The Karate Kid: The Series
Actors Ralph Macchio and William Zabka have reunited in a behind-the-scenes photo for YouTube Red’s forthcoming sequel series to the 1984 classic “The Karate Kid”. The half-hour series picks up three decades later with Daniel and Johnny at different places in their lives.
One is a family man and proud owner of the No. 1 car dealership in the Valley, the other doing odd jobs to make ends meet and is into heavy drinking. Their rivalry is reignited when they re-enter each other’s lives, which drives Johnny to rediscover his Cobra Kai roots and reopen the infamous karate dojo. [Source: EW]
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced that director Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” will officially arrive on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on December 19th with an early Digital release on December 12th.
Isla Fisher will star opposite Matthew McConaughey in Harmony Korine’s new film “Beach Bum” for NEON and VICE. The comedy follows the misadventures of Moondog (McConaughey), a rebellious and lovable rogue who lives life large. Fisher will play Moondog’s wife. [Source: Variety]
The Addams Family
Cinesite Studios has come aboard to provide animation and digital visual effects for the CG-animated “The Addams Family” feature film at MGM. Conrad Vernon (“Sausage Party”) is set as director while Pamela Pettler penned the script based on the cartoon series. [Source: Deadline]
IFC Releasing has acquired Haifaa Al-Mansour’s new film “Mary Shelley,” the biopic about the 18-year-old author of “Frankenstein” starring Elle Fanning, Maisie Williams, Douglas Booth, Tom Sturridge and Ben Hardy. The film premiered in Toronto this year.
Emma Jensen penned the script about the whirlwind love affair between rebellious teenager Mary Wollstonecraft and poet Percy Shelley. When their baby daughter dies in a tragedy, she uses that pain to pen the world’s first science fiction novel.
VFX expert James Madigan is set to make his directorial debut on Lionsgate’s space station action thriller “Starfall” which begins production in May. David Coggeshall, Jordan Kandell and Aaron Kandell penned the script while Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Dede Nickerson and Erik Howsam are producing. [Source: Deadline]
“Girls” and “Get Out” star Allison Williams is set to lead Richard Shepard’s horror thriller “The Perfection” which follows two cello prodigies and a sinister obsession. Filming is slated to begin in early 2018 in Shanghai and Vancouver. [Source: THR]
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Michael Mayer’s film adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” with plans for a 2018 release. Stephen Karam penned the script adaptation of Chekov’s story.
Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss, Corey Stoll, Brian Dennehy, Mare Winningham, Jon Tenney, Glen Fleshler, Michael Zegen, and Billy Howle star in the story of a group of friends and lovers, all of whom are in love with the wrong person.
Justin Long and Donald Faison will star in the indie film “The Wave” which has Carl W. Lucas and Gille Klabin directing from a script by Carl W. Lucas. The story follows an image obsessed attorney who changes course on a high-stakes insurance case when a life-changing, drug-induced night on the town with co-workers actually ends up changing his outlook on life. Faison is his coworker who encourages Frank to live a little. [Source: Deadline]
A Score to Settle
Nicolas Cage has been set to star in the independent action thriller “A Score to Settle” which Shawn Ku (“Beautiful Boy”) will direct from a script by John Newman and Christian Swegal. Lee Clay and Eric Gozlan will produce.
Cage will play a convicted mob enforcer battling a terminal illness. He’s released from prison many years after taking the fall for a crime he didn’t commit and sets out on a path for revenge against the people who wronged him. [Source: THR]
Legendary Entertainment has scored the film rights to Nate Simpson’s graphic novel “Nonplayer” which will be adapted for the screen by Eric Pearson (“Thor: Ragnarok,” “Agent Carter”)
The story follows a tamale delivery girl who escapes her humdrum life moonlighting as a high-ranking warrior in an augmented reality video game. When AI infects the game and madness spills into the real world, she’ll learn that escaping from reality is no longer an option. [Source: Deadline]
Charlie Shotwell (“Captain Fantastic”) will play the title role of Eli in director Ciaran Foy’s psychological horror film “Eli” at Paramount Players. David Chirchirillo penned the 2015 Black List script with revisions done by Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing.
The story is set in a secluded clinic where a boy with a rare disease is being treated. Soon, the clinic becomes a haunted prison with no way out. The film is targeting a January 4th 2019 release. [Source: Heat Vision]
Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen and Roman Christou have scored the lead roles in the Michael Chaves-directed “The Children” for New Line Cinema. James Wan (“The Conjuring”) will produce.
The story centers on a social worker who, while investigating the mysterious disappearance of two children, discovers her own family might be in jeopardy. Linda Cardellini, Patricia Velasquez, and Sean Patrick Thomas co-star in the film penned by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. [Source: Deadline]
Valeria Cotto (“The Florida Project”) will star in the independent fantasy film “Libby’s Dreams” which Alexander Garcia is producing and directing from a short story Garcia wrote when he was twelve.
The story centers on an imaginative little girl who discovers a portal through her dreams that allows her to transport herself to different worlds and escape the life she has on Earth. Anne Stimac and Michael Abrams are producing. [Source: Variety]
Scott Foley (“Scandal,” “Scream 3”) is set to both produce and play the lead in “Whiskey Cavalier,” ABC’s new hourlong action-dramedy project executive produced by Bill Lawrence. The project has received a put pilot commitment from the network with Dave Hemingson penning the script.
Foley plays FBI agent Will Chase who is assigned to work with CIA operative Francesca and leads an inter-agency team of spies who periodically save the world while navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance and office politics. [Source: Deadline]
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has confirmed that a port of the super hero fighting game “Injustice 2” with the plan to release it later this Fall. A beta test of the PC port is now underway with QLOC (“Rime,” “Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2,” “Mortal Kombat X”) handling it.
Katie Stevens (“The Bold Type”) stars in the indie horror thriller “Haunt” which boasts Eli Roth as producer. Scott Beck and Bryan Woods penned and will direct the film which has begun filming in Kentucky.
The story is set on Halloween and tells of a group of friends who encounter an “extreme” haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some nightmares are real. Will Brittain, Lauryn Alisa McClain, Andrew Caldwell and Shazi Raja co-star. [Source: THR]
Devon Bostick (“The 100”), Natalia Dyer (“Stranger Things”) and Tate Donovan (“The Only Living Boy in New York”) will star in the Philip Harder-directed indie drama “Tuscaloosa” based on the novel of the same name by W. Glasgow Phillips.
Set during the summer of 1972, Bostick plays an asylum groundskeeper who falls in love with one of the patients and sets in motion a romance that could end in tragedy for both of them. Brian Etting, Scott Franklin, and Patrick Riley are producing. [Source: Deadline]
Warner Bros. Pictures have released a new music video for Gary Clark Jr. and Junkie XL’s “Come Together” which appears on the film’s soundtrack and has been heard in the various trailers so far. The film opens November 17th.