News Bits: Summer, Rampage, Body, Private, 38

Summer of Love
18-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes is set to make his film acting debut in Ivan Reitman’s road-trip musical “Summer of Love”. Reitman has never directed a musical before and enlisted the young Vine star turned music sensation for the project which Shawn Wines, Lorene Scafaria and Leonard Blum penned. [Source: THR]

Jack Quaid (“The Hunger Games”) and Matt Gerald (“Marvel’s Daredevil”) have joined the cast of the film adaptation of the classic arcade game “Rampage” for New Line. Dwayne Johnson re-teams with “San Andreas” director Brad Peyton and producer Beau Flynn on the project.

The story will feature three creatures — a monstrously transformed gorilla, crocodile and wolf — who wreak havoc on North American cities and landmarks. Ryan Engle and Adam Sztykiel have been the main writers on the script. The film opens on April 20th next year. [Source: Variety]

The Body
Synchronicity Films has secured the rights to Hanif Kureishi’s novella “The Body” with plans to develop it into high-end international drama TV series. Claire Mundell will executive produce with Robert Murphy (“Vera”) adapting.

The 2002 novel follows a middle-aged, middle-class man who is offered the chance to trade his aging body for a younger, fitter form of his choice. The first season will track Adam’s odyssey from ordinary man to beautiful person and his ultimate decision to restore himself to his real body. [Source: Deadline

Private Life
Molly Shannon is set to co-star with Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn in Tamara Jenkins’ Netflix original movie “Private Life”. Shannon plays a friend of the couple at the center of the film which begins shooting next month.

Hahn and Giamatti play a couple the throes of infertility, trying to maintain their marriage as they descend deeper and deeper into the weird world of assisted reproduction and domestic adoption. [Source: Variety]

Thirty Eight
Terrence Howard, Paula Patton, and Mike Epps have hopped onboard the independent crime thriller “Thirty-Eight”. Michael Carney (“Same Kind of Different as Me”) will direct from a script he co-wrote with Tim Clemente and Alexander Foard and filming begins in Georgia in May.

Howard, Patton, and Epps are playing police officers in a tough part of East St. Louis with the focus on a rookie officer who sees a killing on the first night of the job. Howard will portray a detective whose daughter vanishes; Epps will play a veteran cop with a family connection to a gang leader; and Patton will portray the partner of Epps’ character. [Source: Variety