The Professor and the Madman
The Mel Gibson and Sean Penn-led period film “The Professor and the Madman,” which deals with the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary, will be getting a theatrical release after all in the second quarter of this year via Vertical Entertainment.
Shot several years ago, the project has been in a legal limbo due to a dispute between Icon Productions and Voltage Pictures. The story is based on Simon Winchester’s about how an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane submitted many thousand entries for the OED. [Source: Deadline]
God Is Good
John Boyega will executive produce the South African crime-thriller “God Is Good” along with launching a record label, UpperRoom Records, which will oversee the film’s soundtrack. Casting discussions are underway with shooting planned for spring of this year.
Set in Cape Town’s Cape Flats, the English-language film from first time director Willem Grobler deals with a reformed gangster-turned-pastor and a volatile detective who cross paths after an act of brutal violence sets them on a collision course with a heinous gang lieutenant. [Source: Deadline]
Project Blue Book
Robert Zemeckis-produced UFO-themed “Project Blue Book” drew 3.5 million total viewers in its series premiere in Live+3, the most-watched scripted cable series premiere of the 2018/19 TV season-to-date, beating out Bravo’s “Dirty John”. Aidan Gillen stars as a brilliant professor recruited by the U.S. Air Force to spearhead the military’s clandestine investigations into reports of UFOs and related phenomena. [Source: Zap2It]
Emmy winner and Bart Simpson voice provider Nancy Cartwright will reprise her role as Rufus the Naked Mole-Rat in the upcoming live-action “Kim Possible” telemovie for the Disney Channel. The film premieres Friday, February 15th.
The story follows everyday teen hero Kim Possible and best friend and sidekick Ron Stoppable as they embark on their freshman year of high school, all while saving the world from evil villains. [Source: IGN]
Kiss of the Wolf
Bad Wolf (“His Dark Materials”) has announced plans for a TV series adaptation of Jim Shepard’s novel “Kiss of the Wolf” which will be shopped around to streaming services and hails from writer Tom Farrelly (“A Discovery of Witches”). First published in 1994, it is a part family drama and part thriller in which a lethal accident turns life into a waking nightmare for a mother and her 11-year-old son. [Source: Deadline]
Circle of Confusion TV Studios and Amazon Studios are teaming to develop an hourlong drama series based on Mike Oeming and Dan Berman’s Image Comics graphic novel “Six”. Stefan Jaworski (“Those Who Kill”) will write and Michael Dinner (“Justified”) will direct.
The sci-fi thriller follows a cold-blooded alien agent who comes to Earth to track down and bring back twelve alien defectors. As a result of her actions, she starts to experience the same thing that infected the others – human emotion. Feeling joy, anger, love and hate for the first time in her life, she decides to stay on Earth to find the truth the twelve were seeking. [Source: Deadline]