This week in movie news:
Vin Diesel and Chris Tucker are joining Ang Lee's latest film; Mark Millar's Jupiter's Legacy has a film adaptation in development; The Hunger Games director and writer reteam for The Odyssey; Warner Bros. acquires new sci-fi thriller from the director of RoboCop (2014); and Southpaw will now arrive in theaters a week early.
Furious 7 star Vin Diesel and Chris Tucker (Silver Linings Playbook) are in negotiations to join the cast of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. The film - a big-screen adaptation of the Ben Fountain novel - will be directed by Oscar-winning Life of Pi filmmaker Ang Lee.
Diesel will play a soldier in the ensemble piece, and Tucker will play a movie producer aiming to make a film about the title character (Joe Alwyn) and his fellow soldiers, who survive a battle in Iraq. The two actors join a cast that may include Steve Martin, Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund, all of whom are in negotiations for various roles. Production of the film begins this month.
A film adaptation of Mark Millar's Jupiter's Legacy comic book series is now in development. The source material, which bears no relation to recent box office flop Jupiter Ascending, tells the story of aging 1930s superheroes and the conflict they have with their children. Millar has already seen a number of his works turned into hit films, including Kick-Ass and Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Millar has teamed up with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers) to bring Jupiter's Legacy to the big screen. Meetings are currently underway with writers to adapt the ongoing series. The book debuted in 2013; it was co-created and is drawn by Frank Quitely.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay director Francis Lawrence and writer Peter Craig are reteaming with Lionsgate for a new take on Homer's epic poem The Odyssey. The classic work - which functions as a quasi-sequel to Homer's The Iliad - tells the tale of Greek warrior Odysseus and his long journey home following the events of the Trojan War.
The studio has put the project on the fast track, with production anticipated to begin early next year following completion on the final The Hunger Games film. The Odyssey has already been adapted several times, including a 1997 two-part television event and, albeit loosely, as the Coen Brothers' O Brother, Where Art Thou? starring George Clooney.
Warner Bros. has bought the film rights to sci-fi thriller Mindcorp, based on a short story by Jose Padilha. At this point, plot details are being kept under wraps, but it reportedly involves next-generation mind-body experimentation and a priest responsible for humanity's survival.
Padilha - who previously helmed last year's RoboCop remake - will direct the big-screen adaptation of his own story and co-write the script with newcomer Dwain Worrell. Thus far, Worrell is best known for The Wall, a low-budget thriller acquired by Amazon Studios late last year.
The Weinstein Company has bumped up the released of its upcoming boxing drama Southpaw by a week. The Antoine Fuqua film will now hit theaters on July 24, 2015 instead of its previously announced July 31 release date.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams star in the film, which follows a boxer whose personal life takes an extreme toll during his rise to fame in the ring. Southpaw marks Gyllenhaal's first wide release since his critically acclaimed turn in Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler last year.
Source: The Weinstein Company