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Aardvark
11/30/2015
Logline: A mentally ill man goes to a therapist who falls in love with his brother, and all the while the patient thinks he’s found his soul mate, a woman who may not exist.
Production Company(s): Susie Q Productions, Before the Door Pictures
Director(s): Brian Shoaf
Executive Producer(s): Brian Shoaf, Corey Moosa, Robert Halmi Jr.
Producer(s): Neal Dodson, Zachary Quinto, Susan Leber
Cast: Zachary Quinto, Jenny Slate
Writer(s): Brian Shoaf
SSN Insight: Zachary Quinto will also appear in the upcoming films Snowden and I Am Michael and is executive producing Holidaysburg for Starz.

Bushwick
12/02/2015
Logline: When Lucy comes out of the Brooklyn subway and finds her neighborhood under attack, she crosses five dangerous blocks of Bushwick with her new companion Stupe to get home to her grandmother.
Production Company(s): XYZ Films, Bullet Pictures
Director(s): Cary Murnion, Jonathan Milott
Producer(s): Nate Bolotin, Adam Folk
Cast: Dave Bautista, Brittany Snow
Writer(s): Nick Damici, Graham Reznick
SSN Insight: Dave Bautista’s upcoming films include Kickboxer: Vengeance, Marauders and The Warrior’s Gate. He’s also attached to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Highlander.

Coldest City
11/22/2015
Logline: Days before the fall of the Berlin Wall, the chase is on to find a list which names the identities of all Cold War spies … on BOTH sides.
Studio/Distributor(s): Focus Features
Production Company(s): Denver & Delilah Films, Closed On Mondays Entertainment, 87eleven, Sierra/Affinity
Director(s): David Leitch
Executive Producer(s): Nicolas Meyer, Joe Nozemack, David Guillod, Marc Schaberg
Producer(s): Charlize Theron, David Leitch, Beth Kono, A.J. Dix, Eric Gitter
Cast: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella, John Goodman
Writer(s): Kurt Johnstad
Details: Based on the graphic novel “The Coldest City” by Antony Johnston; published by Oni Press May 29, 2012.
SSN Insight: Daniel Espinosa was previously attached to direct.

Collateral Beauty
11/30/2015
Logline: A man who works in a New York ad agency finds his life turned upside down when a tragedy sends him into a depression, and his colleagues set out to lift his spirits.
Production Company(s): Overbrook Entertainment, Anonymous Content, PalmStar Entertainment, Scarlet Fire Entertainment, Likely Story
Director(s): David Frankel
Executive Producer(s): Kevin Scott Frakes, Anthony Bregman, Steven Pearl
Producer(s): Michael Sugar, Bard Dorros, Will Smith, Allan Loeb
Cast: Jason Segel, Will Smith, Helen Mirren
Writer(s): Allan Loeb
SSN Insight: Hugh Jackman, Johnny Depp and Rooney Mara were all previously attached to co-star.

Dude
11/30/2015
Logline: Four high school senior girls party hard before parting ways for college.
Production Company(s): Mosaic
Director(s): Olivia Milch
Producer(s): Langley Perer, Lawrence Inglee, Rob Ree, Heather Rae, Jimmy Miller
Cast: Lucy Hale, Kathryn Prescott, Alexandra Shipp, Awkwafina, Nat Wolff
Writer(s): Olivia Milch
SSN Insight: Project was included on the 2013 Black List.

Girlfriend’s Day
11/30/2015
Logline: In a city where greeting card writers are celebrated like movie stars, Romance writer Ray used to be the king. In trying to recapture the feelings that once made him the greatest, he gets entangled in a web of murder and deceit as writers vie to create the perfect card for a new holiday: Girlfriend’s Day.
Production Company(s): Magic Stone Productions, Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment
Director(s): Michael Stephenson
Producer(s): Bob Odenkirk, Michael Stephenson, Lindsay Stephenson, Marc Provissiero, M. Elizabeth Hughes
Cast: Bob Odenkirk, Amber Tamblyn
Writer(s): Phil Zlotorynski, Bob Odenkirk, Eric Hoffman
SSN Insight: Krysten Ritter, Rainn Wilson, and Dennis Farina previously attached to star. Project was previously in development at Next Wednesday Productions and BiteSize Entertainment. David Cross, Bryan Cranston, David Koechner and Fred Armisen were previously attached to co-star.

