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Melissa McCarthy will star in the action comedy SUPER-INTELLIGENCE, her fourth collaboration with director husband Ben Falcone. It's about a corporate executive whose life takes a turn when she is selected for observation by a new form of artificial intelligence. the script is by Steve Mallory (The Boss).
Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson will star in NORMAL PEOPLE, about a long-time happily married couple whose relationship is challenged by a cancer diagnosis. Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn (Good Vibrations) are directing from a script by Irish playwright Owen McCafferty.
John Krasinski is following up his hit horror movie A Quiet Place with another genre film, the sci-fi thriller LIFE ON MARS. It's based on a short story about a woman who is a descendant of original Mars colonists, long after the colony has been abandoned, and discovers that she can now breathe in the atmosphere.
Sanaa Lathan is joining Ashton Sanders, Nick Robinson, Margaret Qualley and Bill Camp in NATIVE SON, based on the novel about a widow raising three children in a Chicago apartment when a chain of events change her life. Rashid Johnson is directing.
Joe Jonas and Chrissy Tiegen have joined the voice cast of HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION, which is apparently based on writer-director Genndy Tartakovsky's own family holiday. Selena Gomez, Kathryn Hahn, Andy Samberg and Keegan-Michael Key are reprising their roles.
Jaime King will join Ray Liotta in the crime mystery CUTMAN, about a junkie and a retired boxer who meet in a desolate East Texas motel and decide to join together on a revenge mission. Michael Mailer is directing from a script by Tiffany Heath.
Donnie Yen has joined the cast of MULAN, Disney's live-action remake of its 1998 adventure about a young woman who becomes a surprise military hero. Crystal Liu plays the title role. Niki Caro is directing.
Hannah Griffiths, Christopher Egan and Gyton Grantley will star in BROKERS, a true romantic drama set in 1994 about a trading prodigy who moves from Sydney to Wall Street to work for a reclusive billionaire.
Steven Soderbergh has set THE LAUNDROMAT as his next project. It's a dramatic thriller based on the release of the Panama Papers in 2015, revealing the widespread tax evasion efforts of the one-percent. Scott Z Burns is writing the script.
And Alex Garland will turn his hand to a family drama to write and produce THE TOYMAKER'S SECRET, about an American family that moves into a Victorian house in London and begins to think it's haunted when strange things start happening. Paloma Baeza is directing.
Halle Berry is lined up to play the lead role in a remake of JAGGED EDGE, the 1985 thriller about a newspaper publisher who has a dangerous fling with his lawyer when he's accused of killing his heiress wife.
Peter Dinklage will star in the black comedy O'LUCKY DAY as a con artist who pretends to be a leprechaun, they gets caught up in an elaborate vengeance plot. Jon S Baird (Filth) is directing from a script by Andrew Dodge.
Russell Tovey and Jim Carter are joining Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen in the romantic drama THE GOOD LIAR, about a con artist who falls for a wealthy widow he's trying to scam. Bill Condon is directing from a script by Jeffrey Hatcher.
Annabeth Gish is joining the cast of CHARLIE SAYS, Mary Harron's drama about the murder trials of the Manson family. The film also stars Matt Smith, Suki Waterhouse, Chace Crawford, Merritt Wever and Odessa Young. The script is by Guinevere Turner.
Iko Uwais (The Raid) has joined the cast of STUBER, the action comedy about a detective (Dave Bautista) who commandeers an Uber driver (Kumail Nanjiani) while trying to solve a crazy crime. Michael Dowse is directing from a script by Tripper Clancy.
Kat Graham is joining Morgan Freeman, Forest Whitaker and John Travolta in George Gallo's noir thriller THE POISON ROSE. And she'll also star in Bradley Walsh's magical holiday movie CHRISTMAS CALENDAR opposite Quincy Brown.
Sam Trammell has joined the cast of THE IMPOSSIBLE, based on author Joyce Smith's account of how her faith is the only explanation for her son's recover from a mystery illness. Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, Topher Grace and Mike Colter costar. Roxann Dawson is directing.
Diego Boneta (Scream Queens) is up for a lead role in the TERMINATOR reboot, a direct sequel to T2 that ignores the subsequent films. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and Mackenzie Davis also star in the film, which is being directed by Tim Miller.
Ksenia Solo (Lost Girl) will star in the psychological thriller SWEET HARMONY, which is set amongst bickering residents of a rent-controlled New York building in a neighbourhood that's becoming gentrified. Jeff Beesley is directing.
And Christopher Columbus has apparently completed writing his script for GREMLINS 3, following up his two 1980s classics. He says he is returning to the darker and more twisted monster-movie tone of the first film. And he plans to use puppets, not digitally animated gremlins.
Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Morrison are up for roles in THE TORTURE REPORT, a drama about the CIA's rendition and interrogation programme in the years following 9/11. Scott Z Burns is writing and directing.
Jake Gyllenhaal will star in and produce WELCOME TO VIENNA, about a surveillance contractor who finds himself being hunted as he spies on a Chinese academic in Austria. It's based on Kevin Wignall's novel To Die in Vienna.
Gina Rodriguez, Evan Rachel Wood, Richard Jenkins and Debra Winger will star in Miranda July's next movie, which is described as a caper comedy about a con artist whose parents invite an outsider to join their next heist.
Meanwhile, Lakeith Stanfield is joining Rodriguez in SOMEONE GREAT, a romantic comedy about a young woman who, after a bad breakup, has a New York adventure with her friends before moving across the country. DeWanda Wise and Brittany Snow costar.
Milla Jovovich, Jeremy Irvine, Alfie Allen and Awkwafina are joining the cast of PARADISE HILLS, a sci-fi thriller about a young woman (Emma Roberts) who wakes up in a strange island rehab facility. Danielle Macdonald and Eiza Gonzalez costar. Alice Waddington is directing.
Tracy Morgan and Aldis Hodge are joining Taraji P Henson in WHAT MEN WANT, a gender-swapped remake of the 2000 comedy What Women Want. It's about a female sports agent who gains the power to hear men's thoughts, which gives her a huge advantage in her job.
Jennifer Ehle, Scott Speedman and Gil Bellows are the latest to join RUN THIS TOWN, the thriller starring Damian Lewis as an unpredictable politician investigated by a journalist. Nina Dobrev, Ben Platt and Mena Massoud costar.
Margo Martindale, Bill Camp and Brian D'Arcy James are joining the cast of THE KITCHEN, which stars Elisabeth Moss, Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish as wives of 1970s New York mobsters who take over the family business when their husbands are arrested.
Bruce Greenwood, Leslie Hope and Jeff Kober will star in EXPOSURE, about an alcoholic who, when she finds out she has a terminal disease, goes off the wagon, leaves her husband and falls for a photographer in Los Angeles. Jerry Ciccoritti is directing.
And Tommy Wiseau has reteamed with his The Room costar Greg Sestero for a two-part comedy-thriller about a drifter and a mortician on a twisty road trip. BEST F(R)IENDS Part 1 has just landed in cinemas, and Part 2 will be out in the summer. Justin McGregor directs from a script by Sestero.
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