Annapurna and Plan B Entertainment have teamed to acquire rights to develop a feature film about the investigation that led New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey’s to break the story of Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long history of sexual harassment and assault, a source told TheWrap.
The scandal wound up being the biggest Hollywood has seen in decades, leading to a slew of powerful men in the industry, including Weinstein, to lose their positions of power.
The stories from Kantor and Twohey won The New York Times a Pulitzer Prize earlier this month.
The upcoming film, which is in early development, will follow the investigation into Weinstein, not the man himself. The focus is on the team of reporters who tracked, chased and fought through threats to brake the story — think “Spotlight” or “All The President’s Men.”
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Evan Rachel Wood, Gina Rodriguez, Richard Jenkins and Debra Winger are set to star in the yet-to-be titled heist feature from indie filmmaker Miranda July.
The project is the latest collaboration from Annapurna and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment. Youree Henley (The Beguiled, 20th Century Women) will produce the feature, which is slated to begin production in May.
The script centers on a woman named Old Dolio, whose life is turned upside down when her parents — amateur con artists — invite an outsider to join their biggest heist yet. Wood will play Old Dolio, while Jenkins and Winger will portray the shady parents who are confronted by the mistakes of their poor parenting. Rodriguez will play the woman who learns of the family’s secrets and is brought into the fold.
July, who is repped by UTA, is a prominent artist, author and essayist who is best known in Hollywood as the writer-director-star of 2005’s You and Me and Everyone We Know, which won the Camera d’Or at Cannes and a Special Jury Prize at Sundance.
Rick Famuyiwa will write and direct New Regency and Plan B’s fantasy thriller “Black Hole,” based on the graphic novel written by Charles Burns.
Plan B and New Regency’s Arnon Milchan are set to produce the film. New Regency will finance the project. Brad Pitt, Jeremy Kleiner, and Dede Gardner are partners at Plan B.
“Black Hole” is set in the Pacific Northwest during the 1970s and follows a group of high schoolers who contract a mysterious, apparently sexually transmitted disease known as “The Bug.” As this syndrome causes unique physical mutations, their community struggles to cope with the emotional and psychological disruption.
“Black Hole” is the latest partnerships between New Regency and Plan B, which includes “The Big Short,” “12 Years a Slave,” and the upcoming “Ad Astra,” which stars Pitt and is directed by James Gray. The companies also partnered on “Wrong Answer,” directed and produced by “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and starring Michael B. Jordan.
Amazon has bought the television rights for the first science fiction novel by Scottish author Iain Banks.
Consider Phlebas will be adapted for the small screen with the help of Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company.
The story, first published in 1987, is the first of Banks’ novels to feature the Culture, an interstellar utopian society.
The estate of Iain Banks, who died from cancer aged 59 in 2013, will be an executive producer for the series.
The story of Consider Phlebas centres on the character of Horza, who is tasked with recovering a missing Culture “Mind” – an artificial intelligence many thousands of times smarter than any human being.
Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series at Amazon Studios said: “The story of the Culture is so rich and captivating that for years Hollywood has been trying to bring this utopian society to life on the screen.
“We are honoured that we have been chosen, along with Dennis Kelly and Plan B Entertainment, to make Consider Phlebas into a television series we think will be loved by fans for years to come.”
Pic is based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David (Carell) and Nic Sheff (Chalamet), which chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with meth addiction over many years. The film also stars Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan and Timothy Hutton.
Groeningen and Luke Davies (Lion) wrote the screenplay, and Plan B Entertainment’s Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner produce.
Beautiful Boy will receive a platform release. The pic sounds like another Amazon title destined for awards. Carell was nominated for a best actor Oscar for 2015’s Foxcatcher, while Chalamet received his first Oscar nom for best actor this season for Sony Pictures Classics’ Call Me by Your Name.
Timothee Chalamet is firming his first starring role since being Oscar nominated for his breakout turn in Call Me By Your Name. Chalamet will star as the title character in The King, a Plan B-produced drama helmed by David Michôd. Production will start in June. Joel Edgerton and Michôd wrote the script.
Chalamet will play the young Henry V. After his brother is killed in battle before his coronation, a young king is coronated in the late 1300s. The reluctant ruler wears the crown at a time when England was near a war with France, and the empire is teetering. He rises to the occasion, admirably. Plan B’s Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will produce along with Edgerton and Michôd. Liz Watts, who produced the Michôd-directed Animal Kingdom and The Rover, are also producing.
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