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Akiva Goldsman Inks First-Look Deal With MGM Television

  • Variety
Akiva Goldsman Inks First-Look Deal With MGM Television
Veteran producer Akiva Goldsman has inked a first-look deal with MGM Television.

Under the multiyear year deal, Goldsman and his Weed Road Pictures banner will collaborate with the studio to develop scripted dramas.

“I couldn’t be more excited to work with MGM,” said Goldsman. “Their creative and business acumen, thoughtful attention to storytelling, and excellent executives make them optimal collaborators in today’s ever-changing television landscape.”

On the television side, Goldsman was an executive producer on Wgn’s “Underground,“ and he is currently a co-creator and executive producer on CBS All Access’s “Star Trek: Picard” and DC’s “Titans.” In terms of his upcoming projects, Goldsman will write and exec produce MGM’s previously announced series “Ringworld,” based on Larry Niven’s classic 1970’s science fiction book, which is set up at Amazon. He will also produce “Aurora Rising” for the studio based on Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s Ya sci-fi thriller.
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Akiva Goldsman Strikes First-Look Deal With MGM Television; Boards Sci-Fi Dramas ‘Ringworld’ & ‘Aurora Rising’

  • Deadline
A Beautiful Mind writer Akiva Goldsman has struck a first-look deal with MGM Television to develop scripted drama.

Goldsman and his production company Weed Road Pictures has signed a multi-year deal with The Handmaid’s Tale and Fargo studio. Previously, Goldman had a two-year, non-exclusive first-look deal at Imagine Television.

The move will see the Oscar-winner write and executive produce MGM’s Ringworld, based on Larry Niven’s classic 1970’s science fiction book, which is set up at Amazon. The series tells the story of Louis Gridley Wu, a bored man celebrating his 200th birthday in a technologically advanced, future Earth.

He will also produce Aurora Rising, an adaptation of Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s bestselling Ya sci-fi thriller that MGM recently optioned.

Goldman, whose feature credits include Cinderella Man, I, Robot, The Da Vinci Code, and I Am Legend, has been increasingly moving into the small-screen. He was
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Akiva Goldsman Signs First-Look TV Deal With MGM

  • The Wrap
Akiva Goldsman Signs First-Look TV Deal With MGM
MGM TV has signed Akiva Goldsman and his production company, Weed Road, to a multi-year first-look deal.

Under the multiyear year deal, Goldsman and Weed Road will collaborate with MGM to develop scripted dramas for the studio. Goldsman will write and executive produce MGM’s previously announced series “Ringworld” for Amazon. The project is based on Larry Niven’s 1970’s science fiction book of the same name. Goldsman will also produce “Aurora Rising” for the studio, based on Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s bestselling Ya sci-fi thriller.

Weed Road President of Production Greg Lessans and creative executives Rachel Reznick and Alexandra Neal will oversee the deal on behalf of Weed Road. Weed Road’s current television slate includes Showtime’s “Gormenghast,” “100 Days Without Fear” at Fox, and an Untitled Sandra Bullock/John Legend series at Amazon.

Also Read: Former MGM Exec Damien Marin Joins Spyglass as President of Distribution,
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Akiva Goldsman Signs First-Look TV Deal With MGM

Akiva Goldsman Signs First-Look TV Deal With MGM
Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman has signed a first-look TV deal at MGM, which has two projects lined up for him already.

As part of the multiyear agreement, Goldsman and his company, Weed Road Pictures, will develop scripted dramas for the studio. He also will come aboard a pair of series in development: Ringworld, an adaptation of Larry Niven's classic sci-fi novel that is set up at Amazon, and Aurora Rising, based on a Ya novel by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, Star Trek: Picard) will write and executive produce Ringworld, which landed at Amazon back in 2017....
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"Ringworld" On Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime continues developing author Larry Niven's award-winning science fiction novel, "Ringworld" (1970) and sequel "The Ringworld Engineers" as a live-action TV movie for the streaming service:

"...in 2850 Ad on Earth. 'Louis Gridley Wu' is celebrating his 200th birthday. Despite his age, Louis is in perfect physical condition, due to the longevity drug 'boosterspice'. 

"But he has, once again, become bored with human society and is thinking about taking one of his periodic sabbaticals, alone in a spaceship far away from other people.

