This week in movie news:
A film based on bestseller Let It Snow will hit theaters next year; Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips are producing WWII drama Ghost Army; Kenneth Branagh may direct the Murder on the Orient Express remake; and Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac will co-star in period piece The Promise.
Universal will release Let It Snow - based on the short story collection by John Green (The Fault in Our Stars), Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle - on December 9, 2016. Kay Cannon, writer of the Pitch Perfect series, will adapt the book, which weaves together three love stories that take place during Christmas Eve.
Let It Snow is the first film to claim that December release date, placing it in theaters one week before Star Wars: Rogue One. No word just yet who will direct the film or star in it. In addition to The Fault in Our Stars, a film version of Green's Paper Towns hits theaters this summer; another adaptation, Looking for Alaska, is already in the works.
Warner Bros. has secured film rights for a new World War II drama titled Ghost Army. Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips - who previously collaborated as star and director of The Hangover, respectively - are among the producers on the film, which will be written by Henry Gayden (Earth to Echo).
The film tells the story of a squadron of recruits whose mission was to fool the Nazis into thinking the U.S. had more troops than it actually did. It will be based on the Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles book The Ghost Army of World War II: How One Top-Secret Unit Deceived the Enemy with Inflatable Tanks, Sound Effects and Other Audacious Fakery as well as Beyer's 2013 documentary film Ghost Army.
Kenneth Branagh - whose recent credits include the recent live-action Cinderella and who previously directed the first Thor film - may direct the upcoming remake of Murder on the Orient Express for Fox. Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon are producing the new film, with Michael Green - who's writing the upcoming Blade Runner sequel - onboard as screenwriter.
The story - based on the 1934 Agatha Christie mystery novel - was previously adapted into a 1974 film featuring an ensemble cast that includes Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York. The plot centers on a detective's investigation of the murder of an American tycoon onboard the titular vehicle
Source: The Wrap
Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac will share the screen in The Promise, the latest film from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Terry George (Hotel Rwanda). The film recounts a complicated love triangle set against the backdrop of the end of the Ottoman Empire, with production slated to begin this fall in southern Europe.
Bale will play a Paris-based American journalist against Isaac's brilliant medical student. No word yet on who will play the woman caught between the two men. Bale will next appear in Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups, while Isaac is set to star in such anticipated projects as Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens and X-Men: Apocalypse.
Source: The Wrap