We have more news in the world of development today, as horror veteran (and director of the upcoming Aquaman) James Wan has joined an exciting team to adapt a popular YA novel for Netflix, genre legend Ridley Scott is in talks to direct the spy thriller Queen and Country at Fox, and DeWanda Wise has departed the upcoming MCU entry, Captain Marvel.
Deadline is reporting that Wan is now set to work on Netflix's adaptation of Stephanie Perkins' YA smash-hit novel, There's Someone Inside Your House. Shawn Levy's 21 Laps, the company that produces Stranger Things, is also attached.
According to Deadline, Netflix "beat out multiple studios" to acquire the rights to the property, which involves a high school girl whose friends suddenly begin to be violently murdered. Deadline describes it as having a "1980's and '90's slasher movie meets a john Hughes coming-of-age tale." Since Netflix has had such nostalgia-driven success with Stranger Things, it is no strange thing at all that they would want to add this "coming-of-age slasher film" to their stable.
Wan's Atomic Monster is set to produce alongside 21 Laps, but Wan is not set to direct. The screenplay will be written by Henry Gayden, who is responsible for writing the currently-filming Shazam! for the DCEU.
Moving from streaming to the cinema, The Wrap is reporting that Blade Runner legend Ridley Scott is in talks with Fox to direct the spy thriller Queen and Country. Greg Rucka, a legend in his own right, wrote the original Eisner award-winning graphic novel, which was published by Image Comics. Rucka also wrote the Black Magick series for Image, and has contributed extensively to both DC and Marvel over the years.
The story focuses on a top operative in a fictional British Secret Intelligence Service named Tara Chace. If the talks are successful, Scott would produce the adaptation with Fox, alongside Chernin Entertainment. The project has been in development for some time— various drafts of the story have been written by John Rogers, Ryan Condel, Olivia Milch, and even Rucka himself. Ellen Page was attached to star at one point, but The Wrap is claiming that she is no longer involved.
This is the second project of late that the always-busy Scott has been in talks to join— last month it was reported that he was in talks to adapt The Merlin Saga with Disney. It is uncertain at this time if he would be able to work on both projects, but if anyone could do it, it's the always-prolific Ridley Scott.
Finally, Deadline is reporting that actress DeWanda Wise has left the upcoming Captain Marvel film due to scheduling conflicts with her Netflix series, She's Gotta Have It.
We don't know who Wise was set to play in the film, as most of the plot is being kept under wraps— aside from it involving Carol Danvers fighting the Skrulls with Nick Fury in the '90s. The cast is still set to star Brie Larson as Carol and feature Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Jude Law, Gemma Chan, and Ben Mendelsohn are also still attached. There is no word yet on who will replace Wise, but the film is still set to be released on March 8, 2019.
How do these developments sound to you? Would you rather see Wan or Scott work on something else? Are you sad to see Wise depart the MCU? Let us know in the comments!