“Split” actress Anya Taylor-Joy has reportedly scored the lead role in a new adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel “Emma” at Working Title. Autumn de Wilde will make her feature directorial debut from a script by author Eleanor Catton. The comedy of manners focuses on Emma Woodhouse, who can’t help herself from constantly meddling in the love affairs of others. [Source: THR]
Wycleaf Jean Biopic
Netflix has handed out an order to production banner Stampede for a CG animated musical feature based on the life story of Fugees founding member Wyclef Jean. Justin Marks (“The Jungle Book”) will pen the script which will focus on Jean’s childhood growing up in extreme poverty in Haiti and will be handled by Netflix’s Kids and Family division. [Source: Variety]
New Regency has acquired the film rights to Norman Partridge’s award-winning horror novel “Dark Harvest” and have set Michael Gilio to pen the film while Matt Tolmach (“Venom,” “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”) will produce. The story is set on Halloween in 1963 in a small Midwestern town where teenage boys eagerly square off with the butcher knife-wielding October Boy and escape a dead-end future in the one-horse town. [Source: Deadline]
Mice and Mystics
DreamWorks Animation is in final negotiations to pick up the film rights to Jerry Hawthorne’s board game “Mice and Mystics” with Alexandre Aja attached to direct and co-write the script with David Leslie Johnson (“Aquaman”). Roy Lee and Jon Berg are producing.
The role-playing game has players loyal to the king being caught in the clutches of the evil Vanestra and turned into mice imprisoned in a seaside castle. They face countless adversaries such as rats, cockroaches, and spiders, and the castle’s house cat Brodie. [Source: Variety]
Little Drummer Girl
AMC has released a new behind the scenes featurette about its new miniseries “The Little Drummer Girl” based on the novel by John le Carre and set against the backdrop of conflict between Israel and Palestine. The series runs in three parts across mid-late November.
The story follows young actress Charlie (Florence Pugh) who strikes up an acquaintance with an intriguing stranger (Alexander Skarsgard) while on vacation in Greece, but it rapidly becomes apparent that his intentions are far from romantic.