Ashley Greene, Greg Finley, Brandon Thomas Lee, David Arquette, Robert Davi, Bo Dietl, Tara Westwood, Sean Avery and James Madio have signed to star in “Blackjack: The Jackie Ryan Story” for 2B Films. Filming begins at the end of the month in New York with Danny A. Abeckaser helming from a script by Ryan and Antonio Macia.
The story follows Brooklyn-native street basketball legend Jackie Ryan – a tempered, flamboyant and self-centered man whose dreams of playing professional basketball seem to have passed him by after years of hard partying and neglect. Jackie is invited to try out for the New Jersey Nets. He is forced to confront his inner demons, even his family, and turn his life around. [Source: Deadline]
Chef and TV host Eddie Huang has been set to direct and write coming-of-age story “Boogie” for Focus Features. Set in contemporary New York City, the action follows a Chinese-American basketball phenom who struggles to balance the expectations of his immigrant family with his own dreams of becoming a player for the NBA. Pamelyn Chee. Jorge Lendeborg Jr. and newcomer Taylor Takahashi will star. [Source: Variety]
Todd Haynes’ new film “Dark Waters” is being given a limited release by Focus Features on the Friday before Thanksgiving in November. Mario Correa and Matthew Michael Carnahan penned the script.
Inspired by a true story, the film follows a tenacious attorney (Mark Ruffalo) who uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths to one of the world’s largest corporations. In the process, he risks everything to expose the truth. Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Camp, Victor Garber, Mare Winningham, William Jackson Harper and Bill Pullman co-star. [Source: Deadline]
News of the World
Newcomer Helena Zengel (“System Crasher”) will star opposite Tom Hanks in Paul Greengrass’ film adaptation of Paulette Jiles’ 2016 historical drama novel “News of the World”. The story is set in the days following the Civil War and charts the unlikely friendship between Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Hanks), an early precursor to today’s newscasters, and the ten-year-old girl (Zengel) he is tasked with bringing to her relatives. Filming is expected to start later this year. [Source: Variety]
Sons of Wichita
Daniel Schulman’s bestselling nonfiction book “Sons of Wichita” is being adapted for the small screen with Stephen Robert Morse and Max Peltz optioning the rights to the book. The plan is likely for a limited series as well as a documentary and the deal comes just days after the passing of billionaire industrialist David Koch. [Source: Deadline]