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Michael B Jordan will star in Danny Boyle's METHUSELAH, which was originally inspired by the biblical story of the nearly 1,000-year-old man, but is now being set up as a franchise. The project reunites Boyle with Slumdog Millionaire screenwriter Simon Beaufoy.
Russell Crowe will play the prison mentor in AMERICAN SON, a remake of the 2009 French masterpiece A Prophet, about a young man who meets a mobster in jail and then rises to become the boss himself. Rapman is directing from a script by Dennis Lehane.
Dakota Johnson is set to join DON'T WORRY DARLING, the psychological thriller starring Florence Pugh, Olivia Wilde, Shia LaBeouf and Chris Pine. Set in the 1950s, it centres on a housewife who learns that her life isn't as perfect as it seems. Wilde is also directing.
Tom Hardy and Steven Knight are reteaming to create a new mini-series based on Charles Dickens' GREAT EXPECTATIONS, a coming-of-age story about an orphan who becomes a gentleman with the help of a secret benefactor. Hardy and Knight previously worked together on Taboo and A Christmas Carol.
Neve Campbell, Thomas Everett Scott, Fin Argus, Sabrina Carpenter and Madison Iseman will star in CLOUDS, an inspirational drama about a musically gifted 17-year-old boy who is diagnosed with bone cancer during his senior year in high school. Justin Baldoni is directing.
Timothy Olyphant has joined THE MANDALORIAN, although his role remains under wraps. The show stars Pedro Pascal, and new cast members this season will include Rosario Dawson, Michael Biehn, Katee Sackhoff and Temuera Morrison.
Jimmy Smits and Alistair Petrie will reprise their Star Wars roles as Bail Organa and General Draven in the ROGUE ONE prequel series. Others returning for the show include the lead actor Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, Alan Tudyk and Genevieve O'Reilly.
Sofia Coppola will write and direct THE CUSTOM OF THE COUNTRY, a series based on the 1913 Edith Wharton novel about an ambitious but naive Midwestern girl who claws her way up the ladder of New York high society.
Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith (Legally Blonde) are writing a remake of 10, the hit 1979 comedy about a composer who has a mid-life crisis and becomes obsessed with a sexy newlywed. Apparently, the remake will be even more comedic.
And Luca Guadagnino will direct a remake of SCARFACE from a script by Joel and Ethan Coen. This version of the gangster drama will be set in present-day Los Angeles. The story was previously adapted in 1932 (set in Chicago) and 1983 (set in Miami).
Cate Blanchett has two more projects lined up, in addition to the BORDERLANDS videogame movie. First, she'll join Jennifer Lawrence in Adam McKay's asteroid impact comedy DON'T LOOK UP. She's also leading ARMAGEDDON TIMES, James Gray's drama based on his own childhood in Queens.
Meanwhile, Reese Witherspoon also has two new films in the works, both romcoms. First is writer-director Aline Brosh McKenna's YOUR PLACE OR MINE, about a long-distance relationship. And THE CACTUS is based on the novel about a middle-aged woman dealing with an unexpected pregnancy.
Kevin Hart will reteam with Ride Along director Tim Story for NIGHT WOLF, a comedy about a guy who discovers that his future father-in-law is secretly a superhero. The script is by Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit (Detective Pikachu).
Josh Gad will star in MOONFALL, another epic disaster movie from Roland Emmerich. This one is set after the moon has been knocked from its orbit and is heading toward Earth, so a mismatched team of astronauts head off on a mission to save the planet.
Thomasin McKenzie, Alex Wolff, Eliza Scanlen, Aaron Pierce and Vicky Krieps will team up for M Night Shyamalan's next film. Aside from it being a thriller, there's no word yet on the plot. This is one of two films Shyamalan is currently putting together.
Rachel Brosnahan will star in THE SWITCH, based on the novel about a woman and her grandmother who decide to swap lives for two months. The younger one becomes a dog walker in Yorkshire, while her grandmother moves into her London flat. Bekka Bowling is writing the script.
Will Forte, James Brolin, Adeel Akhtar, Nonso Anozie and Christian Convery will star in SWEET TOOTH, based on the comic books about a teen who is part boy and part deer, and when he leaves the forest he discovers that the rest of the world is post-apocalyptic. Jim Mickle and Beth Schwartz are writing the script.
David Ayer will write, direct and produce SIX YEARS, based on the Harlan Coben novel about a man who reunites with his ex-wife at her new husband's funeral, but discovers that she's not the woman he still loves. So he begins doubting his own memory.
Luke Greenfield will direct the action-thriller WE ARE UNTOUCHABLE, about a group just-out-of-university workers at various embassies in Mexico City who decide to take advantage of their diplomatic immunity. Greenfield is also cowriting with Captain Mauzner.
And Mike Flanagan (Doctor Sleep) is writing and directing another Stephen King novel for the big screen. REVIVAL is about the relationship between a junkie musician and a faith-healing minister trying to contact his dead wife and child.
Blake Lively will star in DARK DAYS AT THE MAGNA CARTA, a thriller about a woman who takes extreme measures to save her family during a global apocalypse. Lively and Shawn Levy are producing the film; Michael Paisley is writing the script.
Tiffany Haddish, Pete Davidson, Woody Harrelson and John Goodman are voicing characters in THE FREAK BROTHERS, an adult-oriented animated series based on the 1960s counterculture comic. It's about a group of stoners who smoke genetically mutated weed and wake up 50 years later to a very different society.
Sylvester Stallone is working on a sequel to his 1993 hit DEMOLITION MAN, a futuristic action thriller about a cop brought out of hibernation to chase a violent killer. No word on whether original costars Sandra Bullock and Wesley Snipes will be back as well.
Karen Gillan is being lined up to lead the next PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN movie, most likely as Redd, the pirate featured in the Disney theme park ride. Craig Mazin and Ted Elliot are returning to write the new script, which is set to reboot the franchise, perhaps without Johnny Depp.
Jamie Lee Curtis will star in, direct and produce HOW WE SLEEP AT NIGHT, the true story of a devout Christian woman who struggles to accept the fact that her son is gay. The script is by Sally Robinson, based on Sara Cunningham's memoir.
Vivica A Fox, Tara Reid and Beverly D'Angelo and will team up for MASHA'S MUSHROOM, a suspense thriller about a workaholic mother who throws a party for her daughter at which everyone is drugged with a hallucinogen. White Cross is directing.
Jim Gaffigan will play the late Toronto mayor ROB FORD in a comedy series based on the crack-smoking politician's rise and fall. Michael Dowse is directing from scripts by Jesse McKeown (The Sinner). Damien Lewis plays Ford in the forthcoming feature film Run This Town.
James Wan is making HUNTING SEASON, based on the Frank Robinson story set in the future, as a cop is declared an enemy of the state, sent into the past and hunted by a posse. Derek Kolstad (John Wick) is writing the script; Don Murphy (Transformers) is producing.
Ari Aster is producing an English-language remake of the 2003 Korean classic SAVE THE GREEN PLANET, about a young man who kidnaps a corporate executive he believes is part of an alien conspiracy. Will Tracy is writing the script, and original director Jang Joon-hwan is back to direct this version.
And Neve Campbell will be back for a fifth SCREAM film, which aims to reboot the franchise. Matthew Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (Ready or Not) are writing and directing. The late Wes Craven made four Scream movies between 1996 and 2011.
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