"Louis is recruited by a two-headed alien named 'Nessus' to join him, a catlike warrior alien named 'Speaker' and the ' human 'Teela Brown' to explore an alien artifact.

"They find a 'Ringworld', a ribbon millions of miles long built around a distant sun..."

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Bleep me up Scotty: why is sci-fi suddenly so sweary?

Modern reboots of The Twilight Zone and Star Trek show that swearwords have finally reached space. It’s a smegging shame

‘You just crossed over into the Twilight Zone. And it’s a total headfuck.” Ok, so Jordan Peele’s Netflix reboot doesn’t actually begin like that – but it could. While most of its first creepy tale, of a comedian (Kumail Nanjiani) who discovers success comes at a price, could have been broadcast in 1958, that era would have struggled with the 15 F-bombs. Meanwhile, on board Star Trek Discovery, currently on Netflix, swearwords are dropped like photon torpedoes. Classic sci-fi has returned, but with a modern potty mouth.

The future didn’t used to be so profane. Hg Wells wrote an essay on the “vivid, scorching and variegated” world of cursing, yet the worst word in War of the Worlds is “tripod”. Authors such as Isaac Asimov, Larry Niven and
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Amazon Prime: "Ringworld"

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Amazon Prime continues developing author Larry Niven's award-winning 'Known Space' novels "Ringworld" (1970) and "The Ringworld Engineers", for new dramatic series:

"...in 2850 Ad on Earth. 'Louis Gridley Wu' is celebrating his 200th birthday. Despite his age, Louis is in perfect physical condition, due to the longevity drug 'boosterspice'. 

"But he has, once again, become bored with human society and is thinking about taking one of his periodic sabbaticals, alone in a spaceship far away from other people.

"Louis is recruited by a two-headed alien named 'Nessus' to join him, a catlike warrior alien named 'Speaker' and the ' human 'Teela Brown' to explore an alien artifact.

"They find a 'Ringworld', a ribbon millions of miles long built around a distant sun..."

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More "Science Fiction" Here
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"Ringworld" On Amazon Prime

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The Amazon Prime streaming service confirmed a number of 'genre' drama series in development, including Larry Niven's award-winning science fiction novel, "Ringworld" (1970), plus the sequel "The Ringworld Engineers", set in Niven's 'Known Space' universe:

"...in 2850 Ad on Earth. 'Louis Gridley Wu' is celebrating his 200th birthday. Despite his age, Louis is in perfect physical condition, due to the longevity drug 'boosterspice'. 

"But he has, once again, become bored with human society and is thinking about taking one of his periodic sabbaticals, alone in a spaceship far away from other people.

"Louis is recruited by a two-headed alien named 'Nessus' to join him, a catlike warrior alien named 'Speaker' and the ' human 'Teela Brown' to explore an alien artifact.

"They find a 'Ringworld', a ribbon millions of miles long built around a distant sun..."

Click the images to enlarge....
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The Troubled Development of Hancock

Mark Harrison Jul 2, 2019

Hancock, the Will Smith superhero movie, didn't have an easy production.

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

This feature contains spoilers for Hancock.

Back in the 1990s, Will Smith ascended from being the Fresh Prince to being the king of the Fourth of July weekend. Summer blockbusters like Independence Day and Men in Black cemented his position as a box office draw well into the following decade. Naturally, Smith has pursued other avenues as his career has gone on, but arguably 2008's Hancock was the last full-on star vehicle he opened on that coveted weekend.

Developed from a widely hyped spec script titled Tonight, He Comes, the film cast Smith as a stumblebum superhero known as John Hancock, who is widely disliked by the citizens of Los Angeles. Booze-addled and depressed, Hancock finally resolves to turn his life around with the help of PR consultant
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‘Game Of Thrones’ Co-Exec Producer Vince Gerardis Inks First-Look Deal With Amazon Studios

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Co-Exec Producer Vince Gerardis Inks First-Look Deal With Amazon Studios
Amazon Studios has signed a first-look deal with Game of Throne co-executive producer Vince Gerardis.

Under the pact, the studio will have access to Gerardis’ extensive intellectual property library from top science fiction and fantasy authors such as Robert Silverberg, David Brin, Greg Bear and Jack Vance, Larry Niven, Kim Stanley Robinson and Robert Heinlein, which will be used as source material for original series. The agreement is part of Amazon’s push into genre drama series.

