Gina Prince-Bythewood

Development round-up: Cloak & Dagger’s Gina Prince-Bythewood to direct The Old Guard, movie version of YA novel Legend still in the works

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Jul 27, 2018

In today's development round-up we have news on the comic book movie The Old Guard finding its director, an update on the big-screen adaptation of YA novel Legend, as well as the release of a post-apocalyptic thriller titled What Still Remains coming next month.

Firstly, let’s get down to The Old Guard. The movie version of the graphic novel by Greg Rucka and artist Leandro Fernandez has found an exciting helmer in the form of Cloak & Dagger director Gina Prince-Bythewood, according to Omega Underground.

Prince-Bythewood certainly seems to be in demand at the moment, as it's not the only cool project she has going on right now. She's also attached to direct Spider-Man spinoff Silver and Black, although that one is currently stuck in development.

The Old Guard tells the story of a group immortal soldiers, who are led by a woman called Andy, aka the Andromache of Scythia. With no explanation as to why they can’t die, the soldiers go about offering their services to those who can afford them, although the whole living forever thing gets a bit harder to hide as they go into the 21st century. Per the report, Skydance will produce the project, hoping to start shooting this fall in time for a 2019 release.

Next, for any fans of Marie Lu's dystopian sci-fi YA novel Legend, we have some good news. The long-suffering film adaptation has changed hands from CBS films to BCDF Pictures, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It was first acquired all the way back in 2011, with Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) expected to direct. Although there is no start date or new director attached yet, BCDF has tasked Joseph Muszynski with writing the script, so it sounds as though it’s still coming together.

The book (which has sold 3 million copies) is set in a Hunger Games-esque future where the Republic of America, a police state located in the Western United States, has waged war against its eastern neighbor, the Colonies of America, since its creation in 2054. Expect lots of big-screen action as the two young protagonists fight against the Republic.

Lastly, an intriguing new post-apocalyptic thriller, What Still Remains, is headed to select theaters and VOD next month, Deadline reports. From writer/director Josh Mendoza, the movie tells the story of a young woman (played by Lulu Antariksa) who is struggling to survive in a world that has been ravaged by diseases and monsters.

However, things go from bad to worse when she meets a lone traveler who invites her to join his tribe, and she wishes she'd been left to fend for herself. The movie is said to be getting a limited theatrical run at the Laemmle Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills starting Aug. 10; after that it will be available on VOD by Aug. 14.

Are you excited about any of these projects? Let us know in the comments below.

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