UPDATE: Microsoft just released this first-look trailer of Halo: Nightfall, the live-action series coming in November from Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions and Microsoft’s 343 Industries. The story is set between the events in the fourth and fifth Halo video games (Halo 5: Guardians is coming next year).
The live-action five-part series follows a new character, Jameson Locke (played by Mike Colter (The Good Wife)), described as “a legendary manhunter and agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), Earth’s most powerful and secretive military branch.” After a biological attack, Locke and his unit unravel a plot and track down an ancient artifact. The series will be part of The Master Chief Collection, the remastered set of the first four Halo games that Microsoft announced during E3 last month and set to debut in November.
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Ridley Scott, Giannina Facio and Colet Abedi have optioned The Devil In The Kitchen: Sex, Pain, Madness And The Making Of A Great Chef. They intend to make a film about Marco Pierre White, who wrote the memoir of his extraordinary life. White had a tumultuous childhood upbringing before becoming a rock star chef in 1980s London. Surrounded by music, fashion and food during London’s cultural evolution, White trained Gordon Ramsay and Mario Batali and was a pioneer of the celebrity chef movement. He was the first and youngest chef to win three Michelin stars and was also the only one to ever give them all back. He was the original chain-smoking, pot-throwing enfant terrible of the kitchen.
Scott, who is in post production on his Fox Biblical epic Exodus: Gods And Kings, recently teamed with Facio to set at Sony the GQ article Game Brain at Sony. It came together with Peter Landesman writing the script and directing, with Will Smith to play Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who was a total outsider and made the first discovery of CTE, the concussion syndrome that has been fatal in contributing to the suicides of such former NFL superstars as Dave Duerson and Junior Seau.
Here’s our first look at Ridley Scott‘s biblical epic that’s hitting theaters at Christmastime. Christian Bale stars as Moses, who rises up against Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton) and leads more than a half-million slaves out of Egypt. Aaron Paul, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley co-star in the action-adventure film written by Steve Zaillian from Bill Collage & Adam Cooper’s story. Fox releases Exodus: Gods And Kings on December 12. Have a look:
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Alcon Entertainment has an offer out to Harrison Ford to reprise his role of Rick Deckard in its Ridley Scott-directed sequel to Blade Runner. Original screenwriter Hampton Fancher and Michael Green are writing the new one, which takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original. Alcon acquired Blade Runner‘s film, television and ancillary rights in 2011 from producer Bud Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels of the sci-fi cult classic. Yorkin will serve as a producer on the sequel along with Alcon’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will co-produce. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers. Alcon actually sent a press release out that it offered the role to Ford (which is unusual in itself), but Ford gave an interview recently saying he was anxious to see the script. He has expressed interest in reprising the role in the past, but no deal is set as he has yet to read the script.
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If Ford agrees to the script, this is the second audience-pleasing role the actor would be stepping into. He is also set in the next installment of the Star Wars franchise as the actor is currently readying to reprise his role as … Read More »
Fox has been talking to big directors to team with Matt Damon on Martian, and the latest is Ridley Scott. The filmmaker reportedly is eyeing the Gravity-like project about a stranded astronaut, but it would be surprising if he takes this over Prometheus 2. Paul Greengrass was among the directors kicking the tires on this one recently.
Don’t know if she’ll make the deal, but Jessica Chastain is the choice to star alongside Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 5. Read More »
David Schulner is staying at Universal TV with a new two-year overall deal, his third consecutive overall pact there. Through Uni TV, Schulner has sold hourlong drama Pharaoh to HBO with Ridley Scott attached to direct and executive produce. The series explores an alternate explanation for the foundation and ascent of the ancient Egyptian empire—one in which greatness was bestowed upon us by beings from another world, calling into question what it means to be a ‘god.’ Another ancient Egypt drama, Hieroglyph, has a series order at Fox. Under his Uni TV deal, Schulner also is developing projects for sister networks USA and Syfy. He previously was the creator, executive producer and showrunner of NBC/Uni TV’s drama Do No Harm and served as consulting producer on NBC’s Dracula and Ironside. Schulner began his tenure at Universal TV (then UMS) with stints as co-executive producer on drama series Kings and Trauma, leading to his first overall deal with the studio in 2010. Schulner started off as a playwright before becoming a staff writer on ABC’s Once And Again. He rose to prominence with his high-concept 2007 spec The Oaks, which landed at Fox after a bidding frenzy with Shawn Ryan executive producing. Schulner’s series credits also include the WB’s Everwood, ABC’s Desperate Housewives and ITV’s Marchlands. Schulner, repped by UTA and Myman Abel, also is the author of the comic book Clone.
Tom 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 story by Hardy and his father, Chips Hardy. Tom Hardy will star as an early 19th century adventurer battling the East India Company during a time in British history “when the rising power of the Empire seeped into every dark corner,” says exec producer Scott. This is the actor’s latest foray into British television after recently coming on board the second season of BBC Two drama Peaky Blinders, which Knight also created. Scott Free London and Hardy Son & Baker are producing Taboo for BBC One and Sonar Entertainment. Shooting will start in the UK in January 2015.
Set in 1813, Taboo follows Hardy’s James Keziah Delaney who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds and seeking to avenge his father’s death. Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, he sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire and finds himself playing a dangerous game with two warring nations, Britain and America.
