News Bits: Handmaid, Alien, Zodiac, Keep, Alice

The Handmaid
The first photo has been released from “The Handmaid,” the highly anticipated new film from Park Chan-Wook (“Stoker,” “Oldboy”) which is det to debut sometime next year. An adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel “Fingersmith,” the story is set during the Japanese rule of Korea and follows a handmaid who employs the services of an heiress, con man and pickpocket. [Source: Twitch]

Arch Alien
Stan Lee will team with creators of HBO’s “Rome” and The CW’s “The Flash” for the action-thriller feature “Arch Alien” at Hualien Media and Mission Control Entertainment. Shooting kicks off next March.

Lee will co-create the story for the potential franchise launcher with Bill Macdonald and Ralph Hemecker to pen the script and Hemecker to direct. The story is laced with conspiracy, mysticism and alien mythology. [Source: Heat Vision]

Zodiac: The Year of the Snake
Le Vision Pictures USA has scored the rights to Jayson Rothwell’s action film”Zodiac: The Year Of The Snake” with Bernie Goldmann (“300,” “The Last Witch Hunter”) set to produce. The high-octane English language film follows a group of international peace keepers inspired by the 12 Chinese zodiac signs. [Source: Deadline]

Keep Watching
Screen Gems has picked up the U.S. rights to the Bella Thorne and Ioan Gruffudd-led found footage horror film “Keep Watching”. Chandler Riggs, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Willig and Leigh Whannell also star.

The story centers on a dysfunctional family that must fight for their lives against home invaders. Gruffudd is the dad, Thorne his disillusioned teen daughter. Sean Carter helms the project from a script by Joseph Dembner. The sub-$5 million film is seen as a potential franchise-starter. [Source: THR]

Alice Through the Looking Glass
Disney Pictures have released yet another few seconds long ‘teaser of a trailer’ ahead of the first trailer for its upcoming “Alice in Wonderland” sequel due to open early next year. Mia Wasikowska reprises her role in this follow-up.