EXCLUSIVE: Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens has been cast as Lancelot in Fox‘s Night At The Museum 3. This is a pivotal role in the film, which is set in London. Ben Stiller is expected to return as museum security guard Larry Daley and Robin Williams is in talks to return as Theodore Roosevelt. Shawn Levy is expected to return to the director’s chair in his signature franchise which has grossed north of $1 billion. Production is expected to begin early next year.
Stevens was just seen in The Fifth Estate, and next stars in Adam Wingard’s The Guest. He’s co-starring with Liam Neeson in A Walk Among The Tombstones for director Scott Frank. READ MORE »
And with a signature and a date today, the more than $200 million copyright lawsuit by Hollywood against the file sharing site is over. A NYC-based federal judge today granted final approval to Paramount, 20th Century … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Fox has put in development a single-camera comedy to star Saturday Night Live alumna Molly Shannon. The project, written by Bruce McCulloch, centers on Fiona (Shannon) who, at the top of her professional career, clashes with her stay-at-home pregnant daughter. Shannon and McCulloch previously worked together when he directed her in the 1999 movie Superstar, about Shannon’s popular SNL character. The two recently reunited and sold the comedy pitch to Fox. The project was then laid off at 20th Century Fox TV, which will produce with 3 Arts Entertainment. McCullogh serves as showrunner and is executive producing with 3 Arts’ David Miner and Greg Walter, while Shannon serves as producer. Read More »
Related: ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Gets December 2015 Release Date
Changing the screenplay team on the new Star Wars movie was all about time, said JJ Abrams today. “It became clear that given the time frame and given the process and the way the thing was going that working with Larry in this way was going to get us where we need to be and when we needed to be,” said the Episode VII director Thursday. “Working with Larry Kasdan, especially on a Star Wars movie is kind of unbeatable,” Abrams told Deadline. The upcoming Disney project is set to be released in 2015. On October 24, it was announced that Abrams would take over the writing of the script for the upcoming new Star Wars pic with Empire Strikes Back co-writer Lawrence Kasdan. Oscar winner and Hunger Games: Catching Fire scribe Michael Arndt had been on board as writing the script based on treatments he had drafted. The new Star Wars movie is set to start filming early next year in the UK. The Stars Wars: Episode VII director was participating in a media conference call Thursday with his fellow Almost Human EP J.H. Wyman on the upcoming Fox series. Read More »
Fox has put in development, Ball & Chain, a drama written/executive produced by Peter Ocko (Fairly Legal) and executive produced by Steve McPherson through Lionsgate TV. The project, which falls under McPherson’s first-look deals at … Read More »
No gain without pain, I guess — and Fox‘s investments in services including FXX and Fox Sports 1 pinched in the quarter that ended September 30. The company just reported net income of $1.26B, -43.8% vs the … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Twentieth Century Fox has begun negotiations with James Mangold to return for another installment of The Wolverine, with Hugh Jackman bringing back his signature character with the razor sharp adamantium hooks. This comes after The Wolverine … Read More »
TV and film writer Drew (formerly Andrew) Chapman is set to adapt his upcoming first novel, The Ascendant, as a drama series for Fox through 20th Century Fox TV. In the vein of Three Days of the Condor, The Ascendant is described as a modern, subversive take on the white-knuckle thriller. It centers on Garrett Reilly, a 26-year-old NYC bond trader and financial wunderkind who recognizes a huge U.S. Treasury bond selloff and an opportunity to become incredibly rich but stumbles upon something much larger — and scarier: the first attack in a covert war of unthinkable proportions. The novel – which will be published by Simon & Schuster in January with a big initial print run of 75,000 — is envisioned as a franchise, with Chapman already writing the second book. In TV, Chapman, repped by Rothman Brecher Agency, Original Artists, Regal Literary, Ragna Nervik Management and Jonathan Shikora is writing ABC’s upcoming CIA limited series The Assets and previously penned the ABC pilot A House Divided.
