A couple of major filmmakers have scored new directing deals, starting with Netflix closing a multi-year first look deal with filmmaker Chris Columbus and his 1492 Pictures producing partners Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe.
The group recently produced the Kurt Russell-led “The Christmas Chronicles” film which was a massive success over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Next, Focus Features has picked up the Jim Parsons-led “Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies” with Michael Showalter joining the project to direct and produce while David Marshall Grant and Dan Savage are writing the screenplay.
An adaptation of Michael Ausiello’s tragicomic memoir, the story deals with the eleven-month span between when his partner, photographer Kit Cowan, got a diagnosis of terminal cancer, and his passing.
Next, Hany Abu-Assad (“The Mountain Between Us,” “Paradise Now”) has come on to direct the film adaptation of the popular comic book title “Infidel” at TriStar Pictures at Anonymous Content. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White are penning the script while Michael Sugar and Ashley Zalta are producing the project.
Pornsak Pichetshote penned the comic, dubbed a haunted house story for the 21st century, which follows an American Muslim woman and her multi-racial neighbors who find themselves living in a building haunted by strange creatures that seemingly feed on xenophobia.
Finally, Sophie Brooks (“The Boy Downstairs”) is set to direct an adaptation of the Catherine Isaac novel “You Me Everything” for Lionsgate and Temple Hill. Robert Nelson Jacobs (“Chocolat”) has penned the script.
The story is set in the French countryside during an idyllic summer vacation. Jess and her ten-year-old son William set off to spend the summer in a restored castle hotel run by her ex-boyfriend and the kid’s father.