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April 12 Cross Creek & Plan B’s ‘He Wanted The Moon’ Is First Project

Cross Creek Pictures has entered into a multi-picture development and financing deal with Romanian producer Dragos Savulescu. Under the non-exclusive agreement, Cross Creek and Savulescu will finance development for a slate of director- and star-driven commercial films in the $20M-$65M budget range. Their first project together will be with Brad Pitt’s Plan B on He Wanted The Moon. As Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr recently reported, Tony Kushner is adapting from Mimi Baird and Eve Claxton’s memoior which Pitt acquired last year. The expectation is Pitt may play Perry Baird in the story of a mid-century doctor’s descent into madness, and his daughter’s attempt to piece his life back together and make sense of her own. Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson are producing with Plan B.

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March 11 Monroe- Woodbury High School to be the set of new Netflix series

For four days cameras will be rolling at the Monroe-Woodbury Senior High School as the school will become the set for Netflix’s “The OA.”

The Monroe Woodbury School District has made an announcement on it’s website, encouraging high school students who are interested in the film industry to submit emails stating interest in participating as extras for the series by March 20.

Those interested should as be able to commit to all four days of filming, which begins March 21.

Superintendent of Schools Elsie Rodriguez, said that Netflix originally considered a nearby location, but then reached out to the district to request use of the high school because “we have a beautiful high school and a large campus they could work with,” she said.

Rodriguez also said the filming companies involved gave money to the schools and went through a long vetting process which involved district attorneys to ensure that the project would be in compliance with any applicable laws.

The actual show, titled, “The OA”, will be an hour-long drama series which has agreed to release eight episodes exclusively on Netflix later this year.

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March 11 Imperative Entertainment Wins ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon’ Auction

In a stunning end to the biggest and wildest book rights auction in memory, Imperative Entertainment has paid $5 million and won the right to make a movie out of David Grann book Killers Of The Flower Moon: An American Crime And The Birth Of The FBI.

Imperative partners Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas will be producing. Friedkin is a Houston-based entrepreneur who made his fortune through automotive and other ventures and he fully funds Imperative.

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March 10 Clooney And Pitt Join In Bidding War For FBI Drama

The Tracking Board is calling it the biggest bidding war of 2016 and so far a lot of Hollywood’s A-listers have put their name in the hat for rights to adapt upcoming book Killers of the Flower Moon.

The book, from New Yorker staff writer Grann, isn’t set for publication until June, 2017, but it’s already triggered a feeding frenzy on the rights market. The non-fiction chronicles the real-life 1920s mystery surrounding the suspicious deaths of several Osage Indians, who were at the time among the richest people on the planet. The story follows the twists and turns of the investigation that eventually became the first major case solved by J. Edgar Hoover’s brand new FBI.

Hollywood A-listers George Clooney and Brad Pitt have put bids in through their respected production companies to get territorial rights for the adaptation. As of last night there were at least ten offers on the table from Hollywood heavy hitters like Jerry Bruckheimer, Kathleen Kennedy (Star Wars) and Anonymous Content who are coming down from their best picture win with Spotlight. Several companies are partnering up to increase their chances.

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March 02 Brad Pitt, Disney Developing Immigrant Doctor Movie ‘Dr. Q’

Disney and Brad Pitt’s Plan B are developing “Dr. Q” — a movie based on the life story of an illegal immigrant who became the head of brain tumor surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Matt Lopez, whose credits include the Civil War play “The Whipping Man,” has been tapped to write the screenplay about Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa. Plan B, which is run by Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, began working on the project in 2007 when execs heard about Quinones-Hinajosa on the radio.

Quinones-Hinojosa crossed into the United States from Mexico in the late 1980s when he was 19 and began working on farms in California. He started his education at San Joaquin Delta College and completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of California at Berkeley. He then received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and became a U.S. citizen.

He is currently a professor of neurosurgery and oncology at Johns Hopkins, where he serves as the director of the brain tumor program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

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February 26 Hollywood Flashback: When Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston Launched Plan B Entertainment

Before securing a best picture Oscar (2013’s ’12 Years a Slave’), the production company — created by the stars and Brad Grey in 2001 — endured a change of studio heads and the couple’s very public divorce.

