News Shorts: June 5th 2017

The multiple delays and two directors jumping ship on the “X-Men” spin-off film “Gambit” hasn’t deterred producer Hutch Parker who says those involved are still keen on the property and it is moving forward. He tells Screen Rant: “It is. It is [still part of our plans]. I don’t have any news on that but there’s still a desire and a passionate interest to see that movie made.”

FilmRise has scored exclusive North American distribution rights to Ramona S. Diaz’s documentary “Motherland” which won the world cinema documentary special jury award at Sundance.

The story takes place in one of the world’s largest and busiest maternity hospitals in the Philippines. Diaz follows three women as they navigate through the jam-packed delivery rooms to overflowing corridors.

Deep Murder
Christopher McDonald, Katie Aselton Duplass, Johnny Simmons and Stephanie Drake will star in the Nick Corirossi-directed horror comedy “Deep Murder” which is set inside the world of soft-core pornography.

The story follows a group of porn stars and filmmakers who start getting picked off by a masked killer. Initially coming off as sex-obsessed archetypes, they begin to evolve from cliches into real people as they are forced to figure out how to survive.

Stealing Horses
Carey Mulligan has been set to produce and star as female war correspondent Kate Webb in “On The Other Side” which will deal with the time Webb was held in captivity for 23 days by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Filming aims to begin Spring 2018.

Jasper Jones
Film Movement has acquired U.S. rights to Rachel Perkins’ “Jasper Jones”. Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving, Aaron McGrath, Levi Miller and Angourie Rice star in the film which will open in the winter.

Based on Craig Silver’s novel, the 1960s small town Australia-set coming of age tale and murder mystery will celebrate its North America premiere on July 2nd.

Out Stealing Horses
Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland (“In Order of Disappearance”) will pen and direct the film adaptation of Per Petterson’s novel “Out Stealing Horses”. Stellan Skarsgard plays a man who has moved to a remote house in the forest where he can grieve the death of his wife.

The countryside idyll is disturbed by a chance encounter with a neighbor whom he met during a fateful summer in 1948. That summer, his father and his first love both disappeared from his life. Filming begins in February.

Eleanor And Hick
Imperative Entertainment has acquired screen rights to Susan Quinn’s novel “Eleanor And Hick” to develop it as a television series with Shana Feste (“Country Strong”) set to write and direct the adaptation.

The story recounts the warm, intimate story of the love between Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok – a relationship that, over more than three decades, transformed both women’s lives.

Netflix has closed a world rights deal for Olivia Milch’s grounded coming-of-age comedy “Dude” starring Lucy Hale, Kathryn Prescott, Alexandra Shipp and Awkwafina.

The four play best friends in the last two weeks of their senior year as they deal with the first real losses in life – leaving your best friends and contemplating death and the passage of time.

Valley Girl
Disney Channel star Peyton List will play a cheerleader in Rachel Lee Goldenberg’s musical remake of the 1983 romantic comedy “Valley Girl” for MGM. Amy Talkington has scripted the film with revisions from Marti Noxon and filming is currently underway in Los Angeles.

The story follows a Fernando Valley girl whose world and values are rocked when she falls hard for a rock musician. Jessica Rothe, Josh Whitehouse, Mae Whitman, Logan Paul, Jessie Ennis, Ashleigh Murray and Chloe Bennett star.

“The In Betweeners” creator Iain Morris is slated to direct an English-language remake of the 2014 French comedy hit “Babysitting” at eOne, Angry Films and Moonriver Content. Filming begins later this year in New York.

The story follows a young artist who has a series of disastrous but hilarious events befall him while being forced to babysit his arrogant boss’ child. The entire ordeal takes place over one night. Peter Hoare is penning the script. Xavier Marchand, Don Murphy and Susan Montford will produce.

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to David France’s Tribeca-premiere documentary “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” which deals with the 1992 murder of the transgender legend who played a pivotal role in the Stonewall Riots of 1969.

The doco explores crime-victim advocate Victoria Cruz’s efforts to reexamine what happened and measure the challenges that still face the community. The film will launch globally on Netflix later this year.

Midnight Sun
Filmmaker Francesco Carrozzini will direct “Midnight Sun,” an English-language film adaptation of the bestselling Jo Nesbo novel being set up at Cattleya (“Gomorra).

Set on Norway’s far northeastern border, the story follows a new arrival – a young hit man who has moved here to evade his ex-boss – a drug lord called The Fisherman. He develops a bond with a grieving local woman and her young son.

Sky High
Amblin Partners has acquired Greg Erb and Jason Oremland’s script pitch based on Thor Freudenthal’s 2011 fantastical adventure novel “Sky High”.

The story follows an ordinary man and his son who have to survive a journey through the tallest, craziest, most amazing house in the world – all while trying to repair their fractured relationship.

Joe Lynch (“Everly,” “Mayhem”) has been set to direct the horror film “Taste” from writer David Cohen (“No One Lives”). Filming begins in Los Angeles this summer.

The story follows a young chef-on-the-rise is invited to cook for a revered master’s private supper club. A career-launching opportunity soon turns deadly with the discovery that she and her husband are at risk of becoming dinner themselves.

Green Book
Viggo Mortensen is in talks to star in Peter Farrelly’s new film “Green Book” which Farrelly will direct from a script he co-wrote with Nick Vallelonga and Brian Currie. Filming begins in the Fall.

The true story is set in 1962 and follows an NYC bouncer who takes a gig chauffeuring a highly educated piano-playing prodigy who wants Lip to go on tour with him in the Deep South. While the two clash at first, a bond eventually grows.

Spinning Man
Clark Gregg (“The Avengers”) is set to join Guy Pearce, Pierce Brosnan, Minnie Driver, and Odeya Rush in the Simon Kaijer-directed thriller “Spinning Man”. The story is based on George Harrar’s novel which Matthew Aldrich has adapted.

Pearce plays a philosophy professor and family man whose past reveals a number of illicit relations with his students. When a young woman is found murdered, he becomes the prime suspect. Gregg will play a lawyer who helps the man.

Breaking In
Gabrielle Union will star in and Will Packer will produce the new drama “Breaking In”. James McTeigue (“V for Vendetta”) helms the story which centers on a woman who fights to protect the ones she loves during a home invasion. Ryan Engle penned the script and filming begins in July.

The Kindergarten Teacher
Maggie Gyllenhaal is set to star in and produce the independent drama “The Kindergarten Teacher” at Maven Pictures. Based on Nadav Lapid’s Israeli film of the same name, Sara Colangelo is directing from her own adapted screenplay.

The story centers on a bored kindergarten teacher who discovers what may be a prodigious five-year old poet in her class and becomes obsessed with the child and his talent. Filming starts on July 10th in New York.

A Kid Like Jake
Priyanka Chopra (“Baywatch,” “Quantico”) is in negotiations to join the indie drama “A Kid Like Jake” starring Jim Parsons and Claire Danes. Chopra will shoot the film this month.

Silas Howard helms the film which follows two parents who are in the process of filling out kindergarten applications for their four-year-old boy who is gender variant. Octavia Spencer also stars.

New TV Spots
A bunch of new clips are out including a first TV spot for Luc Besson’s sci-fi epic “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” a TV spot for Matt Reeves’ “War for the Planet of the Apes,” and a first clip from the Charlize Theron-led “Atomic Blonde”.

Source: Screen, Variety, Deadline, THR