Starts

Pitch Perfect 2
05/22/2014
Logline:  Under wraps.
Studio: Universal
Production Companies: 
Gold Circle Entertainment, Brownstone Productions
Director: Elizabeth Banks
Executive Producers: Scott Niemeyer, Jason Moore
Producers:
Elizabeth Banks, Paul Brooks, Max Handelman
Co-Producers: Kay Cannon, Jeff Levine
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Adam DeVine
Screenwriter: Kay Cannon
SSN Insight: Elizabeth Banks is making her feature directorial debut.

Blood Father
05/19/2014
Logline:  An ex-con trying to live a clean and sober life must help his estranged teen daughter who has witnessed a murder and is now targeted by those who want to silence her.
Production Companies:  Why Not Productions, Next Films, Worldview Entertainment
Director: Jean-Francois Richet
Executive Producers: Maria Cestone, Sarah Johnson, Vincent Maraval
Producers:
Sebastien Lemercier, Chris Briggs, Pascal Caucheteux, Peter Craig, Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners
Cast: Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty
Screenwriter: Peter Craig
Details: Based on the novel Blood Father, by Peter Craig, published by Hyperion March 2, 2003.
SSN Insight: Previously in development with Warner Bros. and Anonymous Content, with Andrea Berloff writing an adaptation of Peter Craig’s novel.

Black Mass
05/19/2014
Logline:  A true-crime saga about FBI corruption and the uniquely savage New England mob scene involving James “Whitey” Bulger.
Studio: Warner Bros.
Production Companies:  Cross Creek Pictures, Infinitum Nihil, Le Grisbi Productions
Director: Scott Cooper
Executive Producers: Peter Mallouk, Lauren Selig, Brett Granstaff, Gary Granstaff
Producers: Brian Oliver, Tyler Thompson, John Lesher, Patrick McCormick, Scott Cooper
Cast: Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Dakota Johnson, Jesse Plemons, Sienna Miller, Julianne Nicholson, Adam Scott
Screenwriter: Mark Mallouk, Scott Cooper
Details: Based on the book Black Mass: The Irish Mob, The FBI and A Devil’s Deal, written by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill published by Public Affairs Press May, 2000.
SSN Insight: Project was previously set up at Cerenzie-Peters Productions. Prior to Warner Bros.’ involvement, the studio had been developing another Whitey Bulger project for Ben Affleck to direct and Matt Damon to star.

Dominion
05/23/2014
Logline:  The story revolves around the last days of Dylan Thomas’ life before his untimely death in New York in 1953.
Production Company:  FilmColony
Director: Steven Bernstein
Executive Producers: Sohrab Luctmedial, Chris Anjemi, Deanna Bartuccio
Producers: Richard Gladstein, Nolan McDonald
Co-Producers: Alain Gagnon, Brigitte Huff
Cast: Rhys Ifans, John Malkovich, Romola Garai, Tony Hale
Screenwriter: Steven Bernstein
SSN Insight: Ifans, who stars in this film as Dylan Thomas, is also scheduled to star in Under Milkwood, an adaptation of Thomas’ radio play of the same name set to shoot in Wales later this summer.

Wraps

Pound of Flesh
05/24/2014
Logline:  The morning after saving a woman in distress, a man wakes up in a bloody hotel bathtub missing a kidney.
Production Companies:  Ace Studio, Odyssey Media
Director: Ernie Barbarash
Executive Producers: Jeffery Giles, Michael Lurie, Devi Singh, Keith Shaw
Producers:
Kirk Shaw, Henry Luk
Cast: Jean-Claude van Damme, Darren Shahlavi, David Booth
Screenwriter: Joshua James
SSN Insight: The project’s fight choreography was provided by veteran actor and stunt fighter John Paul Salvitti, whose credits include  Hero, Flash Point, and  Blade II.

Jem and the Holograms
05/24/2014
Logline:  Orphaned teenager and recording sensation Jerrica Benton and her sisters go on a music-driven scavenger hunt across Los Angeles to find a final message left by their father.
Production Companies:  Blumhouse Productions, Scooter Braun Films, Hasbro, Inc.
Director: Jon M. Chu
Producers: Jason Blum, Jessica Hall, Bennett Schneir, Jon M. Chu
Cast: Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau, Hayley Kiyoko
Screenwriter: Ryan Landels
Details: Based on the animated television show Jem (USA/1986) (aka  Jem and the Holograms) and the 1980s Hasbro toy line.
SSN Insight: The first feature film starring role for Aubrey Peeples, best know for television’s Nashville.

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