“Holmes,” “Exo,” “Life,” “Son” Set Directors

Holmes Exo Life Son Set Directors

A bunch of directors have become attached to numerous projects this week.

Harry Bradbeer (“Killing Eve,” “Fleabag”) has been set to direct the Millie Bobby Brown-led “Enola Holmes” based on the Nancy Springer book series. Jack Thorne will adapt the script for the project about Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes’ much younger sister Enola. Filming begins this Summer after Brown finishes production on “Godzilla vs. Kong”.

“The Machinist” director Brad Anderson has been attached to helm survival story “Existence” based on a screenplay by Anthony Jaswinski (“The Shallows”). The story is inspired by the ill-fated 1981 shipwreck of a research vessel that became marooned on a remote island in the Indian Ocean where the survivors not only had to deal with nature but also the extreme xenophobia of the last remaining Pre-Neolithic society on Earth.

Sara Colangelo (“The Kindergarten Teacher”) has been set to direct the true-life biographical drama “What Is Life Worth” at MadRiver Pictures with filming kicking off in April in New York. Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci star in the story of a powerful DC insider lawyer who was put in charge of the 9/11 Fund and discovered what life is worth. Max Borenstein penned the Black List script based on Kenneth Feinberg’s memoir.

Spike Lee’s longtime editor Barry Alexander Brown will helm civil rights drama “Son of the South” from his own script. Based on Bob Zellner autobiography, the story follows the grandson of a Ku Klux Klan member pulled into the center of the civil rights movement in 1961. Lee is executive producing and filming begins in Alabama in March.

Brad Furman (“The Lincoln Lawyer”) is set to direct Oscar-winner Shirley MacLaine in “People Not Places” which deals with a woman in her twilight years who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a local homeless man while struggling to mend a troubled relationship with her son. Ellen Brown Furman penned the script and filming begins late this year.

Cedric Nicolas-Troyan (“The Huntsman: Winter’s War”) will direct the Skybound Entertainment-Radar Pictures thriller “Exo”. The story follows an over-imaginative high school senior who has spotted an uptick in local UFO sightings just as the new girl next door starts behaving mysteriously. He soon makes an unbelievable discovery. Adam Cohen penned the script and casting will shortly begin for an estimated Spring 2020 production start.

Finally, Qasim Basir has been set to direct the biopic “Hawk” about famed NFL long shot Andrew Hawkins. Andre Gaines produces and filming begins this summer. This follows the true story of supreme underdog Hawkins, who gained entry into the NFL after faking his height, weight and social status to earn a multimillion-dollar contract with the Cleveland Browns.

Sources: Variety, THR, Deadline