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Development: George Miller adds Idris Elba, Tilda Swinton to new project; DreamWorks conjuring Mice and Mystics; more

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Dec 4, 2018, 5:15 PM EST (Updated)

Some genre heavy-hitters, ranging from journeyman to out-and-out God-tier, have new projects in the works, and they’re all tackling new properties that fans will surely lap up. Whether based on a board game or a wholly original idea, these new films should bring creative new heights to the high-fantasy world.

First up is Mice and Mystics. According to Variety, Jerry Hawthorne’s RPG board game in which players have been shape-shifted into mice will get the feature-film treatment from DreamWorks Animation.

Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Horns, Piranha 3D) will direct while writing the script with Aquaman screenwriter David Leslie Johnson. The animated film will adapt the game, which pits players loyal to the crown against the evil on much different scales, from the cruel Vanestra to the housecat Brodie.


Variety also reports that long-gestating film Deeper may have found its director in Baltasar Kormakur. The project, written by Bright's Max Landis, has been in and out of development through a few iterations — some starring Gal Gadot and Bradley Cooper — but has settled its supernatural deep-sea dive into a new groove, with production aimed for next spring.


Next is a new film from Mad Max: Fury Road’s George Miller. The legendary septuagenarian writer/director has a project that will be shopped to buyers at the American Film Market next week titled Three Thousand Years of Longing.

The Hollywood Reporter says that the film involves a genie in some capacity — it’s a three millennium-long epic love story, after all — and also boasts the alternate title of Djinn. Miller’s written the script and will direct the project after a sale. All we really know about the project as of yet is that it stars two of the hottest acting commodities on the scene: Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton. Both are playing unspecified characters.

Trade sources report that the project is on the opposite end of the tonal spectrum as the high-octane action of Fury Road, but still captures an epic feel.


Finally, the horror novel Dark Harvest is getting an adaptation from New Regency, according to Deadline

Norman Partridge’s book will be produced by Venom producer Matt Tolmach and adapted for the screen by Dungeons & Dragons screenwriter Michael Gilio. The story revolves around an annual Halloween ritual involving the grisly secret of the knife-wielding October Boy — something fans can find out about now, since the award-winning book has been out since 2007.