News Shorts: July 11th 2018

News Shorts July 11th 2018

New photos have been released from “Arizona,” a new horror-dark comedy feature which debuted at Sundance earlier this year and starred Danny McBride, Luke Wilson and Rosemarie DeWitt. Set in the midst of the 2009 housing crisis, the story follows a single mom and struggling realtor whose life goes off the rails when she witnesses a murder. Jonathan Watson helms the film which is expected to be released later this year. [Source: Imgur]

Producer Aaron Magnani has acquired screen rights to Dane Huckelbridge’s 2017 romantic adventure novel “Castle of Water” with Peter Arneson adapting the script. A search for a director is underway.

The story follows two survivors of a plane crash, an American man and a newly widowed French woman, who struggle to live and love while marooned on a tropical island. [Source: Deadline]

Super Intelligence
Bobby Cannavale is closing a deal to play Melissa McCarthy‘s love interest in the action-comedy “Super Intelligence” for New Line Cinema. Ben Falcone is directing from a script by Steve Mallory and filming kicks off later this month ahead of an Xmas 2019 release.

McCarthy will play a former corporate executive whose earnest yet unfulfilled life is turned upside down when she’s selected for observation by the world’s first super artificial intelligence (voiced by James Corden). Cannavale will play Carol’s former boyfriend who re-enters her life after an extended absence. [Source: Collider]

Back to the Grind
Skateboarding icon Tony Hawk has signed on as executive producer and a script adviser on the comedy “Back to the Grind” at Branded Pictures Entertainment. J. Todd Harris will produce.

The film follows five middle-aged men who reunite the skate team from their youth to save their beloved park from being taken over by a team of obnoxious young skaters. [Source: Variety]

In the Shadow of the Moon
Cleopatra Coleman, Michael C. Hall and Bokeem Woodbine will join Boyd Holbrook in the cast of Jim Mickle’s genre-bending thriller “In the Shadow of the Moon” for Netflix. Gregory Weidman and Geoff Tock penned the film which is currently filming for a 2019 release.

The story follows a Philadelphia police officer who struggles with a lifelong obsession to track a mysterious serial killer whose crimes defy explanation. [Source: Deadline]

Julie Delpy is reportedly developing an adaptation of the Israeli web series “Confess” for AMC with plans to write and executive produce alongside the original’s creators Jake Witzenfeld and Moshe Rosenthal.

The anthological series is set in Tel Aviv, but Delpy’s version will be shifted to the United States and explores the current hook up culture and how digital media is changing people’s private lives. [Source: Variety]

Untitled Apple Morning Show Series
“Deep Impact” and “The Peacemaker” director Mimi Leder will serve as executive producer and director of Apple’s untitled morning show drama series starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston. Kerry Ehrin serves as showrunner on the series which offers an inside look at the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning, exploring the unique challenges faced by the women (and men) who carry out this daily televised ritual. [Source: Deadline]

Team Marco
Owen Vaccaro (“The House With The Clock In Its Walls”) has been tapped to star in Julio Vincent Gambuto’s indie drama “Team Marco” which is currently filming in New York. Gambuto and B.R. Uzun co-wrote the script.

The story follows eight-year-old iPad-obsessed Marco, whose life is shifted when his grandfather moves in and forced Marco to explore the outdoors. Marco soon finds a connection to other people and inspires a team of neighborhood kids to put down their devices and band together to take on Marco’s grandfather and his pals. [Source: Deadline]

They Hear It
Legendary Entertainment and The Picture Company have scored the feature film remake rights to first-time filmmaker Julian Terry’s proof of concept horror short “They Hear It”. Terry will make his directing debut on the project which Alex Heineman and Andrew Rona will produce.

The story involves a mysterious and terrifying noise called The Sound that attracts children when they hear it, and an ominous presence stalks the youthful inhabitants of a small community. [Source: Deadline]

Pale Blue Dot
Colman Domingo (“Fear the Walking Dead”) will join Natalie Portman, Dan Stevens, Jon Hamm, Jeremiah Birkett and Zazie Beetz in Noah Hawley’s currently untitled sci-fi drama at Fox Searchlight.

Portman plays a female astronaut who, upon returning to Earth from a mission in space, begins to slowly unravel and lose touch with reality. Domingo will play a NASA official in the film which is penned by Brian C. Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi. [Source: THR]

Anderson Falls
Gary Cole and Shawn Ashmore have been set to star in Julien Seri’s indie crime drama “Anderson Falls” at Title Media and Lone Suspect. Luke Barnett, Giles Daoust and Vincent Masciale are producing and filming begins this summer in Los Angeles.

Ashmore plays a detective who, after his wifes suicide, becomes convinced that she has in fact been murdered. Obsessed with his investigation, he finds out that his wife was the victim of a team of father-and-son serial killers and sets out to stop them from killing other women. [Source: Deadline]

Bad Education
Geraldine Viswanathan (“Blockers”) is set to co-star with Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney in “Bad Education” for Automatik. Mike Makowsky (“I Think We’re Alone Now”) penned the script with Cory Finley (“Thoroughbreds”) set to direct. The screenplay is based on true events that Makowsky experienced at his high school and is said to be akin to “Election” in tone. Shooting begins in October. [Source: Variety]

Body Cam
Nat Wolff (“Death Note,” “The Fault in Our Stars”) has closed his deal to star with Mary J. Blige in Malik Vitthal’s horror thriller “Body Cam” for Paramount Players. Matt Kaplan will produce the found footage film which centers around a body cam video that was destroyed in a cover up.

Richmon Riedel, Nic McCarthy and John Ridley penned the film about several LAPD cops haunted by a malevolent spirit tied to the murder of a black youth at the hands of two white cops. [Source: Deadline]

“Rectify” star Aden Young and “True Blood” actor Sam Trammell are playing Californian fathers, one of whom is a serial killer, in the ten-episode psychological thriller series “Reckoning”. David Hubbard (“Noel”) and David Eick (“Battlestar Galactica”) serve as co-showrunners and filming is now underway in Sydney.

The pair play dads who try to do what’s best for the people they love and the families they protect, all while struggling to suppress their inner demons. The murder of a local teenager sets them on a course of mutual destruction that will reverberate through their quiet community. [Source: iF Magazine]

Katherine Langford’s younger sister Josephine Langford and Ralph Fiennes’ nephew Hero Fiennes Tiffin have scored the lead roles in the film adaptation of Anna Todd’s popular young adult novel “After”.

The Harry Styles-inspired fan fiction story follows a young woman with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She has barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into a cocky British boy with tattoos and lip ring. The film is set to begin filming next week in Atlanta. [Source: PopBuzz]

Sierra Burgess Is a Loser
Netflix has released the first trailer for the modern rom-com “Sierra Burgess Is a Loser” starring “Stranger Things” breakout Shannon Purser along with RJ Cyler, Noah Centineo, Kristine Froseth, Chrissy Metz and Lea Thompson. The film itself hits the service on September 7th.

Purer plays the titular Sierra, an intelligent teen who does not fall into the shallow definition of high school pretty. However a case of mistaken identity that results in unexpected romance, and she seeks the help of a popular girl to win her football-player crush.