News Bits: Journey, Nocturnal, 808, Men, Forgive

The Journey
The first photo is out from Nick Hamm’s Irish political dramedy “The Journey” which just began shooting in Belfast. The photo show Timothy Spall as Protestant loyalist firebrand the Reverend Dr Ian Paisley, whilst Colm Meaney is set to play the republican Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness.

The story is set during the Northern Ireland Peace Process and deals with a short trip these two previously sworn enemies made together. Also onboard are Freddie Highmore, John Hurt and Toby Stephens as Tony Blair. [Source: Empire]

Nocturnal Animals
Karl Glusman (“Love 3D”) has joined the cast of Tom Ford’s second directorial effort “Nocturnal Animals” for Focus Features. Based on Austin Wright’s 1993 novel “Tony And Susan,” the story follows a woman whose life is changed when she receives a package containing the manuscript of her ex-husband’s first novel.

Reading it pulls her into the life of a fictional ordinary man whose life is set violently off course. Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Kim Basinger, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ellie Bamber and Robert Aramayo also star. [Source: Deadline]

No Men Beyond This Point
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired worldwide rights to Mark Sawers’ sci-fi comedy satire “No Men Beyond This Point”. The story is set in a world where women no longer need men in order to reproduce and are no longer giving birth to male babies, leaving men on the verge of extinction.

The narrative follows the youngest man stil alive – a 37-year-old housekeeper for a family of women who becomes the center of a battle to prevent men from going extinct. A 2016 release is in the works. [Source: Indiewire]

The 808
FOX and Sony Pictures TV are teaming for “The 808,” an hourlong drama from Sony Pictures TV and Vendetta. Sheldon Turner & Jennifer Klein will executive produce the show which is described as a “sexy soap set against the backdrop of Maui surf culture, which centers on two feuding families.” [Source: Deadline]

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
Channing Tatum and The Weinstein Company have set Mike Vukadinovich to pen Tatum’s directorial debut effort “Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock” which he’ll co-direct with Reid Carolin.

An adaptation of “Silver Linings Playbook” author Matthew Quick’s young adult novel, the story follows a high school student who plans to kill his best friend and then himself. Tatum would also potentially star as a brave teacher who tries to intervenes. [Source: Deadline]