Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit,” “Ender’s Game“) has put the wheels in motion for Dustin Lance Black‘s “The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight” by joining the film. Based on the book by Jennifer E. Smith, the story takes place over 24 hours and follows Hadley, who’s stuck at John F. Kennedy Airport and late to her father’s second wedding in London. She meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area: his name is Oliver, he’s British, he’s in seat 18B and Hadley’s in 18A. Hadley and Oliver’s story about family connections, second chances and first loves will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it. Awwwww.
Jason Bateman is “IPO Man,” and no, he’s not a superhero. Instead, it’s Bateman’s latest directing and acting vehicle, based on the Wired article, “Meet The Man Who Sold His Fate To Investors At $1 A Share,” telling the true story of “a man who found a novel commodity for a public offering: himself. It created a host of problems for the actual guy, Mike Merrill, when shareholders demanded control over life decisions like whether to have a vasectomy or even whether he should move in with his longtime girlfriend (and minority shareholder).” The project is set up at Fox Searchlight with “Transparent” writers Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster penning the script. [Deadline]
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has joined Will Smith, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, Bitsie Tulloch, and Albert Brooks, in the still untitled football concussion drama. Peter Landesman (“Parkland“) directs this film about “Dr. Bennett Omalu, whose studies on CTE prompt the NFL to take brain-related injuries seriously.” [Deadline]
Russell Brand has found a way to meld his activism with his day job by joining Michael Winterbottom‘s documentary “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” which is about the 2008 financial crisis. The film will feature a traditional documentary structure along with “comedy routines to help illustrate its points about how the crisis impacted the working middle class.” We really hope that turns out better than it sounds. [EW]