The Elephant Man
Charlie Heaton (“Stranger Things”) is to star as the one and only Joseph Merrick in the new two-part BBC One drama “The Elephant Man”. The series will be filmed in Wales with transmission due next year with additional casting under way.
Two 90-minute episodes chart Merrick’s extraordinary story from his working-class beginnings in Leicestershire, through the work-houses, music halls and freak shows to his time at the London Hospital and his friendship with Dr Frederick Treves. [Source: Deadline]
Untitled K-Pop Film
Fox 2000 has acquired the film rights to an untitled feature film set in the world of Korean pop music. Elyse Hollander is attached to write the screenplay about an Asian American college student from the U.S. who becomes a top competitor on South Korea’s toughest k-pop competition show. Scooter Braun’s SB Projects and Epic Magazine are attached to produce. [Source: Variety]
What Men Want
Paramount Pictures has shifted Adam Shankman’s upcoming comedy feature “What Men Want” from a January 11th to a February 8th release. Taraji P. Henson stars in this female-centric remake of the Mel Gibson comedy “What Women Want” from 2000, with Tracy Morgan, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Max Greenfield, Richard Roundtree, Aldis Hodge, Tamala Jones, Josh Brener, Phoebe Robinson and Erykah Badu onboard. [Source: Box-Office Mojo]
New Line Cinema has scored the rights to Lillian Yu’s original rom-com screenplay “Singles Day” based around an actual Chinese holiday celebrated every year on November 11th. The holiday is considered an anti-Valentine’s Day and is mostly enjoyed by young people. The project will have a multiple-storyline concept with Chris Bender and Jake Weiner to produce. [Source: Deadline]
A24 has acquired U.S. rights to “Jackie” and “Neruda” director Sebastian Lelio’s “Gloria Bell” from FilmNation Entertainment with plans for a spring 2019 release. The film premieres at Toronto next month and is an English-language remake of Lelio’s own 2013 breakout film “Gloria”.
Julianne Moore plays a free-spirited divorcee who spends her days at a straight-laced office job and her nights on the dance floors of various Los Angeles clubs. After meeting Arnold (Turturro) on a night out, she finds herself thrust into an unexpected new romance. [Source: Variety]
Laurence Fishburne and Mel’s son Milo Gibson have both signed on for the inspirational sports drama “Brother’s Keeper” for Winter State Entertainment. Hamid and Camille Torabpour will produce and Todd Randall helms from a script by Al Pickett and Chad Mitchell.
The true story tale deals with the West Texas’ 2009 Abilene High School football team – underdogs who rallied against odds to win their state championship. Production is underway, and the film is expected to wrap in November. [Source: Deadline]
Apple has secured the rights to produce a TV series based on Nathaniel Rich’s upcoming book “Losing Earth”. Rich and Steve Golin (“Spotlight”) will produce. The story follows efforts by a number of top scientists, activists, and politicians to stop climate change in the 1980s. [Source: Variety]
Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has scored a role on the final season of “iZombie”. Abdul-Jabbar will guest star as Zed, one of just two Seattle City Council members who didn’t flee the city before the wall went up. Zed is a zombie, and his fellow council member is a human, thus creating a unique form of gridlock at city hall. “iZombie” will air its fifth and final season on The CW in 2019. [Source: THR]
Cecelia Ahern’s upcoming short story collection “Roar” will be adapted into a TV series by Nicole Kidman and Per Saari’s Blossom Films, Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories and Theresa Park.
“GLOW” co-creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch are attached to executive produce and showrun the series which will take a selection of the thirty short stories in the book, each of which deals with a woman exploring a different absurd contradiction or issue in her life. [Source: Deadline]
O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”) will join Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson and Jamie Foxx in the drama “Just Mercy” from director Destin Cretton (“Short Term 12”) and based on the Bryan Stevenson memoir. Filming begins next month in Atlanta.
Stevenson is the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, which fights on behalf of the wrongly condemned and death-row prisoners trapped in the criminal justice system. The film will follow Stevenson’s first case involving a black man who was sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit. [Source: THR]
David Arquette is attached as the lead in Danny A. Abeckaser’s indie film “Apalachin” while Jennifer Esposito, Robert Davi, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, PJ Byrne and Abeckaser co-star. Abeckaser and Jon Carlo penned the script and shooting began Monday ahead of a planned 2019 release.
Based on a 1957 true story, the story follows local trooper Ed Croswell (Arquette), who foils the plans of mobster Vito Genovese, who organized a mob summit in the rural town of Apalachin in upstate New York. Croswell’s actions changed the face of law enforcement forever. [Source: Deadline]
Sienna Guillory (“Resident Evil”) will join Bruce Dern and Brian Cox in Martin Rosete’s romantic comedy Remember Me” which begins shooting in Spain later this month. Caroline Silhol and Brandon Larracuente also star.
Dern plays 70-year-old widower Claude, who learns that the love of his life, Lilian (Silhol), is in a senior home going through difficult times. With the help of his best friend, Shane (Cox), Claude decides to fake Alzheimer’s as the only way to be by her side. Guillory will play Dern’s daughter, Selma. [Source: THR]
The Outside Story
Brian Tyree Henry (“Atlanta”) has been set to star in Casimir Nozkowski’s Brooklyn-based indie film “The Outside Story” which will begin filming on location in mid-November.
Henry stars as Charles Young, an introverted editor living a vertical life in his 2nd-floor apartment, always on deadline and in a rut. When Charles locks himself out of his building, he’s forced to go horizontal and confront the world he’s been avoiding in search of a way back inside. [Source: Deadline]