News Shorts: December 9th 2015

Life on the Road
Ricky Gervais has released a new photo from “Life on the Road,” a film that continues the adventures of his character of the aggressively awkward David Brent in BBC’s original “The Office”. The feature-length mockumentary follows Brent who is now a travelling salesman and is now attempting to get his old band, Foregone Conclusion, back together. [Source: Twitter]

Fuller House
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen famously won’t be a part of Netflix’s “Fuller House” series continuation, and now it has been revealed that the Michelle Tanner character’s absence will be explained away by them now living in New York City and working on building a fashion empire. The thirteen-episode series includes the rest of the cast and will debut on the streaming service next year. [Source: Variety]

Untitled Thrilla In Manilla Project
Studio 8 has secured the rights to Ang Lee’s untitled boxing film about the classic 1970s Thrilla in Manilla heavyweight boxing fight between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali. David Oyelowo is the top choice to play the role of Frazier in the film which Peter Morgan penned the most recent draft of. James Schamus remains attached to produce. [Source: Variety]

Black Bicycle Entertainment has scored Brad Ingelsby’s thriller spec script “Claire”. The story follows a mother who lives on a rural farm who must protect her daughter when she falls in with the wrong crowd. Erika Olde, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Michael Pruss will produce with the film set to be released next year. The same team just did the same deal for Ingelsby’s spec “The Burning Woman”. [Source: Deadline]

Household Pests, Mean Margaret
Marza Animation Planet and Pigmental Studios are developing a pair of animation projects – “Household Pests” and “Mean Margaret”. Sergio Pablos (“Despicable Me”) created ‘Pests’ about an imaginative boy and his battles with the monsters that lurk under his bed. ‘Mean’ is based on Tor Seidler’s children’s book about a cranky human toddler from a family of nine who is chucked out of her home by her beleaguered parents until two woodchucks take her in as their own. [Source: Variety]

The Wedding Sting
Drew Pearce (“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” “Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King”) has been set to adapt the fact-based “The Wedding Sting” for Paramount Pictures and Disruption. Based on an article from The Atlantic from back in May, the story deals with an elaborately staged fake wedding in which two undercover Michigan cops posed as newlyweds and brought together every drug dealer in their orbit so they could all be arrested en masse. [Source: Deadline]

Food Whore
DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film rights to Jessica Tom’s novel “Food Whore: A Novel of Dining and Deceit” with Lisa Rubin set to adapt the screenplay. When a young New York female chef’s coveted internship goes up in smoke, she finds a different vocation – ghostwriting reviews for a New York Times restaurant critic who has lost his sense of taste. [Source: Variety]

Kill Bill 3
Out doing “The Hateful Eight” promotional rounds, Quentin Tarantino has spoken about the possibility of a third “Kill Bill” and tells What the Flick: “There is definitely a possibility, [I’ll] stop short of saying a probability. For one reason in particular: Uma and me would have a really good time working together again.” If it did go ahead it would be set years later: “to have time for peace. I wanted her to have some time with her daughter. She could actually enjoy her life for a while.”

Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Ben Wheatley’s darkly comic “High-Rise” which had a much talked about and divisive premiere at this year’s Toronto Film Festival. Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and Luke Evans starred in the film which will get a release sometime next year. [Source: Variety]