Quick News: Sparrow, Elegy, Hegar, Viacom

The Incident at Sparrow Creek Lumber
James Badge Dale and Brian Geraghty are set to star in Henry Dunham’s drama “The Incident at Sparrow Creek Lumber”. They join a cast that includes Patrick Fischler, Chris Mulkey, Robert Aramayo, Happy Anderson, and Gene Jones. Filming begins in March in Dallas.

Dale will portray a reclusive ex-cop forced out of retirement after he realizes a mass shooting at a police funeral was committed by a member of the same militia he joined after quitting the force. Fearing the shooting could set off a chain reaction of copycat violence, he quarantines his fellow militiamen in a remote lumber mill and begins grueling interrogations to ferret out the killer. [Source: EW]

Hillbilly Elegy
Oscar nominee Vanessa Taylor (“The Shape of Water”) has signed on to write the contemporary economic drama “Hillbilly Elegy” based on J.D. Vance’s bestselling memoir of the same name. Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins will produce.

The story follows Vance’s growing up in the Rust Belt and the everyday struggles of America‚Äôs white working class as they navigate through drug addiction, and social and economic challenges. After enlisting in the Marine Corps and serving in Iraq, he graduated from Ohio State University and Yale Law School. He joined CNN as a political contributor last year. [Source: The Tracking Board]

Untitled Major Hegar Project
“Divergent” helmer Neil Burger will direct an untitled film based on the memoir by Purple Heart veteran Major Mary Jennings Hegar, with Angelina Jolie circling the lead role. Alice O’Neill and Burger, who work together on Showtime’s “Billions,” penned the most recent of the script.

Hegar earned a Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross for serving three tours of duty in Afghanistan as an elite rescue pilot, flying dangerous search and rescue missions in hot zones, and transporting hundreds of men and women off the battlefield under extreme circumstances. [Source: Variety]

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish says the company is planning a new over-the-top streaming product that will seek to make use of thousands of hours of Viacom’s “library product” and advertising, with the service expected to launch later this year.

Bakish made the reveal during a briefing at an investor conference organized by Morgan Stanley and acknowledges he was being ‘cryptic’. The service is expected to make use of content that has not be licensed to other streaming services which includes content from MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures. [Source: THR]