VARIETY – Hulu has ordered the half-hour comedy series “Chad Powers” from Glen Powell and Michael Waldron, Variety has learned.
Powell will star in the series in addition to co-creating and co-writing the pilot with Waldron, with both serving as executive producers. The show is based on the Chad Powers character created by Eli Manning for his EPSN+ docuseries “Eli’s Places.” Manning wanted to learn more about the walk-on process for college football, so he donned a wig and prosthetic makeup so he could go undercover during the Penn State football tryouts.
The official description for the series states, “When bad behavior nukes hotshot QB Russ Holliday’s (Powell) college career, he disguises himself and walks onto a struggling Southern football team as the talented, affable Chad Powers.”
“We’re both diehard college football fans. When we saw Eli as Chad Powers, we knew that was the way into a big, fun story about this world,” Powell and Waldron said in a joint statement. “We’re excited to be part of this team, and can’t wait to get Chad in the game. Think fast, run fast.”
In addition to Powell and Waldron, Manning will executive produce along with his brother Peyton Manning via Omaha Productions as well as Jamie Horowitz and Ben Brown. Adam Fasullo of Waldron’s Anomaly Pictures will also executive produce, as will ESPN. Powell will executive produce under his Barnstorm Productions banner. 20th Television is the studio.
“The love for Chad Powers has surprised me in spectacular ways,” said Eli Manning. “I played 16 years in the NFL, but now when I’m in a restaurant or walking through an airport, it’s not uncommon for fans to scream, ‘Hey Chad!’ I’m so excited to team up with my friends Glen Powell, Michael Waldron and Omaha Productions to continue to tell the Chad Powers story and see what he does next.”
This will not be Powell’s first foray as a writer. He previously co-wrote the screenplay for the action-comedy “Hit Man” along with Richard Linklater, with Powell also starring in the film. It debuted at the Venice Film Festival and will be released theatrically on May 24 before arriving on Netflix on June 7. Powell most recently starred in the romantic comedy “Anyone But You” with Sydney Sweeney, which has grossed nearly $200 million worldwide. He is also known for his role in megahit sequel “Top Gun: Maverick” as well as for films like “Hidden Figures” and “Everybody Wants Some.” He is also set to star in the highly-anticipated film “Twisters.”
Powell is repped by CAA, The Initiative Group, and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole.
Waldron previously created the Marvel-Disney+ series “Loki,” which recently aired its second season. He is also known for his work writing the Marvel film “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” and is attached to write the next two “Avengers” films. He is also known for creating the Starz pro wrestling drama “Heels” and for writing on shows like “Community” and “Rick and Morty.”
He is repped by CAA, Grandview, and Sunshine Sachs Morgan & Lylis.
“Chad Powers” is now the second major streaming series to be based off a character created for a sports program. “Ted Lasso” starring Jason Sudeikis was based on a character originally created to promote NBC Sports’ coverage of Premier League soccer. That show went on to air three highly-acclaimed seasons on Apple TV+, winning numerous Emmy Awards and becoming the most-streamed show of 2023.
Glen Powell, Michael Waldron Team for Hulu Comedy Series Based on Eli Manning’s Chad Powers Character
Written by jen on February 22 2024
Written by jen on February 20 2024
Nearly 900 UltraHD screen captures of Glen in Anyone But You have been added into the photo gallery. Be sure to purchase the film on your choice digital service!
Written by joshua on February 11 2024
If you feel it, chase it.
#TwistersMovie is only in theaters July 19.
This summer, the epic studio disaster movie returns with an adrenaline-pumping, seat-gripping, big-screen thrill ride that puts you in direct contact with one of nature’s most wondrous—and destructive—forces.
From the producers of the Jurassic, Bourne and Indiana Jones series comes Twisters,
a current-day chapter of the 1996 blockbuster, Twister. Directed by Lee Isaac Chung, the Oscar® nominated writer-director of Minari, Twisters stars Golden Globe nominee Daisy Edgar-Jones (Where the Crawdads Sing, Normal People) and Glen Powell (Anyone But You, Top Gun: Maverick) as opposing forces who come together to try to predict, and possibly tame, the immense power of tornadoes.
Edgar-Jones stars as Kate Cooper, a former storm chaser haunted by a devastating encounter with a tornado during her college years who now studies storm patterns on screens safely in New York City. She is lured back to the open plains by her friend, Javi (Golden Globe nominee Anthony Ramos, In the Heights) to test a groundbreaking new tracking system. There, she crosses paths with Tyler Owens (Powell), the charming and reckless social-media superstar who thrives on posting his storm-chasing adventures with his raucous crew, the more dangerous the better.
As storm season intensifies, terrifying phenomena never seen before are unleashed, and Kate, Tyler and their competing teams find themselves squarely in the paths of multiple storm systems converging over central Oklahoma in the fight of their lives.
