Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney
Australian production outfit Jungleboys has signed with Mosaic as the company pursues a U.S. remake of its comedy series A Moody Christmas. Jungleboys principles Trent O’Donnell and Phil Lloyd created the Australian comedy Review With Myles Barlow that’s being retooled as Review With Forrest MacNeil for Comedy Central, starring Andy Daly. Writer-director O’Donnell and Lloyd, a writer-actor who played the lead in Myles Barlow, signed with the Gersh Agency last November. One of Australia’s top advertising production companies, Jungleboys recently moved into TV comedy and plans to expand into factual programming. Commissioned by Australia’s ABC-TV, A Moody Christmas centers on a dysfunctional family over six consecutive Christmas Days. Jungleboys’ latest production, sketch comedy series The Elegant Man’s Guide To Knife Fighting, which stars Lloyd, launches on ABC-TV next week.
CAA has signed Chris Landon, the screenwriter who is scripting Paranormal Activity 3. Landon’s scripting credits include Paranormal Activity 2 and Disturbia, and he wrote and directed Burning Palms, the feature that starred Zoe Saldana, Lake Bell and Nick Stahl. Landon, who was a consulting producer on the ABC series … Read More »
Cosmopolitan Magazine has formed a creative partnership with management/production company Mosaic, designed to expand the womens’ magazine brand into scripted and non-scripted film and television. Part of that will be hatching option deals for articles in the Hearst-owned magazine that … Read More »
Some action on the feature front. Sony’s Columbia Pictures attached Barry Levinson to direct Brother Jack, a Mosaic-produced drama based on the life of human rights activist Jack Healey. Harley Peyton wrote the script and Kelly Masterson is rewriting. Levinson’s got a little momentum from the Jack Kevorkian biopic You … Read More »