RUSSO BROTHERS, WORLD WAR Z WRITER TEAM UP FOR MOSUL: World War Z scribe Matthew Michael Carnahan is set to make his directorial debut with Mosul, a true-life Middle Eastern thriller shot in secret in Morocco. Filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo are producing. The story is based on articles written by Luke Mogelson in the New Yorker. The cast was drawn from the Middle East, North Africa and the Iraqi diaspora. "Our writer-director Matthew Michael Carnahan was the perfect artist to depict this uniquely regional story which champions a culture that has never really been championed on screen before," said the Russos in a statement. "The heart of the movie depicts the innate desire to fight for country and home."
FX PASSED ON BROAD CITY: Broad City seems to have found its slightly raunchy, definitely happy place on Comedy Central, but it almost made it onto the much more family-friendly FX. The series stars and co-creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer originally sold the script to FX, but after a pilot order, the network passed, deeming it "too girly," Jacobson spills in her new memoir, I Might Regret This.
WARNER BROS. ACQUIRES PETER JACKSON DOCUMENTARY: After its successful bow at the BFI London Film Fest, Warner Bros. is acquiring Peter Jackson’s WWI documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old. The film mixes unseen footage and images converted to 3D. "Peter and I share a passion for WWl history," Warner Bros. chairman Toby Emmerich tells Deadline. "Watching this documentary was a moving, emotional experience and will remind viewers of the bravery and sacrifice of these soldiers and their contributions to freedom. Peter has created a powerful, immersive film that will touch people and we’re proud to partner with him to bring this film to audiences around the world."
ED HARRIS, EDGAR RAMIREZ, MORE JOIN RESISTANCE: Four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris, Edgar Ramirez, Clemence Poesy and several others are joining Jesse Eisenberg’s (The Social Network) World War II story Resistance.
SONY PICTURES BOOSTS OUTLOOK: Sony Pictures Entertainment has posted a $209 million profit from July-September, a significant increase year-over-year. Much of the success is due to the global success of Hotel Transylvania 3, which garnered $520 million. Now, Sony is boosting its full year ending by 6%, expecting to reach $443.6 million. Next up for Sony is Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, starring Nicolas Cage, Hailee Steinfeld and Liev Schreiber.