Pitch Perfect, Insidious: Chapter 3, 6 Miranda Drive, 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.
Pitch Perfect 2 (Universal Pictures)
Hailee Steinfeld is set to join the cast of Universal and Gold Circle’s “Pitch Perfect 2.”
Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow are set to reprise their roles with Elizabeth Banks directing the pic.
Adam DeVine is returning for the upcoming sequel
Insidious: Chapter 3 (Focus Features)
Focus Features and Blumhouse Productions set original Saw director Leigh Whannell to helm Insidious: Chapter 3.
Ink And Bone (Dimension Films)
Evan Daugherty has been set by Dimension Films to make his feature directorial debut on Ink And Bone. The Weinstein Company genre arm last year bought the project as a spec script by Zak Olkewicz. Daugherty will do a rewrite before helming it. In Ink And Bone, a female book editor visits the home of a horror writer so she can coax him to complete his novel. She discovers that all of his creations are holding him hostage.
6 Miranda Drive (Blumhouse Productions)
Ming-Na Wen (The Joy Luck Club, Stargate, ER) has joined the cast of 6 Miranda Drive… Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell are set to star in the film about a family that unwittingly brings a supernatural force home with them from their vacation to the Grand Canyon…Wolf Creek and Wolf Creek 2 helmer Greg McLean wrote and is directing the pic
Lucy Fry is going from Vampire Academy to the spooked suburbs in 6 Miranda Drive…Fry has been cast as Stephanie, the family’s bright and introverted teenage daughter.
Trian Long-Smith…[will] play Sammy Levin, the savvy, bright and flirtatious intern working for Bacon’s character.
Latitude (Relativity Media)
Relativity Media has hired writer Ronnie Christensen (Passengers, Dark Tide) to script Latitude, which the studio is developing with Marcel Langenegger set to direct.
John Krasinski has lined up The Hollars as his next directing effort…he has enlisted Anna Kendrick, Richard Jenkins, and Margo Martindale to join him. Krasinski also will star in the lead as John Hollar, an aspiring NYC artist who takes his girlfriend (Kendrick) back to his Middle America hometown on the eve of his mother’s (Martindale) brain surgery. There he’s forced to navigate the crazy life he left behind as his dysfunctional family, high school pals, his father (Jenkins), and his over-eager ex flood back into his life ahead of the operation.
A Higher Call
screenwriter John Markesano has been tapped to adapt true story WWII tale A Higher Call for Oscar-winner Tom Stoppard (Empire of the Sun, Shakespeare In Love) and Solipsist Films. Adam Makos wrote the 2012 NY Times bestseller nonfiction tome A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II, about the unlikely December 1943 incident that occurred in the skies above Europe between American Lieutenant Charlie Brown and German ace fighter pilot Franz Stigler. As the highly unusual historical event goes, Stigler opted not to shoot down Brown’s crippled B-17 bomber and instead escorted Brown and his heavily wounded crew to safety. The two men reunited decades later.
The Longest Ride
Britt Robertson is set for a lead role in Fox 2000’s Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride….[Britt Robertson] will play Sophia Danko, the college student who falls for a young cowboy while elsewhere a 91-year-old man trapped in a crashed car reflects on the love of his life in Sparks’ dual-romance saga. Scott Eastwood was cast last week in the Luke Collins role opposite Robertson. George Tillman Jr. is directing the film from a script by Craig Bolotin
The Insect King
Melissa George is attached to star in coming-of-age tale The Insect King. Written and directed by first-time feature helmer Priscilla Cameron, the film will kick off sales via 108 Media in Cannes next week. The story follows a motherless 13-year-old boy who falls in love with an exotic 40-year-old badgewoman only to discover that he is in competition with his father for her affections…Insect King also stars Taika Waititi (Green Lantern) and Australia’s Sophie Lowe (Autumn Blood, Beautiful Kate).
Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick will star in Mr. Right, with Tokarev helmer Paco Cabezas directing a script by Chronicle scribe Max Landis. Kendrick will play a woman whose bad luck streak at finding lasting love seems to end when she meets Mr. Right. That’s until she discovers he is a reformed hit man. When his dark past catches up, their fledgling relationship is tested as they try to save one another.
A Slight Trick of the Mind
Laura Linney is set to star for her Kinsey and The Fifth State director Bill Condon in A Slight Trick of the Mind, adapted from Mitch Cullin’s 2005 novel. The story follows an elderly Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) as he recalls his life and the unsolved case that forced him into retirement to his housekeeper and her young son. Linney will play housekeeper Mrs. Munro, with UK actress Hattie Morahan (PBS’ Bletchley Circle) also joining the cast. Jeffrey Hatcher (The Duchess, Casanova, Stage Beauty) scripted
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