News Bits: Rim 2, Alienist, Max, Soul

Pacific Rim 2
Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” sequel is reportedly going by either the code name or subtitle of “Maelstrom,” and is currently tipped for a start of filming date in November in Toronto. Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, and Burn Gorman are expected to be back in the movie which picks up a few years after the events of the first. [Source: BMD]

The Alienist
“The Alienist” author Caleb Carr is joining TNT’s television adaptation of his best-selling novel as a consulting producer. Pilot and series writer Hossein Amini will serve as consulting producers on the episodes they pen. Gina Gionfriddo, E. Max Frye and John Sayles have also joined the project as writers.

Set in Gilded Age New York, the story follows Dr. Laszlo Kreizler who – with the help of newspaper reporter John Moore and police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt – uses the emerging discipline of psychology to track down one of New York City’s first serial killers. [Source: Variety]

Mad Max: Fury Road
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has confirmed a September 1st release date for the Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo and DVD editions of George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road”. film will also be available to stream in Digital HD starting on August 11th. All the discs will only include the theatrical version of the film, not an alternate cut but there will be extras though including the documentary “Madness of Max”. [Source: ]

Northern Soul
Freestyle Releasing and Freestyle Digital Media have acquired U.S. theatrical, VOD and DVD rights to Elaine Constantine’s “Northern Soul” which explores the underground music movement in 1970s England.

Opening October 2nd, the story deals with two friends who are inspired by American soul to dream of a more exciting life. Elliot James Langridge, Joshua Whitehouse, Lisa Stansfield and Steve Coogan star. [Source: Deadline]