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Development news: Colin Trevorrow's Space Opera, Dave Bautista's Body Bags, Brian De Palma's Weinstein horror

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Jun 1, 2018

Leading into the weekend, we’ve got lots of news about three upcoming adaptations: one from a comic series, one from a sci-fi novel, and one from the horrors of real life. Among the players are Jurassic World’s Colin Trevorrow, Guardians of the Galaxy's Dave Bautista, and Carrie director Brian De Palma. A motley crew to be sure, and things only get weirder when we drill down into their projects.

According to Deadline, Catherynne M. Valente’s novel Space Opera is coming to Universal Pictures, with Marc Platt and Trevorrow producing. While the film is still in the most pre- of pre-productions, the tongue-in-cheek property is basically going to be that Rick and Morty episode with the giant flying alien heads. Namely, a giant war masquerading as a talent show, with the losers eliminated from existence. Instead of a scientist and his grandson, Earth sends Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeroes to perform for the fate of all Earthlings.

Also at Deadline is the news that there’s a title for the Bold Films adaptation of Jason Pearson’s Body Bags comic: Dogtown. Starring Bautista as bounty hunter Mack Delgado (who turns out to have a teen daughter - uh oh), the film is getting a screenplay from John Wick 2’s Kyle Ward and is currently scoping out a director.

Ward brings plenty of action experience to the table alongside a knack for tough-guy-cares-for-one-thing stakes. That coupled with Bautista’s comic chops will help bring the Body Bags mix of action-comedy to the screen. “The ambition of Dogtown is to have a Deadpool tone of humor and action,” says producer Gary Michael Walters, “but at its core, Dogtown is a father-daughter love story about a tough man who reconnects with his daughter. That is the spine. We want to make action movies with heart.”

On a less irreverent subject, Indiewire reports that Carrie and Phantom of the Paradise director Brian De Palma will be coming back to horror with a script inspired by Harvey Weinstein. The infamous producer won’t be named in the film, but his sexual crimes will be the subject of the narrative.

“I’m writing a film about this scandal, a project I’m talking about with a French producer,” De Palma said. “My character won’t be named Harvey Weinstein but it will be a horror film, with a sexual aggressor, and it will take place in the film industry.” While the film world processes its real-world horrors through the horror genre, the more fantastical side of the industry seems to be going in a direction steeped with levity - perhaps to balance things out.