EXCLUSIVE: Sony and producer Neal Moritz have enlisted Boondocks EP Rodney Barnes to rewrite buddy action-comedy Any Means Necessary, about two estranged brothers who team up to go undercover. The project is in priority development at the studio and has Marlon Wayans attached to play one brother – a cop – opposite Mike Epps as his criminal sibling.
Film and TV vet Barnes wrote and produced Damon Wayans’ sitcom My Wife And Kids, wrote for and co-exec produced Chris Rock’s Everybody Hates Chris, and wrote and co-exec produced the Fox comedy ‘Til Death. David Elliot and Paul Lovett (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Four Brothers) penned the original Any Means Necessary script. Meanwhile, Sony’s looking for box office gold this summer with another buddy cop comedy, June’s Channing Tatum-Jonah Hill sequel 22 Jump Street. Barnes is repped by Paradigm, Principato Young and attorney Darrell Miller at Fox/Rothchild.
EXCLUSIVE: Mike Epps is adding a seasoned presence to Starz’s scripted comedy series Survivor’s Remorse, joining a cast of mostly 20-something up-and-comers as a regular. Additionally, Epps has booked a recurring role on the second season of the BET drama Being Mary Jane. Survivor’s Remorse, executive produced by NBA star LeBron James and Mike O’Malley, is set in the world of professional basketball. It follows Cam Calloway (Jessie T. Usher), a basketball phenom in his early 20s who is thrust into the limelight after signing a multimillion-dollar contract with a pro team. Read More »
UPDATE, 5:36 PM: Mike Epps has been added to the cast of Universal’s Term Life, starring Vince Vaughn and Hailey Steinfeld. Epps will Darryl Mosely, a dirty cop who is trying to frame Vaughn’s character. The actor, whose recent credits include The Hangover Part III and Sparkle, next stars alongside Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie and Sanaa Lathan in Repentance, which Lionsgate opens Friday. He is repped by CAA, managers Dan Spilo and Niles Kirshner and attorney Todd Rubenstein.
PREVIOUS, 1:17 PM: Universal’s Term Life has recruited two new castmembers to join the crime thriller starring Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld. The pic tracks Nick Barrow (Vaughn), who takes his estranged daughter (Steinfeld) on the lam when a heist goes south and he takes out a life insurance policy on himself that doesn’t take effect for 21 days. Jordi Molla (Riddick, Bad Boys II) has been cast in the Peter Billingsley-helmed pic as a ruthless Mexican cartel leader Victor Fuentes, who’s after Barrow. Molla recently filmed a regular role on FX’s upcoming Hoke. Also joining Term Life in the role of Molla’s son Alejandro is William Levy. The Cuba-born telenovela star and Dancing With The Stars Season 14 contestant most recently filmed feature The Veil. He’s shooting Change Of Heart with Jim Belushi and Virginia Madsen and will be seen in Lionsgate’s Addicted. Read More »
True tale drama Stealing Cars is moving into gear with Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Mike Epps, Emory Cohen, and more with helmer Bradley Kaplan (Muhammad And Larry, The Love We Make), who makes the leap from documentary to narrative film with the pic. Cohen (Smash, The Place Beyond The Pines) stars as a confident but rebellious teenager involved in a tragic car accident who finds brutality, then forgiveness and hope, in an unjust juvenile penal system. The screenplay is by Avenging Angelo‘s Will Aldis and Steve Mackall. Dallas Buyers Club producer Rachel Winter first read the script in 1999, but the project spent 14 years in development before the current iteration came together with Cohen, Huffman, Macy, Epps, John Leguizamo and Paul Sparks leading the ensemble. Winter is producing with Dan Keston. Steve Levinson and Mark Wahlberg are executive producing with Erika Hampson. Read More »