Tom Hardy, Steven Knight, Ridley Scott Team With BBC For Period Series ‘Taboo’

By | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 11:01pm PDT

tom hardyTom Hardy is reuniting with his Locke director and screenwriter Steven Knight, and his Child 44 producer Ridley Scott for eight-part period series Taboo. Knight created the drama based on an original … Read More »

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Fox, Ridley Scott Pick Up Brad Ingelsby Spec ‘A Better Place’

By | Thursday March 27, 2014 @ 7:32pm PDT
Mike Fleming

balecEXCLUSIVE: Fox has just closed a mid- against high-six-figure deal for A Better Place, a spec script by Brad Ingelsby that will be produced by Scott Free’s Ridley Scott and Michael Schaefer, with Michael Pruss exec producing. … Read More »

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Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Teams With Story Mining & Supply On ‘Vicious’ Deal

By | Tuesday December 17, 2013 @ 10:25am PST
Mike Fleming

Vicious Movie Ridley Scott EXCLUSIVE: Upstart producer/financier Story Mining & Supply Co has teamed with Scott Free to acquire rights to the V.E. Schwab novel Vicious. SM&SC’s Jeffrey Sharp and production president Evan Hayes will produce with … Read More »

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Ridley Scott Eyes YA Franchise With Bestselling Series ‘Fae’

By | Monday December 9, 2013 @ 10:45am PST
Mike Fleming

fEEXCLUSIVE: Ridley Scott has optioned screen rights to Fae, the young adult fantasy bestseller written by sibling authors Colet and Jasmine Abedi. The title was published last summer by Diversion Books and is the first in a trilogy. Protagonist … Read More »

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Ridley Scott To Direct Film About Deadly Effects Of Concussions In Football Players

By | Thursday November 7, 2013 @ 2:12pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: While Ridley Scott is taking on the massive Moses movie Exodus with Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton, he and producing partner Giannina Facio have been meeting with A-list writers for what he hopes will be the next film he directs. Scott wants to create a drama focusing on the debilitating effects that concussions are having on our sports heroes, and the role that league owners play in allowing it to happen. His plan is to create a morality tale on that issue, much the way that Michael Mann’s The Insider took on the tobacco industry’s complicity in covering up the addictive and cancer-causing effects of cigarette smoking.

Related: NFL Reaches $765M Settlement In Concussion Cases

It sounds like a most worthy project to me. Scott is a big fan of sports including rugby and football, but he is going to focus on pro football. He has been moved reading all that has been written on athletes including former NFL stars Junior Seau and Dave Duerson, both of whom committed suicide after suffering chronic traumatic encephalopathy, with each making sure to leave his brain intact so it could be studied in the hope the results would help their gridiron brethren who also are suffering.

Related: Hot Web Trailer: ‘Casualties Of The Gridiron’
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Fox, Scott Free Acquire ‘The Asset’ Pitch By Morgan Davis Foehl

By | Monday November 4, 2013 @ 10:17am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In a mid-six-figure deal, 20th Century Fox has acquired The Asset, a thriller that will be written by Morgan Davis Foehl, who with Michael Mann co-scripted Cyber, the film Mann is helming. Maybe it’s the fact that … Read More »

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APA Signs Screenwriter Daniel Turkewitz

By | Thursday September 19, 2013 @ 4:47pm PDT

APA has signed screenwriter Daniel Turkewitz, who recently sold his feature spec script Tranquility Base, to 20th Century Fox in a pre-emptive buy. Scott Free’s Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Brooklyn Weaver and Jonathan Krauss … Read More »

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Ridley Scott In ‘Exodus’ Talks With Ben Kingsley, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Paul

By | Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 1:24pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: 20th Century Fox and director Ridley Scott have set four more stars for Exodus, the Biblical epic that already has Christian Bale set to star as … Read More »

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Bill Rancic Teams With Scott Free For ‘Training Day’ Reality Series

By | Tuesday August 20, 2013 @ 4:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Scott Free Non Fiction, the unscripted division of Ridley Scott’s Scott Free, has partnered with TV personality Bill Rancic for a reality series project. Titled Training Day, the project, which is being taken out, … Read More »

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Hot International Trailer: ‘The Counselor’

The international trailer for Ridley Scott’s The Counselor has arrived via 20th Century Fox UK (hence the double L in the titles below). This is the longest look at the film so far and includes a bit more on the story. Michael Fassbender stars as a … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Ridley Scott’s ‘The Counselor’

By | Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 9:04am PDT

We saw the first clips yesterday from Ridley Scott‘s The Counselor and now the full trailer has dropped. Michael Fassbender stars as a lawyer who enters the drug trade only to find himself in over his head. Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, and Penelope Cruz also … Read More »

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Hot Clips: Ridley Scott’s ‘The Counselor’

