Teagan Croft will star in the film True Spirit for Netflix.
It follows the true story of a 16-year-old Australian, who, in 2010, became the youngest person to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world. Watson accomplished what many thought impossible, navigating some of the world’s most challenging stretches of oceans and surviving seven knockdowns while at sea for 210 days.
Written by Sarah Spillane and Cathy Randall and directed by Spillane, the film is based on Watson’s best-selling memoir of the same name, and Watson will consult on the biopic.
“Jessica’s story has inspired me and is one that is universally inspiring, and I’m honored to be a part of telling it,” Croft said in a statement.
The drama Percy vs. Goliath will come out on DVD June 29 from Paramount Home Entertainment and Saban Films.
It is already available in select theaters, for digital purchase and on demand.
Christopher Walken, Zach Braff and Christina Ricci star in this true story of a small-town farmer taking on one of the largest agricultural and food manufacturing corporations. Percy Schmeiser (Walken), a third-generation farmer, is sued by a corporate giant for allegedly using their patented seeds. With little resources to fight the giant legal battle, Percy joins forces with up-and-coming attorney Jackson Weaver (Braff) and environmental activist Rebecca Salcau (Ricci) to fight one of the most monumental cases all the way up to the Supreme Court.
Netflix and STXfilms have partnered to develop and produce I Slept with Joey Ramone, a biopic chronicling the life of the punk rocker.
Directed by Jason Orley (Big Time Adolescence, Pete Davidson: Alive From New York and upcoming film I Want You Back), the film will star Pete Davidson (“Saturday Night Live,” The King of Staten Island, Big Time Adolescence and upcoming films The Suicide Squad and American Sole). The treatment is written by Pete Davidson and Jason Orley based on the Mickey Leigh memoir of the same name.
“When you share a bed with someone — and not just a bed, but a childhood, a family, and a lifetime — you know that person better than anybody else,” Adam Fogelson, chairman STXfilms Motion Picture Group, said in a statement. “Mickey Leigh not only collaborated with his big brother’s band — he has irreplaceable memories of and insights into Joey Ramone, having supported him when no one else would and witnessed him overcome adversity in the most dramatic way. I Slept with Joey Ramone is a great rock anthem that will make an equally great rock biopic, set apart by a universal story of family. Pete is perfect for this role, and we’re excited he and Jason will be bringing this icon of rock to life and thrilled to be collaborating once again with our friends at Netflix.”
The film will be made with the cooperation and support of the Estate of Joey Ramone and with the assistance of Rosegarten Films.
Orley and Davidson previously teamed up on the feature film Big Time Adolescence, which Orley wrote and directed. Orley also directed Davidson’s standup special Alive from New York for Netflix.
Lady Sings the Blues, starring Diana Ross as singer Billie Holiday, will arrive on Blu-ray for the first time Feb. 23 from Paramount Home Entertainment.
A new film about Holiday, The United States vs. Billie Holiday directed by Lee Daniels, is coming next year.
Ross gives a tour-de-force debut performance as the legendary singer in the 1972 drama nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Actress in a Leading Role for Ross. Capturing the essence of Billie Holiday, one of America’s most loved and memorable blues singers and filled with the greatest songs of the incomparable “Lady Day,” the film won Image Awards for Best Motion Picture, Best Actress (Ross) and Best Actor (Billy Dee Williams), as well as a Golden Globe for Ross as the year’s Most Promising Newcomer — Female. Richard Pryor also stars as the unforgettable Piano Man.
The disc includes previously released bonus content in standard definition: commentary by executive producer and Motown founder Berry Gordy, director Sidney Furie and artist manager Shelly Berger; the making-of featurette “Behind the Blues: Lady Sings the Blues”; and seven deleted scenes.
The story of the notorious punk rock band uncovers how a biker, a skinhead, a grammar school boy and a Persian exile come together, with no musical talent or ambitions and even less respect for anything or anyone, to burst into the U.K. charts with their debut single.
The film, directed by George Hencken and produced by Brian Perera, Yvonne Perera and Matt Green, stars Stewart Copeland, Rat Scabies and Nick.
The Elton John biopic Rocketman will shoot to digital Aug. 6 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD Aug.27 from Paramount Home Entertainment.
Boasting performances of Elton John’s famous songs by Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), the story follows a shy, small-town boy who becomes a rock ‘n’ roll star.
The film also stars Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) as Elton’s longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden (“Bodyguard”) as Elton’s first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World) as Elton’s mother Sheila Farebrother.
The digital, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray releases include more than 75 minutes of bonus content, including four extended musical sequences introduced by director Dexter Fletcher; 10 deleted and extended scenes with an introduction by Fletcher; sing-along tracks of 13 select songs; behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with John, the cast and filmmakers; footage from recording studio sessions; and ajukebox that allows viewers to skip straight to the music. Also, for a limited time while supplies last, the combo packs will include a collectible booklet with a special message from John for fans.
In addition, the digital release will include access to three more featurettes and two more deleted/extended scenes. Apple TV (iTunes) will offer exclusive access to rehearsal footage from “The Bitch Is Back” and a look at John’s lasting impact.
The 4K Ultra HD disc and 4K Ultra HD digital releases feature Dolby Vision. The film also has a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home. Both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray combo packs include access to a digital copy of the film.
Tolkien, about the life of the famous “The Lord of the Rings” author, will come out on digital (including Movies Anywhere) July 23 and Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 6 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
The biopic follows the early years of J.R.R Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult) from the halls of Oxford to the grim and bloody trenches of World War I. It also traces the relationships that defined the legendary author he would become, chronicling his romance with Edith Brant (Lily Collins), as well as the various members of the Tea Club, Barrovian Society.
Special features include deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Dome Karukoski and audio commentary by Karukoski.
The White Crow, about the life of legendary ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, will come out on DVD and digital July 30 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Directed by Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes and penned by Academy Award winning screenwriter David Hare, the film follows the dancer from his poverty-stricken childhood in the Soviet city of Ufa, to his blossoming career in Leningrad, to his defection to the West at the height of the Cold War.
Bonus materials include “A Look Behind the Curtain: Making The White Crow,” in which Fiennes, Hare, and the cast and crew discuss the legacy of Nureyev and how the film portrays his larger-than-life character, and a Q&A with Fiennes, Hare and star Oleg Ivenko moderated by Alison Bailes.