Written by Saturday Night Live veteran Steve Koren, Building Security is a workplace single-camera comedy, adapted from Ch.O.P. Private Security Firm, originally produced by Russia's Good Story Media and aired by the national free-to-air network TNT.
The series ran for two seasons in 2015-2016 with a total of 32 episodes aired. Its average user rating on KinoPoisk, the Russian equivalent of IMDB, is 5 out of 10.
Ch.O.P.was centered on a group of hardworking but ill-equipped employees of a private security firm that provides security for a commercial office building in central Moscow.
A co-production between 20th Century Fox TV and Fox Entertainment, Building Security is executive produced by Koren alongside 3 Arts' Greg Wer and Will Rowbotham and East2West's Alex Reznik and Bill Diamond.
Koren is primarily known as a writer on SNL in 1990 to 1998, as well as SNL Specials Live in the 1990s. In 2016, he collected an outstanding comedy series Emmy for his work on Veep.
Disney is launching its first-ever standalone streaming platform Disney+ next week, and with it will eventually come the first-ever TV series deeply connected to its big screen Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel Studios is producing series such as “WandaVision,” “The Falcon and Winter Soldier,” ‘Loki,’ and “Hawkeye” for Disney+, all of which will bring superheroes from the MCU films to television for the first time. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has been adamant about the Disney+ series playing a crucial role in the ongoing narrative of the larger MCU, and he told Bloomberg magazine that MCU fans will need Disney+ in order for the continuity of the movies to make sense.
As Bloomberg reporter Devin Leonard writes, “If you want to understand everything in future Marvel movies, [Feige] says, you'll probably need a Disney+ subscription, because events from the new shows will factor into forthcoming films such as ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.’ The Scarlet Witch will be a key character in that movie, and Feige points out that the ‘Loki’ series will tie in, too.”
Feige added, “I'm not sure we've actually acknowledged that before. But it does.”
While Disney and Marvel had already announced the upcoming “Doctor Strange” sequel, which will star Benedict Cumberbatch and be directed by Scott Derrickson, Feige’s Bloomberg quote is the first time it has been confirmed the “Loki” series will tie into the movie. Feige is serious when he says the MCU film franchises and television series will be integrated. It appears in some cases projects originally envisioned as movies could be redeveloped into television series. Such is the case with “Hawkeye.”
Feige said he pitched television series ideas to Tom Hiddleston Loki, Elizabeth Olsen Scarlet Witch, and Paul Bettany Vision during the “Avengers: Infinity War” premiere. The producer said the actors were excited by the chance to bring their storylines and superheroes to television. Pitching Jeremy Renner for a “Hawkeye” series was more nerve-wracking because a deal was in place for Renner to lead a standalone Hawkeye movie.
Bloomberg reports, “Feige was more nervous about his pitch to Jeremy Renner… Marvel had a deal for Renner to star in a movie based on the character, but Feige wanted to turn the project into a Disney+ series. Renner turned out to be fine with the change. ‘He totally got it and said, “Let's do it,” ’ Feige recalls.”
No release dates for any Disney+ MCU series has been revealed. IndieWire has reached out to Disney for further comment on the “Hawkeye” switch. The platform is launching November 12 with “Avengers: Endgame” and other MCU movies available to stream. The next Marvel movie opening in theaters is the “Black Widow” prequel film May 1.
The Disney+ launch on November 12 won’t include any MCU TV series, but those should start arriving at rapid pace in Year Two, and one had better believe that these shows will be timed alongside Phase Four movies. Naturally, all of this interconnected storytelling will equate to nerd paradise while theme-park criticism will probably continue to little effect. One of the more intriguing-sounding series, Loki, will of course revolve around Tom Hiddleston’s gloriously-burdened trickster of the MCU.
Details haven’t been too forthcoming on the series, which is no surprise, although it was revealed earlier this year through a first-look image that time travel is definitely a factor. Now, Kevin Feige has revealed to Bloomberg as part of their profile of the streaming service that Loki’s first season will specifically tie into a Phase Four sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Feige drops this tidbit while dodging budget-related questions:
He does drop one little morsel, though. If you want to understand everything in future Marvel movies, he says, you’ll probably need a Disney+ subscription, because events from the new shows will factor into forthcoming films such as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The Scarlet Witch will be a key character in that movie, and Feige points out that the Loki series will tie in, too. “I’m not sure we’ve actually acknowledged that before,” he says. “But it does.”
As Slashfilm points out, Loki’s appearance is definitely a newly known wrinkle in the equation in addition to the already-known detail of Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch also lending her powers to the Doctor Strange followup. Scarlet Witch, of course, will also appear as one leading half of the WandaVision series that will also unfurl like a 1950s-style sitcom and include cast members from Thor, Ant-Man And The Wasp, and Captain Marvel. All of this interconnectedness is what flowcharts were made for, but if there’s anything that Marvel Studios has proven itself adept at doing, it’s the adept construction of a cinematic universe, which shall only grow more layered with each passing year.
Other detail that arrives in the Bloomberg piece: Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye character was originally headed toward his own movie, but Feige decided that a Disney+ series would work out better. Feige says that Renner was completely onboard with the switch, but Bloomberg couldn’t reach the Arctic Dogs star for comment. It’s been an overwhelmingly bad week for the Hurt Locker actor, so I think we’ll all be alright moving right along and hoping that a new round of Tesseract-Multiverse speculation will begin.
Early last year, a report came out revealing that Disney planned to turn its beloved 1990s franchise The Mighty Ducks into a TV series. Last November, word arrived that the show was being configured for the new streaming service Disney+, but things have been quiet since then. Now we finally have some news about the upcoming show, including a logline which lays out how this story will be slightly different than the movies that ’90s kids grew up watching.
