Welcome back Studio Coffee Folks! Today we’re checking out the newest additions to Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone cast, an Under the Skin spin-off TV series, and what’s new with the 10 Cloverfield Lane writing crew.
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Under the Skin preps for a spin-off TV series
In a competitive acquisition, Silver Reel has outbid Studio A24 for television spin-off rights to Under the Skin, the 2013 cult sci-fi hit starring Scarlett Johansson and directed by Jonathan Glazer. Silver Reel is currently looking for a writer on the series, with a few already in mind. The series will draw heavily from the original Michael Faber novel that Under the Skin was based on, but “will be ‘very respectful’ of Glazer’s feature,” per Deadline. Notably, Grazer’s involvement is unclear.
Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone casts Topher Grace, Paul F. Tompkins and more
Topher Grace, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Damon Wayans Jr., and Paul F. Tompkins are among the latest additions to CBS All Access’ season 2 cast of The Twilight Zone reboot. Jordan Peele’s continuation of the classic anthology returns this summer with 10 more episodes of “introspection and the exploration of self,” per Variety. The announcement also reveals Kylie Bunbury, Sky Ferreira, David Krumholtz, Greta Lee, Thomas Lennon, Natalie Martinez, Brandon Jay McLaren, Gretchen Mol, Paula Newsome, and Tawny Newsome will be joining the previously announced Billy Porter, Chris Meloni and Gillian Jacobs. Peele produces the show with his Monkeypaw Productions, along with CBS Television Studios.
Nicole Kidman to EP A Good Marriage TV adaptation with Amazon
Amazon is bringing on Nicole Kidman to executive produce a TV adaptation of Kimberly McCreight’s novel A Good Marriage with her own Blossom Films banner and David Farr to script. In taking the job, Farr continues his work with Amazon after helping to adapt Hanna for film and TV. A Good Marriage follows Lizzie Kitsakis, a happily underpaid federal prosecutor whose life begins to fall apart when her marriage finally cracks and her friend becomes the number one suspect in his wife’s murder, and needs legal help. McCreight is also known for her novels The Outliers, Where They Found Her, and Reconstructing Amelia, the latter of which is being adapted by HBO for film.
Helping a popstar goes horribly wrong in 1091’s Star Light
Star Light, a YA supernatural horror thriller, has been acquired by 1091 Media, to be available on digital and on-demand on August 4. The movie is co-directed by Mitchell Altieri and Lee Cummings, and is co-written by Altieri, Jamal M. Jennings, and Adam Weiss. The story follows a teen and his friends who meet a beautiful popstar on the run from her handlers. They try to help her give them the slip, but mysterious events begin happening as they do – and only worsen when the star’s bodyguard arrives on the scene. Star Light stars Scout Taylor-Compton, Cameron Johnson, Rahart, Liana Ramirez, and Tiffany Shepis.
Spyglass Entertainment is signing on the 10 Cloverfield Lane writing team for Covenant
10 Cloverfield Lane writing team Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken are set to work on recent Spyglass Entertainment acquisition Covenant, a science fiction short story by Elizabeth Bear.
Roger Birnbaum, Eli Roth and Michael Besman will produce for Arts District Entertainment with Spyglass VP of Production Chris Stone overseeing.