Mary Queen of Scots
Focus Features announced on Wednesday that it has set a December 7th release date for Josie Rourke’s Elizabethan biopic “Mary Queen of Scots”. Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie respectively play Mary Queen of Scots and her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I in the period drama. [Source: Focus Features]
Universal Pictures has set a September 27th 2019 release date for Craig Zobel’s upcoming politically-charged action thriller “The Hunt” which boasts a script by “The Leftovers” showrunners Damon Lindelof and Nick Cuse. Plot specifics are under wraps, while Jason Blum produces for his Blumhouse Productions alongside Lindelof. [Source: THR]
As part of his annual letter to shareholders, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has revealed that Amazon’s Prime membership program has now topped 100 million paying members worldwide.
That marks the first time Amazon has revealed a specific number for Prime, however Bezos stayed quiet on numbers for its video and music streaming service – meaning it’s unclear how much of that customer base is using Prime for programs or just for cheap parcel shipping. [Source: Variety]
Worst Roommate Ever
Blumhouse has acquired the rights to adapt the New York Magazine article “Worst Roommate Ever” into their first project developed simultaneously for both film and television. “Fast and Furious” scribe Chris Morgan will develop the film version, while Scoop Wasserstein will develop the accompanying documentary series.
The story deals with a female Philadelphia apartment owner who signs up a new tennant, not having a clue he was actually a notorious serial squatter who slowly laid claim to her apartment using his intricate knowledge of tenancy laws to stay one step ahead of her. [Source: Deadline]
The H Collective
Film financier and producer The H Collective has signed a deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions to distribute and market up to four films a year. The announcement comes hot on the heels of their teaming with One Race Films to get rights to the “xXx” franchise and get started on the fourth film on that series. [Source: Variety]
Ice Cold Heat
Kyle Newacheck (“Game Over, Man!”) is attached to direct the action comedy “Ice Cold Heat” for Lionsgate and Montecito Picture Company. Josh Kazdan and Eric Lord penned the film about an ambitious detective from the early 1990s who is cryogenically frozen by a powerful drug dealer after a drug bust that went upside down.
The detective thaws out twenty-two years later and then seeks revenge. Because he was frozen, he remains young while his son is now a cop in his old unit and close to the same age. [Source: Deadline]