Telenovela actress Angelica Celaya will join the cast of NBC’s new supernatural thriller Constantine as the character Zed, the show’s producers revealed at today’s TCA panels.
Executive producer Daniel Cerone — appearing on the panel with EP David S. Goyer and cast members Harrold Perrineau, Matt Ryan (who plays the title role) and Charles Halford — described Zed as a character with “an interesting dark past” and called her a perfect foil for the Constantine character. “Zed is intuitive, she can detect bulls***,” he said, and Constantine is a “bulls*** artist.”
The psychic Zed character will serve as a replacement of sorts for the character of Liv Aberdine, played by True Blood actress Lucy Griffiths, who is leaving the show. The network had previously announced that the Zed character, who appears in the Hellblazer and Constantine comics series on which the series is based, would be aded during early episodes of the show.
The producers said that there was no need to reshoot the pilot without Griffiths. In Constantine’s life, Goyer said, “characters drop around him like flies” and having the character leave the show seemed “kind of consistent with the character.”
Goyer called Constantine “one of the great characters of modern literature” but added that the success of the 2005 movie Constantine with Keanu Reeves “didn’t hurt.“ He says when he was given his choice of comic-book characters for a TV franchise, he chose Constantine. “He is the best the …
Telenovela actress Angelica Celaya will join the cast of NBC’s new supernatural thriller Constantine as the character Zed, the show’s producers revealed at today’s TCA panels.
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Television and David S. Goyer have optioned TV rights to horror novel Snowblind, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden (Ghosts Of Albion, Joe Golem And The Drowning City). The New England-set book, published earlier this year by St. Martin’s Press, tracks the denizens of a town still reeling from the disappearance of more than a dozen people who were snatched during a sinister snowstorm 12 years prior.
Goyer is coming off of Da Vinci’s Demons and Man of Steel and will supervise development and executive produce alongside Golden and Pete Donaldson. Project is being developed as a limited series. Snowblind also comes with a choice celebrity endorsement from horror maven Stephen King: “Snowblind is instantly involving and deeply scary. It will bring a blizzard to your bones (and your heart) even in the middle of July. Throw away all those old ‘it was a dark and stormy night’ novels; this one is the real deal. And watch out for that last page. It’s a killer.”
EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of drama pilot Constantine getting picked up to series by NBC, the project’s executive producer David S. Goyer has signed a first-look deal with NBC sister studio Universal TV. Goyer will continue as an executive producer alongside writer/executive producer Daniel Cerone on DC Comic-based Constantine, which is produced by Warner Bros TV, while developing new projects for Uni TV. “David Goyer is a wildly imaginative writer with a distinct voice,” said Uni TV EVP Bela Bajaria. “Whether the setting is world-building or grounded, he creates memorable characters.”
Starz Renews David S. Goyer’s ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ For Season 3 With John Shiban As Showrunner, Sets ‘Blackbirds’ From Shiban
EXCLUSIVE: Seven episodes into Da Vinci’s Demons‘ 10-episode second season run, Starz has renewed the historical fantasy series created by David S. Goyer for a third season. It will be shepherded by John Shiban who is joining as executive producer/showrunner. Goyer, who is juggling multiple film and TV projects, will remain an executive producer. “I’m very proud of this modern take on the endlessly fascinating Leonardo da Vinci — everyone from the writers, directors, cast and all the crew have been invaluable and will continue to be for what we have ahead,” Goyer said. “I’ve been a fan of John’s work for some time and I’m excited to add his voice to the mix.”
Additionally, Shiban has a drama series in the works at Starz called Blackbirds, based on the novels by Chuck Wendig. The project has set up a writers room, often a pre-cursor to a series pickup at the pay cable network.
Fox is fast-tracking the pic now that the Man Of Steel and Dark Knight trilogy veteran is aboard. David S. Goyer will write a treatment for Lightstorm Entertainment’s remake of Fantastic Voyage and executive produce alongside James Cameron, Jon Landau, and Rae Sanchini. The 1966 camp classic followed a group of scientists who are reduced to microscopic size inside a submarine and injected into the body of an sick colleague. The Cold War-era pic starred Steven Welch, Raquel Welch and Donald Pleasance. The updated version will take on a new dimension. Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr first reported on the remake more than three years ago, when Shawn Levy was attached to direct, and we got an update about eight months later. But there’s been radio silence since. Now Fox is eyeing Fantastic Voyage — no relation to the Coolio hit for you old-schoolers, or the Lakeside classic for you graybeards — as a tentpole. No release date is set. Goyer is busy producing Sandman for Warner Bros, and created and writes for Da Vinci’s Demons, which is in its second season on Starz.
