News Bits: 21, Grownup, Matefinder, Ice

21 Years to Midnight
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” writer Chris Weitz has been hired to adapt the screenplay for the gay rights film “21 Years to Midnight” at Fox 2000. Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen will produce.

The studio also has the life rights of Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit that led to the June 26th ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court case that effectively legalized same-sex marriage. [Source: Variety]

The Grownup
Universal, Fox, Paramount and TriStar are all said to be in contention for a film adaptation of “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn’s short story thriller “The Grownup”. Natalie Krinsky will adapt the script while Flynn and Michael De Luca will produce.

The story follows a phony psychic who meets a beautiful rich and terribly unhappy woman whom she tries to help. She’s soon charged with exorcising the evil within the rich woman’s Victorian home and quickly realises she may have gotten in way over her head. [Source: Deadline]

Matefinder
MJW Media has scored the movie rights to Leia Stone’s 2014 paranormal-urban fantasy book franchise “Matefinder” which Mike Witherill will produce.

Set in a world where the werewolf race is dying out and desperately seeks their mates to bear young, the story follows an alpha who decides to save a dying woman named Aurora by changing her into a werewolf. She then struggles with her past as a domestic abuse survivor, and the new violent and dominating lifestyle of a werewolf. [Source: Variety]

The Ice Twins
Isaac Adamson, whose “Bubbles” script topped last year’s Blacklist, has been hired to adapt S.K. Tremayne’s psychological thriller novel “The Ice Twins” for Alcon Entertainment. Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson will produce.

The story centers on the relocation of a couple whose life is struck by tragedy when one of their twin daughters is killed in an accident. As the dark tale unfolds, their surviving daughter begins insisting it’s her deceased sister and gradually becomes more disturbed. [Source: Deadline]