Between July 1st and July 31st, we tracked a total of 19 feature specs out. This is a decline from the specs out the previous month, but it was to be expected with many taking long-awaited vacations, coupled with the bottlenecking we’re seeing in the development chain. However, it’s not the drop-off we anticipated and is still on par with the past month’s numbers.
Directed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana), production for the Universal release has already begun in London with Downey joined by Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Harry Collett and Jim Broadbent.
Keep in mind that while the original MIB was a two-hander starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, the spinoff is being designed as an ensemble piece that is more global in nature, so there’s more casting to come, and sources aren’t necessarily describing Thompson as the co-lead of this film.
The writers of Bad Teacher will make their directorial debut as they team with Rogen and Goldberg’s Point Grey and Good Universe with production to begin in July.
Nanjiani will play a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu who picks up a grizzled cop (Bautista) and gets sucked into his hunt for a vicious killer. Can he survive the chase and keep his five-star rating intact?
Kathryn Bigelow was previously set to direct the film, which once had Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed attached to star. Bigelow is now producing alongside Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and Matthew Budman, as well as director Pablo Larrain’s producing partner Juan de Dios Larraín.
Written and directed by Josh Trank (Fantastic Four), the film will cover Capone’s later years when he was suffering from dementia while in prison.
The British director of Belle and A United Kingdom has been honored with many awards including an MBE from the Queen of England.
Chastain has been in discussions to play Beverly for months, but her team had been waiting to see if she’d receive an Oscar nomination for Molly’s Game, which would’ve upped her quote and likely given her more leverage in any negotiation.
Based on the award-winning Broadway play, the two Oscar-nominated actors will play childhood friends reunited years after leading very different lives.
Directed by Fred Grivois from a screenplay by Matthew Ian Cirulnick, XYZ Films and Sentinel Pictures hoping to start production this fall.
Universal won the bid for the original pitch and treatment co-written by Chastain, who will produce the film along with Maven Pictures. Crazy Rich Asians writer Peter Chiarelli will write the script.
Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson are all returning for the sequel to the 2015 box office hit that put Stallone back in the Oscar race. Creed 2 is scheduled for release on Nov. 21, 2018.
Capsule follows a lonely astronaut who is marooned on his ship billions of miles from Earth. On the verge of starvation, he reprograms the computer AI system to digitally look and sound like a beautiful woman who soon becomes his only companion — until a rescue team shows up with questionable intentions.
Mortensen will play Tony Lip, an Italian-American bouncer who in 1962 was hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), one of the world’s finest jazz pianists, on a concert tour from New York City through the pre-Civil Rights era Deep South.
Evan Peters, Kate Mara, James Van Der Beek also join FX’s 1980s-set drama.
Roach will direct, Fey will produce an adaptation of Howard Means’ book about the fatal 1970 National Guard shooting of protesting students,
Universal won the project in a competitive situation, and Ruben Fleischer will produce and direct from a script written by Girls scribe Murray Miller.
Sean Anders will direct the film, which follows a couple who decide to start a family and adopt through the foster-care system, only to find themselves raising three wild kids who have no interest in being parented.