News Shorts: March 2nd 2018

Sharp Objects
HBO’s highly anticipated eight-episode series “Sharp Objects” will open this year’s ATX Television Festival on June 7th in Austin, Texas. HBO has not yet announced its premiere date for the series which stars Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen, Elizabeth Perkins and Matt Craven.

Jean-Marc Vallee helms the project from scripts by Marti Noxon based on the book by Gillian Flynn who also serves as executive producer. Blumhouse Television and Entertainment One are producing. [Source: Variety]

Castle Rock
Chosen Jacobs, who played a young Mike Hanlon in the film adaptation of Stephen King’s “IT,” has joined Hulu’s upcoming King-universe set “Castle Rock” psychological horror series which debuts sometime this Summer.

Jacobs has a recurring role as Wendell Deaver, the son of Andre Holland‘s lawyer character Henry Deaver. He marks the second “IT” actor to join the project with Pennywise himself actor Bill Skarsgard playing a death row inmate with a connection to Henry. [Source: Deadline]

Sapien Safari
Sharlto Copley (“District 9,” “Elysium”) is set to both star in and make his directorial debut on QC Entertainment’s social comedy “Sapien Safari” which “Get Out” trio Sean McKittrick, Ray Mansfield and Edward H. Hamm Jr. will produce.

Copley plays alien naturalist Riblik, the Steve Irwin of the galaxy, who faces an uphill battle to convince the green new owner of Earth that its dominant wildlife species is worth protecting. [Source: Deadline]

Love and Oatmeal
Tony award winner Ben Platt (“Pitch Perfect”) has signed on to star in “Love & Oatmeal” for Black Label Media. Peter Sattler (“Camp X-Ray”) helms the film which will begin filming in early Summer.

Steve Waverly penned the film about a twenty-something aspiring writer who, in the wake of his father’s sudden death, sees his dream of moving to Paris jeopardised when he is forced to temporarily take in his wildly unpredictable, mentally ill sister. [Source: Variety]

Untitled Hasan Minhaj Project
Hasan Minhaj, a stand-up comic and veteran correspondent for “The Daily Show,” has officially signed with Netflix to star in his own weekly talk show with a thirty-two episode order given. Minhaj will stay on the political talk show through the end of July, with his new show to debut later this year and explore the modern cultural and political landscape. [Source: ]

Ballmastrz 9009
Adult Swim has handed out a series order to the 15-minute animated series “Ballmastrz 9009” which originally was piloted in 2015. Christy Karacas created the series which will premiere April 8th with back-to-back new episodes.

Natasha Lyonne plays Gaz Digzy, a washed-up superstar and notorious party gal who is demoted to The Leptons, the worst team in The Game. Her only way back to the top is to somehow lead these pathetic misfits to victory.

Glow Up
Tip T.I. Harris is attached to produce, curate the soundtrack and star in the music drama “Glow Up”. Music video director Justin Francis has signed on to direct the film from a script by Chuck Hayward (“Dear White People”). Jeff Kwatinetz will serve as executive producer.

The story follows the lives and struggles of an all-girl high school performance group at an underfunded L.A. district school who use their talents to try and save their financially-strapped music program by competing in a national singing competition with a huge cash prize. [Source: Deadline]

Untitled Zvyagintsev TV Series
Paramount Television has announced plans for a Russian language dramatic thriller series from Oscar-nominated director Andrey Zvyagintsev (“Loveless,” “Elena,” “Leviathan”) in his first small screen project. Zvyagintsev will serve as executive producer and direct the first two episodes while Alexander Rodnyansky will also serve as executive producer. [Source: Deadline]

Battlefield V
DICE is reportedly setting “Battlefield V,” the next game in the “Battlefield” series, in World War II – the first time the franchise has been set in the era in nearly a decade. The game’s title was reportedly originally going to be “Battlefield 2”, and the first trailer is expected quite soon. [Source: Twitter]

The Sandman Universe
Neil Gaiman is set to curate The Sandman Universe, the umbrella title for four new comic book series spinning out of the mythology Gaiman created for his iconic “Sandman” comic series. The titles kick off in August – “The Dreaming,” “Lucifer,” “House of Whispers” and “Books of Magic”. The four titles will be written by creators hand-picked by Gaiman – Si Spurrier, Nalo Hopkinson, Kat Howard and Dan Watters. [Source: Youtube]

Sorry for Your Loss
Kelly Marie Tran (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”) has been cast in a lead role for Elizabeth Olsen’s upcoming ten-episode dark comedy series “Sorry for Your Loss” being made exclusively for Facebook Watch.

Olsen plays a young widow dealing with the grief of losing her husband while reconnecting with relationships of her past. Tran will star as Jules, her borderline alcoholic younger sister and the ‘most fun girl at a party’ who is also the hardest to live with. [Source: Variety]

Anchorman 3
During a recent interview, filmmaker Adam McKay revealed that he has an idea for a third “Anchorman” and shared a little bit of it with press. While there’s no serious talk of doing a third one, McKay tells Cinema Blend that if they did then it would take on more of a war journalism tone:

“I don’t know if you remember the first and even the second Iraq war. Maybe it was mainly the second Iraq war. They embedded journalists and that gave us kind of a whole story idea… I don’t want to say too much, but I’ll just tell you that embedded journalist, Ron Burgundy, Veronica Corningstone, the news team. That definitely gave us a big idea.”

Ready Player One
A new extended TV spot is out for Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One,” a big-budget sci-fi adventure adapted from Ernest Cline’s nostalgic novel. The new clip teases a scene in which Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) takes on the appearance of Clark Kent to infiltrate a place, and another in which King Kong is the avatar of a young girl who is a fan of “Donkey Kong Junior”. The film opens at the end of the month.