New Films From Bodrov, Argento, McG, Refn

Four film directors have announced or spoken about new projects at Cannes this week.

Spook’s Apprentice
Russian helmer Sergei Bodrov is set to direct an adaptation of Joseph Delaney’s children’s book “Spook’s Apprentice” for Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures and Thunder Road says Variety.

The story follows a 13-year-old boy who learns about wizardry from a forbidding old spook. Chuck Leavitt will rewrite Matt Greenberg’s earlier draft.

Dracula 3D
Horror legend Dario Argento (“Suspiria”) is planning a period-set 3D “Dracula” film to shoot in Italy next January says Film Shaft. Argento apparently plans to stay faithful to Bram Stoker’s classic novel.

Spring Awakening
McG (“Terminator Salvation”) will apparently both direct and produce the film version of acclaimed Broadway musical “Spring Awakening” says Broadway World. McG is currently in Cannes seeking financing for the project.

Wonder Woman
Though not linked to the long in development comic adaptation in any way as yet, Nicolas Winding Refn (“Valhalla Rising,” “Bronson”) has told The BBC that he “always wanted to do ‘Wonder Woman’ as a feature film… I would say that Wonder Woman is probably something that, to me, would be not just a satisfaction, but almost a [catharsis], and I was born to make it.”

First on his schedule through is the Bangkok-set Western “Only God Forgives” and the Ryan Gosling neo-noir thriller “Drive”.