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‘Swimming With Sharks’: Kiernan Shipka & Diane Kruger To Star In Quibi & Lionsgate’s Drama Series Update Of 1994 Movie

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina star Kiernan Shipka and Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds, The Bridge) are set as the leads in Swimming With Sharks, Quibi’s drama series from Lionsgate.

Billed as a contemporary update of George Huang’s 1994 film that both celebrates and skewers the Hollywood studio system, the series is written and produced by Kathleen Robertson (Murder in the First), and directed by Tucker Gates (Homeland), with Chris Cowles also producing.

In the series adaptation, Lou (Shipka), a young female assistant, works for Joyce (Kruger), a sole female studio head, at a company filled with manipulators, schemers and intrigue, but little do they know Lou is poised to outwit them all.

Lou and Joyce give a female twist to the characters played in the movie by Frank Whaley and Kevin Spacey, respectively.

Dana Brunetti, Spacey’s former producing partner, and Liz Destro serve as executive producers alongside Jay Cohen and Stephen Israel, who executive produced the movie.

Shipka headlines Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which is in its third season on Netflix Swimming with Sharks reunites her with Lionsgate TV, which cast her in her breakout role as Sally Draper on the AMC drama series Mad Men. Shipka, also known for her role in FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan, is repped by WME, Anonymous Content and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.

This is Kruger’s first major television role since FX’s The Bridge. She’ll next be seen in Universal’s 355 opposite Jessica Chastain and Lupita N’yongo. Kruger is repped by UTA, UBBA, Untitled, Altitude and Peikoff Mahan.


Kiernan Shipka, Odeya Rush to Star in Netflix John Green Adaptation “Let It Snow”

The holidays might have just come and gone but Netflix is already getting into the holiday spirit for next year with none other than Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’s very own Kiernan Shipka.

As reported by Deadline, Kiernan Shipka will be returning to the streaming giant with a project quite different from CAOS: the film adaptation of John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson’s three-part 2008 YA novel Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances.

Based on The New York Times bestseller, the film, seemingly shortened to only Let It Snow, will go into production in the first quarter of 2019, per Variety, and is expected to drop sometime during the next winter season.

The film, as the book, will be set in the small town of Gracetown during a raging Christmas Eve snowstorm, which draws a group of high school seniors close as they “discover unexpected opportunities as well as complications that test their friendships, love lives, and aspirations for the future.

Though Kiernan’s role is still under wraps, we know she’ll be joined by a star-studded cast that includes Legends of the Hidden Temple’s Isabela Moner, Dumplin”s Odeya Rush, and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’s Shameik Moore. Additional casting will include Jacob Batalon, Miles Robbins, Mitchell Hope, Liv Hewson, Anna Akana, and rom-com veteran Joan Cusack.

We can’t wait to see how Kiernan and co. will take on the three stories that comprise the book (“The Jubilee Express,” “A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle,” and “The Patron Saint of Pigs”), but I guess for that we’ll have to wait 11 more months for that. Sigh.

However, if you’re a John Green fan, the wait might be a little more bearable, as this isn’t the only adaption of his oeuvre in the works: His debut book, Looking for Alaska, is in the midst of casting and expected to hit Hulu at some point, and his latest novel, Turtles All the Way Down, has just found its director.


‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Christmas Special Teased in First Images

The Halloween holiday season may be over, and with it your first binge-watch of the excellent Netflix series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, but there are more holiday treats in store for fans of the witchy-watchy show. As we recently reported, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa‘s spellbinding adaptation will be airing a special Christmas episode this December. The one-off, fittingly titled Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale, can be glimpsed in a batch of new images from the upcoming hour.

Starring Kiernan Shipka, Lachlan Watson, Lucy Davis, Chance Perdomo, Michelle Gomez, Tati Gabrielle, Miranda Otto, and Ross Lynch, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale arrives on Netflix December 14th. The special arrives as part of the platform’s Christmas programming blitz, which includes Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas, Kurt Russell‘s take on Santa in The Christmas Chronicles, and other holiday classics.


