[News Bites] ‘Mystery Road’ Acquired, ‘Sea Monster’ Has Heart, Page 1 Of King’s ‘The Shining’ Adaptation

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Arclight Films has licensed US rights on the Australian thriller Mystery Road, pictured above, starring Aaron Pedersen and Ryan Kwanten to Well Go USA with plans an early 2014 release, says Screen Daily. Ivan Sen directs Mystery Road, which stars Pedersen and an ensemble that includes Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson, Kwanten, Tony Barry, Tasma Walton, Damian Walshe-Howling, David Field, Robert Mammone and newcomer Trisha Whitton. Sen wrote the screenplay to the story “about a detective who returns to his Australian Outback town to solve the murder of an Aboriginal teenage girl.

Reteaming the producers and co-screenwriter behind Adventures in Zambezia 3D and Khumba, Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios is developing a third movie property, the 3D Sea Monster, “about a young marine biologist’s discovery of an ancient sea monster,” Variety reports. Screenwriter Raffaella Delle Donne, who co-penned Zambezia and Khumba, will present Sea Monster — a working title — next Tuesday at France’s Annecy International Animation Festival’s Creative Focus section. Delle Donne is working on a first-draft screenplay. “It turns on an obsessive-compulsive science geek who discovers a primordial sea monster off the coast of South Africa, and has to overcome his fear of the ocean before the creature is captured by an unscrupulous professor, changing the face of the planet forever.” Producer Stuart Forrest called Sea Monster an “adventure-comedy in the spirit of How to Train Your Dragon, with the heart of a beloved classic, E.T. Picture below.

Also, Annapurna Pictures shared the first page of Stephen King’s original screenplay adaptation of his novel, “The Shining”, for Stanley Kubrick. It’s pretty cool!

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Pictured Above: Sea Monster