News Shorts: April 13th 2014

Fourteen new hi-res stills have arrived Disney’s upcoming fantasy epic Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman” has scored an October 17th U.S. release date. Meanwhile the Natalie Portman-led western “Jane Got a Gun” has been pulled from its August 29th release date with no new one scheduled.

“Game of Thrones” show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been set to write and direct a film adaptation of Stephen Hunter’s novel “Dirty White Boys” at 20th Century Fox. The story revolves around three escaped convicts and the lawman trying to track them down… (full details)

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Gregg Araki’s Sundance premiere “White Bird In A Blizzard. The story follows an adolescent girl who must come to terms with her enigmatic mother’s disappearance. Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane and Angela Bassett star. A late 2014 release is planned… (full details)

Ann Peacock will pen the film adaptation of Asher Naim’s 2003 book “Saving The Lost Tribe”. The book tells the true story of the rescue and redemption of the black Jews of Ethiopia who in May 1991, with the country devolving into a brutal civil war, were airlifted to Jerusalem by the Israeli air force… (full details)

Alcon Entertainment has acquired the screen rights to Ann Brashares’ epic romance novel “The Here and Now”. The story centers on a girl from the future who may be the savior of thne planet… (full details)

Parkes/MacDonald Productions and Condé Nast Entertainment are teaming for “See No Evil” based on a 2013 WIRED feature about a California stereo installation business being used as a cover for drug smuggling operations. Kurt Wimmer will adapt the script… (full details)

eOne Films US has acquired North American rights to George C Wolfe’s drama “You’re Not You” starring Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel. The story follows a self-absorbed young woman whose life is changed when she becomes a caregiver to a woman with Lou Gehrig’s disease… (full details)