the woman is struggling to find love. The idea for the one-hour drama was inspired by Schoeneman’s New York Times article,  “What’s He Really Like? Check the Lulu App,” which tells the story about the social networking app, which has over 1 billion profile views of men –  and its founders, Alexandra Chong and Alison Schwartz. Schoeneman would executive produce — with Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot via their Offspring Entertainment. Chong is a consulting producer on the project.
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Adam Shankman, David Kajganich Sell 1960s NYC Drama ‘Open City’ To HBO

By | Tuesday May 27, 2014 @ 12:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

adamshankmanFollowing his March pact with HBO Films to direct and executive produce the Gypsy Rose Lee biopic Madame Rose, Rock of Ages and Hairspray helmer Adam Shankman has teamed with screenwriter David Kajganich (The Invasion) on a drama series project for HBO, which Kajganich will write and Shankman will direct. Set in the pre-Stonewall New York City of the late 1960s, Open City explores characters from disparate corners of Manhattkajganichan as they navigate the cultural revolutions and political turmoil of the era, including the unlikely alliance between the Mafia and the city’s gay community in the opening of a West Village nightclub. Ronnie Lorenzo, one of the original owners of the Stonewall Inn, the epicenter of the 1969 Stonewall riots that sparked America’s gay rights movement, is aboard as a consulting producer. Read More »

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Adam Shankman To Direct & Produce ‘Madame Rose’ Biopic For HBO Films

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 12:53pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

adamshankmanEXCLUSIVE: Rose Hovick has been called the ultimate stage mother, immortalized in the classic musical Gypsy: A Musical Fable, based on the memoirs of one of Hovick’s two performing daughters, Gypsy Rose Lee. Now HBO Films is looking to tell Hovick’s true story beyond the musical fable with Madame Rose, a movie in development, which has Adam Shankman (Hairspray) set to direct and executive produce.

roseWritten by Tristine Skyler, Madame Rose is based on the life story of Hovick, the indomitable mother of burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee and actress June Havoc, who would do anything to advance her daughters’ career in show business.  Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot are executive producing via their company Offspring Entertainment. The project is expected to draw top talent for the title role, which has been played in Gypsy‘s stage productions and movie and TV adaptations by such actresses as Ethel Merman, Angela Lansbury, Rosalind Russell, hbofilmsTyne Daly, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Betty Buckley and Bette Midler. Skyler, repped by CAA, Echo Lake Management and James S. Adams, wrote the horror thriller Innocence, slated for a summer 2014 release. Shankman and Gibgot, repped by UTA and Bloom Hergott, are currently in preproduction on New Line’s Mean Moms, eyeing a summer start.

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MGM Setting Adam Shankman To Helm Vin Diesel-Starrer ‘The Machine’

By | Friday April 12, 2013 @ 10:14am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: MGM is in talks with Adam Shankman to direct The Machine, the action comedy that will star Vin Diesel and was scripted by the Night At The Museum team of Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant. Diesel and his One Race Films banner is producing with Marc Platt and Adam Siegel. Alfred Gough and Miles Millar did the most recent script draft. Shankman’s Offspring partner Jennifer Gibgot will be an exec producer.

It is a reteam for Shankman and Diesel, who previously worked together on The Pacifier. Here, Diesel will star as a human-like machine created in secrecy by the Pentagon as the world’s first true ultimate weapon, before the project was decommissioned and buried. Two decades later, The Machine is discovered by a kid who befriends him. When the government discovers he has been reactivated, The Machine steps up to protect the family harboring him. UTA reps Shankman.

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Alex Timbers Set To Direct Shakespeare Musical Pic For Disney

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 9:52am PST

EXCLUSIVE: Disney has tapped Alex Timbers to direct an untitled musical film that is being billed as a contemporary adaptation of a Shakespeare play. The feature, written by Amy Talkington, will be produced by Offspring Entertainment‘s Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot, with Jon Chu and Offspring’s Matt Smith executive producing. Talkington wrote the original first draft and will continue working on the script with Timbers, a two-time Tony nominee whose helming credits include the Broadway musicals Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and  The Pee-Wee Herman Show,  as well as Disney’s stage play Peter And The Starcatcher.

The idea for the musical originated from a friendship between Smith and Talkington, who are working together on the MGM remake of Valley Girl. Offspring set up the pitch with Disney execs Kristin Burr and Tonia Davis. Read More »

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Adam Shankman Inks First-Look Deal With Warner Horizon Television For Cable Series

Nellie Andreeva

Adam Shankman is venturing into cable. The director/producer/choreographer and his sister, producer Jennifer Gibgot, have closed a two-year first look deal with Warner Horizon Television for their Offspring Entertainment banner. Under the pact, the duo will develop and executive produce scripted cable projects for the studio, a division of Warner Bros TV. Shankman also has the option to direct. In development, Shankman and Gibgot will be assisted by Offspring’s Matt Smith.

