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The New World
Playwright Jeremy O. Harris (“Slave Play”) has signed on to script a film adaptation of Ales Kot’s 2019 graphic novel “The New World” for Warner Bros. Pictures and Populace.

The Image Comics genre-bending sci-fi tale is set in New California after the Second Civil War. The story follows two lovers on different sides of an ideological divide – one an anarchist wanting to take down the state, the other a cop whose adventures are broadcast live as reality TV. [Source: Black Film]

Sony Pictures has pushed back the release of the Kevin Hart-led “Fatherhood” by eight months to January 8th 2021. An adaptation of Matthew Logelin’s “Two Kisses for Maddy,” Hart stars as a dad who is forced to raise a child on his own and finds himself wholly unprepared for the challenge.

The move is said to be a strategic one by the studio and not tied to injuries the actor sustained in a late-summer car accident, but the new slot was chosen in part thanks to the success of the Hart-led “The Upside” last year. Alfre Woodard, Lil Rel Howery, Anthony Carrigan, Melody Hurd, Paul Reiser, Deborah Ayorinde and DeWanda Wise co-star. [Source: Deadline]

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts revealed the nominees for the 2020 BAFTA Awards with Todd Phillips’ “Joker” leading the pack with 11 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. not far behind were “The Irishman” and “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” with ten nominations each while “1917” earned nine and “Jojo Rabbit” took six. The full list of nominees is up at THR.

Patricia Arquette has joined Adam Scott in the Ben Stiller-directed workplace thriller “Severance” at Apple TV+. The story unfolds at Lumen Industries, a company looking to take work-life balance to a new level. Scott portrays Mark, an employee with a dark past who is trying to put himself back together while Arquette will play his boss. [Source: TV Line]