×

‘Blue Valentine’ director attached to HBO series

Hunting Lane developing 'Muscle' for cable network

Hunting Lane Films is showing some “Muscle,” launching development of a series for HBO based on Sam Fussell’s bodybuilding memoir, with “Blue Valentine” writer-director Derek Cianfrance attached.

“Muscle” is the first project from Hunting Lane’s new development fund for features budgeted between $6 million and $20 million along with scripted TV projects.

“Muscle” is set up in partnership with John Lesher and Adam Kassan’s Le Grisbi Prods. Lesher and Kassan will exec produce alongside Hunting Lane CEO Jamie Patricof. Fussell’s book, first published two decades ago, recounts his four-year immersion in the bodybuilding life. Fussell and Cianfrance will pen the script and serve as co-exec producers.

The announcement comes with HLF’s “Blue Valentine” having opened strongly for the Weinstein Co. with $291,607 at five playdates in five days.

“We noticed that there were more and more opportunities to acquire rights and develop projects now that the studios have decreased the number of producers with traditional overhead deals,” Patricof said.

The shingle has also hired former New Line staffer Mark Tuohy and promoted Katie McNeill to posts as creative executives.

HLF’s “Little Birds,” written and directed by first-timer Elgin James, will screen in competition at Sundance. The drama, starring Juno Temple, Kay Panabaker, Kyle Gallner, Leslie Mann and Kate Bosworth, tells the story of two 15-year-old girls who test the limits of their friendship when one follows the other in an escape to Los Angeles.

Hunting Lane’s credits include features “Half Nelson” and “Sugar,” reality TV series “The Rachel Zoe Project” and Ice Cube’s doc “Straight Outta L.A.” It’s in development on a pair of pics: writer Justin Marks’ “Borderline,” with Ricardo de Montreuil directing, and Cianfrance’s “The Place Beyond the Pines,” with Ryan Gosling attached to star.

More Film

  • Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes - The

    Andrew Lincoln's ‘Walking Dead’ Movie to Be Released Only in Theaters

    The planned movie centered on “The Walking Dead” character Rick Grimes will now run in theaters rather than on AMC. The announcement was made with a brief teaser video played at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, with the video ending with the words “Only in Theaters.” The film will be distributed by Universal Pictures. No [...]

  • Jennifer Beals The Last Tycoon

    Jennifer Beals Seeking SAG-AFTRA Board Seat as Matthew Modine Ally (EXCLUSIVE)

    Jennifer Beals is running for a SAG-AFTRA national board seat as a member of presidential candidate Matthew Modine’s progressive Membership First slate. Beals is best known for starring as Bette Porter on the Showtime series “The L Word” and for her lead role as Alex Owens in the 1983 hit “Flashdance.” She’s starred in the [...]

  • Alamo Drafthouse Opens New Downtown Los

    Alamo Drafthouse Storms into L.A. with New Location

    “Cinema is alive and well tonight!” Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League declared at the theatrical venue’s ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday night, where a gathering of 160 employees cheered and sliced into a strip of 35mm film in keeping with the company’s tradition. Despite dire predictions heralding the end of the theater-going experience, League was upbeat [...]

  • The Lion King Teaser

    'The Lion King' Leaping to $185 Million North American Debut

    Disney’s “The Lion King” is heading for a dominant $185 million opening weekend in North America, early estimates showed Friday. Should that number hold, “The Lion King” will record the second-best opening of 2019 — and give the sagging domestic box office a badly needed boost. “The Lion King” would replace “Incredibles 2,” which launched [...]

  • Joe Anthony Russo

    Russo Brothers Announce 'Grimjack,' Live-Action 'Battle of the Planets' Adaptations

    Joe and Anthony Russo are looking to their youth to populate the development slate at their production company AGBO. A relatively obscure comic book called “Grimjack” will count the Russos as producers for an adaptation, they announced at San Diego Comic-Con. They’re also cooking up a live-action adaptation of the animated show “Battle of the [...]

  • Chadwick Boseman stars in 21 Bridges

    Watch Chadwick Boseman Hunt Down Killers in New '21 Bridges' Trailer

    Shots are fired in a new trailer for “21 Bridges,” starring Chadwick Boseman and J.K. Simmons, released during a Comic-Con panel today. The heist-thriller, produced by Joe and Anthony Russo of “Avengers: Endgame,” stars Boseman as an NYPD detective Andre Davis who finds himself embroiled in a city-wide manhunt after two cops are accused of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content