EXCLUSIVE: OddLot Entertainment has acquired the Black List script Queen Of Hearts, and has set Seth Gordon to develop the project as a directing vehicle. OddLot will produce with Brillstein Entertainment Group, with Gordon’s manager David McIlvain to …
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Entertainment is negotiating with Seth Gordon to direct Uncharted, the live-action adaptation of the top-selling PlayStation vidgame series Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. This brings the Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief helmer back to his origins, where he helmed the celebrated documentary The King Of Kong and immersed himself in video game culture. The film is an Arad/Atlas Entertainment Production, produced by Chuck Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner, and Ari Arad.
The most recent script of Uncharted is by Safe House scribe David Guggenheim, and the studio was hot enough on that draft that they set him to write Bad Boys 3. The project has had several prominent filmmakers involved over the years, most recently David O Russell, before he left to helm the Roven-produced American Hustle, a Best Picture Oscar contender. Next step is to find a protagonist to play Nathan Drake, the treasure and antiquities hunter and descendant of the famed explorer Sir Francis Drake. With a female journalist and his mentor by his side, Drake attempts to find the lost treasure of El Dorado. It is a big-scale adventure film.
Netflix To Debut Romney Presidential Campaign Documentary ‘Mitt’ In January 2014 Following Sundance Premiere
Netflix has acquired the just-announced Sundance 2014 documentary Mitt, which follows Republican nominee Mitt Romney through the beginnings of his presidential aspirations in 2006 to his defeat to Barack Obama on Election Night 2012. [See today's Sundance line-up announcement here.] The film from director Greg Whiteley (New York Doll, Resolved) spans seven years as Whiteley gains intimate access to the former Massachusetts governor and his family on and off the campaign trail through Romney’s quest for the White House. “It feels like a full circle moment to premiere this movie at Sundance,” said Whiteley. “I first met and filmed the Romney family in Park City in 2006 as they gathered to discuss whether Mitt should run for President. Over the next seven years I couldn’t believe I was filming inside rooms and situations I had no business being in.” Mitt is exec produced by Undefeated and King of Kong helmer Seth Gordon and will premiere January 17 during the 2014 Sundance Film Festivalas a gala in Salt Lake City, where Romney has roots and once led the Salt Lake Olympics Games Organizing Committee.
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has just acquired what’s described to me as a Canadian maple syrup heist comedy pitch. Jason Segel is attached to star, and Identity Thief helmer Seth Gordon will direct. Family Guy vet Chris Sheridan is writing the script. Barry Josephson is producing with Gordon and Segel. The comedy with dramatic overtones is inspired by real events reported in the Montreal Gazette by journalist Anne Sutherland. Over $20 million worth of maple syrup was stolen in 2012 from Quebec’s Federation of Maple Syrup Producers and to date, over 20 individuals have been arrested in conjunction with the heist as prosecutors try to make the charges stick.
Sony seems to be fattening up in the culinary genre after making the Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs films and today announcing the Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg animated film Sausage Party, that topped by Canadian maple syrup. Wait, is Sausage Party a raunchy reference and not about the delectable meat? No, even though Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are behind it, it is actually about one sausage’s quest to discover the purpose of life (spoiler alert: to be barbecued and eaten?). WME brokered the heist pic deal for Gordon, Segel and Sheridan.
Relationship Comedy From David Caspe, Seth Gordon & Jamie Tarses Lands At NBC With Pilot Production Commitment
EXCLUSIVE: In what is believed to be the biggest commitment for a comedy project so far this development season, Marry Me, a single-camera half-hour from Happy Endings creator David Caspe, just landed at NBC. The Sony Pictures TV project — which has Seth Gordon, who exited Horrible Bosses 2 today, attached to direct and executive produce and Jamie Tarses to executive produce — sparked a bidding war when it was taken out two weeks ago. It ultimately commanded a pilot production commitment in a deal which I hear also includes a full license fee and series penalty. Last summer, NBC nabbed another Sony TV single-camera comedy project with a big commitment, giving a 22-episode order to The Michael J. Fox Show, one of four new Sony series on the NBC schedule next season along with fall drama The Blacklist, fall comedy Welcome To The Family and midseason drama The Night Shift.
