News Shorts: June 19th 2017

Blade Runner 2049
Alcon Entertainment along with Finnish mobile game developer and publisher Next Games are partnering on a mobile game tied to “Blade Runner 2049”. The companies did not disclose when the game will be released or a specific title.

Fahrenheit 451
YouTube personality Lilly Singh has joined the cast of the HBO film adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel “Fahrenheit 451”. Singh will play Raven, a tabloid vlogger who works with the fire department to spread propaganda.

The story is set a future where media is an opiate, history is outlawed, and ‘firemen’ burn books. One young fireman (Michael B. Jordan) battles his mentor (Michael Shannon), and struggles to regain his humanity.

All The Money in the World
Timothy Hutton has been set to play the Getty family attorney in Ridley Scott’s thriller “All The Money in the World” at Imperative Entertainment & Scott Free.

The story deals with the kidnapping of J. Paul Getty III, the grandson of the world’s wealthiest man. Hutton joins Michelle Williams, Kevin Spacey, Mark Wahlberg and Charlie Plummer.

Penelope Bagieu’s feminist graphic novel “Brazen”, which portrays bold and rebellious women around the world, is being turned into an animated TV series by Agat Films & Cie and Silex Films.

Developed into thirty episodes of three minutes each, “Brazen” will explore the lives of 30 women such as Nellie Bly, Mae Jemison, Josephine Baker and Naziq al-Abid. Iranian filmmaker Sarah Saidan is on board to direct.

20th Century Fox & Boom! Studios
20th Century Fox has acquired what is being described as a “significant minority stake” in the indie comic book publisher Boom! Studios.

Boom! CEO and founder Ross Richie said in the same statement that the studio’s investment: ‘will fuel Boom!’s generation of more original content like Lumberjanes, Mouse Guard, and Grass Kings.’

Untitled Marwencol Drama
Diane Kruger has joined Steve Carell in Robert Zemeckis’ untitled narrative feature remake of the 2010 documentary “Marwencol” at Universal Pictures. Leslie Mann, Janelle Monae and Eiza Gonzalez also star in the film which shoots this Fall.

The story follows a broken man who builds a miniature World War II-era village with action figures and dolls as a way to recover from a violent assault. Kruger will play Deja Thoris, the Belgian Witch of Marwen who, in a recurring scenario, revives Carell’s alter ego every time he is killed by Nazis.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Judy Greer has been added to Richard Linklater’s comedy-drama “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” alongside Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, and Billy Crudup.

Blanchett plays an architect-turned-recluse who goes missing prior to a family vacation. This prompts her husband and fifteen-year-old daughter to go on an expedition in hopes of finding the third link to their small family.

The Haunting of Hill House
Michiel Huisman (“Game of Thrones”) has been cast in the upcoming ten-episode straight to series new adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s classic 1959 novel “The Haunting of Hill House” at Netflix. Mike Flanagan will write, direct and executive produce.

The story centers on four people living in an eighty-year-old mansion. Huisman will take on the role of Steven Crane, the oldest Crane sibling and a published writer of supernatural books.

Sorry to Bother You
Tessa Thompson, Lakeith Stanfield and Steven Yeun will star in first-time director Boots Riley’s drama “Sorry to Bother You” which begins filming this month in Oakland.

The story follows an African-American telemarketer with self-esteem issues who discovers a magical key to business success, propelling him to the upper echelons of the hierarchy just as his activist comrades are rising up against unjust labor practices.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
Billy Zane is set to play famed showman P.T. Barnum in an episode of the upcoming third season of The CW’s “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”. Executive producer Phil Klemperer says Barnum will play an antagonistic role.

Set It Up
Lucy Liu will join Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, and Taye Diggs in Claire Scanlon’s “Set It Up” at Netflix. Penned by Katie Silberman, the story follows two overworked and underpaid assistants wasting their twenties working for superiors (Liu and Diggs) who treat them like dirt.

They realise they’d have more free time if the people they worked for weren’t single. They concoct a plan to solve their problem by setting up their respective bosses with each other.