Shankman and Gibgot, repped by UTA and Bloom Hergott, most recently worked on the feature Rock Of Ages, with Gibgot producing and Shankman directing and producing. Their joint credits also include the Step Up franchise and 17 Again. Shankman’s first TV directing gig was in cable — helming an episode of USA’s Monk. He has since directed and produced a number of broadcast projects, including directing multiple episodes of Fox’s Glee.

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Jason Bateman, Zac Efron, Goldie Hawn, Leslie Mann Eye ‘This Is Where I Leave You’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros is in talks with Jason Bateman, Zac Efron, Goldie Hawn, and Leslie Mann to headline the ensemble of This Is Where I Leave You, the Adam Shankman-directed adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper comic novel about four siblings who come home to sit ‘shiva’ for their deceased father. They are trapped in the house for seven days, and all the skeletons are bared. Tropper, who memorably adapted Harvey into a script that once had Steven Spielberg committed to direct, adapted his own novel. It is a script that is drawing interest from a lot of talent, with other stars expected to step up for other roles in the ensemble. Spring Creek’s Paula Weinstein and Jeff Levine are producing with Shankman’s Offspring Entertainment partner Jennifer Gibgot. Hawn, who last starred in 2002′s The Banger Sisters, is in talks to play the clan’s mother. Bateman, Efron (whom Shankman directed in Hairspray) and Mann will play siblings. The intention is to begin production in early September. Shankman just directed the musical Rock of Ages, with Tom Cruise starring.

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‘Rock Of Ages’ Soundtrack Drops June 5

By | Monday April 30, 2012 @ 9:41pm PDT

Tom Cruise shows a new hard rocking side of himself in New Line Cinema’s June 15 release Rock Of AgesThe film version of the stage musical tells the story of the music scene on the Sunset Strip in the 1980s through hit songs of the period by Bon Jovi, Journey, Def Leppard, Poison, Twisted Sister, Joan Jett, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake and more. Cruise is not the only film star displaying rock moves; the cast includes Russell Brand (who played rock god Aldous Snow in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him To The Greek), Malin Akerman, Paul Giamatti, Alex Baldwin and Catherine Zeta-Jones (she already showed her singing chops in the best picture Oscar winner Chicago). The Rock Of Ages soundtrack drops June 5 from WaterTower Music. Rock Of Ages also co-stars and features musical performances from Julianne hough, Diego Boneta and Mary J. Blige. Cruise plays hair band icon Stacee Jaxx and according to Deadline’s Mike Fleming, he”crushes” the role, belting out Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive,” Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” and Guns N’ Roses’ “Paradise City.” Cruise also duets with Akerman on Foreigner’s power ballad, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” and with Hough on The Scorpions’ “Rock You Like A Hurricane.”

Adam Shankman directs from a screenplay by Justin Theroux and Chris D’Arienzo and Allan Loeb, based on D’Arienzo’s musical. Rock Of Ages is produced by Matthew Weaver, Scott Prisand, … Read More »

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New Line Tunes Up C&W Love Story To Follow ‘Rock Of Ages’

By | Friday April 27, 2012 @ 3:39pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: New Line has reunited with Rock Of Ages team at Offspring Entertainment to option an untitled pitch that will do for Country & Western music what Rock of Ages did to 80s hair band anthems. The film will be scripted by Brandon Camp, whose credits include Love Happens and Dragonfly, and Offspring’s Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot will produce. Shankman directed Rock of Ages, which New Line adapted from the Broadway show, and which Warner Bros releases June 15. Offspring president Matt Smith will be executive producer, and brought in the project.

Camp will write a Nicholas Sparks-esque love story in which the characters break into C&W standards from Taylor Swift to Johnny Cash. UTA reps Camp.

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Adam Shankman To Direct NBC’s Hilary Winston Comedy Pilot

By | Tuesday February 7, 2012 @ 7:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Feature director Adam Shankman has been tapped to direct NBC’s untitled Hilary Winston single-camera pilot, from Sony TV and Jamie Tarses’ Fanfare. It centers on a shy, focused woman who, after being dumped by her fiance, leans on her co-workers to help her come out of her shell and plot her revenge. Shankman, currently in post-production on Rock Of Ages, recently directed episodes of Glee and Modern Family.

