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Development: Aja and Raimi on Crawl, Disney begins The One and Only Ivan, IDW has a change at the top

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May 1, 2018, 4:51 PM EDT

Horror maestro Sam Raimi is set to team up with Alexandre Aja for the new film, Crawl. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Aja (Piranha 3D, Horns) will direct the film, with Raimi producing alongside Craig Flores and Paramount

Described by THR as a "self-contained thriller," Crawl is no doubt hoping to continue the momentum of Paramount's success with the self-contained thriller, A Quiet Place. That film (with a small budget of $17 million) continues to be a success, earning a $148.5 domestic gross (as well as $87 million internationally) so far. Thanks to strong reviews and very strong word of mouth, those numbers are only growing.  

Crawl is already in pre-production, and features a script that features a young woman who finds herself trapped in a house during a Category 5 hurricane. The house is also flooding, and located in Florida — so the young woman has to deal with all kinds of aquatic (and non-aquatic) predators possibly swimming in and out of the house she is trapped in. The script was written by Shawn and Michael Rasmussen, along with Aja. 

(Via: The Hollywood Reporter)


Disney announced today that they have begun production on an adaptation of the award winning book, The One and Only Ivan. It will be directed by Thea Sharrock (Me Before You) and produced by Angelina Jolie (Maleficent, Girl Interrupted). 

According to Disney's press release, the movie will be "a live-action/CG hybrid adaptation" of the original children's book by Katherine Applegate. The screenplay was written by Mike White (School of Rock), and deals with "a uniquely talented gorilla" and a cadre of other animals sharing a habitat within a shopping mall. Applegate received the Newberry Medal for the book in 2013. 

The film will star Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Isle of Dogs), Ramon Rodriguez (Iron Fist), Arianna Greenblatt, Indira Varma (Game of Thrones, Rome) and Eleanor Matsuura (Wonder Woman). It will also feature the voices of Jolie, Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Iron Man 2), and Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project).

Not enough? This already luminous voice cast just recently added the talents of Helen Mirren (The Queen), and Danny DeVito (Matilda, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Batman Returns).


Finally today, comics giant IDW Publishing has done some reshuffling at the top. According to Comic Book Resource, John Barber will be the new Editor-in-Chief. He succeeds Chris Ryall, who filled the position from June of 2004 to March 2018. 


Aside from Barber, Anita Frazier has come aboard IDW as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. 


Barber is no stranger to IDW, having helped to transform the publisher's Transformers title into one of their more popular comics. Other titles that he has worked on include Back to the Future, Action Man, and a recent entry in the comic digest Star Wars Adventures

Saying via statement that he has worked with "some of the best creators in comics" as well as some of the best characters, he is now "looking forward to being able to bring those together in new and dynamic ways."