News Bits: Rules, Turtle, Day, Boy, Resurgence

Rules Don’t Apply
Following on from yesterday’s first look photos from the project, actor and filmmaker Warren Beatty has released the first photo of himself as Howard Hughes in his new film “Rules Don’t Apply” – his first directorial effort in 18 years and first onscreen role in 15 years.

The movie, which Beatty described as comedy, follows a young man (Alden Ehrenreich) and a young woman (Lily Collins) from puritan backgrounds who come to Hollywood on the brink of the sexual revolution and the rise of feminism in the early 1960s. It’s currently targeting a November 11th release. [Source: EW]

The Red Turtle
Following rave reviews after premiering in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, Sony Pictures Classics has scored North American rights to Michael Dudok de Wit’s dialogue-free animated feature “The Red Turtle”.

Studio Ghibli and Wild Bunch co-produced the film about a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds. When he builds a wooden raft, he is confronted by the titular turtle. The story then follows his life on the island which include meeting a woman and starting a family. [Source: Deadline]

Judgement Day
Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired Argentinean writer Matias Caruso’s pitch “Judgement Day” for Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram and Jeff Ludwig to produce. The project is said to be an action-thriller about the end of days. [full details]

Gypsy Boy
BBC Films has set Morgan Matthews to direct the film adaptation of Mikey Walsh’s memoir “Gypsy Boy”. Adapted by James Graham, the story follows a gay man born into a family famed for its boxing prowess and must make an impossible choice – stay with a community that cannot accept him for who he is, or walk away from the only world he knows. [Source: Deadline]

A Boy Called Christmas
Screenwriter Ol Parker (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”) has been set adapt Matt Haig’s acclaimed novel “A Boy Called Christmas” for Studio Canal and Blueprint. The story follows the early life of Father Christmas starting with his life as an 11-year-old boy in Finland named Nikolas who lives with his woodcutter father following his mother’s death by a bear. The story evolves into magical tale evolving elves, reindeers and a quest. [Source: Deadline]

Independence Day Resurgence
20th Century Fox has released a new TV spot for Roland Emmerich’s “Independence Day Resurgence” which boasts some new footage from the film, mostly involving Jessie Usher’s role as the son of Will Smith’s character from the first film.