“Vince has his fingertips on a ‘library of worlds,’ and I’m excited about the prospects of building multiple series with him,” said Sharon Yguado, Head of Scripted Genre Programming, Amazon Studios.

Gerardis, who had bene focused on packaging and selling TV and film projects based on literary properties, packaged Game of Thrones. He serves as co-executive producer on the series alongside author George R.R. Martin, sharing in the fantasy drama’s two best series Emmy awards.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Vet Vince Gerardis Signs Amazon Deal

  • Variety
‘Game of Thrones’ Vet Vince Gerardis Signs Amazon Deal
Game of Thrones” producer Vince Gerardis has signed a first look deal with Amazon Studios.

Gerardis’ deal will give the studio access to his extensive library of science-fiction and fantasy properties from authors including Larry Niven, Kim Stanley Robinson, Robert Heinlein, Robert Silverberg, David Brin, Greg Bear, and Jack Vance.

“Vince has his fingertips on a ‘library of worlds,’ and I’m excited about the prospects of building multiple series with him,” said Sharon Yguado, head of scripted genre programming, Amazon Studios.

Gerardis is a co-executive producer on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and will also serve as a producer on the series’ upcoming spinoff for the pay cabler. He has more than a dozen series in development at various outlets, and helped launch “Will” for TNT, “Ice” for At&T, and “FlashForward” for ABC.

“Amazon is the perfect home for my author clients given the strong relationship between its television and book business,
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Amazon CEO Says The Dark Tower TV Show Is Very Much Alive

What with talk of Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings television series heating up, I suppose it’s only fitting that the rest of the studio’s slate has been pushed to the back burner, at least temporarily – especially when considering the production’s unprecedented ten-figure price tag.

Nonetheless, seeing as the other day things began falling into place regarding the Tolkien adaptation – with a possible premiere scheduled for 2021, and Peter Jackson back in the mix – Amazon Studios CEO Jennifer Salke has turned her attention to another hotly awaited small screen translation, The Dark Tower.

Last we heard, after falling flat at the box office, the Stephen King fantasy series had finally found a home at Amazon. Unfortunately, though, since then, there hasn’t been much progress, leading many to believe the show was dead in the water. Thankfully, during a sit-down with Deadline, Salke, speaking about Robert Jordan
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"Ringworld" On Amazon

The Amazon Prime streaming service confirmed a number of 'genre' drama series in development, including Larry Niven's award-winning science fiction novel, "Ringworld" (1970), plus 4 sequels and 4 prequels, set in Niven's 'Known Space' universe:

"...in 2850 Ad on Earth. 'Louis Gridley Wu' is celebrating his 200th birthday. Despite his age, Louis is in perfect physical condition, due to the longevity drug 'boosterspice'. 

"But he has, once again, become bored with human society and is thinking about taking one of his periodic sabbaticals, alone in a spaceship far away from other people.

"Louis is recruited by a two-headed alien named 'Nessus' to join him, a catlike warrior alien named 'Speaker' and the ' human 'Teela Brown' to explore an alien artifact.

"They find a 'Ringworld', a ribbon millions of miles long built around a distant sun..."

Click the images to enlarge....
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Amazon’s Dark Tower TV Show Will Be Much More Faithful To The Books

Remember that Dark Tower movie that came out last year? No? I don’t blame you – it was one of the biggest flops of 2017, receiving horrible reviews and being all but disowned by creator Stephen King. Fans of the book series despaired, presumably figuring that the property would never get the careful adaptation it merited. But now they’re getting another bite of the cherry, courtesy of Amazon.

Interestingly, it looks like the show won’t be totally disconnected from the poorly received movie. According to Syfy, the pilot script has been written by the film’s director, Nikolaj Arcel, in collaboration with Anders Thomas Jensen, who’ll oversee the series alongside former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara. Meanwhile, veteran screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, Solo: A Star Wars Story’s Ron Howard and Imagine Entertainment founder Brian Grazer are set to executive produce.

The outlet goes on to say that “while
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Amazon adapting Ringworld, Lazarus and Snow Crash as drama series

With Amazon in the midst of overhauling its programming strategy in order to seek out high concept projects with mass appeal, Deadline is reporting that the streaming service has snapped up the rights to three potential drama projects in Ringworld, Lazarus, and Snow Crash.

