Crime After Crime
Awkwafina (“Ocean’s 8”) and Ike Barinholtz (“Blockers”) will both produce and star in the comedy caper feature “Crime After Crime” at STXfilms. Dan Gurewitch and David Young are writing the screenplay with Nick Stoller, David Stassen and Conor Welch also producing.
Awkwafina will portray a millennial podcast host who agrees to help a convict that she has devoted her true-crime podcast to prove his innocence after he escapes jail and turns up at her house. [Source: Variety]
The Paper Chase
Queen Latifah will appear in and executive produces the teen comedy feature “Paper Chase” which hails from Flavor Unit and Gunpowder & Sky. Shakim Compere will also executive produce while Angela Tucker and Lauren Domino penned the script. Tucker will direct.
The story will follow an ideal-driven, well-meaning New Orleans teenager named Alicia, who is ready to reinvent herself at Kensington University in Atlanta. When she can’t pay her tuition fees, Alicia, her cash-strapped mom, and her best friend plan to throw a rager to raise the money to keep her college dream alive. [Source: Variety]
Noah Hawley and Matthew Baker are teaming for the Fox Searchlight feature “Lost Souls”. The story is set in a world in which some babies are born without souls. A young expectant mother is sent to an unusual wellness center in the desert, with the hopes that it will improve her chances of delivering a healthy baby. The pair are also working on the FX pilot “Why Visit America”. [Source: Deadline]
The Library Book
Paramount Television, Anonymous Content and Brillstein Entertainment have acquired the TV rights to Susan Orlean’s best-selling true story novel “The Library Book”. Orlean will adapt the book for television along with James Ponsoldt, with both serving as executive producers.
The story deals with the fire that nearly destroyed the Los Angeles Public Library in 1986. The fire burned for more than seven hours, consuming 400,000 books and damaging 700,000 more. More than thirty years later, the mystery surrounding how the fire began remains. [Source: Variety]
“Zero Dark Thirty” scribe Mark Boal will write, direct and executive produce the Showtime spy thriller series “Intelligence”. Based on real stories from around the world, the story will explore the secret inner workings of power and how espionage intersects with politics, finance, media and Silicon Valley.
The first season will dramatize the behind-the-scenes history leading up to the 2016 U.S. election. Each subsequent season looks at a major world event through the lens of covert operations. Hugo Lindgren, Michael Ellenberg, Alan Poul, Jason Horwitch and Megan Ellison will executive produce. [Source: Variety]