This week was another busy week in news and accomplishments for many creators for The Culture so here are some quick hits highlighting some of the things you might’ve missed.
For three straight seasons it’s been Lebron James vs. Steph Curry in the NBA Finals but it looks like we’ll be seeing them competing ion a new arena, Hollywood. Curry has started Unanimous Media, his own film and TV company under Sony Pictures Entertainment, and will be executive producing a faith-based drama “The Breakthrough” set to hit theaters in April 2019. The film is based on the 2017 Joyce Smith novel “The Impossible,” about the true story of Smith’s 14-year-old son who fell through a frozen Missouri lake and was pronounced legally dead before returning to life an hour later. Curry’s company is also developing several of its own productions, including a Bible-based animated movie and a “Wedding Crashers”-style comedy so look out for Steph.
Lebron James on the other hand announced this week that he is working on something completely different. Lebron and his company SpringHill Entertainment are in talks to acquire the rights to reboot the classic “Friday the 13th” horror movie franchise. The project is still in early development – no writer or director is attached yet so it might be awhile before we can see everyone’s favorite goalie-mask wearing mass murderer, Jason Voorhees in theaters once again but if this goes through this will be a MAJOR IP pick up for Lebron and his company.
Artist Tyler, the Creator continues his evolution from just a rapper into living up tp his name and becoming a multi-media creator for The Culture. After dipping into TV with Loiter Squad and The Jellies, now Tyler has inked a new deal with Sony Pictures Television with his producing partner Lionel Boyce. The duo’s first-look deal with Sony will include “scripted and unscripted projects for television and new media. It will be interested to see what the duo comes up with. Whatever it is, it won’t be anything plain.
Fugees co-founder and hip-hop legend Wyclef Jean has linked up with Netflix to make an animated feature about Wyclef’s personal journey and the evolution of his music from when he was a young boy in Haiti to finding his voice in New York City. The three-time Grammy Award-winning musician to will serve as a producer the film. It will be informed by Jean’s childhood in Haiti, where he lived until his family emigrated to Brooklyn at age 9, and then to New Jersey where he began his musical path. “I grew up in extreme poverty but I was rich with imagination,” Jean said. “Now to see that imagination turn into reality with Netflix and my producing partners makes me want to tell the kids from the slums around the world to never stop dreaming.”
Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter will be honored with the Career Achievement Award at the 21st CDGA (Costume Designers Guild Awards). The Career Achievement Award recognizes leaders who have made a lasting impact on Costume Design. Ruth E. Carter’s unparalleled ability to develop an authentic story through costume and character has made her one of the most sought after and renowned costume designers in Hollywood. She has earned two Oscar nominations for Best Costume Design (Spike Lee’s Malcom X in 1993 and Steven Spielberg’s Amistad in 1998) as well as an Emmy nod in 2016 for her work on the reboot of Roots. Carter is also the first African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award in Costume Design. She has worked in the industry for over three decades with over forty films and is looking at her likely third Oscar nomination for 2018’s blockbuster Black Panther. Needless to say, this award has been well earned by Ruth.
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Written by @TalentedMrFord