Leonardo DiCaprio To Star In, Produce Paramount Adaptation ‘The Black Hand’

Leonardo DiCaprio will star in and produce an adaptation of Stephan Talty’s book The Black Hand for Paramount Pictures. (VAR)

Hot Package: ‘This Is Us’ Creator Dan Fogelman Casts ‘Life Itself’

FilmNation Entertainment is about to hit the market with a hot package to be written/directed by Dan Fogelman. Fogelman previously set Oscar Isaac to star in Life Itself, and joining him will be Olivia Wilde, Olivia Cooke, Antonio Banderas, Laia Costa and Samuel L. Jackson. (DH)

SXSW 2017 Film Festival Lineup Announced

The lineup for this year’s slate of films was announced and includes titles like Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, the Brie Larson-starring action-comedy Free Fire, and recent Sundance breakout The Big Sick.  (EW)

A24 Acquires Sundance Drama ‘Menashe’ In First Foreign-Language Buy

The Sundance entry was filmed in secret and is one of the first films to be performed almost entirely in Yiddish in nearly 70 years. (IW)

Michael Pena To Star In Alien Invasion Flick ‘Extinction’

One of the movies hoping to happen out of the Berlin Film Festival is Extinction, which just landed Michael Pena to star. The story was written by Eric Heisserer as well as Spenser Cohen and Brad Caleb Kane. (AC)

Lucy Hale’s ‘Life Sentence’ Among Latest Pilot Orders From The CW

Pretty Little Liars‘ Lucy Hale is set to serve a Life Sentence as the lead of a drama pilot picked up by The CW. (TVL)

Courtney Love To Star In Menendez Brothers Movie For Lifetime

The female-skewing cable network has tapped singer-actress Courtney Love to star in a TV movie about the Menendez family. (BILL)

Johnny Knoxville And Paramount Get Started On ‘Jackass’-Style Comedy, ‘Action Park’

Dickhouse Productions, is collaborating with Paramount to produce a new Knoxville-centered flick called Action Park. (WRAP)

‘Hamilton’ Producer, Jason Katims Team For NBC High School Drama Pilot

Drama High will be written by former Parenthood and Friday Night Lights showrunner Katims. (THR)

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