What Matters in Hollywood Today

7:03 AM 9/12/2017

by THR staff

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What's news: Louis C.K.'s I Love You, Daddy and Margot Robbie's I,Tonya were snapped up in Toronto. Plus: Patty Jenkins gets a big payday for Wonder Woman 2, Georgia production is halted over Hurricane Irma and a new Stephen King adaptation is in the works. — Matthew Belloni, Erik Hayden and Jennifer Konerman

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  • Louis C.K.'s Toronto Deal

    Shortly after its Toronto film festival premiere, The Orchard nabbed worldwide rights to Louis C.K.'s new film I Love You, Daddy, Tatiana Siegel reports: 

    A source pegged the deal at $5 million, which makes it the top deal of this year's TIFF market to date, tied with Neon's pickup of I, Tonya. The black-and-white film made a splashy debut at the festival on Saturday and sparked keen interest from buyers. The Orchard is planning a fall release.

    Written by C.K. from a story he wrote with Vernon Chatman, the film centers on a successful TV writer-producer (C.K.) who tries to prevent his 17-year-old daughter (Chloe Grace Moretz) from falling for a lecherous 68-year-old filmmaker (John Malkovich). Charlie Day, Edie Falco, Rose Byrne, Pamela Adlon, Ebonee Noel and Helen Hunt round out the cast.

    Buyers didn't shy from the politically incorrect elements of the film, a comedic-dramatic mix that offers a throwback to the grandeur of old-time cinema in equal measure (the pic was shot on 35mm film and features a orchestral score).

    Full deal storyI Love You, Daddy review I C.K. interview. 

    Elsewhere in film...

    ? Patty Jenkins officially signs on for Wonder Woman sequel. After an unusually lengthy and tough negotiation, the director has closed a deal with Warner Bros. to helm, co-write and produce the sequel to the movie sensation of the summer.

    + Borys Kit writes: Sources say Jenkins will receive directing and writing fees in the high seven figures (think somewhere in the $7M to $9M range) on Wonder Woman 2 but, more significantly, will have a considerable backend. 

    ? Hellboy reboot: Daniel Dae Kim may replace Ed Skrein. The actor, who recently left CBS’ Hawaii Five-0, is in talks to join the reboot in the role of Major Ben Daimio, which was recently left vacant after an outcry over whitewashing an Asian-American character.

    ? Another Stephen King adaptation in the works. Bread & Circuses Entertainment, Voltage Pictures and Das films are teaming to adapt King’s short story Suffer the Little Children. Sean Carter will write and direct the adaptation. 

    ? Woody Allen film adds Diego Luna, Liev Schreiber. The untitled feature, to be released theatrically by Amazon Studios, also includes in its cast Timothee Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez and Jude Law. 

    ? R.I.P., Mary Goldberg. The an award-winning casting director who collaborated on plays with Joseph Papp and on films with Milos Forman, Ridley Scott and Mike Nichols, has died at 72. Full obit.

    Back in Toronto...

    ^Unicorn Store, reviewed. Joan Cusack, Bradley Whitford and Samuel L. Jackson star with Brie Larson in her feature directing debut, a comedy that premiered in Toronto. The takeaway: "An earthbound fantasy with heart, by turns sweet, sharp and stuck in neutral."

    Disobedience, reviewed. Rachel Weisz stars as a black sheep drawn back to her London Orthodox Jewish home, rekindling sparks with a childhood friend played by Rachel McAdams in Sebastian Lelio's English-language debut. The takeaway: "An uneasy homecoming makes for quietly powerful drama."

    + Breathe, reviewed. Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy play a real-life couple who overcome huge challenges in the debut feature from actor-turned-director Andy Serkis. Takeaway: "A stirring true story marred by simplistic, sentimental treatment."

    More deals... 

    ? Lionsgate nabs U.S. rights to Sandra Bullock-starrer Vigilance. The studio will release the action thriller from Narcos director Josef Wladyka through its Summit Entertainment label. The movie will be produced by Joel Silver and executive produced by Hal Sadoff.

    ? A24, DirecTV pick up Australian crime thriller 1%. Stephen McCallum made his feature directorial debut with the film exploring the dangerous world of outlaw motorcycle gangs. A 2018 release is planned in theaters. 

    ? Netflix nabs world rights to Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond. Chris Smith's take on Jim Carrey playing the infamous comic Andy Kaufman bowed in Venice before moving to TIFF. It was produced by Spike Jonze and Vice Films’ Danny Gabai and Brendan Fitzgerald.

