[News Bites] ‘Predestination’ Art, ‘Mortal Instruments’ & “Knifeman” Casting Updates

Oscar nominee Tim Roth (“Lie To Me”) has signed on to star in Media Rights Capital’s TV series project “Knifeman,” reports Deadline. The great David Cronenberg is set to direct the pilot and executive produce the series, which “Centers on John Tattersall (Roth), a radical, self-educated surgeon who will go to unorthodox lengths to uncover the secrets of the human body.” The straight-to-series project, which is expected to be taken out to networks shortly, was written by Emmy-nominated writer-producer Rolin Jones (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Weeds”) from a story by Jones and Ron Fitzgerald (“Friday Night Lights,” “Weeds”).

Newcomer Jemima West has joined the cast of the Screen Gems and Constantin pic The Mortal Instruments, reports Variety. Lily Collins and Jaime Campbell Bower also star in the pic helmed by Harald Zwart. “Based on Cassandra Clare’s bestselling young adult book series, the story follows Clary Fray, a seemingly ordinary teenager who discovers she is the descendent of a demon-hunting clan.

Twitch was the first to discover the below sales art to Predestination, a sci-fi thriller with a horror twist to be directed by the The Spierig Brothers (Daybreakers, Undead). Ethan Hawk will star in the flick described as “A riveting adventure through time centered on a secret government time traveling agency designed to prevent future killers and terrorists from committing their crimes. ‘Predestination’ chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must recruit his younger self while pursuing the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.