News Bits: Cause, Shyamalan, Fell, Ivory

Just Cause 3
Avalanche Studios have been inviting YouTubers to beta test and record footage of the upcoming video game “Just Cause 3” to give people an idea of the gameplay ahead of its release this December.

YouTube outlet LetsPlay strapped on Rico’s wingsuit, grappling gun and parachute to give the game a go and the result is five twenty minute videos trying out this crazy world – mostly getting injured and involving themselves in the usual physics-defying shenanigans that come with the “Just Cause” franchise. The new game hits December 1st for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Untitled Shyamalan Project
Anya Taylor Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula and Haley Lu Richardson are set to join James McAvoy in M. Night Shyamalan’s next supernatural thriller which is currently untitled. Shyamalan will write, direct and produce alongside his “The Visit” producer Jason Blum.

Joy and Buckley are signing on for lead roles opposite McAvoy, while Sula and Richardson will round out the cast in supporting roles. Specifics of the plot are under wraps. [Source: Variety]

Since We Fell
DreamWorks has acquired the rights to “Shutter Island” and “Mystic River” author Dennis Lehane’s next novel “Since We Fell” which is due for release in a year. Lehane will adapt the screenplay once he’s finished the work.

The story is described as a Hitchcockian thriller set in Boston and unlike anything else he has written to date. Lehane’s next novel to be adapted into a feature is “Live By Night” which Ben Affleck has made as his first post-“Argo” directing gig. [Source: Variety]

Merchant Ivory
Cohen Media Group has acquired the 30-title library of Merchant Ivory Productions in a deal that includes the worldwide distribution rights to twenty-one features, along with nine documentaries and short films.

The ultimate plan is to restore and re-release the films – which include the likes of “Howard’s End,” “Maurice,” “Quartet” and “The Bostonians” – as a part of the Cohen Film Collection. The deal does not include two of the company’s most famous works – “The Remains of the Day” and “A Room with a View”. [Source: THR]