Two independent comic book properties and a debut novel are being developed and adapted for the big screen. The first is titled PYONGYANG, named after the capital of the North Korea, and it has quite the interesting background:
Pyongyang documents Guy Delisle’s experiences in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, where he stayed for two months. Acting as the liaison between a French animation producing company and the SEK Studio (Scientific Educational Korea) company, he struggles with the difficulties of outsourcing and the bureaucracy of the totalitarian closed state.
PIRATES director Gore Verbinski has been signed to direct the film.
Also on slate for development by producer Ridley Scott is MIND MGMT, by Matt Kindt:
The story centers on Henry Lime, a powerful psychic and former government agent who, with the help of an author named Meru, investigates the agency from whence he came.
And speaking of Ridley Scott, he is also in the process of developing CHILD 44, with Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace in talks to star. The attached director is Daniel Espinosa, most recently known for 2012’s suprise hit, SAFE HOUSE. Here’s the synopsis:
Child 44 follows a member of the Soviet police who, while investigating a series of child murders, finds himself the target of his own government’s suspicions. Hardy will play the Soviet officer while Rapace will play his wife, who pretends to be doting partner but is concealing many thoughts and feelings.
I’ve personally read this one and it is a nail biter. It’s SILENCE OF THE LAMBS meets 1984. Having such a great creative team behind it gives me pretty high hopes for a successful movie. Tom Hardy seems to be the busiest bee in Hollywood these days. He just wrapped MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, he has signed on for the role of Sam Fisher in SPLINTER CELL and is rumored to be involved in the new JACK RYAN trilogy as John Clark.
Sources: Hollywwod Reporter, IGN Movies, Collider