Quick News: Colette, Disney, MIB, PGA, Chrysalis

Bleecker Street and 30West have partnered to buy the period drama “Colette” about the famous French writer and starring Keira Knightley following its Sundance Film Festival premiere.

The film is said to be eyeing a traditional theatrical release in 2018. This also marks the first major acquisition of this year’s festival which has been dead quiet so far. [Source: Variety]

Disney SVOD
Disney’s streaming solutions provider BAMTech Media has hired former Apple and Samsung executive Kevin Swint to build and ultimately run the upcoming Disney SVOD Service

Disney plans to launch an ESPN-branded direct-to-consumer offering early this year, followed by a Disney-branded service in 2019 which aims to be a serious Netflix competitor. [SourcE: Variety]

Men in Black
Sony Pictures has moved its pushed back its “Men in Black” reboot by a month, from May 17th to June 14th 2019. Matt Holloway and Art Marcum are penning the film with many of the same producers on the previous three films involved again here. [Source: Deadline]

Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is now clearly the Oscar Best Picture frontrunner as it took home the top honor at the 29th annual PGA Awards tonight at the Beverly Hilton.

Other winners included “Coco,” “Jane,” “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” NBC’s “The Voice,” Netflix’s “Black Mirror” and HBO’s “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”. [Source: Deadline]

The Chrysalis
Oddball Productions and the Gotham Group are teaming for a film based on Brendan Deneen’s horror novel “The Chrysalis”. The story follows a twentysomething couple who are forced out of New York City and buy an old house in the suburbs.

They make friends despite their worries about becoming boring suburbanites. But they also discover something growing in the basement, which begins to slowly destroy their lives. [Source: Variety]