Sony Pictures has picked up the rights to one project that is currently in the scripting stage - and another that hasn't even made it that far yet. The former is Singularity, the latest sci-fi venture from Roland Emmerich; the latter is the covert thriller Shadow Runner, which is being envisioned as a starring vehicle for Thor's Chris Hemsworth.
Hossein Amini (the upcoming releases Drive and 47 Ronin) developed the pitch for Shadow Runner; by sheer coincidence (it seems), the Oscar-nominated screenwriter was also recently brought onboard to rework the script for Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman, which Hemsworth will star in.
Deadline says that Sony has set a May 17th, 2013 release date for Singularity, which marks the latest writing collaboration between Emmerich and Harald Kloser (2012, 10,000 B.C.). Other than the implications of its title - which, in scientific terminology, can refer to either a black hole or the theoretical point at which artificial intelligence becomes greater than human intelligence - virtually nothing is known about the sci-fi flick.
Shadow Runner, by comparison, is supposedly inspired by a real-life incident involving an Israeli hit squad that tracked down a Hamas leader accused of murdering soldiers and collecting weaponry from Iran. The purported terrorist was eventually found and killed in a five-star hotel in Dubai.
According to Deadline, however, Amini's film won't attempt to recreate said events - instead, it is being described as a gritty thriller about "an elite team of operatives [led by Hemsworth] who take on impossible tasks."
Moviegoers will get a taste of something new from Emmerich this fall, with Anonymous, his period conspiracy drama about the real artists responsible for the collective works of Shakespeare. Judging by the film's teaser trailer, though, it'll be just as extravagant and souped up a production as one would imagine, coming from the man who literally destroyed the entire world in his last directorial effort. Expect nothing more (or less) from Singularity, be it about deadly black holes or a Terminator-esque tale about man vs. machines.
On the opposite side of things, Amini's Drive has been earning a lot of early positive buzz and praise for being a tense and engaging Noir flick (watch this film clip for a taste of that). That bodes all the better for his Shadow Runner, which looks to join Kathryn Bigelow's Osama bin Laden movie as two upcoming titles that aim to be white-knuckle thrill rides about soldiers on dangerous secret missions.
To reiterate: Singularity is now officially set for a May 17th, 2013 theatrical release date.
We'll keep you posted on the status of Shadow Runner as more information is released.