Welcome to today's development roundup, where we've got the latest news from Hollywood about all of the genre projects in various stages of development.
First off, Sony has officially picked up a sci-fi spec script from writer/director Jacob Chase. According to THR, Chase's script, called Infinite, "centers on a group of scientist-adventurers that have traveled to outer space, to the deepest of oceans, and now set their sights on their most dangerous expedition: to explore the afterlife."
Infinite, which is being positioned as a prospective tentpole movie, will be produced by Neal H. Moritz (The Fast and the Furious, Total Recall) and Original Films. This is the second of Chase's projects to move forward in a deal. His short horror flick Larry will be adapted into a feature-length project through Amblin, which he is currently attached to write and direct.
Meanwhile, Emma Thompson (pictured above) is attempting to breathe new life into a long-forgotten Hollywood script via the small screen. According to Deadline, the actor-writer is partnering with production company Bad Wolf to work on a potential adaptation of period horror Harrow Alley. A much-ballyhooed script was originally written in the 1960s by three-time Oscar nominee Walter Newman (Cat Ballou, Ace in the Hole, Bloodbrothers) but never made it to the development stage due to a myriad of constraints.
Harrow Alley is "set during the black plague in the 17th century and follows an English town as it deteriorates. It follows the fortunes of two men, likable but lawless rogue Ratsey and well-meaning alderman Harry, who are both trying to survive the dangers of the time." Thompson has been trying to get the project made since the early 2000s, first as a film at Miramax. It is now in "very early stages of development" as a television series over at Bad Wolf, which is backed by HBO and Sky.
Lastly, according to Deadline, director-producer-writer Cheryl Dunye will be adapting and directing Jason Mott's book The Wonder of All Things for Lionsgate. The 2014 novel is "a supernatural story that follows 13-year-old Ava, who discovers her healing powers after saving the life of her friend Wash following a plane disaster at an air show." The book rights were first acquired by Lionsgate four years ago.
Dunye, who co-wrote and directed Stranger Inside for HBO in 2001, has also been directing several episodes of television in recent years, including two for Ava DuVernay's Queen Sugar.