Director News: Chu, Anderson, Jenkins, Baird

Can’t Touch This
“Step Up 3D” and “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” director Jon M. Chu and his producing partner Hieu Ho have sold the 1990s-set high school dance comedy “Can’t Touch This” to Focus Features.

Annie Mebane and Steve Basilone (“Community,” “Happy Endings”) are penning the script, but plot details are under wraps. It’s uncertain if Chu will direct the film himself. [Source: Deadline]

Shadow Run
Brad Anderson (“The Machinist,” “The Call”) is set to direct the action feature “Shadow Run” for Sony Pictures. Neal H. Moritz and Hernany Perla are producing.

Plot specifics are under wraps, but it has been described as “‘Safe House’ on a plane”. Joe Gazzam penned the script. [Source: Variety]

Jackpot
Filmmaker Patty Jenkins (“Monster,” “The Killing”) has closed a deal to direct a remake of the 2011 Norwegian action comedy “Jackpot” at Focus Features. David Callaham (“Godzilla”) is penning the script based on a story by “Headhunters” novelist Jo Nesbo.

The story follows four men with shady pasts who win big in a sports pool. When it comes to dividing the winnings, things escalate to lethal proportions. [Source: THR]

Laurel and Hardy
Scottish film director Jon S Baird (“Filth”) will direct an untitled film about comedians Laurel and Hardy and their farewell tour of Britain in 1953. Jeff Pope penned the script.

The successful UK tour came as Laurel and Hardy were losing their big screen appeal, and was a bid to revive their careers. But it ended when Hardy had a heart attack. [Source: The Scotsman]