News Bits: Dirty, Ghost, Smoke, Liars, 33

Dirty Grandpa
Zac Efron let it pretty much all show on the Georgia set of the upcoming comedy “Dirty Grandpa” this week. The actor flashed not just his chiseled torso but was running around in a pair of very tight flesh colored undies that got a little ‘crack happy’ at points. He did have a stuffed toy covering his manhood though for the scene.

Check out Just Jared for over two dozen photos. Speaking of Efron, his next film due for release “We Are Your Friends,” has locked in an August 28th release date.

Ghost in the Shell
Walt Disney Pictures has moved up the release of DreamWorks’ 3D film adaptation of the Japanese manga “Ghost in the Shell” by two weeks and will now open March 31st 2017. Rupert Sanders helms the project which stars Scarlett Johansson and will now go up against Sony’s untitled Smurfs animation film.

The original work follows the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime. [Source: Deadline]

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Paramount Television and Anonymous Content are developing a TV series based on Caitlin Doughty’s memoir “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: and Other Lessons”. “Nurse Jackie” co-creator Evan Dunsky will serve as the show runner and writer.

The book follows Doughty, a twenty something mortician with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre who takes a job at a crematory, turning her morbid curiosity into her life’s work. She argues that our fear of dying warps our culture and society, and calls for better ways of dealing with death. [Source: Variety]

We Were Liars
Stephanie Shannon has been hired to pen the feature adaptation of E. Lockhart’s bestselling young adult novel “We Were Liars” at Imperative Entertainment. Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas and Zak Kadison will produce.

The coming-of-age story follows a 17-year-old girl who survived a horrible accident at her family’s summer home two years ago that she cannot remember. She returns, determined to remember her accident, but as the pieces start to come together she discovers not only the painful truth but a shocking revelation about herself. [Source: Deadline]

The 33
Alcon Entertainment has acquired North American and most international distribution rights to Patricia Riggen’s upcoming Chilean mine disaster-themed film “The 33”. Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove will produce.

Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche, Mario Casas, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rodrigo Santoro, Gabriel Byrne and James Brolin star in the film which Warner Bros. Pictures will release domestically on November 13th. [Source: Alcon]