News Bits: Legend, Beatle, Dwelling, Stalin, You

Universal Pictures has announced plans for an awards season launch for Brian Helgeland’s crime thriller “Legend” with an Oct. 2 platform debut. “Legend” is based on the rise and fall of Reggie and Ronnie Kray (both played by Tom Hardy), twins who dominated organized crime in London during the 1960s. [Source: EW]

The Fifth Beatle
IM Global and Syco Entertainment are set to co-produce the feature film version of the graphic novel “The Fifth Beatle” about Beatles manager Brian Epstein. Vivek J. Tiwary penned the script which recounts how Epstein discovered the Beatles in a cellar in Liverpool in 1961 and guided them to worldwide success.

Tiwary, Simon Cowell and Stuart Ford will serve as producers, and they have already secured an agreement with Sony/ATV Publishing for the use of Beatles music in the film. A director will be brought on shortly. [Source: Variety]

The Dwelling
Darren Lynn Bousman (“Repo The Genetic Opera,” “Saw 2”) is set to write and direct “The Dwelling,” a follow-up to his own high-concept horror-thriller “Abattoir” based on the Radical Publishing comic book miniseries. Jesse Berger and Brent C. Johnson will produce.

Dayton Callie returns as Jebediah Crone, the enigmatic and evil man who buys homes where horrific tragedies have occurred. The project is essentially a prequel that will center on Crone’s character and unveil his dark secrets and motivations. [Source: Bloody Disgusting]

The Death of Stalin
“Veep” and “The Thick of It” creator Armando Iannucci is set to write and direct a film adaptation of Fabien Nury’s graphic novel “The Death of Stalin” at Quad Films. Nicolas Duval, Laurent Zeitoun and Yann Zenou will produce.

The political satire opens in March 1953 during the Soviet dictator’s last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death. Iannucci recently announced he’ll be leaving “Veep” after four seasons. [Source: The Guardian]

Everything I Never Told You
Relativity Studios has acquired the film rights to Celeste Ng’s family drama bestseller “Everything I Never Told You” for Relativity Squared.

The story follows a mixed-race, Asian-American family in the late 1970s shocked by the inexplicable drowning of their seemingly perfect daughter. They soon discover they didn’t know her at all, while her older brother suspects their neighbor is responsible. [Source: Variety]