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Common Series ‘Saturday Night Knife & Gun Club’ in the Works at Lionsgate

  • Variety
Lionsgate Television is developing a series adaptation of B.P. Reiter’s book “The Saturday Night Knife & Gun Club” with Common set to star. The project is the first under the overall television deal Lionsgate set earlier this month with Common.

To be produced by Lionsgate and Common’s Freedom Road Productions, “The Saturday Night Knife & Gun Club” hails from Eric Eisner’s Double E Pictures. Eisner will exec produce with Allan Loeb and Andrew Farotte set to write the pilot episode.

“The Saturday Night Live Knife & Gun Club” is described as focusing on a tough, street smart ER doctor with a troubled past played by Common leads his staff against brutal conditions, dwindling resources, bureaucracy, and corporate greed in order to save lives at an inner-city hospital. No network has yet been attached to the project.

“I’m thrilled to partner with Lionsgate and Freedom Road to develop this
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Common Sets ‘Saturday Night Knife & Gun Club’ as First Lionsgate TV Project

  • The Wrap
Common is hitting the ground running with his new overall deal at Lionsgate Television.

The Emmy-winning rapper is set to star in a TV series adaptation of B.P. Reiter’s “The Saturday Night Knife & Gun Club.”

No network or platform is attached to the drama yet, which centers around a tough and street smart ER doctor with a troubled past (Common) who leads his staff against brutal conditions, dwindling resources, bureaucracy and corporate greed in order to save lives at an inner-city hospital.

Common’s Freedom Road Productions and Lionsgate will collaborate with producer Eric Eisner on the TV adaptation. Eisner, founder and CEO of Double E Pictures who optioned the rights, will serve as executive producer. Allan Loeb and Andrew Farotte are penning the pilot script.

Also Read: Common Signs Overall TV Deal With Lionsgate

The Emmy-winning rapper, actor and producer signed his new pact with Lionsgate last week,
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Common to Star in 'Saturday Night Knife & Gun Club' TV Series (Exclusive)

Common is getting a jump start on his Lionsgate TV deal.

The multihyphenate, days after signing the first-look pact with the studio, is set to star in a TV series based on B.P. Reiter’s The Saturday Night Knife & Gun Club.

The drama, which does not yet have a network, revolves around a tough, street-smart ER doctor with a troubled past (to be played by Common) who leads his staff against brutal conditions, dwindling resources, bureaucracy and corporate greed in order to save lives at an inner-city hospital.

The project hails from Eric Eisner (yes, Michael Eisner's son) ...
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Knock knock! Amazon’s Emmy Fyc mailer has arrived, showcasing ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,’ ‘Long Strange Trip’ and more

TV academy members, check your doorsteps as Amazon’s 2018 Emmy Fyc mailer has arrived. The glossy package features three separate booklets (see photos above and below) highlighting their original programs that streamed during the 2017-18 television season. Comedy series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and documentary series “Long Strange Trip” are showcased in their own booklets, while the the third highlights “The Dangerous Book for Boys,” “The Tick,” “Transparent,” Mozart in the Jungle,” “Grand Tour” and “Electric Dreams.”

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” stars Rachel Brosnahan as the titular Midge Maisel, a 1950s New York housewife, who has a midlife crisis and becomes a standup comedian. The show has already won top honors at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice and PGA Awards, and is considered a frontrunner for Best Comedy Series at the Emmys.

Midge’s husband Joel Maisel (Michael Zegen
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Amir Bar-Lev and Eric Eisner (‘Long Strange Trip’): ‘We were trying to enact The Grateful Dead, not explain them’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Amir Bar-Lev and Eric Eisner (‘Long Strange Trip’): ‘We were trying to enact The Grateful Dead, not explain them’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
The process that Amir Bar-Lev and Eric Eisner went through to put together their Grateful Dead documentary, “Long Strange Trip,” was not too different than how the band operated. “It all organically came together,” says producer Eisner in our recent interview (watch the video above). Part of that can be seen in how the six-part series, currently on Amazon, was originally supposed to be 90 minutes. Bar-Lev, the film’s director, explains that during the three year editing process it became apparent that 90 minutes wouldn’t be enough time to paint the picture they wanted to. Bar-Lev adds that the story of the Dead is more than just one of the band: “It’s a collective and that includes the staff, the roadies and the fans.”

