Quick News: Open, Wanderlust, Appearance, Dog, 8

The Open House
Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to the Dylan Minnette-led thriller “The Open House” which was written and directed by Matt Angel and Suzanne Coote. Minnette plays a teenager who, along with his mother (Piercey Dalton), find themselves besieged by threatening forces when they move into a new house. The film will premiere everywhere Netflix is available on January 19th. [Source: Variety]

Toni Collette, Steven Mackintosh, Zawe Ashton and Royce Pierreson are set to lead the six-part contemporary relationship event series “Wanderlust” for BBC and Netflix. Luke Snellin will helm the series from scripts by award-winning playwright Nick Payne.

Collette plays therapist Joy Richards as she attempts to keep the spark with her husband alive after an accident. The story encompasses their relationship and those of her family, friends, neighbors and clients. [Source: Variety]

The Appearance
Makeready has scored the rights to adapt the Matthew Baker sci-fi short story “The Appearance” into a feature which Ian MacAllister-McDonald (“Rodney and Cheryl”) will adapt the script for. Pam Abdy, Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman will produce.

The story begins with alien life forms who look very much like humans that appear mysteriously on Earth. The story follows the first ‘Appearance’ and the divided human reaction to it. [Source: Deadline]

A Dog’s Way Home
Ashley Judd, Alexandra Shipp, Wes Studi and Edward James Olmos are set to star in “A Dog’s Way Home” at Sony Pictures. Charles Martin Smith (“Dolphin Tale”) will direct from a script adapted by W. Bruce Cameron and his wife from Cameron’s best-selling book.

The production has rescued two dogs, Shelby and Amber, to play the lead role of Bella – a dog who embarks on a 400-mile journey home after she is separated from her human, Lucas, an aspiring med student and VA hospital volunteer. Bella touches the lives of many during her quest, from an orphaned mountain lion cub to a homeless veteran down on his luck. [Source: Variety]

8 Count
FOX has given a script commitment with significant penalty to the drama “8 Count” inspired by the life of famed choreographer and creative director Laurieann Gibson. Mary J. Blige, Erika L. Johnson, Joe Earley, Gail Berman and Gibson herself will all executive produce the Johnson-penned music-fueled drama.

The story follows a young choreographer who, in order to redeem her damaged reputation in the cutthroat music/dance world, must invest in an up-and-coming singer, who also has one last shot at stardom. [Source: Deadline]