Crackle is going to start it up again.
Sony Pictures Television’s digital platform has renewed the scripted drama for a second season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Season two will consist of 10 episodes, with the Martin Freeman and Adam Brody starrer set to return in the fall.
The series, which opened to lackluster reviews, explores the launch of GenCoin, a potentially revolutionary idea for an unregulated digital currency, and the deadly tech war that ignites around the creation of the algorithm. Brody, Edi Gathegi and Otmara Marrero will return, with a deal for season-one star Freeman to return currently in the works. (He is expected to return.)
StartUp hails from Critical Content and Hollywood Gang Productions. Tom Forman, Andrew Marcus, Raymond Ricord, Gianni Nunnari and Shannon Gaulding executive produce. Ben Ketai serves as writer, exec producer and director. Brody and Anne Clements also produce.
Adam Brody and Sophie Nelisse are attached to star in Evan Morgan’s murder mystery “The Kid Detective.”
UTA and Myriad Pictures will handle sales and production is set to begin in early 2017. Myriad will introduce the film to international buyers at the upcoming European Film Market during the Berlin Film Festival.
Morgan will direct from his own script, which centers on a once celebrated kid detective (Brody) who’s now 29 and continues to solve the same trivial mysteries between hangovers and bouts of self-pity. That changes when a naïve client (Nelisse) seeks to discover who brutally murdered her boyfriend.
Morgan was the co-writer, producer and editor of “The Dirties,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance, and was released internationally by Kevin Smith, Phase 4, and Pulse Films. He most recently received the Canal Plus Prizeat the Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival for his short “A Pretty Funny Story.”
Shawn Williamson and Jameson Parker will produce for Brightlight Pictures. Myriad Pictures is repping the international rights and co-repping domestic with UTA.
Kirk D’Amico will serve as executive producer with Adam Brody also taking on a producer role. Brightlight’s credits include “50/50,” “The Company You Keep” and “White Noise.”
Don’t let the friendly chatter in the Sept. 6 premiere of StartUp fool you. When Martin Freeman’s FBI agent Phil Rask makes small talk with Adam Brody’s financier Nick Talman about his girlfriend, it’s actually a very well-crafted, and aggressive, method of trying to disarm Talman… so Rask can go in for the kill.
Click the image below to get the full clip since I can’t embed it here.
For everyone still harboring a significant crush on Adam Brody from his days on The O.C. (or really any time period in his career), you need to see this. It’s an exclusive clip from Yoga Hosers, and he’s featured as the drummer for Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp’s band. He also happens to take off his shirt to reveal a chest full of tattoos. Sold? We thought so. Yoga Hosers opens on Sept. 2 and has a special Fathom event on Aug. 30, but for now, relish this clip.
Adam Brody has stepped out of ‘The O.C.’ and into the Miami streets where he’s fighting to stay alive on Crackle’s new scripted drama series, ‘StartUp.’ He’s also earned his first serious producing credit on this, and couldn’t be more happy to be back on the small screen with such an incredible cast.
“I really liked the script and I really liked the world,” Adam Brody told HollywoodLife.com during the Television Critics Association’s Summer press tour in Beverly Hills. That of course, was reason two to signing on to the show — the first being “Martin Freeman was doing it!”
However, the actor really loved the character, shooting all ten episodes in Puerto Rico, and working hard. “It was a different sandbox for me,” he said. Of course, he’s also talking about producing. “As an actor, there’s somewhat of a thin line. There’s so many different kinds of producers. I’d be lying if I said I put this together in any shape or form. I didn’t! But I was a consultant, as were the other stars. It’s a very collaborative process.”
Of course shooting the show definitely had its challenges — his main one being keeping his energy up. “It’s an intense show. Every scene has very big stakes. I’m not a lazy person, and I do love what I do, and if I’m invested in something, I can become obsessed with it… but, I might be a lazy actor,” he added. “It was like, ‘How the f-ck do I catch 10 minutes of sleep?’ because it was a lot.”
“StartUp” explores what happens when a brilliant, yet controversial tech idea gets incubated on the wrong side of the tracks by three strangers who don’t necessarily fit the mold of “tech entrepreneurs.” Set amongst the unconstrained, yet opportunist streets of Miami, “StartUp” weaves a complex and exciting narrative, featuring the high-stakes struggle of what one will do to reach ultimate success. Forced to fund a tech company with dirty money from unsuspecting places while forming ties with a dangerous, Haitian gang, the fight to build a business pales in comparison to the fight to stay alive, especially when there’s a vehement FBI agent who wields the power to make or break those he comes in contact with—and not always for the right reasons.
Just one day after Relativity Television formally relaunched as Critical Content, the company has landed its first greenlight with a series order from Sony’s Crackle for a drama starring Adam Brody and Martin Freeman, Variety has learned. “Start Up” marks the second scripted one hour drama on the streaming service’s expanding slate.
Crackle has ordered 10 episodes of the drama that also stars Edi Gathegi (“The Blacklist,” “Twilight”) and newcomer Otmara Marrero, who has appeared in “Graceland.” Created by Ben Ketai, the show begins filming this week in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Set in Miami, “Start Up” explores what happens when a brilliant, yet controversial tech idea gets incubated on the wrong side of the tracks by three strangers who don’t necessarily fit the mold of tech entrepreneurs. Forced to fund a tech company with dirty money while forming ties with a Haitian gang, their fight to build a business pales in comparison to the fight to stay alive, especially when there’s a vehement FBI agent who wields the power to make or break those he comes in contact with — and not always for the right reasons.
Freeman plays FBI agent Phil Rask who specializes in financial crimes and crosses paths with Brody’s Nick Talman, a sharp and intelligent financier at a boutique firm in Miami.
Aside from starring in the series, Brody (“The O.C.”) will also serve as a producer, marking his first major producing credit.
The comedy Big Bear has wrapped and the film’s principle cast has been announced. Written and directed by Joey Kern in his feature debut, Big Bear is a black comedy following a soon-to-be-married man dumped by his fiancee who reluctantly goes ahead with his bachelor party anyway. Heading up to Big Bear mountain with three friends, things take a turn for the worse when he discovers his friends have kidnapped the man his fiancee left him for and have tied him up in a basement.
Big Bear stars Kern, along with Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is The New Black), Adam Brody (The O.C.), Tyler Labine (Monsters University), and Zachary Knighton (Happy Endings). Maybe This Year (MTY) Productions’ Brandon Evans produced along with Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti of Fortress Features, Joey Kern, and Luke Edwards. Currently in post-production, it was financed by Maybe This Year along with the company’s financial partners.
The Internet is finally able to extend that iconic welcome to TV fans as The O.C. is finally available to stream online for the first time ever. Yes, the series has somehow managed to elude online streaming sites such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon for all these years.
The iconic Fox teen drama, which ran from 2003-07 and starred Ben McKenzie, Adam Brody, Rachel Bilson and Mischa Barton, is now avaialble for your viewing pleasure on CW Seed, which has all 92 episodes. California (and massive binge-watch), here we come!
Congrats to happy parents!
And baby makes three!
Earlier today, E! News confirmed that Leighton Meester and Adam Brody have welcomed their first child together, and now, we can reveal additional details about the birth—including the wee one’s name.
The former Gossip Girl star welcomed daughter Arlo Day Brody on August 4 at 12:12 a.m. at Whittier Hospital in Whittier, Calif. The notoriously private couple has not commented publicly on the birth of their baby girl.