Michael Gracey to Direct DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE for Universal

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Universal Pictures has chosen a director for the studio’s adaptation of the Laini Taylor YA fantasy novel Daughter of Smoke & BoneHeat Vision reports that commercials director Michael Gracey will take the helm of the project, which revolves around a 17-year-old art student whose father sends her all over the world collecting human teeth for a mysterious purpose.  The young woman soon realizes that she’s part of an ancient struggle between angels and demons, and finds herself in a love affair with a warrior angel.  Stuart Beattie (Collateral) initially penned the screenplay with subsequent rewrites by Taylor, and Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman) will produce.

Gracey had been developing a China-set take on Snow White at Disney before the Mouse House put a hold on that project.  He’s expected to make his feature debut with the Elton John biopic Rocketman, starring Tom Hardy, and he’s also attached to helm Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman on Earth.  No word on how soon Smoke & Bone might come to fruition, but Universal is likely eager to get in on the YA craze.  Read a synopsis for the novel after the jump.

Michael Gracey to Direct Elton John Biopic ROCKETMAN

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A director has finally been assigned to Rocket Pictures’ developing Elton John biopic Rocketman.  Deadline reports that commercials director Michael Gracey has been tapped to take the helm of the film, which is being planned as a “radically different” kind of biopic.  Billy Elliot scribe Lee Hall wrote the screenplay, and the film will be told in a non-linear, hyper-visual manner complete with choreographed sequences set to John’s classic songs.  Gracey is a veteran of commercial directing, having helmed many musically-inclined spots including a Lipton ad with Hugh Jackman and Evian’s “dancing babies” spot.

There’s no word on who will play Sir Elton himself, but a search is currently underway to cast the child version of the singer.  Gracey is also attached to direct a couple of other feature films including The Greatest Showman on Earth with Jackman set to star, and the Jim Henson biopic The Muppet Man.  Hit the jump to sample some of Gracey’s commercials work. 

Disney Puts a Hold on ORDER OF THE SEVEN

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Just as production was about to roll on Disney’s action adventure, Order of the Seven, the studio put an indefinite hold on the project.  Debut director Michael Gracey had plans to start shooting in London as early as this summer, but it looks like those plans have been put on ice.  Order of the Seven, originally envisioned as a martial arts retelling of the story of Snow White, had set its star, Saoirse Ronan and was in the midst of assembling its international cast.  Apparently, all work related to the project has ground to a halt. Even though the film had been in pre-production with cameras ready to roll this year, the project was never officially greenlit and no release date had been established by the studio.  Hit the jump for more information behind the indefinite hold put on Order of the Seven.

Disney’s ORDER OF SEVEN May Star Saoirse Ronan; Ty Burrell Joins JACKIE BROWN Prequel, SWITCH

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Saoirse Ronan is in talks to star in Order of Seven, an action adventure tale based loosely on Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. If you’re a fan of Snow White, you’ll have your pick between Relativity Media’s frivolous take Mirror Mirror directed by Tarsem Singh and Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, directed by Rupert Sanders. Disney, oddly enough, is late to the game with their submission even though the project began development ten years ago.

In other casting news, Ty Burrell has joined the cast of the Jackie Brown prequel, Switch along with John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey. Hit the jump for much more on Ronan and Burrell’s roles and respective projects.

Michael Gracey to Direct P.T. Barnum Biopic THE GREATEST SHOWMAN ON EARTH Starring Hugh Jackman

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Back in August 2009, we reported that Hugh Jackman was set to star in the P.T. Barnum biopic The Greatest Showman on Earth and a short two years later that project now has a director.  THR reports that commercial director Michael Gracey will helm the project which focuses on the legendary circus owner/swindler and his infatuation with opera singer Jenny Lind aka “the Swedish Nightingale”.  Back in 2009 we reported that Anne Hathaway was being courted for Lind but now it appears that the role is wide open.  Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City) wrote the script, and Jackman will produce alongside John Palermo and Laurence Mark.  This is the second film Gracey has signed to direct this month.  We reported on August 3rd that he had signed on to direct Disney’s China-set Snow White film (because we needed another fucking Snow White movie) The Order of the Seven.

Hit the jump for a recap of Jackman’s other projects.

Michael Gracey to Direct Disney’s China-Set Snow White Film THE ORDER OF THE SEVEN

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If you were under the impression that there are only two Snow White projects currently in development, you’re sadly mistaken. In addition to Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman and Relativity’s Untitled Snow White Project, Disney has been developing a take of their own because really, audiences have been demanding more and more Snow White movies for a long time now. Disney’s version takes place in China, and Heat Vision reports that the Mouse House has settled on commercials director and visual effects wizard Michael Gracey to bring the now-titled The Order of the Seven to life. Hit the jump for details on the 19th-century China-set story as well as the other two Snow White projects we have coming down the pipeline.

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