‘Circe’ Fantasy Drama From Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver Based On Novel Gets HBO Max Series Order

Chernin Entertainment's series portfolio also include upcoming drama series P-Valley on Starz as well See and Truth Be Told at Apple, both in partnership with Endeavor Content.
Circe gives HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer service set to debut in spring 2020, a potential fantasy franchise. Other series ordered by the upcoming streaming platform include a Gossip Girl reboot, Made For Love, Station Eleven, a Gremlins animated prequel, The Flight Attendant, Love Life, and Tokyo Vice. ” /> It joins sci-fi saga Dune: The Sisterhood.
EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, streamer HBO Max has given an 8-episode straight-to-series order to Circe, a drama series adaptation of Madeline Miller’s International bestseller of the same name. The project hails from top feature writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Jurassic World). Chernin Entertainment is producing with Endeavor Content through the companies' scripted drama venture.
Jaffe and Silver co-wrote and produced the most recent Planet of the Apes trilogy, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes.
The book was shortlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction and was the Winner of the 2019 Indie Choice Award. It has been translated in 22 languages. Miller is repped by Julie Barer at The Book Group and WME. Published in 2018, Miller’s Circe was a breakout success, launching to strong reviews and landing at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list (for a 16-week stay), and selling over half a million books in the U.S. alone.
Written and executive produced by Jaffa and Silver, Circe is a modern take on the world of Greek mythology told from the powerful feminist perspective of the goddess Circe, who transforms from an awkward nymph to a formidable witch, able to challenge gods, titans and monsters alike.
In partnership with Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping, we have the dream team to bring Circe to life.” “I’ve been a longtime fan of Rick and Amanda’s work and their ability to simultaneously build epic imaginative worlds while creating emotional dynamic characters. “Circe tells an epic story of love, loss, tragedy and immortal conflict, all through the eyes of a fierce female lens,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max.
In addition to Planet of the Apes, the duo recently also successfully rebooted another blockbuster movie franchise, co-writing the 2015 Jurassic World. Upcoming tentpoles co-written by Jaffa and Silver include Disney's live-action Mulan and the first two Avatar sequels. Silver and Jaffa are repped by Ken Richman at Hansen Jacobson.
For Jaffa and Silver, this marks a foray into television and an extension of their relationship with Chernin Entertainment on the feature side where they have collaborated on the Planet of the Apes franchise.

Tracy Letts To Play Henry Ford II In James Mangold’s Ford Vs. Ferrari Pic

Christian Bale and Matt Damon will star in the currently untitled big-budget pic, which will follow the true story of automotive visionary Carroll Shelby (Damon), British driver Ken Miles (Bale) and a team of American engineers and designers who were dispatched by Ford with the mission of building from scratch a new race car to defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari at the iconic Le Mans race.
Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Noah Jupe, Paul Sparks and Jack McMullen will also star.
He will be seen in USA Network's The Sinner and he is screenwriter on Fox 2000's upcoming thriller The Woman In The Window, which will star Amy Adams. He is well known for his portrayal of Andrew Lockhart in seasons 3 and 4 of Showtime's Homeland, and he currently portrays Nick on the HBO comedy Divorce. Letts has been upping his number of screen roles in recent years and last year had key parts in The Lovers, Lady Bird and The Post.
Chernin Entertainment is producing and the team is prepping now ahead of an August shoot. Logan director Mangold developed the film with screenwriters Jez and John-Henry Butterworth, the brothers who previously collaborated on the script for Edge Of Tomorrow and Fair Game.
Letts is repped by Innovative Artists.” /> The acclaimed playwright won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for stage play August: Osage County, which he then went on to adapt into the Oscar-nominated film of the same name. He also won a Tony Award for his portrayal of George in the revival of Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?
EXCLUSIVE: Fox has tapped Pulitzer and Tony award-winner Tracy Letts for the key role of former Ford Motor Company President Henry Ford II in James Mangold’s upcoming movie about the battle between Ford and Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans World Championship.
The feature was recently awarded $17M in California tax credits and the production is expected to spend more than $78M in California on qualified expenditures alone. The Golden State is expected to double for Florida, Michigan, England and France.