News Bits: Dredd, Reason, Scandal, Morrissey

Dredd 2
Actor Karl Urban remains very keen to take on the role of Judge Dredd again, to the point that he tweeted this week asking for streaming services like Netflix and Amazon to look into a “Dredd”-related project as “There’s a gold mine of Awesome Mega city 1 stories.” The tweet was prompted by a fan-made Netflix listing for a possible “Dredd” film sequel.

The Reason You’re Alive
Miramax has won the rights to a film adaptation of “The Silver Linings Playbook” author Matthew Quick’s new novel “The Reason You’re Alive” which Allison Shearmur (“Cinderella,” “Rogue One”) will produce. Quick will adapt the screenplay from his novel.

The story follows a Vietnam war veteran who, following brain surgery, must atone for a decades-old injustice in order to reconnect with his peace-loving art dealer son. [Source: Variety]

Darby Stanchfield (“Scandal”), Emily Bett Rickards (“Arrow”), and Meaghan Rath (“Being Human”) have been cast in Darrell Wheat’s psychological sci-fi thriller “Slumber” at Diablo Entertainment. The story follows a woman who must piece together her past and find her missing daughter after waking up from a coma. Filming kicks off this Summer in Los Angeles. [Source: Variety]

Doctor Foster
Jodie Comer (“The White Princess,” “Doctor Foster”) is set to join Jack Lowden and Jessica Brown Findlay in “Steven,” the Mark Gill-directed biopic of iconic British singer Morrissey. Gill penned the script with William Thacker and filming is slated to begin in April. [Source: Deadline]