By | Tuesday August 6, 2013 @ 12:40pm PDT

Michael Fassbender reunites with Prometheus helmer Ridley Scott in The Counselor, starring as a lawyer who enters the drug trade only to find himself in over his head. Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, and Penelope Read More »

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Discovery Channel & Scott Free Developing Second Original Scripted Miniseries

EXCLUSIVE: Discovery Channel has ordered its second original scripted miniseries, about Scotland’s fight for independence from English rule in the 13th century. Scott Free Productions — the production house behind Discovery’s first original scripted mini, Klondike — is developing the new series chronicling William Wallace and Robert the Bruce’s bloody campaign for Scotland’s independence. The untitled project will be based on historical books by Nigel Tranter, including The Wallace and The Bruce Trilogy. Wallace, you’ll recall, was the title character played by Mel Gibson in the 1995 flick Braveheart. History wonks who did not look so favorably on some of the liberties taken with that Oscar-winning film, will like Discovery Channel’s rendition better, as it’s expected to stick more to the facts. Read More »

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Hot Teaser Trailer: Ridley Scott’s ‘The Counselor’

By | Tuesday June 25, 2013 @ 1:37pm PDT

“You may think there are things these people are simply incapable of — there are not.” Brad Pitt speaks that ominous line in the new international teaser trailer for Ridley Scott‘s follow-up to last year’s Prometheus. The Counselor follows a lawyer (Michael Fassbender) who wades into … Read More »

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CNN Series ‘Crime Of The Century’ From Ridley Scott To Premiere June 23

By | Monday June 3, 2013 @ 7:58am PDT

The original series executive produced by Ridley Scott‘s Scott Free Prods. will focus on a single major news event considered shocking at the time. It will debut Sunday, June 23 at 9 PM ET as a lead-in to … Read More »

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Alcon, Ridley Scott Announce They’ve Hired Michael Green To Script ‘Blade Runner 2′

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 12:30pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Related: Ridley Scott To Direct New ‘Blade Runner’

LOS ANGELES, CA, MAY 31, 2013, 3:30 pm, EST—Writer Michael Green is in negotiations to do a rewrite of Alcon Entertainment’s “Blade Runner” sequel penned by Hampton Fancher (“Blade Runner,” “The Minus Man,” “The Mighty Quinn”) and to be directed by Ridley Scott. Fancher’s original story/screenplay is set some years after the first film concluded.

Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove will produce with Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, along with Ridley Scott. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.

Green recently completed rewrites on “Robopocalypse” and Warners Bros “Gods and Kings.”

Alcon and Yorkin previously announced that they are partnering to produce “Blade Runner” theatrical sequels and prequels, in addition to all television and interactive productions.

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RSA Hires Arrow Kruse To Steer Branded And Digital Content

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 10:27am PDT
Mike Fleming

RSA has hired Arrow Kruse to be an executive producer at Ridley Scott’s commercials production company, running the Branded Content, Digital and Entertainment division. He is currently overseeing the RSA/Machinima partnership for RSA president Jules Daly and Ridley Scott. Said Daly, “I am thrilled to have Arrow onboard at RSA as we continue the company’s legacy of innovative work — creating new definitions and platforms to deliver branded content that pushes the boundaries of expectations. Arrow’s extensive experience with reinventing and expanding global campaigns, and establishing new brands makes him the perfect fit for us here”. Read More »

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Scott Free Bolsters Production Ranks; Hires Michael Pruss, Ups Elishia Holmes

By | Wednesday May 15, 2013 @ 3:39pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Scott Free Productions has hired Indian Paintbrush executive Michael Pruss to be senior vice president of Production. Scott Free has separately promoted production executive Elishia Holmes to senior vice president of Production. Both report to Scott … Read More »

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Cannes Briefs: Epic’s ‘Thale’ Sequel; Osiris’ ‘The Kill Hole’; Darclight’s ‘Contracted’; Simon Cowell’s ‘Pudsey’; Ridley Scott’s ‘Get Santa’; More

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Epic Sets English-Language ‘Thale’ Sequel
Epic Pictures is partnering with Norway’s Yesbox Productions to finance and produce an English-language sequel to Norwegian thriller Thale. The sequel will be written and directed by Thale‘s Aleksander Nordaas. Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson are producing alongside Bendik Heggen Strønstad of Yesbox. Thale appeared in Toronto and SXSW last year and told the story of two crime-scene cleaners who discover a tailed female creature in a concealed cellar who has been held captive for decades. Thale was based on a mythical character in Nordic folklore called the “huldra,” a beautiful creature with female attributes that is said to seduce men by humming a beautiful song, but the men never return to their villages. Epic’s Patrick Ewald says the budget will be upped for the sequel “so that Aleksander and Bendik’s vision can be accomplished on a grand scale.” Read More »

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