Ringworld is based on Larry Niven’s sci-fi bo0k series and “tells the story of Louis Gridley Wu, a bored man celebrating his 200th birthday in a technologically advanced, future Earth. Upon being offered one of the open positions on a voyage, he joins a young woman and two aliens to explore Ringworld, the remote artificial ring beyond ‘Known Space’.”

Lazarus is a comic book series from Greg Rucka, which takes place “in an alternative near future where the world has been divided among 16 rival families, who run their territories in a feudal system. Each family has allies and enemies among the other families. To crush uprisings and fight wars,
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"Ringworld" Drama Series

  • SneakPeek
The Amazon Prime streaming service confirmed a number of 'genre', 'high-profile' drama series in development, including author Larry Niven's award-winning science fiction novel, "Ringworld" (1970), plus 4 sequels and 4 prequels, set in Niven's 'Known Space' universe:

"...in 2850 Ad on Earth. 'Louis Gridley Wu' is celebrating his 200th birthday. Despite his age, Louis is in perfect physical condition, due to the longevity drug 'boosterspice'. 

"But he has, once again, become bored with human society and is thinking about taking one of his periodic sabbaticals, alone in a spaceship far away from other people.

"Louis is recruited by a two-headed alien named 'Nessus' to join him, a catlike warrior alien named 'Speaker' and the ' human 'Teela Brown' to explore an alien artifact.

"They find a 'Ringworld', a ribbon millions of miles long built around a distant sun..."

Click the images to enlarge....
See full article at SneakPeek »

Amazon Developing a Trio of Really Cool Sci-fi Projects

Deadline is reporting that Amazon has set up a whopping three high-profile drama series for development: Ringworld, based on Larry Niven’s classic science fiction book; Lazarus, based on the comic book by Greg Rucka (Jessica Jones); and Snow Crash, based on Neal Stephenson’s cult novel. The coolest is “Snow Crash”, which is executive produced by Joe Cornish (Ant-Man) and Kennedy Marshall Company’s […]
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Amazon Developing Three New Genre Series: Snow Crash, Ringworld And Lazarus

Deadline is reporting that Amazon is pushing ahead on three new genre series to add to their streaming service slate. All three will be adaptations of literature including Neil Stepheson's cyberpunk smash Snow Crash, Larry Niven's Ringworld and the comic book Lazarus by Jessica Jones' Greg Rucka. (Snow Crash) In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that’s striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain. Ringworld, a co-production with MGM, is based on Niven’s science fiction book series from the 1970s and tells the story of Louis Gridley Wu,...

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Amazon Developing ‘Ringworld’, ‘Lazarus’ & ‘Snow Crash’ In Genre Series Push

Amazon Developing ‘Ringworld’, ‘Lazarus’ & ‘Snow Crash’ In Genre Series Push
Amazon has set up three high-profile drama series for development, Ringworld, based on Larry Niven's classic science fiction book; Lazarus, based on the comic book by Greg Rucka (Jessica Jones); and Snow Crash, based on Neal Stephenson's cult novel. The streaming platform has been ramping up its slate with new projects as part of its programming strategy overhaul in search of big, buzzy shows. A major emphasis has been put on fast-tracking big-scope genre drama series in the mold of Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, with Sharon Tal, brought in earlier this year as Head Of Event Series, tasked with spearheading efforts. The deals for Ringworld, Lazarus and Snow Crash are part of that push.
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The Craft remake getting a rewrite from 10 Cloverfield Lane scribe

Back in May 2015, it was announced that director Leigh Janiak would be directing a remake of the cult 1996 supernatural thriller The Craft, which was later revealed to be a “quasi-sequel” picking up some 20 years after the original.

It’s been all quiet on the project since then, but now The Tracking Board is reporting that 10 Cloverfield Lane screenwriter Daniel Casey has been brought in to do a rewrite of the script, which was original penned by Janiak and her Honeymoon partner Phil Graziadei.

Casey has several projects in the work at the moment; he’s currently working on Fede Alvarez’s Incognito, and is also adapting the Larry Niven short story Inconstant Moon for director James Ponsoldt.

The Craft was directed by Andrew Fleming, and starred Robin Tunney as a troubled teenager who befriends a group of budding witches played by Neve Campbell, Fairuza Balk and Rachel True.
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