Jon Chu plans a new dance flick; Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark gets a screenwriter; Melissa McCarthy to headline Tinkerbell; the Steve Jobs biopic moves to Universal; Steve McQueen has two projects in development; and Mel Gibson selects his next directing/acting gig.
Director Jon Chu has sold a new project called Can’t Touch This that is said to be a teenage dance comedy set during the ’90s.
Although Chu has become a hot commodity thanks to his work on G.I. Joe Retaliation, he made a name for himself helming tons of music videos as well as Step Up 2 and Step Up 3. That’s all to say that Chu knows his way around tightly choreographed dance productions, and fans should look forward to this one.
But, Chu is only slated to produce Can’t Touch This and it is unlikely that he will be available to direct any time soon. The director just finished work on Jem and the Holograms and next will helm Now You See Me 2.
Some will remember that Saw scribes Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton were supposed to adapt the spooky children’s stories but the project eventually switched gears. Now it appears August will give his own take before CBS Films tries to find a director.
August seemingly has his pick of litter with the Scary Stories property, which spans a three-book collection of folk tales, urban legends, and ghost stories. However, there’s no guarantee CBS and August won’t just use the Scary Stories name while crafting a story of its own.
Melissa McCarthy is set to star in an untitled comedy adventure based around the Peter Pan character Tinkerbell.
Fox has yet to reveal too much about the project at this point, but we do know that Night at the Museum‘s Shawn Levy is directing and Nicholas Stoller (The Muppets) is writing the script. And obviously with Melissa McCarthy in a leading role, potentially as Tinkerbell, we doubt this will be anything but conventional.
Although there have been plenty of Peter Pan films released throughout the decades, few have actually focused on the character of Tinkerbell (well, okay, there are the many non-theatrically released Tinkerbell features by Disney). That coupled with McCarthy and Stoller’s involvement could make this a comedy adventure worth keeping an eye on.
The Steve Jobs biopic has switched studios from Sony to Universal.
The move comes just a few days after it seemed like the project would be dead in the water. Last we had heard, Christian Bale was out and Michael Fassbender was the latest frontrunner to play the Apple co-founder, but then Sony reportedly pulled the plug on the biopic.
12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen has picked up two new projects.
The first is a heist thriller based on the BBC series Widows. The show follows a group of four widows who come together to complete their dead husbands’ failed robbery. McQueen will write, direct, and produce the film for New Regency.
The Oscar nominee’s other project seeks to tell the tale of Paul Robeson, a famous actor, singer, and Civil Rights activist. Robeson drew a fair bit of flack for his activism and even found himself blacklisted as an assumed Communist. At a recent event, McQueen revealed that he has a strong affinity for Robeson’s story and has wanted to tell his story for a while.
Mel Gibson will direct Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) in the upcoming WWII film Hacksaw Ridge.
In addition to directing, Gibson is also reportedly starring in the film, which will tell the true story of Desmond T. Doss (Garfield). Doss served as a medic during WWII and was awarded the Medal of Honor for saving 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa. What makes Doss’ story even more unique is that he refused to bear arms during the War.
Hacksaw Ridge has been in development for several years now (and under several different titles), but it appears the film is finally getting off the ground. It will mark Gibson’s first directorial feature since Apocalypto in 2006.