St. Martin’s Sets David S. Goyer & Frank Darabont Among Judges For New Christopher Golden Novel Trailer Contest
A heavy-hitter panel of Hollywood pros is going to pick a trailer for Christopher Golden’s upcoming horror novel, Snowblind. St. Martin’s Press, along with social marketers Talenthouse, has brought Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer, producers Frank Darabont and Don Murphy, Grudge scribe Stephen Susco and Golden himself on board to choose the winner from submissions by amateur filmmakers. The deadline is January 6. The victorious 1-minute trailer will be used as big part of the marketing of bestseller Golden’s first horror novel in more than a decade, the publisher says. Also the winning filmmaker is promised a sit-down with one of the judges, which is a pretty great way to get your foot in the Hollywood door. Snowblind details a devastated New England town coping with the scars of a fatal blizzard and a new one on the way. The novel is scheduled to be released on January 14,. No stranger to Hollywood, Golden, a former Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Hellboy novels scribe, has several projects in studio development.
EXCLUSIVE: After being involved in just about all of Warner Bros‘ successful efforts in translating DC Comics characters to film, David S. Goyer has been staked by the studio to a three-year first-look deal for his Phantom Four banner. The deal gets underway with an untitled Hitchockian thriller with a grounded sci-fi element that Doug Jung is writing as a potential directing vehicle for Goyer. He will produce it and his Phantom Four production president Nellie Stevens-Reed will be executive producer, and Jon Berg is overseeing for the studio. Jung scripted two projects for Paramount: Antwerp for Bad Robot and Circle Of Confusion to produce, and The Last Duel, which has Martin Scorsese attached to direct and Kevin Misher producing.
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Studio producing deals are hard to come by these days, but it makes good sense for Warner Bros to want Goyer close by. He most recently scripted the studio’s Superman reboot Man Of Steel, which grossed $665 million worldwide, and he is well into writing the Batman Vs. Superman follow-up that Zack Snyder will direct with Ben Affleck playing the Caped Crusader and Henry Cavill reprising. Before that, he collaborated with Christopher Nolan on The Dark Knight trilogy, with the trio of pictures grossing close to $2.5 billion worldwide. Goyer separately hatched Da Vinci’s Demons, the Starz series on which he serves as creator, writer, director and executive producer. That series, which focuses on the complex life of Leonardo Di Vinci, premiered in April.
EXCLUSIVE: This isn’t exactly a surprise given the hot anticipation and theatrical buzz awaiting Man Of Steel‘s limited opening Thursday and wide release Friday in 4,200+ theaters. But I’ve learned it’s official: Warner Bros Pictures is fast-tracking the Superman reboot sequel with its successful twosome already in place: Zack Snyder reprising as director and David S. Goyer repeating as screenwriter. Goyer’s deal is part of a huge 3-picture deal he signed at Warner Bros for Man Of Steel, the sequel, and Justice League with Superman. What is a question mark next time is the role Christopher Nolan will fill. To reimagine this 3rd Superman franchise, Nolan stepped in as producer and mentor and story co-writer. I’m told that next time Nolan’s producer role won’t be as “full blown”. Hey, he’s busy working on other projects, and now the sequel is on firm footing just as the first’s 3D and 2D grosses start rolling in. (This isn’t a Green Lantern situation all over again: That pic badly underperformed. No way this one will.) Meanwhile, fanboys are speculating who’ll be the villain/s in the Man Of Steel sequel: Brainiac, Bizarro, Metallo, Doomsday, Darkseid, other?
Da Vinci’s Demons creator David S. Goyer was in Cannes this morning to present clips from the new Starz/BBC Worldwide series that debuts April 12 in the U.S. The Batman trilogy and Man Of Steel scripter said he’d already had a lifelong interest in the famed inventor when he was approached for Da Vinci’s Demons and “wrote a crazy idea I never thought they’d go for.” Likening Da Vinci to the original Batman, whose cape was based Da Vinci’s glider drawings, he said the show could be seen as “Leonardo as a superhero.” British actor Tom Riley, who plays Da Vinci, was also in the MIPTV audience and showed off his ambidextrous talents in snippets from the series which got a rousing reaction.
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
At today’s panel on Starz’ new series Da Vinci’s Demons, David S. Goyer, the show’s creator, writer and executive producer, said that his first historical period project would be about 85% historically accurate. “He had a pretty incredible life, we didn’t have to embellish as much as you’d think,” Goyer said of Da Vinci, portrayed by Tom Reilly. Goyer pointed out that though Da Vinci is best known as an artist and scientist, he was also thought to be a great horseman. Turning Da Vinci into a TV superhero was not too difficult: “He’s kind of superhero-y anyway.” You can watch a trailer for the show below.
