News Bits: Arms, Boston, Clank, Down, Bojack

Arms and the Dudes
“The Hangover” filmmaker Todd Phillips has used his Instagram account to post the first photos from his upcoming feature “Arms and the Dudes”. Jonah Hill and Miles Teller star in the project about a Miami-based small business who bid on U.S. military contracts and started raking in big money.

Boston Strong
Swedish filmmaker Daniel Espinosa (“Child 44,” “Safe House”) has dropped out of the Boston Marathon bombings drama “Boston Strong” citing “creative differences”.

The film tells of the aftermath of the attack which left dozens permanently injured, and how the city came together to heal itself. Espinosa is coming off the period Soviet drama “Child 44” which has had a disastrous run so far in cinemas. [Source: THR]

Ratchet and Clank
Focus Features has revived the Gramercy Pictures which it will use for releasing genre films such as the upcoming “Insidious: Chapter 3,” “Sinister 2,” and “London Has Fallen”. As part of the announcement they’ve set an April 29th 2016 release date for the upcoming animated film based on the “Ratchet and Clank” video game series. [Source: Collider]

The Get Down
Hip-hop icon Grandmaster Flash has been hired as an associate producer and adviser on Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Netflix series “The Get Down” which chronicles the 1970 NYC music scene and the birth of rap.

Newcomer Mamoudou Athie will play the rap legend on the show where he is a character. Grandmaster Flash emerged from the 1970s Bronx scene along with fellow DJs Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa as a pioneer of the fledgling genre. [Source: Deadline]

Bojack Horseman
Netflix has announced a July 17th premiere date for all twelve episodes of the second season of its animated adult satire “BoJack Horseman” starring Will Arnett. Arnett plays the hard-drinking half-man/half-horse washed-up TV star. [Source: Variety]