EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 has optioned artist and author John Rocco‘s Caldecott-winning picture book Blackout for a live action feature that will be produced by Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping, and producer/manager Rob Weisbach. Will Davies, who wrote How To Train Your Dragon, will pen the script.
Rocco’s bestselling book follows a young New York City family, disconnected from each other by their obsessive everyday use of technology, who are separated during a New York City blackout and must find their way back to each other–literally and figuratively–in order to reconnect as a family.
Rocco and Chernin’s Ivana Schecter-Garcia will be exec producers. It’s a highly relate-able movie concept by an accomplished visual author. Rocco studied illustration at Rhode Island School of Design and NYC’s School of Visual Arts and his first job as an illustrator was on Whoopi Goldberg’s children’s book Alice. He has written three other picture books and is the illustrator in all of Rick Riordan’s series Percy Jackson And The Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, and The Heroes Of Olympus. Most recently, Rocco illustrated the fantasy fairy tale The Flint Heart, written by Katherine and John Paterson.
He has also been pre-production art director for DreamWorks on Shrek and for Walt Disney Imagineering, he designed attractions at Disney’s Epcot and was art director for DisneyQuest, the virtual reality theme park in Downtown Disney. He also oversaw production of CGI animation, motion capture and story development for projects at ImagineAsia in the Philippines. A solo exhibition of his works was shown at the Orlando Museum of Modern Art last year and his works have graced Newseum in Washington D.C. and Paul Allen’s Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame.
CAA and Weisbach rep Rocco and made the deal.
EXCLUSIVE: D.W. Harper has been set to write a new draft of The Forever War for Fox 2000 and Scott Free. It’s a directing vehicle for Ridley Scott, who for 25 years has wanted to helm an adaptation of Joe Haldeman’s 1974 seminal science fiction novel. The hope is to get the project moving with a script by Harper, who most recently wrote All You Need Is Kill, the sci-fi film that is in production with Tom Cruise starring and Doug Liman directing.
I first wrote about this one when the studio acquired the Haldeman book back in 2008, and at that time Scott told me it was “a science-fiction epic, a bit of ‘The Odyssey’ by way of ‘Blade Runner,’ built on a brilliant, disorienting premise.” Scott first pursued the book not long after it was published, but the rights were unavailable for a long time. Oscar-winning Raiders Of The Lost Ark VFX wiz Richard Edlund originally bought the rights with the intention of making his directing debut on the film, but it never got off the ground and finally Scott’s home studio was able to make a deal. His Scott Free is producing, with Vince Gerardis exec producing. Fox 2000’s Rodney Ferrell is steering the pic. Haldeman’s book won the 1975 Nebula Award and the 1976 Hugo Award. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 has closed a deal to tell the life story of Joy Mangano, a struggling Long Island single mom of three who became one of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs. Her salvation came with a self-wringing mop that became a HSN sensation and allowed Mangano to stop working three jobs to support her kids. Annie Mumolo, who along with Kristen Wiig was Oscar nominated for writing Bridesmaids, will pen the script.
John Davis and John Fox will produce for Davis Entertainment, along with Ken Mok, who is exec producer of America’s Next Top Model. Fox 2000′s Rodney Ferrell will oversee the project. Mangano became known as the “Mother of Invention” after she sold her mop making enterprise, Ingenious Designs, LLC, in a multi-million dollar deal with HSN. She remains company president, continuing to be one of HSN’s most successful presenters, with hourly sales topping one million dollars. In addition to the Miracle Mop, Mangano developed Huggable Hangers and Fast Company ranked Mangano as one of its 100 Most Creative People in Business and one of the 10 Most Creative Women in Business. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 has optioned film rights to The Life List, a debut novel by Lori Nelson Spielman that Ballantine Books will publish next year. Hutch Parker will produce the film through his Hutch … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Tate Taylor, who last wrote and directed the Best Picture nominee The Help, is in talks with Fox 2000 to write and direct The Jury. The film is a movie transfer of the Granada-produced 2002 British miniseries that was … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Anne Fletcher has been set to direct Alone For The Holidays, an original Christmas comedy script for Fox 2000 that was written by Saturday Night Live head writer and Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers. Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps Entertainment … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 and Twilight Saga producers Temple Hill Productions have set Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber to adapt The Fault In Our Stars, the John Green novel. This comes after the duo handed in Royal Wedding, the seven-figure … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Elizabeth Sarnoff will shift to features to re-write the film version of Garlic And Sapphires, which Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) is attached to direct. Cary Brokaw (The Resident) will produce for Fox 2000. Based … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 has set Downton Abbey helmer Brian Percival to direct The Book Thief, the Michael Petroni-scripted adaptation of the Marcus Zusak novel that has been on the Children’s Chapter Paperback New York Times bestseller list for 228 weeks. … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Jenny Lumet has made a deal to adapt The Language of Flowers, Fox 2000’s adaptation of the novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Lucy Fisher and Douglas Wick are producing through Red Wagon Productions. The bestselling book is an inspirational story … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 is zeroing in on Jake Szymanski to direct He’s Fuckin’ Perfect, a comedy spec script that the studio bought by Lauryn Kahn that will be produced by Gary Sanchez. This one has Funny Or Die written … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 has set Matt Reeves to direct The Passage, the film based on the bestselling Justin Cronin novel about an experiment that goes awry and creates a swarm of bloodthirsty vampires that brings the world to the brink of extinction. Fox acquired the book in 2007 for north of $3 million right after Cronin (the PEN Hemingway Award winner originally submitted the book under a pseudonym) made a 3-book deal with Ballantine for $3.75 million based on the first 400 pages of the book and an outline for a novel series. Reeves directed Cloverfield and mined bloodsucker terrain on the remake Let Me In. Scott Free is producing.
In The Passage, a group of terminally ill cancer patients get healthy after being subjected to the bites of bats in South America. Naturally, the government see this as a cure for the disease and starts experimenting. They end up with a legion of nearly indestructible, telepathic vampire masters that begin infecting the populace. The tone is closer to 28 Days Later and The Stand than Let The Right One In or Twilight Saga. Reeves will supervise a rewrite of a script done by John Logan. Logan’s busy with the James Bond film, so they will get another writer in. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 has acquired screen rights to The Floor Of Heaven, a non-fiction book by Howard Blum that will be published April 26 by Crown/Random House. Book is the fact-based story of Charlie Siringo, a cowboy who, after the … Read More »
Screenwriter John Fusco has taken on the job of adapting Peter Guralnick’s Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley, the book that Fox has been trying to pull together for more than a decade. Steve Bing is producing … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that the Taylor Lautner juggernaut continues in Hollywood as this 18-year-old Twilight Saga action star and teen heartthrob just keeps booking movie after movie. Last year’s highest paid teenage actor (for a reported $7.5 million pay day in Universal’s Stretch Armstrong … Read More »
Fox 2000 has closed a deal that turns the bestselling crime book The Monster of Florence into a star vehicle for George Clooney. Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander are aboard to write the script. Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Twilight Saga‘s Taylor Lautner has become attached to star in Incarceron, the Fox 2000 adaptation of the Catherine Fisher young adult novel. The film is being written by Adam Cooper & Bill Collage, who are among … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Glee star Cory Monteith is at the center of a pitch deal that just went down at Fox 2000. The untitled project, described as a “workplace” comedy. Monteith is attached to star and produce with Bruce Nash and Robert … Read More »