EXCLUSIVE: American Hustle helmer David O. Russell is in early talks to rewrite and direct an untitled Fox 2000 film about the remarkable life story of Joy Mangano, a struggling Long Island single mom of three who became one of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs with her self-wringing Miracle Mop invention. He wants Jennifer Lawrence to play Mangano. Lawrence, after winning the Best Actress Oscar for the Russell-directed Silver Linings Playbook, is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for American Hustle. The project has a script by Annie Mumolo, who with Kristen Wiig got Oscar nominations for scripting Bridesmaids. This is a rags-to-riches story of a woman who worked three jobs to support her kids and who overcame long odds to finally get her due with an invention that became an HSN sensation and allowed Mangano to clean up. It is a strong empowerment tale.
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Shailene Woodley stars in Fox 2000‘s The Fault In Our Stars the adaptation of John Green’s bestseller that reteams her with Spectacular Now scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber. The story centers on the romance between Hazel (Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort), who meet and fall in … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Greg Mooradian is joining Fox 2000 as EVP Production. He reports to Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler. Mooradian joins from Paramount, where he was SVP Production and helped initiate Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters and helped reinvigorate the G.I. Joe franchise with G.I. Joe: Retaliation, a sequel reconstructed at a lower price point. Before joining Paramount in 2009, he ran his own production shingle making youth-driven pictures that included the Screen Gems remake Stepfather, the Percy Jackson films for Fox 2000, and the Twilight Saga films for Summit. Mooradian started as a development exec for producer Arnold Kopelson on films like The Fugitive and Falling Down before becoming production president for Wendy Finerman and working on such films as The Fan and Drumline, the latter for Fox 2000. Read More »
Here’s the official international trailer for The Book Thief, the Fox 2000 film that’s stealthily entering awards season. When it bowed at Mill Valley, my colleague Pete Hammond wrote it played to a “huge standing ovation.” The movie is based on Markus Zusak’s No. 1 best-selling … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 is moving forward with an adaptation of the 2012 John Grisham bestseller The Racketeer, setting Frank Baldwin to write the script. Double Features partners Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher are producing. The novel … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 and The Donners Company’s Lauren Shuler Donner have set up the D.J. MacHale novel trilogy Sylo. Shuler Donner and Donners’ production president Jack Leslie brought in a package that has Thor Freudenthal to direct and Marc Guggenheim to adapt. Shuler Donner and Leslie will produce. The series follow the inhabitants of a small island who find themselves cut off from the mainland by a mysterious government military force. A group of teens escape to the mainland, only to discover that the inhabitants of the United States have all but vanished, and that they were actually being kept safe. They try to discover the source of the invasion and fight back. The first book was published this past July by Razorbill, with the second book being released in March 2014, and the third book later that fall.
Freudenthal and Guggenheim most recently worked at Fox 2000 on Percy Jackson And The Sea Of Monsters. and Freudenthal directed Diary Of A Wimpy Kid for Elizabeth Gabler’s division. He worked with Shuler Donner on his helming debut Hotel For Dogs. Guggenheim is exec producing Arrow for CW, wrote Green Lantern for Warner Bros, and is currently working on an animated movie for Guillermo del Toro. Read More »
Brian Percival (Downton Abbey) directs Michael Petroni’s adaptation of Markus Zusak’s NYT bestseller, about a young girl with a voracious appetite for books living in Nazi Germany as the war escalates around her. Emily Watson, Geoffrey Rush, Sophie Nélisse, and Ben Schnetzer star. Fox 2000 … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Rosemarie DeWitt is the choice to play the female lead in Poltergeist, the new installment of the Tobe Hooper-directed horror classic that will be made by MGM and Fox … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Writer-producer Aline Brosh McKenna is writing a graphic novel for Archaia Entertainment, and she has set the screen rights at Fox 2000. The untitled book is an epic love story set in a world of contemporary intrigue, … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 has set Michael Sucsy to direct Dare Me, an adaptation of the Megan Abbott novel that is described as Heathers meets Fight Club, with teenage cheerleaders. The studio is courting Natalie Portman to … Read More »
Fox 2000 has promoted Erin Siminoff to SVP Production and Marisa Paiva to VP Production, both of them rising through the … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Deirdre O’Connor has been tapped to write the screenplay for Fox 2000‘s movie musical revolving around the catalog of the Beach Boys. O’Connor, who was nominated for a WGA Award for her work on Lifetime’s Five … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 has acquired Depth Of Field, a screenplay by J. Mills Goodloe that is an Americanized version of Get Her Off The Pitch, the 2009 bestselling memoir by Times Of London cultural critic Lynne Truss. Elizabeth Gabler bought it with the idea of shaping it as a star vehicle for Reese Witherspoon, who’ll produce it with Twilight Saga‘s Karen Rosenfelt and Bruna Papandrea.
Truss, once a self-described proud sports atheist, was sent on a lark by her editor to cover the World Cup. Her readers were amused, and Truss eventually spent four years covering major sporting events throughout Europe and America, writing humorous and somewhat academic essays. Along the way, she slowly became a convert, discovering the significance of sport, and how it affected her own life and relationships. Get Her Off The Pitch was never published in the U.S., but Goodloe discovered it in a bookstore while on a trip to Sydney. He transplanted Truss’ story to an American sport. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: After directing the steamy, sexy hits Flashdance, 9 1/2 Weeks, Fatal Attraction, Indecent Proposal, and Lolita, Adrian Lyne has found nothing to get excited about since 2002′s Unfaithful. Finally, he has found a project that has him hot and bothered. Lyne last night closed a deal to direct Deep Water, a Zach Helm-scripted adaptation of the classic thriller novel by Patricia Highsmith, the late author of Strangers On A Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Lyne is making the film with Fox 2000‘s Elizabeth Gabler, with whom he teamed on Unfaithful, the study of infidelity that starred Richard Gere, Diane Lane, and Olivier Martinez. Deep Water will be mounted as a co-production between Film Rites and Film 360. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 has acquired Highrise, a spec script by Peter Dowling (Flight Plan) that is described as a lush 21st century thriller inspired by the 1960s classic, The Collector. Jon Shestack is producing, and Fox 2000 … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Husband-wife scripting team Ken Marino & Erica Oyama have been hired to adapt the book Go The F To Sleep for Fox 2000 and Twilight Saga producer Karen Rosenfelt and All You Need Is Kill … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 has acquired film rights to Sally Green’s debut book Half Bad, a contemporary supernatural thriller. The film will be produced by Karen Rosenfelt, whose recent films include Twilight Saga, Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, and The Book Thief. Half Bad starts a trilogy taking place in a world inhabited by covert witches; one faction is good and the other evil. They are divided by hatred and united by one thing only — fear of a boy descended from both sides. The YA title will be published under the Penguin imprint in spring 2014. The book was a hot title at Bologna Children’s Book Fair, and since then, Zosia Knopp, Penguin Children’s Rights Director, concluded a six-figure U.S. rights deal at auction, along with Ken Wright, VP and Publisher of Viking, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: After scoring a seven-figure deal with Universal for their R-rated comedy Townies, Andrew Cohen and Brendan O’Brien sold another pitch over the Easter weekend. This one also went for 7-figures and is based on the Craiglist ad that went viral in February when brothers Mike and Dave Stangle took to the personals in search of wedding dates. The untitled project takes it one step further: When the hard-partying bros finally select plus-ones, their dates end up even being even bigger messes than they are. Read More »