News Bits: Julieta, Increment, Fight, Rim

Over fifty new photos from Pedro Almodovar’s “Julieta” (formerly known as “Silencio”) are now online at Indiewire. Though not confirmed, the film is very likely to make its debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival following its release in Spain on April 8th. Sony Pictures Classics is handling the U.S. distribution.

The Increment
Gideon Raff and Doug Liman’s Hypnotic label are developing a film adaptation of David Ignatius’ 2009 spy thriller novel “The Increment” for Universal Cable Productions. Raff will write and direct.

The story follows a CIA officer as he attempts to find the sender of an encrypted message from one of Iran’s nuclear facilities. So begins a cat-and-mouse game involving the CIA, the U.K. black ops units known as the Increment and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. [Source: Variety]

The Fight Before Christmas
Broad Green Pictures is developing the comedy “The Fight Before Christmas” from a pitch by “Daddy’s Home” writer Brian Burns who will pen the script. Matt Alvarez will produce.

The story centers on Mrs. Claus leaving Santa after 700 years of marriage and feeling unappreciated. She departs just two weeks before the holiday, so Santa flies from the North Pole to New York to win her heart back and save Christmas. [Source: Variety]

Pacific Rim
With “Daredevil” first season showrunner Steven S. DeKnight taking over as helmer of the “Pacific Rim’ sequel, the follow-up to the robots vs. kaiju film will soon be with us. Before then though, Jeremie Carreon has released a title sequence for a non-existent anime version of the property which has been making the rounds the last few days.