News Shorts: May 9th 2018

Kung Fury
Eiza Gonzalez (“Baby Driver”) is set to join Michael Fassbender, Arnold Schwarzenegger and David Hasselhoff in “Kung Fury,” feature-length follow-up to David Sandberg’s cult 2015 short which pays homages to 1980s martial arts and police action features.

The action is set in 1985 Miami, which is kept safe under the watchful eye of Kung Fury and his Thundercops, the ultimate police force assembled from across history to defeat the villainous Kung Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler. [Source: Heat Vision]

Stranger Things
Francesca Reale (“Haters Back Off!”) has joined the third season of Netflix‘s horror drama “Stranger Things”. Reale will play the recurring role of Heather, a popular lifeguard at the Hawkings community pool who becomes key in the new season’s mystery. [Source: Variety]

Battlefield V
Acting as something of a rebuttal to “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” dropping its single-player mode and focusing entirely on multiplayer, EA has announced that “Battlefield V” will have a single-player option for gamers. EA is aiming for an October release for “Battlefield V”. [Source: EA]

Everybody Knows
Focus Features has acquired the Cannes Film Festival’s opening night film “Everybody Knows” with plans to distribute it in the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, select Asian territories and the Middle East (except Iran).

Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Ricardo Darin lead the Spanish-language psychological thriller about a woman who travels from Argentina to her small hometown in Spain for her sister’s wedding, bringing her two children along for the occasion. [Source: Focus Features]

Vivarium
Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg are set to star in the sci-fi thriller “Vivarium” which Lorcan Finnegan (“Without Name”) will direct at XYZ Films. Brendan McCarthy and John McDonnell will produce and filming starts in Ireland in July.

Poots will play a young woman who, along with her fiance (Eisenberg), is in search of the perfect starter home. After following a mysterious real estate agent to a new housing development, the couple becomes trapped in a maze of identical houses and forced to raise an otherworldly child. [Source: THR]

Light as a Feather
Hulu has given a ten-episode series order to the horror title “Light as a Feather” based on an adaptation of Zoe Aarsen’s story “Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board.” Production will kick off in June.

The drama follows five teenage girls who play a seemingly innocent game at a sleepover birthday party. But when the players start dying off in the exact way the game predicted, the survivors are forced to figure out why they’re being targeted. [Source: TV Line]

The Silencing
“Game of Thrones” star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has been set lead the Anders Engstom-helmed thriller “The Silencing” based on Micah Ranum’s Nicholl Fellowship-winning script. Filming begins this Fall in Europe.

The story centers on a reformed hunter who becomes involved in a deadly game of cat and mouse when he sets out to track a vicious killer who may have kidnapped his daughter years ago. Cybill Lui will produce. [Source: Deadline]

Sandra
Gimlet Pictures has scored the rights and plans to turn the scripted podcast “Sandra” into a TV series. The seven-episode podcast launched last month and follows Helen Perez, a new hire at Orbital Industries who created the world’s most intuitive virtual assistant (the titular Sandra).

As one of thousands of Sandra operators, Helen spends her days peeking into the world of Sandra users and helping them navigate their questions and demands – the trouble is the users don’t know she’s real. At the same time her own world becomes more difficult to navigate as she struggles to manage a divorce while keeping her boss Dustin happy. [Source: Deadline]

Manou the Swift
Kate Winslet and Willem Dafoe will lead the voice cast of the animated film “Manou the Swift” with plans for a theatrical release at the end of this year. Christian Haas and Andrea Block direct the film.

The actors will be voicing the seagull parents of an adopted swift called Manou who attempts to emulate them by diving into the sea and trying to catch fish, but fails. But when the seagulls and the swifts get into trouble, Manou fights like a hero to save them. [Source: Variety]

Little
“Insecure” star Issa Rae will join Marsai Martin in the comedy “Little” at Universal Pictures. Tina Gordon is on board to direct with Will Packer producing the film which opens September 20th 2019.

Camilla Blackett (“Fresh Off the Boat”) wrote the latest version of the script, which is about a woman who gets the chance to relive the carefree life as her younger self when the pressures of adulthood become too much. [Source: Screen]

Roomies
Andy Fickman will direct and produce the music-driven romantic comedy “Roomies” at Everheart Productions. Based on Christina Lauren’s 2017 romance novel while Jenna Dewan, Betsy Sullenger and Jean Song will produce with Lauren adapting the script.

