News Bits: Hitman, Chain, Berliner, Money

Hitman: Agent 47
20th Century Fox has released several more photos from their upcoming film based on the “Hitman” video game series, including out first look at Zachary Quinto as the villain along with more shots of Rupert Friend as the assassin. [Source: 411 Mania]

Chain of Events
Morten Tyldum (“The Imitation Game,” “Headhunters”) has come on to direct the film adaptation of the Swedish thriller “Chain of Events”. Mark L. Smith is attached to adapt the script.

Frederick T. Olsson penned the script which follows a washed-up cryptologist who finds himself pulled into an international conspiracy that claims to have created a way to map out all human disasters and terrorism through our DNA. [Source: Variety]

The Berliner
Universal Pictures has picked up the action spy thriller script “Berliner” which F. Scott Frazier, Chris Cowles and Chris Morgan will produce. The script is set in 1961 and centers on an agent from the OSS who is tracking an assassin targeting Americans. [Source: Heat Vision]

Other People’s Money
British TV director Brian Kelly (“Downton Abbey,” “Dracula,” “Outlander) will make his directorial debut on a film adaptation of Neil Forsyth’s 2008 novel “Other People’s Money” at BBC Scotland and Creative Scotland. Angus Lamont (“’71”) will produce.

The true story tale follows Elliot Castro, a working-class Scottish teenager who worked out how to use the credit card system to his advantage. Identifying banks’ security flaws, he went on a spending spree around the world. Whilst he eluded most authorities, a British detective was patiently tracking him down. [Source: Screen]

Warner Bros. Pictures is in negotiations to acquire a pitch from the team behind the just released “The Signal”. William Eubank is attached to direct while Eubank, Carlyle Eubank and David Frigerio will co-write.

The story chronicles a dangerous rescue operation at the world’s deepest gold mine in South Africa that turns into something much bigger when an ancient lost city is discovered. [Source: Heat Vision]