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
11/21/2015
Logline: The trials and triumphs of Rafe Khatchadorian as he uses all of his wits to battle bullies, hormones and the tyrannical test-obsessed Principal Dwight.
Studio/Distributor(s): CBS Films, Lionsgate
Production Company(s): James Patterson Entertainment
Director(s): Steve Carr
Executive Producer(s): James Patterson, Steve Bowen, Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Michael Flynn
Producer(s): Leopoldo Gout, Bill Robinson
Cast: Griffin Gluck, Lauren Graham, Rob Riggle, Adam Pally, Thomas Barbusca
Writer(s): Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer, Kara Holden
Details: Based on the book “Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life,” written by James Patterson and published by Little, Brown and Company on November 6, 2012.
SSN Insight: James Patterson novels Guilty Wives, Maximum Ride, The Dangerous Days of Daniel X, Virgin and The Postcard Killings are all in development right now to be made into features.

Overdrive
11/30/2015
Logline: Two car thief brothers journey to the south of France for new challenges and wind up in the crosshairs of the local crime boss.
Production Company(s): Sentient Entertainment, Elastic Confusion
Director(s): Antonio Negret
Executive Producer(s): Renee Tab
Producer(s): Pierre Morel, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Christopher Tuffin
Cast: Ana de Armas, Scott Eastwood, Freddie Thorp
Writer(s): Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
SSN Insight: Alex Pettyfer and Matthew Goode were previously attached to star. Karl Urban, Ben Barnes, Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin were previously attached to co-star.

The Keeping Hours
12/01/2015
Logline: A lawyer sees the ghost of his dead son, which leads the man’s estranged wife back into his life.
Production Company(s): Voltage Pictures
Director(s): Karen Moncrieff
Executive Producer(s): John Miranda, Charles Layton, Couper Samuelson
Producer(s): Jason Blum
Cast: Lee Pace, Carrie Coon
Writer(s): Rebecca Sonnenshine
SSN Insight: Lee Pace will also be seen in the upcoming films Revolt, produced by Voltage and IM Global and The Book of Henry, to be released by Focus Features.

Wakefield
11/30/2015
Logline: A man moves into his attic after a nervous breakdown.
Production Company(s): Mockingbird Pictures
Director(s): Robin Swicord
Producer(s): Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn
Cast: Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garner
Writer(s): Robin Swicord
Details: Based on the short story “Wakefield” written by E.L. Doctorow and published in The New Yorker on January 14, 2008.
SSN Insight: Bryan Cranston can currently be seen starring in Trumbo and will next be seen in the films The Infiltrator and In Dubious Battle and be heard in Kung Fu Panda 3.

Wonder Woman
11/23/2015
Logline: A woman from the closely guarded amazon homeland of Paradise Island travels to the outside world and becomes Wonder Woman.
Studio/Distributor(s): Warner Bros. Pictures
Production Company(s): DC Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment, Cruel & Unusual Films
Director(s): Patty Jenkins
Executive Producer(s): Richard Suckle, Stephen Jones, Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns, Rebecca Steel Roven
Producer(s): Charles Roven, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder
Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Ewen Bremner
Writer(s): Patty Jenkins, Jason Fuchs, Michael Goldenberg, Matthew Jennison, Brent Strickland
Details: Based on the comic book “Wonder Woman” written by William Moulton Marston published by DC Comics.
SSN Insight: Warner Bros and Silver Pictures bought a “Wonder Woman” spec script by Matthew Jennison and Brent Strickland in February 2007. Their take was Wonder Woman set against the backdrop of World War II. Ivan Reitman previously attached to direct. George Miller previously attached to direct. Joss Whedon previously attached to direct, but left due to creative differences.

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Besties
12/03/2015
Logline: The friendship of two high school girls is disrupted when one girl starts dating the other one’s older brother.
Production Company(s): Gracie Films, STX Entertainment
Director(s): Kelly Fremon Craig
Producer(s): James L. Brooks, Richard Sakai, Julie Ansell
Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, Blake Jenner, Hayden Szeto
Writer(s): Kelly Fremon Craig
SSN Insight: Kelly Fremon Craig previously wrote the screenplay for Post Grad and has written a new draft for Paramount’s in development film, Intimate Strangers. This film marks her feature directoral debut.

Bridget Jones’ Baby
11/27/2015
Logline: Bridget Jones tries to have a baby.
Studio/Distributor(s): Universal Pictures
Production Company(s): Working Title Films, Monumental Television
Director(s): Sharon Maguire
Producer(s): Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Jonathan Cavendish
Cast: Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey
Writer(s): Paul Feig, Helen Fielding, David Nicholls
Details: Sequel to “Bridget Jones’s Diary” (2001), directed by Sharon Maguire and starring Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant, and Colin Firth, and “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” (UK/USA/2004), directed by Beeban Kidron.
SSN Insight: Paul Feig was previously attached to direct. Shooting delayed from a February start due to script changes.