SEEAmazon launches immersive Fyc Emmy experience for ‘Mrs. Maisel,’ ‘Mozart’ and others

The series would also not have been possible without the involvement of Oscar winner Martin Scorsese.
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Amazon Returns To Hollywood Athletic Club For This Year’s Emmy Fyc Events

  • Indiewire
Amazon Prime Video is once again renting out the Hollywood Athletic Club for much of April to continue its Emmy “For Your Consideration” campaign. Dubbed the “Prime Experience,” the display and series of events take place from April 12 to 27. Among the events: screenings with the cast and creators of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams” for TV Academy members, as well as themed evenings open to the general public.

This is the second year that Amazon has taken over the space to create themed rooms throughout the historic building. This time, interactive, themed rooms include the world of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” where, per Amazon, “attendees will be able to travel back to 1958 New York City through the eyes of Midge Maisel. As they enter her apartment, they’ll experience a unique ‘magic mirror’ where they can interact with the show. From there, they’ll
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Amazon picks up Grateful Dead documentary

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Amazon picks up Grateful Dead documentary
Martin Scorsese is an executive producer on the four-hour documentary.

Amazon studios has acquired Sundance premiere Long Strange Trip, a four-hour documentary about American rock band The Grateful Dead.

Directed by Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, the doc follows the band across a 30-year period as they experiment with music genres and eschew pop cliché.

The film will debut on Amazon Prime Video in the Us and UK in May as a six-part documentary, with additional territories to be announced at a later date.

Long Strange Trip was produced by Eric Eisner, Nick Koskoff and Alex Bavatnik, who also financed the project. Additional producers included Ken Dornstein and Justin Kreutzmann. Exec producers in addition to Scorsese were Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Rick Yorn, Andrew Heller, Sanford Heller, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Thomas J. Mangan IV, and Alicia Sams.

“I’ve always admired the spirit and creativity of the
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Amazon picks up The Grateful Dead documentary

  • ScreenDaily
Amazon picks up The Grateful Dead documentary
Martin Scorsese is an executive producer on the four-hour documentary.

Amazon studios has acquired Sundance premiere Long Strange Trip, a four-hour documentary about American rock band The Grateful Dead.

Directed by Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, the doc follows the band across a 30-year period as they experiment with music genres and eschew pop cliché.

The film will debut on Amazon Prime Video in the Us and UK in May as a six-part documentary, with additional territories to be announced at a later date.

Long Strange Trip was produced by Eric Eisner, Nick Koskoff and Alex Bavatnik, who also financed the project. Additional producers included Ken Dornstein and Justin Kreutzmann. Exec producers in addition to Scorsese were Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Rick Yorn, Andrew Heller, Sanford Heller, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Thomas J. Mangan IV, and Alicia Sams.

“I’ve always admired the spirit and creativity of the
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Sundance 2017: Amazon Picks Up Grateful Dead Doc ‘Long Strange Trip’

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Sundance 2017: Amazon Picks Up Grateful Dead Doc ‘Long Strange Trip’
Amazon Studios has acquired “Long Strange Trip,” the four hour documentary about the Grateful Dead playing in the Documentary Premieres section of the Sundance Film Festival. The film is directed by Amir Bar-Lev (“The Tillman Story”) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

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“I’ve always admired the spirit and creativity of the Grateful Dead,” Scorsese said in a statement. “They are revolutionary artists who forever changed the world of touring and recording live music. They were a cultural force—a lifestyle, that continue to influence new generations of fans. This film will entertain and educate audiences about one of the most innovative and groundbreaking American bands of the 20th century.”

