The Mummy
Logline: Storyline is under wraps.
Studio/Distributor: Universal Pictures
Production Company: The Sean Daniel Company, K/O Paper Products
Producers: Sean Daniel, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman
Director: Len Wiseman
Writer: Billy Ray, Jon Spaihts
Details: Reboot of the franchise that began with the film “The Mummy” (USA/1932) directed by Karl Freund and starring Boris Karloff.
SSN Insight: Universal has hired Hunger Games writer Billy Ray to work on a new version of the film different from what writer Jon Spaihts did in the past.  They will decide later which script to use or if to potentially combine them.

The Ends of the Earth
Logline: An oil baron in 1920s Oklahoma adopts a young girl whom he later has an affair with and marries, which brings down his dynasty while she fights for workers’ rights.
Studio/Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Production Company: Escape Artists
Producers: Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, Lance Johnson
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence
Director: David O. Russell
Writer: Chris Terrio
SSN Insight: After a few years of sitting in development, the producers get David O. Russell to reteam with his Silver Linings Playbook actress to kick this project (written by Argo scribe, Chris Terrio) into high gear once their schedules permit.

The Fault in Our Stars
Logline: A teenage girl stricken with cancer falls for a boy in her support group and the two form a bond as they deal with their illnesses.
Studio/Distributor: Fox 2000
Production Company: Temple Hill Entertainment
Producers: Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen
Director: Josh Boone
Writer: Scott Neustadter, Michael Weber
Details: Based on the book “The Fault in Our Stars,” written by John Green and published by Dutton on January 10, 2012.
SSN Insight: The studio finds its director by hiring indie filmmaker Josh Boone in what will be his sophomore effort to tackle the best-selling and critically claimed adaptation.


Untitled (Warner Bros./Justin Lin Thriller Project)
Logline: A young girl in trouble is aided by an ex-special operative who saves her from a deadly agent.
Studio/Distributor: Warner Bros.
Production Company: Barnstorm Pictures, Michael De Luca Productions
Producers: Justin Lin, Michael De Luca, Elain Chin, Pouya Shahbazian
Director: Justin Lin
Details: Based on the untitled novel by Patrick Lee to be published by Macmillan in 2014.
SSN Insight: This is the second sale in the past year for author Patrick Lee in what ended up as a bidding war between studios.

Logline: Roman emperor Constantine moves the capital from Rome to Constantinople while a power struggle ensues.
Production Company: 1019 Entertainment
Producers: Ralph Winter, Terry Botwick, Mike Piazza, Tom Allen
Writer: David Franzoni
SSN Insight: Ex baseball player Mike Piazza steps into the role of film producer for the first time by teaming up with Gladiator writer David Franzoni who mines similar territory with this big scale project.

Logline: A teenage girl with amnesia appears in an outpost protected from monsters, but when the monsters come after her, the girl realizes she has the secret that can help the rest of humanity.
Studio/Distributor: Universal Pictures
Production Company: Imagine Entertainment
Producers: Brian Grazer, Pouya Shahbazian, Erica Huggins, Sarah Bowen
Writer: Matthew Sand
Details: Based on the novel “Arclight,” written by Josin L. McQuein and to be published by Greenwillow Books on April 23, 2013.
SSN Insight: Brian Grazer continues to expand their slate of projects by venturing into the Young Adult genre from best-selling author McQuein.  Universal follows up from their Young Adult purchase last week of Julia Kagawa’s untitled novel.

Birth of the Dragon
Logline: In 1965, Bruce Lee fights a fellow martial artist in a memorable match, but the two end up taking on the rising Chinese Triads.
Production Company: QED International, Groundswell Productions
Producers: Bill Block, Michael London, Christopher Wilkinson, Stephen J. Rivele, Kelly Mullen
Writer: Christopher Wilkinson, Stephen J. Rivele
SSN Insight: Writers Wilkinson and Rivele have cornered the market on biopic projects having also penned ones on Freddy Mercury, Miles Davis, Janis Joplin, and Tupac Shakur.

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