A new Bruce Lee biopic is in the works; Leonardo DiCaprio to star in multiple personality drama; Will Ferrell to headline new comedy from the writers of Neighbors; Richard Linklater may direct Where’d You Go, Bernadette; Kung Fu Panda 3 lines up co-director; more details on the Judd Apatow produced Pee-wee Herman movie; and Nicolas Cage and more join Oliver Stone’s Snowden cast.
Shannon Lee – daughter of the late screen legend Bruce Lee – has announced that a new biopic based on her father’s life is in the works. The film will reportedly aim to offer a better understanding of Lee’s philosophy and life history, his daughter said.
Bruce Lee’s life has been previously brought to life onscreen, perhaps most notably in the 1993 drama Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. However, this new project is the only one currently in development with direct involvement from Lee’s family and Bruce Lee Entertainment, the company set up two years ago to generate new material based on the martial artist.
Leonardo DiCaprio will star in The Crowded Room as Billy Milligan, the first person to successfully use multiple personality disorder as a legal defense. In the late 1970s, Milligan faced trial for serious felony charges, and his attorneys credited the crimes to several of his 24 personalities.
Jason Smilovic (Lucky Number Slevin) and Todd Katzberg will adapt Daniel Keyes’ 1981 nonfiction novel The Minds of Billy Milligan. DiCaprio – who has circled the project for nearly 20 years – will also produce the film, which does not yet have a director attached.
New Line has acquired new comedy The House, which will star Will Ferrell as a man who teams with his wife to open an illegal casino in the suburbs. Neighbors writers Brendan O’Brien and Andrew J. Cohen will provide the script, with Cohen also making his feature directorial debut with the film.
The studio won the spec script for The House at auction and are planning the film as a mid-budget $40 million release. Production is currently expected to begin in August, with The House hitting theaters in summer 2016.
Fresh off the Oscar-winning success of Boyhood, Richard Linklater may direct Where’d You Go, Bernadette, an adaptation of the 2012 Maria Semple novel. The story centers on an agoraphobic architect and mother – the Bernadette of the title – who goes missing. It is told from the perspective of her teenage daughter.
Semple’s work tells the story in an unconventional way, including e-mails, letters, FBI documents and even an emergency room visit. It’s unclear how the film version will incorporate this approach onscreen, but The Fault in Our Stars writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber adapted the novel for the big screen.
Upcoming Dreamworks sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 has added Alessandro Carloni as a co-director on the film, making his feature directorial debut alongside Jennifer Yuh. Carloni previously served as animation supervisor on the first Kung Fu Panda film and head of story on Oscar-nominated release How to Train Your Dragon 2.
Yuh reportedly requested for Carloni to join her in the director’s seat, presumably in order to keep Kung Fu Panda 3 on schedule for its March 2016 release date. Yuh previously became the first woman to direct an animated film solo with Kung Fu Panda 2 in 2011.
Netflix has released new details on its upcoming Pee-wee Herman film produced by Judd Apatow and star Paul Reubens. The project, titled Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, chronicles “a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger [that] inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday.”
John Lee will make his directorial debut with the film, which is set to enter production this month. Reubens and Paul Rust (Arrested Development) wrote the film, which has yet to receive an announced premiere date.
Nicolas Cage and Lakeith Lee Stanfield have joined the cast of Oliver Stone’s upcoming Snowden. The film – based on Luke Harding’s book The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man – centers on the notorious NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, subject of Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour.
Cage will play a former U.S. Intelligence officer, and Stanfield – most recently seen in Selma – will play a NSA co-worker and friend to Snowden. The actors join an impressive ensemble cast that already includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Snowden as well as Shailene Woodley, Scott Eastwood, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Joely Richardson and Timothy Olyphant. Snowden is set for release this Christmas.
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