Universal Follows Up Their Four Year Overall Deal with Tina Fey with a Two Year First Look Deal
(via The Wrap)
Tina Fey is going from having license to develop TV at Universal Television to having license to develop movies at Universal Pictures.
Back in 2012, Tina Fey signed a four year overall deal with Universal to develop series for them. Given all of her success in that realm, and then the success of Sisters, Fey, along with her production company Little Stranger, has gotten a whole new first look deal for the next two years that allows her to develop feature film projects for the studio.
Already, she’s developing a comedy about three women who learn how to count cards based on a Good Housekeeping article “You Bet!” by Ruth Palmer.
Along this path, we wouldn’t be surprised if Tina Fey launched her own studio.
Universal Nearly Nixed The 40-Year-Old Virgin for How Steve Carell Looked
Here’s another case where it was great studio heads resisted their initial instincts by not shutting production on The 40-Year-Old Virgin with Judd Apatow and Steve Carell.
Keep in mind that was several years before Steve Carell’s critically acclaimed turn in Foxcatcher where he looks like a lord of the creeps.
Amy Poehler Is on To Her Next Movie at Universal Where She’ll Star as a NBA Head Coach
We’re counting on one hell of a halftime speech.
Ike Barinholtz, who is in Poehler’s upcoming Sisters at Universal, co-wrote the next Poehler vehicle with David Stassen. They’ve put Amy at the center of a huddle to be the head coach of a NBA team.
Don’t be surprised to see pictures of Leslie Knope photoshopped at court side very soon.
Simon Pegg, Working Title, and Universal Sign Off on a “Shaun Of The Dead” Live Musical
Almost Legal Productions has already adapted 2004’s Shaun Of The Dead into a live stage musical and it’s now getting more traction as the likes of Simon Pegg, Working Title, and Universal have all given the OK for the adaptation.
Before you reserve your judgement, know that Shaun of the Dead Live encourages audience members come in costume, sings their own version of The Specials’ Ghost Town, and more.
There are currently no U.S. dates, but perhaps soon and it’ll make it over to the States and here in LA where we’re sure plenty of folks will want to see it.
Universal TV Brings on a New VP Comedy Development in Dan Shear
The former agent of Billy Eichner, W. Kamau Bell, Loren Bouchard, Katie Dippold, Seth Grahame-Smith, Lesley Arfin, and more is now slotted at Universal TV as a VP of Comedy Development.
With such a former client list, we’re crossing our fingers that some interesting and very funny projects are set to come through Universal TV’s pipeline.