News Bits: Aftermath, Royale, Slam, Passengers

The Aftermath
Pictured above is the first official photo from “Testament of Youth” helmer James Kent’s new period drama “The Aftermath” based on the best-selling book by Rhidian Brook.

Set in postwar Germany in 1946, the story follows a young woman (Keira Knightley) whose post-war reunion with her husband (Jason Clarke) takes an unexpected turn when she learns of their new roommates – a German widower (Alexander Skarsgard) and his daughter. [Source: The Playlist]

Bad Times at the El Royale
Scribe Drew Goddard (“The Martian,” “Cabin in the Woods”) has been set to direct 20th Century Fox’s “Bad Times at the El Royale” from his own script. The storyline is being kept under wraps. [Source: Variety]

Netflix has scored the global rights outside Italy to Italian director Andrea Molaioli’s teen pregnancy feature “Slam,” which is based on the novel by Nick Hornby (“About a Boy,” “High Fidelity”). The story follows a sixteen-year-old skateboarding aficionado who is afraid of becoming a father.

The deal is being touted as Netflix’s first global launch of an Italian feature film which will open via Indigo Film and Rai Cinema in Italy later this month, and premiere online on Netflix in 189 countries at a later date. Jasmine Trinca and Luca Marinelli co-star. [Source: Variety]

The critical reviews of the Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence-led sci-film “Passengers” lambasted the film for its central premise, one that relies heavily on a key decision and the consequences of that.

With the film now out on Digital HD ahead of an imminent disc and rental VOD release, a blooper reel is out – and proves far more entertaining than the final film we got.