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Mindy Kaling is working on a film adaptation of MS MARVEL, a superhero adventure about a young woman who protects her neighbourhood with the help of shapeshifting powers. In the comics, she's mentored by Captain Marvel.
Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd and director Ted Melfi will reteam for THE STARLING, a comedy-drama about a couple that loses a child, after which they begin building an elaborate garden at their home, interrupted by an aggressive little bird.
Sam Rockwell is set to star in THE BALLAD OF RICHARD JEWELL, a biopic about the security guard who was working at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics when he became the prime suspect in a bombing and was condemned by the media, despite his innocence. Clint Eastwood is directing.
Jessica Chastain, Jake Gyllenhaal and director David Leitch are finally set to make THE DIVISION, a long-gestating project based on the Tom Clancy game in which players must track down the cause of a smallpox epidemic in New York while fighting crime in the streets. The script is by Rafe Jenkins.
John Cleese, Sienna Guillory and newcomer Izaac Wang will star in CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG, based on the series of books that recount the misadventures of a girl (Darby Camp) and her, well, big red dog. Jack Whitehall costars in the film which is being directed by Walt Becker.
Frank Grillo and Jake Allyn will play father and son in NO MAN'S LAND, a present-day Western about vigilantes who patrol the Texas-Mexico border looking for illegal immigrants. Grillo has also joined the cast of JIU JITSU, the martial arts thriller starring Nicolas Cage, Tony Jaa and Alain Moussi.
Diane Kruger is joining the ensemble cast of the spy thriller 355, which includes Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong'o, Penelope Cruz, Sebastian Stan, Edgar Ramirez and Fan Bingbing. It's about the top intelligence agents from around the world coming together to battle a new threat. Simon Kinberg is directing.
Mary Holland and Betsy Sodaro will star in GOLDEN ARM, a buddy comedy set around the National Ladies Arm Wrestling Championship. Maureen Bharoocha (I Am Watching You) is directing.
Actor-filmmaker Bo Burnham is writing the songs for the forthcoming SESAME STREET movie. The film follows Big Bird and friends as they are expelled from their neighbourhood and team up with a TV host (Anne Hathaway) to get back home. Jonathan Krisel is directing.
And Dwayne Johnson will reteam with Jungle Cruise director Jaume Collet-Serra for BLACK ADAM, the spin-off centring on Shazam's arch-nemesis, an immortal Egyptian prince corrupted by magical powers.
Mahershala Ali will produce and star in SOLITARY, based on the true story of a man who holds the record of 43 years locked in a Louisiana prison completely alone, before his murder conviction was overturned.
Sigourney Weaver will apparently be back to join Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray in GHOSTBUSTERS 3, a sequel to the original two movies. This one is being directed by Jason Reitman.
Kevin Hart will star in a remake of SCROOGED, the 1988 comedy adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, about a grumpy TV executive visited by three ghosts. There's no word yet on who is writing or directing.
John Cena is joining the cast of FAST & FURIOUS 9, alongside Vin Diesel and his crew. Justin Lin is directing. Of course, Dwayne Johnson won't be in this one, as he went off to make his own spin-off movie HOBBS & SHAW.
Brian Tyree Henry and Cillian Murphy are joining the cast of A QUIET PLACE 2, the sequel again starring Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds. John Krasinski is again writing and directing.
Anthony Mackie will produce and star in OUTSIDE THE WIRE, an action thriller set in the near future, where a drone pilot finds himself working for an android officer who wants him to locate a doomsday device. Mikael Hafstrom is directing.
Zazie Beetz, Winston Duke, Bill Skarsgard and Benedict Wong will star in NINE DAYS, a surreal drama set in a house in another reality, where human souls interview for the right to be born on earth. Edson Oda is writing and directing.
Marc Anthony has joined IN THE HEIGHTS, based on the Lin-Manuel Miranda Broadway musical. It's about a man who closes his storage facility to retire to the Dominican Republic. The cast includes Corey Hawkins, Jimmy Smits, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Anthony Ramos. Jon M Chu is directing.
Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine have been cast as the daughters of Alex Winter's and Keanu Reeves' title characters in BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC, which catches up with the iconic slackers in middle-age for another time-travelling adventure. Dean Parisot is directing.
And Terrence Malick is working on a film called THE LAST PLANET, which is reportedly about the life of Jesus Christ. Filming is apparently underway near Rome, but there's no word on casting, as he likes to keep his projects under wraps.
Robert Pattinson is being lined up to play THE BATMAN in the stand-alone origin movie about the vigilante superhero. Matt Reeves is writing and directing the film, which is of course shrouded in secrecy.
Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones are teaming up for THE COMEBACK TRAIL, an action comedy about a filmmaker who intends to pay off a mob debt by casting a suicidal has-been actor in his low-rent Western and then "accidentally" killing him. George Gallo is directing.
Rami Malek is joining Denzel Washington in LITTLE THINGS, about a by-the-book young detective who teams up with a loose-playing veteran sheriff to find a serial killer. John Lee Hancock is writing and directing.
Annette Bening and Michelle Pfeiffer will star in the psychological thriller TURN OF MIND, based on the novel about a retired doctor with Alzheimer's, who in lucid moments is trying to work out if she committed a murder. Gideon Raff is directing.
Emma Thompson is lined up to join Emma Stone in CRUELLA, the live-action spin-off from 101 Dalmatians, recounting the origins of the villainous Cruella de Vil. The plot is under wraps. Craig Gillespie is directing from a script by Tony McNamara.
Josh Gad will lead a reboot of the HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS franchise, as a scientist father who accidentally shrinks his son and daughter to the size of peas. Apparently, this will be set up as a sequel, with Gad playing the now-grown son of the original scientist (Rick Moranis).
Michael Shannon will star in SWING, a romantic drama about a group of university rowers whose lives are changed by the arrival of a new coach who's a Vietnam veteran. Howard Deutch is directing from a script by Vojin Gjaja.
Juliette Binoche will team up with Ethan Hawke for CAMINO REAL, based on the Tennessee Williams play about people living a surreal life in an isolated town in the tropics. Hawke is also directing the film, which will be shot in Brazil.
Russell Crowe will star in the thriller UNHINGED, about a series of terrifying events that spiral out of control after a woman inadvertently honks her car horn at the wrong guy. Derrick Borte is directing from a script by Carl Ellsworth.
Anthony Hopkins, Abbie Cornish and Anson Mount will star in the thriller THE VIRTUOSO, about a hitman who has to kill someone to get out of debt with his mentor. But all he knows is where and when to find his mark, not who it is. Nick Stagliano is directing.
Shia LaBeouf and Mel Gibson are teaming up for ROTHCHILD, a black comedy about a guy who sets out to get rid of the nine heirs who stand between him and his evil grandfather's fortune. Jon S Baird is directing.
And Simon Pegg will star in BECKY, an action thriller about an escaped convict who takes refuge in a holiday home on an isolated lake, but underestimated the 13-year-old girl (Lulu Wilson) who lives there. Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion are directing.
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