Quick News: November 5th 2017

Vertical Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to British kidnapping thriller “10×10” starring Luke Evans and Kelly Reilly. Suzi Ewing helms the project which will be released next year in the United States.

Reilly plays Cathy, an entrepreneur a few days away from opening her new business, who is attacked, kidnapped and locked in a 10-by-10-foot room. Her mysterious assailant (Evans) demands just one thing from her: her name. It soon becomes clear Cathy knows more than she is letting on and may not be the true victim here. [Source: THR]

Book Club
Paramount Pictures is closing a $10 million deal for North American, UK and France rights to the First Wives Club-style comedy “Book Club” with a 2018 wide release planned. Bill Holderman helmed the film in which four lifelong friends in their 60s read “Fifty Shades of Grey” in their monthly book club and have their lives forever changed.

Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, Richard Dreyfuss, Alicia Silverstone, Tommy Dewey, Katie Aselton, Ed Begley Jr and Wallace Shawn co-star in the film. [Source: Deadline]

Switched On
Focus Features and Motor have jointly acquired the rights to John Elder Robison’s book “Switched On” with Emma Frost (“The White Queen,” “The White Princess”) adapting the book.

The story follows the experimental new brain therapy, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), that dramatically changed both the life and mind of New York Times bestselling author and advocate for the neurologically diverse Robison. [Source: Deadline]

Untitled Roald Dahl Biopic
Rebecca Ferguson (“Mission Impossible Rogue Nation”) is in talks to star opposite Hugh Bonneville in the upcoming drama at Goldcrest Films about the relationship between actress Patricia Neal and children’s author Roald Dahl.

Ferguson would play Neal and Bonneville Dahl in the yet-to-be-titled project based on Stephen Michael Shearer’s novel “An Unquiet Life”. John Hay and David Logan adapted the script set at the beginning of the 1960s as Dahl struggles to write some of his most famous works and Neal’s return to acting with “Hud” for which she won an Oscar. [Source: Variety]

Miss Virginia
Uzo Aduba (“Orange Is the New Black,” “American Pastoral”) will star in the R.J. Daniel Hanna-directed independent drama “Miss Virginia” which begins production early next year in Los Angeles.

Inspired by a true story, the actionfollows a struggling inner-city single mother who moves her at-risk son from their dangerous neighborhood school to an expensive one in a safe area. [Source: Variety]

Shadow Girl
Olivia Thirlby, Alan Ritchson, Megan Fox, and Jim Gaffigan have come on board the magical realism story “Shadow Girl” for Hipzee, Boundary Stone Films, and Wrangle Entertainment​. Claudia Myers is directing from her own script.

The story follows a young woman who has faded to the point of becoming invisible and must find her way back into the world. After more than a decade of solitude and making a living in the shadows as a paparazzi photographer, she meets a disgraced MMA fighter working as a bouncer and discovers that it was one of her tabloid photographs that caused his downfall. [Source: Variety]

Luke Bracey (“Point Break,” “Hacksaw Ridge”) and acting veteran Nick Nolte have hopped onboard the Kriv Stenders-directed Australian action-thriller “Poacher” for Arclight Films. Thomas Martin penned the script for the true events inspired tale while Ashley McLeod, Teresa Ticehurst and James M. Vernon will produce.

Bracey plays a vengeance-motivated young man who goes to war with Nolte’s fishing baron, who rules the town, and is transformed from a small-time abalone poacher into a criminal gang boss. Filming will take place along the Tasmanian coast. [Source: Variety]

“Orange Is the New Black” star Diane Guerrero has been cast as the wife of Liam Hemsworth’s character in the Malik Bader-directed independent thriller “Killerman” which is now filming in Savannah.

Hemsworth plays a small-time money launderer who is suffering from amnesia after a freak accident during a deal gone wrong. Emory Cohen, Zlatko Buric, and Suraj Sharma co-star. [Source: Variety]

Alex Rich (“GLOW,” “True Detective”) will share the title role of Pablo Picasso with Antonio Banderas in the second season of National Geographic’s anthology series “Genius”. Clemence Poésy, Robert Sheehan, Poppy Delevingne, Aisling Franciosi and Sebastian Roche have also joined the cast in key roles.

The story will chronicle the life and work of Spanish painter Picasso, one of the 20th century’s most influential and celebrated artists. The new season, set for a 2018 premiere, is from Fox 21 Television Studios and Imagine Entertainment. [Source: Deadline]

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky
“Game of Thrones” actress Sophie Turner has been set to both star in and produce “Girl Who Fell From the Sky” for Lotus Entertainment and Stan & Deliver Films. Stan Brooks directs from a script he adapted from Juliane Koepcke & Beate Rygiert’s novel.

