News Shorts: July 25th 2016

Release Dates
Several key release date announcements and changes have taken place recently, starting with Matthew McConaughey’s “Gold” entering the awards race with a December 25th limited opening. Then there’s the fifth “Shrek” film which Dreamworks Animation has set for a 2019 release.

Meanwhile Daniela Amavia’s drama “A Beautiful Now” starring Abigail Spencer has been picked up by Monterey Media with plans for a September /October release. Kino Lorber has secured U.S. distribution rights for Simon Stone’s Australian drama “The Daughter” with plans for an end of year release.

Insidious: Chapter 4
“The Dark Knight Rises” and “Dirt” actor Josh Stewart has joined the cast of “Insidious: Chapter 4” in a yet to be announced role. Adam Robitel will direct from a script by co-creator Leigh Whannell. Lin Shaye returns as parapsychologist Elise Rainier in the project which is targeting an October 20th 2017 release. [Source: More Details]

The Mirror Thief
Peter Chelsom and Tinker Lindsay will pen the film adaptation of Martin Seay’s novel “The Mirror Thief” which Chelsom will direct and John Albanis will produce. The story follows the interweaving narratives of three driven men all connected by a mysterious book and shifts from 16th century Venice to a seedy Venice Beach waterfront of the 1950s, to the Venetian casino in 2003 Las Vegas. [More Details]

Cooley High
DeVon Franklin, Common and Tony Krantz are teaming up to produce a remake of seminal 1975 African-American coming-of-age drama “Cooley High” at MGM. Seth Rosenfeld will write the script. The story was set in 1960s Chicago and focused on a group of high school friends with big dreams of getting out of the South Side. [More Details]

Chronicles of Amber
“The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman and his Skybound Entertainment label are adapting Roger Zelazny’s sci-fi novel series “Chronicles of Amber” into a TV series. A search is underway for a writer to adapt the book series about Corwin who awakens on Earth with no memory but soon finds he is a prince of a royal family that has the ability to travel through different dimensions of reality and rules over the one true world/dimension known as Amber. [More Details]

Besties
DreamWorks and Montecito Pictures have picked up Cassie Daniels and Mark Bartosic’s large female ensemble comedy “Besties”. The story follows a woman who finds a long-lost love note then sets off on a road trip with her three best friends to break up the wedding of her childhood crush. Ivan Reitman and Ali Bell will produce. [More Details]

Slash
Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to Clay Liford’s coming-of-age drama “Slash” which is set in the world of erotic fan fiction. Michael Johnston (“Teen Wolf”), Hannah Marks (“Dirk Gently”), Michael Ian Black and Missi Pyle star in the film which gets a limited theatrical release in the fall. [Source: More Details]

Lean On Pete
Chloe Sevigny and Travis Fimmel have joined the cast of “Weekend” director Andrew Haigh’s “Lean on Pete” based on Willy Vlautin’s acclaimed novel. Steve Buscemi and Charlie Plummer star in the story of an itinerant teen abandoned by his mother as a baby. He embarks on a perilous journey with a stolen racehorse in search of his long-lost aunt and a possible home. A24 and Film4 will produce. [More Details]

When We First Met
Robbie Amell will co-star opposite Adam Devine and Alexandra Daddario in the Ari Sandel-directed comedy “When We First Met” for Footprint Features, MXN and Wonderland Sound and Vision. Devine is also co-writing the pic with John Whittington and stars as a man who spends the perfect first night with the girl of his dreams (Daddario) but gets relegated to the friend zone. Years later he gets the unexpected chance to travel back in time and alter that night. [More Details]

Untitled Real Housewives Pitch
Paramount Pictures just picked up Lauryn Kahn’s untitled action comedy pitch with Jake Szymanski (“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”) attached to direct while Adam McKay, Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick will produce. The story follows two FBI agents who go deep undercover as a married couple on a reality show about rich Los Angeles housewives. [More Details]

NES Classic Edition
Following its announcement last week of the NES Classic Edition, a mini-version of their original console to debut later this year, a new video for the system has debuted online. NES Classic Edition hits stores on November 11th at a suggested retail price of $60 and with 30 games built-in.