News Bits: League, Land, Rebel, 1988, Mashups

Justice League
With filming on Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” wrapping shortly, one of the film’s stars Henry Cavill has used Facebook to post a photo of two special guests who came to the set of the film courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Cavill wrote: “I had the good fortune of meeting some real Superheroes last week. Orin, your strength is exceptional and Summer your support is a rock that is irreplaceable. You are both inspirations to us all.” [Source: Facebook]

La La Land
Damien Chazelle’s romantic musical “La La Land” has been delayed by a week. The film will now open in limited release on December 9th, though the wide release date remains December 16th.

The film was screened in recent weeks at Telluride, Venice and Toronto where it not only won awards and rave reviews, but is expected to be a major Oscar season contender. The story follows a Los Angeles couple whose relationship begins to fade as their careers blossom. [Source: Variety]

American Rebel
Pascal Pictures has acquired Christopher Cosmos’ spec script “American Rebel”. The true story tale is dubbed ‘an American Mulan’ and follows Deborah Sampson, who risked her life during the Revolutionary War by disguising herself as a man and joining the Continental Army.

Her secret was discovered after falling ill to an epidemic in Philadelphia and passing out at the hospital after almost two years in service. Eventually she was honorably discharged, had a family and went on a lecture tour. Amy Pascal and Adam Kolbrenner will produce with Sony Pictures likely to distribute. [Source: Deadline]

1988
Universal Pictures has scored the rights to Joe Hill’s novella “Snapshot 1988”. Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard (“Before I Wake”) are in talks to write the script for the film adaptation for Akiva Goldsman’s Weed Road and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse.

Set in 1988 and said to have an Amblin movie and “Stranger Things” vibe, the story centers on a 13-year old boy who ends up taking care of his elderly former housekeeper who is succumbing to dementia. What he’s unaware of is that an evil man named The Phoenician is stealing her memories with a camera. [Source: THR]

Mash Up Videos
Every now and then video mashups of different films go viral, this week two have done so that have gotten some serious traction. The first blends “Suicide Squad” with the recent “Fifty Shades Darker” trailer, the second takes Pixar film footage and recuts it to the “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” trailer. Both can be found below: