Quick News: Gun, BIOS, Spacebound, Special, Not

HBO has come onboard BBC One’s “Gunpowder” three-part mini-series starring Kit Harington. The project will debut on the American cabler and run each night at 10pm from Monday December 18th to Wednesday December 20th. The show will also be available on HBO On Demand, HBO NOW, HBO GO and affiliate portals.

Harington, Peter Mullan, Mark Gatiss and Liv Tyler – who’ve all had roles in HBO and/or CINEMAX shows – star in the J Blakeson-directed story of the famed ‘gunpowder plot’ and Guy Fawkes’ plan to blow up British parliament. Harington is a descendant of Robert Catesby, the central figure in the story, and plays him in the show. [Source: HBO]

In a competitive bidding war, Amblin Entertainment has acquired the Tom Hanks-led sci-fi film “BIOS” and will release the project through Universal Pictures. Miguel Sapochnik (“Game of Thrones”) directs the film from a script by Craig Luck and Ivor Powell.

The story follows a robot on an a post-apocalyptic Earth who was programmed to protect his creator’s dog. Through that, the robot learns about love, friendship and the meaning of life. Filming begins early next year. [Source: THR]

FOX is reportedly developing the single-camera comedy series “Spacebound” that hails from “The Danish Girl” actress Emerald Fennell. Fennell will write and executive produce while Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley will also executive produce and will serve as showrunners.

The series follows an alien who goes on an intergalactic coffee run and finds herself stranded on“the worst planet in the universe: Earth. A group of eccentric friends takes her in and she discovers she might actually be the most functional person in the world. [Source: Variety]

ShivHans Pictures and In Cahoots are teaming to produce “Special,” a biopic of 24 year-old shy, dyslexic college drop-out Anne Burke who, in 1968 during a time of social and political unrest, created The Special Olympics. The event brought thousands of disabled children out of the shadows and ultimately grew into a worldwide phenomenon.

Matthew Scott Weiner will write the script based on his pitch, while Shivani Rawat and Ken Kwapis will produce. [Source: Deadline]

You’re Not Real
“My Dog Skip” and “Ladder 49” director Jay Russell has sold an original horror thriller script “You’re Not Real” to Paramount Pictures and producer Akiva Goldsman. Russell now has an an eye to direct the microbudget creepy tale.

The story follows a young school teacher who reunites with her reclusive, scientific genius grandfather for the first time at his isolated country estate, uncovering disturbing truths about her childhood. Akiva Goldsman will produce. [Source: Deadline]