News Bits: LBJ, Temple, Bed, Bright

Bill Pullman has signed on to play Senator Ralph Yarborough in Rob Reiner’s “LBJ” alongside Woody Harrelson and Richard Jenkins. The film deals with Vice President Johnson (Harrelson) and his ascent to the presidency and passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act.

Yarborough was a famed progressive Democrat from Texas who was often at odds with the President despite their common roots. The pair were in the car together in Dallas when JFK was killed. Filming is set to begin in September on location in New Orleans, Dallas and Washington, D.C. [Source: Deadline]

Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz, a.k.a. The Vicious Brothers (“Grave Encounters,” “Extraterrestrial”), will direct the horror-thriller “Temple” from a script by Simon Barrett (“The Guest,” “You’re Next”). Shooting takes place next year.

A book of ghost stories surrounding various real temples in Japan will also be released as a tie-in. The book will be featured in the film because one of the chapters focuses on the fictional temple in the project. Toei Animation will also create a fifteen-part anime series based on this book. [Source: THR]

Bed Rest
MGM has bought the horror script “Bed Rest” by Lori Evans Taylor with Chris Sparling and Karen Rosenfelt attached to produce.

The story centers on a expectant mother who, due to the nature of her pregnancy, is confined to bed rest. It’s when she can’t leave her home that bad things begin to happen. [Source: THR]

All The Bright Places
Miguel Arteta (“Cedar Rapids, “Youth in Revolt”) is set to direct the film adaptation of Jennifer Niven’s young-adult romance “All the Bright Places” at Demarest Media. Elle Fanning stars.

The novel centers on a girl who learns to live from a boy, who intends to die. Niven will write the script. Filming is slated to begin in the Spring. [Source: Variety]