News Bits: Pics, Girl, Wake, Shot, 37th, Chiraq

New Photos
A Summer movie preview feature has gone up at USA Today including a bunch of first look photos from all sorts of movies scheduled to open over the next few months including “Southpaw,” “Fantastic Four,” “Inside Out,” “Pixels,” “Entourage,” “Spy,” “Magic Mike XXL,” “Mission Impossible Rogue Nation,” “Masterminds,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” “Ricki and the Flash” and many more. Click here for the full gallery.

Luckiest Girl Alive
Lions gate has scored the movie rights to Jessica Knoll’s debut novel “Luckiest Girl Alive”. The story follows a 28-year-old New Yorker who appears to have a perfect life until a dark trauma from her past resurfaces. Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea will produce through their Pacific Standard company. [Source: Variety]

The Good Girl
Anonymous Content has picked up rights to Mary Kubica’s debut novel “The Good Girl”. The story depicts the kidnapping of a judge’s daughter gone really wrong.

Shifting perspectives and time, the novel follows a mother trying to help her child with the assistance of a detective while the family unravels under its own secrets. [Source: Deadline]

Before I Wake
Relativity Studios has pushed back the horror tale “Before I Wake” from an early May release to a September 25th release date. Thomas Jane and Kate Bosworth star in the film about an orphan child’s ability to manipulate reality with his dreams.

Relativity is moving the picture because it believes that horror and thriller films tend to perform well in the fall. Due to the change though, their Kate Beckinsale and Lucas Till-led thriller “The Disappointments Room” will likely be moved out of its September 25th date. [Source: Variety]

Shot Caller
Bold Films is set to produce and finance “Snitch” director Ric Roman Waugh’s crime thriller “Shot Caller” which will shoot May 26th in New Mexico. Michel Litvak and Matthew Rhodes will produce.

The story follows a newly released prison gangster who’s forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang in Southern California. [Source: Variety]

The 37th Parallel
New Line has picked up Ben Mezrich’s book proposal “The 37th Parallel” for a film adaptation to be produced by Beau Flynn and Brett Ratner.

The true story tale deals with Chuck Zukowski, an extraterrestrial investigator who uncovers secret government activity located on the 37th degree of latitude. [Source: The Live Feed]

21st Century Robot
Warner Bros. Pictures has optioned the film rights to Brian David Johnson’s novel “21st Century Robot”. Roy Lee and Eric Roth are attached to produce.

The story follows Jimmy, the first-of-its-kind social interactive robot – an open-source 3D-printable robot that is able to adapt to society and serves as a sort of sidekick to whomever purchases it. [Source: Variety]

Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Piven, Common and Kanye West are all being sought to join the ensemble cast of Spike Lee’s Amazon Studios film “Chiraq”.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but “Chiraq” is synonymous with Chicago as the city has become inundated by gun violence in recent years. [Source: The Wrap]