Amazon will release the movie on May 26 on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. and UK as a six-part documentary. Band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir, as
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Martin Scorsese-Produced Grateful Dead Documentary Goes to Amazon

  • The Wrap
Martin Scorsese-Produced Grateful Dead Documentary Goes to Amazon
Amazon has acquired the Grateful Dead documentary “Long Strange Trip” ahead of its premiere at this month’s Sundance Film Festival. The four-hour movie is directed by Amir Bar-Lev and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. The six-part “Long Strange Trip” will debut in the U.S. and U.K. on May 26. The world premiere is right around the corner at Sundance, where band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir — as well as Trixie Garcia — will be in attendance. The 30-year look-back is produced by Eric Eisner, Nick Koskoff and Alex Blavatnik who also financed the project. Additional producers include Ken Dornstein and Justin.
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David Oyelowo Adds Gun Violence Feature 'A Day in the Death of America' to His Slate

Guardian (UK) journalist Gary Younge’s non-fiction book "A Day in the Death of America" which deals with gun violence in America, has been optioned by Eric Eisner of Double E Pictures, with plans for a feature film that will be produced by Allegiance Theater - the producers of the upcoming George Clooney/Julia Roberts drama "Money Monster," which Jodie Foster directs. The book investigates the deaths of 10 random children by gunfire in 2013. The youngest was nine, the oldest was 19, and their individual deaths didn’t make the national news. Providing further backstory, a spokesperson for Guardian Faber (the book's publisher) shared the following:...
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Martin Scorsese to Produce 50th Anniversary Grateful Dead Documentary; Amir Bar-Lev to Direct

The Grateful Dead formed in 1965, which means we are fast approaching the 50th anniversary of the storied jam band. To celebrate the occasion, Martin Scorsese will executive produce a Grateful Dead documentary directed by Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story). Scorsese explained the appeal of the project and the unique stature of the band: “The Grateful Dead were more than just a band. They were their own planet, populated by millions of devoted fans. I’m very happy that this picture is being made and proud to be involved." Hit the jump for the press release with all the details. Grateful Dead Announce Official Documentary In Celebration Of 50th Anniversary Executive Producer Martin Scorsese And Director Amir Bar-Lev To Offer A Never Before Seen Look At One Of Rock ‘N’ Roll’s Most Fascinating And Enduring Bands Los Angeles – The Grateful Dead are proud to announce their first official career-spanning documentary
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'Grateful Dead' Documentary Coming from Producer Martin Scorsese

'Grateful Dead' Documentary Coming from Producer Martin Scorsese
The Grateful Dead are proud to announce their first official career-spanning documentary to coincide with the band's 50th anniversary celebration. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev ("Happy Valley," "The Tillman Story") will direct the as yet untitled documentary. Alex Blavatnik is financing through his Aoma Sunshine Films. Eric Eisner ("Hamlet 2"), Nicholas Koskoff, and Justin Kreutzmann will serve as producers.&#160 Executive Producers are Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Andrew Heller, Sanford Heller, and Rick Yorn. Longtime The Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux will serve as the film's music supervisor.

This monumental documentary will meld a cornucopia of never before seen performance footage, vintage interviews, and other candid moments unearthed from The Grateful Dead's vast vaults along with newly captured conversations with surviving members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir, as well as many other characters and pranksters from the Dead universe.

Said surviving members Hart, Kreutzmann, Lesh,
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Paragon Releasing picks up Electric Slide

  • ScreenDaily
The distributor has acquired all North American rights from Myriad Pictures to the crime drama starring Jim Sturgess and Isabel Lucas. Separately, Kino Lorber has acquired The Wanted 18 and Starz will release Every Secret Thing.

Electric Slide (pictured) premiered at Tribeca earlier in the year and tells of a broke 1980’s Los Angeles furniture store owner who embarks on a string of bank robberies with his lover.

Tristan Patterson directed from his own screenplay based on an article by Timothy Ford.

Rounding out the key cast are Chloe Sevigny, Patricia Arquette, Christopher Lambert and Vinessa Shaw.

Media House Capital and Myriad Pictures co-financed the film and Myriad handles world sales.

Myriad chief Kirk D’Amico produced with Hans Ritter and Killer FilmsChristine Vachon. Philip von Alvensleben served as executive producer alongside Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Ford, Brad Simpson, Media House Capital’s Aaron Gilbert and Pat Murray, Jacob Pechenik of Venture Forth, Eric Eisner and [link
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Big-Screen Video Game Adaptation ‘Just Cause: Scorpio Rising’ Finds Writer

  • The Film Stage
Big-screen video game adaptations is the up-and-coming trend, behind comic book movies (which critics are getting sick of, but too bad! The Dark Knight Rises and The Man of Steel will keep that winch turning for a long time), and the whole “let’s remake everything from the 80′s!” thing. There are plenty of potential franchises on their way, and now we can add the Just Cause game series to the list.

