AMY POEHLER TO DIRECT RIOT-GRRRL FILM: Netflix has snagged Amy Poehler to direct Moxie, a Tamara Chestna-scripted adaptation of the Jennifer Mathieu novel. She will produce through her Paper Kite banner. Moxie follows the story of a 16-year-old girl who is inspired by her mother’s part in the punk movement Riot Grrrl, and decides to launch her own feminist revolution.
RAINN WILSON JOINS UTOPIA: The Office alum Rainn Wilson has joined Utopia, Amazon’s adaptation of the British series written by Gone Girl scribe Gillian Flynn. Sasha Lane co-stars. The series follow a group of adults and are stalked by a state organization after they discover a cult underground graphic novel.
SURVIVOR SHAKE-UP EXPECTED: Season 38 of Survivor kicked off last night (Wednesday), and it looks like a new series of twists should be expected. Executive producer Jeff Probst tells ET: “The idea behind Edge of Extinction was to see how far players were willing to go, both emotionally and physically, to play this game. Once a player is voted out, they will be faced with a decision. They can choose to go home… or they can grab the torch, get on a boat and head to an unknown island in the middle of the night. What awaits them there is a big island of uncertainty. No information, very little in terms of a shelter or supplies. This will push players further than ever before.” Fourteen new players, and four returning ones, including familiar faces from Millennials vs. Gen-X, Worlds Apart and Game Changers, are competing for the $1 million purse. Survivor: Edge of Extinction airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
LIFE OF PRIEST-TURNED-ECSTASY-KINGPIN SERIES IN THE WORKS: OBB Pictures has snatched the rights of Michael Clegg, the Catholic priest-turned-MDMA-dealer. Clegg dubbed the drug Ecstasy and insisted it was a conduit to God. OBB is teaming up with 3 Arts Entertainment to produce the show. “Michael Clegg’s story is complex and improbable at every turn, but the stakes of sticking to your faith in spite of your own failures are as relatable as it gets,” said Michael Ratner, OBB’s president and CEO. “This story will make for a dark and funny drama that highlights the twisted complexities of mixing religion and drugs through a unique, multi-faceted character.”