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Revamped Cinecittà Set for More U.S. Shoots, Including Netflix’s ‘Luna Nera’

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Revamped Cinecittà Set for More U.S. Shoots, Including Netflix’s ‘Luna Nera’
After recently hosting Michael Bay’s big-budget actioner “6 Underground” and George Clooney-directed series “Catch 22,” Rome’s Cinecittà Studios is set to welcome several more productions with Hollywood ties.

The next one is Netflix witchcraft series “Luna Nera,” helmed by a trio of Italian women: Francesca Comencini (“Gomorra”), Susanna Nicchiarelli and Paola Randi (“Little Tito and the Aliens”). Domenico Procacci’s Fandango is producing for the U.S. streaming giant. “Luna” is Netflix’s third Italian original.

Cattleya and ITV’s upcoming Ancient Rome origins skein, “Domina,” will also be setting up camp on the backlot of the revamped studios, Variety has learned.

At a presentation Friday for international producers in Cannes, Luce Cinecittà president Roberto Cicutto said the sprawling facilities are on track to complete their refurbishment plan, which entails three new sound stages, including a nearly completed green-screen stage, and a tank for indoor and outdoor underwater filming.
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‘The Witcher’ Netflix Show Hits This Fall

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Netflix new live-action series based on “The Witcher” will launch in the company’s fourth quarter, which runs from October to December, the company’s chief content officer noted in an earnings call this week.

Netflix Cco Ted Sarandos was responding to a question about Neflix 2019 line-up when he brought up the timing for the show, which is based on a series of books made internationally popular through successful video game adaptations.

“Well, definitely in the third quarter, we’ve got new episodes and new seasons of some of our most loved and most watched shows on Netflix, ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Casa de Papel,’ ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ ’13 Reasons Why,’ ‘Elite,’ which was a big hit for us right out of Spain, a new season from Ryan Murphy of ‘The Politician,’ a brand new show on Netflix that we think our audiences are going to love,” he said. “And then
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Ryan Reynolds to Exec Produce ABC Family-Oriented Game Show ‘Don’t’

ABC has picked up multiple episodes of a new family-oriented game show called “Don’t,” executive produced by “Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds.

In the show, created by Banijay Studios North America, families of four will compete against each other in “Simon Says”-like mental and physical challenges in which they are instructed to “don’t” something — like slipping, laughing, speaking, screaming or forgetting.

Family members who “do” the forbidden action are eliminated — until one contestant emerges victorious and that family wins a cash prize.

Also Read: 'Detective Pikachu' Star Ryan Reynolds Takes a Bite Out of Method Acting in New Promo (Video)

The network has not slated the project.

Reynolds will executive produce “Don’t” along with Banijay Studios North America president and CEO David Goldberg, Caroline Baumgard and Maximum Effort’s George Dewey. Banijay, which handles international rights to the format, previously produced the ABC game show “Child Support
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Ryan Reynolds to Produce Family Game Show ‘Don’t’ For ABC (Exclusive)

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Ryan Reynolds to Produce Family Game Show ‘Don’t’ For ABC (Exclusive)
Deadpool is becoming a game show producer. Ryan Reynolds is behind “Don’t,” a new original game show that has been picked up by ABC for multiple episodes.

An original format created by Banijay Studios North America, “Don’t” is described as a “comedic physical game show” in which families of four are asked to perform various challenges. The family members must work together on mental and physical tasks with just one rule: “Don’t” do something. They might be told to “don’t slip,” “don’t laugh,” “don’t scream,” “don’t forget,” or another “don’t” challenge.

Each episode will focus on one family as they go through the “Don’t” tests. If they succeed, they’ll win a cash prize. But if the family fails a challenge, one of them will be eliminated. When just one contestant is left, the last remaining family member must compete on their own.
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Alison Brie, Dan Stevens to Star in Dave Franco’s Directorial Debut ‘The Rental’

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Alison Brie, Dan Stevens to Star in Dave Franco’s Directorial Debut ‘The Rental’
Alison Brie, Dan Stevens, Sheila Vand, and Jeremy Allen White will star in the horror movie “The Rental,” Dave Franco’s directorial debut.

Franco wrote the script with Joe Swanberg. The story centers on two couples who rent a vacation home for a celebratory weekend.

“The Rental” will be fully financed by Black Bear Pictures, which is producing along with Franco’s Ramona Films. The producers are Ramona’s Vince Jolivette, Elizabeth Haggard, and Franco; Black Bear’s Ben Stillman and Teddy Schwarzman; and Swanberg and Chris Storer. Black Bear’s Michael Heimler is executive producing along with Sean Durkin.

Shooting begins this April in Oregon.