‘Mad Men’s’ Kiernan Shipka is the New Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Kiernan Shipka, best known for playing the surly (and awesome) Sally Draper on Mad Men, has been cast as Sabrina Spellman, aka Sabrina the Teenage Witch, in Netflix’s untitled show (developed under the title The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) based on the Archie Comics graphic novel.

Deadline reports that showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who heads the popular Riverdale series, said of the star’s inclusion: “We’re all such huge fans of Kiernan’s work that when we started talking about who this new incarnation of Sabrina could be, her name was on everyone’s wish list. This is a darker, more macabre version of Sabrina, and we’re incredibly excited for people to see Kiernan make this iconic character her own.

So don’t expect a standard ’90s revision of the ABC series starring Melissa Joan-Hart — though we will be seriously sad if the Netflix show doesn’t include Sabrina’s snarky talking cat Salem in some form or another. The character of Sabrina almost made her return in the popular CW series Riverdale, named after the fictional town where Archie and the gang live. But baby goths everywhere are rejoicing that everyone’s favorite teen magic-maker gets to have her own moment in the spotlight.


Kiernan Shipka To Star In John Leonetti’s ‘The Silence’ From Constantin Film & EMJAG – Cannes

EXCLUSIVE: Kiernan Shipka, who played Sally Draper in Mad Men, is set to star in horror director John Leonetti’s next feature The Silence from Constantin Film and EMJAG Productions. David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment is launching international sales on the project in Cannes next week.

Project is produced by Robert Kulzer (Resident Evil), Alexandra Milchan (Wolf of Wall Street) and Scott Lambert (AMC’s The Terror) with Constantin CEO Martin Moszkowicz, the prolific German industry veteran behind the Resident Evil franchise, exec producing.

The Silence is based on the best-selling novel by fantasy-horror writer Tim Lebbon (Star Wars: Into The Void and The Cabin in the Woods) and is adapted by The Van Dyke Brothers, Carey and Shane (Chernobyl Diaries). The project is currently in pre-production and is scheduled to begin principal photography in September.

Story follows the terrifying tale of Ally, a deaf teenager, and her family whose world is turned upside down by a deadly and primeval force. In the fields near her New Jersey home, a colony of bats are attacked by a parasitic insect and soon morph into a new lethal species called Vesps. As the blind, winged creatures quickly grow, spread and attack the human population, Ally’s heightened senses become her strength. She can feel when the Vesps are close and realizes that even the slightest noise summons them in huge numbers. She and her family seek refuge in the woods where they must live in total silence. Amidst the creature chaos, they learn that humans can be just as dangerous when they are fighting to survive.

Teen actress Shipka starred as Sally Draper, the oldest child of Don and Betty Draper, in AMC’s Mad Men for eight years. She recently starred in Ryan Murphy’s TV mini-series Feud: Bette and Joan opposite Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange. Prior to that, she starred opposite Emma Roberts in horror thriller The Blackcoat’s Daughter.

Leonetti is the director behind horror-thriller Annabelle, which took $250M at the worldwide box office. His most recent feature, Wish Upon, starring Joey King, Sherilyn Fenn, Shannon Purser and Ryan Philippe, bows in the U.S. on July 14 via Broad Green Pictures.

The Van Dyke Brothers, who penned Oren Peli’s Chernobyl Diaries, wrote sci-fi horror feature The Watching Hour, which is currently at New Line. They’ve also sold their sci-fi feature Dreamland to Sony, with Will Smith’s Overbrook producing. The duo are currently working on The Rift, a supernatural drama TV series that they wrote and sold to UTV with Blumhouse producing and recently penned Possession 2 for Sam Raimi and Lionsgate.

Meanwhile, Constantin’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter grossed $312.2M at the global box office earlier this year, pushing the franchise past the $1B mark and making it the biggest video-game-based franchise of all time.

Shipka is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content. Leonetti and the Van Dyke Brothers are repped by CAA.


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