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Overbrook Entertainment Snatches Up Film Rights to New Jenny Han YA Novel

book-boysOverbrook Entertainment has picked up the film rights to Jenny Han’s young adult novel, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Screenwriter Annie Neal has been hired to write the script.

Deadline reports that the story stars “high schooler Lara Jean Song, who writes love letters to the five boys she’s ever loved and keeps them locked away in a hatbox until the day her letters are mailed, upending her real-life love life.” The book came out back in April 2014.

Han has announced on her blog that she has a sequel in the pipeline entitled P.S. I Still Love You. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers has scheduled a release date for April 21, 2015.

Lionsgate Unveils a Teaser Video For ‘Mockingjay Part 1′

Lionsgate has unveiled a new video called “Together as One” (embedded above) to promote the Mockingjay Part 1 movie. Vulture reports that it features “PSA-style announcement” from the villainous President Snow and “a stoic Peeta Mellark” standing beside him.

So far, the video has drawn more than 480,000 views on YouTube. The third installment of The Hunger Games film franchise will be released on November 21, 2014. Fans can visit TheHungerGamesExclusive.com for photos, posters, and script excerpts. What do you think?

New Trailer Revealed For ‘The Drop’

Fox Searchlight has unveiled a new trailer for The Drop. The screenplay for this film adaptation is based on Dennis Lehane’s short story “Animal Rescue.”

According to Deadline, the cast includes actors Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and the late James Gandolfini. A release date has been scheduled for September 12, 2014.

Jason Momoa to Play Aquaman in the ‘Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Movie

AquamanActor Jason Momoa has landed the role of Aquaman in the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Momoa has become well-known for his portrayal of the character Khal Drogo in the Game of Thrones HBO series. An announcement on Facebook has received more than 200 “likes.”

Other confirmed members of the cast include Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex LuthorGal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. The release date for this film, originally scheduled for July 2015, has been moved to May 2016. What do you think?

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.

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