News Bits: Jay-Z, Silver, Heart, Fate, Warcraft

The Weinstein Company have announced that they have signed an exclusive two-year, first-look deal with musician Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter. TWC will have first-look options with Jay Z to produce both scripted and unscripted television projects and film projects.

Several are already said to be in development under the deal and will be formally announced in the coming weeks. Jay Z has previously worked in a producing capacity on the “Annie” remake, Chris Rock’s “Top Five” and Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby”. [Source: TWC]

Silver Arrow
“Nebraska” cinematographer Phedon Papamichael has been hired to direct the international heist thriller “The Silver Arrow”. Michael Becker, Chad Moore and Jeff Elliott will produce and shooting aims to begin early next year.

Nika Agiashvili penned the spec about a group of thieves in the search of the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow, a legendary pre-World War II racing car. [Source: Variety]

The Heart Goes Last
MGM Television has acquired the rights to Margaret Atwood’s 2015 novel “The Heart Goes Last”. The story follows a couple named Stan and Charmaine who trade in their lot living in a car, surviving on tips, to take part in a social experiment. They sign a life contract to live a suburban lifestyle in exchange for their freedom – agreeing to live in prison every second month. [Source: Variety]

Brad Anderson (“The Machinist,” “Session 9”) has been set to direct “FATE” for Amasia Entertainment. Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo will produce and shooting kicks off in the Spring.

Gary Whitta (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “The Book of Eli”) penned the script about a man at the end of his tether and on the streets of Hong Kong who is approached by a mysterious woman seeking his help. [Source: Deadline]

Duncan Jones’ “Warcraft” film adaptation fizzled domestically, soared in Asian markets and yielded some of the more interesting reviews of any of this Summer’s film releases. The ‘Honest Trailers’ gang have are now tackling the film with its intricate universe building, wild ambition and confusing performances. Check out the clip below.