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Damien Chazelle to Develop Musical Drama Series ‘THE EDDY’

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Damien Chazelle is set to direct THE EDDY, a musical drama series set in contemporary multicultural Paris that revolves around a club, its owner, the house band and the volatile city that surrounds them.

Written by Jack Thorne, who recently wrote the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child alongside J.K Rowling.

Currently the project is being shopped to cable and streaming outlets. This follows Chazelle’s success after La La Land. Grammy-winning songwriter Glen Ballard and Six Feet Under‘s Alan Poul are attached to executive produce.

This marks the second director after getting Oscar buzz and wins to move on to TV. After Moonlight won Best Picture, writer-director Barry Jenkins announced that he’s adaption Colson Whitehead’s novel The Underground Railroad for Amazon.

Chazelle, 32, became the youngest director to win an Oscar in history back in February of this year for his modern-day musical starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. The Lionsgate film grossed $150 million at the domestic box office and over $280 million internationally. Chazelle first gained attraction for writing and directing Whiplash, a 2014 Sundance winner and Oscar nominee starring Miles Teller.

Chazelle also has First Man, a Neil Armstrong biopic at Universal Pictures. He reunites with Gosling, who is attached to play the astronaut. In addition, The Claim, a mystery film scripted that appeared on the Black List in 2010 was recently picked up by Motion Picture Capital, Route One and Oceanside Media to be developed and released in 2018.

Thorne, a BAFTA-winning English screenwriter and playwright, is writing the long-gestating DC movie The Sandman for Warner Bros. He’s also adapting Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials for BBC One and is writing an episode of Amazon and Channel 4’s anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, starring Timothy Spall.

 

Amazon Orders Indian World War II Series

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Amazon has ordered an upcoming series with the working title THE FORGOTTEN ARMY, set during World War II and based on true events. The project revolves around historical Indian figure Subhash Chandra Bose and his Indian National Army, which has forged out of Britain’s defeat in Singapore during World War II while India was still under British colonial rule.

The series will start production by the end of this year and will be directed by Bollywood director Kabian Khan.

Amazon Prime Video launched 18 Indian originals, which are currently in various stages of production.

Roy Price, Amazon Prime Video Head of Global Content said:

“Our aim is to build a compelling lineup of Indian shows, working with the greatest talents from the industry. (Khan) is one of the many such partnerships that India will see.”

Khan said:

“I am excited to make this truly international series, which has a scale and reach far greater than any Hindi film.”

Meanwhile, Netflix has announced that one Indian original Sacred Games, is currently in production.

Jesse Eisenberg to Star, Write & Direct ‘THE MARKET’ Series

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Jesse Eisenberg has teamed up with J.J Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions for THE MARKET, an upcoming half-hour single-camera comedy series, which Eisenberg will write, star and direct.

THE MARKET centers on the recently widowed Harold Katzman who moves to Pittsburgh to live with his adult son Stan (Eisenberg). Both men simultaneously lose their jobs due to the changing American economy and are thrust into an unforgiving job market.

Eisenberg will also executive produce with Bad Robots’s Abrams and Ben Stephenson.

Famke Janssen Joins ‘ASHER’

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X-Men and current The Blacklist: Redemption star Famke Janssen has joined the cast of Michael Caton-Jones’s ASHER,  a film about a Mossad member-turned-gun-for-hire in New York who is living the good life but at the end of his career. When one of his final gigs goes upside down on a job involving a woman, he has to make a life-altering decision.

Janssen joins the previously announced Ron Perlman, Richard Dreyfuss, Peter Facinelli and Nadine Velazquez.

Written by Jay Zaretsky. Josh Crook, Adam Folk, Perlman and Brian Wilkins produce.

Kevin Hart to Star in ‘THE GREAT OUTDOORS’ Remake

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Kevin Hart will lead Universal Pictures’ upcoming remake of THE GREAT OUTDOORS, based on the 1988 film directed by Howard Deutch and written by John Hughes. Michael De Luca will produce the new film with Hart, which has a script by Randall Green.

The original The Great Outdoors film starred John Candy as a Chicago man eager to enjoy a camping vacation with his family, only for his brother-in-law, played by Dan Aykroyd, to crash the event, resulting in Hughes’ trademark hilarity.

Hart can be seen next as the voice of George Beard in Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie on June 2, and in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle on December 20.

’13 REASONS WHY’ Getting Near For Season 2 Renewal

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While an official announcement has not been made yet that Netflix’s adaption 13 REASONS WHY, based on YA book by Jay Asher, it seems like the season 2 renewal is coming soon.

This shouldn’t be a complete surprise as the series has been well received by critics and has gotten many buzz on social media. While it seems that the main premise is done, there’s currently talks on how to extend it beyond Season 1.

 

According to THRthe writers room has been up and running for weeks now. Asher spoke with EW and is also on board with another season saying:

“I’m curious as well. What happens to Clay? How do people react to what Alex did at the very end? What’s going to happen to Mr. Porter? I’d thought of a sequel at some point. I’d brainstormed it, but decided I wasn’t going to write it. So I’d love to see it.”

That’s not all, Ross Butler, who stars in Riverdale will get recast due to his “busy schedule.” A statement was released by series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa saying:

“We love what Ross did with the role of Reggie [this season], but because of his commitments to other projects, we couldn’t use him nearly as much as we would have liked. [Next season], we want more Reggie on our show– he’s Archie’s rival!– and because Ross is unavailable to come back to RIVERDALE, we’re looking for a new Reggie. Those are big shoes to fill, but we’re confident we can find an actor who is as funny and sexy as Ross. And of course we all wish Ross the best.”

That cannot be a coincidence either, can it?

13 REASONS WHY follows teenager Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker (newcomer Katherine Langford)– his classmate and crush– who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Will Clay be one of them? If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

Also starring Kate Walsh, Brian D’Arcy James, Derek Luke, Brandon Flynn, Justin Prentice, Alisha Boe, Christian Navarro and Tommy Dorfman.

Directed by Tom McCarthy, written by Tony and Pulitzer Prize Winner Brian Yorkey, and executive produced by Selena Gomez, Joy Gorman, Michael Sugar, Steve Golin and Yorkey from Anonymous Content, Kristen Laiblin and Mandy Teefey. The series is produced for Netflix by Paramount Television.

David Fincher to Direct ‘WORLD WAR Z’

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Last year, Paramount Pictures had vanished WORLD WAR Z 2 out of their release calendar, but now it seems that they’ve found their director. None other than David Fincher! While the film has yet to get an official green light, it seems that Fincher will re-team with star Brad Pitt. Production is most likely to begin in early 2018.

This would mark their third collaboration after working in 1995’s Se7en, 1999’s Fight Club and in 2008’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Fincher’s last feature was 2014’s Gillian Flynn’s adaption Gone Girl and most recently directing Netflix’s pilot from the upcoming series MIND HUNTERS.

The first World War Z followed United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and government and threatening to decimate humanity itself. It also starred Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox and David Morse.

Despite production problems and having an expansive reshoot of the film’s third act, the film was a hit worldwide with $540 million. Based on Max Brooks’ novel of the same name, the film was directed by Forster on a $190 million budget. The sequel will be produced by Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Ian Bryce and Skydance’s David Ellison.