8 May 2013 4:55 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

The studios are on the hunt for talented filmmakers, and the next one to make the jump is Jeff Nichols, director of Take Shelter and Mud, who I interviewed a few weeks ago. Deadline is reporting that Nichols has lined up a currently unnamed project at Warner Bros, with Jeff Robinov at the studio behind the deal. They're already saying "it will begin production in February", but don't provide any info on what or who or even the title. That said, we can assume almost with an absolutely certainty that Michael Shannon will be starring in it, though the rest of the details we're trying to piece together from bits of quotes around the web. While the news on Deadline is very sparse, our friends at SlashFilm report: "We know that Nichols has been writing one film called Midnight Special, which he has called a sci-fi picture inspired by John Carpenter »

- Alex Billington

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