John Travolta Joins Boat Racing Drama ‘Speed Kills’

John Lussenhop is behind the camera for the drama, having written the script with David Aaron Cohen. It’s the true life tale of Don Aronow, a boat racing champion-turned-multimillionaire known for his wandering eye for the ladies and his creation of the Cigarette speedboat. (EMP)

Ridley Scott To Direct ‘Battle Of Britain’ Passion Project Movie

20th Century Fox lines up British director, who has just completed Alien: Covenant, for this film about the second world war aerial conflict. (GUAR)

Imagine Entertainment And Animal Logic Form Joint Venture To Produce Animated Films

Imagine Entertainment and Animal Logic have formed a joint venture to develop, produce, and finance six feature-length animation and hybrid animation projects over the next five years. (VAR)

Horror Studio Blumhouse Launches TV Arm, Announces Roger Ailes Series For Showtime

Blumhouse TV will focus on “dark genre” projects – their first major project for the small screen will be Secure and Hold: The Last Days of Roger Ailes, a mini-series about the former Fox News chairman, who was ousted during a sexual-harassment scandal. (VUL)

Sundance Midnight Pic ‘Bad Day For The Cut’ Acquired By Well Go USA

Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Bad Day for the Cut, the Northern Ireland-set revenge thriller from first-time feature director Chris Baugh that bowed this year at the Sundance Film Festival’s Midnight section. (DH)

Soccer Legend Pele Inspires Scripted Series From Bunim/Murray

Bunim/Murray Productions is teaming up with retired Brazilian footballer, whose real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, for a limited-run series based on his life in the ’70s. (WRAP)

Freakshift': Armie Hammer Joins Ben Wheatley’s Monster Movie

Armie Hammer has joined the cast of Freakshift, ahead of filming on the project starting this August. Alicia Vikander is starring as Freakshift‘s protagonist, with Hammer playing her love interest in the film. (SR)

USA Network’s ‘Falling Water’ Renewed, Taps New Showrunner For Season 2

Remi Aubuchon (Falling Skies) will join the drama for its upcoming sophomore run. (THR)

Lotus Entertainment Taps Marc Rosen To Run Film & TV Biz

Lotus Entertainment has inked a deal with former Georgeville Television CEO Marc Rosen to produce and oversee Lotus’ film and TV production activities. (DH)


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