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Film Casting: DAD’S ARMY, WONDER, Stephen Chbosky directing SANTA IS REAL

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Thrill Ride, Wonder, Santa is Real, and other films have all made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change.


Katie Dippold, who wrote Paul Feig’s female buddy action comedy The Heat, is reteaming with the director for Sony’s new Ghostbusters movie.

Dippold has been tapped to co-write the script with Feig for the long-gestating third installment.

Ombra Amore

Joe Dante’s Ombra Amore…has chosen underground Rome as the setting for the vampire-werewolf love story that puts a classical Romeo and Juliet tale into today’s financial-crisis-ridden Italy.

Pete is a werewolf whose pack is a crew of hotheaded financial traders responsible for Italy’s current economic crisis. Maggie is a vampire whose family is a formerly wealthy aristocratic clan brought to bankruptcy by the greedy werewolves. Surrounded by other-worldly troubles, it remains to be seen whether or not their love can survive among the warring families.

Thrill Ride

Fox has bought Thrill Ride, an original idea by Neighbors scribes Andrew Jay Cohen & Brendan O’Brien, which Cohen will direct. The script will be written by Peter Warren and Chernin Entertainment will produce with Cohen & O’Brien. This is a comedy-horror in the vein of This Is The End and Scream. It takes place at a particularly cruel high school where bullying has become the norm. At Senior Night, the school rents out an amusement park for the entire senior class where everyone rides the rides and plays the games as much as they want with no lines and no rules. The only drawback: students start dying on the rides in elaborate ways. All the exits are sealed, and there is a killer on the loose turning all the rides into ways of punishing the bullies and the so called bad people at school. Kids from all different cliques have to band together to figure out who the killer is and how to stop them.

Married Sex

Griffin Dunne is attached to direct Married Sex, an adaptation of Jesse Kornbluth’s new novel which was recently optioned by Chockstone Pictures partners Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz, and Nick Wechsler…Kornbluth will write the script.


Emily Hampshire [will] reteam with…director Sean Garrity for Borealis. The drama follows an unemployed gambler who takes his estranged pot-smoking teenage daughter on a dangerous road trip to Churchill, Manitoba to show her the magnificent Northern Lights — before her vision disorder renders her completely blind. Kevin Pollak and Joey King also star

Santa Is Real

Stephen Chbosky…is on board to helm the project, which will be written by Larry Stuckey (Little Fockers).

Based on an upcoming book by Charles E. Hall and Bret Witter titled Santa Claus Is for Real: A True Christmas Fable About the Magic of Believing

Dad’s Army

Oliver Parker is set to direct a feature adaptation of classic British sitcom, Dad’s Army…The transfer is penned by Hamish McColl (Johnny English Reborn). Bill Nighy will star with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Toby Jones, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon, Mark Gatiss, Blake Harrison, Danny Mays, Bill Paterson, Sarah Lancashire, Alison Steadman and Annette Crosbie.


Kill Your Darlings writer-director John Krokidas will direct Lionsgate’s YA adaptation Wonder.

The film is based on R.J. Palacio’s best-selling 2012 novel

Jack Thorne wrote the screenplay for the film

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Source: Deadline, Hollywoodreporter

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