News Bits: Carol, Zemeckis, Castle, Miles, Ministry

Following rave reviews at Cannes, Todd Haynes’ period lesbian romance drama “Carol” is shaping up to be a serious contender come awards season and today some new photos from the project have gone online. Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara star as the a married woman and department store clerk respectively who fall in love. The film opens in limited release on November 20th. [Source: The Playlist]

Untitled Robert Zemeckis Film
A November 23rd 2016 release date has been set for the untitled, Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard-led spy thriller that serves as “Flight” and “The Walk” director Robert Zemeckis’ next film. Steven Knight penned the script, but plot specifics are under wraps. [Source: Deadline]

Castle Hangnail
Disney has optioned the film rights to Ursula Vernon’s children’s book “Castle Hangnail” with Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman slated to produce. The story follows a twelve-year-old witch who shows up at Castle Hangnail because it needs a new master or it will be decommissioned by the bureaucratic Board of Magic.

She projects confidence as she tackles the series of tasks she must complete in order to be approved by the board, but underneath her confident exterior are several simmering secrets – including one about her identity. [Source: Heat Vision]

Lakeshore Entertainment and Phantom Four are teaming to produce the feature “Miles” which Oliver Daly pens and directs based on his original short. David Goyer, Kevin Turen, Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi will produce and filming begins first-quarter 2016.

The story is set in California’s teenage off-roading motocross world. Daly started his career as a 3D animator in the biotech world, but his interest in the Inland Empire off-roading culture provided a landscape for him to bring animation into the real world. [Source: Deadline]

The Ministry Of Ungentlemanly Warfare
Paramount Pictures is in final talks to acquire Damien Lewis’ period fact-based WWII book “The Ministry Of Ungentlemanly Warfare”. “The Fighter” co-writers Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson’s will pen the script and Jerry Bruckheimer will produce.

Set in 1939, Churchill choses to stop fighting under accepted gentlemanly rules of engagement and create a group of warriors who became the first ‘deniable’ secret operatives to strike behind enemy lines – Britain’s first black op unit. Members were recruited, knowing they were likely to be killed. [Source: Deadline]