Monday, September 22, 2014

Universal Buys "Let It Snow"

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"The Fault in Our Stars" author John Green wrote one of the three intertwining Christmas tales

Universal has optioned the film rights to the short-story collection Let It Snow, written by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle.

Released in 2008, the book features three separate interconnected stories about teens during a huge Christmastime blizzard.

Green is the popular author behind this summer's hit film The Fault in Our Stars, and his other book, Paper Towns, is also being adapted into a film. Fault was a breakout hit, and recently passed $300 million at the worldwide box office. He's repped by Writers House.

Johnson wrote the YA series Shades of London and Suite Scarlett, and is repped by KT Literary.

Myracle wrote Thirteen Plus One and the popular IM trio. She's repped by BG Literary.

Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will produce under the Universal-based Bluegrass Films banner. Universal’s senior vp production Kristin Lowe and creative executive Chloe Yellin will oversee the project for the studio. Alexa Faigen will oversee for Bluegrass Films.

UTA negotiated the film deal.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Doctor Who Star Matt Smith Joins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Read more: Doctor Who Star Matt Smith Joins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Director Burr Steers big-screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Jane Austen reimagining, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has found its Mr. Collins. The Hollywood Reporter today brings word that former "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith has joined the cast of the upcoming feature, which begins production one week from today.

Smith joins a cast that already includes Lily James (Cinderella) as Elizabeth Bennett, Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) as one of the other four Bennett sisters, Sam Riley (Maleficent) as Mr. Darcy and Jack Huston as Wickham.

The story offers an "expanded" version of the Austen classic. The book tells the timeless story of a woman's quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the undead into vicious killers.

Smith can be seen coming up in Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, Lost River.

Scripted by Steers and David O. Russell, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will be produced by Natalie Portman, Marc Butan, Sean McKittrick, Brian Oliver, Annette Savitch, Allison Shearmur and Tyler Thompson.

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