Goyer described the tone of the show as historical but “viewed through a modern prism” and likened it to a graphic novel that strives to be fun rather than a history book. He also said that there are surprising parallels between Da Vinci and Batman: “They both had big father issues, and formative horrific incidents when they were trapped in caves,” he said. He also noted that Batman’s creator designed Batman’s cape based on Da Vinci’s glider designs.
Goyer added that one of the conceits of the show is that thousands of pages are missing from Da Vinci’s writings and drawings. The show will speculate on what might have been included in those pages.
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has picked up the spec script Somacell from first time writer Ashleigh Powell. The Dark Knight/Man Of Steel co-writer David S. Goyer will produce the dystopia thriller. Somacell chronicles a female prison guard in the near future who discovers that the virtual reality process that rehabilitates convicts is not all it promises to be. The deal with the studio was in the mid-six figures, Deadline has learned. Ashleigh Powell is represented by Bob Hohman, Bayard Maybank, Devra Lieb, JR Satery of the Gersh Agency, Daniel Vang and Jake Weiner of Benderspink and attorney Eric Feig.
The adventure drama written by David S. Goyer stars Tom Riley as a young Leonardo Da Vinci navigating the turbulent world of Renaissance Florence as his genius begins to emerge. The Starz-BBC Worldwide co-production is set for an eight-episode first season to premiere in the spring. Goyer is writing a production blog about Da Vinci’s Demons and unveiled some first photos, including this one of Riley as Da Vinci.
EXCLUSIVE… FINDINGS INCLUDED: The major findings of the newly released 2011 WGA Screenwriter Survey (click here for full report) are that “screenwriters believe their status in the industry has significantly deteriorated over the past several years. The most flagrant studio practices contributing to this decline, ranked in order of frequency, are: free rewrites, sweepstakes pitching or bake-offs, late payment, free prewrites, and idea theft.” The Writers Guild findings included:
– One-in-four screenwriters reported leaving prepared materials behind as part of their pitch
– Three-quarters were asked to revise those pitch materials for the major studios, while requests at the smaller studios happened half of the time
– Producers were more likely to ask for revisions, but three-in-ten reported major studio representatives requested revisions to pitch materials
– A majority were asked by the major studios to work before being paid for commencement
– Most screenwriters received only 1 or 2 guaranteed steps in their deals from the studios
– Optional steps were common in these deals
– Nearly two-thirds say the major studios and over half say the smaller studios never exercised any optional steps in their deals
– Almost half were asked to do uncompensated rewrites at a major studio, with four-in-ten saying the studio representative made the request
– Smaller studios were somewhat less likely to ask for uncompensated rewrites, but a greater share of the requests came from studio representatives
– A majority of those working at major studios did the uncompensated rewrites because they felt it necessary to keep their current job or get hired in the future
– Nearly a quarter believe they were paid late by the major studios in 2011
According to a statement from WGAW Board Member David S. Goyer to me on the declining business conditions screenwriters face:
“Less movies are being made and that means fewer jobs. This means more competition between writers and the pressures become enormous. In this type of environment screenwriters rightly feel like they are being exploited. I’ve had to do free rewrites, often been expected to start work before any type of payment is made, and I’ve frequently been paid late by major studios. I think those qualify as symptoms of business conditions in decline.”
On the issue of one-step deals, WGA Board Member Bill Ray made this statement to me:
“One-step deals are a danger on several fronts. First, they are a fairly blatant means of getting writers to do several steps for free. Second, they artificially empower producers who can now convince writers to do a ‘producer’s draft’ by claiming to be speaking for the studio when that producer may in fact have no idea what the studio wants. Third, one-step deals yield timid scripts. Writers aren’t going to be very likely to take chances with material if they’re writing with a sword hanging over their heads. Good scripts take time. They also require some experimentation – the drafts that help you find your story. Contracts ought to reflect that, just as they used to. Lastly, perhaps most practically: would you really want your project written by a writer who’s so anxious about being fired that he or she is spending all their time booking their next job instead of throwing themselves into the one you’ve hired them for?”
Here is the email that went out today:
EXCLUSIVE: David Linde’s Lava Bear has made a deal to develop an untitled feature based on an original idea by David S. Goyer. Lava Bear will produce the supernatural thriller along with Goyer. They will put a writer on it shortly. Goyer scripted the upcoming Superman: Man of Steel for Warner Bros, and Godzilla for Legendary Pictures. After co-writing Batman Begins with Chris Nolan, he co-wrote the story for both The Dark Knight and the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises, and Marvel’s Blade films and Ghost Rider. He previously worked with Linde while the latter was Universal Pictures co-chairman and Goyer directed the supernatural thriller The Unborn for Rogue Pictures. Lava Bear president Tory Metzger will oversee the project.