EXCLUSIVE: ABC traditionally hands out a couple of early pilot orders before the holidays. The first one this year has gone to How the F Am I Normal, Adam Goldberg’s single-camera comedy produced by Sony Pictures TV and Happy Madison, whose pilot will be directed by Seth Gordon. The project, inspired by Goldberg’s experience growing up in the ’80s with a highly screwed up but loving family, already had a production commitment at the network where it moved in September after being originally set up at Fox last season. It is a family comedy set in the ’80s that centers on an in-your-face mother and hot-tempered father who love their three eccentric kids so much, they can’t bear to see them grow up.
Goldberg and Gordan are executive producing with Happy Madison’s Doug Robinson; Bill Wee is co-executive producing. How The F— marks a reunion for the auspices behind the Fox comedy Breaking In, which was co-created by Goldberg and Gordon (he directed that pilot too), and produced by Sony TV and Happy Madison. The early pilot order assures the directing services of Gordon, who is producing a slew of projects this season.
Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon has set up two more hourlong projects, Run Black at Fox and Bar Scene at NBC. Both are produced by Sony Pictures TV, where Gordon and his Exhibit A are under an overall deal.
Run Black is being written by former Criminal Minds showrunner Simon Mirren, who also has a deal at Sony TV. It centers on a brilliant and dangerous prisoner who is given a chance to reduce his sentence when the FBI recruits him to partner up with a book-smart but painfully naive agent to infiltrate and dismantle a criminal empire on the outside. Mirren and Gordon executive produce, with Gordon possibly directing.
NBC’s Bar Scene, from writers/exec producers Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler (90210), is based on the life of Jackie Davis, who is a series co-creator. It is about a team of misfit lawyers who start their own practice. Davis’ sister, Stephanie Davis, executive produces with Gordon and Jamie Tarses through her Sony TV-based Fanfare. Alberghnini and Chessler are repped by Paradigm.
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures TV has set up two more projects at ABC — a comedy from Chris Sheridan, Seth Gordon and Amblin Television, and drama from screenwriter/playwright Jonathan Mark Feldman, Patrick Massett & John Zinman.
Former Family Guy executive producer/co-showrunner Sheridan has teamed with Breaking In co-creator Gordon for an untitled single-camera comedy written by Sheridan based on his life. It centers on 35-year-old Rob Campbell who, a year after his divorce decides to re-enter the dating world for the first time in ten years. On his search for happiness, Rob is forced to juggle dating, horrible advice from his friends, a Napoleonic boss and being a great father to his 6-year-old daughter. Sheridan is executive producing with Horrible Bosses director Gordon, who is attached to direct pending availability, and Amblin/DreamWorks TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. This is Sheridan’s second year developing for Sony TV. Last year, he wrote an U.S. version of the French-Canadian format Les Invincibles, which sold to Fox. Sony TV-based Gordon, repped by WME, also is attached to fellow Breaking In co-creator Adam F. Goldberg’s new 1980s comedy, which is set up at ABC with a production commitment. This is the latest sale for recently re-christened Amblin TV, which also has dramas America’s Son at Fox and Embrace at the CW and comedy Middle Age Rage at ABC.
Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon has signed a two-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television. Gordon already has an existing relationship with the TV studio — he is the co-creator/executive producer of the Sony/Happy Madison-produced Fox comedy series Breaking In, which was recently renewed for a second season. Gordon directed 3 of the 7 episodes from the series’ first season, including the pilot and the season finale. Gordon, who co-created Breaking In with writer Adam F. Goldberg, will continue to serve as an executive producer on the Christian Slater-starring comedy in season 2 while also developing new projects for Sony TV. Additionally, Gordon is reuniting with Goldberg and Happy Madison. He has come on board to direct the untitled 1980s family comedy Goldberg has in development at Fox with Happy Madison and Sony TV producing.
EXCLUSIVE: MGM has set Noah Oppenheim to write the script for War Games, the reboot of the 1983 thriller that has Horrible Bosses helmer Seth Gordon attached to direct. Oppenheim, a former producer of TV news shows that include Hardball and Today Show, put himself on the map by scripting Jackie, a film about Jackie O that was set up with Black Swan helmer Darren Aronofsky attached to direct. At the time, it was envisioned he’d direct Rachel Weisz in the starring role, but that was before they split. The project is being produced by Aronofsky’s Protozoa banner. Oppenheim also scripted Maze Runner for Fox and Houdini for Summit Entertainment.