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New Trailer Revealed For ‘The Boxtrolls’

Focus Features has unveiled a new trailer for The Boxtrolls. The story for this film adaptation originates from Alan Snow’s novel Here Be Monsters!.

According to Deadline, the book stars “a boy raised by a group of cardboard-clad subterranean beings.” Check out these links to view the first teaser and the second teaser videos.

Tom Hiddleston to Star in Hank Williams Biopic

TomThe Avengers actor Tom Hiddleston (pictured, via) has been cast as country singer Hank Williams in a biopic entitled I Saw the Light.

Marc Abraham serves as both the director and the screenwriter for this project. The story for this adaptation project comes from the book Hank Williams: The Biography by Colin Escott, George Merritt, and William MacEwen. Little Brown first released this nonfiction title back in 1994.

Here’s more from Variety: “Producers have obtained rights from Sony ATV for Williams’ songs, including ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart,’ ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ and ‘Hey Good Lookin’.’ Williams was born in 1923 in Alabama and broke out in the post-World War II era with the song ‘Move It on Over.’ Among his hits are ‘Lost Highway,’ ‘Jumbalaya (on the Bayou),’ ‘Ramblin’ Man,’ ‘You Win Again’ and ‘Lovesick Blues.’” What do you think?

New Trailer Revealed For ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’

Dimension Films has unveiled a new trailer for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. The story for this film adaptation is largely based on book two of Frank Miller’s Sin City series.

The video embedded above features scenes with actors Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. A release date has been scheduled for August 22, 2014. (via Deadline)

Jeremy Jordon to Play J.M. Barrie in the ‘Finding Neverland’ Musical

NeverlandThe Finding Neverland movie has inspired a musical adaptation. The story follows famed playwright J.M. Barrie and his friendship with a family that lead him to write the Peter Pan stories.

TheaterMania reports that Jeremy Jordan will take on the lead role of Barrie. Diane Paulus served as the director. Gary Barlow and Elliot Kennedy worked together to compose the score.

The American Repertory Theater, based in Massachusetts, will showcase this production from July 23rd to September 28th. What do you think?

Lupita Nyong’o to Star in the ‘Americanah’ Movie Adaptation

Lupita Nyong'oAcademy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o (pictured, via) will star in and serve as a producer for Americanah film adaptation.

According to BuzzFeed, the story in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel follows “a young Nigerian woman who emigrates to America for a university education.”

As of this writing, no release date has been announced.

Peyton Reed to Direct the ‘Ant-Man’ Film Adaptation

Ant-ManMarvel has hired filmmaker Peyton Reed to helm the Ant-Man film adaptation. Writer Adam McKay will work on the script.

Prior to this announcement, McKay had been in talks to take the director’s seat himself. Last month, he sent out a tweet confirming that he would not take on that position.

Deadline reports that comedic actor Paul Rudd will star in the titular role and Oscar winner Michael Douglas will play Dr. Hank Pym. A release date has been scheduled for July 17, 2015.

New Trailer Unleashed For ‘The Giver’ Movie

A new trailer has been unleashed for The Giver film adaptation. The video embedded above heavily features Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep, who plays the Chief Elder.

Many book fans lamented that the first trailer did not appear in black and white. In response, a featurette starring author Lois Lowry, was released; it showcases black and white glimpses with Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges in the title role and Brenton Thwaites playing the lead protagonist Jonas. What moments from the book are you looking forward to seeing on the silver screen? (via The Huffington Post)

Bill Condon to Direct Live-Action ‘Beauty & The Beast’ Film

BeautyDisney has hired filmmaker Bill Condon as the director for a Beauty & The Beast live-action film adaptation. Variety reports that screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos has signed on to pen the script.

According to Nerdist, the details of the plot have not yet been revealed. Some speculate that the story for Condon’s production will be similar to the one featured in Disney’s 1991 animated movie. The screenplay for that project is based on Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont‘s classic French fairy tale.

As of late, Disney has been working on a number of live-action fairy tale movies. Maleficent hit the silver screen last week and has received great reviews. Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella has a release date set for March 13, 2015Jon Favreau will helm a live-action/CG hybrid remake of The Jungle Book. What fairy tale would you like to see get the live-action movie treatment?

Darren Aronofsky is Developing Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam For HBO

maddaddamFilmmaker Darren Aronofsky is developing Margaret Atwood‘s post-apocalyptic drama MaddAddam for HBO.

The TV series will be based on Atwood’s trilogy Oryx and CrakeYear Of The Flood and MaddAddam. The epic story takes place after a Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity in the 21st century, in a corporate controlled world. Atwood recently won the Orion Book Award for the novel MaddAddam.

Deadline.com has the scoop: “Producer Brandi-Ann Milbradt, who is engaged to Aronofsky, brought the project to Protozoa and will serve as executive producer alongside Aronofsky and his longtime collaborator, Protozoa Pictures president Ari Handel. Atwood serves as consulting producer. Aronofsky and his team are currently meeting with writers.”

Naomi Watts Joins the ‘Divergent’ Cast

InsurgentAcademy Award-nominated actress Naomi Watts has joined the Divergent movie cast.

In the remaining three installments of this film franchise, Watts will play the Factionless group leader Evelyn. According to The Hollywood Reporter, shooting for the Insurgent adaptation has already commenced in Atlanta, GA.

Actors Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet and Miles Teller have returned to reprise their roles from Divergent. Earlier this year, Lionsgate announced that Oscar winner Octavia Spencer signed on to play Amity faction leader Johanna. Recently, author Veronica Roth sat with Vulture and confirmed that the filmmakers intend to cast an actor to play the character Uriah for Insurgent.

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