News Shorts: Thanksgiving 2015 Edition

Heaps of set photos are out of shooting on the John Wick sequel, Matt Damon filming scenes for the fifth Jason Bourne film, a new shot from the 1970s UK set The Conjuring 2, Emily Blunt filming The Girl on the Train, and Zoe Saldana showing off her make-up prep for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Saif Ali Khan (“Phantom”) will star in a Bollywood remake of Jon Favreau’s comedy “Chef”. Favreau starred in the original as a professional chef who quits his job at a popular Los Angeles restaurant and reinvents himself with a food truck. Khan will play the role in the Hindi-language remake which will have a more Indian palate to the story and food. [Source: Variety]

Marvel’s Luke Cage
Sonia Braga will play Soledad Temple, the mother of Rosario Dawson’s nurse Clare, in the upcoming third of Marvel’s Netflix dramas “Luke Cage”. Claire becomes a key love interest for Luke Cage (Mike Colter) in the Marvel comic book universe, but it’s unclear if the Netflix drama will follow suit. Colter debuted as Cage in a recurring role in the recently launched “Jessica Jones” and shooting on “Luke Cage” is now underway ahead of an early 2016 debut. [Source: The Live Feed]

Daniel Stamm (“The Last Exorcism”) has been hired to direct the horror-thriller “Elimination” for Fox Searchlight and 21 Laps Entertainment. Stamm will oversee a new draft from writer Zak Olkewicz, but story details are under wraps. Shawn Levy is producing. [Source: Variety]

Live by Night
Anthony Michael Hall (“The Dead Zone,” “The Dark Knight”) has joined of the cast of the Ben Affleck-directed adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel “Live by Night” which is currently shooting in Los Angeles. Affleck plays the black-sheep son of a police captain who gets involved in escalating levels of organized crime. Hall plays Gary Smith, a Southern gentleman who is the distributor for the Florida bootleg market that Affleck and Chris Messina’s characters muscle out so they can set up their own operation. [Source: Deadline]

Archery Pictures has optioned the film rights to Fiona Cummins’ debut novel “Rattle” with plans to adapt it into a TV series. The macabre story follows Detective Etta Fitzroy who has to hunt down a sinister bone collector who is building a cabinet of curiosities of sorts and the time has come for a fresh harvest. [Source: Deadline]

Freak Show
Abigail Breslin has been tapped to star alongside Bette Midler, AnnaSophia Robb, Ian Nelson and Lorraine Toussaint in the adaptation of James St. James’ bestselling cult novel “Freak Show”. Trudie Styler is directing this story of Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther), a boldly confident teenager who faces intolerance and persecution at his ultra-conservative high school and decides to fight back on behalf of all of the misunderstood freaks of the world by running for the title of homecoming queen. [Source: Deadline]

Dark Net
Showtime has greenlit a new eight-part docuseries entitled “Dark Net” which will delve into the ominous and disturbing perspective of a digitally connected world. Each half-hour episode will cover themes including bio-hacking, cyber-kidnapping, digital warfare, online cults, pornography addiction and the webcam sex trade with the first episode premiering January 21st. [Source: Variety]

White Knight
Scott Cooper (“Black Mass,” “Out of the Furnace”) will re-write Bill Dubuque’s script and direct “White Knight” for Warner Bros. Pictures. The potential action franchise focuses on a disgraced Secret Service agent who takes a job protecting the family of an arms dealer and puts himself at the center of a global CIA manhunt. [Source: Deadline]

Legendary ballet choreographer George Balanchine be the subject of a new biopic at Gulfstream Pictures.

David K. Israel is adapting Elizabeth Kendall’s book “Balanchine and the Lost Muse”. Set against the backdrop of the Russian revolution, this tells the coming-of-age story of Balanchine, during his tenure at Mariinsky Theater and school where he met his muse Leda Ivanova and helped revolutionize modern ballet. [Source: Broadway World]

Laid Off
Ryan Jaffe (“This Is Happening”) and Dan Lin (“The Lego Movie”) are teaming to produce the high-concept comedy series “Laid Off” for ABC. The story centers on a guy who wakes up one day to find that he has been ‘laid off’ from life. He learns from others like him that he is stuck in this Groundhog Day-like existence until he eventually redeems himself by contributing something worthy of re-entry to the normal everyday world. [Source: The Live Feed]

Girl Meets World
Disney Channel has ordered a third season of the comedy “Girl Meets World” for premiere in spring 2016. “Girl Meets World” is the No. 1-rated series in total viewers across all kid-targeted cable TV networks. It’s also among the top five cable TV series of the year among kids 2-11 and tweens 9-14. [Source: Disney Channel]

L.A. Clippers Dance Squad
E! has greenlit the new original docuseries “L.A. Clippers Dance Squad” which gives fans an in-depth look at what it takes to be a member of the elite dance team. The eight hourlong episodes will chronicle the lives of the Clippers dancers, from summer auditions to intense rehearsals to the actual season. An early 2016 premiere is planned. [Source: The Live Feed]