News Shorts: July 25th 2017

A much better look at the various Jaegers we’ll see in Steven De Knight’s “Pacific Rim: Uprising” have appeared on the Figsoku website. Check out the link to see multiple photos of the different giant robots.

Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures has crossed the $4 billion milestone in worldwide box office for the second time in the studio’s 105-year history, led by “Despicable Me 3” with $732 million and “The Fate of the Furious” with $1.2 billion.

It is the first studio to hit this milestone in 2017. Other strong performers include “The Mummy” ($392.5 million worldwide), Illumination’s “Sing” ($632.3 million worldwide), “Fifty Shades Darker” ($380.2 million worldwide), “Get Out” ($252.6 million worldwide), and “Split” ($277.8 million worldwide).

One Piece
Eiichiro Oda has confirmed to Yahoo that his cult favourite animated series “One Piece” will score a live-action television adaptation timed to the show’s 20th anniversary.

“Prison Break” producers Marty Adelstein and Tomorrow Studios will oversee the surreal drama about a pirate with stretching abilities akin to Mr. Fantastic from the “Fantastic Four”. Over 800 episodes of the original series have been produced.

Happy!
Joseph Reitman (“Money Monster”) is set to play the villain of the first season of Syfy’s upcoming series adaptation of Grant Morrison’s comic “Happy!”. The show premieres in 2018.

Christopher Meloni as Nick Sax, an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop-turned-hitman adrift in a world of casual murder, sex and betrayal. After a hit gone wrong, his life is changed forever by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary, blue winged horse named Happy (Bobby Moynihan).

The Marriage Pact
20th Century Fox has just acquired the feature film rights to Michelle Richmond’s psychological suspense novel “The Marriage Pact” which is released today in bookstores. Justin Haythe (“Red Sparrow,” “Revolutionary Road”) will adapt the script.

The story follows newlyweds invited to join an exclusive and mysterious group which aims to keep marriages happy and intact. However, the young lovers soon discover membership is for life and The Pact will go to any lengths to enforce that rule. [Source: 20th Century Fox]

Wynonna Earp
Syfy has renewed “Wynonna Earp” for a third season to air in 2018. The renewal was announced at Syfy’s Comic Con panel and comes as the second season is in the midst of airing.

In the series, Wynonna is the only one who can wield a mystical gun and deal with all the supernatural beings that infest the Ghost River Triangle, where Purgatory is located.

Tin Star
Amazon has taken U.S. rights to Rowan Joffe’s ten-episode revenge thriller “Tin Star” starring Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks. The series will debut on Sky Atlantic in the U.K. and Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. later this year.

The story follows a former British detective now small town police chief who brings his family to the tiny and tranquil town of Little Big Bear for a better life.

Untitled Female ISIS Fighters Film
“UnReal” creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro is reportedly planning to make her feature film directing debut on a currently untitled feature for Amazon Studios.

The story is said to be inspired by a 100-plus strong army of victimised women who have turned the tables and are fighting against ISIS. J.C. Chandor, Neal Dodson & Anna Gerb will produce.

Untitled Spike Jonze/Frank Ocean Project
Spike Jonze (“Being John Malkovich,” “Her”) has reportedly been spotted filming concerts that Frank Ocean has been conducting recently in London and Los Angeles.

On top of that, Brad Pitt showed up in a cameo during the performance of “Close To You”/”Never Can Say Goodbye” at the Los Angeles concert. This has immediately sparked talk of a Jonze/Ocean film collaboration that may involve Pitt.

Nicole
Bill Hader is in talks to co-star with Anna Kendrick in the upcoming female Santa Claus film “Nicole” for Disney Studios. Marc Lawrence (“Miss Congeniality”) will pen and helm.

The story revolves around Santa’s daughter who is forced to take over the family business when her father retires and brother (Hader) ends up getting cold feet prior to his first big flight.

Princeless
Sony Pictures has optioned movie rights to Jeremy Whitley and Emily Martin’s comic series “Princeless” which follows a young black princess who takes matters into her own hands rather than waiting for a handsome prince.

She breaks out of her tower, befriends the dragon guarding her, and sets off on a quest to rescue her six older sisters locked in towers and guarded by assassins. Stefani Robinson (“Atlanta”) is adapting the script.

Overboard
Lionsgate has now set an April 20th 2018 release for its remake of the Kurt Russell-Goldie Hawn romantic comedy “Overboard” starring Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez.

The story now focuses on a spoiled playboy from one of Mexico’s wealthiest families who falls overboard off his yacht. He’s then convinced by Faris’ single, working-class mother that he is her husband.

Tell No One
Universal Pictures has just hired F. Scott Frazier to pen a re-write of the new film adaptation of Harlan Coben’s “Tell No One”. Chris Terrio (“Argo”) penned an earlier draft.

The story involves the accidental discovery of two bodies near the estate of a doctor, whose wife had been murdered years before. Frank Marshall is producing.

Awakened
IDW Entertainment has optioned James Murray and Darren Wearmouth’s soon-to-be-published novel “Awakened” with plans to develop the property into a series.

The book deals with the launch of a long-awaited New York subway line that connects the city with communities across the Hudson River. When the first train pulls in to the station, the cars are empty and their interiors are drenched in blood. Whatever killed and took the passengers is still out there.

The Outpost
“The Contender” director Rod Lurie is slated to helm “The Outpost” for Millennium Films with “The Fighter” scribes Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson penning the script based on CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper’s novel.

The book chronicles the epic true story of the 50 soldiers who battled a force of more than 400 Taliban in northeastern Afghanistan in 2009 during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Source: TV Line, The Playlist, Screen Daily, Variety, THR, Deadline