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          Steven Spielberg Taking ‘Smash,’ Musical Based on NBC Series, to Broadway

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          Steven Spielberg Taking ‘Smash,’ Musical Based on NBC Series, to Broadway
          Talk about meta.

          Smash,” the TV series about backstage drama that attracted a rabid but small fanbase when it aired for two seasons on NBC, has inspired an upcoming show that is eyeing a Broadway run. “Smash, A New Musical” is setting its sights on the Great White Way and its mega-watt producing team includes Steven Spielberg, WarnerMedia Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt, and “Chicago” producer Neil Meron.

          The Tony and Grammy-winning duo of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who penned over two dozen songs for the television show will provide the score, which will feature many of the songs that popped up on the TV series.

          Like the series, the stage show will follow the efforts to mount “Bombshell,” the Broadway musical-within-a-musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe. However, its backers said the plot will also deviate from that of the series. Some characters such as writers Julia and Tom
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          David E. Kelley Boards Netflix Psychological Thriller ‘Anatomy of a Scandal’

          • Variety
          David E. Kelley Boards Netflix Psychological Thriller ‘Anatomy of a Scandal’
          Big Little Lies” creator David E. Kelley and Melissa James Gibson, who was a showrunner on “House of Cards,” have attached as writers, showrunners and executive producers on Netflix six-part miniseries “Anatomy of a Scandal.”

          Netflix describes the show, which is based on Sarah Vaughan’s best-selling novel, as an “insightful and suspenseful series about a sexual consent scandal amongst British privileged elite and the women caught up in its wake.”

          S.J. Clarkson will direct all episodes, and also takes an executive producer credit. The show will be shot in the U.K.

          Kelley, whose recent credits include “Goliath” and “Mr. Mercedes,” and James Gibson, who also served as a writer on “The Americans,” will exec produce alongside Liza Chasin of 3Dot Productions, Bruna Papandrea, Steve Hutensky and Allie Goss of Made Up Stories. Vaughan and Margaret Chernin take co-executive producer credits.

          The novel, part courtroom thriller and part psychological drama,
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          Sony, Michael Bay & Erwin Stoff To Turn Mark Greaney Audio Novel ‘Armored’ Into Action Thriller Film

          • Deadline
          Sony, Michael Bay & Erwin Stoff To Turn Mark Greaney Audio Novel ‘Armored’ Into Action Thriller Film
          Exclusive: Sony Pictures has acquired Armored, a film adaptation of the new audio book written by Mark Greaney, who’s best known for writing the Gray Man bestsellers and who is also co-author of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan novels.

          Michael Bay is producing through his new deal at Sony Pictures along with Erwin Stoff of 3 Arts. They will set a writer quickly. The book will be released through Audible in late 2020 and published as a traditional novel at a later date.

          The novel focuses on a high-risk security contractor who suffers from old wounds– both physical and mental– and reluctantly takes a job working on a heavily armed convoy shuttling Un delegates through Mexico’s “cartel country.” High on the “Devil’s Spine” of the Sierra Madre, the mission turns into a desperate struggle for survival as corrupt police, rival gangs, and an enemy within all try to destroy
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          Ginnifer Goodwin To Star In Fox Comedy Pilot "Pivoting"

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          Ginnifer Goodwin To Star In Fox Comedy Pilot
          Exclusive: Ginnifer Goodwin is set as a co-lead opposite Eliza Coupe in Fox’s comedy pilot Pivoting, from writer Liz Astrof, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Warner Bros TV.

          Written by Astrof and to be directed by Tristram Shapeero, Pivoting follows three women, Amy (Coupe), Jodie (Goodwin) and Sarah, after the death of their childhood best friend. Faced with the reality that life is short, in desperate attempts to find happiness, they make a series of impulsive, ill-advised and self-indulgent decisions, strengthening their bond proving it’s never too late to screw up your life.

          Goodwin’s Jodie is Amy’s (Coupe) close friend, who is also coping with the loss of Coleen. Raised by an overprotective mother, Jodie is herself a parent of three, married to a suffocating husband who gives her no room to breathe and be herself. She finds the excitement,
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          Secret Marvel Movie From Sony in the Works With Director S.J. Clarkson (Exclusive)

          • Variety
          Secret Marvel Movie From Sony in the Works With Director S.J. Clarkson (Exclusive)
          Though audiences will have to wait until 2021 for “Morbius” and “Venom 2” to hit the big screen, Sony Pictures is continuing to build up its slate of Marvel films. Veteran TV director S.J. Clarkson has signed on to develop the first female-centric movie from Sony’s catalog of Marvel characters, sources tell Variety.

