BREAKING: If Jason Segel isn’t careful, the writer side of his brain might eclipse the actor side. Segel, whose script work includes The Muppets and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, has just made his first big publishing deal. Random House Children’s Books has acquired Nightmares!, a middle-grade fiction series that Segel will write with bestselling author Kirsten Miller (The Eternal Ones) for the Random House imprint Delacorte Press Books For Young Readers. The deal was made by RHCB president/publisher Barbara Marcus and the Delacorte imprint’s veep and publisher Beverly Horowitz, with Segal’s reps at WME and Abrams Entertainment.
Nightmares! is an adventure story about a group of kids who realize it’s up to them to save their town from fear, which has manifested itself in the form of nightmare creatures that have slipped into the everyday world. At its heart, the series is about kids overcoming their fears. Segel first hatched the premise as a movie project. He wrote a screenplay years ago that subsequently went into turnaround. Segel took it back and reverse-adapted it as a book. Don’t be surprised if the script suddenly becomes hot stuff as a movie project that mixes scares with humor. The first book will be published in fall 2014.
This is the first book deal for Segel — who started on Freaks And Geeks and is still starring in How I Met Your Mother — beyond all of the movie roles and work writing music, scripts and producing for the big screen.
“I couldn’t be more excited that Nightmares! has found a home at Random House,” Segel said in a statement. “Ultimately, it’s a story about learning that we can accomplish anything, as long as we are brave enough to try. These are the types of stories that always inspired me.”
“Jason Segel has the perfect voice to write for children,” says Marcus. “Nightmares! is inventive, genuine, and relatable to middle-grade readers. We’re thrilled to see Jason’s creative vision translated to the page, and can’t wait to introduce him to the publishing world as a tremendous new talent.”
After a month of last-minute haggling between CBS and 20th Century Fox TV over deal points, the network and studio have sealed an agreement for a ninth season of How I Met Your Mother. It will be the veteran comedy’s last season, and the show will finally reveal the identity of the mother. I hear it will be for 24 episodes. All series regulars — Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan — are back, as are creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. To show the cast their commitment to the show, Bays and Thomas were first to close a one-year show deal. Then came the dramatic actor negotiations as chronicled in Nikki Finke’s story that broke the news about HIMYM‘s pending renewal. The prospects of a ninth season appeared all but dead after Segel had held firmly to his decision to leave until an eleventh-hour turnaround. I hear Segel finally changed his mind after reviewing detailed records of the relatively light workload the hybrid series requires for a fat paycheck while also allowing busy actors like him to also pursue a feature career. Read More »
BREAKING: Jason Segel and Drew Pearce have sold a pitch to Fox. They will turn the documentary The Other F Word into a feature that will be a star vehicle for the How I Met Your Mother star. Segel and Pearce will co-write and be executive producers.
Several studios chased the deal before Fox took it off the table. The 2011 docu explores the world of aging punk rock musicians as they transition into fatherhood and try to maintain the contrast between their anti-authoritarian lifestyle with the responsibilities of being a dad.
Andrea Blaugrund Nevins wrote and directed the docu, producing it with Cristan Reilly. Among the rock stars balancing these roles were Blink-182′s Mark Hoppus, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, and Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath. Nevins and Reilly will be executive producers on the comedy. Read More »
Jason Segel, Ed Helms and Susan Sarandon star in Jeff, Who Lives At Home. In the basement. Then his mother sends him on a simple errand that might end up changing his life along the way. From Jay and Mark Duplass, who gave us another memorable character, Cyrus. From Paramount … Read More »
Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
The trendy new term at TCA is, “That’s a high-class problem,” and the CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother has one. The show is improbably enjoying its best ratings ever during its seventh season and is also CBS’ youngest-skewing series. And while the series is contracted to remain on the air through next season, that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be “8 and out” for the show. Its co-creator and co-showrunner Carter Bays said during a TCA panel this morning that there hasn’t been a discussion about setting a series end date. “Oh, we’ve talked about it,” he admitted, “because we’ve gotten the question a lot. But I don’t think we can say what it will be just now. It’s not a high priority for us. I imagine when we’re going into the final season, we’ll get people hip to that. But right now it’s hard for us to say it will be May 14, 2000-whatever. It will happen when we’re officially out of ideas.” Bays added that he knows what the Mother endgame is going to be but naturally had no inclination to share it. Star Jason Segel added that he’d simply love to see the show go on long enough so the story comes to a natural conclusion, “whether that be 8 or 9 years. I was so relieved when I found out there was an actual plan,” he said. Read More »
Universal’s The Five Year Engagement opens April 27, 2012 and stars Jason Segel and Emily Blunt. It’s helmed by Nicholas Stoller, who directed Segel in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Stoller and Segel co-wrote this one, and Judd Apatow and Rodney Rothman produced.
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Last night’s Saturday Night Live hosted by Jason Segel with musical guest Florence + The Machine, averaged a 4.6/11 in metered-market households and a 2.8/12 in adults 18-49 in Local People Meters. The late-night sketch show was up a … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: I wanted to get my hands on this private little video when I heard it existed. So here are producers Jason Segel and Kermit The Frog inviting Amy Adams to join the cast of The Muppets movie, which is the first Muppets theatrical release in 12 years. Beyond cute:
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EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures is starting to get hot and heavy with Sex Tape, the Kate Angelo-scripted comedy that the studio acquired in June in a seven-figure spec deal. The script’s about a married couple who take a night off … Read More »
Taking a page from the quick-cut teaser trailer done by director David Fincher for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the makers of The Muppets have generated their own to promote the family comedy that premieres November 23 through Disney. James Bobin directs and Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Chris … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has set Oscar-nominated Animal Kingdom star Jacki Weaver to join the cast of Five Year Engagement, the Judd Apatow-produced comedy that stars Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Alison Brie, Chris Pratt, Rhys Ifans and Lauren Weedman. Nicholas Stoller … Read More »
Sony Pictures has released a new trailer for Bad Teacher, the comedy that stars Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel. The Jake Kasdan-directed comedy opens June 24.
Sony has now slated the Cameron Diaz-starrer for June 17, 2011. It was originally scheduled for April. Justin Timberlake, John Michael Higgins and Jason Segel also star in the film, about a foul-mouthed and irreverent middle school instructor. Jake Kasdan directs.