News Bits: Jobs, Middle, Hot, Naked, Wendy

Steve Jobs
Danny Boyle’s “Steve Jobs” biopic starring Michael Fassbender will close the 59th BFI London Film Festival on October 18th. Boyle, Fassbender and Kate Winslet will attend the closing night gala screening, which marks the film’s European premiere.

Spanning a period of 14 years between 1984 and 1998, the story is built around three seminal product launches of the Macintosh in 1984, the NeXT ‘Cube’ in 1988 and the iMac in 1998. [Source: Variety]

In the Middle of the Middle East
Bryan Singer and Guy Shalem are developing a documentary exploring the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the vantage point of a dynamic Arab-Israeli activist. Singer could possibly direct the film and make his documentary directorial debut.

The story follows a young man as he navigates personal and political minefields, determined to advance a workable solution for coexistence in the Middle East, while searching for true peace within himself. [Source: Variety]

Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot
Amplify Releasing has acquired worldwide rights to the documentary “Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot” which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the 2001 cult indie “Wet Hot American Summer”.

The film is being made available on iTunes starting today and will be released on digital platforms. Amy Rice, who served as the set photographer of the original film, helmed the doco which she assembled from 25 hours of footage she shot at the time. [Source: Variety]

The Naked Gun
Announced a year and a half ago, not much progress seems to have been made on the proposed reboot of “The Naked Gun” franchise. Out doing promotions for “Vacation,” the new Frank Drebin himself, Ed Helms, tell Yahoo Movies that the project’s future isn’t as sure as you might think:

“That’s a conversation that’s been happening, it’s kind of in the grinding gears of Hollywood… You have to make something that a contemporary audience is going to like. We haven’t seen many of those slapstick movies in a while, so I’m not sure what the right angle is on it.”

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” director Benh Zeitlin has finally spoken about his follow-up project “Wendy,” a fantasy adventure about a young girl who gets kidnapped and ends up in a hidden ecosystem where a tribal war is raging over a form of immortality pollen. Talking about the shoot, which is taking place in Antigua, Zeitlin tells the Antigua Observer:

“It’s not a hundred million-dollar movie coming in with airplanes and giant everything. It’ll be a small group of people building out of scrap metal and things we find, and the interesting thing is that even though we’re such a small production the reach could be very, very far. It’s a lot of very young people who want to have great time and want to be a part of the place that they’re filming. It’s a small group of people.”