The Tracking Board has confirmed that Ridley Scott will be directing an untitled Battle of Britain project for 20th Century Fox, based on a pitch the studio acquired last year by Matthew Orton.
Set in December 1969, the film follows a newly-formed police unit known as the “SWAT team” as they embark on their first major operation — raiding the Los Angeles headquarters of the Black Panther party.
TNT’s The Alienist has tapped Sean Astin to play Theodore Roosevelt, meanwhile How I Met Your Motheralum Josh Radnor is set to lead NBC’s Drama High cast.
The world of Wizard of Oz is about to get the horror treatment from Hit List alum Mike Van Waes. New Line Cinema recently picked up a pitch tied to the classic 1900 L. Frank Baum from the up and coming screenwriter.
Doug Liman will direct the YA movie, which is based on the first book in Patrick Ness’ best-selling trilogy.
The recent bidding war for Little America, a spec written by British filmmaker Rowan Athale, has been won by Universal. Director Michael Bay is set to produce the project with Platinum Dunes. Athale is also attached to helm the film.
Launch Pad writer and alumni Julia Cooper, who wrote the Phantasmagoria pilot script for this year’s pilots competition, has signed with Laura Leonard and Meredith Bajana of Grandview.
The writing duo of Neil Widener and Gavin James have signed on to pen Lionsgate’s Now You See Me 3. Jon M. Chu, who directed the second installment, is attached to helm the third movie in the magician heist franchise.
Logline: Tasked with finding a game changing take for the sixth Jason Bourne movie, Tom Milton goes deep down the rabbit hole of cracking the story. With the guidance (and abuse) of a professor from his past and Bourne himself, Tom begins workshopping scenes that begin to bleed into real life in unexpected ways.
After being bid on by at least five studios and production companies, Tristar has secured the rights to the book Blood in the Water by Heather Ann Thompson, which arrived in bookstores just yesterday. The book details the 1971 Attica prison uprising.
Emmy-winning director Jill Soloway is looking to add another show to her queue at Amazon. She is currently developing a half-hour musical comedy with former Transparent writer Ethan Kuperberg.
MadRiver Pictures has bought The Plane, an original pitch from spy novelist Charles Cumming. The story is being kept under wraps, but is being described as a high concept action-thriller. Marc Butan will produce with Lorenzo Di Bonaventura.
Photograph 51 is headed from stage to screen – with playwright Anna Ziegler adapting the script from her own source material. Nicole Kidman, who toplined the West End critical favorite, is set to star with the play’s director Michael Grandage set to direct.
The Bridge of Spies trio are looking to reunite for a yet-to-be-titled project about iconic newscaster Walter Cronkite and his role in influencing public opinion about the Vietnam War.
Black Bear Pictures has nabbed the Matthew Orton spec script for Reason of State. The political thriller that is set 24 hours inside 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the British Prime Minister.