The Good Catholic
Logline: An idealistic young priest is dedicated to his calling until he meets a woman in confession, so he seeks guidance from his fellow priests.
Production Company(s): Pigasus Pictures
Director(s): Paul Schoulberg
Executive Producer(s): David Anspaugh
Producer(s): Zachary Spicer, John Armstrong, Graham Sheldon
Cast: Danny Glover, John C. McGinley, Wrenn Schmidt, Zachary Spicer
Writer(s): Paul Schoulberg
SSN Insight: Filming will take place in Bloomington, Indiana. Glover can be seen in the film, Mr. Pig, now playing at Sundance. He recently wrapped Universal’s Meyers Christmas and Paramount’s Monster Trucks. McGinley just wrapped James Gunn’s The Belko Experiment for MGM. Spicer founded Pigasus Pictures in 2015 with the goal to produce quality story-driven films with far-reaching appeal.
Girl on the Train
Logline: A young woman gets mixed up in a murder investigation because of what she sees on her daily commute.
Studio/Distributor(s): Amblin Partners, Universal Pictures
Production Company(s): Marc Platt Productions
Director(s): Tate Taylor
Executive Producer(s): Jared LeBoff, Celia D Costas
Producer(s): Marc Platt
Cast: Haley Bennett, Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Édgar Ramírez, Luke Evans
Writer(s): Erin Cressida Wilson
Details: Based on the novel “Girl on the Train” written by Paula Hawkins and published by Riverhead Books in 2015.
SSN Insight: Kate Mara was mentioned to co-star. Chris Evans was previously in negotiations for the role filled by Justin Theroux. Tate Taylor is also attached as director/producer/screenwriter on two films in active development: Joyland as well as Tupperware Unsealed, for Columbia Pictures with Sandra Bullock attached.
The Yellow Birds
Logline: A look at the harrowing lives of two soldiers in Iraq and the effects of war on their families at home.
Production Company(s): Story Mining & Supply Co., Cinelou Films
Director(s): Alexandre Moors
Executive Producer(s): Jim Kohlberg, David Lowery
Producer(s): Jeffrey Sharp, Evan Hayes, Mark Canton, Courtney Solomon
Cast: Tye Sheridan, Jack Huston, Alden Ehrenreich, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Patric
Writer(s): R. F. I. Porto, David Lowery
Details: Based on the novel “The Yellow Birds” written by Kevin Powers and published by Little, Brown and Company September 11, 2012.
SSN Insight: Benedict Cumberbatch was previously attached to star. David Lowery was previously attached to direct. Moors previously teamed with R.F.I. Porto on the film Blue Caprice which was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in 2014.
Logline: Poppy, the optimistic leader of the Trolls, and her polar opposite Branch, embark on an adventure that takes them far beyond the only world they’ve ever known.
Studio/Distributor(s): DreamWorks Animation, 20th Century Fox Distribution
Production Company(s): Festa Entertainment
Director(s): Mike Mitchell
Executive Producer(s): Dannie Festa
Producer(s): Gina Shay
Voice Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, James Corden, Russell Brand, Gwen Stefani
Writer(s): Erica Rivinoja, Adam Wilson, Melanie Wilson LaBracio
Details: Based on the Good Luck Troll dolls created by Thomas Dam for his daughter in Denmark in 1959.
SSN Insight: Mitchell is the executive producer behind Kung Fu Panda 3. He also is attached as a director on three films in active development including Home of the Future for Universal, Jitters for Paramount and Once Upon a Time for MGM.