Michael Gracey has officially been tapped to direct Hugh Jackman in the 20th Century Fox musical The Greatest Showman On Earth, though producers told Deadline that the helmer has been attached for months. Regardless, it extends a hot streak for Gracey, who recently became attached to Disney’s Snow White pic after a career in VFX and commercials. Jenny Bicks wrote The Greatest Showman, which centers on the life of P.T. Barnum (Jackman). It’s unclear when production will start, as Jackman has to make Fox’s The Wolverine and also has an offer to star in Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables. …
Seth Green is set to star opposite Lou Taylor Pucci in The Story of Luke, a Fluid Film and DViant Film drama about a young autistic man (Pucci) looking for a job and a woman. Green will play his mentor, who coaches him in how to obtain both. Cary Elwes and Kristin Bauer also star. The film — directed by Alonso Mayo and produced by Nina Leidensdorff, Fred Roos and Julien Favre — begins shooting this month in Ontario. Green, up for three Emmys this year for his work on Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken, is repped by UTA and Koopman Management.
There’s a report that Team Downey’s Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey are producing the story of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis as told through the eyes of Hunter Scott who as an 11-year old student helped get the ship’s captain posthumously exonerated. But Deadline told you that back in April, in a story about the wealth of deals Warner Bros has been making with star-driven companies that included Team Downey. It’s basically the shark tale that Robert Shaw told about how sailors who delivered parts of the atom bomb in a secret mission floated for days while sharks ravaged them It’s a worthy project that has been around forever and now Robert Schenkkan will try to crack the code.
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