/Film has received a pre-production breakdown of the half-hour series, which reveals that it will shoot in Vancouver from February 10, 2020 until June 1, 2020. Here’s the logline for the new series:
After getting kicked off the junior division Mighty Ducks team, a 13-year-old boy and his mom decide to start their own team, finding players, a coach, and a place to play.
That’s quite a diversion from the plot of the first movie, which features a hotshot lawyer being forced to coach a Pee-Wee team as punishment for a drunk driving incident. In the movie, coach Gordon Bombay Emilio Estevez gradually rediscovers his childhood love of the game of hockey and renames his ragtag team The Mighty Ducks, forming an underdog squad that eventually goes on to overcome the reigning champs of the league.
But it sounds like the Ducks are already an established team in the world of this show, and there’s no mention of Bombay specifically. In fact, no casting announcements have been made yet at all, so there’s still a chance Estevez could return to reprise his part, maybe stepping into the mentor role played by Hans Joss Ackland in the films. Joshua Jackson played the young Mighty Ducks player Charlie Conway in the movies and seemed to be following in Bombay’s footsteps, so I expected this show to take the Cobra Kai approach and have him slide into the new coach role. That could technically still happen – Jackson is currently filming a mini-series – but no word yet if that’s the direction they’re actually going to take here.
Interestingly, the earliest reports about this show suggested that original Mighty Ducks producer Jordan Kerner would be involved with this TV version, but his name is not on the official crew list. However, Steven Brill, who wrote all three Ducks films and produced both of the sequels, is still on board as an executive producer here. He’s joined by Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa, George Heller, and Brad Petrigala, who are all also executive producers.
Based on these shooting dates, the show could debut sometime in the second half of 2020, but Disney+ has yet to issue an official premiere date. Stay tuned for more Mighty Ducks news as we learn it.
The Dune TV series destined for HBO Max, Dune: The Sisterhood, is going to need a new showrunner. Jon Spaihts, who wrote the script for the upcoming Dune movie from director Denis Villeneuve, was set to serve as showrunner for the tie-in TV series, but that’s no longer the case. Sources claim that Legendary TV was unsatisfied with the work Spaiths was doing on the show, but that doesn’t mean the writer’s time in the world of Dune is done – he’s still slated to pen the Dune sequel.
Warner Bros. and Legendary are all-in on Dune, hoping that Denis Villeneuve’s big-budget, star-studded adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic will spawn it’s own little entertainment universe. Not only are they carving out plans for a sequel to Villeneuve’s film, they’re also creating a spin-off TV series called Dune: The Sisterhood. But things apparently aren’t going so smoothly behind-the-scenes.
According to THR, Dune: The Sisterhood showrunner Jon Spaihts is out. The reason: “Legendary TV was not happy with the early work Spaihts turned in and opted to remove him as showrunner on the production so he can instead focus on the yet-to-be formally announced film sequel to the forthcoming Dune feature.” Spaihts will still serve as executive producer on the series, and the fact that he’s still set to write the movie screenplay implies that he has a future in the world of Dune. But that makes his removal from the TV series all the more puzzling.
Dune: The Sisterhood “explores the future through the eyes of a mysterious order of women: the Bene Gesserit. Given abilities by their mastery of the body and the mind, the Bene Gesserit expertly weave through the feudal politics and intrigue of The Imperium, pursuing plans of their own that will ultimately lead them to the enigmatic planet Arrakis — known to its inhabitants as Dune.”
Villeneuve is set to direct the pilot episode, and he co-wrote the Dune movie screenplay with Spaihts. The film is bound to generate a lot of buzz for its impressive cast alone: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Stephen Henderson, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem. But whether or not that buzz carries over and gets people excited for a sequel and a TV series remains to be seen.
The Dune movie will arrive November 20, 2020. No premiere date has been set yet for Dune: The Sisterhood.
The Wondery project is the fourth podcast adaptation in the works from Universal Content Productions.
Universal Content Productions continues to turn to the podcast space for its next TV series.
The studio is teaming with Wondery to adapt the podcast Joe Exotic for television and has tapped Emmy-winning Saturday Night Live castmember Kate McKinnon to star. A network is not yet attached.
Joe Exotic revolves around what happens when big cat enthusiast Carole Baskin McKinnon learns that fellow exotic animal lover Joe "Exotic" Schreibvogel is breeding and using his big cats for profit. She sets out to shut down his venture, inciting a quickly escalating rivalry. But Carole has a checkered past of her own, and when the claws come out, Joe will stop at nothing to expose her hypocrisy. The results prove deadly.
In addition to starring, McKinnon will also executive produce Joe Exotic alongside Wondery's Hernan Lopez and Marshall Lewy. A writer for the potential series has not yet been determined as the project is in the early stages of development.
Joe Exotic would be the fourth podcast UCP has adapted for television, joining Amazon's Homecoming, Bravo-turned-USA Network's Dirty John and Peacock's Dr. Death. Wondery, the largest independent podcast publisher, is behind Dirty John, Dr. Death and several others. Seven of its podcasts have been adapted for TV, including the three for UCP.
Joe Exotic is McKinnon's second TV project outside of SNL. She also is attached to star as Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes in the Hulu limited series The Dropout, which is based on the ABC News podcast of the same name. The actress also will exec produce the project, which hails from Fox Searchlight's year-old TV division.
McKinnon is repped by UTA, Artists First and Hansen Jacobson. Wondery is repped by UTA, who brokered the deal.