News Shorts: March 19th 2018

Ready Player One
Nearly seventy new photos are out from Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One”, just click here for the full gallery which blends still photos with screen captures mostly from the OASIS scenes.

The Impossible
Mike Colter has joined the Roxann Dawson-directed faith-based drama “The Impossible” for Fox 2000. DeVon Franklin produces the project which is currently filming in Canada. The story follows a fourteen-year-old boy who fell through a frozen lake in Missouri one winter and was proclaimed lifeless.

Through prayer and faith, she sat by her son’s bedside until his heart started beating again. Colter will play Tommy Shine, a Firefighter who saves Joyce’s (Chrissy Metz) son from the water after hearing a voice telling him where to look. Grant Nieporte is penning the script.

The Cat and the Moon
Alex Wolff (“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”) has set Mike Epps, Skyler Gisondo, Stefania LaVie Owen, Tommy Nelson and Mischa Barton to star in his directorial debut “The Cat and the Moon”. Ken H. Keller and Caron Rudner are producing.

Wolff plays a teenager who comes to New York to temporarily live with a jazz musician friend of his late father’s named Cal (Epps) while his mom is in rehab. During his time in the city, he befriends a group of kids who show him what New York has to offer.

Yes, God, Yes
“Stranger Things” breakout Natalia Dyer and Timothy Simons are set to star in Karen Maine’s feature adaptation of her short film “Yes, God, Yes”. Set in the Midwest in the early ’00s, Dyer plays 16-year-old Alice who is a good Catholic and discovers masturbating after an innocent AOL chat turns unexpectedly racy. She’s compelled to sign up for a secretive religious retreat which she hopes will put her on the path to redemption.

The Reporter Who Knew Too Much
Filmmakers John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle (“Waco”) have optioned Mark Shaw’s true crime novel “The Reporter Who Knew Too Much” with plans for a limited series or film adaptation.

The story follows reporter Dorothy Kilgallen, who was digging into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy when she was found dead in her apartment – ruled an accidental overdose. Shaw believes that reporter’s death was, in fact, a murder to help cover up crucial new information she had discovered as part of her JFK investigation.

Where the Devil Hides
Sony Pictures has pre-emptively acquired the rights to Craig Russell’s gothic horror novel “Where the Devil Hides”. Set in Eastern Europe, the story follows a physician set to experiment on the six deadliest killers in history who’ve been imprisoned for life within a remote mental asylum that has a dark history and bloody secrets all its own.

Angel Has Fallen
Lance Reddick (“Fringe,” “Bosch”) has joined the cast of “Angel Has Fallen,” the third installment in Millennium Films’ “Olympus Has Fallen” series that stars Gerard Butler as a heroic Secret Service agent. Ric Roman Waugh helms this entry.

Reddick will play Genrey, the interim director of the Secret Service. Much of the story of the new film will be set aboard a threatened Air Force One. Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith and Piper Perabo also star.

The Stylist
“Legally Blonde” and “10 Things I Hate About You” scribe Karen McCullah has been tapped to adapt Rosie Nixon’s 2016 debut novel “The Stylist”. The atory follows a fashion boutique worker who is mistakenly offered a job as an assistant to infamous, jet-setting ‘stylist to the stars’ Mona Armstrong. Filming aims to begin early next year.

How the Girl Guides Won the War
Lionsgate is developing a film adaptation of Janie Hampton’s British World War II novel “How the Girl Guides Won the War” with “La La Land” producer Marc Platt on board and Walden Media also in talks.

“Everything, Everything” screenwriter J. Mills Goodloe will adapt the script which explores how the Guides’ work was crucial to Britain’s victory in the war through keeping up morale in bomb shelters, growing food, knitting, digging shelters, providing First Aid and assisting children who were forced to flee their city homes.

Harry Shum Jr. and Shiloh Fernandez have signed on for key supporting roles in Mike Gan’s thriller “Plume,” joining the likes of Josh Hutcherson, Suki Waterhouse, and Tilda Cobham-Hervey. Cobham-Hervey plays a lonely, unstable gas station attendant tired of being overshadowed by her more confident, outgoing co-worker Sheila (Waterhouse).

When the gas station is held at gunpoint by Billy (Hutcherson), a desperate man in need of quick cash, Melinda finds an opportunity to make a connection with the robber, regardless of who gets hurt. Shum Jr. will play Officer Liu, a wholesome local police officer subject to the obsessive affections of the lead. Fernandez plays Perry, Sheila’s boyfriend who finds himself unwittingly enmeshed in this game.

Official Secrets
“Game of Thrones” alums Indira Varma and Conleth Hill will join Tamsin Greig in Gavin Hood’s spy thriller “Official Secrets” for eOne. Filming kicked off this week in Boston Spa near Leeds.

Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Ralph Fiennes and Matthew Goode star in the film which tells the story of British intelligence whistle-blower, Katharine Gunn. Adam Bakri, Myanna Buring, and John Hefferman co-star.

Elisabeth Shue and “Mudbound” actor Rob Morgan has joined the cast of filmmaker Aaron Schneider’s WWII drama “Greyhound” based on C.S. Forester’s “The Good Shepherd”. Tom Hanks both penned the adaptation and stars in the film about an international convoy of 37 Allied ships, led by captain Ernest Krause in his first command of a U.S. destroyer, crosses the treacherous North Atlantic while hotly pursued by wolf packs of Nazi U-boats.

Acclaimed “Shame” and “Suffragette” scribe Abi Morgan has been set to adapt Christine Mangan’s debut psychological thriller novel “Tangerine” for Imperative Entertainment. George Clooney and Grant Heslov produce.

Set against the simmering political climate of 1950s Morocco, the story follows former roommates who, after an unexpected encounter in Tangier, attempt to rekindle their friendship only to find their dark and tangled backstory re-emerges.

A Disappearance in Damascus
“Hotel Rwanda” filmmaker Terry George has optioned the rights to journalist Deborah Campbell’s “A Disappearance in Damascus”. George will both adapt and direct the project as either a feature film or limited series for Seamus Productions.

The book follows Campbell’s reporting on an undercover assignment to report on the plight of Iraqi refugees in Syria. She also strikes up a friendship with an Iraqi woman named Ahlam, who served as her fixer and who disappears into the hellish Syrian prison system.

Paradise Hills
Eiza Gonzalez (“Baby Driver”) will join Emma Roberts and Danielle Macdonald in Alice Waddington’s feature directorial debut “Paradise Hills”. Brian DeLeeuw and Nacho Vigalondo penned the fantasy sci-fi film about a mysterious boarding school where wayward young women are reformed to fit their surroundings’ exact needs. Gonzalez will play a boarding school resident.

Creed 2
Filming appears to now be underway on the “Creed” sequel with actors Dolph Lundgren and Florian Munteanu having recently been spotted on the famed ‘Rocky Steps’ of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Lundgren reprises his role of Ivan Drago with Munteanu playing his on screen son, while both Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan co-star in the film which opens in November.

Sources: Deadline, Variety, Heat Vision & THR