Sony Lands ‘Hunting El Chapo,’ In Talks With Michael Bay As Producer And Director

Sony has acquired the rights to Cole Merrell’s Hunting El Chapo: The Thrilling Inside Story of The American Lawman Who Captures The World’s Most-Wanted Drug Lord, an upcoming book about the pursuit of the cartel boss. (WRAP)

Fox 2000, Macmillan Land African Flavored Fantasy Novel ‘Children Of Blood And Bone’ 

Fox 2000 has made a preemptive acquisition of Children of Blood and Bone, the first installment of a fantasy novel trilogy by Tomi Adeyemi that will spawn a trilogy. Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing with Karen Rosenfelt. (DH)

Paramount’s ‘Baywatch’, ‘Annihilation’ And Matt Damon Get Tongues Wagging At CinemaCon

Baywatch star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson kicked off Paramount’s presentation at CinemaCon and Matt Damon took the stage twice to promote Suburbicon and Downsizing. (TB)

STX, Vol. 2: Faith That ‘Molly’s Game,’ ‘Valerian,’ And Filmmakers’ Visions Will Build A Major Studio

STX’s motion picture chairman Adam Fogelson unveiled a “phase two” for the studio that he said will help the company compete with the majors. (IW)

Elle Fanning’s Animated Film ‘Leap!’ Moves To Labor Day Weekend

The Weinstein Company announced that the release date for Elle Fanning’s animated film Leap! is moving from April 21 to Sept. 4. (VAR)

Grant Gustin Joins Todd Robinson’s ‘The Last Full Measure’

Foresight Unlimited announced that Grant Gustin (The Flash) will star in Emmy Award-winning writer/director Todd Robinson’s The Last Full Measure. (CS)

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Lands Its Male Lead

Henry Golding, who has never starred in a feature film before, will play Nick Young in the adaptation directed by Jon M. Chu. (THR)

Sony Picks Up Pitch Based On Memoir ‘Hope Heals’

Sony bought a feature pitch from writing duo Bob Smiley and Justin Hensley based on the memoir Hope Heals: A True Story Of Overwhelming Loss And Overcoming Love authored by Katherine and Jay Wolf for Ian Bryce Productions and Humble Picture Company. (DH)

‘American Horror Story’ Taps Billy Eichner For Season 7 Role

The Billy on the Street host/Difficult People star will be part of the next installment of Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology. (TVL)

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