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.

Inspired by Quirk's novel, The Night Agent is a sophisticated, character-based, action-thriller centering on a low-level FBI agent who works in the basement of the White House, manning a phone that never rings — until the night that it does, propelling him into a fast moving and dangerous conspiracy that ultimately leads all the way to the Oval Office.

Ryan will serve as showrunner of the 10-episode series, which he will executive produce via his MiddKid Productions.

Gordon will executive produce through his Exhibit A banner. Also executive producing The Night Agent are MiddKid Production's Marney Hochman, Exhibit A's Julia Gunn as well as Jamie Vanderbilt, William Sherak, Paul Neinstein and Nicole Tossou from Project X and David Beaubaire for Sunset Lane Media. Sony Pictures Television is the studio.

2020-21 Netflix Pilots & Series Orders

The Shield creator Ryan revealed The Night Agent series adaptation on Dec. 23 as part of a Twitter thread about some of the favorite books he had read in 2020. He noted that "I've been trying to read more books this year," referring to the Covid-impacted 2020 that saw Americans spend months under stay-and-home orders and film and TV production being shut down for about half of the year.

Ryan listed The Night Agent in the category of "Books I read, Decided To Adapt For Television And May Have Already Finished Writing The Pilot Episode." At the time, Ryan had written the pilot script for The Night Agent on spec at Sony Pictures TV where the project was in internal development under his exclusive overall deal. It was taken out to the marketplace earlier this year and landed at Netflix where it underwent further development, leading to the series order.

At Sony TV, Ryan also executive produces the CBS drama series S.W.A.T., which he co-created; Gordon also executive produces the studio's Netflix series Atypical and ABC's The Goldbergs whose pilot episodes he directed.

Ryan is repped by CAA, The Shuman Company and Gender & Kelly. Gordon is with WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.

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.

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.