News Bits: Dates, Men, Cop, Little, Emergence

Release Dates
A couple of new key release date announcements today starting with the Ewan McGregor as Jesus & The Devil project “Last Days in the Desert” which Broad Green Pictures has acquired for the United States and is planning an early 2016 release.

Meanwhile the collapse of Relativity Studios has seen the studio quietly pull three titles – “The Disappointments Room,” “Before I Wake” and “The Bronze” – from its calendar with no dates currently set. [Source: Variety]

Men and Chickens
Drafthouse Films has bought North American distribution rights to Anders Thomas Jensen’s comedy “Men and Chicken” starring Mads Mikkelsen. The film will have a limited theatrical release in North America in 2016.

The story centers on two brothers who, through meeting their long-lost family, also discover a horrible truth about themselves. [Source: Variety]

Untitled Cop Comedy
“Bad Words” writer Andrew Dodge is set to pen a re-write of an untitled cop comedy at Perfect Storm Entertainment. Justin Lin will produce.

Based on a blog by Andrew Ti, the story explores and subverts expectations of the cop film genre by showcasing a sidekick character who is forced to become the hero. [Source: Variety]

Little Brother
Paramount Pictures and Angry Film has acquired the film rights to Cory Doctorow’s novel “Little Brother” with Don Murphy and Susan Montford to produce what aims to be a reality-based young adult franchise.

The story follows a teenage Edward Snowden-type of character who, after a terrorist attack in San Francisco, finds himself wrongfully pursued by a corrupt Department of Homeland Security agent. He must elude capture while exposing the truth. [Source: Deadline]

Norwegian director Andre Ovredal (“Troll Hunter,” “The Autopsy of Jane Doe”) is set to helm the sci-fi thriller “Emergence” for XYZ Films & StarStream. Rowan O’Neill and Jonathan auf der Heide have penned the Australian-Irish co-production which has yet to announce a production start date.

The story follows a mining crew working on a distant moon that faces a frantic struggle for survival when a rogue terraforming organism is accidentally released on the surface, spreading like wildfire as it consumes anything in its path. [Source: Variety]