‘Midnight Sun’ Director Scott Speer Signs On For Dark Rom-Com ‘S21’ – AFM

Written by Greg Wayne, the plot of S21 is set in a not-so-distant future where clinically assisted suicide has become legal at age 21. Casting is underway. A chance encounter in a clinic waiting room leads two lost souls to spend the final 24 hours of their lives together discovering the true meaning of life and death.
The news is being announced at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, and a spring 2019 production start is being eyed. EXCLUSIVE: Scott Speer, the director whose credits include Step Up Revolution, Til I See You and the Bella Thorne-Patrick Schwarzenegger romancer Midnight Sun, has come aboard to helm S21, a dark and edgy romantic comedy from Catapult Entertainment Group.
Catapult's Christopher Watkins and Kevin Goetz are producing with Charles Stiefel from Needle’s Eye, whose most recent tie-up A Violent Separation scored a North American distribution deal with Screen Media this week at AFM.
Speer knows a bit about directing dark. Midnight Sun starred Thorne as teen with a rare genetic condition that keeps her housebound during daylight, which she must reconcile when she meets the boy (Schwarzenegger) of her dreams. It grossed $27.4 million worldwide after its March 2018 release via Open Road.
“S21 is a timely story to tell and while it does explore darker aspects of what it’s like for all of us to be human, ultimately it’s about finding hope and love in the most unlikely places and what we choose to do with it,” Watkins said. Added Goetz: “Scott has long been our first choice to helm S21 and with his ability to connect with audiences worldwide, we’re confident that his style and vision will lend themselves perfectly in telling this incredible little story."
Speer is repped by UTA and Artists First.” />

‘Dora The Explorer’ First Photo Unveiled; Nicholas Coombe Joins As Production Gets Underway

Paramount Players' live-action feature of Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer began production a few days ago, and will shoot entirely on Australia's Gold Coast. The studio dropped the first photo today of 17-year-old Isabela Moner as the title moppet jungle adventurer with a penchant for solving puzzles.
Dora the Explorer will start her adventures on the big screen on August 2, 2019.” />
Temuera Morrison will play the role of Powell. Madeleine Madden plays Sammy the school’s snooty class president, and Oscar nominee Adriana Barraza is Dora’s grandma, Abuelita Valerie. Dora the Explorer finds Dora dealing with high school and leading a new group of friends on an adventure with her sidekick, Boots the monkey, and famed cousin Diego played by newcomer Micke Moreno.
Also joining the cast is Nicholas Coombe, who'll play Randy, a fellow high school friend of Dora's who becomes completely smitten with her. Coombe is repped by LINK Entertainment, The Characters Talent Agency and Jackoway Austen Tyerman. Previous credits include ABC's Imaginary Mary and Global Road's Midnight Sun opposite Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger. He recently shot a recurring role on Annapurna/Hulu’s pilot Search and Destroy and recurs on Syfy's The Magicians.
Filming will take place on the continent’s east coast south of Brisbane. Village Roadshow Studios, where the production will headquarter, has been host to such recent shoots as Thor: Ragnarok and Aquaman. Walden Media co-produces the James Bobin-directed film. Queenland's tropical forests near Tamborine Mountain and Tallebudgera will be tapped as Dora’s jungle habitat The production is being supported by the Queensland government via Screenland Queensland.