News Shorts: April 11th 2019

News Shorts April 11th 2019

Hillbilly Elegy
Glenn Close will join Amy Adams in Ron Howard’s Netflix feature “Hillbilly Elegy” based on J.D. Vance’s best-selling memoir of the same name. Vanessa Taylor (“The Shape of Water”) penned the script.

The story follows three generations of an Appalachian family as told by its youngest member. J.D. must navigate the complex dynamics, including his volatile relationship with his addict mother Bev (Adams) and fueled by memories of his resilient and whip-smart grandmother (Close). [Source: THR]

Good Joe Bell
Mark Wahlberg, Connie Britton and Reid Miller are set to star in Reinaldo Marcus Green’s drama “Good Joe Bell” which hails from celebrated screenwriters Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry (“Brokeback Mountain”)

Wahlberg will play real-life Oregonian father Joe Bell, who sets out on a walk across the United States with his son, Jadin (Miller). Filming begins April 15th in Utah. [Source: Variety]

Untitled Pete Davidson Feature
British actress Bel Powley has signed on to play the female lead in the Judd Apatow-directed and Pete Davidson-led untitled comedy feature at Universal Pictures. Davidson, who grew up in Staten Island, lost his firefighter father in the 9/11 attacks and started performing stand-up comedy at the age of 16. The film opens June 19th next year. [Source: Variety]

The Righteous Gemstones
Walton Goggins (“Justified”) will re-team with his “Vice Principals” co-star Danny McBride on the new HBO comedy series “The Righteous Gemstones”. The series follows a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work.

Goggins is set for a recurring role as Baby Billy, a former child star who clogged and sang for Jesus. As an aging man, he’s fallen on hard times and comes to the Gemstones for salvation. John Goodman, Edi Patterson, Adam Devine, Cassidy Freeman, Tony Cavalero, Tim Baltz and GregAlan Williams co-star. [Source: Deadline]

Aaron Eckhart is set to lead the conspiracy thriller “Wander” which April Mullen is directing from a script by Tim Doiron. Shooting is slated to begin this June in New Mexico.

The story centers around Arthur Bretnik (Eckhart), a mentally unstable private investigator, who, after being hired to probe a suspicious death in the small town of Wander, becomes convinced the case is linked to the same ‘conspiracy cover up’ that caused the death of his daughter. [Source: Deadline]

Killer’s Game
Dave Bautista is attached to star in “Disturbia” and “Eagle Eye” director DJ Caruso’s action-thriller “Killer’s Game” for STXfilms. Based on Jay Bonansinga’s 1997 novel, Steve Richards and Andrew Lazar will produce the long-gestating adaptation.

The story follows a veteran hitman named Joe Flood who is informed by his doctor that he has only a few months to live, so he puts out an open contract on his own life. He soon discovers that the lab made a mistake and he’s actually in perfect health – forcing him to battle an army of assassins out to kill him. [Source: Collider]

On the Rocks
Marlon Wayans will join Bill Murray and Rashida Jones in Apple-A24’s first film “On the Rocks” which hails from Oscar-winning director Sofia Coppola. Jones plays a young mother who reconnects with her larger than life playboy father (Murray) on an adventure through New York. The film will lense in New York. [Source: Deadline]

Oakhurst Entertainment has acquired “Hell Fest” scribe Seth Sherwood’s horror thriller “Boyfriend”. Sherwood will also direct the film which aims to begin shooting this summer. The story follows a bullied teen girl who creates an imaginary perfect boyfriend to impress others… but her dream turns to a nightmare when he becomes real. [Source: Deadline]

Red, White, Royal Blue
Amazon Studios and Berlanti Productions have won an auction for the Casey McQuiston novel “Red White & Royal Blue” with Ted Malawer set to adapt the story of an unexpected power couple romance – between the U.S. First Son Alex and Prince Henry of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends. [Source: Deadline]

Hadrian’s Wall
Kyle D. Higgins is attached to write and direct the film adaptation of the interstellar noir comic “Hadrian’s Wall” which hails from Gunpowder & Sky’s Dust.

The story is set a century in the future and follows Simon Moore, a pill-popping detective, as goes to a distant survey ship to investigate the suspicious death of his ex-wife’s new husband amid the backdrop of a cold war between Earth and her distant colony. [Source: Heat Vision]

Set Photos
A bunch of set photos have popped up online in the last day or two including shots of Michael Gandolfini and Jon Bernthal on the set of “The Sopranos” prequel film “Newark,” shots of Margot Robbie and Rosie Perez filming “Birds of Prey,”