McG is set to produce an adaptation of Aaron Karo’s high school-set romance novel Galgorithm. The rom-com, which has been favorably compared to the works of John Green, has been pitched as Hitch meets high school.
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It seems that Kathy Bates is getting into the holiday spirit, or rather spirits, joining Billy Bob Thornton’s drunken mall Santa in Bad Santa 2. Mean Girls helmer Mark Waters is directing the dark comedy sequel, which picks up where things left off since the raunchy 2003 holiday hit.
Oscar Isaac has entered talks to lead Paramount’s political thriller A Foreigner, which is being helmed by Me and Earl and the Dying Girl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. Chris Terrio scripted the pic, which is based on David Grann’s 2011 New Yorker article A Murder Foretold.
Stone was initially attached, but originally had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts. Brie Larson was approached to fill the role, but now Stone has come back into the fold. Stone will star as tennis pro Billie Jean King in the sports drama, opposite Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs.
Kaluuya will star as a young African-American man who visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, to be played by Girls star Allison Williams. Jason Blum is producing under his Blumhouse banner, along with QC Entertainment’s Sean McKittrick and Edward H. Hamm Jr.
Leading man Chris Hemsworth has possibly found his next franchise, as numerous sources report that the Thor and The Huntsmen star is circling hot spec Allan Quatermain. Sources also say that CAA is working to package the buzzy franchise-starter with an A-lister, Hemsworth being the prime candidate.
The Silicon Valley star will lead the action/comedy, which follows a dysfunctional couple whose streak of bank robbing comes to a halt when they break up the night before their biggest heist ever.
Brothers-in-law Casey Affleck and Joaquin Phoenix have found their next collaboration, set to team on the 1916-set western Far Bright Star. Affleck, who previously directed Phoenix in the 2010 documentary I’m Still Here, will make his narrative directorial debut on the project.
Daddario takes on the female lead opposite Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson. The pic follows a seasoned lifeguard who becomes partnered with a young hotshot to save the beach from an environmental disaster.
Emma Stone is now attached to star in Love May Fail, an adaptation of the novel by Matthew Quick, who authored Silver Linings Playbook. Mike White scripted the feature, which has now made its home at TriStar when it was initially at Columbia Pictures.
Based on the series of books written by T.A. Barron, The Merlin Saga follows the early years of the iconic wizard, long before he helped King Arthur. Gil Netter is producing the fantasy epic, which is intended to start a new franchise akin to Harry Potter.
Cell 7 is set in a world where a reality TV show has replaced the criminal justice system. Written by YA author Kerry Drewery, the novel is an exciting new title on the rights market, presenting a powerful new look at the death penalty.
The film will serve as a remake of the 1953 film of the same name, which was an adaptation of Georges Arnaud’s novel. The story follows a group of desperate men who are hired to transport a shipment of highly explosive nitroglycerin across the jungle.
Emerging star Nat Wolff has just been tapped to lead the independent thriller Rosy, in a move that is a far cry from his notable roles in The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns.
Matthew McConaughey has entered preliminary talks to take on The Dark Tower, an adaptation of Stephen King’s vastly popular horror/fantasy series. Sony wants the Oscar winner to star as the villainous Walter Padick, also known as the Man in Black.
Game of Thrones star and future Aquaman Jason Momoa has been tapped to star in Frontier, a new western drama set up at Netflix. Brad Peyton, who helmed this year’s disaster actioner San Andreas, is directing all six episodes of the first season, which is scheduled to premiere at some point in 2016.
It looks like Robert De Niro’s longtime passion project The Comedian is moving forward, tapping Jennifer Aniston to star. Taylor Hackford is directing the drama, with intentions to shoot in early 2016 in New York.
John Travolta is the latest to join the growing cast of Goldove Entertainment’s action/thriller Little Mizz Innocent. Travolta’s role in the thriller is being kept under wraps, though the story follows a seemingly innocent UN interpreter (Olga Kurylenko), who is pulled into a war between the FBI and a criminal dynasty.
The crime thriller is inspired by Gomez-Rejon’s experiences growing up in Laredo, Texas. Waypoint Entertainment, the shingle behind Shane Black’s The Nice Guys and Gus van Sant’s The Sea of Trees, is producing.
The Social Network star Abhi Sinha has been cast in James Wan’s Conjuring sequel, set to play Harry Whitmark. In the film, Sinha’s character will assist two paranormal investigators that work alongside the Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga’s Ed and Lorraine Warren.
Kay Cannon, perhaps best known for scripting Universal’s hit Pitch Perfect series, is gearing up to make her directorial debut on the Seth Rogen-produced comedy The Pact. The pic follows three parents who set out to prevent their daughters from losing their virginities after they discover their daughters made a pact to lose their V-cards on prom night.
Scott Eastwood has been tapped to star in Ben Affleck’s crime drama Live By Night. Eastwood, who previously worked with Affleck on Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad, will play the brother to Affleck’s character in the studio’s prohibition-era drama.
It’s neck and neck this weekend between Bond and Brown as Spectre and The Peanuts Movie battle for the coveted top spot. Though Spectre didn’t perform as well as its predecessor Skyfall and has received mixed reviews, we’re betting that ole 007 has enough juice to carry in another win.
Set 20,000 years ago during the ice age, The Solutrean follows a young man’s brave journey to reunite with his tribe, facing harsh conditions and treacherous terrains. Dan Wiedenhaupt scripted the big budget adventure, based on an idea by Albert Hughes.
Cate Blanchett has entered into advanced talks to star in Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, an adaptation of the Maria Semple-penned bestseller. Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures is producing, along with Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force.
David S. Goyer has just picked up buzzy scribe Max Landis’ latest script, the psychological drama Deeper. Goyer will produce under his Phantom Four banner, along with Addictive Pictures. Sources report that Phantom and Addictive beat out others clamoring for the project, as Landis has quickly established himself as a hot, up-and-coming talent.
Universal’s steamy Fifty Shades Of Grey franchise is heating up, with James Foley officially coming on board to direct the sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.
Broad Green Pictures is continuing their push into developing in-house projects, picking up John Lahr’s Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage Of The Flesh with sights to adapt. The biopic will center on the life of the famed playwright, who wrote iconic works such as A Streetcar Named Desire.
Transparent’s Amy Landecker has joined the cast of Marvel’s upcoming supernatural superhero epic Doctor Strange. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the titular superhero, along with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, and Mads Mikkelsen.
Eric Heisserer and Jon Spaihts have been tapped to co-write Universal’s Van Helsing reboot, which will serve as an entry in the studio’s revamped monster universe. Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are producing the pic.