Amazon Studios landed the new take on the story of the underground railroad from Jenkins’ PASTEL and Brad Pitt’s Plan B, in March 2017 with a script-to-series commitment.
The project is based on Colson Whitehead’s bestselling novel The Underground Railroad, which won a Pulitzer Prize a month after Amazon bought the adaptation. The book, which drew critical praise for its imaginative blend of history and magical fable – moving beyond the boundaries of realism in its depiction of a mythical underground train that transports slaves across an alternate America — also was a 2016 National Book Award winner and Oprah Book Club pick.
“Working with Amazon and a wonderful group of screenwriters to develop Colson’s novel into a limited series has been an extremely rewarding experience,” Jenkins said. “Translating his singular voice into a cohesive and equally singular visual language is a task I very much look forward to.”
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Robert Pattinson and Lily-Rose Depp have joined the cast of David Michod’s Netflix original production “The King,” the Shakespeare-inspired film starring Timothee Chalamet and Joel Edgerton. Shooting starts in Britain on Friday.
Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn has also joined the production. Mendelsohn previously featured in Michod’s debut feature, “Animal Kingdom,” in 2010. Pattinson and Michod previously worked together on 2014’s “The Rover.”
“The King” is Michod’s second film for Netflix following last year’s “War Machine,” starring Brad Pitt. “The King” is adapted by Michod and Edgerton from Shakespeare’s historical plays “Henry IV, Part 1,” “Henry IV, Part 2” and “Henry V.”
Chalamet stars as the young, disgraced Prince Hal, who inherits the crown and must learn what it means to be a king, guided by his one true friend, Falstaff (Edgerton). Other cast members include Sean Harris, Tom Glynn-Carney and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie.
Jonathan Majors of the ABC miniseries When We Rise and Jimmie Fails have a new gig in the movie The Last Black Man in San Francisco. The film brings together Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B with A24. The two entertainment companies previously worked together on Moonlight, which won an Academy for Best Picture.
The film is inspired by Fails’ true-life story. The movie will follow Fails as a young man who lives in San Francisco’s last Black neighborhood with his best friend, played by Majors. The gentrification tale is centered around the two friends who devise a plan to buy back a Victorian home that was built by Fails’ grandfather.
Joe Talbot will be directing the movie from a screenplay he wrote with Rob Richert. This is Talbot’s first feature film as director and it will also feature Danny Glover, Tichina Arnold, Mike Epps, Thora Birch, Rob Morgan, and Finn Wittrock.
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.”
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.”