New Films For McQueen, Berg, Espinosa

Untitled Paul Robeson Biopic
“12 Years a Slave” and “Shame” director Steve McQueen is teaming with Harry Belafonte to produce a biopic about singer, actor and activist Paul Robeson. McQueen has reportedly been keen on doing the project for years but is only now able to do so.

The project is different from the biopic that Four Stars International has been developing in recent years which had David Harewood on board at one time to play Robeson. [Source: Variety]

The Hunt for El Chapo
“Lone Survivor” director Peter Berg to has been tapped to helm “The Hunt for El Chapo,” the true story tale of the capture earlier this year of notorious Sinaloa cartel head Joaquin Guzman Loera (aka. El Chapo). Craig Borten is developing the script based on Patrick Keefe’s New Yorker article from earlier this year.

El Chapo rose up through the ranks of the Mexican cartels in the 1970s and 1980s and made a billion-dollar fortune moving cocaine from Colombia into the United States. [Source: Deadline]

Boston Strong
“Safe House” director Daniel Espinosa is in talks to helm the Boston marathon bombing project “Boston Strong” at 20th Century Fox. Casey Affleck had originally been attached to star but that is no longer the case.

The story follows the massive manhunt to apprehend the two men believed to be responsible for the bombings, as well as examining the city’s reaction following the events. Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy penned the script. [Source: Variety]

Slingshot
“Let’s Be Cops” director Luke Greenfield has set up the sci-fi feature “Slingshot” at Gulfstream Pictures. Story details are being kept under wraps. Greenfield, Trevor Sands, Mike Karz and Bill Bindley will produce. [Source: Variety]