News Bits: Five, Cell, Alien, DC, NW, Girlfriend

Five Seconds of Silence
New photos have popped up from the London set of Brad Pitt’s upcoming drama “Five Seconds of Silence”. Filming the WWII flick alongside his co-star Marion Cotillard, the pair play secret agents who fall in love during a mission in North Africa. Robert Zemeckis helms the film which opens November 23rd. [Source: Access Hollywood]

Cell
Saban Films has acquired U.S. rights to the sci-fi thriller “Cell” based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. Shot back in 2014, it was originally to be released by Clarius Entertainment who later dropped the film.

Tod ‘Kip’ Williams helms the film about a struggling graphic artist (John Cusack) who bands together with a small group of people to trek across New England to reunite with his son after a mysterious cellphone signal is broadcast across the network and turns the population into mindless animals. Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman and Stacy Keach also stars.

Alien: Out of the Shadows
Ahead of “Alien Day” on April 26th, Audible has unleashed a treat for fans – an excerpt from the audio drama “Alien: Out Of The Shadows” which will be released on full on that date.

Rutger Hauer, Matthew Lewis, Corey Johnson and Kathryn Drysdale lend their voices to the work, based on the original novel by Tim Lebbon. Johnson plays a chief engineer who finds himself in command of a stricken orbital mining vessel after its captain is killed. Hauer plays the vessel’s version of Ash.

DC Comics Young Adult Novels
Publisher Random House is set to create a series of young adult novels based on the various iconic DC Comics heroes. The first book, the Leigh Bardug penned “Wonder Woman,” hits in August. Marie Lu will do one for Batman, Matt de la Pena one for Superman, and Sarah J. Maas one for Catwoman. [Source: EW]

NW
Saul Dibb (“The Duchess”) is in talks to direct the BBC’s feature length adaptation of bestselling author Zadie Smith’s NW. Smith’s acclaimed novel about multi-cultural London. The story follows a group of friends who grew up together on an estate but whose lives take them in different directions. Rachel Bennette adapted the novel and the production is slated to air on BBC Two in the Fall. [Source: Deadline]

The Girlfriend Experience
“Primer” and “Upstream Color” director Shane Carruth will be bringing his talents over to Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming “The Girlfriend Experience” TV series on Starz where he will create the score for the project. The series starts on April 10th. [Source: Indiewire]