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The Report 7 Days of DEALS Who’s inking on the dotted line this week HOW PARAMOUNT AND NETFLIX PULLED OFF THAT CLOVERFIELD SUPER BOWL JUKE Deal of the Week Stuber Paradox is the third film in Abrams’ sci-fi horror anthology franchise Cloverfield. HGTV Lays New Foundation With Property Brothers Big Deal Super Bowl viewers were shocked when Netflix dropped an ad for The Cloverfield Paradox, revealing that the J.J. Abrams-produced movie heretofore known as God Particle would forgo a theatrical release and instead debut on the streaming service immediately following the big game Feb. 4. The marketing stunt capped a rescue plan hatched by Abrams, Paramount chairman-CEO Jim Gianopulos, Netflix chief Ted Sarandos and head of original films Scott Stuber, among others. Worried that Paradox would perish at the box office — it was set to hit theaters April 20 after several delays — Paramount and Abrams handed it to Netflix, which is willing to shell out big bucks for high-profile content. Sources say the deal, broached over the holidays and finalized in January, is worth north of Amid the looming departure of Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines, HGTV is not risking losing any more top-tier talent. Cable’s fifth-most-watched network has inked a multiyear extension with Property Brothers’ Drew and Jonathan Scott (CAA, Canada’s Stohn Hay), who first came to the Scripps Interactive-owned network in 2011. The twins, 39, are responsible for an atypical share of HGTV output: the original Property Brothers, the spinoffs Buying & Selling and At Home and the competition series Brother vs. Brother — which, with a reach of 13 million cross-platform viewers per episode, is Scott Brothers Entertainment’s top series. “They can produce and star in an incredible amount of content in a very short period of time,” says Scripps U.S. programming GM Allison Page. “It’s a scale we haven’t achieved with anyone else.” The exclusive pact comes as the Canadian imports become an increasingly mainstream presence. Drew placed fourth on the most recent season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, and both frequently appear on NBC’s Today to promote their series and licensed products. HGTV is aggressively fortifying its slate amid Scripps’ pending $11.9 billion sale to Rights Available! Hot new books with Hollywood appeal BY ANDY LEWIS AND TATIANA SIEGEL Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved (RANDOM HOUSE, FEB. 6) BY Kate Bowler AGENCY Gotham Group The Duke Divinity School professor chronicles her stage 4 colon cancer diagnosis at age 35 and how it upended her beliefs. Her Jan. 26 New York Times op-ed furthered the conversation. $50 million, with Paramount retaining rights for China and home entertainment. It makes the movie instantly profitable for the studio, which avoids a (likely) misfire and costly marketing campaign. And Netflix got what it was looking for, regardless of withering reviews (18 percent on Rotten Tomatoes at press time): buzz. “It gets them attention and captures some viewing right off the bat,” says eMarketer’s Paul Vern. And even if the streamer doesn’t ultimately get the viewership it hoped for Paradox, “they still got a brand jolt,” he adds. Paradox, which finished principal photography in September 2016, was part of the successful and popular Cloverfield series, but sources say Gianopulos, who joined the studio six months later, was worried. Despite additions to clarify character beats and tie the film to the franchise’s universe, it was ultimately deemed unsalvageable despite a cast led by Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Elizabeth Debicki, David Oyelowo and Daniel Bruhl. Netflix was an obvious destination, having already taken over international rights to the Natalie Portman starrer Annihilation, which Paramount will release domestically Feb. 23. Paramount retains rights to future Cloverfield films. Overlord, a World War II zombie pic from Abrams that has scored high in test screenings, could be a contender, although sources say that its fate is undetermined. — BORYS KIT AND PAMELA MCCLINTOCK Discovery Communications. New siblingcentric series Restored by the Fords is retaining 60 percent of its Fixer Upper leadin, and the network has another 50-odd pilots (some with the Scotts) in development. — MICHAEL O’CONNELL Jonathan (left) and Drew Scott have been spending more time in L.A. and onscreen. Lone Stars (PHILOMEL BOOKS, SEPT. 12, 2017) Lane FILM Suki Waterhouse (CAA, the U.K.’s Independent, Untitled, Jackoway Tyerman) has joined Legendary’s Detective Pikachu movie along with Bill Nighy and You’re the Worst’s Chris Geere. Jim Parsons (CAA, Gang Tyre) has joined Zac Efron in the Ted Bundy biopic Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Riverdale star Cole Sprouse (WME, Authentic, Greenberg Traurig) is in talks to topline the CBS Films romantic drama Five Feet Apart. Big Boi (UTA, Career Artists) has joined Sony’s Superfly remake. Michelle MacLaren (ICM, Stone Genow) will direct Chris Pratt in Universal’s Cowboy Ninja Viking. BY Mike Lupica AGENCY ICM Partners Shopped as Friday Night Lights meets Concussion, this YA novel from the best-selling sports columnist follows a middle schooler who suspects his beloved football coach, a former pro player, is suffering from CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). CLOVERFIELD: SCOTT GARFIELD/NETFLIX. STUBER: ALBERTO E. RODRIGUEZ/GETTY IMAGES. PROPERTY: GILLES MINGASSON/VERBATIM PHOTO AGENCY/HGTV. BOOK: COURTESY OF PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE. SPROUSE: MONICA SCHIPPER/WIREIMAGE. MACLAREN: FRAZER HARRISON/GETTY IMAGES FOR ELLE. GRAY: PASCAL LE SEGRETAIN/GETTY IMAGES. SUTTER: TASIA WELLS/FILMMAGIC. IGER: COURTESY OF STRIBLING. DAVIS: COURTESY OF SUBJECT. WATERHOUSE: JIM SPELLMAN/WIREIMAGE. SMOLLETT: ARAYA DIAZ/GETTY IMAGES. THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 20 FEBRUARY 7, 2018