The Peanut Butter Falcon
Dakota Johnson, Bruce Dern and newcomer Zachary Gottsagen have joined Shia LaBeouf in Tyler Nilson’s adventure drama “The Peanut Butter Falcon”. Nilson and Michael Schwartz co-wrote the script with filming now underway in Savannah, Georgia.

The story follows a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from the nursing home where he lives to pursue his dream of becoming a professional wrestler and attending the Saltwater Redneck wrestling school. A small-time outlaw (LaBeouf) becomes his unlikely coach and ally.

Mary Queen of Scots
British actor Jack Lowden has been set as the male lead in “Mary Queen Of Scots” for Working Title and Focus Features. Josie Rourke is helming the film penned by “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon. Shooting begins this summer.

Lowden will take on the role of Lord Darnley opposite Saoirse Ronan as Mary and Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth I. Mary, who once claimed to be the rightful queen of England, was ultimately executed for complicity in a plot to assassinate Elizabeth.

Baby Driver
Sony Pictures has released a new remix track from DJ Mike Relm for Edgar Wright’s upcoming action feature “Baby Driver”.

The fast-paced, musically-driven action feature stars Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez, Jon Bernthal and Jamie Foxx. The film opens June 28th.

The Iron Orchard
Lane Garrison, Austin Nichols and Ali Cobrin will co-star in the Ty Roberts-directed period drama “The Iron Orchard” based on the novel of the same name by Tom Pendleton which is currently shooting in West Texas.

Garrison plays an unsophisticated and unskilled young man thrust into the brutal West Texas oilfields circa 1939, who ultimately becomes a formidable wildcatter. He grapples with love for his devoted wife, and a yearning for his first love.

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
Aussie actor Keiynan Lonsdale (“The Flash”) will appear in Greg Berlanti’s young adult drama “Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda” at Fox 2000. Based on Becky Albertalli’s novel, the story centers on a young gay teen (Nick Robinson) who takes a novel approach to coming out to his classmates.

Lonsdale plays Bram Greenfeld, one of Simon’s friends and classmates Katherine Langford, Miles Heizer, Alexandra Shipp, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel and Tony Hale co-star in the film, which was written by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger.

“Lost” and “The 100” alum Henry Ian Cusick has spoken with Cinema Blend about his role in the upcoming Marvel ABC event series “Inhumans” which is one of the human characters:

“I play a geneticist and his name is Dr. Evan Declan and he’s human. I think that says quite a lot already, if you know the comics, you know where the Inhumans are coming from, so that’s pretty much my character.”

The Wishing Spell
20th Century Fox and Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps are teaming with former “Glee” alum Chris Colfer to adapt his best-selling fantasy novel series “The Land of Stories” for the big screen.

The story follows twins who, after the loss of their father, are transported into a magic book in which the classic fairy tales have come to life. Colfer will both direct and pen the adaptation of the first book, “The Wishing Spell,” which Levy and Dan Levine will produce.

The Defiant Ones
HBO has released the first full trailer for its new four-part docuseries “The Defiant Ones” which chronicles the rise of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine in the music industry in the 1990s and their impact on contemporary culture – culminating in the creation of Beats by Dre.

Allen Hughes directs all four parts which include interviews with everyone from Bono to Trent Reznor to Snoop Dogg. The docuseries begins airing on July 9th.

The Man in the High Castle
Jason O’Mara is set to join Amazon’s drama series “The Man in the High Castle” based on Phillip K. Dick’s 1962 story of the same name. Earlier this year, the show was renewed by the streaming service for a third season, though no premiere date has been secured just yet.

Irish filmmaker Gerard Barrett (“Glassland,” “Brain on Fire”) has sold the hour-long drama series “Honey” to FX. The story is under wraps but is set against the backdrop of the world of corporate espionage.

Killing Eve
BBC America announced today that Sandra Oh has scored the lead role in the upcoming eight-episode original scripted drama series “Killing Eve” from “Fleabag” creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

The dramatic thriller revolves around a psychopathic assassin and the woman charged with hunting her down. A 2018 premiere date is planned.

Warner Bros. Pictures has released the new IMAX poster for Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” opening in cinemas on July 21st. Nolan directed from his own original screenplay, blending a mixture of IMAX and 65mm film to adapt the story.

Source: Variety, THR, Deadline, Screen.