News Shorts: April 30th 2017

War for the Planet of the Apes
Boom! Studios will bridge the gap between “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and the upcoming “War for the Planet of the Apes” with a four-part comic storyline this summer.

David F. Walker will pen the mini-series which takes place over one year set between ‘Dawn’ and ‘War’ showing the war escalating across the United States, with different factions being drawn into the conflict. The first issue of the series will be released digitally July 12th.

Doctor Dolittle
Universal Pictures has moved up its Robert Downey Jr.-led “Doctor Dolittle” remake from May 24th 2019 to April 12th 2019, effectively getting out of the way of Colin Trevorrow’s “Star Wars: Episode IX” which has taken that May weekend slot.

The Spy Who Dumped Me
Lionsgate has scheduled a July 6th 2018 release date for the Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon-led action comedy “The Spy Who Dumped Me”. The film will open Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and the Wasp” the same weekend.

Hotel Artemis
Sofia Boutella (“Star Trek Beyond,” “The Mummy”) is in talks to join Jodie Foster in “Hotel Artemis”. “Iron Man 3” and “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” co-scribe Drew Pearce will direct from his own script. The storyline is under wraps.

The Pact
Graham Phillips, Miles Robbins and Jimmy Bellinger have joined Kay Cannon’s comedy “The Pact” at Universal Pictures, playing the boyfriends of the three female teen characters.

The story follows three parents (Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, and John Cena) who discover their daughters plan to lose their virginity at prom and launch a one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal.

The Nun
Jonas Bloquet (“Elle”) has joined the cast of “The Conjuring” spin-off “The Nun” at New Line Cinema. Corin Hardy helms the film which Demian Bichir and Taissa Farmiga co-star in. Peter Safran and James Wan are producing from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman. A July 2018 release is planned.

Netflix has acquired global rights to Clark Johnson’s drama “Juanita” which is currently filming in Virginia and stars the likes of Adam Beach, Blair Underwood, Marcus Henderson and LaTanya Richardson.

Alfre Woodard plays a woman who is fed up with her deadbeat grown kids and marginal urban existence and takes a Greyhound bus to Montana, where she reinvents herself and finds her mojo.

Red Sea Diving Resort
“The Wire” star Michael K. Williams is in negotiations to join Chris Evans and Haley Bennett in “Red Sea Diving Resort”. “Tyrant” creator Gideon Raff penned and will direct the film for Bron Studios with filming to begin this Summer.

The film is based on the 1981 rescue of thousands of Ethiopian Jews from Sudan. The Mossad established a covert base in a deserted holiday village in Sudan and deployed a handful of operatives to launch and oversee the exodus.

The Seagull
Hyde Park International has taken international sales on the currently in post-production feature adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s play “The Seagull” starring Annette Bening and Saoirse Ronan. Michael Mayer helmed the film about eight people, all of whom are fatally in love with the wrong person.

A Star is Born
Rafi Gavron (“The Cold Light of Day”) and Michael Harney (“Orange is the New Black”) have joined Bradley Cooper’s currently filming remake of “A Star is Born” at Warner Bros. Pictures. The story centers on a singer who falls in love with an aging rocker that manages to launch a successful career as his own is in a downward spiral.

Gavron will play a handsome and sweet talking music producer, Harney plays an old-school limo driver who is close friends with the singer’s father. Rebecca Field, Sam Elliott and Andrew Dice Clay also star.

Arthur: The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle
Tucker Tooley Entertainment and Cinelou Films have acquired film rights to Mikael Lindnord’s novel “Arthur: The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home” about a fact-based life affirming tale of Mikael Lindnord, who was part of the 2014 Adventure Racing World Championship team.

During the challenge in Ecuador, Mikael and his team come across a remarkable stray dog who becomes attached to them and follows them on the unforgiving course.

Cowboy Ninja Viking
Actor Chris Pratt has confirmed to Collider that the film adaptation of the graphic novel “Cowboy Ninja Viking,” which he’s attached to, is still going forward.

He says: “It’s still in development. It’s definitely no joke. We’ve got a deal and we’re moving forward. It’s going to be [with] Universal. It’s going to be really, really fantastic … We don’t have a director. It’s together, it’s being put together. But we’re in the process of talking to directors.”

Anika Noni Rose’s company Roaring Virgin Productions have optioned TV and film rights to Daniel Jose Older’s 2015 bestselling young adult fantasy novel “Shadowshaper”. Rose recently acquired the author’s urban fantasy tale “Bone Street Rumba”.

The story follows Sierra Santiago who lives in Brooklyn and discovers shadow shaping, a magic that infuses ancestral spirits into paintings, music, and stories. But someone is killing the shadowshapers one by one — and the killer believes Sierra is hiding their greatest secret.

