New Regency Bringing Adrian Lyne Back To Directing With ‘Deep Water;’ Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas In Talks For Patricia Highsmith Adaptation

Affleck and de Armas are in talks to play Vic and Melinda Van Allen, an attractive young married couple whose mind games with each other take a twisted turn when people around them start turning up dead. The couple staves off divorce in a loveless marriage by allowing each to take lovers, but it becomes messy as Highsmith exposed the surface facade of American suburban life.
Arnon Milchan is also producing. It isn't all done yet, but the plan is for the film to shoot in November. Zack Helm (Stranger Than Fiction) and Sam Levinson (Euphoria) have adapted from the Patricia Highsmith novel, and Garrett Basch and Steven Zaillian are producing with Entertainment 360's Guymon Casady and Ben Forkner, and Anthony Katagas (12 Years A Slave).
Pic is an erotic thriller, right in the wheelhouse Lyne established with such blockbusters Indecent Proposal, Fatal Attraction, and 9 1/2 Weeks. The filmmaker has long been intrigued with this one, first setting it up with Fox 2000 back in 2013. New Regency bought control of the property last year, and this gives them another plum project to go with the James Gray-directed Ad Astra with Brad Pitt, and the Robert Eggers-directed The Lighthouse.
Pending all the pieces falling into place, the plan is for the film to go through its deal with Fox/Disney. EXCLUSIVE: In what is shaping up to be the first film he has directed since 2002's Unfaithful, Adrian Lyne is eyeing a November production start on Deep Water, with Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck starring, and New Regency fully financing.
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Affleck covered this terrain a bit with Gone Girl, and he is separately planning to team with Matt Damon in the Ridley Scott-directed The Last Duel, also at Fox/Disney with a script by Nicole Holofcener, Affleck and Damon.
Affleck is repped by WME, Lyne by ICM Partners, Helm by UTA, de Armas by CAA.
Dominik worked for years on this project, and looked at many actresses for the role of Monroe. She is about to begin shooting the Andrew Dominik-directed Netflix film Blonde, in which she plays iconic actress Marilyn Monroe, with talks going on for Adrien Brody to play Arthur Miller and Bobby Cannavale to play Joe DiMaggio in a fictionalized look at her life. As for de Armas, the Cuban-born actress is in quite a moment. She follows that film with the James Bond 25 film. He was intrigued when he saw de Armas in Blade Runner 2049, and they worked long and hard with a dialect coach to lose her Cuban accented inflection for Monroe's breathy delivery before a screen test pleased Netflix and Plan B's Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.

Drew Goddard To Write, Maybe Direct Movie Based On ‘Sabrina’ Graphic Novel

As the 24-hour news cycle and social media take hold of the story, the two men are targeted by vitriolic conspiracy theorists that threaten their sense of the truth and their faith in each other. After a grisly videotape is anonymously sent to news outlets, Sabrina’s disappearance goes viral. Sabrina, published in 2018, centers on a man who, after his girlfriend Sabrina goes missing, moves in with his old friend — an Air Force surveillance expert agent who is dealing with a failed marriage.
New Regency and RT Features are teaming to produce Sabrina, a feature film adaptation of Nick Drnaso’s Drawn & Quarterly graphic novel that became the first in its genre to make the long list for the Man Booker Prize. The producers have tapped Oscar-nominated The Martian scribe Drew Goddard, who most recently wrote, directed and produced Bad Times at the El Royale, to write the screenplay with an eye to direct.
That project remains in limbo. He previously was tapped by Fox in 2017 to write and direct X-Force, the X-Men universe pic that revolves around Deadpool and Cable.
Goddard directed the pilot and serves as an executive producer of the NBC comedy series The Good Place, and he co-created The Defenders and created Daredevil and was an executive producer on both. Additional credits include Cloverfield, The Cabin in the Woods, World War Z, Alias and Lost.
New Regency will finance. Goddard will also produce alongside RT Features' Rodrigo Teixeira and New Regency’s Arnon Milchan.
New Regency is also coming off the success of Bohemian Rhapsody which won four Oscars. RT Features and New Regency previously partnered on James Gray’s Ad Astra starring Brad Pitt and Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe for A24.
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New Regency & Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society Team For Jordan Vogt-Roberts Creature Feature

