News Shorts: June 11th 2017

Detroit
Annapurna Pictures has released the first TV spot for Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit” during the NBA Finals. The gripping true story tale follows one of the most terrifying moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of 1967.

John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell, Hannah Murray, Kaitlyn Dever, and Jack Reynor co-star.

Good Time
Netflix has acquired streaming rights to Josh and Benny Safdie’s heist thriller “Good Time” starring Robert Pattinson following the film earning strong reviews in competition at Cannes.

The project, which will be released theatrically in North America by A24 on August 11th, was sold by MFI to all rights distributors for theatrical, pay VOD and TV in multiple territories. Netflix has now picked up the first window of SVOD rights for the film. [Source: Variety]

Stargate Universe
Gateworld reports that Mark L. Haynes and J.C. Vaughn are set to pen the comic “Back to Destiny” which will resolve the cliffhanger at the end of the second season of “Stargate Universe” where that show ended.

In the comic, Eli races against time to repair his damaged stasis pod, [and] a new danger to the ship threatens the fragile plan meant to keep everyone alive.

Baby Driver
A new featurette is out for Edgar Wright’s action thriller meets adrenaline-fueled musical “Baby Driver” with the clip exploring how Wright penned the script with the soundtrack in mind.

Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Eiza González, Jon Hamm, and Jamie Foxx star in the film for which early reviews are excellent. The film opens June 28th.

Jackals
Shout! Factory has acquired North American distribution rights to Kevin Greutert’s psychological thriller “Jackals” starring Deborah Kara Unger, Stephen Dorff, Johnathan Schaech and Nick Roux. The film will be rolled out over multiple entertainment platforms, beginning with a theatrical launch this Fall.

The story follows a fractured family that will do anything to get their estranged son back from a murderous cult, but find themselves under siege when the cultists surround their cabin.

The Queen of Spain
Samuel Goldwyn Films has bought U.S. rights to Penelope Cruz’s comedy “The Queen of Spain” which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February and will be available from August 29th On Demand.

Chino Darin, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Clive Revill and Antonio Resines co-star in the film which Cruz plays famous movie star Macarena Granada, who flees the glamour of 1950s Hollywood to return to her roots in Spain.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
STX has premiered a new TV spot for Luc Besson’s sci-fi epic “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” offering a new look at the decidedly weird and intriguing looking feature based on the iconic French comics.

24-7
Universal Pictures has acquired Sarah Rothschild’s workplace comedy pitch “24-7” which will be developed as a star vehicle for Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington. Both will produce through their production company banners, Ben Spector also will produce. [Source: Deadline]

Windfall
“Gilmore Girls” actress Lauren Graham has optioned Jennifer E. Smith’s just-released young adult novel “Windfall”. Graham will adapt the book into a feature-length screenplay which she’ll produce through her Good Game Productions label.

The story follows Alice, who has been in love with her best friend, Teddy, for years. On his 18th birthday, she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark, and to their surprise, he ends up winning $140 million, which changes everything.

The Hazel Wood
“Divergent” producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are behind a film adaptation of Melissa Albert’s young adult novel “The Hazel Wood” at Columbia Pictures.

The story centers on a teenaged girl who has been forbidden any contact with her grandmother, once an author of black fairy tales. When her mother is kidnapped, the girl discovers the books are not a fantasy and that she must journey into that supernatural world to save her.

Big Trouble in Little China
A trailer has been released for John Carpenter’s “Big Trouble in Little China” board game which is in the final stages of development with both a deluxe version and a regular retail version available for pre-order.

You and up to 3 other players (1-6 in Deluxe) take on the roles of their favorite iconic heroes from the film like Jack, Gracie, Egg, and the rest of the gang.

I See You
Helen Hunt has been set to star in Adam Randall’s horror-thriller “I See You” for Zodiac Features. Filming begins in Cleveland in the late summer. Devon Graye penned the script.

Hunt will portray the well-heeled wife of the lead investigator in a child abduction case. The investigator struggles to find a way to forgive her for infidelity, and while her guilt slowly gnaws away at her grip on reality a malicious presence begins manifesting itself in their home.

Wonder Woman 2
Asked recently on Twitter by a fan if they tried to get a Lynda Carter cameo in the recent “Wonder Woman” film, director Patty Jenkins responded: “Oh we tried, tried, tried. And we won’t stop trying.” Carter herself previously cited a schedule conflict as the cause.

Titans
A film industry job site reportedly lists several openings on the recently announced live-action “Titans” series that will anchor WB’s new digital streaming service and indicate filming will begin late September in Atlanta according to My Entertainment World.

John Wick Chapter 2
The second feature around Keanu Reeves’ iconic hitman John Wick racked up a rather substantial body count, and now a new video montage has been made of all 128 deaths that Wick himself was responsible for in the film.

Life in Rewind
Seth Gordon (“Baywatch”) has signed on to helm the drama “Life in Rewind” for Middleton Media Group based on Terry Weible Murphy’s book. Stephanie Shannon will write the screenplay.

The story follows promising young athlete Ed Zine’s sudden descent into severe mental illness, and the Harvard doctor, Michael A. Jenike, who broke through the boundaries of traditional medicine to save him.

Backstabbing for Beginners
A24 and DirecTV have bought domestic distribution rights to Per Fly’s political thriller “Backstabbing for Beginners” starring Theo James, Ben Kingsley, and Jacqueline Bisset. Filming took place last year in Morocco.

James plays an idealist who lands his dream job as a program coordinator for the U.N.’s Oil-for-Food Programme and is thrown into an already fraught post-war Iraq, where government agents and power-hungry nations are circling the country’s oil reserves.

Cold Brook
William Fichtner will make his directorial debut on the drama “Cold Brook” at Roadrunner Inc., Anamorphic Media, Trilight Entertainment, and Primary Wave Entertainment.

Cain DeVore penned the script which follows two ordinary guys in a small town who embark on an extraordinary adventure. Kim Coates and Harold Perrineau co-star.

Atomic Blonde
The first clip is here from “John Wick” co-director David Leitch’s “Atomic Blonde” starring Charlize Theron as a lethal spy in Berlin in the late 1980s. “The Mummy” actress Sofia Boutella also stars in the film which opens July 28th.