×

Film News Roundup: Valiant Comics’ ‘Faith’ Superhero Movie in Development at Sony

In today’s film news roundup, Sony is developing a movie about superhero Faith Herbert, Stack House Productions moves forward with two projects and Orion dates Taylor Schilling horror-thriller “The Prodigy.”

PROJECTS LAUNCHED

Sony Pictures is developing a movie version of “Faith,” based on the Valiant Comics series of the same name with Neal Moritz, Toby Jaffe and Dan Mintz attached to produce for Sony Pictures.

The studio has hired “Escape Room” writer Maria Melnik to write the script. The “Faith” comics are centered on Faith Herbert, a geeky teen obsessed with comics and science fiction, in addition to having the power of flight and telekinesis. Created by writer Jim Shooter and David Lapham, she is a member of the Harbinger Renegades and first appeared in 1992.

Sony and Valiant began collaborating in 2015 on developing a “Bloodshot” movie, based on the Valiant character. The studio signed Toby Kebbell this week to star opposite Vin Diesel in that project with shooting starting in July.

Melnik worked on the “American Gods” TV series. She is represented by WME and Link Entertainment. The news was first reported by Deadline.

****

Stack House Productions has signed John Andrew Gallagher to direct two new features, the romantic thriller “Jealous Moon” and the mob comedy “Last Breath,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Gallagher recently directed Stack House’s first film, the dramatic short “Want,” starring Meredith Ross and Dominck LaRuffa Jr., and completed his tenth feature, the serio-comic tale “Sarah Q,” starring newcomers Emmy James and Ashlee Macropoulos, Oscar nominees Sally Kirkland and Burt Young, and “Sopranos” stars Tony Sirico, Federico Castelluccio, Vincent Pastore, William DeMeo and Artie Pasquale.

Gallagher is the author of “Film Directors on Directing,” “Nothing Sacred: The Cinema of William Wellman” and “Hollywood’s Forgotten Master: The Life and Times of Tay Garnett.”

Gallagher’s features as director include “The Networker,” “Blue Moon,” “Men Lie,” “Cupidity,” “The Deli,” “Street Hunter” and “Beach House.” Dianne E. Collins, former senior V.P. at M/S Billings Publicity, will serve as a producer and unit publcist.

RELEASE DATE

Orion Pictures will release the supernatural horror thriller “The Prodigy,” previously titled “Descendant,” in theaters  in the U.S. on Feb. 8, 2019.

“The Prodigy” stars Taylor Schilling of “Orange Is the New Black” and Jackson Robert Scott, who has credits on “It” and “Fear the Walking Dead.” Peter Mooney, Colm Feore and Brittany Allen also star.

Nicholas McCarthy (“The Pact”) directed based on an original screenplay by Jeff Buhler (“The Midnight Meat Train”). In “The Prodigy,” a mother concerned about her young son’s disturbing behavior thinks something supernatural may be affecting him.

“The Prodigy” was produced by Tripp Vinson and executive produced by Nick Spicer, Buhler, Lisa Zambri and Daniel Bekerman.

 

More Film

  • Ridley Scott Matt Damon Ben Affleck

    Ridley Scott, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Team on Revenge Film 'The Last Duel'

    Ridley Scott looks to have his next directing job, as he has signed on to direct “The Last Duel” with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck attached to star. Damon, Affleck and Nicole Holofcener penned the script with Scott, Damon and Affleck all producing along with Scott’s producing partner Kevin Walsh. The project has been set [...]

  • Jonathan Taylor Thomas Ed Asner Elliott

    Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Ed Asner, Elliott Gould Seek SAG-AFTRA Board Seats

    Ed Asner, Elliott Gould and Jonathan Taylor Thomas are seeking SAG-AFTRA national board seats as members of presidential candidate Matthew Modine’s progressive Membership First slate. Asner is the former president of the Screen Actors Guild, serving two terms from 1981 to 1985, and winning five Emmys for his role as Lou Grant and two others [...]

  • Natalie Portman Thor Comic Con

    Comic-Con: Marvel 'Shock and Awe' Strategy Dominates Twitter Buzz

    Disney’s Marvel Studios handily won the hype trophy from this year’s Comic-Con International San Diego. Marvel Studios — which returned to the 2019 Comic-Con stage with a chock-full Phase 4 slate of announcements — dominated the discussion on Twitter out of the convention, capturing the biggest volume of buzz for nine of the top 10 [...]

  • Chris Rock - Netflix

    Chris Rock's 'Saw' Reboot Moves Up Five Months to May 2020

    Lionsgate has moved Chris Rock’s upcoming “Saw” reboot forward by five months to May 15, 2020, vacating the pre-Halloween date of Oct. 23, 2020. The studio indicated Monday that it decided to move the untitled “Saw” movie into the summer slot after seeing early footage from the set of the film currently shooting in Toronto. The move [...]

  • Peter Farrelly

    Peter Farrelly to Judge Sun Valley Film Festival's Film Lab Competition

    Sun Valley Film Festival has set “Green Book” director Peter Farrelly as the judge for the sixth annual Film Lab competition. The program, sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, which is in its sixth year, selects one team of filmmakers to work with the festival to complete their film projects. The director and producer of the [...]

  • The Lion King

    'The Lion King' Dominates, But Is Disney Running Low on Remakes?

    “The Lion King” and its massive $185 million domestic debut proved that audiences have an insatiable appetite for Disney’s remakes and re-imaginings. Despite mixed reviews, moviegoers turned out in force for director Jon Favreau’s hyper-realistic update of the classic cartoon. “The Lion King” broke numerous box office records, including the best start among Disney’s live-action [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content