Franco starred in “The Disaster Artist,” the “Now You See Me” and “Neighbors” franchises, and the upcoming “6 Underground.”

Brie plays Ruth Wilder in “Glow,” and has credits on “Mad Men” and “The Post.” Stevens stars in the FX series “Legion,” and portrayed one
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Skydance Promotes Holly Edwards To President Of John Lasseter-Led Animation Division

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Exclusive: We are hearing that Holly Edwards, who previously served as Skydance Animation’s Head of Production, is being promoted to the position of president of Skydance Animation.

We understand that John Lasseter, Head of Animation, made the announcement in an informal staff meeting, that both he and Skydance boss David Ellison made the appointment. Edwards replaces Bill Damaschke, who previously held the title. We also hear he is departing the studio.

Edwards will serve as Lasseter’s right-hand, leading all business aspects of production activities across all titles. She has been with the Skydance team since the beginning, helping to build the department and will provide continuity as Lasseter builds the creative side of the business.

The move comes just over a month after Ellison hired Lasseter to run Skydance’s animation division, going all-in on the Pixar co-founder who had been forced to step down from his Disney
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‘In The Heights’ Finds Its Benny In Corey Hawkins

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‘In The Heights’ Finds Its Benny In Corey Hawkins
Exclusive: Deadline hears that Straight Outta Compton‘s Corey Hawkins has been tapped for the role of Benny in Jon M. Chu’s feature adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s four-time Tony winning musical In the Heights for Warner Bros.

In the original storyline, bodega owner Usnavi (who will be played in the movie by Anthony Ramos) strikes it rich and plans to leave, until the pull of the Latino neighborhood and the people in it give him pause. Set in the Upper Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights, the plot revolves around Usnavi, a college student, a taxi driver, a beauty salon worker and an old woman who aspire to better lives as gentrification begins to take hold, and a sweltering summer power blackout brings their personal life crises to a head.

In the original musical, Benny falls in love with Nina, who the neighborhood admires as “the one who made it out.
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Ryan Reynolds to Star in and Produce Action-Comedy ‘Shotgun Wedding’

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Ryan Reynolds to Star in and Produce Action-Comedy ‘Shotgun Wedding’
Ryan Reynolds is starring in and producing the action-comedy “Shotgun Wedding” for Lionsgate.

The “Deadpool” star will produce through his Maximum Effort production company alongside Mandeville FilmsTodd Lieberman and David Hoberman. “Pitch Perfect” director Jason Moore will helm from an original script and pitch by Mark Hammer. Liz Meriwether will also collaborate on the screenplay.

The project reunites Reynolds with Lieberman and Hoberman, who worked together on the 2009 rom-com, “The Proposal,” which co-starred Sandra Bullock.

“I haven’t done a romantic comedy since ‘The Proposal,’ but I just fell in love with ‘Shotgun Wedding,'” Reynolds said. “It’s so refreshing and surprising. I can’t wait to bring it to life with Jason, Todd, Dave, and the great team at Lionsgate.”

Shotgun Wedding” centers on a couple whose extravagant destination wedding is hijacked by criminals. In the process of saving their families, they rediscover why they fell in love in the first place.
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Ryan Reynolds to star for Lionsgate in comedy 'Shotgun Wedding'

Production scheduled to begin shooting this summer.

Lionsgate senior brass said on Tuesday (29) that the studio is reuniting with Ryan Reynolds on the comedy Shotgun Wedding, and separately confirmed that the untitled Seth Rogen/Charlize Theron comedy set to open on May 3 is now called Long Shot.

Production on Shotgun Wedding is scheduled to begin shooting this summer. The story follows a couple whose extravagant destination wedding is taken over by criminals. In the process of saving their families, they rediscover why they wanted to get married in the first place.

Reynolds will also serve as producer via his Maximum
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Ryan Reynolds Is Set to Walk Down the Aisle in Lionsgate’s ‘Shotgun Wedding’

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Ryan Reynolds Is Set to Walk Down the Aisle in Lionsgate’s ‘Shotgun Wedding’
Ryan Reynolds is set to walk down the aisle in a new action comedy that he’ll star in and produce at Lionsgate called “Shotgun Wedding,” the studio announced Tuesday.

The film from director Jason Moore (“Pitch Perfect”) with an original script and pitch by Mark Hammer will begin shooting this summer. Liz Meriweather also collaborated on the script.

Reynolds will produce “Shotgun Wedding” under his Maximum Effort banner alongside Mandeville FilmsTodd Lieberman and David Hoberman, the creative team behind “The Proposal,” which also starred Reynolds. Mandeville Films’ Alex Young and Maximum Effort’s George Dewey will executive produce.

