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CBS Films Acquires Film Rights to Trilogy of Atlantis Novels

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The trilogy of “Atlantis” novels by author A.G. Riddle have been optioned for film by CBS Films. The first book in the series is titled “The Atlantis Gene” was self-published in March of 2013.

The novel follows a brilliant geneticist and an international counterterrorism agent who must team up to thwart a global pandemic and solve the greatest mystery of all time: the truth behind the origins of humanity.

The third installment of the series was recently published on May 15, 2014.

The author, A.G. Riddle, is a native of North Carolina, a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and previously spent a decade starting and running internet-centric companies. Riddle was recently ranked #2 in Science Fiction Book authors (including print) on Amazon, behind George R.R. Martin.

There is no word on whether the trilogy will become a film franchise but it is likely. The studio has also not announce when the project will begin production.

CBS Films Plans Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Adaptation

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Prepare for a nostalgia bomb readers over 20. CBS Films has optioned the rights to the children’s book series, “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” written by Alvin Schwartz. You know, those horror anthologies we used to read late at night under the covers or at sleepovers? According to Deadline, the anthology series is being adapted into a film with Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton providing the screenplay. The Sean Daniel Company’s Jason Brown and Sean Daniel are set to produce Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark alongside 1212 Entertainment’s Elizabeth Grave.

“Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” was originally published in 1981 and later became a three book series which included titles “More Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark” and “Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones.”

This spooky addition to Alvin Schwartz’s popular books on American folklore is filled with tales of eerie horror and dark revenge that will make you jump with fright. There is a story here for everyone — skeletons with torn and tangled flesh who roam the earth; a ghost who takes revenge on her murderer; and a haunted house where every night a bloody head falls down the chimney. Stephen Gammell’s splendidly creepy drawings perfectly capture the mood of more than two dozen scary stories — and even scary songs — all just right for reading alone or for telling aloud in the dark. If You Dare!

The original (incredibly creepy) illustrations from Stephen Gammell were replaced with art by Brett Helquist for a recent 30th anniversary edition of the books. The switch led to some heavy criticism from fans who grew up with the original artists’s truly terrifying images.

There is no word yet on who will be directing the feature or what exactly the film will follow plot-wise. However, if any of the original art comes to life in the film, it will be truly terrifying.

Oliver Twist To Become “Olivia Twisted” Through CBS Films

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Let’s forgo the obvious pun and just say that CBS Films has decided to take a different approach when deciding to adapt the classic novel “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens. The company has officially optioned Michael Roberts’ screenplay entitled, Olivia Twisted.

Roberts used the classic novel to create a hyper-real, gothic city type tale with its primary focus being a young woman named Olivia. However, she isn’t an ordinary woman. Olivia is part of a highly trained gang of street kids ranging in age from 6 to 19 who work for a criminal named Fagin. When the gang takes on a kidnapping job, it lands in the middle of a turf war between the city’s two major kingpins.

One of the draws of this particular adaptation is the fact that it plans to focus on the beautifully choreographed action scenes and setting as seen from the eyes of the former stuntman. The project is the debut script for Roberts, who broke into the business as a stuntman for TV shows including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Alias” before an injury prompted a career change.

Michael De Luca and Michael De Luca Productions’ Alissa Phillips are attached to produce.

There is no word on a projected date for production or who they want to star in this gritty re-imagining.

D.B. Cooper Novel May Get New Life In Film

Will Gluck, director of 2010’s Easy A, is at the center of a deal that CBS Films is making to adapt Geoffrey Gray’s novel Skyjack: The Hunt for D.B. Cooper.  Keith Bunin is tapped to write the script.

Bunin previously scripted episodes for the HBO series “In Treatment,” and is writing a live-action film about the life of Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) for Universal and Illumination Entertainment with the intent of Johnny Depp starring and producing.

The novel Skyjack is an action-comedy that tells the story of D.B.Cooper, who on Nov. 24, 1971, hijacked a Boeing 727, demanded $200,000 and parachutes, and jumped out over the Pacific Northwest. Cooper was never caught nor was his body or the money ever recovered, and has since been hailed as a folk hero.

The book features the perspectives of three different people claiming to be Cooper.

Read the official summary of Skyjack below:

‘I have a bomb here and I would like you to sit by me.’

That was the note handed to a stewardess by a mild-mannered passenger on a Northwest Orient flight in 1971. It was the start of one of the most astonishing whodunits in the history of American true crime: how one man extorted $200,000 from an airline, then parachuted into the wilds of the Pacific Northwest and into oblivion. D. B. Cooper’s case has become the stuff of legend and obsessed and cursed his pursuers with everything from bankruptcy to suicidal despair. Now with Skyjack, journalist Geoffrey Gray delves into this unsolved mystery uncovering new leads in the infamous case.

Starting with a tip from a private investigator into a promising suspect (a Cooper lookalike, Northwest employee, and trained paratrooper), Gray is propelled into the murky depths of a decades-old mystery, conducting new interviews and obtaining a first-ever look at Cooper’s FBI file. Beginning with a heartstopping and unprecedented recreation of the crime itself, from cabin to cockpit to tower, and uncanny portraits of characters who either chased Cooper or might have committed the crime, including Ralph Himmelsbach, the most dogged of FBI agents, who watched with horror as a criminal became a counter-culture folk hero who supposedly shafted the system…Karl Fleming, a respected reporter whose career was destroyed by a Cooper scoop that was a scam…and Barbara (nee Bobby) Dayton, a transgendered pilot who insisted she was Cooper herself.

With explosive new information and exclusive access to FBI files and forensic evidence, Skyjack reopens one of the great cold cases of the 20th century.”

The tale of D.B. Cooper had previously been made into a movie entitled The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper, however this new project will be different due to the structure of the story and the focus of the three suspects.

Gluck would direct the project, and also produce under his Olive Bridge banner. He is in the middle of a Sony Pictures deal for movies and series, and this is a rare project outside that arrangement. Gluck most recently co-wrote Friends With Benefits, a romantic comedy starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. Gluck is repped by UTA. Bunin is repped by Kaplan/Perrone and CAA, and CAA reps the author as well. CBS Films execs Maria Faillace and Mark Ross are overseeing the film. For CBS Films, which has made acquisitions a big part of its slate, it becomes another filmmaker-driven homegrown project, much like the upcoming Seven Psychopaths by In Bruges helmer Martin McDonagh.

While CBS has already acquired the rights to the novel, the question comes whether or not Gluck will be up for the task.

A New Trailer for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Ok, So I don’t partiularly like fishing in hardly any context… but I do like Ewan McGregor and he is as awesome as ever even in this film regarding fishing. CBS films recently released the new upcoming film, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen.

The film comes from Lasse Hallstrom and stars Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, Kristin Scott Thomas and Amr Waked.

It is an adaptation of the Paul Torday novel that was published in 2006. The official description is as follows:

Britain’s leading fisheries expert (McGregor) is approached by a consultant (Blunt) to help realize a sheikh’s (Waked) vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert. He immediately thinks the project is both absurd and unachievable, but when the Prime Minister’s overzealous press secretary (Thomas) latches on to it as a “good will” story, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible.

The film hits theaters march 9th and you can watch the brand new trailer below: