News Bits: Six, Deadpool, Juliet, Davis, Kubo

The Final Six
Sony has scored the movie rights to Alexandra Monir’s upcoming space thriller novel “The Final Six,” a deal made even though only the book proposal and a few chapters were available – in fact the book’s publishing rights are about to go up for auction.

The story imagines a present-day world under a first-of-its-kind coalition between the United Nations and the international space agencies, with a plot to send a team of six intrepid teenagers to create the first human settlement on Jupiter’s moon, Europa. [Source: Variety]

Following the news about its massive success on Digital HD, Fox has released the full six-minute gag reel for the “Deadpool” film and – understandably – is definitely not safe for work.

Juliet Naked
Jesse Peretz has closed a deal to direct “Juliet, Naked” based on the best-selling novel by “Brooklyn” and “About a Boy” author Nick Hornby. Tamara Jenkins, Jim Taylor, Phil Alden Robinson and Evgenia Peretz all worked on the script.

The story follows Annie, the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan, and her unlikely transatlantic romance with once revered, now faded, singer-songwriter, Tucker Crowe, who also happens to be the subject of Duncan’s musical obsession. [Source: Deadline]

Untitled Angela Davis Biopic
“Shameless” and “Turn: Washington’s Spies” scribe LaToya Morgan has penned an untitled script about Black Panthers member and 1960s radical Angela Davis. which The Firm has just acquired. Jeff Kwatinetz, Robbie Brenner and Kevin McKeon will produce.

Davis, accused of murdering a federal judge, became the first woman on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List, became an iconic symbol of an era. After fleeing from authorities, she is eventually captured and must exonerate herself from an all white jury during the racially turbulent early 1970s. [Source: Deadline]

Kubo and the Two Strings
“Coraline” and “Paranorman” animation studio LAIKA are set to return this year with their new effort, the Japanese fantasy tale “Kubo and the Two Strings”. A new one-sheet is out for the beautiful looking feature which opens August 19th.