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Directors: New Projects From Neill Blomkamp, Sean Durkin, Louis Letterier, Johnnie To, And More

Directors: New Projects From Neill Blomkamp, Sean Durkin, Louis Letterier, Johnnie To, And More

As collaborators, Sean Durkin and Antonio Campos have been a formidable pair. Campos produced the Durkin-directed breakout “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” while roles were reversed for Campos’ directorial efforts “Simon Killer” and “Afterschool.” And the pair put their producing powers behind recent Sundance film festival hit “James White.” Clearly they’ve got taste and talent, and they are putting it to use once again, producing “Katie Says Goodbye.” Olivia Cooke, Mireille Enos, Christopher Abbott, Jim Belushi and Mary Steenburgen will star in the drama about “a 17-year-old waitress, played by Cooke, who attempts to overcome the hardships of poverty by prostituting herself in order to fulfill her dream of a new life in San Francisco.” Wayne Roberts will direct with filming starting this month. [THR]

Johnnie To always has several projects on the go at once, so here’s another: he’ll direct the heist thriller “Three” starring Louis Koo, Vicki Zhao Wei and Wallace Chung. The story will follow a “doctor who finds herself in a crossfire between the police and gangsters.” [Screen Daily]

With the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy “Grimsby” pushed from this summer to early 2016, director Louis Letterier has some time to look at new projects, and it looks like he’s getting ready to go “In The Deep.” Leterrier is in talks to helm the story — described as “127 Hours” meets “Jaws” — about “a lone surfer attacked by a shark and stranded on a reef [who] must find a way back to shore before succumbing to her injuries.” Anthony Jaswinski penned the Black List-approved script. [Deadline]

The man who brought us “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Battles Los Angeles” will now be a “Man At Arms.” Jonathan Liebesman will direct the movie that “follows Sir Lancelot as an older man who is bent on making amends after his love for Guinevere (and hers for him) ended up destroying Arthur’s Camelot.” [Deadline]

The forever developing “Narco Sub” has yet another director: Brian Kirk (“Game Of Thrones,” “Boardwalk Empire“). The movie, which has seen Tony Scott, Doug Liman and Antoine Fuqua all kick the tires at various times, “follows a notorious Ecuadorian drug lord who forces a disgraced American naval officer to navigate a cocaine-packed submarine past the U.S. Coast Guard.” Liam Neeson will “likely star” but we’ll see given how long this movie has been kicking around. [The Wrap]

Neill Blomkamp and Simon Kinberg are joining forces to produce a feature-length version of the hot online short “The Leviathan.” The original movie from Ruairi Robinson has been making big waves since it dropped on Vimeo, with over 1.2 million views, hence the talent circling. Jim Uhls (“Fight Club,” “Jumper“) will write the script. Check out the “The Leviathan” below. [Deadline]

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