Saturday, April 10, 2021

Issa Rae and Jordan Peele Team for Universal’s ‘Sinkhole’ Sci-FI

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*Issa Rae has teamed with Jordan Peele’s Moneypaw and Universal Pictures on the female-lead sci-fi feature “Sinkhole.”

According to Deadline, the story centers on “a young family that moves into its dream home despite the gaping sinkhole in the backyard. The mysterious sinkhole manages to fix broken and destroyed things. However, the story asks, what if that thing is a person?”

Universal beat out more than 10 studio bidders for screen rights to the Leyna Krow short story, in a low-seven-figure deal. 

Here’s more from Deadline: 

Writer Krow is from Spokane, WA, and the story is set on the street she lives on. She was initially inspired to write the piece when a group of local writers were asked to write short fairytales on the theme “I Married A Monster.” She wanted to explore the notion of female perfection and was particularly interested in the ways society and cultures can promote the concept of women as imperfect or broken. Her story has the trappings of a grounded, psychological sci-fi/horror, but the subplot is a commentary on the human condition through the lens of female identity.

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Universal’s Senior Vice President of Production Sara Scott will oversee the project, which will fall under Monkeypaw’s five-year deal with the studio. The feature is being developed as a potential star vehicle for Rae, according to the report. 

Meanwhile, Issa’s hit HBO series “Insecure” just received 11 Emmy nominations, including one for Rae with Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

She has also been tapped to co-star in HBO’s upcoming scripted comedy set during the coronavirus pandemic 

According to EW, “Coastal Elites” is a satire from playwright and screenwriter Paul Rudnick and Jay Roach. The projects boasts “an all-star cast playing characters from New York to Los Angeles coping with politics and the pandemic” and “tells stories of breaking down and breaking through in the summer of 2020 that are funny, searing, poignant and now.”

More about the storyline: “Exploring our current world of deeply divided politics and the universal pursuit of human connection, Coastal Elites features a series of confessionals from five main characters.”

The cast includes Bette Midler, Sarah Paulson, Kaitlyn Dever and Dan Levy.  

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.



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