103.4M People who watched the Feb. 4 Big Number Super Bowl on NBC (106 million with streaming), down 3 percent from last year and the fewest since 2009. Sutter Waterhouse Gray MacLaren Sprouse China’s CMC Capital Partners has taken full ownership of Oriental DreamWorks from NBCUniversal and will rename it Pearl Studio. F. Gary Gray (UTA, Principato Young, Del Shaw) is in talks to direct Sony’s Men in Black spinoff. Octavia Spencer (WME, Jackoway Tyerman) and The Help director Tate Taylor (CAA, Lichter Grossman) will reteam for Blumhouse horror thriller Ma, also starring Luke Evans and Juliette Lewis. Willem Dafoe (CAA, the U.K.’s Artists Partnership, Circle of Confusion) has joined Edward Norton’s adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s detective novel Motherless Brooklyn along with Bruce Willis and Alec Baldwin. Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have acquired U.S. rights to the Rose Byrne starrer Juliet, Naked. Iger and Bay’s Fifth Avenue co-op features Central Park views. IFC Films has picked up North American rights to the gender-identity drama A Kid Like Jake. James Mangold (WME, Management 360) will direct Fox’s untitled drama about the rivalry between automakers Ford and Ferrari. Adam Shankman (UTA, Bloom Hergott) will direct Taraji P. Henson in Paramount Players’ What Men Want. Jim Caviezel (ICM, Frank Stewart) is in talks to reprise his role as Jesus in Mel Gibson’s sequel to The Passion of the Christ. Spectre’s John Logan (CAA) will adapt Walter Isaacson’s Leonardo da Vinci biography for Paramount and Leonardo DiCaprio. TriStar Pictures has acquired the rights to Kristin Hannah’s upcoming novel The Great Alone. Drew Barrymore (CAA, Hansen Jacobson) will play two starring roles in Jamie Babbit’s romantic comedy The Stand-In. This Is Us’ Chrissy Metz (CAA, Luber Roklin, Meyers & Downs) will star in Fox 2000’s faith-based drama The Impossible. Riverdale’s K.J. Apa (UTA, Luber Roklin, Jackoway Tyerman) will topline Gulfstream Pictures’ ensemble romantic comedy The Last Summer. TELEVISION The NFL and Fox have reached a five-year, $3.3 billion deal for Thursday Night Football. Dwayne Johnson (WME, The Garcia Co., Gang Tyre) will host and executive produce NBC’s competition series The Titan Games. Leslie Jones (Integral, Hansen Jacobson) will join NBC’s coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Hannibal’s Jesse Alexander (CAA, Kleinberg Lange) will showrun season two of Starz’s American Gods alongside Neil Gaiman. Katherine Heigl (Zero Gravity, Morris Yorn) will be a series regular on Suits, which USA has renewed for season eight. Kurt Sutter (WME, Gendler & Kelly) has renewed his overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions. Zachary Quinto (CAA, Untitled, Jackoway Tyerman) will host History’s revival of In Search Of, whose original iteration was hosted by Leonard Nimoy. The Leftovers’ Nicole Kassell (WME, Washington Square, Frankfurt Kurnit) will direct HBO’s Watchmen pilot. HBO has ordered J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi drama Demimonde straight to series. … NBC has picked up Julian Fellowes’ The Gilded Age to series. DIGITAL Warner Bros. Digital Networks has ordered the drama Metropolis straight to series for the upcoming DC Digital Service. Rep Sheet Empire’s Jussie Smollett has signed with UTA. Billions’ David Costabile, who also is in The Post, has signed with ICM Partners, as has Politico. Rectify alum Aden Young has signed with Anonymous Content, as has The New York Times Co. This Is Us co-showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger have signed with CAA. Comedian Tony Rock has signed with E2W PR. Diane Lane (UTA, Weintraub Tobin) and Greg Kinnear (WME, Stone Genow) will play siblings on the final season of Netflix’s House of Cards. Tony winner Ben Platt (CAA, One Entertainment, Jackoway Tyerman) will topline Ryan Murphy’s musical series The Politician, which received a twoseason order from Netflix, with Barbra Streisand and Gwyneth Paltrow in talks to co-star. The Vampire Diaries’ Jaz Sinclair (UTA, Next Big Thing Ayanna Floyd Davis REP ICM Partners WHY SHE MATTERS Davis will replace Elwood Reid as showrunner of critically acclaimed new drama The Chi, which Showtime has renewed for a second season. Davis is a veteran television writer with credits on Private Practice, Hannibal and Empire, but the Lena Waithe-created series will mark her first turn as an executive producer and head of the writers room. Creative Partners, Hirsch Wallerstein) will co-star in Netflix’s untitled Riverdale spinoff about Sabrina the Teenage Witch. BOOKS Rogue One writer Gary Whitta (UTA, Circle of Confusion, Behr Abramson) will pen Marvel’s comic book series adaptation of The Last Jedi. REAL ESTATE Bob Iger and wife Willow Bay (Stribling) have sold a New York City co-op for $18.75 million. THE PLACE YOU’RE LOOKING FOR. RIGHT HERE. OldPortofMontreal.com/movie-shoots

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