EXCLUSIVE: Hot from a recent scripting run that includes Snow White And The Huntsman, Divergent, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and G.I. Joe 3, Evan Daugherty has been set by Dimension Films to make his feature directorial debut on Ink And Bone. The Weinstein Company genre arm last year bought the project as a spec script by Zak Olkewicz. Daugherty will do a rewrite before helming it. He takes the leap into directing after self-financing and directing a series of short films that premiered last fall. Called The Four Players, the shorts were a gritty re-imagining of the Mario Bros video game characters. They got over 1.7 million views after a release through Maker Studios.
In Ink And Bone, a female book editor visits the home of a horror writer so she can coax him to complete his novel. She discovers that all of his creations are holding him hostage. Lee Clay is producing, and Dimension execs Matthew Signer and Keith Levine are overseeing it. Daugherty is repped by UTA, Benderspink and Jeff Frankel.
Here is one of Daugherty’s Mario Bros films:
If you have kids — or, let’s face it, if you’ve been alive during the past few decades — you know about the Mario Bros video game franchise. Evan Daugherty certainly knows the Bros: The Snow White And The Huntsman scribe has teamed with Maker Studios’ gaming and geek culture network Polaris to create The Four Players, a quartet of live-action shorts that give each of the playable characters from Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros 2 game a gritty twist. “Making these short films gave me a chance to really ‘do my own thing’ while having a little fun treating one of my favorite video game properties with a darker vibe,” said the UTA-repped Daugherty, who also penned the upcoming Divergent and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and is working on G.I. Joe 3. “I had been kicking around the idea for years before I was even working in the industry, so to finally be able to share these films with fans on Polaris is a very exciting thing.” Daugherty funded the films himself. The Fixer (which focuses on Mario), The Addict (his brother Luigi), The Star (imperiled Princess Peach) and The Soldier (Toad) are posted at Polaris’ YouTube channel. Check out Mario doin’ work in The Fixer below:
EXCLUSIVE: Almost two decades after The Hunchback Of Notre Dame animated feature, Disney is revisiting Victor Hugo’s gothic classic, this time in TV. ABC has put in development Esmeralda, a limited/event series written by feature scribe Evan Daugherty, who co-wrote a revisionist take of another classic tale with Snow White And The Huntsman. Produced by ABC Studios and studio-based Mandeville Films, Esmeralda is a period drama that re-imagines The Hunchback Of Notre Dame through the eyes of beautiful Gypsy Esmeralda. Daugherty is executive producing with Mandeville’s David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks. Esmeralda is the latest entry in the event series genre, which is red hot among the broadcast and cable networks. It marks the first major sale for Mandeville since the company signed a new deal with ABC Studios and brought in Zaks as president of television in April. Daugherty, whose credits include Killing Season, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Divergent, is with UTA, which also reps Mandeville, and BenderSpink.
Paramount and Hasbro have tapped Snow White And the Huntsman‘s Evan Daugherty to write their G.I. Joe 3 threequel for returning helmer Jon M. Chu. SWATH was Daugherty’s first feature but his rewriting work on Paramount’s Ninja Turtles when that project was months out from shooting helped him score the gig. Daugherty also worked on Summit’s 2014 sci-fier Divergent and penned the Robert De Niro-John Travolta actioner Killing Season. He’s repped by by UTA, Benderspink, and McKuin, Frankel, Whitehead.
EXCLUSIVE: NBC has put in development Midnight, Mass., a drama series based on characters from the Vertigo comic books and graphic novels published by DC Entertainment. Snow White And The Huntsman co-writer Evan Daugherty will write the adaptation, produced by Warner Bros. TV and Bill Gerber‘s Gerber Pictures, which has received a script commitment.
The Midnight, Mass. comics creator John Rozum will serve as an executive consultant on the TV project, about a sophisticated, sexy, globe-trotting husband and wife paranormal investigator team — based in Midnight, Massachusetts — that takes on supernatural foes, macabre mysteries and the most frightening creature of all: marriage. Feature producer Gerber (Gran Torino) executive produces, with Daugherty co-executive producing.
This is the second time NBC and Warner Bros. TV are taking a stab at a Midnight, Mass. drama series. In 2009, WBTV’s adaptation with a different team, writers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts and non-writing executive producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, also landed at NBC but did not go to pilot stage. Feature scribe Daugherty, repped by UTA, manager Jake Wagner and attorneys Jeff Frankel and Rob Goldman, recently wrote the upcoming action thriller Killer Season.
UPDATE: I’m told that the deal being finalized will be worth $1.5 million against more than $3 million, easily making it one of the biggest spec deals of the year.
EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that Universal Pictures is putting the finishing touches on a multi-million dollar deal for Snow White and the Huntsman, a revisionist take on the fairy tale scripted by Evan Daugherty and produced by Alice in Wonderland‘s Joe Roth. Attached to direct is Rupert Sanders, who has been on a short list for many plum studio jobs including The Hunger Games and All You Need Is Kill, based on his reel of stylishly-directed commercials Read More »
After watching most of their summer sequels and branded pictures underwhelm audiences while original stabs like Inception and Despicable Me drew plaudits and profits, studios this week have a chance to get bold. I’m told that agencies have about 8 spec projects circulating. Two in particular have the town abuzz: a live action adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith macabre novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter with Wanted helmer Timur Bekmambetov as its director and Tim Burton its producer; and Snow White and the Huntsman, a revisionist take on the fairy tale scripted by Evan Daugherty and produced by Alice in Wonderland‘s Joe Roth. Attached to direct is Rupert Sanders, who has been on a short list for many plum studio jobs including The Hunger Games and All You Need Is Kill, based on his reel of stylishly-directed commercials that include Microsoft’s Halo. Now, some studios claim they are out of development money and all of them have grown accustomed to making conservative spending decisions, but my bet is they will make an exception here and that both of these will sell in big deals possibly before the week is out. Word is both potential tent poles have offers already.
The Abe Lincoln yarn has had heat on it since Burton and Bekmambetov used their own money to option the book earlier this year. I’m told that it’s a large canvas re-imagining of … Read More »