News Bits: Paul, It, Drifter, Book, Gold

Apostle Paul
Hugh Jackman is slated star in the faith-based feature “Apostle Paul” at Warner Bros. Pictures. Jackman, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Todd and Chris Clarke are slated to produce with Matt Cook penning the script.

Jackman would play the Jewish man of God (also known as Saul of Tarsus) who crossed over to speak to the Romans and preach the word. Paul is credited with writing 14 of 27 books in the New Testament. [Source: Deadline]

It Follows
Radius-TWC is expanding its micro-budget horror film “It Follows” by additional 437 locations for a total of 1,655 theaters this coming weekend. David Robert Mitchell’s film has strong word of mouth and a 95% ‘fresh’ rating on the Rotten Tomatoes site. [Source: Variety]

American Drifter
Relativity has picked up “The Butterfly Effect” scribe Eric Bress’ drama script “American Drifter”. JC Spink and Chris Bender will produce. The story centers on a man raised by his eccentric father who teaches him to use mind over matter to do the impossible.

After feeling responsible for the death of his dad and watching the love of his life go blind in an accident, he travels the world with fate leading him to the fall of the Berlin Wall, Desert Storm, the L.A. riots and 9/11 until he is miraculously reunited with his love. [Source: Variety]

Book of Henry
“Jurassic World” helmer Colin Trevorrow has signed on to direct “Book of Henry” for SKE and Double Nickel Entertainment. Author Gregg Hurwitz penned the script, while Sidney Kimmel, Jenette Kahn and Adam Richman are producing. [Source: Heat Vision]

Gold
The Weinstein Company has acquired U.S. rights to Stephen Gaghan’s “Gold” which stars Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez. Black Bear is fully financing and shooting begins June in Thailand, New York and New Mexico.

The deal is said to be in the vicinity of a $15 million minimum guarantee and a P&A guarantee north of $20 million to properly market a release on at least 2500 screens. [Source: Deadline]