VARIETY – Emma Roberts and Danielle Macdonald (“Patti Cake$”) will star in “Paradise Hills,” which is being brought onto the American Film Market by Good Universe.
Teaming U.S. and Spanish talent, “Paradise Hills” is produced by Spain’s Nostromo Pictures.
The English-language “Paradise Hills” also marks the feature debut of Spain’s Alice Waddington, whose short, “Disco Inferno,” won best director at Austin’s Fantastic Fest.
Written by cult Spanish fantasy sci-fi auteur Nacho Vigalondo (“Colossal”) and Brian DeLeeuw (“Curvature”), Waddington’s feature is set in the not-too-distant future where Uma (Roberts) wakes up one morning in Paradise Hills, a high-class treatment facility on an isolated tropical island where well-off families send their daughters to become perfect versions of themselves.
Buzz on the film, presented as a project at the Austin Fantastic Fest Market, is that it will be visually striking — hardly surprising given Waddington’s “Disco Inferno,” a black and white, stylized tribute to French horror master Georges Franju. It will also retain the strongly female and social-centric focus, in the vein of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” suggested at Austin.
“Paradise Hills” is produced by Nostromo Pictures’ Adrian Guerra and Núria Valls. Its upcoming movies include Rodrigo Cortes’ “Down a Dark Hall,” which Lionsgate will release in the U.S., and “The Kill Team,” with Alexander Skarsgard and Nat Wolff.
DEADLINE – Voltage Pictures will be handling foreign sales on the new Emma Roberts and Hayden Christensen romantic comedy Little Italy. Pic will debut during this year’s AFM in Santa Monica, CA.
Directed by Donald Petrie, Little Italy follows Nikki (Roberts), a young chef-in-training, who begins dating her childhood friend Leo (Christensen), a pizza cook with dreams of opening his own restaurant. The only problem is, in the vein of Romeo & Juliet, their fathers own competing pizza restaurants directly next door to each another and their families are lifelong enemies. Raising the stakes is the fact that their mothers are secret best friends and their grandparents are also carrying out a romance of their own. The fathers find out and declare a pizza cook-off war on each other. Vinay Virmani and Pauline Dhillon are producing via their Firsttake Entertainment label. Alyssa Milano, Danny Aiello, Andrea Martin and Jane Seymour also star.
As expected, Scream Queens has been canceled at Fox after two seasons. The show will definitely be missed! Fortunately, Emma does have some new projects coming up!
“We have no plans at this point to go back there and tell more stories,” co-chairman and CEO Gary Newman told reporters Monday.
It appears to be the end of the road for Scream Queens.
On a conference call with reporters Monday to discuss its fall schedule, Fox co-chairman and CEO Gary Newman confirmed that there are no plans to bring back Ryan Murphy’s comedy-horror anthology series.
“Scream Queens was an anthological series,” Newman said. “It feels as if it was a compete story. We have no plans at this point to go back there and tell more stories so we won’t be seeing Scream Queens this season.”
Not even one of the most powerful showrunners working in TV could keep the softly rated Scream Queens on the air. Though it had a following, one Fox brass emphasized was young and heavily multiplatform, linear ratings were weak, the second season of Scream Queens only averaged a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 2.3 million viewers with live-plus-seven returns.
Scream Queens was one of the first big swings for Fox TV Group chairmen Dana Walden and Newman. They gave the 20th TV horror-comedy a straight-to-series order shortly after assuming control of the broadcast network. But it never quite lived up to all of the promotion.
The starry cast should be fine. Billie Lourd, for one, has already lined up a role in the upcoming seventh installment of Murphy’s American Horror Story, and Lea Michele is starring in the ABC comedy The Mayor, among others. And weep not for Murphy. He has a half-dozen thriving anthologies on cable sibling FX, in addition to the procedural drama 911, which was picked up to series by Fox last week.
Emma announced that she is starting a book club with her friend Karah Preiss. The book club is called Belletrist and you can view Emma’s interview with author Joan Didion on their website. Also check out Emma’s essay on how she fell in love with Joan’s writing. You can also keep up to date with the book club by signing up for emails on their site and also by following them on Instagram!
Good morning ☀️ I'm so excited to finally share @belletrist with you! You guys know I love to read 📚 I'm constantly posting what I'm reading and wanting to know what you're reading! So @kpreiss and I thought why not start a #bookclub where we can all read and discuss together in one place? Come read with us @belletrist #belletristbabe 💕 more surprises to come…
If you follow Emma on Instagram, you may have noticed that Emma has a new project coming up! The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed the new project. Emma will be starring in the romantic comedy, In a Relationship, with Michael Angarano.
The project is based on the short film with the same name, which starred Dakota Johnson that Boyd also wrote and directed.
Scream Queens star Emma Roberts and The Knick’s Michael Angarano have wrapped starring turns in the romantic comedy In a Relationship.
Dree Hemingway and The OA breakout Patrick Gibson are also starring in the indie, which Sam Boyd wrote and directed.
The project is based on the short film with the same name, which starred Dakota Johnson that Boyd also wrote and directed. It garnered more than 800,000 views after premiering on Vogue’s digital channel in 2015 and followed two couples who find themselves in opposite stages of love.
Jay Ellis, Janet Montgomery, Greta Lee, Gayle Rankin, Sasha Spielberg, Andre Hyland, Domo Genesis, Luka Jones and Melora Walters round out the cast.
“In my relationship and in my friends’ relationships, the problems that arise are usually simple: we love each other but I’m me, and you’re you,” Boyd said. “It was important to me to make a film about the things that really come between young people – what they really fight about and what they’re really afraid of.”
Boyd is producing with Jorge Garcia Castro, David Hunter, and Ross Putman alongside 2 Friends Media founders Sergio Cortes Gomez and Andres Icaza Ballesteros.
Roberts is an exec producer as is Karah Preiss. David Sweeney is a co-exec producer.
CAA packaged the film and is repping sales.
Roberts last starred in the thriller Nerve, with James Franco, and has several movies in the can, including The Billionaire Boys Club with Taron Egerton. She is repped by CAA and Sweeney Entertainment.