News Shorts: November 1st 2014

James Franco has posted an Instagram photo of himself shooting his film adaptation of the novel “Zeroville” alongside cast mates Seth Rogen and Will Ferrell. Rogen plays Viking Man, a character who is a thinly-disguised take on legendary writer/director John Milius. Ferrell’s role is unknown, but he looks kind of like he’s doing a take on producer Robert Evans.

“Voltage Pictures has scored international rights to Ken Sanzel’s action title “Blunt Force Trauma”. The story is set in the world of underground gunfights in South America and Ryan Kwanten plays a young man and Freida Pinto a vengeful woman who meet on their quest to locate the clandestine scene’s elusive champion…” (full details)

“Starz has scored the North American rights to the action-adventure film “Northmen: A Viking Saga” starring Tom Hopper, Ryan Kwanten, Anatole Taubman, Charlie Murphy, James Norton and Ed Skrein. The story follows a gang of Viking marauders shipwrecked off the coast of Scotland…” (full details)

“‘Ex Machina’ writer-director Alex Garland has been hired to adapt the script and direct Paramount’s thriller ‘Annihilation,’ based on the book by Jeff VanderMeer. The first in VanderMeer’s ‘The Southern Reach’ trilogy, the story centers on a biologist seeking answers about her husband’s disappearance…” (full details)

“Disney has announced an April 15th 2016 release date for ‘These Finest Hours’, the Chris Pine and Casey Affleck-led rescue survival drama about the Coast Guard’s efforts to save lives in the 1950s when two tankers collided during a storm…” (full details)

“Joel and Ethan Coen’s upcoming Hollywood fixer comedy ‘Hail, Caesar!’ has scored a February 5th 2016 release date. George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill all star…” (full details)

“BBC Worldwide North America has acquired rights to John Boorman’s final film “Queen And Country,” a follow-up to his acclaimed 1987 film “Hope And Glory”. The story is a portrait of post-WWII England, a time of National Service and continued rationing. David Thewlis, Caleb Landry Jones and Callum Turner star…” (full details)

“A U.S. remake is in the works of the 2006 Japanese horror movie “Otoshimono”. Entitled ‘Ghost Train’ and budgeted at around $5 million, the story follows what happens to a group of commuters who get on a subway train at a station deep underground and are terrified as the train’s passengers disappear…” (full details)

“Screen Gems has set ’24’ producer Jon Cassar to direct the psychological thriller “When the Bough Breaks”. The story follows a professional couple who are unable to conceive their own child and decide to hire a young blue collar woman as a surrogate. Said surrogate develops a psychotic fixation on the husband which becomes deadly…” (full details)

“TriStar Productions has optioned Jennifer E. Smith’s young-adult romance novel ‘Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between’ which will center on two teens revisiting the significant places from their relationship on the night before they leave for their respective colleges…” (full details)

“‘The Theory Of Everything’ writer-producer Anthony McCarten is in talks to adapt Nick Davies’ bestseller ‘Hack Attack’ for Sony Pictures and Smoke House. George Clooney plans to direct the film which explores the infamous British phone hacking scandal and how it brought down News Of The World…” (full details)

“WE tv has cancelled Tony Goldwyn and Richard LaGravenese’s one-hour drama “The Divide,” opting not to renew the drama for a second season. The eight-episode run wrapped in August…” (full details)

“Radar Pictures has scored Travis Baker and Richard Tanne’s spec script ‘Midnight’. The story deals with a small-town mayor’s daughter who goes missing and the detectives, family and friends who discover she’s just the latest in the town’s dark history of mystery and murder…” (full details)