EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has acquired Cloaked, a pitch that will be scripted by Derek Connolly and will be produced by Warners-based Team Downey partners Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey. The pitch is based on an idea by Robert Downey Jr., and the Downeys developed the concept with the writer before bringing it to the studio. They’re keeping the logline under wraps, but it’s a supernatural horror comedy in the vein of An American Werewolf In London, which perfectly threaded the needle combining laughs and scares.
Connolly has been writing huge movies. His last two credits, Jurassic World and Monster Trucks, are currently in production at Universal and Paramount, respectively. Connolly did substantial rewrites on each of those projects. Team Downey’s Amanda Burrell will oversee the project with Warner Bros execs Cate Adams and Jon Berg. The scribe is repped by Verve, 3 Arts, and attorney Lev Ginsburg. It is unclear at this point if Downey will star in the film. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros and Team Downey have set Bill Dubuque to write a new draft of The Judge, a dramedy that’s planned as a star vehicle for Robert Downey Jr., with David Dobkin directing. The drama centers on a big-city lawyer who returns home after the death of his mother to learn that his estranged father, a judge, is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before. Downey Jr. and Susan Downey are producing with Dobkin. The script was written first by Nick Schenk.
Dubuque takes the job after scripting The Headhunter’s Calling, a drama about a corporate headhunter who struggles to juggle his work and family life, and The Accountant, an action/thriller which was on the 2011 Blacklist. Bill is represented by Paradigm and Zero Gravity Management.
Downey has The Avengers coming and will next make Iron Man 3 and has also been rumored as possible for a team-up with Tim Burton on Pinocchio at Warner Bros, while Dobkin’s Arthur & Lancelot has regained steam at the studio and is casting up.
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has acquired the Adam Gibgot pitch The Accidental Genius for Robert Downey Jr and Susan Downey’s Team Downey to produce with Ben Silverman’s Electus. In the drama, an ordinary man awakens from a coma with astonishing intelligence, and visions of a bizarre symbol recognized only by a burnt-out prodigy. Together, the two men set out to solve a hundred-year-old mystery that could change the world. The title refers to a rare but true medical condition in which a person emerges from a physical trauma with heightened mental abilities. Gibgot will be executive producer with David Gambino. Gibgot developed several pilots with Silverman at NBC, and it was Silverman who hooked up a meeting with the writer and Susan Downey, who runs her husband’s production company that was set up at Warner Bros to develop star vehicles for Downey Jr. Gibgot most recently delivered the Oliver Stone hourlong drama pilot Darkhorse for FX. He’s repped by attorney Stewart Brookman.
Sony Pictures Entertainment has optioned the Neil Strauss non fiction book Emergency!: This Book Will Save Your Life. It will be turned into a film that will be produced by Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, and Michael DeLuca. Wall Street 2 scribe Allan Loeb will write it as a potential star vehicle for Downey. The author, concerned about the state of the world, moved his family offshore and remade himself as a survivalist. He became a lock-picking, plane-flying, government-defying guy. This put him a spiral of paranoid fantasies and in proximity of shady lawyers and dangerous cult leaders, billionaire gun nuts and a number of once-normal people whose doubts about the establishment prompted them to move their families into a ridiculous life path.
EXCLUSIVE: In what becomes the first priority project for Robert and Susan Downey’s Team Downey production shingle, Warner Bros has hired Anthony Peckham to write Yucatan as a star vehicle for Downey. The Downeys will produce with Dan Lin. Peckham is being paid seven-figures to start over on a project that the studio has wanted to make for half a decade. Peckham will script the picture for Downey to play a renegade deep-sea salvage expert hired to steal a mysterious hidden treasure hidden deep underwater in the Mayan ruins of Yucatan. The project is based on an original story created by acting great Steve McQueen, who compiled 1500 pages of notes and storyboards that filled 15 notebooks. McQueen, who died in 1980, wrote the notes in the late 60s but never got to the start line on a project he very much wanted to star in.
The heist project was set up at Warner Bros in 2005, right after McQueen’s son Chad and godson Lance Sloane discovered the notebooks in an old trunk. It stalled until the Downeys took custody after they launched their first look deal at Warner Bros last June. That deal came after Downey starred in Sherlock Holmes and the upcoming Todd Phillips-directed comedy Due Date, and agreed to another Sherlock Holmes installment which he is currently shooting in the UK. Peckham has been a go-to writer for … Read More »