Birds of Prey gets a release date, CBS has greenlit a supernatural cop drama; while a horror thriller set in the Los Angeles music scene is getting distributed in this edition of SYFY WIRE's development roundup.
First up, mere days after learning that Birds of Prey, the upcoming all-female superhero team-up movie from Warner Bros., might soon get its cast, the studio has announced its release date.
Cathy Yan is directing, with Margot Robbie reprising the role of Harley Quinn, which she first played in Suicide Squad. Sue Kroll, Robbie and Brian Unkeless are producing.
The film will focus on Quinn assembling a team of superheroes including Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya, to fight an evil crime lord.
Reports have it that Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Cristin Milioti, Sofia Boutella and Margaret Qualley are all in consideration for the role of Huntress, while Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Jurnee Smollett-Bell are rumored to be on the shortlist to play Black Canary. A second round of actresses are reported to test for roles this week.
Next, CBS is developing Far Rockaway, a supernatural cop drama written by David Wilcox (Bull), SYFY WIRE has learned. CBS Television Studios is developing the series in association with Secret Hideout (Star Trek: Discovery).
Based on the Spanish show Estoy Vivo, Far Rockaway centers on a workaholic NYPD detective killed in the line of duty who’s granted a second chance to return to earth in the body of another cop to bring his killer to justice and heal the fractured family he left behind.
Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin from Secret Hideout are executive producing along with Wilcox. Aaron Baiers will co-executive produce.
Meanwhile, SP Releasing has acquired the rights to High Voltage, a horror thriller about a struggling rock band and their undead and murderous lead singer, Deadline has revealed.
The film, written, produced and directed by Project Greenlight creator Alex Keledjian, stars David Arquette, Allie Gonino, Perrey Reeves and Luke Wilson. Michael D. Jones, Ryan Gibson, Dwjuan Fox and Mitch Waxman are producing.
Originally called Hollow Body, High Voltage centers on a struggling rock band led by a washed-out rock star (Arquette) who strikes a deal with a sketchy record executive (Wilson). But tragedy – and lightning – strike the band’s lead singer Rachel (Gonino) and her controlling stage mother Barb (Reeves), killing them both.
But Rachel is brought back to life, now possessed by her dead mother’s spirit. With lightning now coursing through her veins, she uses her new powers to drain the life from men — which she then uses to provide electrifying stage performances. When her bandmates discover her secret, they need to decide how badly they want the band to succeed — and how much murder to which they’re willing to turn a blind eye.
High Voltage is slated to hit theatres on October 19.