News Shorts: February 28th 2018

The Thirst
Boyd Holbrook, the “Narcos” actor who starred as the villain in “Logan” and the hero in the upcoming Shane Black-directed “The Predator,” is in negotiations to star in, write and executive produce the action-thriller “The Thirst”. John Davis (“Game Night”) will produce the film which explores a near future where water is a scarce commodity.

Premium cable network Epix has announced plans to launch a standalone, direct-to-consumer video subscription service. The network’s general manager Monty Sahran made the remarks during a conversation about Epix’s upcoming support for 4K Ultra HD video, which is scheduled to launch this year. No pricing or launch date for a standalone offering has been revealed.

Big Little Lies
Adam Scott is set to reprise his role of Ed Mackenzie, Reese Witherspoon’s cuckolded husband in the second season of HBO’s “Big Little Lies”. In the new season he is forced to confront major challenges in his marriage. Scott marks the first male cast member confirmed to return so far. Andrea Arnold will direct all seven episodes of the new season which airs next year.

No One Saw a Thing
SundanceTV has given a six-episode order to Blumhouse Television’s true crime documentary series “No One Saw a Thing” which examines an unsolved case from the early 1980s in the country’s heartland. A 2019 premiere is planned

A small-town resident was reportedly shot dead in front of about sixty people who continue to deny having seen a crime. The series produced and directed by Israeli documentarian Avi Belkin will examine ‘the corrosive effects of vigilantism in small-town America’.

Battlefield 5
EA DICE’s senior video & media director Randy Evans announced on Twitter that the first trailer for this year’s new “Battlefield” game is in the works with a reveal to come within the next few weeks. [Source: Twitter]

This Red Fire
Stampede Ventures has pre-emptively acquired Nicolina Torres’ yet-to-be published female-driven thriller “This Red Fire”. The story is set in Calliope, Nebraska, and follows small-town sheriff Evie Hartley who arrives to find the entire town murdered – save for two children, missing young siblings. As federal authorities swoop in to search for the perpetrators, the sheriff sets off after the missing siblings.

Someone Great
Gina Rodriguez (“Annihilation,” “Jane the Virgin”) has signed on to star in and produce the Netflix romantic comedy original feature “Someone Great” which will mark the directorial debut of “Sweet/Vicious” creator Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. Rodriguez, Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson, Anthony Bregman and Peter Cron are producing.

The story centers on a woman who, after a heart-wrenching break-up, decides to seek adventure in New York City with her two best friends before she moves across the country for her dream job. Filming aims to begin in April.

The Sun Is Also A Star
Yara Shahidi (“Black-ish”) is in negotiations to star in the film adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s bestselling young adult novel “The Sun Is Also a Star” for Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM.

The story centers on a teenage girl who falls in love with a boy twelve hours before her family is set to be deported to Jamaica. Les Morgenstein and Elysa Koplovitz Dutton will produce. Screenwriter Tracy Oliver (“Girl’s Trip”) is penning the script.

Naked Is the Best Disguise
Studio 8 has picked up “The Imitation Game” scribe Graham Moore’s sci-fi thriller novel “Naked Is the Best Disguise” which will serve as the directorial debut of the Oscar-winning screenwriter. Scoop Wasserstein will produce.

The story is set over the course of one night in a near future in which new technology allows one person’s memories to be extracted and inserted into someone else. An illegal memory dealer is accused of murdering a man who she does not believe she even knows.

Motherless Brooklyn
Bobby Cannavale and Dallas Roberts have scored key roles in the Edward Norton penned and directed noir thriller “Motherless Brooklyn” which is now filming in New York City for Warner Bros. Pictures. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Willem Dafoe, Alec Baldwin, Cherry Jones, Ethan Suplee, Leslie Mann, Fisher Stevens and Michael K. Williams also star.

Cannavale plays Tony Vermonte and Roberts plays Danny Fantl, both characters from the books in the 1950s New York-set film about Tourette-stricken private eye Lionel Essrog (Norton), who tries to solve the murder of his only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis).

Sam Riley, Aneurin Barnard, Anya Taylor Joy and Simon Russell Beale are set to star alongside Rosamund Pike in the Marie Curie biopic “Radioactive” which is being helmed by Oscar nominated “Persepolis” director Marjane Satrapi for Studiocanal, Working Title and Amazon Studios.

The story is based on the 2010 graphic novel by Lauren Redniss about the Nobel Prize winner, her relationship with fellow scientist Pierre Curie (Riley), and the discovery of radium in 1903. Barnard plays scientist Paul Langevin who had an affair with her after her husband’s passing. Filming began in Budapest this week.

Code of Silence
TV producer Tina Mabry (“Queen Sugar”) has been set to adapt the feature “Code of Silence” which is in the works at MWM Studios.

The story is based on Jamie Kalven’s four-part article about Chicago police officer Shannon Spaulding’s experience as a whistleblower and how she, along with her partner and the community, exposed corruption and a cover-up within the Chicago PD.

Goosebumps 2
Sony Pictures has set Madison Iseman (“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”), Ben O’Brien (“Manchester by the Sea”), Caleel Harris (“Think Like a Man”), and Jeremy Ray Taylor (“IT”) have joined the cast of the “Goosebumps” sequel at Sony Pictures, Original Film and Silvertongue Films.

The project is one of multiple iterations in development based on the dozens of books in the series by R.L. Stine which have sold over 350 million copies worldwide. Neal H. Moritz and Deborah Forte are producing.

The Wife
Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to the Alafair Burke novel “The Wife” with plans for Burke to pen a feature film adaptation.

The story follows Angela, a woman who suffered extreme trauma in her teen years and learns that her celebrity husband – a handsome NYU professor with a top-rated podcast and successful consulting firm – may be a sexual predator. When harassment allegations lead to murder, Angela has to confront past personal trauma.

Thunder Road Pictures has acquired film rights to former marine Matthew Betley’s novel “Overwatch” and have set J.P. Davis to pen the script. Basil Iwanyk, Erica Lee, and Braden Aftergood are attached to produce.

The story follows Logan West, a former Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance officer who tracks down an unknown organization searching for an Iraqi artifact that is central to a planned attack in the Middle East that will set the U.S. and Iran at war. This will mark the first book in the series to be adapted into a feature film.

Words On Bathroom Walls
LD Entertainment is planning a film adaptation of Julia Walton’s debut novel “Words On Bathroom Walls” with Thor Freudenthal (“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”) attached to direct from a screenplay by Nick Naveda with filming to begin in April.

The story centers around Adam as he tries to navigate high school life while living with paranoid schizophrenia and battling wild hallucinations. His distracting visions take turns acting as supportive friends one moment and evil foes the next, but an experimental drug trial promises to help hide his illness.

We Are All Monsters Here
“Big Bad Wolves” writer-directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado are teaming to adapt and direct a modern-day vampire thriller feature based on “Bitten” creator Kelley Armstrong’s short story “We Are All Monsters Here”. Jonathan Rubenstein and Ari Daniel Pinchot will produce.

The story follows a collegiate woman who survives the breakout of a vampire virus that only reveals itself at night. With no family to turn to, she is forced to befriend a young girl infected by the virus and both set out on a unique road trip of survival.

Source: Deadline, Variety, THR, Screen, TV Line