Andrew Stanton In Early Talks To Direct ‘Chairman Spaceman’ For Searchlight & Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films

Stanton is repped by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham. Kinberg is repped by CAA and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein.” />
EXCLUSIVE: Two-time Oscar winner Andrew Stanton is in early talks we hear to direct Chairman Spaceman for Searchlight Pictures and Simon Kinberg's Genre Films.
He was also an executive producer and co-writer on Disney/Pixar's recent Animated Pic Oscar winner Toy Story 4 which grossed over $1.07 billion. Stanton has been nominated for six Oscars, winning Best Animated Feature Film in 2004 for Finding Nemo and again in 2009 for Wall-E. Stanton recently directed an episode of the Amazon futuristic limited drama series Tales From the Loop, "Echo Sphere", and his previous TV directing credits include Strangers Things, Legion and Better Call Saul. Stanton is a Pixar vet, his first feature film project being A Bug's Life as co-director before continuing on to direct Finding Nemo, Wall-E, and Finding Dory.
Pierce is adapting his own short story for the big screen. To redeem himself, he signs up for an interplanetary mission to colonize the greater solar system. Pierce's Chairman Spaceman is set in the near future, and follows a notorious corporate raider who renounces his worldly wealth. The story follows his final days on Earth and the fallout when the trip doesn't go as planned. Kinberg is producing alongside Genre Films' Audrey Chon.
Back in August, Deadline broke that Netflix won Pierce's New Yorker short story Tardy Man package, Pyros, which has Reese Witherspoon attached to star and Kinberg's Genre Films producing. Chairman Spaceman is based on Thomas Pierce's New Yorker short story of the same name, and it's the second piece from the magazine that the writer is adapting with Genre for a big screen take.
Wells' War of the Worlds. Genre has David Ayer writing and directing a remake of The Dirty Dozen at Warner Bros. Deadline told you first in recent days that Kinberg's spec script Here Comes the Flood was won by Netflix in a ferocious auction for mid-seven figures with major directors and actors already circling it. Also Genre has at Apple TV the untitled Kinberg/David Weil character-driven genre drama which has been billed as being in the spirit of H.G. In recent months, Genre Films has been using this time to develop films so that they're ready to shoot.

Phil Lord & Christopher Miller Tap Aditya Sood To Spearhead Growing Film Ambitions As Studios Court Them For Overall Movie Deal

Whether it’s re-imagining franchises or finding gold in material that no one else can spot, I can’t think of more creative, funnier or better humans to work with than these two guys.” Said Sood: “I couldn’t be more excited to join forces with Chris and Phil.
Aside from their unpleasant foray on Solo: A Star Wars Story, is there a team of producer-directors who've hit on movie franchise launches more consistently than these guys? In addition to Artemis at Fox/Disney, the duo will direct the live-action tentpole The Last Human, which Sony acquired in a highly competitive auction. They're repped by UTA.” />
This comes after the duo set their TV operations at Sony Pictures Television in an epic-sized five-year deal last April. Later this month, they will meet with all the major studios before deciding where to make their first overall movie deal. EXCLUSIVE: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have hired well regarded production executive Aditya Sood to become head of film for their Lord Miller banner. The move to secure the former Genre Films president comes at a key moment for filmmakers coming off the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
The three have been close friends for nearly 25 years since Miller introduced Sood and Lord during a college trip to Italy. Miller first met Sood when they were 6 years old, when they began making films together. The Sood hiring seemed destined to happen at some point.
Prior to his Genre run, Sood ran Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald's production company at DreamWorks and was VP Production at Warner Bros Pictures. He started his career at New Line Cinema and DreamWorks, and later worked as a Story Editor for producer Mark Johnson.
The prospect of landing Lord Miller into an overall deal for features understandably has multiple studios hot and bothered. Their film projects have grossed in excess of $3.3 billion with hits that include Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and its sequel, 21 Jump Street and its sequel 22 Jump Street, The Lego Movie franchise, including the sequel Lego Movie 2: The Second Part and spinoffs The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie, followed by Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Projects that Sood produced at Genre grossed over $2.7 billion in global box office. He is also producing with Kinberg Artemis, an adaptation of the Weir novel that has Lord & Miller attached to direct. Sood did a lot of that during his successful run as president of Simon Kinberg's Genre Films. He was also active on Genre's TV side, exec producing the series Designated Survivor, which is currently in its third season for Netflix. Sood produced the Best Picture nominated Ridley Scott-directed adaptation of the Andy Weir novel The Martian, which the exec found and brought in to the company. He was executive producer on the blockbuster Deadpool films and also Murder on the Orient Express.
Sood will lead a motion picture group staff that includes longtime film executives Will Allegra and Rebecca Karch who have been upped to Senior Vice President and Vice President, respectively. Sood's challenge will be to lead their motion picture group ambitions, with an emphasis on developing original and existing IP projects and championing fresh voices.
“Aditya was the one person we knew in the movie business before we moved to Los Angeles,” Lord & Miller told Deadline. His commitment to the art of filmmaking and impeccable taste are only secondary to the character he conducts himself with. “He’s the person who made it seem possible and we have believed in him and rooted for him our entire lives. And its Lord Miller’s good fortune to work closely with someone we respect and admire so much.”