Ben Affleck Quits As ‘The Batman’ Movie Director

After weeks of rumors and speculation, Ben Affleck has confirmed he will not direct the planned upcoming superhero movie The Batman. (FOR)

‘Scarface’ Remake Loses Director Antoine Fuqua

The director has already invested a lot of time in a sequel to The Equalizer, and Sony and Denzel Washington want Fuqua busy prepping the film. That leaves him no time to work on Scarface, which Universal wants to start shooting by the spring. (COLL)

Saoirse Ronan Reunites With ‘Brooklyn’ Producer For ‘Sweetness In The Belly’ — Berlin

Saoirse Ronan is attached to star in Sweetness in the Belly, based on the bestselling novel by Camilla Gibb. (DH)

CBS Picks Up Pilot For Mexican-American Family Cop Drama From Paul Attanasio

CBS has ordered a pilot for a Mexican-American family drama from Paul Attanasio who will serve as writer and executive producer, along with Leonard Goldberg, David Barrett and Rodrigo Garcia, who will direct the pilot.  (VAR)

Paramount Sets ‘Daddy’s Home 2′ For November Release

Mel Gibson and John Lithgow are eyed to join Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in the sequel. (THR)

Rapunzel Returns In March For ‘Tangled’ TV Movie & Series

Disney Channel has dated the small-screen debut of the all-new animated movie and TV series set in the world of Disney’s Tangled for March 10, leading into the premiere of Tangled: The Series on March 24. (AM)

Fox Adds Pair Of Workplace Comedy Pilots

Type A is from Life in Pieces duo Lesley Wake Webster, while L.A. to Vegas is produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy. (THR)

Memo To Distributors: Buy These 2017 Sundance Film Festival Movies

It was a strong year for distribution deals at Sundance, but a few highlights still need homes. (IW)

All This Great Television Content Is Creating A Bubble, And It’s Bound To Burst

Movies spent themselves into a corner, pushing talent both behind the camera and in front of it to the small screen. That has led to an epic run of quality never before seen on the tube, but it also means that all that money previously spent in one place is now being spent in another. (TB)

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