Kung Fu Yoga
11/28/2015
Logline: Jack, a renowned professor of archeology at the Terracotta Warriors Museum in Xi’an, teams up with beautiful Indian professor Ashmita and assistant Kyra to locate India’s lost Magadha treasure in Tibet.
Production Company(s): Pegasus & Taihe Entertainment International
Director(s): Stanley Tong
Cast: Jackie Chan, Sonu Sood
SSN Insight: Viacom18 was previously attached as production company, but exited the project during principal photography.

Resident Evil 6
12/01/2015
Logline: Alice must save humankind from the Red Queen.
Studio/Distributor(s): Screen Gems
Production Company(s): Constantin Film Development, Inc., Impact Pictures, Davis Films
Director(s): Paul W.S. Anderson
Executive Producer(s): Martin Moszkowicz
Producer(s): Robert Kulzer, Jeremy Bolt, Samuel Hadida, Paul W.S. Anderson
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Iain Glen, Shawn Roberts, Ruby Rose
Writer(s): Paul W.S. Anderson
Details: Based on the Camcom videogame “Resident Evil.” Sequel to “Resident Evil (2002),”Resident Evil: Apocalypse” (2004), “Resident Evil: Extinction” (2007), “Resident Evil: Afterlife” (2010) and “Resident Evil” Retibution” (2012).
SSN Insight: The film will pick up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution. Filming took place in Cape Town / Hartbeespoort Dam, South Africa.

The Bleeder
12/04/2015
Logline: The true story of New Jersey heavyweight boxer and womanizer Chuck Wepner.
Production Company(s): Hyde Park Entertainment, Campbell Grobman Films, Mandalay Sports Media
Director(s): Philippe Falardeau
Executive Producer(s): Jeff Rice, Ashok Amritraj, Matty Beckerman, Linda Zander
Producer(s): Michael Tollin, Liev Schreiber, Carl Hampe, Christa Campbell, Lati Dana Grobman
Cast: Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Elisabeth Moss, Jim Gaffigan, Michael Rapaport
Writer(s): Jeff Feurerzeig, Jerry Stahl, Michael Cristofer
SSN Insight: Jeff Feurerzeig was previously attached to direct. Christina Hendricks was previously attached to co-star.

The Conjuring: The Enfield Poltergeist
12/04/2015
Logline: The story of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren continues.
Studio/Distributor(s): New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
Production Company(s): The Safran Company, POV Productions, Atomic Monster
Director(s): James Wan
Producer(s): Rob Cowan, Peter Safran, James Wan
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Frances O’Connor, Simon McBurney, Lauren Esposito
Writer(s): David Leslie Johnson, Eric Heisserer, Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes, James Wan
Details: Sequel to the film “The Conjuring” (2013) directed by James Wan and starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson.
SSN Insight: In August, 2015, the California Film Commission picked “Conjuring 2,” aka “The Conjuring: The Enfield Poltergeist,” as one of 11 films to share $55.2 million in incentives and receive up to 25 percent in tax credits.

The Zookeeper’s Wife
11/29/2015
Logline: The true story about the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, who helped save hundreds of people from Nazi hands during World War II.
Studio/Distributor(s): Focus Features
Production Company(s): Mike Tollin Productions, Scion Films, Annapurna Pictures, Rowe/Miller Productions, Electric City Entertainment
Director(s): Niki Caro
Producer(s): Michael Tollin, Robbie Tollin, Diane Levin, Jeff Abberley, Jamie Patricof
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Daniel Brühl, Johan Heldenburg
Writer(s): Angela Workman
Details: Based on the book “The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story” written by Diane Ackerman and published by W. W. Norton on September 4, 2007.
SSN Insight: Angela Workman previously wrote Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and The War Bride.

Colossal
11/25/2015
Logline: After a giant lizard starts destroying Tokyo, a young woman in New York comes to realize that the power of her mind is connected to the far-off events and she tries to halt the destruction.
Production Company(s): Brightlight Pictures, Voltage Pictures, Sayaka Producciones
Director(s): Nacho Vigalondo
Executive Producer(s): Nacho Vigalondo, Garrett Basch
Producer(s): Nicolas Chartier, Shawn Williamson, Nahikari Ipina, Anne Hathaway
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Austin Stowell, Dan Stevens
Writer(s): Nacho Vigalondo
SSN Insight: Anne Hathaway is attached to Cover Your Assets, Robopocalypse, The Burning Woman, The Lifeboat, The Low Self Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie and The Modern Ocean– all in active development.

Dog Eat Dog
11/23/2015
Logline: A group of criminals target other criminals as their victims.
Production Company(s): Arclight Films Pty Ltd., Pure Dopamine
Director(s): Paul Schrader
Executive Producer(s): Gary Hamilton, Don Rivers, Tim Peternel, Shaun Redick, Raymond Mansfield
Producer(s): Mark Earl Burman, David Hillary
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe
Writer(s): Paul Schrader, Matthew Wilder
Details: Based on the novel “Dog Eat Dog” written by Edward Bunker and published in 1995.
SSN Insight: Project was previously in development at Hand Picked Films and Michael Mailer Films with Michel Shane, Anthony Romano and Michael Mailer attached to produce an adaptation written by Edward Bunker and Richard Stratton. Richard Stratton was previously attached to direct.

