Quick News: Shooter, Rio, Far, Think, Eli, Beale

USA Network’s “Shooter” series, starring Ryan Phillippe, has been renewed for a third season which begins production January in Los Angeles. The storyline will be loosely based on “Black Light,” the second book in the Bob Lee Swagger series by Stephen Hunter.

As Bob Lee struggles to put an end to the events of Season 2, a nemesis reveals mysterious details surrounding his father Earl’s death, leading Bob Lee towards a startling conspiracy that hits close to home. [Source: Variety]

Mimi from Rio
Netflix has acquired Matthew K. Firpo and Ryan Firpo’s sci-fi thriller spec script “Mimi From Rio”. Bryan Unkeless, Ridley Scott, Kevin Walsh and Michael Pruss are producing.

The story is set in the near future that tracks two brothers from the Favelas of Rio who are tasked with transporting the world’s first wholly sentient android. [Source: Deadline]

The Far Pavilions
A thirty episode, $150 million TV series adaptation of MM Kaye’s epic novel “The Far Pavilions” is in the works as a UK/India co-production. Michael Ward and Colin Burrows will produce this story of an Englishman brought up as a Hindu during the British Raj and his passionate love for an Indian princess.

The series will combine top Indian acting talent and the British capital’s post-production skills including a creative crew made up of both Indian and British technicians. No broadcast or streaming partner has been mentioned. [Source: Variety]

Think Aaron
HBO Films is developing “Think Aaron,” a telemovie about the tragic story of ‘hacktivist’ Aaron Swartz. Swartz was a child prodigy and programming genius who found himself imprisoned and made an example of by the U.S. government.

Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Productions will produce alongside Eric Roth and Debra Greenfield. Andy Bellin is penning and Elliott Lester is directing with a 2018 start date targeted. [Source: Deadline]

Charlie Shotwell (“Captain Fantastic”), Sadie Sink (“Stranger Things”) and Kelly Reilly have joined the Ciaran Foy-directed horror film “Eli” at Paramount Players. David Chirchirillo penned the script with revisions by Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing with filming to begin in January.

The story centers on Eli, an 11-year-old who moves into a ‘clean house’ to treat his autoimmune disorder. Unable to leave, Eli soon realizes that the house, and the doctor who runs it, are more sinister than they appear. Sink will play an alluring local girl who befriends Eli, Reilly will play his devoted mother. [Source: THR]

If Beale Street Could Talk
Pedro Pascal (“Game of Thrones”) has joined the cast of Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” based on the James Baldwin novel. KiKi Layne plays a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their first child to term.

Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Brian Tyree Henry and Regina King co-star. Jenkins adapted the book and is producing via Pastel, Annapurna Pictures and Plan B. [Source: Deadline]