Independent Talent Signs English Actor Tom Prior
Rising English star Tom Prior has signed with UK agency Independent Talent. The 22-year-old actor, who recently had starring roles in the National Youth Theatre’s West End season, also is signed with Firefly for management. Prior is shooting Matthew Vaughn’s The Secret Service and also has boarded James Marsh’s Stephen Hawking pic The Theory Of Everything from Working Title.

‘What’s In A Name?’ Coming To U.S. Via Under The Milky Way
New York-based Under the Milky Way has set a December 13 theatrical and digital release in the U.S. for the hit French comedy What’s In A Name? The film from writer-directors Alexandre de La Patellière and Matthieu Delaporte, based on their play Le Prénom, stars Patrick Bruel as a slick real estate agent about to become a father. At a meeting with family and childhood friends he announces the name of his future son, but the scandalous moniker ignites a discussion that brings the group’s past bubbling to the surface. What’s In A Name? was a local smash, selling more tickets in France last year than The Avengers.

EOne Sets UK Release Date For ‘The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death’
EOne has set a UK release date for horror film The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, the follow-up to Daniel Radcliffe starrer The Woman In Black. Filming has just started on the pic, which will open February 13, 2015. Tom Harper is directing Phoebe Fox, Jeremy Irvine, Helen McCrory and Oaklee Pendergast. The story is set during World War II after the government has seized the eerie Eel Marsh House of the first film, and a group of evacuated children arrives to awaken its scary tenant.

ITV Orders Six-Part Period Drama ‘Grantchester’
Britain’s ITV has commissioned six-part series Grantchester, which takes place in 1953 Cambridgeshire. It’s adapted from the novel Sidney Chambers And The Shadow Of Death by James Runcie and is scripted by EastEnders alum Daisy Coulam. Lovely Day is producing the series, which focuses on the life of a charismatic clergyman who turns investigative vicar when one of his parishioners dies under suspicious circumstances. Shooting starts in March, with cast to be confirmed.

Mongrel Media Bringing ‘Loveship’ To Canada
Mongrel Media has acquired all Canadian rights to Liza Johnson’s Loveship (formerly Hateship Loveship). The movie, which premiered in Toronto, is adapted from Canadian author Alice Munro’s short story. Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Nick Nolte, Hailee Steinfeld, Sami Gayle, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Christine Lahti star in the pic about a shy caregiver who becomes the victim of a teenage prank that makes her think that a man is in love with her for the first time in her life. Mongrel acquired rights from UTA and will release in spring 2014. IFC has U.S. rights.

UFA Serial Drama To Produce German Version Of ‘Wentworth’
UFA Serial Drama, a division of FremantleMedia’s German production arm UFA, and RTL will produce a German-language adaptation of hit Australian prison drama Wentworth. The 10-episode adaptation will go into production in Berlin in March. Based on FremantleMedia Australia’s series, the show will follow the same story of power struggles and unlikely allegiances within a female prison. Wentworth is in production on its second season in Australia.