Quick News: MST3K, Dust, Envoy, War

Netflix has officially renewed “Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return” for a second season of the revival (and twelfth overall). The announcement came at the conclusion of the annual Thanksgiving marathon of the show which runs on YouTube. The current first season of the revival ran for fourteen episodes, no word on how many will be in the new one. [Source: Variety]

Devils Unto Dust
New Regency has preemptively acquired the film rights to Emma Berquist’s debut novel “Devils Unto Dust”. The story follows 17-year-old Daisy Wilcox’s journey through 1870s West Texas during a Reconstruction period plagued by a deadly virus infecting thousands with a rabies-like disease that turns people into murderous ‘Shakes.’

When Daisy’s father disappears, Daisy hires two Shake-hunters who specialize in killing the infected, and sets off into the terrorscape of the western frontier to find him. Nira Park and Arnon Milchan will produce. [Source: New Regency]

Producer Amy Pascal has pre-emptively picked up the character-driven sci-fi thriller spec script “Envoy” from screenwriter Kat Wood. The script follows an elite military intelligence specialist who jumps at the chance to take part in the selection process to become the first-ever human representative to alien life. [Source: Deadline]

A Private War
Tom Hollander (“In the Loop,” “The Night Manager”) has joined the cast of the Matthew Heineman-directed independent drama “A Private War” alongside Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dornan. Filming has just gotten underway in Jordan and the U.K. The story chronicles the life of American-born British war reporter Marie Colvin. Arash Amel penned the script. [Source: Variety]