This story first appeared in a special awards season issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Plan B Entertainment might win its second best picture Oscar in three years with The Big Short (after 2013’s 12 Years a Slave), but there was a time when things were not looking so golden for the production company. The name has its roots in a shingle started by Bruce Berman at Warner Bros. after he stepped down as the studio’s worldwide production head in 1996. Eighteen months later, Berman left to head Village Roadshow, and the company went dormant. In 2001, he passed the name on to Brad Grey for a production company Grey was creating at Warners with Brad Pitt and Pitt’s then-wife, Jennifer Aniston.

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February 26 Pitt Developing Medical Drama ‘He Wanted the Moon’ With Tony Kushner

Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Cross Creek Pictures are teaming with writer Tony Kushner to develop medical research drama “He Wanted the Moon.”

The project is a co-production with Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson producing with Plan B. The companies have acquired movie rights to the memoir, written by Dr. Perry Baird’s daughter Mimi and Eve Claxton, titled “He Wanted the Moon: The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and His Daughter’s Quest to Know Him.”

Baird was a rising medical star in the late ’20s and ’30s who researched the biochemical root of manic depression, just as he began to suffer from it himself. By the time the results of his groundbreaking experiments were published, he had been institutionalized multiple times and he had become estranged from his family. He later received a lobotomy and died from a seizure.

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February 26 Dede Gardner And Jeremy Kleiner: “’The Big Short’ Isn’t A Film For Any One Particular Political Orientation”

Plan B co-presidents Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are producers operating at the highest level, finding themselves and their films in the awards conversation repeatedly and closing major deals on a regular basis. They won Best Picture for 12 Years A Slave just three years ago, and will be hoping to capitalize on their PGA triumph with The Big Short this year when the AMPAS envelopes get opened on Feb 28. The Big Short has been hailed not only for its humor but for its pressing sociopolitical relevance. Gardner and Kleiner discuss the outcome of the film’s successfully “bipartisan” screening before Congress, the great effects on the world of socially conscious films, and some of the best advice they’ve taken from fellow Plan B producer Brad Pitt.

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November 22 Pitt, Warner Bros Team to Adapt Sci-Fi YA Novel ‘Illuminae’

The book is drawing praise for the unique way it tells its story. The format is like a dossier of found documents, texts, instant messages, ship schematics, casualty lists and classified files.
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The book is drawing praise for the unique way it tells its story. The format is like a dossier of found documents, texts, instant messages, ship schematics, casualty lists and classified files.
Warner Bros. and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment have teamed up to adapt Illuminae, a new YA sci-fi novel from award-winning authors Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

Pitt will produce along with his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.

The book just hit shelves in October, drawing rave reviews for its unique take on the genre and landing immediately on the New York Times Young Adult Hardcover Bestseller list in its first week.

Told through a dossier of found documents, texts, instant messages, ship schematics, casualty lists and classified files, the story tells of a teenage hacker and her fighter pilot ex-boyfriend, struggling with their broken relationship while they unearth a conspiracy surrounding an intergalactic war that has them dealing with an enemy race, rogue artificial intelligence and a deadly virus (whew!).

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November 10 Netflix, Brad Pitt’s Plan B Board Korea’s ‘Okja’

Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment company and streaming video service Netflix have joined as backers of Korean monster movie “Okja.” Netflix is investing, Plan B is co-producing.

The film is directed by Bong Joon-ho who previously broke new ground with futuristic “Snowpiercer,” a Korean-made English-language picture with a stellar cast of British, American and Korean actors.

Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Bill Nighy and Kelly MacDonald have now confirmed their appearances in “Okja.”

The film is one of the first feature movies in Asia to be backed by Netflix, which is in the process of rolling out services across the vast region. (It has previously financed the Weinstein Company-produced TV series “Marco Polo” which was shot in Malaysia and is backing “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2”.) Netflix is expected to launch in South Korea in 2016.

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