News Bits: Badlands, Water, Soul, God, Genisys

Into the Badlands
AMC has released the first photos from its upcoming martial arts saga “Into the Badlands”. Daniel Wu stars as a well-trained warrior who embarks on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment, accompanied on his journey by a young boy named M.K. (Aramis Knight).

Al Gough and Miles Millar created the six-episode series based on the classic Chinese story “Journey to the West”. It’s currently filming in New Orleans and is targeting a late 2015 airing. [Source: Variety]

The Water Man
Oprah Winfrey and “Selma” star David Oyelowo are in discussions to produce “The Water Man” for Disney Pictures. Oyelowo would star in the project as the young male lead’s father who slowly comes to understand his son.

Emily Needell penned the script which follows a young boy in search of a magical figure who is said to have the secret to immortality. In doing to he hopes to save his sick mother. [Source: The Wrap]

Soul Catcher
Chris Eyre (“Smoke Signals,” “Edge of America”) has signed on to direct and John Sayles is attached to pen the screenplay for a film adaptation of “Dune” author Frank Herbert’s “Soul Catcher”.

The psychological thriller follows a Native American activist who, driven by ancient spirits and injustice towards his people, kidnaps the son of an important U.S politician with the intent to sacrifice the child as revenge. As they flee from hunters across the Pacific Northwest, they form a bond that throws the planned act into question. [Source: Deadline]

The Story of God
National Geographic Channel has picked up the docuseries “The Story of God”. Morgan Freeman will executive produce and star in the series, immersing himself in religious experiences and rituals all over the world.

The aim is to explore mankind’s quest to understand the divine and Freeman will become a test subject in scientific labs to examine how neuroscience and cosmology are intersecting religion. The series is set to air next year in 171 countries and 45 languages. [Source: The Live Feed]

Terminator Genisys
Paramount has released a new featurette for “Terminator Genisys’ which deals with how the older version of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator fits into the story. Dubbed the ‘Guardian’ (aka ‘Pops’) plays an important role in protecting her from Skynet’s new threats.