News Bits: West, Mist, Englishman, Sapiens, Peel

Journey to the West: Demon Chapter
Sony Pictures has scored the North American and multi-territory rights to producer Stephen Chow and director Tsui Hark’s anticipated Chinese movie “Journey to the West: Demon Chapter”.

The film is a sequel to the Chow-directed “Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons” which was released in 2013 and grossed $215 million globally. Sony’s rights include the film’s release in U.S. and Canada, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand. [Source: Variety]

Pink Mist
Catalyst Global Media has scored the film rights to poet and novelist Owen Sheers’ verse-drama “Pink Mist” which originally began as a BBC radio play before becoming a stage production last year.

The story follows three young soldiers from Bristol and explores the human cost of modern warfare, inspired by interviews with soldiers and their families. Each of the men return home to the women in their lives who must now share the psychological and physical aftershocks of their service. [Source: Variety]

The Englishman
Paul Dano is in talks to star in the European hitman feature “The Englishman” which has Edward Berger (“Deutschland ’83”) attached to direct for Working Title. Luke Garrett penned the spec script which is set in the shadowy underworld of the Stasi.

Dano will play an ambitious young Stasi officer who is handed his chance to advance within the system by unmasking The Englishman, a peerless assassin whose identity is unknown to even those who hire him. Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing. [Source: Deadline]

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
“Jurassic World” star Nick Robinson is in talks to star in “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” for Fox 2000. Greg Berlanti is attached to direct from a script by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger.

Based on Becky Albertalli’s 2015 novel, Robinson will play a gay teen who has not come out to his classmates. But when an email he sent to a boy (that he’s never met) falls into the wrong hands, he finds himself in a complicated situation when he’s blackmailed by the class clown. [Source: THR]

The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society
British actress Lily James is set to star in Mike Newell’s “The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society” based on the novel by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer. Filming is set to begin in the UK in the spring.

Don Roos and Tom Bezucha adapted the script which is set in the aftermath of World War II. James plays a free-spirited journalist who forms a life-changing bond with the delightful and eccentric society when she decides to write about the book club they formed during wartime. [Source: Deadline]