Created by the comics legend with a script by Dan Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy), Annihilator is the story of Ming, a Chinese expatriate recruited by the U.S. military for a secret ‘super soldier’ program and granted incredible powers through genetic enhancements based on various animal species DNA. Josephson told Deadline “I’m always interested in anything that Stan Lee is doing,” adding that “Dan Gilroy’s script is terrific”. Josephson confirmed he is now starting to look for a director.
Josephson’s credits include Fox TV’s Bones and the Disney film Enchanted. He’s also producing The Most Dangerous Man In The World, based on the biography of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The Warrior’s Way executive producer Douglas Falconer is co-producing Annihilator along with Chinese state-run company National Film Capital, which is also co-financing.
EXCLUSIVE: As part of FremantleMedia Enterprises’ efforts to beef up its scripted portfolio, the company has signed a first-look deal with film and TV producer Barry Josephson’s production company, Josephson Entertainment. As part of the deal, Josephson Entertainment has hired a TV development executive: Disney Channel’s Tia Maggini is joining as VP for Television. She will focus on developing new drama projects for U.S. cable networks and the global marketplace, working alongside Jeff Tahler, FME’s SVP Global Content, and Tony Optican, SVP Scripted Programming for FremantleMedia North America. Josephson is already in business with Fremantle — the two are producing a couple of projects together, including sci-fi action drama The Dover Agenda, a sci-fi thriller from writer Brett Conrad (Sons Of Anarchy), which is in development at Syfy. “U.S. cable drama is now the most consistently compelling content anywhere on television,” said David Ellender, Global CEO of FME. “Having identified the opportunities that exist on these networks, FME is partnering with the industry’s most prominent talent in order to help create high-quality dramas that not only work for U.S. audiences but which also have worldwide appeal.” FremantleMedia has first-look deals with Mike Tollin’s Tollin Prods and Pukeko, the TV division of Richard Taylor’s Weta Workshop. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: A new music competition reality series produced by Barry Josephson (Bones) is looking to assemble the next American Supergroup. Created by Nashville veterans Gary Bridges and Kevin Wayne, the potential series, which is being pitched to networks, will have rock and country musicians compete to become members of a new group. Veteran music manager and record executive Glen Parrish of Azoff, Geary, Paul, Smith Management is on board to manage the group, while concert giant Live Nation is in talks to handle its inaugural tour. “Having been around such great acts as the Eagles, Chicago, Journey, and Fleetwood Mac over the years, I am thrilled to be involved with American Supergroup and to be on the road to what could be the formation of the next great American band,” Parrish said. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: TNT has given a pilot order to Scent of the Missing, a drama project co-written and executive produced by CSI: Crime Scene Investigation executive producer/showrunner Carol Mendelsohn and executive produced by Barry Josephson. Based on the book by Susannah Charleson, the project, produced by CBS TV Studios, centers on an adrenaline junkie leader of a canine search-and-rescue team assists various law enforcement agencies with her best friend and partner, a golden retriever. Mendelsohn co-wrote the script with CSI writers/co-executive producers Melissa Byer and Treena Hancock. The three are executive producing with Josephson, who had optioned the book and taken it to Mendelsohn, and Mendelsohn’s development executive Julie Weitz. Diane Nabatoff and Shelly Glasser will serve as co-executive producers. The project was originally announced in May as part of TNT’s development slate. Scent of the Missing joins Western Gateway, which was given a cast-contingent pilot order by TNT last month.
WME-repped Mendelsohn, who continues to steer veteran CBS crime drama CSI as it enters its 12th year, is having a busy development season at her CBS Studios-based company, which brought in Weitz as president a year ago. She is executive producing two drama projects set up at CBS, with a couple of pitches still in play. The CBS projects are Two Badges, a female-centered procedural written by Ted Humphrey based on Mona Ruiz’s memoir … Read More »
Universal Pictures has acquired the John Phillips spec script Dirty Grandpa, for Barry Josephson to produce. ICM made the deal for Phillips, a young writer out of New York. Script’s about a recently widowed older man who gets to know his grandson who is about to marry a girl who is not right for him.
EXCLUSIVE: FX is working on a series project based on the 2007 Korean movie Soo (aka Act of Revenge) with Barry Josephson (Life as We Know It) on board to executive produce. A History of Violence writer Josh Olson is writing the adaptation, a drama exploring the nature of identity through the lens of twin brothers — one a detective and one a hitman. After witnessing the killing of his estranged twin brother, a hitman decides to assume his life and become a policeman to find those responsible. Olson is executive producing with Josephson Entertainment’s Josephson and Alexander Young as well as Ted Kim and Jiwon Park from Korean entertainment giant CJ Entertainment which distributed the movie based on the South Korean graphic novel Double Casting by Shin Young-woo. Olson, repped by UTA and Benderspink, has several feature projects in development, One Shot at Paramount, Oz at Warners and a script he is working on with the directing team of Neveldine/Taylor. He is also attached to direct his adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s short story Until Gwen. On TV, Josephson is executive producing Bones, now in its sixth season on Fox.