News Shorts: April 30th 2016

The Neon Demon
A bunch of new stills are out from “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest feature “The Neon Demon” which premieres during the Cannes Film Festival next summer. Elle Fanning, Karl Glusman, Bella Heathcote, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee, Desmond Harrington, Christina Hendricks, and Keanu Reeves all star in the horror tale about an aspiring L.A. model who finds her youth and beauty the envy of the beauty-obsessed women around her. [Source: The Film Stage]

Zootopia
Disney Pictures has announced a June 7th Blu-ray, DVD and VOD release date for “Zootopia,” their animated feature that has proven a smash with both audiences and critics – taking in $910 million at the global box office to date along with a stunning 98% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Cotton Club
Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola has revealed to the The Associated Press that has gone back and put together a longer cut of his 1984 film “The Cotton Club” – in fact the version could be up to 35 minutes longer. At present though it’s uncertain if or when this longer cut will receive a formal release.

Zombieland 2
On Location Vacations reports that filming is slated to begin in mid-August in Atlanta on the upcoming “Zombieland” sequel for Sony Pictures. No cast members have been confirmed at this point.

Battle Angel Alita
The list of actress who could take on the title role in the Robert Rodriguez-directed, James Cameron-produced manga adaptation “Battle Angel Alita” has reportedly been whittled down to just three names – Maika Monroe (“It Follows”), Rosa Salazar (“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”), and Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”). [Source: THR]

The Jungle Book
Disney Pictures has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for their current box-office champ “The Jungle Book” show just how much of the amazing photo-real world was created from very little – just a boy and some props on a green screen stage in California.

Top of the Food Chain
Tyler Perry’s 34th Street Films has set Black List scribes Jim Kehoe & Brian Kehoe to direct the R-rated action-comedy “Top Of The Food Chain” on which the brothers will make their feature directorial debut.

The story follows a group of suburban men who head to the isolated wilderness to spice up their pedestrian lives, but soon realize how ill-equipped they are when they find themselves being hunted by a bear. Filming is slated to begin this Fall. [Source: Deadline]

Dennis the Menace
Stacey Menear (“The Boy”) has been brought on to pen the script for its remake of “Dennis the Menace” at Warner Bros. Pictures. No directors or actors are currently attached to this new cinematic take on the famed comic strip which became the 1959 sitcom and a 1993 live-action movie. [Source: Variety]

The Set Up
Glen Powell (“Everybody Wants Some,” “Scream Queens”) is in negotiations to join Emilia Clarke in Claire Scanlon’s romantic comedy “The Set Up” at MGM. Katie Silberman penned the script.

The story follows two overwhelmed assistants who set up their tyrannical bosses romantically in order to get them out of their hair. Justin Nappi and Juliet Berman are producing and later this year. [Source: Variety]

Annihilation
David Gyasi (“Containment”) will join Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Oscar Isaac in “Ex Machina” director Alex Garland’s “Annihilation” at Paramount Pictures.

Based on the Jeff VanderMeer novel, the story follows a biologist (Portman) as she embarks on a four-person expedition into Area X – a territory cut off from civilization. While there, she must deal with a mysterious contamination, disappearing colleagues, a deadly animal and a being known as the Crawler. [Source: Variety]

The Dark Tower
14-year-old actor Michael Barbieri has joined the cast of the Nikolaj Arcel-directed adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling series “The Dark Tower” which opens next January. Barbieri will take on the role of Timmy, an ffbeat pal to Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor). Filming kicked off two weeks ago in South Africa with both Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey in leading roles. [Source: Deadline]

Day Of Reckoning
Jackson Hurst (“Drop Dead Diva”) and Heather McComb (“Ray Donovan”) have joined the action fantasy “Day Of Reckoning” for Epic Pictures Group. Joel Novoa (“God’s Slave”) is directing from a script by Gregory Gieras (“Big Ass Spider”). Filming begins this week in Los Angeles.

The story is set in Los Angeles fifteen years after the world suffered a horrendous disaster when demon-like-creatures invaded Earth and nearly destroyed mankind. Hurst plays mediocre husband and father David Shepperd, who tries to save his family when the demon creatures return to wreak havoc. [Source: Deadline]

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
Universal Pictures has posted a new clip from “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” which once again turns the sex appeal of Zac Efron’s ripped torso into a fun joke. Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Chloe Grace Moretz and Dave Franco also star in the film which opens May 20th.

One Last Thing
Joanne Froggatt (“Downton Abbey”) will join Wendell Pierce and Jurnee Smollett-Bell in Tim Rouhana’s indie drama “One Last Thing” for Beech Hill Films and Low Profile Films. Alexa L. Fogel and Brendan Mason are producing

The story follows a lonely dentist in Florida whose days are filled by work and his solo daily golf game. When he’s confronted by a figure from the past who brings news that he has an adult daughter living in Brooklyn, he begins to journey outside of his comfort zone. [Source: Variety]

Thoroughbred
Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy and Anton Yelchin are set to star in Cory Finley’s psychological thriller “Thoroughbred” for June Pictures and B Story. Shooting will take place in May.

Based on Finley’s play, the story follows a tempestuous friendship between two suburban teenage girls – a star student home from her elite boarding school and a young equestrian shunned after injuring her horse. Alex Saks, Andrew Duncan, Kevin J. Walsh, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash are producing. [Source: Variety]

Rock That Body
Zoe Kravitz is in early talks to co-star with Scarlett Johansson in the comedy “Rock That Body” at Sony Pictures. The story centers on five friends who rent a beach house in Miami for a bachelorette weekend and accidentally end up killing a male stripper.

Lucia Aniello (“Broad City”) will direct, co-write and produce alongside Paul W. Downs with the latter also starring. Matt Tolmach and Dave Becky will also produce. No shooting date has been set. [Source: Variety]

Stronger
Frankie Shaw (“Flaked”) has signed on for the role of Gail in the Boston Marathon bombing drama “Stronger” at Lionsgate. Based on the nonfiction bestseller by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a working class Boston man who became the subject of a now-iconic photo after losing his legs in the attack. The story is a deeply personal account of his and the city’s journey of recovery. [Source: Deadline]