Fist Fight
11/23/2015
Logline: Two teachers who work in a broken-down school system wind up in an epic fist fight.
Studio/Distributor(s): New Line Cinema
Production Company(s): 21 Laps Entertainment
Director(s): Richie Keen
Producer(s): Max Greenfield, Billy Rosenberg, Dan Cohen, Shawn Levy
Cast: Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan, Dennis Haysbert, JoAnna Garcia Swisher
Writer(s): Evan Susser, Van Robichaux, Max Greenfield
SSN Insight: Ice Cube’s upcoming films include Ride Along 2 and Barbershop: The Next Cut.

Freak Show
11/25/2015
Logline: Cross-dressing teen Billy is a new student at an ultra-conservative high school who takes a stand for his individuality by running for Homecoming Queen.
Production Company(s): Flower Films, Maven Pictures
Director(s): Trudie Styler
Producer(s): Trudie Styler, Charlotte Ubben, Celine Rattray, Chris Miller, Ember Truesdell
Cast: Bette Midler, AnnaSophia Robb, Ian Nelson, Lorraine Toussaint, Alex Lawther
Writer(s): Beth Rigazio, P.J. Clifton
Details: Based on the novel “Freak Show” written by James St. James and published by Dutton Children’s Books in 2007.
SSN Insight: Bette Midler is also attached to MGM’s Avon Ladies of Amazon as well as Sweet Baby Jesus, both in development.

Gifted
11/20/2015
Logline: A thirty year old man attempts to continue raising his deceased sister’s seven year old daughter, a kid-genius, while battling his own mother for custody.
Production Company(s): FilmNation
Director(s): Marc Webb
Producer(s): Karen Lunder, Andy Cohen
Cast: Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer, McKenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan
Writer(s): Tom Flynn
SSN Insight: Project was included on the 2014 Black List.

Imperium
11/21/2015
Logline: An FBI agent goes undercover to infiltrate a white supremacist group that is planning on making a dirty bomb.
Studio/Distributor(s): Lionsgate
Production Company(s): Greenlight Group, Tycor International Film Company
Director(s): Daniel Ragussis
Executive Producer(s): Andrew Mann, Jeff Elliot, Chad Moore, Barry Brooker, Stan Wertlieb
Producer(s): Ty Walker, Dennis Lee, Simon Taufique, Daniel Ragussis
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Toni Collette, Tracy Letts, Sam Trammell
Writer(s): Daniel Ragussis
Details: Based on the real-life experiences of former FBI agent Michael German, who spent years undercover with U.S.-based neo-Nazi and militia groups.
SSN Insight: Daniel Radcliffe can next be seen in Now You See Me 2 and Swiss Army Man.

The Book of Henry
11/21/2015
Logline: A precocious little boy, being raised by his single mother and serving as a surrogate father to his younger brother, develops feelings for the girl next door and, to protect her from ongoing harm at the hands of her father, plots a murder.
Studio/Distributor(s): Focus Features
Production Company(s): Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Double Nickel Entertainment
Director(s): Colin Trevorrow
Executive Producer(s): Jim Tauber, Bruce Toll, John M Penotti, Sue Baden-Powell
Producer(s): Carla Hacken, Sidney Kimmel, Jenette Kahn, Adam Richman, Matt Berenson
Cast: Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay, Sarah Silverman, Lee Pace
Writer(s): Gregg Hurwitz
SSN Insight: Thea Sharrock was previously attached to direct.

War Machine
11/22/2015
Logline: A satirical fictionalized behind-the-scenes look at the Afghanistan war from the military commanders with their high-stakes decisions and infighting, to the soldiers on patrol.
Studio/Distributor(s): Regency Enterprises, RatPac Entertainment, Netflix
Production Company(s): New Regency Productions, Plan B Entertainment, Ian Bryce Productions
Director(s): David Michôd
Executive Producer(s): Brett Ratner
Producer(s): Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Ian Bryce
Cast: Brad Pitt, Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace, Scoot McNairy, Keith Stanfield
Writer(s): David Michôd
Details: Based on the book “The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan,” written by Michael Hastings and published by Penguin on January 5, 2012.
SSN Insight: When “War Machine” was in preproduction, Netflix acquired distribution rights for both theatrical and digital streaming for an estimated $30 million, marking the company’s biggest investment to date in a single feature film. Brad Pitt’s character is based on real-life General Stanley McChrystal, US Army, retired.

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