Lava Bear is currently developing films that include the Gil Kenan-directed A Giant, an untitled thriller from writer L.D. Goffigan, and the David Michod-directed The Rover. Goyer is represented by WME.
EXCLUSIVE: British actor Tom Riley has landed the lead in Starz’s new original series Da Vinci’s Demons, from David S. Goyer and BBC Worldwide Prods. Riley will play a young Leonardo da Vinci in the drama, described as a historical fantasy following the ‘untold’ story of the world’s greatest genius during his turbulent youth in Renaissance Florence. Brilliant and passionate, the twenty five-year old da Vinci is an artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer and idealist who begins to not only see the future, but invent it. “Given that da Vinci was the model for the ‘Renaissance Man,’ these were incredibly large shoes to fill,” Goyer said of the search to cast the role. “Leonardo had to be smart, witty, and incredibly confident – without coming across as arrogant. He also had to be tormented, because, as a true visionary and polymath, he was ostracized for his ideas as much as he was celebrated. Tom came in and was able to effortlessly combine all of those elements. As soon as he finished his audition, we knew we’d found our man.”
EXCLUSIVE: Starz has given a straight-to-series order to Da Vinci’s Demons, an adventure series from The Dark Knight/Man Of Steel co-writer David S. Goyer and BBC Worldwide Prods. Da Vinci’s Demons has received an eight-episode order and is slated to start filming in early 2012 for a 2013 premiere. This is the first project to enter production under the multi-year agreement Starz signed with BBC Worldwide Prods. in August.
Written by Goyer, Da Vinci’s Demons is described as a historical fantasy that follows the “untold” story of the world’s greatest genius during his raucous youth in Renaissance Florence. Brash and brilliant, the 25-year-old da Vinci is an artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer and idealist. As a free thinker, with intellect and talents that are almost superhuman, he struggles to live within the confines of his own reality and time. He begins to not only see the future, but invent it. “Da Vinci was the original Renaissance man — a near-mythic figure that has world-wide appeal,” Goyer said. “This will be a show about secret histories, genius, madness, and all things profane. And I’m particularly excited that I get to do it on premium cable, where the story can be as dark and challenging and irreverent as it deserves to be.”
Goyer will serve as showrunner on the series, executive producing alongside Julie Gardner and BBC Worldwide Prods. head Jane Tranter. “David has reimagined some of the most iconic superheroes of all time, and is again building an extraordinary prism through which to rediscover the world’s greatest genius and most mysterious man,” Starz Media Managing Director Carmi Zlotnik said. “If modern day has Tony Stark, the Renaissance had da Vinci.” Da Vinci’s Demons started heating up in late August when produces began sending out feelers to writers about potential staffing jobs. That has now turned to firm staffing offers.
EXCLUSIVE: Comic book/graphic novel adaptation master David S. Goyer is taking on 100 Bullets as a potential TV series. I hear Goyer is attached to write and executive produce a drama series project for Showtime based on the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning comic book that published 100 issues between 1999 and 2009, all written by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Eduardo Risso, whose credits include the Batman and Superman comics. Warner Bros. TV, whose sibling DC Comics published 100 Bullets through its Vertigo imprint, is producing.
While lauded as one of the best comic books/graphic novels of the past decade 100 Bullets is an atypical comic as it features no superheroes, magic, supernatural elements or a sci-fi twist. It is a dark, noir-style story about the attempt by one man, the mysterious Agent Graves, to destroy a secret group of families that control most of the world’s wealth and power, and it also poses a classic moral question, “If you could get away with murdering the person who ruined your life, would you do it?” The book’s starting-off point is Graves giving ordinary people who have been wronged a pistol and a briefcase with 100 untracable bullets, offering them to exact justice for themselves with no danger of being caught. The self-contained storylines eventually blend into a sprawling crime saga where everything — and everyone — is connected as Graves takes on a multinational clandestine organization named The Trust. Among 100 Bullets’ distinguishing traits is Azzarello’s realistic use of regional dialects and accents, as well as the frequent use of slang.
EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that there is heightened interest in Kevin Costner for a key role in the Superman reboot that is being directed by Zack Snyder for Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures. Henry Cavill was recently set in the Man of Steel role. I’m not exactly sure what role Costner is likely to play, but he has certainly been in good guy mode lately. Beyond his performance in the John Wells-directed The Company Men, Costner surfaced as an unlikely hero in aiding the cleanup in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. British Petroleum purchased over 30 centrifuge machines which separate oil from water, technology that was developed with a reported $24 million in funding by the actor over 15 years.
The Superman film is being produced by Chris Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers. The new Superman is targeted for release in December 2012.