[News Bites] ‘Mercy’ Casting; Spielberg Stalls ‘Robopocalypse’; ‘Y the Last Man’ Director!

Chris Browning

Shirley Knight (Cowboys and Aliens) and Chris Browning, pictured above, have rounded out the cast of the Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions horror movie Mercy, reports Variety. Dylan McDermott, Frances O’Connor, Chandler Riggs and Joel Courtney currently star, with Haunting in Connecticut‘s Peter Cornwell set to direct. Pic is based on a Stephen King story from his “Skeleton Crew,” with a script penned by Matt Greenberg. It follows two young boys who go with their single mother (O’Connor) to take care of their elderly, senile grandmother named Mercy, only to discover that she’s a witch who made a pact with a dark force many years before.

According to Deadline, Steven Spielberg is going to push back Robopocalypse, the giant science fiction pic that he was scheduled to direct this spring for Fox and Disney through DreamWorks. Spielberg isn’t dropping out of the movie, he just didn’t want to rush an expensive film, and wanted more time to work on it. Based on Daniel H. Wilson novel and with a script by Cloverfield‘s Drew Goddard, Robopocalypse was to star Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway and concerns a battle for survival after mankind generates its first mass intelligence computer brain only to see it escape. It was set for an April 2014 release.

Lastly, New Line Cinema is moving forward with the cult classic Y The Last Man, setting Dan Trachtenberg to direct the film, says the same site. “Y The Last Man” is the dystopian science fiction comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra published by Vertigo beginning in 2002. It focuses on only man to survive the apparent simultaneous death of every male mammal on Earth. The 60-issue series was repackaged in book firm and the series won five Eisner Awards.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dillon.brown.7 DB35

    IMDb made it sound like the entire project was suspended for good, so I’m glad to hear from another source that he’s just delaying it to get it right. I’m a big fan of Speilberg when he’s in his “Jaws,” “Jurassic Park,” “Duel” mode, so I’m really excited to see him get back into it with a story like “Robopocalypse.”

  • Murdock408

    Absolutely ecstatic to hear that stuff is moving along with the Y: The Last Man film, I’m liking that they are picking up new writers and directors, just hopefully it pays off in the end!