Quickies: Marigold, Candy, Patient, Skypemare

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2
Richard Gere is being courted to star in the sequel to 2011’s sleeper hit “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” at Fox Searchlight. Gere would play a new role in the film when shooting begins early next year

Original cast members Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton and Maggie Smith are expected to return. [Source: Deadline]

Candy Store
Worldview Entertainment is set to finance and produce Stephen Gaghan’s action thriller “Candy Store” which begins filming next year.

The story is set in the criminal underworld of Brooklyn and follows a former operative (Jason Clarke) who discovers the global organization he fought is now in his backyard. [Source: Screen Daily]

Patient Z
Screen Gems has bought “Dark Summer” director Mike Le’s zombie thriller script “Patient Z”. Vincent Newman will produce.

Set during a zombie apocalypse, the story a man who has the ability to speak with the undead and hopes to use his gift to discover a cure for his infected wife. [Source: The Wrap]

John Fitzpatrick’s short film “Skypemare” premiered to thunderous applause at LA’s Screamfest earlier this month, and its now online in full – but only for the next day or so.

Set on Halloween night, the story follows Allison (Cerina Vincent) who is Skyping with her best friend Jenna (Annika Marks) when she witnesses something terrifying that unfolds on both sides of her computer screen.