Quick News: Widows, Kombat, Run, Pieces, LeBron

Quick News Widows Kombat Run Pieces Lebron

“Shame” and “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen’s female-led heist movie “Widows” has been announced as the opening night gala film of this year’s BFI London Film Festival in October. McQueen helms the film from a script he co-wrote with Gillian Flynn.

Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daniel Kaluuya star in the modern-day Chicago-set story of a gang of armed robbers who are killed in a failed heist attempt, leaving their four widows to finish the job. The film is a remake of the 1980s mini-series of the same name. [Source: Variety]

Mortal Kombat
The other day came an apparent casting breakdown for the long in the works reboot of the “Mortal Kombat” film franchise which has James Wan attached as a producer. The casting list indicated neither Sub-Zero or Scorpion are involved and Raiden is a teenager in the current incarnation.

Now one of the film’s other producers, Todd Garner, has responded to this – neither confirming or denying the report but indicating it is somewhat premature: “Nothing is happening with the movie at this time, so all news is premature. Sorry!”. [Source: Twitter]

Tyson’s Run
Barkhad Abdi, Amy Smart, and Rory Cochrane are set to star in the family drama “Tyson’s Run” for Planet 9 Productions. Kim Bass (“Sister, Sister,” “In Living Color”) is directing from his own script and filming began this week in Atlanta.

The story follows a 15-year-old boy, living with autism, who tries to heal the rift between his parents and the emotional distance from his father by pursuing an athletic dream. [Source: Variety]

Pieces of Her
Producer Bruna Papandrea (“Gone Girl,” “Big Little Lies”) has picked up the screen rights to the upcoming Karin Slaughter novel “Pieces of Her” with her production company Made Up Stories developing the property for TV. Jeanne Snow, Casey Harver and Steve Hutensky will also produce.

The story follows a woman who discovers she doesn’t know everything about her mother when a shooter goes on a rampage in their local mall and her mother is the one who stops him dead, causing her life to unravel. Lesli Linka Glatter (“Homeland,” “Mad Men”) will direct while writer Charlotte Stoudt will help pen. [Source: ]

Untitled LeBron James Project
NBA athlete LeBron James and scribe Steve Mallory (“The Boss,” “Superintelligence”) have sold an untitled comedy pitch to Paramount Players. James, who starred in “Trainwreck” and will soon be seen in the “House Party” remake, is in talks to star in and produce the untitled film. Maverick Carter, Jamal Henderson and Spencer Beighley will also produce. [Source: Variety]