EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures is acquiring Go Fast, an action vehicle that will be written by Rich Wilkes for Kick-Ass 2 helmer Jeff Wadlow to direct. I’m told that the title refers to the fast boats that are used by DEA agents to thwart drug smugglers on the high seas. What The Fast And The Furious did with cars, the film intends to do for these lightning-fast water crafts. Broken Road’s Todd Garner is producing.
This becomes the second big studio project for Wadlow, who is also writing to direct X-Force, another spinoff of Marvel’s X-Men franchise, which is being developed by 20th Century Fox. Wadlow directed his first studio film in Kick-Ass 2 after writing the sequel and getting the blessing to direct it from rights holder Matthew Vaughn, who helmed the original. Wadlow this week brings Kick-Ass 2 to San Diego, introducing the cast at Comic-Con. Sony’s Sam Dickerman and Hannah Minghella bought Go Fast for Sony, and Broken Road’s Jeremy Stein brought it in. Wadlow is repped by WME, Wilkes by Verve and Management 360. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures is in talks to make Kick-Ass 2, with Jeff Wadlow directing his script. I’m told the intention is to get the film in production by August. Discussions are just getting underway with such original castmembers as Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and they will have to be signed to new deals to reprise their roles. The raucous 2010 film was directed by Matthew Vaughn; it was made for $28 million and grossed $48.1 million domestic and $103 million worldwide. The original was released by Lionsgate but became a free ball controlled by Vaughn. He can’t direct the sequel because of his commitments to his X-Men: First Class follow-up, but he is backing it and is fully supportive of handing over the reins. Wadlow, who wrote and directed 2005′s Cry Wolf, wrote the Kick-Ass 2 script for Vaughn, and it has already come before Universal’s green-light committee. I expect a deal to be closed shortly. Wadlow is repped by WME.
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has closed a deal to acquire Bloodshot, the Valiant Comics series. The deal came out of a spec script written by Jeff Wadlow, who is being paid $450,000 against $1 million, I hear. Neal Moritz will produce through his Original Film Banner along with Jason Kothari and Dinesh Shamdasani for Valiant Entertainment.
Bloodshot originated in Valiant Comics form in 1992 and appeared in over 70 issues, becoming the cornerstone of the Valiant Universe. The protagonist is Angelo Mortalli, a ruthless killer for the mob who is set up by the family and framed for a murder. He instead goes into Witness Protection, but is betrayed by an FBI agent guarding him, kidnapped and forcibly subjected to an experimental program in which his body is injected with microscopic computers called nanites. They erase his brain and rebuild it and his body to be a weapon with superhuman strength and healing powers. Bloodshot escapes his makers, and though he isn’t his old self, he tries to figure out who he was. Things get bad for everybody who betrayed him. The project had been rumored as a possible directing vehicle for Matthew Vaughn, but he isn’t part of this equation.
The WME-repped Wadlow got this through his own entrepreneurial spunk. He loved the comic, and made an agreement with Valiant and Original Film to write it on spec. They showed it to Sony, where Moritz has his deal. The studio bought it.
Minnie Driver is returning to series television as star of CBS’ drama pilot Hail Mary. The project, created by Jeff Wadlow and executive produced by Ilene Chaiken, is a buddy P.I. show set in Atlanta that focuses on a suburban single mom (Driver) who teams up with a streetwise hustler to solve crimes. In addition to Hail Mary, Driver was also pursued for the NBC pilot Free Agents this season. This was one of 2 offers for On American TV, British-born Driver, repped by CAA and Untitled, previously starred on FX’s The Riches and recurred on NBC’s Will & Grace. She was most recently seen in Conviction.
Alan Tudyk has been cast in ABC’s comedy pilot Suburgatory. The project, from Warner Bros. TV and writer-exec producer Emily Kapnek, centers on Tessa (Jane Levy), a teenage girl who is moved by her dad George from Manhattan, where she grew up, to her version of hell: the suburbs. Tudyk will play George’s old college buddy who has been living in the suburbs for years. Tudyk, repped by Gersh and Coronel Co., was approached for multiple pilots. He will next be seen in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
The L Word co-creator/executive producer Ilene Chaiken has joined CBS’ private eye drama pilot Hail Mary as executive producer/showrunner. The project, created by Jeff Wadlow, is a buddy P.I. show set in Atlanta that focuses on a suburban single mom who teams up with a streetwise hustler to solve crimes. Wadlow, Chaiken and Joel Silver executive produce for Warner Bros. TV. Chaiken co-created and ran the Showtime drama The L Word. She is also behind the show’s reality spinoff, The Real L Word, which is now prepping its second season.
Meanwhile, Alex Graves, who just recreated prehistoric Earth as director of the pilot for Fox’s Terra Nova, is staying in the past with a directing gig on ABC’s drama pilot Poe. The crime procedural follows Edgar Allan Poe, the world’s very first detective, as he uses unconventional methods to investigate dark mysteries in 1840s Boston. Chris Hollier penned the project for Warner Bros. TV and Dan Lin’s Lin Pictures.
EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of his first pilot order last season, CBS’ The Odds, Jeff Wadlow has landed two projects this season, Hail Mary at CBS and Rush at the CW. Both are from Warner Bros. TV and Silver Pictures, which also produced The Odds. Hail Mary is about a female P.I. in the South who partners with her murdered son’s best friend. Rush is about undercover cops working the New York nightclub scene. Wadlow is writing and executive producing both projects with an eye to direct the potential pilots. Beau Bauman is also producing. Read More »