“Thorgal,” “Extinction,” “Mirror,” “Haunting” Get Directors

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (“The Lives of Others”) is developing a live-action adaptation of Jean Van Hamme and Grzegorz Rosinski’s French-language fantasy comic “Thorgal” for Pergamon Film. The comic has sold some fourteen million volumes in eighteen languages worldwide.

The comic is set in the Middle Ages and follows the adventures of a mysterious dark-haired child, Thorgal, found and adopted by a Viking chieftain. He grows to be a great warrior, using his skills to battle against powers greater than anything the Vikings could have imagined. [Source: Heat Vision]

Ben Young (“Hounds Of Love”) has been set to direct the sci-fi thriller/drama “Extinction” which James McAvoy is circling for Good Universe and Mandeville Films. Brad Caleb Kane penned the most recent script draft.

The story follows a man haunted by nightmares in which his wife is assaulted, and who becomes a hero when Earth is invaded by an army bent on destruction. McAvoy is being courted to play a father and chief mechanic at a factory who realizes those invading might not be what he expected. [Deadline]

Black Mirror
Jodie Foster is set to direct and Rosemarie DeWitt will star in one of the six episodes of the fourth season of the anthology series “Black Mirror” on streaming giant Netflix. Production kicks off later this year ahead of a 2017 premiere.

Created and written by Charlie Brooker, the series taps into our culture’s collective unease with the modern world and each stand-alone episode is a tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia. [Source: The Live Feed]

Untitled Haunting Love Story
Amazon Studios is developing an untitled spec script with “Chronicles of Narnia” helmer Andrew Adamson attached to direct. Greg Pritikin adapted the script from his own original manuscript.

The film is described as a haunting love story with elements of “Memento” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” Dylan Sellers and Jay Schuminsky are producing. [Source: Variety]