Lithium is another hourlong Fox project from 20th TV, written/executive produced by Michael Horowitz (Burn Notice) and executive produced by Richard Shepard and Bryan and Sean Furst through their 20th TV-based Olé. Read More »
After postponing the series debut of sci-fi-tinged crime drama Almost Human by two weeks, Fox is giving Hulu-watchers a sneak peek at the premiere episode. The Karl Urban-fronted series airs in a two-night event on Sunday and Monday, November 17-18. Check out this eight-minute clip:
Fox has finalized a Back 9 order to comedy Dads. The pickup means that Fox has become the only major broadcast network to give episodic orders (full-season ones to Dads and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and a … Read More »
Fox has set return dates for sophomore drama The Following and American Idol and a premiere date for new drama Rake. Season 13 of American Idol will have a two-night launch January 15-16. Sleepy Hollow will wrap its freshman season on January 20 at 8 PM, leading to the second-season debut of Following, which will succeed Sleepy Hollow, returning to its Monday 9 PM slot. New legal drama Rake will kick off on Sunday, January 19, following the NFC Championship Game, before moving into its Thursday 9 PM berth on January 23. New comedy Enlisted will debut on Friday, January 10. The network also confirmed that new comedy Surviving Jack will air behind Idol on Thursdays for eight episodes in spring (no premiere date set yet) when Idol‘s result show is cut to 30 minutes for the first time, and noted that fellow midseason comedy Us & Them also will have a spring debut. The new season of Fox’s Saturday late-night Animation Domination High-Def block will launch January 11 with Lucas Bros. Moving Co. and Golan The Insatiable. Here are Fox’s midseason premiere date:
Related: Fox’s ‘Surviving Jack’ Gets Post-‘Idol’ Slot, Order Trimmed; ‘Dads’ Expected To Get Back Order Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Fox is firming up its midseason comedy scheduling plans. I’ve learned that the network is going to launch Surviving Jack after American Idol on Thursday. The comedy’s order has been trimmed from 13 to … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Earlier this fall, Fox bought a drama from Diablo Cody. Now the network has taken in a project from another female writer looking to translate her Internet following into a successful screenwriting career. Fox has put in development a single-camera comedy from Kelly Oxford, a Twitter star with more than 550,000 followers. The untitled project, which has a script commitment, is based upon Oxford’s real-life work in a retirement home and centers on a 30-year-old single mom who runs the recreation department of a senior center. Warner Bros TV is producing, with Oxford co-executive producing.
A Calgary stay-at-home mother aspiring to be a writer, Oxford started a blog in 2002 to share her experiences raising her kids and vent about things. The blog quickly gained traction, but it was the companion Twitter feed that exploded, propelling Oxford to Internet stardom. Her snarky, straight-up observational tweets (read a sample of her recent ones below) drew celebrity A-listers as followers, including Howard Stern and Jimmy Kimmel. Hollywood came knocking, and Oxford sold a family comedy based on the blog to CBS in 2011 with Jessica Alba producing and another family comedy to NBC last year. Also last year, Warner Bros picked up her feature comedy spec Son Of A Bitch. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Execs at the home of Sleepy Hollow, Glee and The Mindy Project had a message today for showrunners and agents: Diversity is the new ka-ching. “Not only are you going to have more … Read More »
The World Series got under way tonight, so Fox International Channels figured it’s a good time to unveil a long-term deal to air MLB games in more than 30 European countries, starting with … Read More »
BREAKING: Oblivion star Tom Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski are looking to work together again. They are circling Go Like Hell for 20th Century Fox. This is the battle between Ford and Ferrari for dominance in … Read More »
The Mindy Project showrunner appears to be fed up with notes from the Fox Decency Police, and has tweeted one such memo — presumably to embarrass the division. In its pre-shoot memo about one of the comedy’s episodes, The Fox Decency Police made these requests:
Page 13: Please substitute for Peter’s “balls” reference.
Page 28 Please substitute for Mindy’s “penis” reference.
Please substitute for Mindy’s “69″ reference.
Decency Police and their “We’ll trade you one penis for two vaginas” memos are always good for a laugh on a slow day, which may explain why today The Reporters Who Cover Television glommed on to showrunner Matt Warburton‘s tweet of several days ago (you know how it is: TV critic re-tweets it, Defamer posts it, more media pick it up). In the Twitter post, he took a photo of the memo and added, “The Mindy Project is a classy show for grown ups”, like he meant it to sting. And yet, ask someone attached to the show’s production or broadcast why it’s still on the air with the numbers it’s getting these days and you probably ARE going to get an earful of “Mindy is a very upscale show, with a 142 index in the demo in $100K+ homes, ranking No. 9 among major broadcast network shows in this category, and the highest indexing of any Fox entertainment series.”
Still, you can’t help but feel for Warburton. His series is getting clobbered by NBC’s The Voice in its time slot (last season NBC had little-watched comedies Go On and The New Normal in the second hour of primetime on the night). Read More »