October 22, 2020

Project X Entertainment Acquires Feature Rights To Mia Sosa Bestseller 'The Worst Best Man'

DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: Project X Entertainment, production/financing company formed last year by William Sherak, Paul Neinstein, and writer-director-producer James Vanderbilt, has optioned film rights to Mia Sosa's romantic comedy The Worst Best Man.

Published in February by HarperCollins imprint Avon Books, the novel is twist on the classic enemies-to-lovers theme. Afro-Latinx heroine Carolina Santos is a driven, successful owner of a wedding planning company whose own marriage was derailed by a runaway groom. Well past the drama, and with her career in high gear, Lina suddenly finds herself teamed up with the brother of the man who left her at the altar as they pursue a golden business opportunity.

Vanderbilt, Sherak, and Neinstein will produce and PXE exec veep Nicole Tossou will oversee and be executive producer. Co-producing will be the author and Anastasia C. Perez Ternant, latter a fan of the book while she interned at PXE, who suggested it as a movie.

"We're so excited that our first venture in the rom-com space will be bringing The Worst Best Man to life," said PXE's Tossou. "As a lover of rom-coms, I've been enjoying the recent resurgence of the genre refreshed with more diverse characters. And as a black woman, it's not too often that I see people who look like me as the main love interest in these stories. Mia's strong female characters infused with such wit, humor, and relatability made this so hard to put down and such an easy 'yes' for us."

Sosa added, "I'm thrilled that Project X has chosen to adapt my book – they are committed to sharing new voices and stories, and believe, as I do, that audiences are hungry for more content featuring strong leading roles for women of color. The heroine of The Worst Best Man is a first-generation Brazilian American, and the book explores the ways in which her own successes (and failures) are amplified because she feels she has so much to live up to."

The author is repped by Sarah Younger of Nancy Yost Literary Agency and UTA.

PXE is currently in production on the Scream reboot for Spyglass Media Group and Paramount Pictures

July 21, 2021

'The Night Agent' Political Thriller Series From Shawn Ryan Ordered By Netflix

A pandemic read has led to a series order at Netflix. The streamer has greenlighted The Night Agent, a political conspiracy thriller series created by Shawn Ryan based on author Matthew Quirk's 2019 New York Times bestseller. Seth Gordon is set to direct the first episode of the series, which comes from Sony Pictures Television Studios where Ryan and Gordon are under overall deals.

December 8, 2020

'Ready Or Not' & 'Scream' Team Board MGM High School Horror 'Reunion'

The Ready Or Not gang of filmmakers Radio Silence and scribes Guy Busick and R. Christopher Murphy, are coming back together to work on the MGM horror high school movie Reunion.

November 13, 2020

'Short Circuit' Remake To Get Latinx Jolt From Spyglass Media Group

Spyglass Media Group has set a remake of the 1986 film Short Circuit, bringing on the writing team of Eduardo Cisneros and Jason Shuman to put a Latinx twist on the screenplay for the family film. The original was directed by John Badham and starred Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg and Fisher Stevens in a comedy that centered around Number 5, an experimental military robot that is struck by lightning and gains a human-like intelligence.

November 11, 2020

Michael Bay To Direct Action-Thriller 'Ambulance' With Jake Gyllenhaal In Talks To Star DUPLICATE

EXCLUSIVE: After weighing several options, Michael Bay has set his next movie, coming on to direct the action thriller Ambulance with Jake Gyllenhaal in negotiations to star. Bay is fast-tracking the project and is talking to other actors to join Gyllenhaal with plans to shoot top of January. No distribution deal has closed yet, but sources say Universal Pictures is finalizing a deal to land distribution rights.