Turner will play Koepcke, a high school senior and the sole survivor of the December 24, 1971 crash of LANSA Flight 508 in the Peruvian rain forest. Koepcke was ejected, still belted to her seat, nearly two miles through the air with the Amazon rain forest canopy breaking her fall and miraculously saving her life. She survived eleven days navigating through the treacherous jungles to be rescued. [Source: Deadline]

Netflix has acquired global rights (excluding China) to Federico D’Alessandro’s sci-fi thriller “Tau” starring Maika Monroe, Ed Skrein and Gary Oldman. Noga Landau penned the script while David S. Goyer, Kevin Turen, Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder are producing.

Monroe plays a once street-smart grifter who is the latest victim kidnapped and held captive in a fatal experiment. The only thing standing in the way of her freedom is Tau, an advanced artificial intelligence developed by her captor (Skrein). [Source: Netflix]

The Red Shoes & The Seven Dwarfs
Sam Clafin (“The Hunger Games”) and Patrick Warburton (“Mr Peabody & Sherman”) have joined the voice cast of the big-budget indie animated feature “The Red Shoes & The Seven Dwarfs.” A modern spin on “Snow White,” the story sees seven vain and arrogant princes trapped in the bodies of the ugly dwarves.

Clafin will play Merlin and Warburton is a magic mirror in the film which already includes Chloe Grace Moretz and Gina Gershon. Hong Sungho helms the $20 million project currently in advanced post-production and set for delivery in Spring 2018. [Source: Variety]

Escape Artist
Gold Star Films and Signature Films have hired Ron Shelton to direct “Escape Artist” which deals with Ed ‘Hacksaw’ Jones, a man whose claim to fame is that he broke out of fourteen prisons.

The story will center on Jones being falsely sentenced to ten years of hard labor in a chain gang, then escaping and beginning a life on the run as a master escape artist. Described as handsome, charming and charismatic, he became a folk hero to many as he continually re-invented himself until the FBI finally caught up with him. [Source: Variety]

Off Season
Jon Hamm has come onboard the Jonathan van Tulleken-directed independent supernatural thriller “Off Season” with filming to begin early next year. Nira Park and J. Miles Dale will produce.

Set in the harsh Canadian tundra, a man goes in search of his elderly father who mysteriously disappears. His feverish search exposes shocking family secrets long buried but not forgotten by vengeful forces at work. [Source: Variety]

Second Act
Treat Williams and Larry Miller have joined the cast of the Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini-led romantic comedy “Second Act” at STXfilms. Vanessa Hudgens, Milo Ventimiglia, Freddie Stroma, Dan Bucatinsky and Annaleigh Ashford also star in the Peter Segal-directed film.

Lopez plays a retail employee who reinvents her life and her lifestyle, and gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as a college degree – and that it is never too late for a second act. The story is based on an idea by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Justin Zackham, both of whom drafted the screenplay. [Source: Variety]

The Haunting of Hill House
Annabeth Gish has scored a recurring role in Netflix’s ten-episode straight-to-series re-imagining of Shirley Jackson’s classic 1959 novel “The Haunting of Hill House”. Mike Flanagan (“Gerald’s Game,” “Hush”) will pen and direct.

Gish will play Mrs. Dudley, but specifics of her character are under wraps. She joins previously cast Carla Gugino, Michael Huisman, Timothy Hutton Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Siegel and Henry Thomas. [Source: Deadline]

Hope Gap
Annette Bening and Bill Nighy will star in William Nicholson’s family drama “Hope Gap” which will shoot in the Summer. David M. Thompson is producing.

The story follows a couple who have been married 29 years. When their son Jamie comes to visit for the weekend at their seaside home, Edward informs him that he plans to leave Grace the next day. Three lives unravel through stages of shock, disbelief and anger, to a resolution, of sorts. [Source: Deadline]

Lily Collins will star opposite Zac Efron as the former girlfriend of serial killer Ted Bundy in the thriller “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.” The story follows Elizabeth Kloepfer (Collins) during the multi-year period that Bundy hid his murder spree from his live-in lover. Joe Berlinger will direct from a script by Michael Werwie. [Source: Variety]

Morena Baccarin (“Deadpool,” “Homeland”) will play Christina Ferrare, the wife of John DeLorean (played by Alec Baldwin) in the upcoming untitled scripted documentary about the automobile manufacturer at XYZ Films.

The film will document DeLorean’s rise to stardom as well as his shocking fall from grace and will merge scripted narrative scenes with real-life interviews with colleagues, employees, lawyers, friends and family who knew DeLorean best. [Source: Deadline]