A couple of projects have just landed new directors. Things kick off with Irish director Brian O’Malley (“The Lodgers,” “Let Us Prey”) having signed on to direct the suspense thriller “Immaculate” at Catapult Entertainment Group. Christopher Watkins, Charles Stiefel and Kevin Goetz will produce and filming begins later this year in Alabama.
David R. Flores & J. Hunter Roe’s script centers on a minister who, after a personal tragedy and having his own crisis of faith, is taken captive by a mother who believes her son possesses extraordinary abilities that are rooted in evil.
Next up, Tom Walker (“The Last Executioner,” “Monk Dawson”) is set to write and direct “The Cave,” one of the numerous films in the works about the harrowing rescue of the Wild Boars soccer team earlier this summer in the Tham Luang Cave in Thailand.
The rescue of the boys before the caves became flooded played out in real time on TV screens across the world and was accomplished by experts from numerous countries. The Thai production will begin shooting in November.
Then there’s acclaimed filmmaker Michael Winterbottom (“The Trip”) who is returning with a new currently untitled satire about the super rich, and he’s enlisted comedians Steve Coogan and David Mitchell to help on the Film4 and Sony Pictures International production.
Coogan plays a ruthless, perma-tanned and self-absorbed retail clothing billionaire, Mitchell a mild-mannered journalist hired by Coogan’s character to chronicle his life story. Additional casting is underway with filming to take place this Fall. Melissa Parmenter will produce the project previously titled “Greed”.
Finally, Edward Berger (“Patrick Melrose,” “The Terror”) has stepped in to take over directing “Rio,” the Jake Gyllenhaal and Benedict Cumberbatch-led psychological thriller penned by “Peaky Blinders” creator Steven Knight and produced by Studiocanal.
The story follows two old friends who meet again in the titular city – one is a journalist, the other a hugely successful financier.