News Bits: War, Shell, Russ, Ghostbusters

War On Everyone
The first photo is out of Michael Pena and Alexander Skarsgard at work on “The Guard” and “Calvary” director John Michael McDonagh’s new film “War on Everyone” which is currently shooting in New Mexico.

The black action-comedy stars both actors as corrupt cops looking to blackmail and generally stitch up all the felons they cross paths with. Unfortunately they come across someone even more dangerous and unscrupulous than them. [Source: Empire]

Russ and Roger Go Beyond
Michael Winterbottom is in talks to direct the Will Ferrell-led comedy “Russ & Roger Go Beyond” for STX Entertainment. Christopher Cluess penned the script and filming begins later this year.

The true story tale deals with how softcore porn maestro Russ Meyer teamed with film critic Roger Ebert on “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls,” the first X-rated film to be released by a studio. [Source: Variety]

Ghost in the Shell
Out doing press for “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” actress Scarlett Johansson has revealed that the upcoming live-action take on the classic manga/anime “Ghost in the Shell” begins shooting in January or February next year.

The actress signed on for this film this January and says the project is definitely happening with Rupert Sanders directing, but that’s all she knows at this point. [Source: Collider]

Sony’s new film studio chief Tom Rothman has reportedly approved a $154 million budget for Paul Feig’s upcoming all-female “Ghostbusters” reboot. Feig reportedly had had to make changes to the script in order to reduce the budget from the estimated $169 million budget that was originally planned. [Source: THR]