The story follows a woman who marries an illegal immigrant in order to keep him in the country and help him get his dream job of starring in a Broadway musical. The story follows the couple as their marriage of convenience evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers. [Source: Variety]

Piece of Mind
Daisy Ridley is circling to star and Ryan Knighton is set to adapt Michelle Adelman’s novel “Piece of Mind” for Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot. The W.W. Norton novel follows 27-year old Lucy, who sustained a traumatic brain injury when she was 3.

When her father dies suddenly, she’s forced to move in with her college-age younger brother in his cramped studio apartment and learns to discover that she has more strengths than she herself knows. [Source: Deadline]

The Night Knights
Sony Pictures has acquired Gideon Sterer’s children’s book “The Night Knights” with Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton writing the script. Ian Bryce, Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch will produce. The story involves The Night Knights, beings who protect us all from the terrors lurking in the dark – taking on the monsters under the bed or in a closet. [Source: Deadline]

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
Producer Greg Berlanti has optioned Mackenzi Lee’s young adult novel “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue” for Warner Bros. TV with plans to turn it into a series. Berlanti is searching for a showrunner to oversee the project.

The action adventure story set in the 17th century follows a young bisexual British Lord who goes on a European adventure with his biracial best friend (whom he is in love with) and his sister. [Source: Variety]

Aurora
“Like Crazy” and “Equals” director Drake Doremus is lining up the supernatural romantic drama “Aurora” for CJ Entertainment. The story follows a widower who lives in alone in Iceland, 25 years after his wife’s death. A mysterious stranger soon comes into his life and makes him question his identity and potential past lives. Salvador Paskowitz (“The Age of Adaline”) penned the script. [Source: The Playlist]

The Passage
FOX has given a series order to the Mark-Paul Gosselaar-led vampire drama “The Passage” based on Justin Cronin’s novel trilogy. Gosselaar plays a federal agent charged with protecting a young girl named Amy (Saniyya Sidney), the test subject for a new government virus.

In the book, the virus triggers an outbreak of vampire-like beings that overrun the planet. Elizabeth Heldens (“Friday Night Lights,” “Mercy”) is penning the series and will serve as executive producer alongside film directors Ridley Scott and Matt Reeves. [Source: FOX]

Amundsen
“Fantastic Beasts” and “Inherent Vice” star Katherine Waterston has joined the cast of “Kon-Tiki” director Espen Sandberg’s “Amundsen,” a biopic of the Arctic explorer Roald Amundsen.

Pal Sverre Hagen will star as Amundsen, who was the first man to reach both the South and the North Poles. Christian Rubeck will play Roald’s brother. Shooting is set to take place in Iceland, Czech Republic and Norway. [Source: Variety]

Her Smell
Elisabeth Moss, Cara Delevingne, Dan Stevens, Eric Stoltz, Virginia Madsen, Amber Heard, and Ashley Benson are set to star in “Queen of Earth” director Alex Ross Perry’s new film “Her Smell”.

Moss plays a self-destructive punk rock star that pushes her friends, family, and bandmates to the limit as she battles sobriety and attempts to find a creative spark again. Alicia Bognanno and Anika Pyle will pen original songs for the project. [Source: Deadline]

Guns Akimbo
Natasha Liu Bordizzo (“The Greatest Showman”) has been cast opposite Daniel Radcliffe in Jason Lei Howden’s indie action comedy “Guns Akimbo” which is currently filming in New Zealand. Joe Neurauter, Tom Hern and Felipe Marino are producing.

Radcliffe plays a lovelorn man whose mundane existence is turned upside-down when he finds himself enrolled in a dark social media movement that forces strangers to fight in a city-wide game of death, live-streamed worldwide to a fanatical audience. Bordizzo (“The Greatest Showman”) will play a video-gaming, comic-book-loving ex-girlfriend of his. [Source: Deadline]

Stuber
Betty Gilpin, Natalie Morales, Mira Sorvino and Steve Howey have all joined the cast of the Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani-led buddy comedy “Stuber” at 20th Century Fox.

Michael Dowse helms the film about a mild-mannered Uber driver (Nanjiani) who picks up a grizzled cop (Bautista) hot on the trail of a brutal killer and is thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he has to keep his wits, his life, and his five-star rating. [Source: Deadline]