OddLot Lands Black List Script ‘Queen Of Hearts;’ Seth Gordon To Helm

Mike Fleming

alisEXCLUSIVE: 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 … Read More »

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Seth Gordon To Helm Sony’s ‘Uncharted’

sethgEXCLUSIVE: 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.

unchThe 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. Read More »

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Netflix To Debut Romney Presidential Campaign Documentary ‘Mitt’ In January 2014 Following Sundance Premiere

By | Monday December 9, 2013 @ 1:05pm PST

Mitt Netflix documentaryNetflix 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. Read More »

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More Culinary Fare On Sony Menu: Studio Buys Maple Syrup Heist Pic For Jason Segel

By | Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 11:37am PDT
Mike Fleming

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. Read More »

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Fox Buys Couples Comedy Executive Produced By Greg Malins & Seth Gordon

By | Tuesday September 10, 2013 @ 3:53pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

An ensemble single-camera comedy pitch by up-and-coming writer Barry Schwartz, Sony TV and studio-based producers Greg Malins and Seth Gordon has sold to … Read More »

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Relationship Comedy From David Caspe, Seth Gordon & Jamie Tarses Lands At NBC With Pilot Production Commitment

By | Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 7:28pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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Seth Gordon Exits ‘Horrible Bosses 2′; Search Is On For New Helmer

By | Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 1:06pm PDT

After bringing in a $209M global hit with 2011′s comedy Horrible Bosses, Seth Gordon will not be returning to direct the sequel for New Line. Sources say scheduling conflicts are to blame, but … Read More »

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Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis Set For ‘One Night On The Hudson’

By | Thursday March 14, 2013 @ 11:31am PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Universal Pictures has set Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis to star in One Night On The Hudson, a TJ Fixman-scripted comedy that will be directed by Seth Gordon. Mary Parent and Cale Boyter are … Read More »

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Adam F. Goldberg ’80s Comedy Gets Pilot Order At ABC With Seth Gordon Directing

By | Friday December 14, 2012 @ 5:46pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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Seth Gordon Sets Up Dramas At Fox & NBC

By | Tuesday November 6, 2012 @ 11:04am PST
Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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ABC Buys Chris Sheridan/Seth Gordon Comedy, Jon Feldman Drama From Sony TV

By | Tuesday October 2, 2012 @ 3:31pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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Disney Buys Jason Micallef Spec ‘Ground Control To Major Tom’

By | Friday April 20, 2012 @ 8:06am PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Disney has paid mid-six figures for Ground Control To Major Tom, a romantic comedy by Butter scribe Jason Micallef that has Seth Gordon attached to direct. Butter producer Michael De Luca will produce this with Underground’s Josh McGuire and … Read More »

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Seth Gordon To Direct Melissa McCarthy And Jason Bateman In ‘Identity Theft’

By | Tuesday January 17, 2012 @ 10:27am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Horrible Bosses helmer Seth Gordon is re-teaming with Jason Bateman On Identity Theft, the Universal comedy that will star Bateman and Melissa McCarthy. The script was originated by Jerry Eeten, and then rewritten by Steve Conrad and then Craig … Read More »

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‘Horrible Bosses’ Director Seth Gordon Signs Overall Deal With Sony Pictures TV

By | Wednesday September 28, 2011 @ 4:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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MGM Hires Scribe For ‘War Games’ Reboot

By | Friday August 19, 2011 @ 6:40pm PDT
Mike Fleming

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. Read More »

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‘King Of Kong’ Director Seth Gordon Ready To Play ‘War Games’ In MGM Reboot

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: MGM will reboot the 1983 thriller War Games, and the studio has set Seth Gordon to develop the film to direct. Gordon, who made his breakthrough with the gaming documentary The King of Kong, most recently directed the New … Read More »

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Logan Lerman Is ‘Only Living Boy In New York’

By | Monday April 18, 2011 @ 8:59am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Logan Lerman is set to star in The Only Living Boy In New York, an indie that now has Horrible Bosses helmer Seth Gordon attached to direct. A fall production start is eyed. The Allen Loeb-scripted film is a … Read More »

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SXSW: Gridiron Documentary ‘Undefeated’ Scores Big Weinstein Company Deal

By | Monday March 14, 2011 @ 1:27pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After an all-night auction, The Weinstein Company   closed a seven-figure deal for distribution and remake rights to Undefeated, a high school gridiron documentary that made its  premiere Sunday night at South by Southwest at 9:45 PM. Buyers began huddling … Read More »

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‘Breaking In’ Co-Creator Adam Goldberg Signs Overall Deal With Sony Pictures TV

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: A year ago, film and TV  writer Adam F. Goldberg landed his first broadcast pilot order with the Fox comedy Breaking In. It didn’t make the cut in May but, in a rare case of a pilot coming … Read More »

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