Talulah Riley and Alex Hernandez may join Vin Diesel's live-action superhero debut, Disney gets Freaky again, and Pearl Studio is looking to develop a live-action adventure blockbuster from China as an animated feature in this latest edition of SYFY WIRE’s development roundup. So let’s dive right in, shall we?
First up, The Wrap is reporting that Talulah Riley (Westworld) and Alex Hernandez (UnREAL) are in talks to join Vin Diesel in a film adaptation of Bloodshot for Sony Pictures. Riley is in discussions to take on the role of Gina, Bloodshot’s wife, while Hernandez is in talks to play Tibbs, a member of the scientist’s team responsible for Bloodshot’s technology.
Bloodshot, which was created for Valiant Comics by Kevin Van Hook, Don Perlin and Bob Layton in 1992 and ran for 110 issues, is about a mortally-wounded soldier resurrected through nanotechnology and tasked with rounding up super-powered outcasts known as “harbingers.”
Eiza Gonzalez, Michael Sheen and Sam Heughan are also set to star. And believe it or not, this will be the first film to feature Diesel in a live-action superhero role. (Groot's not real, guys. We just checked.)
The film reunites Diesel with Fast and the Furious producer Neal Moritz. Dan Mintz, founder of DMG Entertainment, which just bought all Valiant Entertainment’s IP, is also producing. Dave Wilson from Blur Studios is attached to direct.
Principal photography begins in July.
(Via The Wrap)
Next, Disney is remaking Freaky Friday again. This time? It’s a musical.
Disney has announced that this new iteration of its mother-daughter body swap comedy is a “contemporary musical update of the classic comedic story” based on Disney Theatrical Productions’ stage adaptation of Mary Rodgers’ novel. Cozi Zuehlsdorff and Heidi Blickenstaff (who starred in the stage production) star as 16-year-old Ellie Blake and her uber-organized mom Katherine, who are constantly at odds.
As they get into a heated argument, they accidentally break a magic hourglass given to Ellie by her late father, which makes them switch bodies. Now, Ellie and Katherine must literally spend the day in each other’s shoes and learn to understand and even appreciate each other. It’s even quite possible that a zany antic or two might ensue.
Disney first made Freaky Friday as a theatrical feature in 1976 starring Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris, and again in 2003 with Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis. In 1995, it was remade as a TV movie starring Gaby Hoffmann and Shelley Long.
This version of Freaky Friday was written by Bridget Carpenter (based on her stage play) and directed by Steve Carr, with original songs written by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey.
Freaky Friday will premiere on Friday, August 10 at 8 p.m. EDT on the Disney Channel and will be available earlier (12:01 a.m. PDT) on DisneyNOW and 12:01 a.m. EDT/PDT on Disney Channel VOD.
And finally, Pearl Studio (formerly Oriental DreamWorks) is teaming up with Kung Fu Hustle director Stephen Chow to develop The Monkey King as an animated feature, various news outlets are reporting.
The original live action 2014 film directed by Cheang Pou-soi and starring Donnie Yen was a smash hit in China. Pearl studio is looking to develop this new animated version for a global audience. The story is adapted from a classic legend about a monkey who gains supernatural powers. So...awesome.
Although Chow is involved in developing the film, he not been named as the director. Ron Friedman and Steve Bencich (Brother Bear, Chicken Little) are attached to write the script.