101 Studios has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Matthew Michael Carnahan-directed and Joe and Anthony Russo-produced “Mosul”. Suhail Dabbach and Adam Bessa star and the film will get a theatrical release in 2020.
The story follows an elite police unit made up almost entirely of native sons of Mosul and their desperate fight, block-by-block, to reclaim their city from ISIS. All of the men bear physical and emotional scars from having lost loved ones to the terror group so they have no shortage of motivation for their thankless heroic job. [Source: Deadline]
“Amelie” director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and writer Guillaume Laurant are re-teaming for the sci-fi comedy feature “Big Bug” at Netflix which Laurant describes as a “story about artificial intelligence… a comedy with robots”. The film will be produced by French production company Eskwad, and distributed by Netflix, filming between April and May next year. [Source: The Playlist]
Screen Gems has preemptively bought Jeff Howard and Andre Owens’ action heist script “Reparations”. The story begins when a lost cache of Confederate gold falls into the wrong hands, so an amateur crew comes together to get the gold and use it to fund long-overdue reparations. A search for a director is currently underway. Craig Flores (“Crawl”) will produce. [Source: Deadline]
Larry Sher (“The Hangover,” “Joker”) has come aboard the Dwayne Johnson-led “Black Adam” film as cinematographer. Sher recently did additional photography on Johnson’s “Jungle Cruise” movie at Disney. Adam Sztykiel penned the script for the film opening December 22nd 2021. [Source: Twitter]
Untitled Weir-Lord-Miller Project
Filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller are teaming with “The Martian” author Andy Weir to develop an original idea into a feature for Universal Pictures and Genre Films. Story details are being kept under wraps but is described as a problem-solving science fiction adventure. The group will set a screenwriter quickly. [Source: Deadline]