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Rumble has already attached Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to direct spy thriller “Tin Man” from a script by Seth Lochhead (“Hanna”). The “28 Weeks Later” director is developing “Tin Man” with producer Laura Bickford.
The move comes with Lancaster having a pair of Bold Films titles opening in the fall: Sundance Grand Jury prize winner “Whiplash” at Sony Classics and Jake Gyllenhaal’s crime thriller “Nightcrawler”at Open Road.
Lancaster has hired Jon Shiffman, formerly of Comerica Bank and Media Rights Capital, as the CFO and COO. Stephanie Wilcox, former director of development at Bold, has come on as VP of development and production.
Rumble’s slate is focused on auteur-driven film and TV projects with appeal to a global marketplace. Its first project is “Children of the Gun,” a dystopian parable written by Will Dunn »
- Dave McNary
Hanna screenwriter Seth Lochhead has signed on to write the screenplay adaptation Who Is Jake Ellis? for 20th Century Fox and director David Yates, who became attached to this project back in October.
The story is adapted from the comic book series written by Nathan Edmondson and illustrated by Tonci Zonjic, which follows Jon Moore, Europe's best spy-for-hire, thanks to a mysterious psychic known as Jake Ellis, a man no one else can see but Moore. When a deal goes bad, Ellis must protect Moore using his gifts. The comic book ran for five issues in 2011, when it was nominated for an Eisner Award, and spawned the sequel series Where Is Jake Ellis? in 2012. The adaptation has been compared to the Bourne franchise, making Seth Lochhead a prime candidate to adapt the material.
David Yates is attached to direct, with Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping producing. Ford Lytle Gilmore is exec producing. Chernin Entertainment’s senior VP David Ready, who will oversee the project for Chernin and Jason Young will oversee for Fox.
Based on the original comicbook series written by Nathan Edmondson and drawn by Tonci Zonjic, the story revolves around a former spy on the run who is kept safe by a mysterious man known as Jake Ellis.
Given the similarities to projects like the “Bourne” franchise, it makes sense to bring in someone like Lochhead, a proven scribe in this genre.
Lochhead is currently doing a rewrite on the Sony pic “Shadow of the Colossus,” with Josh Trank attached to direct. In addition, his »
- Justin Kroll
Variety reports that Hanna screenwriter Seth Lochhead has been hired to write the script for the feature adaptation of the Image comic series Who Is Jake Ellis? for Twentieth Century Fox. "Harry Potter" director David Yates will helm the feature, which is being produced by Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping. Written by Nathan Edmonson and illustrated by Tonci Zonjic, the book is officially described as follows: "Jon Moore is the most sought after spy-for-hire in Europe’s criminal world. This is because of Jake Ellis, a psychic man who is invisible to everyone except Moore. When a deal goes bad, the only one who can protect Moore from Europe’s most dangerous criminals is Jake Ellis. No one »
Director Josh Trank is currently prepping his superhero reboot The Fantastic Four, but one of the other projects he is developing is the video game adaptation Shadow of the Colossus, which he signed on to direct back in 2012. The game centers on a man named Wander, who enters a mysterious world in the hopes that a demon can bring his lover back from the dead. He must defeat 16 stone giants before the demon will resurrect the love of his life.
During a recent interview, the filmmaker talked about how he wanted to make this adaptation as soon as he played the game.
""I can't talk about it, but I'll say just one thing: I got 'Ico' as soon as it came out, and I just loved that game so much. I knew immediately when I read that [Team Ico was] making a new one that I wanted to go out and get it »
5 items from 2014
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