Ethan Hawke is set to star in 24 Hours to Live, a thriller about a career assassin who is given a shot at redemption when his employer temporarily resurrects him. Brian Smrz, a veteran second unit director, is helming the film, working from Zachary Dean‘s screenplay. (Ron Mita and Jim McClaim wrote the original script.) Fundamental Films and Thunder Road are producing, and Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin.
Why not him? Zack Pearlman (Mulaney, The Intern) has joined James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Zoey Deutch, Keegan-Michael Key, and Megan Mullally in the Fox comedy Why Him?.John Hamburg is directing the film about a Midwestern father (Cranston) who visits his college student daughter (Deutch) and clashes with her tech mogul boyfriend (Franco). Hamburg wrote the script with Ian Helfer. [Hollywood Reporter]
Ed Helms and Amanda Seyfried are headlining writer-director Dito Montiel‘s comedy The Clapper. Based on Montiel’s novel Eddie Krumble Is the Clapper, it’s the story of an infomercial audience-member-for-hire who gets his 15 minutes of fame on a talk show. Montiel, Helms, Mike Falbo, and Robin Schorr are producing. [Deadline]
DreamWorks and Paramount’s Ghost in the Shell has found its villain: Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) will play the Laughing Man opposite Scarlett Johansson in the big-screen adaptation of the cyberpunk manga. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is directing, from a script by Jonathan Herman. The film is due March 31, 2017. [Hollywood Reporter]