Also Read: Ryan Reynolds Trolls Hugh Jackman With Fake Political Smear Ad (Video)

“I haven’t done a romantic comedy since ‘The Proposal’ but I just fell in love with ‘Shotgun Wedding.’ It’s so refreshing and surprising. I can’t wait to bring it to life with Jason, Todd,
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Michael Bay’s Netflix Film ‘6 Underground’ Has Wrapped Shooting

Netflix, Skydance Media, and Bay Films, have announced that they have completed principal photography in Abu Dhabi, UAE on 6 Underground, the action-adventure feature film, directed by Michael Bay and starring Ryan Reynolds, Mélanie Laurent, Corey Hawkins, Adria Arjona, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Ben Hardy, Lior Raz, Payman Maadi and Dave Franco.

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The film is being produced by Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger, along with Bay and Ian Bryce, and is based on an original idea from Deadpool scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Garrett Grant, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick and Matthew Cohan executive produce, with Jj Hook, Michael Kase and Marco Valerio Pugini co-producing. The production team also includes director of photography Bojan Bazelli; production designer Jeffrey Beecroft; editors Roger Barton, William Goldenberg, and Calvin Wimmer; stunt coordinators Greg Smrz and Kenny Bates; fight coordinator Andy Cheng; special effects supervisor Terry Glass; visual effects supervisor
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Film News Roundup: Ryan Reynolds’ Michael Bay Film ‘6 Underground’ Wraps Production

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Film News Roundup: Ryan Reynolds’ Michael Bay Film ‘6 Underground’ Wraps Production
In today’s film news roundup, shooting has wrapped on Ryan Reynolds’ “6 Underground,” BAFTA La names new board members, and the WGA East honors longtime exec Randall Jasta.

Production

Michael Bay’s Ryan Reynolds-starrer “6 Underground” has wrapped production.

Netflix and Skydance Media completed principal photography in Abu Dhabi on the action-adventure, which reportedly carries a $125 million budget. The film also stars Mélanie Laurent, Corey Hawkins, Adria Arjona, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Ben Hardy, Lior Raz, Payman Maadi, and Dave Franco.

The movie is being produced by Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger, along with Bay and Ian Bryce. It’s based on an original idea from “Deadpool” writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Details of the plot have been kept under wraps.

“Making this movie was an experience I will never forget,” Reynolds said on Tuesday. “I was impressed with the local crew and artisans we’ve met throughout our journey.
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Pirates of the Caribbean Reboot Planned, Disney Wants Deadpool Writers

Disney may be looking to reboot the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise with arguably the hottest screenwriting duo in Hollywood right now. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the pair behind the Deadpool movies, have met with the Mouse House about a possible jump-start for the multi-billion dollar franchise. While they haven't closed a deal just yet and it looks like this is just early discussions, this could be huge. And it could mean we've seen the last of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow.

According to a new report, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are in early talks to pen the script for a Pirates of the Caribbean reboot. Again, we should caution that these are just early discussions, but it's still intriguing all the same. Reese and Wernick, in addition to Deadpool and this year's very successful sequel, Deadpool 2, have also penned Zombieland (as well as its upcoming sequel) and 6 Underground,
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Skydance Hires Ex-Global Road Exec Jun Oh To Run Biz & Legal Affairs

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Jun Oh, most recently president of business and legal affairs at Global Road Entertainment, has been hired by Skydance Media as Head of Theatrical and Interactive Business and Legal Affairs. In his new post he will oversee all business and legal affairs related to feature film development and production, as well as interactive and emerging gaming platforms.

The move comes as Skydance builds on a slate that already includes upcoming movies Top Gun: Maverick, 6 Underground, Gemini Man, a new Terminator and its first animated pic Luck; TV series Grace and Frankie, Altered Carbon, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Condor and Foundation; and Vr video games like 2019-due The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners.

“Jun is an extraordinary executive and accomplished dealmaker and we’re thrilled to welcome him into the leadership team at Skydance,” Skydance Media president and COO Jesse Sisgold said in a release announcing the hire. “His
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David Ellison’s Skydance Taps Jun Oh to Lead Theatrical, Interactive Business and Legal Affairs

  • The Wrap
Skydance Media, the production company launched by David Ellison in 2010, announced on Monday that it has hired Jun Oh as its head of theatrical and interactive business and legal affairs.

Oh joins Skydance from Global Road Entertainment, where he served as president of business and legal affairs. Global Road filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September after being seized by creditors.

“Jun is an extraordinary executive and accomplished dealmaker and we’re thrilled to welcome him into the leadership team at Skydance,” Skydance president and COO Jesse Sisgold said in a statement. “His wealth of experience will be invaluable as we pursue our ambitious film and interactive slates – we cannot imagine a better person to partner with in order to build on our continued success.”

