Quick News: Maurice, Levi, Chalamet, Dolittle

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The Amazing Maurice
Global Screen has picked up worldwide distribution rights outside North America, the UK & some German speaking territories – to the English-language animated feature “The Amazing Maurice” based on a Terry Pratchett novel. Terry Rossio penned the script while Toby Genkel directs with a 2022 release planned.

The story is a spin on the Pied Paper tale and follows a streetwise cat who has the perfect money-making scam. He’s found a dumb-looking kid who plays a pipe, and his very own horde of educated rats. The con though is turned on its head when they enter a new small town where someone is playing a different tune. [Source: Variety]

Untitled Levi Shirley Project
“Hacksaw Ridge” producer David Permut has optioned the film rights to an LA Times article about Levi Shirley, an American who died in Syria while fighting against ISIS. Michael A. Alfieri’s Miantri Films and Sterling Macer Jr.’s, Clandestine Entertainment will also produce.

Shirley had been desperate to be a U.S. Marine, but an irreversible eye problem prevented him from enlisting. With no formal training, he joined a Kurdish militia seeking volunteers to help them fight ISIS. He arranged to be smuggled into Syria to fight alongside the Kurds and was killed in Syria at the age of 24. [Source: Variety]

Timothee Chalamet
23-year-old “Call Me By Your Name” breakout Timothee Chalamet has revealed he’s taking a break from acting after a busy few years and him having just completed David Michod’s “The King,” Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women,” Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch” and Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune”. There’s no word as to how long a break it will be. [Source: Vogue

In one of the weirder promo tie-in trailers of late, Robert Downey Jr. is promoting his upcoming January release “Dolittle” by appearing in an NFL promo where acts as an adjudicator in a dispute between two mascots – Rampage the Ram and Freddie the Falcon. The clip follows in the wake of the first “Dolittle” trailer released last week.