The movie rights to David Baldacci’s next fantasy novel have been purchased; Into the Storm gets a release date; Christopher Landon finds his next project; Jennifer Lawrence plans to reteam with her Hunger Games director; a feature film about Mr. Rogers is in the works; and Taylor Swift and Katie Holmes join the cast of The Giver.
Sony has acquired the rights to The Finisher, a yet-to-be-published fantasy novel from author David Baldacci.
Although most will recognize Baldacci’s work in the adult thriller genre – most specifically his novel turned feature film Absolute Power – The Finisher is a young adult novel with a fantasy-heavy focus. Set to release in March of next year, the story follows a young girl named Vega Jane who lives in the isolated village of Wormwood. However, after a friend goes missing, Vega discovers that there are extraordinary secrets outside of her village, and dangerous consequences if she seeks them out.
Aside from acquiring the film rights, Sony has also revealed that Matt Tolmach (Amazing Spider-Man) will produce.
Source: Coming Soon
The found footage tornado thriller Into the Storm (previously titled Black Sky) has found a release date.
Set to hit theaters alongside Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on August 8, 2014, Into the Storm stars Richard Armitage (The Hobbit) and Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead). Armitage plays a widowed father who heads into a tornado “infestation” to rescue his son, and was directed by Steven Quale (Final Destination 5).
While found footage has flourished with horror films like Paranormal Activity, Into the Storm sounds like an intriguing take on the subgenre. We will see how successful it is next summer.
Into the Storm hits theaters August 8, 2014.
Source: Coming Soon
Although the Latin Paranormal Activity spin-off doesn’t hit theaters until January of next year, Paramount is apparently pleased enough with Landon to offer him this unconventional feature. At one point, Etan Cohen was slated to write and direct the feature, but that was almost two years ago. Details regarding the film are slim, but it’s safe to say the film will feature boy scouts battling the undead.
The script for Scouts vs. Zombies, written by Carrie Evans and Emi Mochizuk, made its way onto the 2010 Black List, so there’s obviously something more to it than meets the eye. Landon (who also wrote PA 3 and PA 4) will also do a pass on the script before the film goes into production next Spring.
Universal Pictures has acquired the film rights to John Steinbeck’s East of Eden and are looking for Gary Ross (Seabiscuit) to direct and Jennifer Lawrence to star.
Deadline reports that Ross is looking to shoot the sweeping tale as two films in order to preserve the full breadth of the story. There’s certainly a lot of ground to cover, as the novel spans several decades, ultimately focusing on the ongoing rivalry between twin boys.
Although he was one-and-done with The Hunger Games franchise, Gary Ross apparently likes the Oscar-winning Lawrence. If she is cast, Lawrence will play the boys’ mother, Cathy Ames.
The Little Miss Sunshine directing duo of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris are set to helm a biopic about the life of beloved TV host Mr. Rogers.
The film will be based on the 2006 memoir I’m Proud of You, which was written by Tim Madigan. Madigan formed a close bond with Rogers after interviewing him in 1955, and the PBS host even helped Madigan overcome depression and mend his relationship with his father.
There is another Mr. Rogers feature in the works titled A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, but that film is still in the early scripting phase. Moreover, I’m Proud of You sounds more like a look at Rogers’ impact on society than a straightforward biopic.
The cast for The Giver continues to grow as Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift have now signed on.
Holmes will play the mother of Brenton Thwaites’ character, a young boy who is chosen to become the next “Receiver of Memories.” Jeff Bridges’ character in the film, the titular “Giver,” is responsible for opening the young protagonist’s eyes to the ways of the world.
As far as Taylor Swift’s casting is concerned, we have no word on who she will play. The singer had small roles in Valentine’s Day and the animated film The Lorax.
The Giver hits theaters on August 15, 2014.