News Bits: SFv1, Shah, Rangers, Jobs

The first photo has been released from “Infini” and “Gabriel” director Shane Abbess’ new sci-fi action film “SFv1”. Set in a universe of interplanetary colonization, Kellan Lutz plays a mysterious drifter who teams with an off-world military contractor (Daniel MacPherson) amid a global crisis.

Temuera Morrison, Rachel Griffiths and Bren Foster also star in the film which is currently midway through production in Australia. [Source: THR]

Untitled Shah Project
Melisa Wallack (“Dallas Buyers Club,” “Mirror Mirror”) is set to pen the screenplay for “King of Kings” at Gateway Films with that project currently lining up a director. Terry Stone penned the original treatment and will produce.

The story deals with Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran and explores his often fraught relationship with the United States It also documents the mistakes that set the stage for the Iranian revolution and the rise of religious leader Ruhollah Khomeini. [Source: Variety]

Power Rangers
The Dean Israelite-directed upcoming reboot of the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” franchise is reportedly slated to film between January 18th and April 12th in Vancouver.

Lionsgate and Saban Entertainment will produce the project under the working title ‘SHIRT’ and a January 2017 release date is being targeted. The cast has yet-to-be finalized including the five young actors who portray the iconic Rangers. [Source: CBM

Steve Jobs
Universal Pictures has tweaked its planned release for Danny Boyle’s “Steve Jobs” biopic. Originally slated for a October 9th wide release, it will now only open in New York and Los Angeles on that date. The film will then expand to additional North American markets on October 16th followed by a nationwide opening October 23rd.

Boyle directs the film from Aaron Sorkin’s script and stars Michael Fassbender as the late Apple co-founder. Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston and Michael Stuhlbarg also star. [Source: Variety]