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'Take Me To The River' Director Matt Sobel Makes Studio Leap, Will Helm Ya Adaptation 'The Scorpio Races'

28 September 2015 1:45 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

For every success story like Colin Trevorrow and his billion dollar breaking transition from "Safety Not Guaranteed" to "Jurassic World," there are countless others who couldn't quite make the indie leap. Sometimes it's the scale of the project that's overwhelming or the machinations of studio politics that does them in, but it's not an easy journey to make. However, Matt Sobel is going to give it a try.  Read More: Sundance Review: 'Take Me To The River’ Features Solid Performances In A Genuinely Peculiar Film The indie director who made his feature debut with "Take Me To The River," which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, has been tapped to helm the adaptation of Maggie Stiefvater’s Ya bestseller, "The Scorpio Races." The project has some heavy talent behind it with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg producing, and Jack Thorne ("How I Live Now," "This Is England," "Skins") penning. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Domhnall Gleeson Reteams With ‘Frank’ Director, Jeff Nichols Fills Out ‘Loving,’ and More

27 September 2015 5:34 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Following up Room, it looks like director Lenny Abrahamson will be reteaming with his Frank star Domhnall Gleeson for his next project. The Daily Mail reports they are readying an adaptation of Sarah Waters’ ghost story The Little Stranger to shoot next summer. Set in the 1940’s, it’s said to follow a small-town doctor who treats a family in an 18th century estate. Scripted by Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl), we’re certainly looking forward to the project.

As we wait for Midnight Special to make its debut next year, director Jeff Nichols is already hard at work on follow-up, Loving. After taking on sci-fi, he’s now doing an historical drama, one which follows Richard and Mildred Loving an interracial couple who got married in 1958 and had to fight to keep their union due to opposition. With Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga in the lead roles, Variety reports »

- Jordan Raup

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Matt Sobel to Helm Focus Features’ ‘Scorpio Races’ Adaptation

25 September 2015 2:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Newcomer Matt Sobel has been set to direct Focus Features’ adaptation of the classic novel “The Scorpio Races,” sources confirm to Variety.

Jack Thorne is adapting Maggie Stiefvater’s Ya novel, which was published in 2011 by Scholastic.

Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg are producing via their KatzSmith Productions banner while Jay Ireland is executive producing the pic.

The story takes place on the fictional island of Thisby, where an idealistic young racer and a legendary horse trainer prepare for the annual Scorpio Race, an event where blood-lusting “water horses” and their jockeys race for a grand prize at lethal costs.

Sobel made an impression at this year’s Sundance Film Festival with his drama “Take Me to the River” delivering rave reviews that caught the eye of studio execs. This will mark his first film at a major studio, and there’s a lot riding on the project, given the »

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Matt Sobel Set To Direct ‘The Scorpio Races’ At Focus Features

25 September 2015 11:09 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Matt Sobel, who helmed the Sundance 2015 drama Take Me To The River, has been set by Focus Features to direct The Scorpio Races. Jack Thorne is adapting Maggie Stiefvater’s bestselling Ya novel, which was published in 2011 by Scholastic. Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg are producing via their KatzSmith Productions banner. Jay Ireland is executive producing. The premise sounds like The Hunger Games  — on horseback. It takes place on the fictional island… »

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