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Lindsay Lohan and Mickey Rourke will team up for CURSED, a supernatural thriller about a young detective who teams up with a veteran psychiatrist to stop an escaped patient from killing five hostages. Steven Monroe (I Spit on Your Grave) is directing from a script by Ian Holt.
Will Smith, Joel Edgerton and director David Ayer are planning to reunite for a sequel to BRIGHT, the police thriller set in an alternate reality in which humans live alongside magical creatures. TS Nowlin (Maze Runner) and Evan Spiliotopoulos (The Huntsman) are writing the script.
Meanwhile, Edgerton will star with Sean Harris in THE UNKNOWN MAN, based on the true story of two men who meet on a plane and become friends. Although one is unaware that the other is an undercover cop working to convict him of an unsolved murder. Thomas Wright is writing and directing.
Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne will star in THE GOOD NURSE, based on the true story of the capture of a respected father who was involved in killing as many as 300 of his patients over 16 years. Tobias Lindholm is directing from a script by Krysty Wilson-Cairns (1917).
Kevin Hart will reteam with Night School director Malcolm D Lee for a comedy written by Lucia Aniello and Paul Downs (Rough Night). There's no word yet on the premise or the title. Hart is also producing.
Chris Evans will play the sadistic dentist in the LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS remake, which also stars Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton and Billy Porter. Greg Berlanti is directing the film, which is about a young man who becomes a celebrity when he discovers a man-eating plant.
Kumail Nanjiani will star in THE INDEPENDENT, about a journalist who uncovers a conspiracy just as America looks likely to elect an independent politician as president. Amy Rice is directing from a Black List script by Evan Parter.
Elizabeth Debicki will star in FARNSWORTH HOUSE, playing a doctor in 1940s Chicago who sets out to build a glass house with an ambitious architect (Ralph Fiennes), and they end up having a stormy affair. Richard Press is writing and directing.
JK Simmons and John Cusack will star in MY ONLY SUNSHINE, a blackly comical thriller about a dysfunctional couple who stage a bank heist in order to save their marriage. But it spirals into a hostage situation. Mark Palansky is directing.
And Diane Warren is developing a movie musical that will include both her back catalog and new songs. Warren has been nominated for 11 Oscars but never won, and she has also written nine No 1 hits. The script is by Tamara Chestna (The Art of More).
Liam Neeson will be back in action mode for the crime thriller MEMORY, a remake of the Dutch film The Memory of a Killer. It's about a veteran assassin facing memory loss as a both federal agents and mobsters are chasing him. Martin Campbell is directing.
Thandie Newton will star in GOD'S COUNTRY, a Western-style thriller set on the edge of a mountain forest in the winter time, where a university professor confronts two hunters trespassing on her land. Julian Higgins is making his feature directing debut.
Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson will reunite with their In Bruges director Martin McDonagh for THE BANSHEES OF INISHEER, which chronicles the life of two friends who live on a remote Irish island. It's based on McDonagh's play, which has never been staged.
Dev Patel will star in FLASH CRASH, a thriller based on the true story of a stock market genius who becomes a target of US government agents. His only way out is to continue playing the system. Jonathan Perera (Miss Sloane) is writing the script.
Mickey Rourke is joining the cast of TAKE BACK, an action thriller based on the true story of a couple (Michael Jai White and Gillian White) who team up with a cop (James Russo) to rescue their trafficked daughter. Christian Sesma is directing.
Lili Taylor and Francois Arnaud will star in THE WINTER HOUSE, a romantic thriller about a novelist living in rural New England who meets a handsome grifter who claims to be the son of her landlord. Keith Boynton is writing and directing.
Oona Chaplin will star in LULLABY, a horror movie about a new mother who discovers a bedtime song in an ancient book, inadvertently summoning the malevolent demon Lilith. John Leonetti (Annabelle) is directing.
Melora Walters, Joe Swanberg, Richard Brake and Jocelin Donahue will star in OFFSEASON, a Southern gothic horror story set in an isolated island community. Mickey Keating is writing and directing.
Anthony Head will star in LET THE WRONG ONE IN, a horror comedy about a 16-year-old who discovers that his older brother is a vampire and needs to decide whether to protect him or kill him. Director Conor McMahon will shoot the film in Dublin.
Dexter Fletcher will direct a new film version of THE SAINT, which has also been adapted for a variety of TV and radio series, plus a 1997 movie. It's about a Robin Hood-style thief who does work for hire.
And Lance Bass will produce a feature film about two best friends who win a Winnebago on The Price Is Right and set off to follow their favourite band NSYNC on their final tour of America. Presumably Bass and other NSYNC members will make an appearance.
Jennifer Lawrence is reteaming with writer-director Adam McKay for DON'T LOOK UP, a comedy about two astronomers who go on a media tour to warn mankind that an approaching asteroid might destroy Earth. Filming is set to begin this spring.
Bradley Cooper is apparently being lined up to play Barry Gibb in a musical biopic about the Bee Gees, following the three Australian brothers who formed a band in 1950s London, then hit it even bigger with the disco movement in the 70s. Anthony McCarten is writing the script.
Mahershala Ali will star in SWAN SONG, which is being described as a genre-bending futuristic story about how much people are willing to sacrifice to make life better for their loved ones. Oscar-winning filmmaker Benjamin Cleary (Stutterer) is making his feature directing debut.
Samuel L Jackson will play a retired hitman in a new thriller by directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra. Matthew Stone's script centres on a once-trusted assassin who is brought back in to either help his nephew recover lost cash or kill him.
Ruth Wilson and Matt Bomer will star in THE BOOK OF RUTH, based on the true story about a Christian divorcee from Arkansas who became a caregiver and activist for Aids patients in the 1980s. Stage director Michael Arden is making his feature film debut.
Robert Pattinson will reteam with director Claire Denis for THE STARS AT NOON, a dramatic thriller about an English businessman and an American journalist (Margaret Qualley) who meet in 1984 Nicaragua, at the height of the civil war there.
Christoph Waltz and Guy Pearce will star in the adventure comedy THE PORTABLE DOOR, based on the fantasy novels about a young man who becomes an intern at a magical London firm. Jeffrey Walker is directing from a script by Leon Ford.
Rufus Sewell will play Elvis' father Vernon Presley in Baz Luhrmann's musical biopic starring Austin Butler as Elvis, Maggie Gyllenhaal as his mother and Tom Hanks as manager Colonel Tom Parker. The story spans 20 years in the life of the musical icon.
Megan Fox, Emile Hirsch and Bruce Willis will star in MIDNIGHT IN THE SWITCHGRASS, about an FBI agent who teams up with a Florida cop to investigate a series of unsolved murders. First-time director Randall Emmett begins filming next month in Puerto Rico.
Gerard Butler will star in the action thriller REMOTE CONTROL, about a war correspondent who takes a job as a corporate security consultant and uncovers a global conspiracy. Cinematographer John Mathieson is directing from a script by novelist Mark Burnell.
And word has it that Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz, Ewan McGregor, Ron Perlman and David Bradley will voice characters in Guillermo del Toro's animated PINOCCHIO, which is being shot using performance-capture. Apparently it's a dark take on the fairy tale, set during the rise of fascism in 1930s Italy.
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