Quick News: IT, Blood, Dumb, Rain, Lost

IT: Chapter Two
Filmmaker Andy Muschietti is making a key change for “IT: Chapter Two,” the filmmaker has enlisted Checco Varese (“The 33,” “Replicas”) to take over as cinematographer from the first film’s Chung-hoon Chung (“Oldboy,” “The Handmaiden”). This follows on from Paul Austerberry (“The Shape of Water”) replacing Claude Pare (“X-Men: Dark Phoenix”) as production designer. Filming is expected to begin mid-year with casting now underway. [Source: Collider]

The Importance of Blood
Jamie M. Dagg (“Sweet Virginia”) has been set to helm the dark thriller “The Importance of Blood” for Sculptor Media and Circle of Confusion. James Breen penned the script and casting is underway.

The story centers on a mysterious young woman who returns to her hometown years after disappearing to seek reconciliation with her estranged family. In doing so, she threatens her relationship with a caring but manipulative man who harbors dangerous secrets of his own. [Source: Deadline]

The Long Dumb Road
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group has purchased North American rights to Hannah Fidell’s road trip comedy “The Long Dumb Road” starring Jason Mantzoukas and Tony Revolori as an itinerant 30-something mechanic and a college-bound teenager respectively who set out on a cross-country‚Äč road trip. Universal is planning a day-and-date theatrical and VOD release. [Source: Variety]

The Art of Racing in the Rain
Amanda Seyfried will play Milo Ventimiglia’s wife in the film adaptation of Garth Stein’s 2008 novel “The Art of Racing in the Rain” for Fox 2000. Simon Curtis (“Goodbye Christopher Robin”) will direct.

The story follows a family dog named Enzo who evaluated his life through the lessons learned by his human owner, a professional race-car driver named Denny Swift (Ventimiglia). [Source: Deadline]

Lost in Space
In the wake of the release of the show’s first season last week on Netflix, a visual effects reel from Image Engine has been released showcasing some of the CG work they did on the new “Lost in Space” series. From the robot sidekick to the Jupiter-2, you can check out the superbly rendered work below: