Quick News: Anna, Cops, Hattie, High, Shaft

Anna and the Apocalypse
Orion Pictures has picked up the John McPhail-directed horror comedy musical “Anna and the Apocalypse” for a North and Latin American release later in 2018. Set at Christmas, a zombie apocalypse threatens a sleepy UK village forcing Anna (Ella Hunt) and her high school friends to fight, sing and slash their way to survival with a fast-spreading undead horde in relentless pursuit. [Source: Orion Pictures]

TBS has officially cancelled Louis C.K.’s animated comedy series “Cops” two months after suspending production. The project, starring C.K. and Albert Books as two Los Angeles patrolmen trying their best to protect and serve, was given a ten-episode straight-to-series order the project in January last year. Multiple scripts for the series had been written while work was done on the animation. [Source: Deadline]

Untitled Hattie McDaniel Biopic
Producers Alysia Allen and Aaron Magnani are teaming to produce a biopic about pioneering actress Hattie McDaniel, an acclaimed vaudeville performer and the first African American to win an Oscar for her role as Mammy in “Gone with the Wind”. Allen has obtained the film rights to author Jill Watts’ biography “Black Ambition, White Hollywood” and will produce with Magnani. [Source: Variety]

High In The Clouds
The long-gestating animated film based on Paul McCartney’s children’s book “High In The Clouds” has signed on writer Jon Croker (“The Woman In Black: Angel of Death”) at French studio Gaumont. McCartney is believed to be voicing one of the main characters and the movie will feature a number of original songs by artists including Lady Gaga.

The story follows Wirral the squirrel, who embarks on a journey to find the animal paradise of Animalia after his forest home is destroyed and his mother is killed by bulldozers. [Source: Deadline]

Matt Lauria (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) has been cast in the new “Shaft” at New Line and Netflix alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Regina Hall, Alexandra Shipp, Cliff ‘Method Man’ Smith and Richard Roundtree.

The Tim Story-directed flick follows John Shaft Jr. who, working for the FBI, reluctantly enlists his estranged father to help to find out who killed his best friend Karim and bring down a drug-trafficking/money-laundering operation in NYC. [Source: Deadline]