News Bits: Army, Blood, Abrams, Friday

Dad’s Army
Filming has wrapped on the film adaptation of the classic sitcom “Dad’s Army” with Universal Pictures announcing a February 5th 2016 release date. Shot entirely on location in Yorkshire for seven weeks, Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta Jones, Toby Jones, Tom Courtenay and Michael Gambon star. [Source: Screen]

Blood Father
Lionsgate has scored the U.S. distribution rights to the Mel Gibson-led action-thriller “Blood Father”. Jean-Francois Richet directed the film which was shot in New Mexico earlier this year.

Adapted from Peter Craig’s novel of the same name, Gibson plays an ex-con who reunites with his estranged sixteen-year-old daughter (Erin Moriarty), and vows to protect her from the drug dealers who are trying to kill her. [Source: Variety]

Untitled Sci-Fi Project
Sony Pictures has beaten out Lionsgate and STX Entertainment for the rights to an untitled sci-fi project. They are now finalising a deal for filmmaker J.J. Abrams to produce the project through his Bad Robot Productions label.

“Eye of the Storm” short film director Chris Allender will make his feature directorial debut on the project which has a contained budget and involves aliens, but no other story details are available. Justin Doble (“Almost Human,” “Fringe”) wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay. [Source: Deadline

Friday the 13th
A new interview with Platinum Dunes producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form has confirmed that their upcoming second reboot of the “Friday the 13th” franchise will be set in the 1980s and by doing so will allow for the return of Jason Voorhees’ mother Pamela.

Explaining the choice of period, the pair say: “Sex, Drugs, always beautiful people dying, these things do not change. And we can develop more problematic relationship [Jason] with the mother.” It will also definitely be rated R. [Source: Bloody Disgusting]