EXCLUSIVE: Summer 03 is having its world premiere at SXSW on Saturday afternoon at the Stateside Theatre in the Narrative Feature Competition section. The pic serves as the the debut feature film from writer-director Becca Gleason.
Her comedy’s plot revolves around Jamie (Joey King), whose grandmother on her deathbed leaves her with two pieces of information: one involves a baptism, the other a blowjob. It sets Jamie and her family on an emotional roller coaster ride while she falls for the wrong guy at the wrong time. Andrea Savage, Paul Scheer, Jack Kilmer, Erin Darke, Stephen Ruffin, Kelly Lamor Wilson, Logan Medina and June Squibb co-star.
Alexandre Dauman and Eyal Rimmon are producers, and Gideon Tadmor and Jim Kaufman exec produced. ICM Partners and UTA are co-repping the pic in Austin.
EXCLUSIVE: Freddie Stroma (UnReal) and Joey King (Fargo) have been tapped as the leads in the CW supernatural cop drama pilot Dead Inside. Also cast in the project, from writer Katie Lovejoy and producer Bill Lawrence, is Hayley Marie Norman (Adam Ruins Everything).
In Dead Inside, penned by Lovejoy and directed by Michael Patrick Jann, after surviving an explosion that killed her hotshot detective big brother, Zach Gates (Stroma), Emmy Gates (King), an underachieving beat cop, starts seeing his ghost, flipping their sibling dynamic on its head and allowing her to truly live her life for the first time, as they work together to help crime victims both living and dead, and figure out the unfinished business keeping his spirit on Earth.
Stroma’s Zach Gates is annoyingly perfect, roguishly over-confident with a rock-star charm. When he returns as a ghost, he learns a few surprising things about the people closest to him.
King’s Emmy Gates is tougher and stronger than she thinks she is, and what she lacks in confidence, she makes up for with determination, humor and snark. Emmy’s life is turned upside down when her brother dies and returns to her as a ghost, forcing her to team up with him to solve a murder and resolve his unfinished business.
Norman will play Jayla Harris, the unfiltered motormouth receptionist at the Portland police station. Jayla’s one of the few true supporters of Emmy’s law enforcement aspirations. As for her own aspirations, it’s to be insta-famous.
Lovejoy executive produces Dead Inside with Doozer’s Lawrence and Jeff Ingold.
King, who co-starred on the second season of FX’s Fargo, is reopped by UTA, Coast To Coast and Dan Spilo from Industry Entertainment.
UnReal alum Stroma fielded multiple pilot offers coming off his starring turn as H.G. Wells in Kevin Williams’ short-lived ABC time-travel drama series Time After Time. Stroma just wrapped the romantic comedy STX feature Second Act alongside Jennifer Lopez and Vanessa Hudgens.He is repped by Industry Entertainment. Gersh and Waring and McKenna in the UK.
Norman recently guest starred on Living Biblically and Alone Together. She is repped by TalentWorks, Management 360, and attorney Derek Kroeger.
EXCLUSIVE: Blumhouse is in production in Toronto on the family drama Between the Earth and Sky, written and directed by The Killing creator Veena Sud.
The pic reunites Sud with former Killing stars Mireille Enos and Peter Sarsgaard, who star in the movie with Joey King. The logline is being kept under wraps, with Between the Earth and Sky the working title. Jason Blum, Alix Madigan and Christopher Tricarico are producing.
A year ago, Blumhouse launched Jordan Peele’s feature directorial Get Out at the Sundance Film Festival before the pic took off in awards season, racking up a global box office of $255 million off a $4.5M production cost.
Enos, repped by CAA, Gartner/Green Entertainment and attorney Mitch Smelkinson, is currently onscreen in Amazon Prime’s anthology Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. Sud’s new drama series Seven Seconds, starring Regina King and Clare Hope Ashitey, launches February 23 on Netflix.
Sarsgaard is repped by WME and Anonymous Content, King by UTA and Industry Entertainment.
Paul Scheer, Andrea Savage and June Squibb are also among the ensemble cast.
Joey King, Jack Kilmer and Andrea Savage are starring in Summer ’03, a coming-of-age indie written and being directed by newcomer Becca Gleason.
Paul Scheer, Erin Darke, Stephen Ruffin and June Squibb are also starring in the ensemble piece that began shooting Tuesday in Atlanta.
Inspired by true events, Summer ’03 is described as a dramedy reminiscent in tone to Little Miss Sunshine. It centers on a 16-year-old girl (King) and her extended family who are left reeling after her calculating grandmother (Squibb) unveils an array of secrets on her deathbed. The girl is left to navigate her nascent love life in the midst of a family crisis, leading to an unexpected conclusion.
New York-based Tadmor is fully financing the pic, with principals Gideon Tadmor and Jim Kaufman executive producing. Alexandre Dauman of Big Cat Productions is producing with Tadmor’s Eyal Rimmon. Racheli Sternberg is co-producer.
Gleason was a PA on TV’s Community and Rules of Engagement before writing and directing the short film Molly that won the LACMA’s Young Director Night competition. She also is developing her short film WE as a pilot with SundanceNow.
Tadmor is a film finance, development and production company that is aims to produce commercial, auteur-driven feature films and television projects. Among its credits are 2016’s Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, the drama that starred Richard Gere, and Swiss Army Man, which starred Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe.
Big Cat Productions is a newly formed independent Los Angeles-based film and television production company founded by Dauman, who was previously an exec at Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment, where his work included the upcoming Tom Cruise thriller American Made.
King, who has appeared in Independence Day: Resurgence and on FX’s Fargo, is repped by UTA, Industry Entertainment and Coast to Coast Talent.
Kilmer, the son of actor Val Kilmer, has appeared in The Nice Guys and The Stanford Prison Experiment. He is repped by CAA.
UTA-repped Scheer, who appears on Veep and Fresh Off the Boat, will next be seen in The Disaster Artist.
Squibb, who was nominated for an Oscar for her work in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, is repped by Martin Gage.
EXCLUSIVE: Joey King and The Affair‘s Julia Goldani-Telles have been tapped to co-star the Sylvain White-directed horror thriller Slender Man, along with Captain Fantastic actress Annalise Basso, Jaz Sinclair (When The Bough Breaks) Talitha Bateman (upcoming Annabelle: Creation) and Alex Fitzalan. Screen Gems will distribute the film May 18, 2018, and co-producing with Mythology Entertainment, Madhouse Entertainment and It Is No Dream Entertainment.
Written by David Birke and Mike Scannell, the pic centers on a tall, thin horrifying figure with preternaturally long arms and a featureless face. He is thought to be responsible for the haunting, stalking, and disappearance of countless victims.
Mythology’s Bradley Fischer, James Vanderbilt and William Sherak are producers alongside Robyn Meisinger from Madhouse and Sarah Snow of It Is No Dream. Tracey Nyberg, Louis Sallerson, Adam Kolbrenner and Ryan Cunningham will serve as exec producers.
King, who will next be seen in Broad Green Pictures’ Wish Upon, is repped by UTA, Coast to Coast Talent Group, Industry Entertainment, and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum. Goldani-Telles is with UTA, Principal Entertainment, and Hansen Jacobson Teller. Sinclair is a client of UTA, Creative Partners Group and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum. Basso is with UTA, Industry Entertainment and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum. Bateman is repped by Coast to Coast Talent Group and Hg5 Entertainment. Fitzalan (Australian film Season) is with Atlas Artists and CBM Management in Australia.