Also Read: Skydance Names Chris Hewish Evp of New Interactive Division

In his new role, Oh will be responsible for all business and legal affairs related
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Netflix Commits To Panama Papers Drama ‘The Laundromat:’ David Schwimmer Joins Soderbergh, Oldman, Streep, Banderas

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Exclusive: Netflix has committed to finance and release The Laundromat, the Steven Soderbergh-directed drama about the Panama Papers scandal. David Schwimmer has just joined a killer cast that is led by Oscar-winning Darkest Hour star Gary Oldman, The Post‘s Meryl Streep and Life Itself‘s Antonio Banderas. Other cast circling include Will Forte and Earthquake Bird‘s Riley Keough. The film has a script by Scott Z. Burns, based on the Jake Bernstein book Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite. Producers are Lawrence Grey, Gregory Jacobs, Michael Sugar, Burns and Topic Studios.

Deadline first revealed the project back at Cannes and noted then that Netflix was hot and heavy in pursuit. This after Netflix previously set a movie on the scandal by German journalists Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer, who broke the story and wrote the book Panama Papers:
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Ryan Reynolds to play a video game Npc in Free Guy

20th Century Fox is set to reteam with its Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds on a new film called Free Guy, which has Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) attached to direct.

Scripted by Matt Lieberman, Free Guy will see Reynolds portraying a bank teller stuck in a routine, who discovers that he’s actually a background character in a brutal, open-world action-adventure video game and is actually the only one capable of saving his world.

This isn’t the only video game character role on the horizon for Reynolds, as he’s also portraying Pikachu in the upcoming live-action/CG-hybrid Pokemon: Detective Pikachu. He’s currently shooting the action thriller 6 Underground for Michael Bay and Netflix, and just this week it was announced that Fox has set an untitled Deadpool Movie for this December – thought to be a recut, PG-13 version of this year’s Deadpool 2.

Free Guy
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Ryan Reynolds Takes on Truman Show Style Video Game Movie

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Ryan Reynolds Takes on Truman Show Style Video Game Movie
We all better get used to seeing Hollywood superstar Ryan Reynolds. The actor has several major roles lined up for the big screen, including a return as Deadpool in the Marvel film X-Force. Reynolds can also be seen in the upcoming sequel The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, and will even be lending his voice to Pikachu himself in the Pokemon movie Detective Pikachu. Needless to say, it's a diverse set of roles, but the actor is keeping busy by adding yet another intriguing film to his schedule.

20th Century Fox has signed on Reynolds to start as the lead character in their upcoming film Free Guy. The movie will be helmed by Stranger Things director and executive producer, Shawn Levy. Adam Kolbrenner is producing, along with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter of Berlanti Productions, Reynolds' Maximum Effort, and Levy's 21 Laps. Free Guy will be one of many many movies to be
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Ryan Reynolds, Shawn Levy Team For ‘Free Guy’ At Fox

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20th Century Fox has attached Ryan Reynolds to star in Free Guy, with Shawn Levy poised to direct the film. Berlanti ProductionsGreg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter are producing alongside Reynolds’ Maximum Effort, Levy’s 21 Laps, and Adam Kolbrenner. This will be part of the multi-year film deal that Berlanti signed with Fox, where Maximum Effort and 21 Laps also have deals.

Free Guy, acquired as a Matt Lieberman spec in 2016, is in the vein of The Truman Show, where a bank teller stuck in his routine discovers he’s a background character in a rather brutal open world, action-adventure video game and he is the only one capable of saving his world.

Mike Ireland is overseeing for Fox.

Coming off Deadpool 2, Reynolds next stars in the Michael Bay-directed action film 6 Underground for Netflix, lends the lead voice in Legendary’s Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, and he’s circling
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Ryan Reynolds Shares an Amusing Video From The Set of Michael Bay's 6 Underground

Remember that time we posted that rumor about Michael Bay and Ryan Reynold’s upcoming 6 Underground Netflix film was actually ThunderCats? Yeah, that was a crazy rumor that was quickly debunked.

Anyway, 6 Underground is currently in production and Reynolds recently shared a fun little video from the set where he talks about the what the best part is about shooting a film with Michael Bay.

.#6Underground @netflix pic.twitter.com/jPvk3PhQpf

Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) September 19, 2018

The script for the film comes from Deadpool scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, who also came up with the original idea. There's no information on what the film will be about, but it will definitely be a military-type action movie!

The cast of 6 Underground also Dave Franco, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Adria Arjona, Corey Hawkins, Ben Hardy (X-Men: Apocalypse), Lior Raz (Fauda), Mélanie Laurent (Operation Finale) and Payman Maadi (13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers
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