Thanks for tuning back into our latest round of development news, fresh (never frozen) from the world of genre-based entertainment. Today, we've got updates on three upcoming films, one starring Kate Hudson, one based on a recently-published graphic novel, and one drawn from a popular smartphone/tablet-centric app. Aaaaand awayyyy we goooooo.....
Blood Moon, the fantasy adventure movie from Ana Lily Amirpour (The Bad Batch), has taken a huge leap forward with some serious talent attaching itself to the project. Kate Hudson (Kung Fu Panda 3), Craig Robinson (Ghosted), and Zac Efron (The Greatest Showman) are all starring in the film, while John Lesher — the Oscar-winning producer behind Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman — is producing through his Le Grisbi banner, Deadline confirms.
The movie, which is expected to start shooting this coming spring, will center around a girl with supernatural abilities, who escapes from a mental hospital in New Orleans. According to the initial report, the plot will take cues from "fantasy-adventure movies of the ’80s and ’90s" and contain an eclectic range of music like heavy metal and Italian techno.
“Lily’s unique vision and poetic style sets her apart from the pack. She is truly one of the most exciting filmmakers working today," Lesher said in a statement provided to Deadline.
Up next, Scott McCloud's 2015 graphic novel, The Sculptor, will be turned into a movie by Warner Bros., with director Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) at the helm, The Hollywood Reporter writes.
Praised by Neil Gaiman as "the best graphic novel I've read in years," The Sculptor is like a mix between the myths of Faust and Pygmalion. The protagonist is David Smith, an artist who sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for unbelievable sculpting talent. However, with only 200 days to live, David must be selective with his projects and agonize over finding the love of his life at the last minute.
Michael Mitnick (The Giver) has been tasked with penning the screenplay.
Lastly and weirdest of all is the movie version of Talking Tom and Friends, which is set to be a mix of live-action and animation, Variety reports.
While it's still in the early stages of development, Assassin’s Creed producer Jean-Julien Baronnet is attempting to do the near-impossible, turn a mobile app into a feature length film. Angry Birds got away with it, but only just.
Talking Tom began as an interactive app (created by Oufit7) featuring the eponymous feline, who could respond to certain inputs and comically animate voice recordings. In 2015, an animated web series, Talking Tom and Friends, premiered on YouTube. To date, the app has 8 million downloads and 350 million current users, bolstering the budding multimedia franchise.
"As one of the most globally-renowned and fastest-growing entertainment companies in the world, we have envisioned a 360-degree strategy that spans far beyond topping the mobile game charts,” said Boris Dolenc, chief product officer for Outfit7. “To date, this includes the internationally-praised CGI-animated Talking Tom and Friends series, strategic partnership on licensing with Alibaba and indoor Talking Tom amusement parks in China, and the upcoming launch of its latest mobile game studio in Barcelona next year. A feature film is the natural next step for Tom.”