News Bits: Five, Evans, Thrones, Reach, Pattern

Top Five
Paramount Pictures has reportedly emerged as frontrunner to acquire the Chris Rock-directed “Top Five”. The film, which just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, sparked a furious bidding war with the worldwide rights tipped to go for a whopping $12.5 million. That’s a big jump up from the biggest deal of last year at the fest, the Keira Knightley film “Begin Again,” which went for $7 million.

Rock, Rosario Dawson, Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg and Jay Pharoah star in the film about a former stand up comedian turned film star about to be hit by a major change in his life. [Source: Deadline]

Chris Evans
Chris Evans has reconfirmed to Variety that the only films he plans to act in after his Marvel contract is up are films he intended to direct. As for that potential retirement from the role of Captain America, he tells MTV:

“Who’s handing off the shield. Don’t take my job from me prematurely dude. I’m sure it’ll happen at some point, all good things have to come to an end. But I’m really happy playing the character.”

Game of Thrones
So Bran and Hodor may not be in the fifth season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”? According to actor Kristian Nairn (Hodor) last week they have a break this year, but in a new interview Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran) it seems they’re still going forward. The actor was asked about his next project this week to which he replied: “The next season of Game of Thrones and school are my biggest projects, at the moment.” [Source: Facebook]

The Reach
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are closing a deal for around $2 million to acquire the U.S. rights to Jean-Baptiste Leonetti’s “The Reach”. Michael Douglas plays an arrogant businessman and game hunter who accidentally kills an innocent man.

Jeremy Irvine plays a young guide who takes him into the Mojave desert. When the guide refuses to conspire in a cover-up, it becomes a fight to the death as the hunter attempts to cover his tracks. [Source: Deadline]

Pattern Recognition
Norwegian director Morten Tyldum (“The Imitation Game”) has signed on to direct the conspiracy film “Pattern Recognition” at New Regency and Shine Pictures. Elisabeth Murdoch and Ollie Madden will produce.

Based cyberpunk author William Gibson’s novel, Anthony Peckham (“Sherlock Holmes”) is adapting the film which follows a marketing consultant with a psychological sensitivity to corporate symbols. He is soon hired to seek the creators of film clips anonymously posted to the Internet, which leads to the uncovering a larger conspiracy. [Source: THR]