News Bits: Fall, Minds, Minecraft, Dates

Fall Films
– Movie ticketing service Fandango has released the results of a survey they have conducted to find the anticipated movies of the Fall film season. Unsurprisingly, the juggernaut of a sequel “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I” stands at number one.

After that came David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” Chris Nolan’s “Interstellar” and the Denzel Washington-led “The Equalizer. Rounding out the top ten are “The Penguins of Madagascar,” “The Judge,” “Dumb and Dumber To,” “Fury,” “The Good Lie” and “Foxcatcher”. [Source: The Wrap]

Darkest Minds
“Wayward Pines” creator Chad Hodge has been set to adapt the first book of Alexandra Bracken’s young adult novel trilogy “Darkest Minds”. Shawn Levy will produce.

Set after a pandemic kills most of America’s children and teenagers, some survivors develop superpowers but are deemed too dangerous for society. Taken from their families, they are placed inside internment camps where a sixteen-year-old with telekinetic powers escapes her camp and joins a group of teens on the run. [Source: Heat Vision]

Microsoft has purchased the Swedish firm Mojang for $2.5 billion. Mojang is best known for being the company behind popular video game “Minecraft” which boasts 100 million users worldwide.

Microsoft will take over Minecraft’s massive user base, estimated at some 100 million worldwide. The Mojang team of around 40 employees will join Microsoft’s game studio. [Source: THR]

Release Dates
Relativity has locked down a January 30th 2015 release date for the supernatural spooker sequel “The Woman in Black: Angel of Death”. The Robert De Niro and Zac Efron-led comedy, formerly known as “Dirty Grandpa,” is targeting a Christmas 2015 release.

Summit have set a June 10th 2016 release date for the sequel to their illusionist heist thriller “Now You See Me”. Finally, The Weinstein Company have moved up the Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy-led comedy/drama “St. Vincent” by two weeks. It will now open October 10th. [Source: Box-Office Mojo]