    UTA buys Speakers Bureau Greater Talent Network. The agency has acquired one of the world’s top speakers bureaus. GTN founder and CEO Don Epstein will become a partner. Details.


  • Irma's Hollywood Impact

    Georgia-set television shows and films are shutting down production due to Hurricane Irma, Bryn Elise Sandberg reports:

    In preparation for the approaching storm — which has been downgraded from a category 5 hurricane to a tropical storm — AMC has temporarily paused shooting on The Walking Dead and upcoming dramedy Lodge 49, which both film in Atlanta.

    Sources say that the studio and network are monitoring the situation and will know early Tuesday about when production will be able to resume.

    Similarly, two of Marvel's blockbuster sequels — Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp, which have set up shop at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta — are also temporarily halting production until further notice. The same goes for The CW's The Originals, which is currently filming on location in the Peach State. The vampire drama is said to be shuttering production until tomorrow when they will resume. Full story. 

    Elsewhere in TV...

    ? Fox's Sky deal: U.K. plans in-depth review. Culture secretary Karen Bradley said Tuesday that the U.K. government will stick to a recent initial decision that 21st Century Fox's proposed deal to take full control of European pay TV giant Sky needs to get a more in-depth review by Britain's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

    ? Amazon's Transparent taps new showrunner for season 5. Jill Soloway is stepping down as showrunner and will be succeeded by Jill Gordon. Soloway will continue to write, direct and exec produce the comedy, but is now splitting her time between several projects. 

    ? Comedy Central's South Park to tackle white nationalism. The new season of the cartoon premieres Wednesday with "White People Renovating Houses." The description: "Protestors armed with tiki torches and confederate flags take to the streets of South Park."

    ? New! Game of Thrones podcast looks at long road to final season. THR has teamed up with Post Show Recaps for a weekly rewatch podcast, designed for new viewers and familiar fans alike. Listen to the first episode.

    ? AMC acquires Crackle drama Snatch for U.K. The 10-episode series will premiere on AMC U.K., at the end of October. The show was inspired by a real-life heist in London and is based loosely on the Guy Ritchie movie of the same name.

    ? The CW's Whose Line Is It Anyway? sells overseas. Independent distributor Hat Trick International said Tuesday that it has signed deals for the fifth season which will bring it to India and Australia, among other countries.

    ? TV exec Dick Ebersol remembers Don Ohlmeyer. Ebersol, who worked with Ohlmeyer at ABC and NBC, recalls covering the terrorist attacks at the 1972 Munich Olympics with the former NBC West Coast president, an event he calls a "turning point in Don's life."

    ? R.I.P., Francis Xavier 'X' Atencio. The longtime animator and Disney Imagineer, who worked on Pinocchio and Fantasia and helped bring to life Disney Parks attractions including The Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion, has died. He was 98. Full obit.

  • Katy Tur's Campaign Memoir

    In an interview, NBC News correspondent Katy Tur, who fielded bitter tweets from the then-candidate (and death threats from supporters), says the president actually might like her book, Unbelievable, if he reads it. What's in the book.

    What else we're reading...

    —  "Asking questions Louis C.K. doesn’t want to answer." Cara Buckley asked the comedian about "unsubstantiated internet rumors of sexual misconduct with female comics" and he replies: "I’m not going to answer to that stuff, because they’re rumors." [The New York Times]

    "Hollywood moguls are the new auteurs." David Sims notes: "Star Wars: Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow lost his job after clashing with the real power behind the franchise: the producer Kathleen Kennedy." [The Atlantic]

    "The invention of 60 Minutes." "In his new book Fifty Years of 60 Minutes, Jeff Fager reports on the rise of CBS’s flagship newsmagazine and the role the producer played in making America’s must-watch TV news program a dynasty." [Vanity Fair]

    "In conversation: John Cleese." David Marchese's chat: "The comedy legend on Monty Python’s legacy, political correctness, and the funniest joke he ever told." [New York]

    "Thomas Rhett on course for first No. 1 album." Keith Caulfield reports: "Those in the know suggest this new set, Life Changes, could launch with a little more than 100,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Sept. 14." [Billboard]

    Today's birthdays: Emmy Rossum, 31, Alfie Allen, 31, Jennifer Hudson, 36, Louis C.K., 50, Hans Zimmer, 60, Ian Holm, 86.