News Bits: Sony, Sicario, Giant, Medieval

Sony Pictures
Tom Rothman, head of TriStar and the former longtime co-leader of 20th Century Fox, is officially set to take over Amy Pascal’s position as Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group. At the same time, Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton has scored an extension of his position thanks to Sony’s Japanese owners. [Source: Deadline]

Lionsgate have announced a September 18th limited release ahead of a September 25th wide release for “Prisoners” director Denis Villeneuve’s drug cartel thriller “Sicario”. Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Jon Bernthal and Daniel Kaluuya star.

Blunt plays idealistic FBI agent (Blunt) who is enlisted by a government task force to take out a Mexican drug cartel leader in the lawless border area between the U.S. and Mexico. Taylor Sheridan wrote the script. [Source: THR]

Giant Under the Snow
Filmmaker Michael Caton-Jones (“Rob Roy,” “Memphis Belle”) is set to direct the $31 million-budget epic fantasy “The Giant Under the Snow,” based on the children’s novel by John Gordon. Caton-Jones is developing the screenplay with Tom Williams with shooting to begin in the UK in October ahead of an Xmas 2016 release.

A live-action film with some CG elements, the story follows three children who find a rusted old relic that they must return to its rightful owner as whoever possesses it can wake the legendary giant under the snow and use him as a force for good or evil. [Source: Variety]

Sony Pictures is negotiating to pick up Michael Finch and Alex Litvak’s script “Medieval,” a project described as a “Dirty Dozen set in the Middle Ages” that boasts major set pieces. “John Wick” helmer Chad Stahelski is reportedly interested in the project which Neal Moritz will produce through his Original Film banner. [Source: Deadline]