2017 Cannes Film Festival
Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square” has joined the Cannes Film Festival competitio, while Roman Polanski’s “Based On A True Story” which will premiere out of competition. Additionally Li Ruijun joins the Un Certain Regard line-up with “Walking Past The Future,” as does Santiago Mitre’s “The Summit,” while Barbet Schroeder’s “The Venerable W” will score a special screening.

Brian Banks
Producer and film financier Shivani Rawat and ShivHans Pictures have acquired the rights to the project “Brian Banks” and have attached Tom Shadyac (“Bruce Almighty”) to helm. Doug Atchison will pen the script.

The real-life story follows Brian Banks, an all-American high-school football player falsely accused of rape. Despite furiously maintaining his innocence, Brian was nonetheless railroaded through the system and sentenced to a decade of prison and parole. Ultimately he achieved his NFL dream with the Atlanta Falcons’ pre-season squad in 2013.

Man Up
CBS Films has brought in Jay Karas and Dean Ward to rewrite the comedy “Man Up” which follows three friends, each facing a masculinity crisis, who attend a survivalist camp that promises to help them man up. Chris Pappas and Kevin Barnett penned the earlier script from a story idea by “Chuck” actor Zachary Levi.

Valley Girl
Chloe Bennet, Logan Paul, Jessie Ennis and Ashleigh Murray have been cast in Rachel Lee Goldenberg’s musical remake of “Valley Girl” at MGM. The newcomers join Jessica Rothe and Josh Whitehouse which begins production next month in Los Angeles.

The adaptation to the 1983 original follows Julie (Rothe), a sweet-natured San Fernando Valley girl whose world and values are rocked when she falls hard for Randy (Whitehouse), a punk rocker from Hollywood.

Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen, Michael Chiklis, Noah Schnapp and Jamie Chung have been tapped to co- star in Yen Tan’s AIDS drama film “1985”. Filming begins next month in Dallas.

Smith plays terminally-ill Adrian who flies home from New York to visit his estranged family in Texas. His attempt at revealing his circumstances to his conservative parents (Madsen, Chiklis) are challenged when he reconnects with his preteen brother (Schnapp) and his old flame (Chung).

Kate McKinnon, Allison Tolman, Matt Walsh, Jessie Ennis, Bryn Vale, and Brian Tyree Henry have joined debut director Laura Steinel’s indie comedy “Fam-i-ly” alongside Taylor Schilling.

Steinel wrote the screenplay, which follows an awkward thirteen-year-old Maddie (Vale) who tries to run away from home to become a Juggalo, and the emotionally-stunted Aunt Kate (Schilling) who is tasked with watching her for the week.

Famke Janssen will join Ron Perlman, Richard Dreyfuss, Peter Facinelli and Nadine Velazquez in Michael Caton-Jones’ “Asher”. The story follows a Mossad member-turned-gun-for-hire in New York who is living the good life but at the end of his career. When one of his final gigs goes upside down on a job involving a woman, he has to make a life-altering decision.

Little Women
“Switched at Birth” alum Lea Thompson and Lucas Grabeel have signed on to Clare Niederpruem’s modern adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott novel “Little Women”. Thompson will play the lead role of family matriarch Marmee. Niederpruem co-wrote the script with Kristi Shimek and filming begins in Utah in June.

Lex Shrapnel will join Michael Pena, Lizzy Caplan and Mike Colter in Ben Young’s sci-fi thriller “Extinction” for Universal Pictures. The film opens January 26th 2018.

The story follows a man (Pena) trying to save his family from an alien invasion. It is unknown which character Shrapnel will be playing. Eric Heisserer, Spenser Cohen and Bradley Caleb Kane penned the script.

The Burning Woman
Amy Madigan, Pat Healy, Ken Marino, Sky Ferreira, and Macon Blair have joined Sienna Miller, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul and Will Sasso in the cast of Jake Scott’s “The Burning Woman”.

The film tells the story of a woman whose life is changed when her teenage daughter mysteriously disappears and she is left to raise her young grandson. Ridley Scott, Kevin Walsh, and Mike Pruss will produce.

Friday the 13th
The third-person horror survival game “Friday the 13th: The Game” has scored a May 26th release date. In the game, you can play as a teen counselor or horror villain icon Jason Voorhees. You and six other unlucky souls will do everything possible to escape and survive while the most well-known killer in the world tracks you down and brutally slaughters you.

The Matrix
YouTube user Patrick (H) Willems, the guy behind such notable film videos as the one about Marvel film’s ugly visuals and DC Films’ character problems, has now done one for one of the most underlooked elements of the Wachowskis’ original “The Matrix” feature – the scene transitions:

Sources: Deadline, Variety, THR