by Nellie Andreeva and Denise Petski
November 16, 2018
Fox has given a script commitment with penalty to an hourlong female-centric Texas Rangers drama from writer Matt Cook, former Empire showrunner Ilene Chaiken and 20th Century Fox TV.
Written by Cook, the untitled Female Texas Ranger project centers on Lauren Crawford Flynn, one of only two females in the legendary and notoriously tough Texas Rangers, who balances the demands of her intense, high stakes job in a male dominated world with the challenges of being a single mom to a young teenage daughter.
Cook executive produces with Chaiken. 20th Century Fox TV, where Chaiken is under an overall deal, is the studio.
The project reflects the inroads women have made at the Texas Rangers. The nearly 200-year-old law enforcement agency named its first female lieutenant in 2014.
This is the second project Chaiken has sold this cycle. She has a big put pilot commitment at ABC for hourlong drama The Ambassador, from Eva Longoria and Ben Spector’s UnbelieEVAble Entertainment, 3 Arts and 20th TV.
Chaiken, who created and executive produced the Showtime series The L Word, was executive producer/showrunner on the first 3.5 seasons of Empire. She also is an executive producer on the Emmy-winning series The Handmaid’s Tale. Chaiken is repped by WME and 3Arts.
by Diana Lodderhose
MAY 17, 2017
Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Common and Clive Owen are set to star in Andrea Di Stefano’s Three Seconds, based on the best-selling Swedish novel by Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström. Bloom is handling international sales and introducing the title to buyers in Cannes this week.
The action-thriller was written by Matt Cook with revisions by Rowan Joffé and Alex Garland with current revisions by DiStefano. Thunder Road Pictures’ Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee are producing alongside The Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones, Mark Lane, James Harris and Ollie Madden. The Fyzz Facility is also financing the film. Thunder Road’s Jonathan Fuhrman and Magnolia Entertainment’s Shelley Browning are Executive Producers.
Three Seconds follows reformed-criminal and former special ops soldier Pete Hoffman who, in order to free himself from jail and return to his wife and daughter, has been working undercover for crooked FBI handlers to infiltrate the Polish mob’s drug trade in New York. In a final step towards freedom, Hoffman must return to the one place he’s fought so hard to leave, Bale Hill Prison, where his mission becomes a race against time when a drug deal goes wrong and threatens his identity as a mole. The film is currently in pre-production.
Di Stefano recently wrote and directed Escobar: Paradise Lost starring Benicio Del Toro and Josh Hutcherson. Kinnaman is best known for his starring role in AMC’s The Killing. He recently starred in Suicide Squad for Warner Bros. Pike has appeared in Gone Girl and Jack Reacher while Common has had roles in Selma and Suicide Squad. Owen’s credits include Closer, Children of Men and Sin City.
by Anita Busch
and Mike Fleming Jr
March 31, 2015
EXCLUSIVE: A new faith-based project with A-list stars involved is coming now from Warner Bros. The project, Apostle Paul, is being developed at the studio for Hugh Jackman to star in the role as the Jewish man of God (also known as Saul of Tarsus) who crossed over to speak to the Romans and preach the word.
Jackman would produce, along with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck under their Pearl Street banner. A screenplay is currently being penned by Matt Cook (Triple Nine, By Way Of Helena). Also producing are Jennifer Todd (Pearl Street) and Chris Clarke, who helped initiate the project.
Paul was not one of the 12 original disciples but was converted on the Road to Damascus when Christ came to him and he was blinded by a great,white light. He was blinded until a man named Ananias prayed and restored his eyesight. Paul became one of the most important messengers of Jesus and went on trips to Rome and appeared before the rulers because he was also a Roman citizen. He is credited with writing 14 of 27 books in the New Testament.
Paul was also the founder of many churches. He began as the son of a Pharisee and steeped in Judaism. However, after being converted by Christ, he continued to preach for God and carried the message of Christ’s word. He was also put in prison for preaching when a miracle occurred. While in chains, he began singing Jesus’ praises and the prison shook like a violent earthquake and his chains fell off and jails doors opened and they left as frightened prison guards allowed them to pass.
The move follows the success of several other faith-based films including Son Of God, God’s Not Dead, Heaven Is For Real, to name a few. Jackman, of course, has a huge fan base due to the X-Men and Wolverine movies so his name and star power is well-established across the globe. The next and probably last Wolverine film hits theaters March 3, 2017. He is also on board to star as PT Barnum for The Greatest Showman On Earth. Same with Affleck and Damon (Bourne Supremacy franchise).
Jackman, Affleck, Damon and Cook are repped by WME. Jackman is also repped by attorneys Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern. Cook is also repped by Anonymous Content.
Matt Cook would write, direct feature based on Karl Marlantes novel
Thunder Road Pictures is gearing up to scale “Matterhorn,” developing the feature based on Karl Marlantes’ Vietnam War novel and setting it up with Matt Cook to write and direct.
Marlantes, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran, spent more than 30 years writing the book. Iwanyk and Cook, an Iraq war veteran himself, forged a relationship with Marlantes when the book was first released in 2009 — leading led to a creative alliance to develop the project independently as a vehicle for Cook to direct before taking the project out.
Thunder Road topper Basil Iwanyk will produce, while Kent Kubena will oversee for the shingle.
The book is set in Vietnam in 1969 where Matterhorn is a fire-support base located between Laos and the DMZ. The key characters are a second lieutenant who’s a recent college graduate and his compatriots, most of whom are teenagers.
Thunder Road is in post on “The Seventh Son” starring Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore for Legendary Pictures.
Cook has penned a pair of Black List scripts: “999,” which has John Hillcoat attached to direct; and “By Way of Helena.”
Marlantes is repped by ICM Partners. Cook is repped by WME and Anonymous.