Lee Daniels Developing Pair of Drama Projects at Fox with Julian Breece, Peter Mattei
Lee Daniels will executive produce two drama projects currently in development at Fox, Variety has learned.
The first project, titled “Victory,” is a one-hour drama set in the world of competitive gospel choirs. It tells the story of a prodigal son and a group of forgotten young people who must rise above their personal hardships to save a church and heal a broken community through the power of song. The project has received a put pilot commitment at the network. Julian Breece will write and executive produce, with Daniels also executive producing along with Pam Williams and Kevin Donahue. This marks Breece’s second collaboration with Daniels and Fox, having recently sold the drama project “Mason Dixon.” Breece most recently served as a co-producer on Beau Willimon’s new Hulu series “The First.”
Fox has ordered a script with a penalty attached for the the second project, “East of Hope.” The »
- Joe Otterson
‘The Deuce’ Renewed by HBO for Season 2
Created by David Simon and George Pelacanos, “The Deuce” premiered Sept. 10 on the premium service. Starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, the series tells the story of the rise of the porn industry in New York in the 1970s.
“We are thrilled to continue our creative collaboration with master storytellers David Simon and George Pelecanos,” said HBO programming president Casey Bloys. “Their unique gift for immersing the audience in their dark and edgy worlds brings a brilliant verisimilitude unlike any other. With the remarkably talented Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco leading an exceptional cast, we look forward to delving deeper as this captivating story evolves.”
“Everyone involved with this project is genuinely grateful to HBO for the chance to »
- Daniel Holloway
‘Croods 2’ Revived as Animated Sequel and Jason Blum’s ‘Spooky Jack’ Get Release Dates
The sequel to 2013’s “The Croods” had been taken off the release schedule and thought to be possibly scrapped. But it is now back on track for a Sept. 18, 2020 release.
The first installment of “The Croods” made $587 million worldwide pointing towards signs of an obvious sequel. Leslie Mann is set to join the returning cast that included Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, and Clark Duke.
Plot details are unknown at this time.
“Spooky Jack,” which will be exec produced by Jason Blum, is set to open on Sept. 17, 2021. The story follows three siblings who move into an eerie new home and discover that all the creatures we’ve been told don’t exist actually do. They must handle some unusual squatters from mischievous leprechauns and the elusive Big Foot to »
- Justin Kroll
‘Stranger Things’ Writer Justin Doble Inks Deal With Amazon Studios
Amazon announced Tuesday it closed an overall deal with Doble, who will be developing genre television projects exclusively for Prime. Doble’s other credits include working on Hulu’s “The Path” and AMC’s “Into the Badlands.” He began his career writing episodes of “Fringe” and “Almost Human.”
“We have long admired Justin’s ability to create stories and characters that stoke fans’ passion,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, »
- Carli Velocci
Matt Damon to Star as Con-Man Doctor in ‘Charlatan’ (Exclusive)
After headlining two movies that debuted on the fall festival circuit — “Suburbicon” and “Downsizing” — Matt Damon has found a new project. He’s set to star as John R. Brinkley, a real-life 20th century doctor who conned his patients into thinking that he had discovered the cure to impotence, in the drama “Charlatan,” Variety has learned.
The movie marks another collaboration for Damon as a producer with Kimberly Steward, who worked together behind-the-camera on the Oscar-winning drama “Manchester by the Sea.” Steward’s company K Period Media, which she launched in 2013 with a mandate to tell edgy stories, will co-produce the movie with Damon’s Pearl Street Films alongside Jennifer Todd.
Venice Film Review: ‘Suburbicon’
The independent film is based on a best-selling 2008 non-fiction book, “Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam,” by Pope Brock. The screenplay will be adapted by the writing team of Brian Koppelman and »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Homeland EP Teases Carrie-Keane Showdown in Season 7, Confirms [Spoiler] Is Definitely Dead
Sometimes dead is dead — even on Homeland.
At Sunday’s Emmy Awards, the Showtime drama’s longtime EP/director Lesli Linka Glatter officially confirmed that the death of Rupert Friend’s seemingly immortal Quinn in the Season 6 finale will indeed stick. “I wish he wasn’t [dead],” she lamented to me on the red carpet prior to the ceremony, where she was up for her fifth Emmy for directing Homeland (she lost out to Handmaid Tale‘s Reed Morano).
At the start of our brief Q&A — which »
‘America’s Got Talent’ season finale recap: Top 10 finalists performed — Darci Lynne Farmer, Angelica Hale, Mandy Harvey … [Updating Live]
Part one of the two-night “America’s Got Talent” 2017 season finale aired Tuesday on NBC with the Top 10 finalists performing for America’s votes. The final acts of this insanely viral 12th season are: singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer, singer Angelica Hale, singer-songwriter/ukeleleist Mandy Harvey, singer-songwriter/guitarist Chase Goehring, stand-up comedian Preacher Lawson, light-up dance group […] »
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What Is Winning an Emmy Worth?
The rough cost of a top-tier Emmy campaign — the kind mounted this year for Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” and HBO’s “Big Little Lies” — is $1 million. But the value of winning an Emmy is harder to quantify. The payoff comes via intangibles, such as seeing one’s brand burnished on an industry-wide stage. But some see little value in the awards besides ego boost.
Speaking at Variety‘s Entertainment and Technology Summit this month, TNT and TBS president Kevin Reilly asserted that while “it’s been long held that really in terms of perception,” an Emmy win is a positive, “from a bottom-line business point of view, no,” it has no value.
But in the Peak TV era, it can’t hurt. With more than 500 scripted shows projected across broadcast, cable, and streaming this year, according to FX Networks research, programmers on every platform struggle to market successfully.
- Daniel Holloway
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