News Bits: Eye, Man, Witch, Jem, Exodus

Eye in the Sky
The first photos are out from Gavin Hood’s drone drama “Eye In The Sky”. Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi and Iain Glen are currently filming the project in South Africa.

The thriller follows the complicated chain of authority that is firmly yanked when a new wrinkle enters a drone mission. Mirren plays a military intelligence officer remotely commanding a drone operation to locate terrorists in Nairobi. [Source: Empire]

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
“Starred Up” and “Unbroken” actor Jack O’Connell is being sought to star in Terry Gilliam’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote”. The actor is said to be discussions about appearing alongside John Hurt in the project which could shoot next Fall. [Source: The Daily Mail]

Last Witch Hunter
The Vin Diesel-led “The Last Witch Hunter” has been given an October 23rd 2015 release date by distributor Lionsgate. Rose Leslie, Michael Caine and Elijah Wood co-star in the film which is currently shooting in Pittsburgh.

The story follows an immortal witch hunter in modern day New York who must team up with his natural enemy, a female witch, to stop a coven from unleashing a deadly plague on humanity. The project takes a release slot previously occupied by “The Conjuring 2”. [Source: Lionsgate]

Jem and the Holograms
Also opening on October 23rd 2015 is the “Jem and the Holograms” movie. While that date was announced a while back, it might surprise you to learn the film is almost done.

Producer Scooter Braun visited director Jon M. Chu’s office recently and saw a cut of the film he’s said to be very pleased with, though there’s “a few things we’ve got to change up.” [Source: THR]

Exodus: Gods and Kings
One of the more unusual rumors of this week has been shot down. An IMDb listing indicated that Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings” would clock in at a bladder-busting 200 minutes.

The film’s official Twitter account however has dismissed the rumors, saying that the runtime is approximately 140 minutes. Considering Scott is famous for crafting longer versions of his period epics for the disc release, don’t be too shocked if ‘Director’s Cut’ emerges that dits closer to the three-hour mark. [Source: Twitter]