Directors: Marsh, Taylor, Lee, Farrelly, Michell

A bunch of filmmakers have been linked to all sorts of new projects in the past day or two. Here are the details:

James Marsh (“The Theory of Everything”) has been slated to direct the Blueprint Pictures and BBC Films untitled project about amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his attempt to win the first round the World Yacht Race in 1968. Firth will play Crowhurst, and shooting will begin in the spring.

Tate Taylor (“The Help”) has come onboard to helm Warner Bros.’ untitled drama about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis which Robert Downey Jr. will produce. Mike Jones will write the script for the aftermath story of the 1945 sinking of the battleship in shark-infested Pacific waters.

Ang Lee has come onboard as director of the film adaptation of Ben Fountain’s novel “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”. Most of the film takes place during a Thanksgiving Day football game where a 19-year-old having returned from an Iraq tour is briefly back home before shipping out again. Filming begins in mid-April.

Bobby Farrelly has signed on to helm the comedy “One Night Stan” with Foresight Unlimited, marking the filmmaker’s first solo directing gig. The story centers on a commitment-phobic man who falls hard for a woman and discovers she has her own ideas about relationships. Shooting begins in August.

Finally, Roger Michell is attached to write and direct adaptation of the classic Daphne Du Maurier 1951 novel “My Cousin Rachel” for Fox Searchlight. The dark romance revolves around a young orphan, who believes his beautiful cousin Rachel may have been responsible for the murder of his beloved guardian. As he plots his revenge, he finds his feelings complicated as he falls for Rachel’s charms.

Sources: Deadline & Variety & Screen