News Shorts: June 23rd 2015

Independence Day Resurgence
A new piece of concept art from the upcoming “Independence Day” sequel has gone online. The art shows the military piloting an alien craft through what was once a city. Roland Emmerich returns to helm the follow-up to the 1996 alien invasion tale which is currently filming ahead of a release next summer. [Source: Empire]

The general release of Baltasar Kormakur’s climbing disaster tale “Everest” has been pushed back by a week from September 18th to September 25th. The move has been designed to give an extra push to the movies IMAX run which will still continue on the 18th and have a one week exclusive run in the premium large-format.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Robin Wright, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, John Hawkes Michael Kelly and Sam Worthington star in the film about the 1996 disaster that left climbers stranded high atop the world’s highest mountain. [Source: THR]

Longtime producer Denise Di Novi will make her directorial debut on the thriller “Unforgettable,” taking over from previously attached Amma Asante (“Belle”). Di Novi is also producing alongside Alison Greenspan.

Christina Hodson penned the script which centers on a man whose new spouse is menaced by his ex-wife. Kerry Washington was in talks to star but is no longer involved. [Source: Variety]

Untitled Girl’s Trip Project
“Barbershop 3” screenwriters Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver are re-teaming with that currently shooting film’s director Malcolm D. Lee for the “Untitled Girl’s Trip Project” at Universal Pictures. “Black-ish” creator Barris is also writing a feature adaptation of the 1970s TV show “Good Times”. [Source: Deadline

A Deadly Adoption
The Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig-led Lifetime telemovie “A Deadly Adoption” drew 2.1 million viewers in its premiere Saturday. That makes it the most-watched original cable program of the night and drew around 128% more viewers than Lifetime’s primetime average, although on part with the typical numbers an original movie on the network receives. [Source: Variety]

The Orchard
Indie distributor The Orchard has closed a deal with Duplass Brothers Productions for worldwide theatrical and other rights to a slate of seven upcoming feature films that Jay and Mark Duplass will produce.

The films are included in an exclusive SVOD deal the Duplasses signed with Netflix at Sundance in January. The streaming service is financing four movies that will get short theatrical windows before each will be offered to Netflix subscribers. The first film of the deal is the horror comedy “Creep”. [Source: Deadline]

Stage director Sean Foley will helm while “Mighty Boosh” writers Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby will pen the script for the Brit comedy feature “Mindhorn” for BBC Films, BFI Film Fund, Studio Canal, Isle of Man and Pinewood Pictures.

The story follows an MI5 operative who was captured in the late 1980s and has his eye replaced by a super-advanced optical lie detector. He escaped and fled to the Isle of Man where today he has become the best plain-clothes detective in its history. Filming begins on location on July 27th. [Source: Deadline]

Life On The Road
Open Road Films has scored the U.S. rights to Ricky Gervais’ “Life on the Road,” the upcoming spin-off movie to the original UK version of the sitcom “The Office”.

Gervais reprises his famous David Brent character who is now working as a traveling salesman and chases his dream of rock stardom. The film will first open in the UK in August next year. [Source: Variety]

Things The Grandchildren Should Know
Luke Jaden and Cort Johns will write and produce a film adaptation of Mark Oliver Everett’s 2008 autobiographical novel “Things the Grandchildren Should Know”. Anthony Garth will direct and produce.

The story follows how one young man survived an unsteady upbringing along with the deaths of his entire family and manage to make something worthwhile of his life. [Source: Variety]