In other pilot director signings, Michael Patrick Jann (Reno 911!) has been hired to helm Fox’s comedy pilot El Jefe (aka The Boss), also from Sony TV. Created by Moses Port & David Guarascio, it is about an upper-middle class 30-year-old guy who finally gets booted out of his dad and step-mom’s house and moves in with his cleaning woman’s family since he had nowhere else to go.

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Adam Shankman To Helm ‘The Nutcracker’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Adam Shankman will be set by New Line Cinema to direct The Nutcracker, a new take on the classic fairy tale that is being eyed as a tent pole family holiday film for late 2013. The script was written by Darren Lemke, who just worked with New Line on Jack the Giant Killer, and whose credits include Shrek Forever After. This version of The Nutcracker goes back to the original 1815 book by E.T.A. Hoffman, about a young girl and a wooden toy soldier who comes alive and leads her on an adventure. The take is a drama with action and a love story that aspires to be similar in tone to Alice in Wonderland. It is shaping up as Shankman’s next film.

The film is being produced by Temple Hill’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, who are coming off Twlight Saga: Breaking Dawn–Part 1. It’s likely that Shankman and his Offspring Entertainment partner Jennifer Gibgot will become involved as well by the time the deal is made. Shankman is just coming off Rock of Ages, the New Line adaptation of the stage musical that stars Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin, Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Mary J. Blige, Paul Giamatti and Bryan Cranston. The film opens June 1. It would be Shankman’s third film with New Line, after Hairspray. Shankman is repped by UTA as is Lemke.

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Skydance Acquires ‘Bad In Bed’ Pitch

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: David Ellison’s Skydance Productions has made a preemptive acquisition of Bad In Bed. The comedy pitch will be written by Pamela Falk and Michael Ellis, the scribes behind The Wedding Planner. They describe it as a racy high concept comedy but they are keeping the specifics under wraps. The title makes it seem self evident. Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Joy Gorman developed it with the writers and will produce. Skydance principal Ellison and his production president Dana Goldberg made the deal with WME and Anonymous Content. The scribes are separately developing an untitled project with Offspring Entertainment’s Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot, along with Anne Fletcher for Warner Bros. Skydance is co-financing and producing a slew of Paramount tent poles, including the upcoming Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation, the Barbra Streisand-Seth Rogen comedy My Mother’s Curse, the Tom Cruise-starrer One Shot, the Brad Pitt-starrer World War Z and the relaunch of the Jack Ryan franchise that will star Chris Pine.

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Who Should Replace Brett Ratner?

Mike Fleming

After Brett Ratner’s spectacular self-inflicted demise as Oscarcast producer, the Academy gets down to business finding a replacement to join Don Mischer in picking up the pieces. I’ve heard speculation ranging from Scott Sanders (who was eyed before Ratner got the nod) to previous Oscar producers Joe Roth, Adam Shankman and Laurence Mark. Harvey Weinstein offered an out-of-the-box suggestion last night. Weinstein, who has sat through plenty of Oscarcasts, suggested drafting Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels, and getting Tina Fey involved in the writing. The idea is they would make Eddie Murphy comfortable and give the broadcast a strong comic focus. I’m not sure Michaels or Fey could spare the time away from their weekly show obligations in New York, though. Who should produce the show?

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Catherine Zeta-Jones Heads To ‘Broken City’

Mike Fleming

Catherine Zeta-Jones has closed her deal to star in Broken City, joining Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe in the Allen Hughes-directed drama. Zeta-Jones will play the philandering wife of the mayor of New York (Crowe).  When a Brooklyn detective (Wahlberg) is hired by the mayor to identify his wife’s lover, and the lover turns up dead, the detective takes it personally and uncovers a wider conspiracy involving his employer. Brian Tucker wrote the script and  Randall Emmett, Stephen Levinson, Wahlberg and George Furla will produce. The $50 million film is being fully funded by Emmett/Furla Films and New Regency recently came on as producer, with Fox distributing. Shooting begins November in New York. Zeta-Jones recently completed three big films. She’s coming off the Adam Shankman-directed Rock Of Ages with Tom Cruise, Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin, starred with Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel and Dennis Quaid in Playing The Field, and starred in the Stephen Frears-directed Lay The Favorite with Bruce Willis and Vince Vaughn. She’s repped by WME.

