Liev Schreiber, Jaden Smith Set For Slavery Pic ‘The Good Lord Bird’ Adapted From James McBride Bestseller

By | Tuesday April 15, 2014 @ 2:37pm PDT

Liev Schreiber Good Lord Bird Jaden Smith Good Lord BirdEXCLUSIVE: Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan) and Jaden Smith (The Karate Kid, After Earth) are set to star in The Good Lord Bird, a big-screen adaptation of the 2013 National Book Award winner by James McBride (Miracle At St. Anna, Red Hook Summer). McBride is aboard to produce the pic about The Good Lord Bird movieHenry “Onion” Shackleford (Smith), a young slave who links up with radical abolitionist John Brown (Schreiber) in 1856 Kansas and travels the nation with Brown’s motley crew of freedom fighters. Story is told with a satirical bent through the eyes of Onion, who wears a dress and is at first mistaken for a girl, as he bears witness to Brown’s historic campaign and encounters the likes of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman en route to the bloody Harper’s Ferry raid that helped spark the Civil War. McBride’s NY Times bestseller made Publishers Weekly‘s Top 10 Books of the Year list and has drawn comparisons to Mark Twain’s classic novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Fifteen-year-old Smith is coming off a run of feature turns in Sony’s Karate Kid reboot with Jackie Chan and sci-fier After Earth, opposite dad Will Smith. He’s set to return for sequel Karate Kid 2, which hired Breck Eisner to helm last week. Read More »

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‘Karate Kid 2′ Locks Breck Eisner To Helm Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan

Mike Fleming

jadenEXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has locked Breck Eisner to direct Karate Kid 2, the sequel that will bring back Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan. Harald Zwart directed the 2010 original, which grossed $56 million on its opening weekend and … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘After Earth’

By | Thursday March 7, 2013 @ 8:30pm PST

Here’s the latest trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth, which pairs Will Smith with his son Jaden as a father and son who crash-land on a hostile Earth a thousand years into the future. The Sony/Columbia release has been teased since last year’s Comic-Con, and the trailer posted … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘After Earth’

By | Monday December 10, 2012 @ 5:16pm PST

After Earth is the latest pairing of Will Smith and his son Jaden, after 2006′s The Pursuit Of Happyness. The sci-fi pic from director M. Night Shyamalan got a Comic-Con push this summer when Sony touted the massive mythology created around the story, about a father … Read More »

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Comic-Con: ‘After Earth’ Environment Hostile To Humans Will And Jaden Smith

By | Saturday July 14, 2012 @ 11:42am PDT

Luke Y. Thompson is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of Comic-Con.

Despite there being no Will or Jaden Smith and no M. Night Shyamalan, Sony’s panel on After Earth was packed to capacity in Room 6A. Without … Read More »

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Comic-Con: Will And Jaden Smith’s ‘After Earth’ Makes Novel Plans Around M. Night Shyamalan Film

By | Friday July 13, 2012 @ 8:34am PDT
Mike Fleming

Will Smith Jaden Smith After EarthEXCLUSIVE: As Sony Pictures begins to create buzz for the M Night Shyamalan-directed Will and Jaden Smith-starrer After Earth, the studio has also sealed plans to get out in front of the summer 2013 tenpole with a number of other initiatives. Overbrook Entertainment, Sony Pictures Consumer Products, The Random House Publishing Group and Ebury Publishing is set to create a broad line of publishing products based on the film and the universe that was created from the script by Gary Whitta and Shyamalan, based on a story by Will Smith. The film is produced by Caleeb Pinkett, Smith, James Lassiter, and Shyamalan.

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WME Signs Director M. Night Shyamalan

By | Friday November 11, 2011 @ 1:31pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The agency signing wars had been quiet, but they just heated up. WME has signed M. Night Shyamalan. The writer, director and producer has been developing as his next film the Sony Pictures tent pole A.E. which has Will … Read More »

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Will Smith Joins Son Jaden On Sci-Fi Space Film With M. Night Shyamalan

By | Monday April 4, 2011 @ 11:55am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Entertainment has signed Will Smith and son Jaden Smith to star in an untitled futuristic science fiction adventure film that will be directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Shymalan wrote the script with Gary Whitta, and Overbrook’s James … Read More »

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‘Glee’s Ryan Murphy Courted To Direct ‘Annie’ With Willow Smith

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Glee creator Ryan Murphy is Sony Pictures’ top choice to direct a re-imagining of the Broadway musical Annie, with Willow Smith playing the lovable orphan. The project was recently set at Sony Pictures by Overbrook Entertainment partners James … Read More »

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Disney Scares Up ‘Monster Witness Relocation Program’

By | Monday August 23, 2010 @ 11:20am PDT
Mike Fleming

Disney has acquired the pitch Monster Witness Relocation Program by writers Ahmet Zappa and Michael Wilson.  The pitch’s based on an original idea by Ahmet Zappa. Zappa’s Monsterfoot Productions will produce with Overbrook Entertainment. Word is that … Read More »

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