News Bits: Money, Loving, Bone, Life, Liar

Money Monster
The Jodie Foster-directed thriller “Money Monster,” starring George Clooney, Jack O’Connell and Julia Roberts, is set to screen at this year’s Cannes Film Festival which kicks off May 11th. The screening will take place close to the film’s U.S. theatrical release on May 13th. [Source: THR]

Focus Features have announced that “Take Shelter” and “Midnight Special” director Jeff Nichols’ “Loving” will score a limited release in New York and Los Angeles on November 4th ahead of a further expansion on November 11th.

Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga star as a white man and African-American woman who fell in love and were married in 1958. The state of Virginia jailed and then banished them, but they took a civil rights case all the way to the Supreme Court which reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry. [Source: Deadline]

To the Bone
Producer-writer Marti Noxon (“Buffy,” “Mad Men”) is set to make her feature film directorial debut on Mockingbird Pictures’ dark comedy “To the Bone” which is inspired by her own struggles with eating disorders.

Noxon penned the script while Bonnie Curtis, Karina Miller and Julie Lynn are producing. Filming begins at the end of March in Los Angeles. [Source: Variety]

Sony Pictures has come onboard to co-finance and handle worldwide distribution on Daniel Espinosa’s sci-fi feature “Life” from Skydance Productions.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds star in the story of a space station crew that discovers a lifeform on Mars – an entity that proves to be not only intelligent but also dangerous. [Source: THR]

The Good Liar
New Line Cinema has acquired screen rights to Nicholas Searle’s first novel “The Good Liar”. Searle is a former UK civil servant who spent a bunch of time in the security services.

The story follows a veteran conman and born liar who meets a wealthy widow named Betty online and believes she’s an easy mark; he’s sure he can pull off the final coup of his career. As the narrative entwines their futures, it also delves deeply into their pasts – revealing nearly a century of secrets. [Source: Deadline]