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‘Like Crazy’s Felicity Jones Lands Female Lead Opposite Jonah Hill And James Franco in New Regency’s ‘True Story’

By | Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 9:26am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Fast-rising British actress Felicity Jones will play the female lead opposite Jonah Hill and James Franco in True Story, the Rupert Goold-directed adaptation of the memoir by Michael Finkel. Finkel’s the disgraced New York Times journalist who resurrected some of his career after discovering that an accused murderer had stolen his identity, and that he would only talk to his namesake.

Hill is playing Finkel and Franco is playing Christian Longo, who was captured in Mexico after rising near the top of the FBI Ten Most Wanted List for allegedly killing his family. Dave Kajganich wrote the script. Hill’s coming off the small but pivotal role of Bag Head #2 in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, and Franco next opens in Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers.

Jones will play the journalist’s long-suffering girlfriend, who tries to stand by her guy even after his screwups cost them everything. Jones next stars in Amazing Spider-Man 2, and her latest with Like Crazy helmer Drake Doremus, Breathe In, premiered in Sundance. She’s still scheduled to play the female lead in the Howard Hughes pic that Warren Beatty wrote, stars in and will direct. Jones is repped by WME and Independent Talent Group. Read More »

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ABC Buys Comedies From Danny Wallace And Duo Jennifer Crittenden & Gaby Allan

By | Wednesday October 17, 2012 @ 6:02pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: ABC has added two more comedy projects to its roster — True Story from Jennifer Crittenden and Gaby Allan and Man And Boy from British writer Danny Wallace and director-producer Julie Anne Robinson. Both comedies are single-camera and produced by ABC Studios.

True Story, described as a female take on Wonder Years, is based on Crittenden and Allan’s experience as girls growing up with single moms in the 1970s. It is a look at what happens when a freshly divorced and boundary-less mother moves herself and 2 daughters in with her party girl best friend in Laguna Beach, CA in the late 1970′s. Seinfeld and Everybody Loves Raymond alumna Crittenden and former Scrubs writer-producer Allan are writing-executive producing through their overall deal at ABC Studios. The duo is repped by UTA and attorney Michael Gendler.

Man And Boy centers on an eccentric man who returns to his small town and becomes an important part of his young nephew’s life, imparting wisdom and a zest for life. This marks Wallace’s return to ABC. Three seasons ago, he co-wrote and starred in the network’s comedy pilot Awkward Situations For Men, which was inspired by his book. The new project stems from Robinson’s one-year development deal with ABC Studios, which includes a blind pilot directing commitment. Robinson, who is also British, helmed the pilots for ABC’s The MiddleRead More »

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New Regency To Finance ‘True Story’ With Jonah Hill And James Franco

Mike Fleming

James Franco True StoryJonah Hill True StoryEXCLUSIVE: New Regency has made a deal to fully finance True Story. That is the Rupert Goold-directed adaptation of a memoir by Michael Finkel, a disgraced New York Times journalist who discovered that an accused murderer had stolen his identity. Once caught, the fugitive would only talk to the journalist. Jonah Hill is playing Finkel and James Franco is set to play Christian Longo, who was captured in Mexico after rising near the top of the FBI Ten Most Wanted List for allegedly killing his family. Production will begin in July and Fox will distribute. Dave Kajganich wrote the script.

True Story MoviePlan B’s Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Brad Pitt will produce with New Regency. It’s a fascinating and bizarre true story. Finkel was a writer at The New York Times Magazine in 2002 when he learned of Longo’s capture and that the accused killer had taken the journo’s name. The very next day, the real Finkel was fired by Times editors, right after they ran an editor’s note declaring that he had falsified parts of an investigative article. His career seemingly over, Finkel was given a shot at some redemption when Longo declared that Finkel was the only journalist he would talk to. That led to a surreal relationship with the accused murderer, who was trying to declare his innocence. Unraveling the mystery was a chance for Finkel to salvage something of his career. Read More »

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Jonah Hill, James Franco Team For Brad Pitt-Produced Drama ‘True Story’

By | Monday February 27, 2012 @ 9:30am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Jonah Hill had so much fun working with fellow Oscar nominee and Moneyball producer Brad Pitt that they’re back in business on another fact-based film. Hill and James Franco are attached to star in True Story, the Rupert Goold-directed adaptation of a memoir by journalist Michael Finkel. Pitt and Dede Gardner’s Plan B is are producing.

Like Moneyball, this is another opportunity for Hill to veer from his comic persona. He will play Finkel, who was a writer at The New York Times Magazine in 2002 when he learned that Christian Longo was captured in Mexico after a long stint on the FBI Ten Most Wanted List for killing his family. The strange part was that he had been living under the identity of Finkel. The very next day, the real Finkel was fired by the editors of The Times, right after they ran an editor’s note declaring that he had falsified parts of an investigative article. His career seemed over, until Longo (who’ll be played by Franco) declared that the real Finkel was the only journalist he would talk to. That led to a surreal relationship with the accused murderer, who was trying to declare his innocence. For the real Finkel, it was an opportunity to unravel the mystery and perhaps redeem himself as a journalist. Read More »

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