Quick News: Futurama, 9-1-1, Chesil, Decoy, Dock

Syfy has announced that it has acquired the hit animated series “Futurama” in a multi-year, non-exclusive deal that includes all 140 HD episodes of the series. This will mark the first fully animated series in Syfy’s rebooted lineup.

“Futurama” will make its Syfy debut in a special weekend stunt beginning Saturday, November 11th, with the series airing regularly in primetime on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8PM-2AM ET/PT and on Saturday mornings from 8-11AM ET/PT. [Source: Syfy]

Former “Nashville” and “Friday Night Lights” alum Connie Britton has been cast in a lead role in Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s new drama “9-1-1”.

Four-time Emmy nominee Britton previously worked with the producing pair on the first seasons of “American Horror Story” and “American Crime Story”. She’ll next be seen in Showtime’s comedy “SMILF”. [Source: Variety]

On Chesil Beach
Bleecker Street has scored U.S. rights to the romantic drama “On Chesil Beach” starring Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle. A 2018 release for the Dominic Cooke-directed film is planned. Ian McEwan adapted his own novel and revolves around a young couple honeymooning on the English seaside. [Source: Variety]

Kat Graham (“The Vampire Diaries”) will join Frank Grillo, Andy Garcia and Tyler Posey in the Allan Ungar-directed action thriller “Decoy”. Filming begins later this month in Toronto.

Posey plays a young identity thief who finds himself being hunted by the NSA after he unwittingly steals the identity of a wanted man. Graham will play a hacker who forms an unlikely alliance with Posey as they attempt to uncover the truth. [Source: THR]

Dock Ellis
Columbus Short, Max Gousse and Artistry Films are developing “Ellis D,” a film based on the life of the late major league baseball player Dock Ellis with plans to shoot next year. Ellis played in the major leagues for 12 years, nine with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and was an outspoken advocate for African-American players.

Short plans to star in the film and wrote the script along with actor/writer Lane Garrison (“Prison Break”). Gousse and Short have also acquired life rights from Ellis’ widow, Hjordis Ellis, who has been consulting on the project. [Source: Variety]