Directed by Aaron Schneider and starring and written by Tom Hanks, Greyhound will open on April 5, 2019 and be up against Warner Bros./New Line’s Shazam!. Deadline first broke the news about Hanks’ attachment to the material and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions taking global from FilmNation following Hanks’ success with Sully. The pic is based on C.S. Forester’s novel The Good Shepherd and it is currently shooting in Baton Rogue. In the early days of WWII, an international convoy of 37 Allied ships, led by captain Ernest Krause (Hanks) in his first command of a U.S. destroyer, crosses the treacherous North Atlantic while hotly pursued by wolf packs of Nazi U-boats. Playtone’s Gary Goetzman and Hanks are producing. FilmNation Entertainment’s Aaron Ryder, Playtone’s Steven Shareshian, and David Coatsworth serve as EPs. SPWA is financing in association with Bron Creative, Sycamore Pictures, and Zhengfu Pictures.
Meanwhile Nicolas Pesce’s The Grudge will haunt theaters on Aug. 16, 2019 versus an untitled Universal event film. Pesce recently had the midnight title Piercing at Sundance which was based on Ryu Murakami’s novel about a hooker played by Mia Waskikowska who turns the tables on a crazy client played by Christopher Abbott. Grudge starts shooting in May. Deadline also first reported the news about Sony’s Grudge reboot with Pesce.
Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert will produce for Ghost House with Nathan Kahane and Erin Westerman executive producing for Good Universe alongside Schuyler Weiss, Roy Lee, Doug Davison, John Middleton, and Andrew Pfeffer. Romel Adam will oversee for Ghost House and Brady Fujikawa will oversee for Good Universe. SPWA took global rights. The last horror hit from SPWA, Ghost House and Good Universe was Don’t Breathe.
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