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‘Impulse’ Doug Liman Action Drama Pilot Picked Up To Series By YouTube Red

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VARIETY — YouTube has given a series order to “Impulse,” a drama from Universal Cable Productions and executive producer Doug Liman of Hypnotic. The series is based on the third novel in the “Jumper” series by Steven Gould.

Hypnotic’s David Bartis and Gene Klein will also executive produce with Lauren LeFranc. Jeffrey Lieber, Jason Horwitch, and Gary Spinelli are writing.

The new series is slated to premiere on subscription-video service YouTube Red in 2018.

“This unique thriller pulled us in right from the opening scene,” said Susanne Daniels, global head of original content, YouTube. “We are thrilled to be in business with Doug Liman and everyone at UCP and Hypnotic.”

“We are very excited to be working with Susanne, YouTube and Hypnotic on ‘Impulse’,” said Jeff Wachtel, chief content officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, and president, Universal Cable Productions. “It’s always fun to start work on a new series, especially when it’s with a partner like YouTube that is continually breaking new ground.”

“Impulse” tells the story of Henry, played by Maddie Hasson, a rebellious 16-year-old girl who has always felt different from her peers and has longed to escape from her seemingly quaint small town. Henry soon discovers she has the extraordinary ability to teleport.



Sundance: Sony Classics Nabs 1960s Nun Drama ‘Novitiate’

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTERMargaret Qualley, Melissa Leo, Julianne Nicholson and Dianna Agron star in Maggie Betts’ coming-of-age title.

Sony Classics is heading to the convent with Novitiate. The specialty label has acquired worldwide rights to the Maggie Betts-helmed film for mid-seven figures.

Written by Betts, the drama stars Margaret Qualley as a young woman training to become a nun who struggles with issues of faith, the changing Catholic Church and sexuality during the early 1960s and the era of Vatican II.

Melissa Leo, Julianne Nicholson and Dianna Agron co-star in the film.

Novitiate made its world premiere on Friday and is screening in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. The deal marks the second for SPC for a Sundance drama this year. Ahead of the festival, SPC nabbed Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name.

Carole Peterman, Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler produced Novitiate, while Jessica Betts and Roland Betts served as executive producers.

CAA repped the filmmakers.



YouTube’s ‘Impulse’ Pilot Casts Maddie Hasson, Sarah Desjardins & More

DEADLINEMaddie Hasson (Twisted, The Finder), Sarah Desjardins (Van Helsing, Wayward Pines), Missi Pyle (Gone Girl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Enuka Okuma (How to Get Away with Murder, Rookie Blue) and Craig Arnold (Degrassi: The Next Generation, Heartland) are set as series regulars in YouTube’s Impulse, a sci-fi thriller pilot from Universal Cable Productions. In addition, David James Elliott (Jag) is set for a guest-starring role. Production gets underway tomorrow in Toronto.

Based on the third novel in the Jumper series by Steven Gould, Impulse features a rebellious 16-year-old girl Henry (Hasson) who has always felt different from her peers and has longed to escape from her seemingly quaint small town. Henry soon discovers she has the extraordinary ability to teleport. This newfound power confirms her conviction that she really was different from everybody else, but it now makes her the focus of those who want to control her. Rounding out the cast are Desjardins as Henry’s step-sister Jenna, Pyle as Henry’s mother Cleo, Okuma as Deputy Anna, and Arnold as Lucas. Elliott will guest star as Lucas’ dad Bill.

Impulse is directed and executive produced by Hypnotic’s Doug Liman (Bourne Identity, Live. Die. Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow), Hypnotic’s David Bartis and Gene Klein (Suits), will executive produce along with Liman. The pilot is written by Jeffrey Lieber (Lost, NCIS: New Orleans) with revisions by Gary Spinelli (American Made).

Impulse is the latest addition to UCP’s pilot slate, which includes The Sinner, Damnation, The Tap, and Unsolved for USA Network and The Haunted, The Machine, and Happy! for SyFy.

