Rialto Pictures has acquired film rights to Idris Elba’s directorial debut “Yardie” and have set a March 15th theatrical release. The 1970s and 1980s-set crime drama revolves around the intertwined worlds of the Jamaican narcotics syndicates and the music industry. Aml Ameen and Shantol Jackson co-star. [Source: Deadline]
Charles Burnett (“To Sleep With Anger”) is attached to direct “Steal Away” at Amazon Studios. Andy Froemke’s script deals with the daring theft and escape of Robert Smalls, a slave in 1862 Charleston who stole a paddlewheel steamer. Cotty Chubb and George Plamondon are producing. [Source: Deadline]
F is for Family
Netflix has ordered a fourth season of its animated comedy “F Is for Family”. The show follows the Murphy family, an Irish-American clan living in the 1970s, a time when political correctness was the last thing on people’s minds. Laura Dern, Justin Long, Debi Derryberry, Haley Reinhart, and Sam Rockwell provide voices on the series which launched its third season in November. [Source: Variety]
Warner Bros. Pictures has set Gina Rodriguez to star in the title role in “Bobbie Sue” and have set Charles Stone III to direct. Filming aims to begin later this year.
The story follows a woman who was raised among five rowdy brothers in blue-collar South Boston. Now a scrappy, headstrong young lawyer, she realises she’s been hired under false circumstances. When she learns of the corrupt actions of her new client, she decides to take both her and the law firm on, caution and etiquette be damned. [Source: Variety]
Netflix has set actor-dancer-model Ava Michelle to star in the title role in Nzingha Stewart’s high school comedy movie “Tall Girl”. Sabrina Carpenter, Steve Zahn, Paris Berelc, Clara Wilsey, Rico Paris and Angela Kinsey co-star and shooting is underway in New Orleans.
The story follows the tallest girl in her school who has never quite felt comfortable in her own statuesque skin, but that changes when she falls for the handsome (and equally tall) foreign exchange student Stig (Luke Eisner) who is staying with Jodi’s quirky, best, male friend Dunkleman (Griffin Gluck) and his hippie mom. Sam Wolfson penned the script. [Source: Deadline]
A Million Little Things
Former “The Walking Dead” star Chandler Riggs has booked a multi-episode arc on ABC’s new drama “A Million Little Things”. Riggs will play PJ, a young man Rome (Romany Malco) meets and one who has had some dark days. Their encounter proves meaningful to both of them in ways each of them doesn’t even fully realize at the time. [Source: TV Line]