Quick News: September 16th-17th 2017

Netflix has acquired U.S. and foreign rights to Andrew Niccol’s thriller “Anon” with Clive Owen, Amanda Seyfried, Colm Feore and Sonya Walger. The story is set in a near-future world where there is no privacy, ignorance or anonymity.

All private memories are recorded and crime almost ceases to exist. In trying to solve a series of unsolved murders, Sal Friedland (Owen) stumbles onto a young woman (Seyfried) who appears to have subverted the system and disappeared.

The Ark and the Aardvark
Aubrey Plaza, Jenny Slate, Craig Robinson, Rob Riggle and Stephen Merchant have joined the cast of the animated feature “The Ark and the Aardvark” at Unified Pictures. The actors play a smart spider, narcoleptic ostrich, mansplaining Bullfrog, elephant and wise crocodile respective.

John Stevenson (“Kung Fu Panda”) helms this reimagining of the Noah’s Ark story starring Miles Teller as Gilbert, an aardvark who leads a group of misfit animals through natural disasters and personal anxieties.

First Reformed
A24 has acquired U.S. rights to Paul Schrader’s thriller “First Reformed” starring Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried following screenings at Venice, Telluride and Toronto. A 2018 release is planned.

Hawke plays a mysterious Reverend based in a small town in upstate New York. Seyfried plays a pregnant woman struggling with a seemingly unstable, radical activist husband who asks the Reverend for help. He soon gets embroiled in a treacherous scenario that forces him to confront his troubled past.

The Escape of Prisoner 614
Ron Perlman, Martin Starr, Jake McDorman and George Sample III have joined Zach Golden’s feature directorial debut, the 1960s-set comedic western “The Escape of Prisoner 614”.

Starr and McDorman playing two well-intentioned but bumbling deputies who get fired by their overbearing sheriff (Perlman). They decide to go after an escaped prisoner (Sample) only to realize that he’s an innocent victim of a racist judicial system.

Peter Sollett (“Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist”) has been set to direct the romantic comedy “Match” for DreamWorks Pictures. Brenda Hsueh penned the story set in a world where a federal agency finds your perfect match. Dylan Clark and Beau Bauman are producing.

Father Figures
Warner Bros. Pictures has revealed they’re changing the title of their Ed Helms-Owen Wilson road comedy “Bastards” to “Father Figures”. The plan is to keep the December 22nd release date.

The pair play brothers whose eccentric mother (Glenn Close) raised them to believe their father died when they were young. When they discover this to be a lie, they set out to find their real father. J.K. Simmons, Terry Bradshaw, Ving Rhames, June Squibb, Katt Williams, and Jessica Gomes co-star.

All That Glitters
Bravo has pulled the plug on the scripted event series “All That Glitters” which was to be about the rivalry between magazine editors Anna Wintour and Tina Brown. Producers are actively looking to find a new home for the project.

Freeform’s “Stitchers” has been cancelled after three seasons due to low ratings. Kyle Harris, Ritesh Rajan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Allison Scagliotti and Damon Dayoub co-starred.

The story followed a young woman (Emma Ishta) who is recruited into a secret government agency to be ‘stitched’ into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to solve mysteries before they go to the grave.

Owen Teague (“IT”) has been cast opposite Gary Oldman in Michael Goi’s supernatural thriller “Mary” which begins filming this month in Alabama for Tucker Tooley Entertainment and Entertainment One.

Anthony Jaswinski’s script focuses on a family that buys an old ship at auction in hopes of starting a charter business. Instead, they discover the ship’s horrifying secrets once they are out on isolated open waters.

The Romanoffs
Corey Stoll, Andrew Rannells, Mike Doyle, JJ Feild, Janet Montgomery and Paul Reiser will guest star on “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner’s new Amazon series “The Romanoffs” which opens in 2018.

Isabelle Huppert, Marthe Keller, Aaron Eckhart, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Jack Huston, and Amanda Peet also star in the eight hour-long episodes which will tell the stories of people in contemporary times who believe they are descendants of the imperial Russian family.

The Irishman
Stephen Graham has been set to play a key role of Genovese mob head Tony ‘Pro’ Provenzano in Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” film.

Provenzano was a teamster who rose into the top ranks of organized crime. He was considered a top associate of Jimmy Hoffa during the 1970s and was believed to have played a part in Hoffa’s disappearance.

Search Party
The trailer has been released for the second season of TBS’ “Search Party,” the critically acclaimed offbeat comedy series about several 20-somethings entangled in the mysterious disappearance of a former college acquaintance. TBS will roll out two episodes a week for five weeks from November 19th.

The Haunting of Hill House
Lulu Wilson (“Annabelle: Creation”) and newcomer Victoria Pedretti have joined the Netflix series adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s classic 1959 novel “The Haunting Of Hill House”.

Mike Flanagan (“Ouija: Origin of Evil,” “Hush”) will direct all ten episods of the straight-to-series drama for Amblin TV and Paramount TV. Carla Gugino, Timothy Hutton, Michael Huisman, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Siegel and Henry Thomas co-star.

Surrender, New York
FOX is developing a one-hour drama series based on Caleb Carr’s novel “Surrender, New York” with a script commissioned for the project with a penalty attached. Richard Wenk will pen the script and executive produce.

The story follows a famed NYPD criminal psychologist, Dr. Trajan Jones, who brings his effective yet controversial methodology and persona to the rural town of Surrender, in upstate New York, where he joins forces with the local state trooper Penelope Howell.

The Clapper
Momentum Pictures has acquired Dito Montiel’s comedy “The Clapper” starring Ed Helms and Amanda Seyfried with an early 2018 release planned. Netflix has secured worldwide SVOD rights.

Helms plays a man who moves to Los Angeles looking for a fresh start and becomes a professional paid audience member for infomercials and other live-studio tapings. He also forms a bond with a winsome gas station attendant (Seyfried).

“Baby Driver” and “The Hateful Eight” costume designer Courtney Hoffman has been set to direct the action thriller “Ruthless” for Amblin Partners. John Swetnam penned the script.

In the story, a legendary retired female assassin is diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. She must return to the life she left behind and complete one final job in order to secure a future for her young daughter.

Te Ata
The first trailer has hit for Nathan Frankowski’s “Te Ata,” a biopic about the renowned Chickasaw storyteller who entertained at the White House, performed for European Royalty and had a career spanning six decades. Q’orianka Kilcher stars in the role with the movie opening in Los Angeles and New York on October 13th.

Source: The Wrap, TV Line, Variety,THR Deadline, Screen