Twisters features an exciting new cast, including Nope’s Brandon Perea, Sasha Lane (American Honey), Daryl McCormack (Peaky Blinders), Kiernan Shipka (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Nik Dodani (Atypical) and Golden Globe winner Maura Tierney (Beautiful Boy).
From Amblin Entertainment, Twisters is directed by Lee Isaac Chung and is produced by Oscar® nominee Frank Marshall (Jurassic and Indiana Jones franchises) and by Patrick Crowley (Jurassic and Bourne franchises). The screenplay is by Mark L. Smith, writer of the Best Picture nominee The Revenant. Twisters will be distributed by Universal Pictures domestically and by Warner Bros. Pictures internationally.
Written by jen on January 23 2024
The photo gallery has been updated with event photos and portraits from the Sundance Film Festival this past weekend, along with a few photos from a Golden Globes party Glen attended earlier this month.
Events > 2024 > Jan 7 | Vas Morgan And Michael Brown’s 2024 Golden Globe Awards Party
Events > 2024 > Jan 21 | The Vulture Spot At Sundance Film Festival – Day 3
Events > 2024 > Jan 21 | Variety Sundance Studio, Presented by Audible – Day 3
Events > 2024 > Jan 21 | IndieWire Sundance Studio, Presented by Dropbox – Day 3
Events > 2024 > Jan 22 | 2024 Sundance Film Festival – Netflix’ “Hit Man” Premiere
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Glen Powell Finds Next Star Vehicle In Thriller ‘Huntington’ Inspired By Brit Classic ‘Kind Hearts And Coronets’
Written by jen on January 22 2024
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: With Anyone But You having just crossed $100M at the global box office and Top Gun 3 chatter lighting up the internet, Hollywood man of the moment Glen Powell has found his next project in the shape of thriller Huntington from Emily The Criminal writer-director John Patton Ford.
As we revealed last year, Euro studio Studiocanal and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri producer Blueprint are behind the project, which has now attracted Green Book and Spotlight outfit Participant as co-financier with Studiocanal.
We understand A24 is close to finalizing a domestic deal, though none of the parties could confirm at time of going to press.
The partners are aiming for an early summer shoot on the movie, which is described to us as “raucous revenge thriller” about Becket Redfellow (Powell), the heir to a multi-billion-dollar fortune who will stop at nothing to get what he deserves…Or what he thinks he deserves.
Patton Ford’s original screenplay is inspired by Studiocanal’s 1949 Ealing Comedy library title Kind Hearts and Coronets, starring Alec Guinness. Huntington skews darker than the original caper classic but leans into witty and zingy banter, we hear.
Studiocanal quietly soft-launched the project at AFM and will continue selling international in earnest at next month’s EFM where it will be among the hot projects. Studiocanal will retain rights in its territories UK, France, Germany, Australia/NZ, Poland and Benelux, and the studio is committing to a theatrical rollout.
In another shiny addition, casting director Lucy Bevan (Barbie, The Batman, Belfast) is aboard to handle casting.
EVP Global Production Ron Halpern and SVP Global Production Joe Naftalin will oversee for Studiocanal, with Pete Czernin and Graham Broadbent at Blueprint Pictures, and Robert Kessel for Participant. Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Robert Kessel are executive producers. Participant and Studiocanal are teaming up for the first time.
John Patton Ford said: “I feel tremendously privileged to make this film with Studiocanal, Blueprint Pictures and Participant. It speaks volumes about these companies that they have chosen to make an original and progressive movie such as this. And Glen Powell is the icing on the cake.”
Studiocanal CEO Anna Marsh, Ron Halpern and Joe Naftalin commented: “All of us at Studiocanal were blown away by John’s film Emily The Criminal at Sundance, and then bowled over by his wildly entertaining screenplay for this project. We have loved working with him on it, and we are so excited to now have cast the extraordinary Glen Powell in the role of Becket. We are thrilled to have partnered on the film with our friends at Participant and delighted to be back in business once again with Pete, Graham and the team at Blueprint Pictures. What a team! It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Kind Hearts And Coronets concerns Louis D’Ascoyne Mazzini, the son of a woman disowned by her aristocratic family for marrying out of her social class. After her death, a vengeful Louis decides to take the family’s dukedom by murdering the eight people ahead of him in the line of succession to the title. The BAFTA-nominated film was included in Time‘s 2005 list of the top 100 films since 1923.
Powell has Universal’s Twisters and Richard Linklater’s Hit Man due for release in 2024. Patton Ford’s 2022 Sundance hit Emily The Criminal, starring Aubrey Plaza, was picked up by Netflix.
Powell is repped by CAA, The Initiative Group, and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole. Patton Ford is repped by CAA, Mike Dill and Lowell Shapiro at Black Box Mgmt, and lawyer Morris Yorn.