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.
Category: plan b
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Read more. Very interesting interview.