New Regency is coming off the $876M global B.O. The pic will be opening in China soon.   Next up, New Regency has James Gray’s Ad Astra, starring Brad Pitt, Ruth Negga, Tommy Lee Jones and Donald Sutherland. and Oscar-winning success of Bohemian Rhapsody (which won Rami Malek Best Actor, Best Achievement in Film Editing, Achievement in Sound Editing and Achievement in Sound Mixing).
Jordan's Outlier Society. A search for a writer is underway with plot details being kept secret. Kung: Skull Island filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts will be directing an original monster movie next, one based in his hometown of Detroit Michigan, a pic that will be produced by New Regency and Michael B.
Shooting in Detroit is important for Vogt-Roberts. When the State film incentives abruptly ended in 2015, the filmmaker was quite vocal about still wanting to bring production back to Michigan. Vogt-Roberts accomplished this through collaborations with brands that ranged from Sundance to Quaker Oats to Activision with the 2017 live action trailer he directed for the record-breaking videogame Destiny 2. Vogt-Roberts also co-founded the Detroit non-profit The Detroit Creativity Project, which uses improv training to transform how young people in the city view their potential in school and in life.
Their forthcoming projects include an adaption of the popular fantasy novel Black Leopard, Red Wolf; WWII action drama The Liberators; 61st Street for AMC; the anime-style 3D series gen:LOCK; the sci-fi hour-long series Raising Dion; and the OWN drama series David Makes Man from Oscar-winning Moonlight co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney. Jordan's Outlier Society was one of the first companies to publicly adopt the inclusion rider. Under the helm of President of Production Alana Mayo, Outlier Society has co-produced the Emmy-nominated HBO Films’ adaptation of Fahrenheit 451, which netted Jordan a Producers Guild Award.   Earlier this year, Jordan and Outlier Society inked a first look film deal with Warner Bros Studios and a first look television deal with Amazon Studios.
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He is currently attached to the videogame adaptation of Metal Gear Solid for Sony pictures. That pic further laid the ground for Legendary's Monsterverse franchise leading to the upcoming Godzilla vs. The director made his feature directorial debut with The Kings of Summer which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. earning $565M WW. His 2017 Legendary production Kong: Skull Island overperformed at the B.O. Kong.

New Regency Acquires Javier Gullón Sci-Fi Spec ‘N’

What could go wrong? One female journalist is left to fend for herself, alter the course of the future, and against all odds escape alive. A small group of journalists are invited to a remote location on the South Island of New Zealand to witness a scientific discovery in DNA that will seemingly change the course of history. The journos find themselves forced to confront an experiment that could threaten the human race.
Negin Salmasi brought in the project and will oversee from the LA headquarters of See-Saw, best known for producing The King's Speech, Lion and most recently the Steve McQueen-directed Widows and Garth Davis-directed Lion and Mary Magdalene.
Simon Gillis repped See-Saw and Eric Roth negotiated for New Regency.” /> Gullón is repped by CAA, Pacific View Management and Eclipse Law.
Deal was mid-six against seven figures and had at least six bidders vying both for film and TV. EXCLUSIVE: : New Regency has acquired N, a  Javier Gullón spec script described a grounded science fiction film with franchise potential. The writer chose to do it as a feature. Fox will handle worldwide distribution through its deal with New Regency. See-Saw's Iain Canning & Emile Sherman and Pacific View's Peter Dealbert are attached to produce.

New Regency Acquires YA Debut Novel ‘Devils Unto Dust’

Sam Hanson will oversee the project for New Regency.
Described as True Grit meets 28 Days Later, the novel follows 17-year-old Daisy Wilcox’s journey through 1870’s West Texas during a Reconstruction period plagued by a deadly virus infecting thousands with a rabies-like disease that turns people into murderous “Shakes.” When Daisy’s father disappears, Daisy hires two Shake-hunters who specialize in killing the infected, and sets off into the terrorscape of the western frontier to find him.
Big Talk’s Rachael Prior will executive produce. Big Talk Pictures’ Nira Park will produce along with New Regency’s Arnon Milchan. Emma Berquist’s debut novel Devils Unto Dust, which HarperCollins will publish under its Greenwillow imprint in April 2018, has been pre-emptively acquired by New Regency to make into a feature.
"Very occasionally, you read a piece of material that stops you in your tracks. We’re delighted to be partnering with New Regency on this project, who fell for it as fast and hard as we did.” “Daisy is an utterly compelling heroine – a young woman who does not and cannot give up. The stage Emma has set for her story is distinct and highly evocative. Devils Unto Dust is just such a piece and we’re thrilled Emma's trusting us with adapting,” said Big Talk founder and producer Park.
Berquist, a Texas native, is repped by Paradigm and Heather Flaherty at The Bent Agency.” />