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Development: My Boyfriend is a Bear goes to the movies; Showtime and Scott Derrickson head for Kill Creek; Netflix conjures up Death by Magic

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Aug 23, 2018

From an adorable young adult tale of a beauty and her beast to a tense horror mystery to a new magic reality series that pays tribute to legends of the past, it was another busy day in the world of development.

First up, it's about to be bear season in Hollywood. The film rights to the YA graphic novel My Boyfriend Is a Bear have been secured by Legendary Entertainment. The Oni Press title, by writer Pamela Ribon and artist Cat Farris, was released earlier this year and follows a woman named Nora who falls in love with an ursine suitor after a string of bad luck with humans.

Per the book's official description, "He’s considerate, he’s sweet, he takes care of her. But he’s a bear, and winning over her friends and family is difficult. Not to mention he has to hibernate all winter. Can true love conquer all?"

According to Variety, Ribon will write the screenplay and serve as an executive producer. (It's not yet specified whether this will be an animated or live-action movie.) Ribon is also one of the writers of the upcoming Wreck-It Ralph sequel.

Scott Derrickson jumped off the Snowpiercer series earlier this summer, but he's already found a new project. The Doctor Strange director will executive-produce a horror series for Showtime based on the novel Kill Creek. Derrickson, who will produce alongside Misha Green, will also direct the pilot.

The 2017 book was written by Scott Thomas. Per The Wrap, the story follows horror writer "Sam McGarver and three fellow masters of the macabre [who] reluctantly agree to spend Halloween night in one of the country’s most infamous haunted houses, [and] their presence awakens an entity that will torment and threaten to make them a part of Kill Creek’s bloody legacy."

Derrickson, whose credits include Deliver Us From Evil and The Day the Earth Stood Still, exited TNT's Snowpiercer series due to creative differences and may have recently teased a long-anticipated Doctor Strange sequel.

Netflix announced Thursday a new slate of reality programming, including the series Death by Magic. The show stars British magician Drummond Money-Coutts, who goes by the moniker DMC. In the series, Money-Coutts "is on a mission to uncover the stories of magicians who died performing the most dangerous stunts ever attempted," according to a Netflix press release. "He travels the world to track down where the fatal performances took place and to work out exactly what went wrong, sharing his magic with the people he meets along the way."

Among the updated versions of these harrowing stunts featured, Money-Coutts will be buried alive under tons of wet concrete; play a game of Russian roulette; and escape from a collision with a speeding steam train.

In an Instagram post, the magician wrote, "Along the way I share beautiful magic with those that I meet – before recreating my own epic-scale interpretations of those deadly stunts, in front of terrified live audiences. … It is the culmination of more than 20 years of dreaming, 10 years of planning and more than 12 months' intensive work with the kindest, most brilliant minds in the business."

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