EXCLUSIVE: Paramount is wrapping up a seven-figure deal for screen rights to the Jonathan Tropper novel One Last Thing Before I Go. The film will be produced by JJ Abrams through the Bad Robot banner. The book will be published in August by Dutton. The deal was made in an competitive situation with multiple studios involved. The deal includes Tropper writing the script.
Here’s the logline: Book focuses on Silver, a man in full midlife crisis. He has begun to accept that life isn’t going to turn out as he expected, with his ex about to marry a guy too nice for Silver to hate. And his Princeton-bound teenage daughter Casey has just confided in him that she’s pregnant — because he’s the one she cares least about letting down. With the wedding looming and Casey in crisis, this broken family struggles, bonds, and comes together only to risk damaging each other even more. Silver has another major complication: he discovers he could die at any moment without an operation he refuses to have. Read More »
After relaunching original primetime programming with three action series — Strike Back, The Transporter and The Sector, all done as international co-productions — Cinemax is taking a different approach with another drama project eyed for a series order, Banshee. The project, described as Walking Tall meets History of Violence, did not come to Cinemax via the international co-production route but was developed at sister pay cable network HBO and has Alan Ball attached as an executive producer. According to the LA Times, Banshee, written by Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler, is set in a small town in Pennsylvania Amish Country and features an enigmatic ex-con/martial arts expert posing as a murdered sheriff who imposes his own brand of justice while also cooking up plans that serve his own interests. Banshee, executive produced by Ball, Tropper, Schickler and Peter Macdissi, is eying a spring start of production. It will not keep Ball away from his hit HBO series True Blood. Ball is already working with the show’s writing staff on scripts for Season 5, whose official pickup is imminent.
EXCLUSIVE: DreamWorks has made a preemptive deal for an untitled pitch that will be written by Jonathan Tropper as a potential directing vehicle for Real Steel helmer Shawn Levy. Part of the deal is rights to a December 10 article in The New York Times about the last lab that had the chemicals to process Kodachrome in the final days before Kodak retired the photo development system and conceded to digital cameras. The plan is to shape that event–Kodachrome fans ventured to the Kansas lab from all over the country–into a father-son road trip story to reach the lab and process photos before those still photo images are forever lost.
The film will be produced by 21 Laps’ Levy and Dan Levine and Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Eric Robinson. Gotham brought the project to 21 Laps and they worked out the pitch together. Tropper most recently adapted the Steve Martin novel The Pleasure of My Company for Levy and 20th Century Fox. Tropper is back with DreamWorks after scripting the film adaptation of the Mary Chase play Harvey that had a Steven Spielberg directing commitment several years ago for a co-production between Fox and DreamWorks. That film fell apart over casting. Tropper adapted his own novel, This Is Where I Leave You, for Warner Bros, and several of his other novels are percolating all over town. DreamWorks co-presidents Holly … Read More »