News Bits: Creed, Kursk, Jack, Libertine

MGM has released a new photo from Ryan Coogler’s “Creed,” the upcoming “Rocky” spin-off film which launched a trailer to great fanfare a few weeks ago. Michael B. Jordan stars as the son of Apollo Creed in the film and seeks the help of his dad’s former rival Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) to train him. “Creed” opens November 25th. [Source: Collider]

Martin Zandvliet (“Land of Mine”) has been set to direct the fact-based drama “Kursk” at EuropaCorp. Robert Rodat (“Saving Private Ryan”) is penning the script based on Robert Moore’s book “A Time To Die”.

The true story follows the multi-national rescue attempt of the sunken K-141 Kursk – a Russian nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine that experienced a series of sudden explosions. [Source: Deadline]

Jack Goes Home
Rory Culkin (“Igby Goes Down”) and Lin Shaye (“Insidious”) are set to join the family drama/horror flick “Jack Goes Home” which marks actor Thomas Dekker’s directorial debut. Britt Robertson, Nikki Reed and Daveigh Chase also star with filming beginning this week in Kingston, New York.

Culkin plays an L.A. magazine editor who returns to his hometown of Denver to nurse his mother through her physical and emotional injuries following a car crash that killed his father. There he uncovers long buried secrets and lies within his family history. [Source: Deadline]

The Libertine
Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired Ben Kopit’s spect script “The Libertine” which deals with the 2011 scandal surrounding French economist Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Strauss-Kahn was the IMF managing director who resigned following allegations that he had sexually assaulted a hotel employee. The case was not pursued due to credibility problems with the employee. [Source: Variety]