Inside the Industry

March 8, 2018 - 6:15am

JOHN TRAVOLTA BOARDS MOOSE: John Travolta has joined the film Moose, which Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst is helming. The "Nookie" artist reportedly co-wrote the film, which is based on stories from his own life. In it, Travolta plays the titular character, who becomes obsessed with an action star. Per Vulture, Durst previously directed 2009's The Longshots (starring Ice Cube) and 2007's The Education of Charlie Banks (starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Ritter).

GLAAD TO HONOR JIM PARSONS: The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons will join Britney Spears and Olympian Adam Rippon in being honored at the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards on April 12th. Parsons will receive GLAAD‘s Stephen F. Kolzak Award, while Spears, as previously announced, will take home the Vanguard Award for her support of the LGBTQ community. The Stephen F. Kolzak Award is given “to an LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting LGBTQ acceptance,” per GLAAD. Laverne Cox, Ellen DeGeneres, Troye Sivan and Ruby Rose have previously been honored.

ARCHIE COMICS IS MAKING A BOLLYWOOD MOVIE: Archie Comics and Graphic India are working on a Bollywood-style live-action film based on the titular series. The film will see reimagined versions of the "classic characters like Archie, Betty, Veronica, Reggie, Moose and Jughead with an Indian cast and will feature all the elements of the comic book series." Archie Comics has also been reimagined recently in the CW TV series Riverdale, which has aired for two seasons with strong ratings. Archie Comics have sold over 2 billion copies worldwide and are published in more than 17 languages in over 55 countries.

KOREAN DIRECTOR KIM KI-DUK FACES NEW RAPE ALLEGATIONS: Three actresses have divulged new stories about Kim Ki-duk, claiming they raped or abused him. He denies the allegations. For more than a decade, Kim has been making films that often features sex and violence, including Moebius and The Isle. His Pieta won the Golden Lion at Venice in 2012, and Pieta and Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ... and Spring, were picked as South Korea's foreign-language Oscar contender.

KATHRYN SCHOTTHOEFER LAUNCHES FEMALE-LED STUDIO: Kathryn Schotthoefer, who has led major marketing campaigns for Neflix, Disney, Warner Bros and Fox, is launching Original Media Ventures. She is joined by an all-female executive team, comprised of former Maker Studios executive Emily Wynne-Hughes, who will run programming, Amazing Race producer Kristi Dixon, who will oversee production, and former Warner Bros exec Katie Hutchings, who will be in charge of partnerships. A number of projects are in the works, including some with 21st Century Fox and National Geographic, a scripted anthology series about teen girls around the world and a digital series featuring Plus1, a nonprofit that links up touring musicians and grassroots issue organizations.