Crackle, Sony Pictures Television Networks’ free, ad-supported streaming network, today announced that it has acquired distribution rights in NORTH AMERICA to the comedy-horror film, OFFICE UPRISING. The feature from Mind the GAP Productions and The Exchange, a production, financing and sales company, is currently in post-production and will release in Summer 2018.
Office Uprising follows the story of an underachiever working at a major weapons manufacturing firm who finds that his co-workers have been “weaponized” by a new energy drink designed for the military. He must then set off to rescue his one true love from an office building full of psychotic coworkers armed with tomorrow’s deadliest tech.
The feature stars Brenton Thwaites (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dean Men Tell No Tales), Jane Levy (Don’t Breathe), Karan Soni (Deadpool), Zachary Levi (Tangled) and Alan Ritchson (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, “Blue Mountain State”). […]
“Sea Oak,” ‘The Climb” and “Love You More” — Amazon’s three comedy pilots from this season — will not be moving forward to series, Variety has confirmed.
The move reflects the new programming strategy mandated by Jeff Bezos, away from niche offerings and toward tentpole projects like the new iteration of “Lord of the Rings.” Amazon is said to be searching for big hit series that can run for multiple seasons.
Another factor at play is the shift in leadership at Amazon Studios. The executives who greenlit the projects, which bowed on November 10, have all exited — from content head Roy Price to comedy and drama chief Joe Lewis. COO Albert Chang has been serving as interim head while the search continues for a replacement for Price. […]
And the black comedy “Sea Oak” starred Close as a Rust Belt woman who comes back from the dead after she’s killed in a home invasion. “Atlanta’s” Hiro Murai directed the pilot and exec produces with creator George Saunders, Jonathan Krauss and Evan Dunsky. […]
30 Rock has found a new streaming home.
The Tina Fey comedy and acclaimed family drama Parenthood are two of the shows headed to Hulu as part of a massive SVOD deal between NBCUniversal and the streaming company, it was announced Wednesday.
As part of the pact, Hulu also will also premiere the new Paul Reiser period comedy There’s Johnny, set against the backdrop of the Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, that was originally set to debut on NBC’s soon-to-be-defunct streaming app Seeso. Other shows included in the agreement are Syfy’s reality competition series Face Off and the UK series Made in Chelsea.
NBC famously tried to its own streaming platform, the comedy-heavy Seeso, in 2016. The niche brand offered originals like The UCB Show, Take My Wife and Bajillion Dollar Properties, as well as episodes of classic NBC comedies like Parks and Recreation and Saturday Night Live. However, it was confirmed on Aug. 9 that the streaming service would be shut down by the end of 2017.
News of Seeso’s impending demise came just weeks before the originally scheduled Aug. 24 launch of There’s Johnny, which hails from exec producer Paul Reiser and stars Tony Danza. Subsequently, the premiere was delayed as producers had been trying to find a new home for the period comedy.
Source The Hollywood Reporter
Suburgatory alumna Jane Levy is set to co-star opposite André Holland in Hulu’s upcoming psychological-horror drama series Castle Rock from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King. Also boarding the show in a key role is an actress closely associated with King’s cinematic world, Carrie star Sissy Spacek.
Levy has signed a one-year deal for Castle Rock, and she also has been tapped to co-star opposite Glenn Close in the Amazon supernatural comedy pilot Sea Oak, written by George Saunders based on his short story.
Set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock, from from Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television, is named after the fictional town in King’s native Maine that is featured prominently in a number of his novels, novellas and short stories. Per the producers, it combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland.
Holland will play Henry, a death row attorney with a unique and complicated history in Castle Rock.
Oscar winner alum Spacek will play Ruth Deaver, the estranged adoptive mother of Henry (Holland). She’s a retired professor whose fading memories might hold a key to Castle Rock’s unsettling past. Levy plays Jackie, the death-obsessed self-appointed historian of Castle Rock.
The project reunites Levy with Warner Bros. TV, which cast her in her breakout role as the lead in the ABC comedy series Suburgatory. Levy is repped by Gersh and Sloane Offer.
Spacek is coming off a three-season run on the Netflix drama series Bloodline.
Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason developed Castle Rock for television and serve as executive producers along with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer.
Horror action spoof “Office Uprising” has sold in numerous territories, it was announced by Brian Shea of The Exchange on Wednesday in Cannes.
Director Lin Oeding recently wrapped production on the film that stars Brenton Thwaites, Jane Levy, Karan Soni, Zachary Levy, and Alan Ritchson.
“The combination of the commercial concept, high production value and the established stars is allowing us to make aggressive pre-sales of this genre bending movie,” said O’Shea.
“Office Uprising” was acquired by AB Droits Audiovisuels in France, for Latin America by Swen Group International; in Russia by Volga; in the Middle East by Selim Ramia, in China by DDDream International Media and in Thailand by SahaMongkol.
Written by Ian Shorr and Peter Gamble Robinson, “Office Uprising” is the story of an underachiever working at a weapons manufacturing company who finds that his colleagues have been weaponized by a new energy drink, and must then rescue his love interest from an office building full of psychotic coworkers. Producers are Giulia Prenna, Jim Steele, Sean Lydiard and Will Clevinger.
A longtime stuntman and stunt coordinator, Oeding made his feature directing debut on “Braven,” starring Jason Momoa.