Tom Hardy calls it a “flagship British drama for this generation.” It’s a “hybrid of orthodox and unconventional storytelling, packed with darkness and spirited characters.” Knight adds that the lead character is “a deeply flawed and deeply troubled … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: 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. This amounts to a reteam for Ingelsby and Scott.
Ingelsby was a 27-year-old AFI grad living at home with his parents in Pennsylvania and working for his father’s insurance business when his very first script, Low Dweller, sold for $650,000 against $1.1 million to Relativity in 2008, with Scott attached to direct and Leonardo DiCaprio to star. Scott and DiCaprio both dropped out but remained producers, and the project eventually became Out Of The Furnace, the gritty drama that Scott Cooper directed with Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana and Willem Dafoe. It was a throwback movie that proved too rough for mainstream audiences, a lot like the Cormac McCarthy-scripted The Counselor, which Fox made and Scott did direct. Pruss helped Ingelsby get his Low Dweller spec seen around town, and this is his third project with the writer, after Hold On To Me, which James Marsh is directing this fall, and The Signal, which is being developed by Paramount. Ingelsby is coming off scripting Run All Night, which Jaume Collet-Serra directs for Warner Bros with Liam Neeson starring, and Merry Men at DreamWorks.
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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 Ridley Scott and Michael Schaefer, along with Allison Gillogly. She brought in the book, which was published in September by Tor Books. The acquisition was made through the development fund of SM&SC, which was formed this fall by Sharp and writer-director-financier Jim Kohlberg. Kohlberg and Sharp are behind Starz’s Outlander and The Yellow Birds, scripted and directed by David Lowery.
Vicious is about two ambitious pre-med students who discover that under the right conditions, a person can develop extraordinary supernatural abilities. Once they move from theoretical to experimental, things go horribly wrong. Their friendship becomes corrupted by terrible power on both sides, setting the stage for an epic rivalry fueled by ambition, jealousy and revenge — a toxic mix when fueled by superpowers. CAA repped the book with Waxman Leavell Literary’s Holly Root.
EXCLUSIVE: 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 Caroline Ellis reaches 16, a birthday that triggers the battle fated for centuries between the Dark and Light Fae, forcing her to confront who she is and discover whether her tumultuous relationship with Devilyn Reilly, who’s battling the power of the Dark within him, will destroy them both along with humanity. Scott and Giannina Facio will produce. The book has been a big bestseller in digital, and become a Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest phenomenon. The authors have completed the first sequel, The Dark King. They are repped by lit agent Lisa Gallagher from Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.
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.
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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.
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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 sophisticated movies such as Gravity, Captain Phillips and 12 Years A Slave are doing well, but there seems to be a renewed level of vigor for specs and pitches lately. This one had Paramount, Universal, Warner Bros and Sony all circling with producers, before Fox and Scott Free made the deal on Friday. Ridley Scott and Michael Schaefer will be the producers.
A former Army Ranger is enlisted to infiltrate a dangerous group of ex-Special Forces soldiers living overseas who have revolted against the U.S. government by assassinating confidential informants all over the world. The project was brought in by Scott Free’s Michael Pruss and Fox execs Mark Roybal and Ryan Jones. Pruss will be an exec producer. Foehl is repped by WME and Wirehouse Entertainment.
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 are set to produce the sci-fi space drama which has elements of Lord Of The Flies. Michael Pruss will executive produce. Turkewitz was a successful Manhattan architect who decided to change careers and apply to film school, going on to receive his masters in screenwriting from NYU. Turkewitz also is repped by manager Brooklyn Weaver and attorney Jeff Frankel.
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 Moses and Joel Edgerton as the Egyptian pharoah Ramses II. Ben Kingsley is in talks to play a Hebrew scholar, John Turturro is set to play Seti, father of the Pharoah Ramses, Sigourney Weaver is set to play Ramses’ mother Tuya, and Emmy-winning Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul is negotiating to play Joshua, the Hebrew slave who leads the people into the promised land after Moses.
The script is by Steve Zaillian, and Adam Cooper and Bill Collage were the first writers who sold the pitch to Chernin Entertainment, which is producing along with Scott Free. CAA and Independent Talent rep Kingsley, ICM Partners reps Turturro, UTA reps Weaver and UTA and Leverage rep Paul.
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, will feature Rancic testing his mettle in adrenaline-charged training sessions for the country’s most dangerous jobs. In the vein of Dirty Jobs, Rancic will embed with tough men and women — from ice road truckers to SWAT teams — to get a firsthand look at the grueling work and prove he has what it takes to perform at an elite level … and survive. Scott and Rancic will executive produce with Giannina Facio, Mary Lisio and Colet Abedi. On the unscripted side, Scott Free most recently produced the series Crimes of the Century for CNN.
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 lawyer who gets in over his head when he enters the drug trade. Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, and Penelope Cruz also star. Fox releases in the U.S. on October 25 and in the UK on November 15.
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 star in the pic scripted by Cormac McCarthy which Fox has slated for an October 25 release. Check it out:
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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 Cruz also star in the pic scripted by Cormac McCarthy which Fox has slated for an October 25 release. Fassbender’s title character gets a few warnings from Pitt and Bardem in the first clips from The Counselor. The full trailer drops tomorrow:
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 »