          While it’s unconfirmed at the time who the character at the center will be, insiders say there is a strong possibility that the film will be based on the Madame Web comic-book character.

          Sony had no comment.

          At the moment, there isn’t a writer on board to pen the screenplay, nor a star attached to lead the movie. Sources say there is a possibility that the studio is looking for an A-list actor to join and then hire a writer to develop the film around them.

          In the comics, Madame Web is depicted as an
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          ‘Queens’ Immigrant Drama Based On Play In Works At HBO From Martyna Majok & Prentice Penny

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          ‘Queens’ Immigrant Drama Based On Play In Works At HBO  From Martyna Majok & Prentice Penny
          HBO has put in development drama series Queens, based on the play by Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok, with Insecure executive producer, writer and director Prentice Penny executive producing via his A Penny For Your Thoughts Entertainment production company. Majok will pen the adaptation and executive produce.

          Queens revolves around the lives of two generations of immigrant women that collide in a basement apartment in Queens, as the choices they’ve made about their security, dignity, and desires come back to confront them. When trying to move your life forward, what cannot – and should not – be left behind?

          Alex Soler co-executive produces via A Penny For Your Thoughts Entertainment.

          Penny serves as showrunner, executive producer and frequent director for HBO’s popular comedy Insecure, which is currently airing its fourth season and has already been renewed for season 5. Penny recently made his feature directorial debut in the upcoming Netflix original film Uncorked,
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          "Game Of Thrones" Alums Peter Dinklage & Jason Momoa Pair For Legendary’s Max Barbakow-Directed ‘Good Bad & Undead’

          • Deadline
          Exclusive: Legendary has closed a deal for Max Barbakow to direct Good Bad & Undead, with Peter Dinklage and Jason Momoa making deals to star and produce the action adventure. The film is based on an original idea by Mark Swift & Damian Shannon.

          Dinklage and Momoa starred on Game of Thrones, bookending as major male influences for Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen. Barbakow is coming off the Andy Samberg-Cristin Milioti film Palm Springs, which set the Sundance Film Festival acquisition record in a $22 million deal by Neon and Hulu in January.

          In Good Bad & Undead, Dinklage will play Van Helsing, last in a long line of vampire hunters. He develops an uneasy partnership with a vampire (Momoa) who has taken a vow never to kill again. Together they run a scam from town to town, where Van Helsing pretends to vanquish the vampire for money. But when a massive
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          ‘It Follows’ Filmmaker David Robert Mitchell to Direct Superhero Film ‘Heroes & Villains’ at MGM

          ‘It Follows’ Filmmaker David Robert Mitchell to Direct Superhero Film ‘Heroes & Villains’ at MGM
          MGM has acquired the rights to “Heroes & Villains,” a new take on the superhero genre from the director of “It Follows” and “Under the Silver LakeDavid Robert Mitchell.

          Mitchell has written the screenplay and will direct the feature film, though additional plot details are being kept under wraps.

          Mitchell will also produce “Heroes & Villains” along with Good Fear Content’s Chris Bender and Jake Weiner. Casting on the film will begin shortly.

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          MGM’s film chair Michael De Luca previously produced “Under the Silver Lake” with Bender and Weiner, a neo-noir that starred Andrew Garfield and Riley Keough and premiered at Cannes in 2018 but was released by A24 in spring of 2019.

          Next up on MGM’s slate is “Candyman,” the horror remake directed by Nia DaCosta and produced and written by Jordan Peele, followed
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          Blumhouse Taps Issa López to Write, Direct ‘Our Lady of Tears’

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          Blumhouse Taps Issa López to Write, Direct ‘Our Lady of Tears’
          Blumhouse is developing “Our Lady of Tears,” a film based on a recent article about a mass hysteria epidemic that spread through an all-girls boarding school.

          Issa López (“Tigers Are Not Afraid”) is set to write and direct the film. The project is an adaptation of a story published by Epic Magazine and Vox and written by Daniel Hernandez. The outbreak, which may have had supernatural roots, took place at a strict Catholic school on the outskirts of Mexico City and afflicted a group of young women who came from impoverished families.

          Blumhouse is the producer of such horror hits as “Get Out,” “Us,” and “The Purge.” Epic’s journalis