Bad Boys for Life
Mexican actress Kate Del Castillo (“La Reina del Sur”) has been added to the cast of “Bad Boys for Life” at Sony Pictures. Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are directing from a script by Joe Carnahan, Peter Craig, and Chris Bremmer.
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are returning as Detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett who, along with Miami PD’s elite AMMO team, attempt to take down drug cartel head Armando Armas. Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Jacob Scipio, Paola Nunez, Nicky Jam, and DJ Khaled also star. [Source: Deadline]
Da 5 Bloods
Jonathan Majors (“The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” “Captive State”) is reportedly in talks to join Chadwick Boseman, Jean Reno and Delroy Lindo in Spike Lee’s next film “Da 5 Bloods” at Netflix. The story centers around Vietnam veterans who return to the jungle to find their lost innocence. Lee penned the script with co-scribe Kevin Willmott (“BlacKkKlansman”). [Source: Blackfilm]
A Game of Birds and Wolves
Vicky Jones (“Killing Eve”) has been set to pen an adaptation of Simon Parkin’s upcoming non-fiction book “A Game of Birds and Wolves” for Amblin Partners and DreamWorks Pictures. Marc Platt and Jared LeBoff will produce.
The true story tale deals with Operation Raspberry, which saw a rag-tag group of young women and a retired naval captain reinvent British naval strategy with the help of a board game. Their work helped turn the tide in the battle for the Atlantic. [Source: THR]
“I Ship It” showrunner Yulin Kuang has been set to pen “Jade Palace” for New Line. The comedy follows a young professional Asian American woman who moves back to New Jersey to help her father manage the family Chinese restaurant she has spent her life running away from. [Source: Deadline]
Universal Pictures has optioned rights to the title story of Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s short story anthology collection “Friday Black”. Adjei-Brenyah will adapt the script for the film and executive produce while “Deadpool 2” helmer David Leitch will produce. No director has been set.
Set on Black Friday in a dystopian near future, a department store salesman copes with vicious, insatiable Black Friday shoppers while attempting to win a sales contest among employees, in order to give the prize jacket to his mother as a gift. [Source: Deadline]