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Oscarcast Team Of Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Adam Shankman Plot Pic

By | Tuesday October 4, 2011 @ 10:54am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: New Line Cinema is in early talks to acquire a pitch for a comedy vehicle that would re-team 2010 Oscarcast hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin with Adam Shankman, who will direct and who produced the Oscars that year. This is all pretty early stuff — they haven’t closed the deal or even hired a writer — but the principals have all sparked to the idea of moving forward on a comedy that has a bit of Trading Places meets Grumpy Old Men. The comedy will be produced by Shankman and his Offspring Entertainment partner Jennifer Gibgot. Martin and Baldwin previously teamed in It’s Complicated, playing dueling paramours for the affection of Meryl Streep. The idea for the project sprang from Martin appearing with Baldwin in the opening segment of Saturday Night Live, when Baldwin broke Martin’s hosting record, and Shankman and Gibgot thought they’d make a good screen pairing. Baldwin just teamed with them on Rock Of Ages, and though he seemed shaky about taking part for some personal reasons at one point, I’m told he had a good time on the film. We don’t see a lot of comedy tandems anymore, and I think these guys in a comedy has potential. Martin is repped by WME, Baldwin by CAA and Shankman at UTA.

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Tobey Maguire’s Material Pictures Taps Focus Exec Matthew Plouffe For SVP Post

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Tobey Maguire’s Material Pictures has hired Focus Features executive Matthew Plouffe to be its new SVP Production. Plouffe, who has spent the past six years in the New York headquarters of Focus, will move to Los Angeles and start the job Oct. 1. Plouffe is currently Focus’ Director of Production and has worked on such Focus films as the Sam Mendes-directed Away We Go, Shane Acker’s 9, the Ryan Fleck/Anna Boden-directed It’s Kind of A Funny Story and most recently on the Lone Scherfig-directed adaptation of One Day that stars Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. Plouffe wanted to move West, and the transition was done with the blessing of Focus Features chief James Schamus, who wrote and produced Maguire’s breakout film as an actor, The Ice Storm. “All of us at Focus have been blessed over the past six years to see Matt grow to become one of the smartest, hardest-working and kindest execs out there, and while we’re sad to see him go, he couldn’t have found a better opportunity than the one Tobey has offered. It’s great to see two of the smartest people in the business teaming up,” Schamus said. Read More »

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Russell Brand Names New Warner Bros Company And The Kind Of Movies He’ll Make

Mike Fleming

Deadline broke the news in April that Russell Brand was making a first-look producing deal at Warner Bros, a studio that has stocked the lot with star-based companies featuring the likes of Robert Downey Jr, Ben Affleck/Matt Damon, Zac Efron, Steve Carell and Leonardo DiCaprio. Now that Brand has completed work in the summer 2012 New Line/Warner Bros musical Rock of Ages for director Adam Shankman, he is ready to get busy on the Warner Bros lot. He has named his company Branded Films, and he and his partner Nik Linnen have hired Beau Bauman to run it. Brand wrote a statement for Deadline that reveals the kind of movies he wants to make for the studio. Here goes:

“We at the newly founded Branded Films are very excited to announce our new company and the opportunity for puns that it affords us. Russell Brand and Nik Linnen have coerced Beau Bauman into running our company. Our offices will be on the lot, our sincere hope is that we’ll be in that water tower in which some of the Looney Tunes also live. For this we will expect a reduced rent. If you have any film ideas, send them to: Beau Bauman, the water tower, Warner Bros, Hollywood, America (care of E Fudd). We particularly welcome ideas that could feature a long-haired actor with an unintelligible accent (Rasputin/Tarzan/British Jesus). That’s all folks.”

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‘Rock Of Ages’ Stage Star Constantine Maroulis Joins The Movie Version

Mike Fleming

Former American Idol contestant Constantine Maroulis originated the lead role of Drew Boley in Rock of Ages‘ off-Broadway and Broadway musical incarnations. He’s not playing that role in the movie version that Adam Shankman is directing for New Line (Diego Boneta got the screen role), but that doesn’t mean Maroulis has been left out completely. He just filmed the small role as a prototypical ’80s record executive. Here’s a shot of him with Shankman and one of the film’s producers, Matt Weaver. The film stars Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bryan Cranston, Alec Baldwin, Mary J. Blige, Russell Brand and Julianne Hough.

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CAA Signs Justin Theroux

By | Tuesday June 7, 2011 @ 6:09pm PDT
Mike Fleming

CAA has signed Justin Theroux. The actor/screenwriter, who’d been repped by UTA, will next be seen starring opposite Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd in the David Wain-directed comedy Wanderlust. Theroux’s recent writing credits include the Adam Shankman-directed musical Rock of Ages, which just started shooting, and Iron Man 2 and Tropic Thunder. Theroux made his directing debut on Dedication, which starred Tom Wilkinson and Billy Crudup. Theroux continues to be managed by 3 Arts Entertainment’s Nick Frenkel and Michael Rotenberg.

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