News Shorts: November 20th 2015

USA Today has unveiled three new photos from Rawson Marshall Thurber’s action comedy “Central Intelligence” which opens June 17th. Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart team-up from the project as former classmates who reunite at their 20-year high school reunion – the once fat and nerdy Johnson is now a deadly CIA agent who has been framed and has to enlist the help of the once popular turned mild-mannered accountant Hart.

“Star Trek Beyond” co-scribe Doug Jung has been hired to pen a re-write of the modestly-budgeted, Julius Onah-directed, sci-fi thriller “God Particle” which J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk will produce. Oren Uziel wrote the original screenplay which follows an American space station crew who, believing they have destroyed Earth via a Hadron accelerator, allow the crew of hostile nations to board their ship with disastrous results… full details

DreamWorks has acquired actor-comedian T.J. Miller and fledgling writer M. Miller Davis’ action comedy pitch “Ex-Criminals” which will serve as a vehicle for “Silicon Valley” star Miller. The story follows a dysfunctional bank robbing couple and what happens when the duo break up on the eve of their biggest heist to date… full details

DreamWorks has acquired film rights to Chris Pavone’s new novel “The Travelers”. Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman will produce the Hitchcockian thriller about a journalist who unknowingly works for a spy agency posing as a luxury travel magazine called Travelers. He soon finds himself drawn into a tangled web of global intrigue and deception as those closest to him may be involved… full details

Daniel Espinosa (“Safe House,” “Child 44”) has come onboard to direct “Life” at Skydance. “Deadpool” duo Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese penned the script but plot details are being kept under wraps. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn are producing…. full details

“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” writer Jesse Andrews will direct from his own original screenplay

Bill Hader is set to star in Jesse Andrews’ indie dramedy directorial debut “Empress of Serenity” loosely inspired by David Foster Wallace’s “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again”. Hader plays a man who embarks on a cruise to bond with his father who helps his son deal with intimacy issues… full details

Studiocanal has confirmed that in light of recent events in Paris, they plan to reschedule the European release of the Idris Elba-led action thriller “Bastille Day”. The film, about a former CIA agent hunting down terrorists across Paris, is currently slated to open in the U.K. on February 19th and in France in July… full details

Evan Jonigkeit (“Bone Tomahawk”) has scored a role in Netflix’s Canadian action-adventure series “Frontier” starring Jason Momoa. The story follows the battle over the North American fur trade in the late 18th century. Jonigkeit plays Captain Chesterfield, the right hand to Alun Armstrong (Lord Benton) and the nemesis of Declan Harp (Momoa)… full details

Kathryn Prescott, Alexandra Shipp, rapper/actress Nora ‘Awkwafina’ Lum and Lucy Hale have joined the indie comedy “Dude”. The story follows four female best friends navigating the final two weeks of high school as they deal with the first real losses in life… full details

Syfy has greenlit two seasons of the limited horror anthology series “Channel Zero”. Written by Nick Antosca (“Hannibal”) and produced by Max Landis (Chronicle), the two self-contained, six-episode runs will air over the next two Falls. The first is “Candle Cove” based on Kris Straub’s story about a man’s obsessive recollections of a mysteries children’s television show from the 1980s… full details

Brendan Gleeson has joined the Ben Affleck-directed adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel “Live By Night”. Gleeson will play the father of Affleck and Scott Eastwood’s characters in the Prohibition era drama and filming is currently underway in Los Angeles… full details

Michael Gambon, Bella Thorne, Emily Hampshire and Chris Zylka have joined the cast of Xavier Dolan’s much-anticipated first English-language feature “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan”. Jessica Chastain, Kit Harington, Kathy Bates, Susan Sarandon and Taylor Kitsch also star in the film which begins shooting in the Spring. Harington plays an American TV star who enters into a pen pal relationship with a young man from England… full details

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”) and Birgitte Hjort Sorensen (“Borgen”) are set to star in “3 Things” which “Pusher” scribe Jens Dahl will write and direct. The story follows the prime suspect of a bank robbery who is about to enter the witness protection program… full details

Nat Wolff has been set to star in Jessica Manafort’s indie thriller “Rosy”. Wolff plays a lonely guy who kidnaps a struggling actress named Rosy. Plans go awry as she proves more difficult for him to handle than ever expected… full details

Harry Hamlin is set for a recurring role opposite Nick Nolte and Sela Ward in Epix’s ten-episode original single-camera comedy series “Graves”. Joshua Michael Stern penned the political satire that centers on former U.S. president Richard Graves (Nolte) who embarks on a quest to right wrongs done under his policies. Hamlin will play Jonathan Dalton, a billionaire who shares a romantic history with Graves’ wife… full details

Daniel Kaluuya (“Sicario,” “Kick-Ass 2”) has scored the male lead in Jordan Peele’s directorial debut “Get Out”. The story follows a young African-American man who visits his white girlfriend’s family estate… full details

Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some,” his ‘spiritual sequel’ to his classic comedy “Dazed and Confused,” will premiere March 11th as the opening night film of the 23rd South by Southwest Film Conference. The story is set in the 1980s and follows a group of college baseball players… full details

ABC is adapting Vertigo comic book “Unfollow” which will be written and executive produced by The Originals showrunner Michael Narducci. The story explores what happens when a secretive billionaire makes a global announcement that he is terminally ill and has decided to bestow his entire fortune to a seemingly random sample of 140 people from around the world. When one turns up dead, the others realize that they are all potential suspects and victim… full details

Johnny Knoxville and NBC are teaming for a one-hour comedic TV action series adaptation of B. Clay Moore and Steven Griffin’s “Hawaiian Dick”. The series follows a stateside cop, Byrd, who is exiled to Hawaii and becomes immersed in a dark and dangerous paradise. Paul Lovett & David Elliott will pen the script and executive produce… full details