News Bits: Live, Sana, Horror, Soup, Mason

Live By Night
Chris Messina (“Argo”) is in negotiations to play Dion Bartolo in the Ben Affleck-directed adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Prohibition-era crime drama novel “Live By Night”.

The story follows the black-sheep son of a police captain who gets involved in escalating levels of organized crime during the Prohibition. [Source: Deadline]

“The Age of Adaline” screenwriter J. Mills Goodloe has sold the original action-thriller pitch “Sana” to Studio Canal. The story follows a Germany-based Air Force major who who flies Predator drones over Yemen.

He discovers his entire squadron has been poisoned by a jihadist infiltrator. Given only days to live, he travels to the Arabian Peninsula to hunt down the men responsible. [Source: THR]

Untitled Horror Project
Red Granite Pictures (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) are developing an untitled psychological horror film based on an idea from co-topper Joey McFarland. Riza Aziz and McFarland are producers while Seth W. Owen will pen the script.

The story follows a young medical technician as he begins to experience disturbing and unexplainable events while treating a mysterious female patient who suffers from night terrors. [Source: Variety]

Chicken Soup for the Soul
Warner Bros. Pictures has set a December 16th 2016 release date for “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” the film adaptation of the feel-good book series of the same name. That puts it in direct competition with Disney’s “Star Wars: Rogue One”. Lewis Collick will write the screenplay, which will draw from the characters and stories from the inspirational series. [Source: Variety]]

The Second Life Of Nick Mason
Lionsgate has preemptively acquired the film rights to Steve Hamilton’s book series “The Second Life Of Nick Mason” with plans for a potential franchise. Nina Jacobson and Shane Salerno are producing.

The story follows a career criminal released early from prison after making a deal with an infamous Chicago crime lord – in exchange he must execute everything the crime lord asks of him, no questions asked. He must figure out how to get out from under while trying to re-connect with his estranged daughter. [Source: Deadline]