Hasson is repped by United Talent Agency and The Beddingfield Company. Desjardins is repped by Play Management Inc. and Primary Wave Entertainment. Pyle is repped by United Talent Agency and McKeon Myones Entertainment. Okuma is repped by The Kohner Agency and Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management. Arnold is repped by Amanda Rosenthal Talent Agency Inc. and Capstone Management. Elliot is repped by The Gersh Agency and LINK Entertainment.



Maddie Hasson & Cameron Monaghan Join Stephenie Meyer’s ‘Anna Dressed In Blood’

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DEADLINE Maddie Hasson (Freeform’s Twisted) and Cameron Monaghan (Showtime’s Shameless) have been set to star in Anna Dressed In Blood, the adaptation of Kendare Blake’s YA novel that Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer acquired and developed via her Fickle Fish Films.

The supernatural romance will be produced by Meyer and Meghan Hibbett and The Solution Entertainment Group’s Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel, who are also financing the project. The Solution will introduce the film to buyers and handle international sales at Cannes. UTA Independent Film Group reps U.S. rights and packaged the project.

Music video helmer Trish Sie will direct from a screenplay written by Allison Wood. The film is slated to begin principal photography in November.

The plot: Cas Lowood (Monaghan) has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. So did his father, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly dagger, Cas travels America with his mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the angry dead, and keep pesky things like plans for the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call “Anna Dressed in Blood,” Cas finds a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. Since her death, Anna (Hasson) has killed each and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian house she used to call home, but yet there is something about Cas that compels her to spare his life. For reasons neither can explain, the two begin to realize that in their opposite, they may have finally found the one person who can help them unravel their complicated pasts, and survive their complicated present.

Tor Teen published Anna Dressed In Blood in 2012. The second book in the series, Girl In Nightmares, followed in 2014.



‘A Light Beneath Their Feet’ Gets Release Date

VARIETY — Emerging Pictures will release coming-of-age drama “A Light Beneath Their Feet,” starring Taryn Manning of “Orange Is the New Black,” in up to 15 theatrical markets in North America on May 6.

Madison Davenport, Kurt Fuller, Nora Dunn, Kali Hawk, Maddie Hasson and Carter Jenkins also star. “A Light Beneath Their Feet” marks Valerie Weiss’ second feature, directing from an original screenplay by Moira McMahon.

Manning plays a mother wrestling with bipolar disorder and an imminent empty nest. Her dedicated daughter has a bright future ahead, but must decide if she will stay near home to care for her unpredictable mom or follow her own path.

Several mental health organizations, such as Glenn Close’s Bring Change 2 Mind, will be supporting and promoting the film through screenings and outreach to the mental health community.

“‘A Light Beneath Their Feet’ is one of those rare opportunities to work on a project that is both entertaining and has an important message,” said Emerging Pictures’ Exec VP Ryan Nadel.

The film won the audience award at the Mill Valley Film Festival and played at the Chicago International Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival and Heartland Film Festival.

“A Light Beneath Their Feet” is produced by Jeffrey Loeb and Robert Johnson of Phd Productions. Valerie Weis and Moira McMahon are executive producers.

Recent releases from Emerging Pictures include “Soaked in Bleach,” “I Am Chris Farley,” “Intrepido” and “You’ve Been Trumped.”



‘I Saw the Light’ to Close Sun Valley Film Festival

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTERThe festival lineup also includes ‘Miles Ahead’ and ‘Romeo Is Bleeding.’
This year’s Sun Valley Film Festival has unveiled its feature film lineup.

Opening the festival will be National Geographic’s Little Giants and Mathew Brown’s The Man Who Knew Infinity, with the Hank Williams biopic starring Tom Hiddleston, I Saw the Light, acting as the closing night film.

Other selections from the lineup include Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead and documentary Romeo Is Bleeding, which follows kids in a rough neighborhood of Richmond, CA who adapt Romeo and Juliet.

Helen Mirren’s drone drama Eye in the Sky will also appear at the festival along with NatGeo’s The Story of God with Morgan Freeman.

The Sun Valley Film Festival runs from March 2-6.

The full festival lineup can be found here.



“I Saw the Light” – Poster



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