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[News Bites] McG Gets Behind Animated ‘Ruin’; The Mortal Instruments’ Casting; And Lifetime’s “Witches”

Fox is in negotiations to pre-emptively pick up the movie rights to Ruin, an eight-minute animated short by Wes Ball. THR writes that Ball is attached to direct the feature and will co-write the script with T.S. Nowlin. The two likely will work under the supervision of McG, who is negotiating to produce via his Wonderland Sound and Vision, with Steve Tzirlin, a Lucasfilm exec who oversaw story and script development for “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” The video, which debuted on Vimeo in March (watch it above), is set in a post-apocalyptic North American city overgrown with foliage and has an I Am Legend meets Terminator 2 vibe.

“Game of Thrones” and Dredd star Lena Headey, Jared Harris of “Mad Men” and Godfrey Gao have joined the cast of The Mortal Instruments from Screen Gems and Constantin Films, reports Variety. Previously announced cast include Kevin Durand, Robert Maillet, Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower 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.

In some horror news that we’ll never again report on, Lifetime, which continues to delve into scripted fare, has ordered a pilot for “Witches of East End,” says Variety. Based on the Melissa de la Cruz novel, “Witches of East End” centers on a mother and her two daughters who are the family’s next generation of witches. Maggie Friedman wrote the pilot and will exec produce with Erwin Stoff.



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