Faith-based company Mission Pictures International will handle international sales on Hallmark’s Beverly Lewis’s The Shunning along with AFFIRM Films, a division of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. The project stars Danielle Panabaker and Sherry Stringfield. The Michael Landon Jr.-helmed film begins production November 8 and is about a young woman discovering her identity while coming to peace with the faith of her parents.
Anjelica Huston will play evil teacher Miss Battle-Axe in the big screen version of Francesca Simon’s Horrid Henry books. Richard E. Grant plays a rival headmaster and the cast is rounded by British TV stars Noel Fielding, Jo Brand and Prunella Scales. This is the second 3D feature from Vertigo Films after Streetdance 3D. Shooting will take place in London for 7 weeks, with Vertigo releasing the film in the UK summer next year.
Also from AFM, Rhys Ifans, Rupert Friend and Bill Nighy have signed up for This Beautiful Fantastic, the next feature by Joel Hopkins (Last Chance Harvey). The project — about a frustrated librarian who encounters a shambolic inventor — made the 2009 Brit List of best unproduced screenplays.