News Bits: Fall, Enemy, Women, War

Free Fall
Blumhouse Productions and Madhouse Entertainment have begun developing the rock-climbing thriller “Free Fall”. Jason Blum and Adam Kolbrenner are producing.

“Getaway” scribes Sean Finegan and Gregg Maxwell Parker’s script follows a man who joins his estranged daughter on a mountain climb before their expedition is interrupted by a tragic accident and a storm. [Source: Variety]

The Invisible Enemy
Producer Scott Rudin is developing a new series with National Geographic Channel that will deal with the events leading up to the Chernobyl disaster. The story is based on “The Invisible Enemy,” a nonfiction book proposal by Adam Higginbotham

Rudin acquired the rights himself and took to NatGeo for a series as part of a three-year development and production deal for National Geographic Channel, FX Networks and Fox Broadcasting. [Source: Variety]

Voltage Pictures is developing Charles Bukowski’s semi-autobiographical novel “Women” int a film with Nicolas Chartier to produce.

Ethan Furman has adapted a script from the 1978 novel about Hank Chinaski, a celebrated poet and writer and is faced with a variety of women who provide him only temporary fulfillment. [Source: Variety]

War Machine
Netflix reportedly forked out a whopping $60 million to finance the budget for Brad Pitt and director David Michod’s “War Machine,” the upcoming adaptation of Michael Hastings’ book “The Operators”. Filming begins in August.

Part of the issue that lead Pitt and Michod to Netflix in the first place was that they wanted to make a satirical comedy, rather than a heartland-appealing mainstream drama biopic ala “American Sniper”. Netflix reportedly had no issue with that idea. [Source: THR]