THR reports that Bryan Edward Hill has been brought aboard by producers Adrian Askarieh and Eric Eisner to rewrite the existing adaptation of Square Enix’s hit series, which is currently titled Just Cause: Scorpio Rising. The plot? Something about “a black ops agent codenamed the Scorpion who enters a guerilla war to overthrow a dictator. The movie will focus on the origin of the Scorpion, aka Rico Rodriguez.” The second game in the series, Just Cause
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"Just Cause: Scorpion Rising" Gets A Re-Write

Bryan Edward Hill has been hired to pen a rewrite of "Just Cause: Scorpion Rising", the film adaptation of the hit video game series from "Tomb Raider" and "Hitman" game producers Square Enix says Heat Vision.

The games follow Rico Rodriguez, aka the Scorpion, a black ops agent who carries out deadly missions for the U.S. government which revolve around destabilising rogue nations from within and turning the bad guys against each other. The first game in the series was set on the fictional South American tropical island San Esperito, the second around the Indonesian island of Panau.

Rodriguez frequently uses both a grappling hook and retractable parachute to perform death-defying stunts that utterly defy the laws of physics. These include hijacking fighter planes in mid-air to a final boss battle that involves jumping between Icbm's in-flight.

Michael Ross ("Turistas") penned the previous draft while Adrian Askarieh and Eric Eisner will produce.
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"Just Cause: Scorpion Rising" Gets A Re-Write

Bryan Edward Hill has been hired to pen a rewrite of "Just Cause: Scorpion Rising", the film adaptation of the hit video game series from "Tomb Raider" and "Hitman" game producers Square Enix says Heat Vision.

The games follow Rico Rodriguez, aka the Scorpion, a black ops agent who carries out deadly missions for the U.S. government which revolve around destabilising rogue nations from within and turning the bad guys against each other. The first game in the series was set on the fictional South American tropical island San Esperito, the second around the Indonesian island of Panau.

Rodriguez frequently uses both a grappling hook and retractable parachute to perform death-defying stunts that utterly defy the laws of physics. These include hijacking fighter planes in mid-air to a final boss battle that involves jumping between Icbm's in-flight.

Michael Ross ("Turistas") penned the previous draft while Adrian Askarieh and Eric Eisner will produce.
See full article at Dark Horizons »

Just Cause: Scorpion Rising movie gets writer

Square Enix’s Just Cause: Scorpion Rising video game is being adapted into a movie. THR reports that Bryan Edward Hill has been hired to write the script for the hit game, which is being produced by Adrian Askarieh and Eric Eisner. A first draft was penned by Michael Ross (Touristas).

Tomb Raider and Hitman were both designed by Square Enix. Scorpion Rising centers on “a black ops agent codenamed the Scorpion who enters a guerilla war to overthrow a dictator.” The video game sequel was released earlier this year and sold more than 3.5 million copies, and a third game is currently in development. The film is planned to focus on the origin of the Scorpion, aka Rico Rodriguez.

Hill co-wrote Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box, a Witchblade mini-series for Top Cow. He also co-created the Image comic 7 Days From Hell, which is being made into a movie. I
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Bryan Edward Hill To Adapt Just Cause: Scorpion Rising

Square Enix sold more than 3.5 million copies of Just Cause: Scorpion Rising, the sequel to its hit Just Cause video game franchise about a black ops agent code named Scorpion starting a guerilla war and overthrowing a dictator. Square Enix recently partnered with producers Adrian Askarieh and Eric Eisner to adapt the video game for an action feature. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Just Cause project took a step closer to the big-screen when Askarieh and Eisner hired Bryan Edward Hill to adapt the video games into the first movie in a planned franchise.
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Bryan Edward Hill To Adapt Just Cause: Scorpion Rising

Square Enix sold more than 3.5 million copies of Just Cause: Scorpion Rising, the sequel to its hit Just Cause video game franchise about a black ops agent code named Scorpion starting a guerilla war and overthrowing a dictator. Square Enix recently partnered with producers Adrian Askarieh and Eric Eisner to adapt the video game for an action feature. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Just Cause project took a step closer to the big-screen when Askarieh and Eisner hired Bryan Edward Hill to adapt the video games into the first movie in a planned franchise.
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