Fox has bought the movie rights to an untitled crime thriller by novelist Don Winslow (to be released next June) and set it up with Ridley Scott to produce through his Fox-based Scott Free company. The book centers on a corrupt sergeant at the NYPD’s most elite crime-fighting unit who must choose between his family, his partners and his life. The preemptive deal follows another deal with the studio and Scott to develop Winslow’s bestseller The Cartel, which centers on two former friends whose paths diverged when one went to work for the Drug Enforcement Agency and the other joined the Sonora drug cartel.
For some time now, there have been rumors circulating around a sequel to the 2014 crime thriller The Equalizer, but producer Todd Black has finally confirmed that The Equalizer 2 is happening, with director Antoine Fuqua directing and Denzel Washington set to reprise his role as the "fixer" Robert McCall. Equalizer 2 will start shooting in September of next year and will mark Washington’s first sequel in a franchise.
Studio 8 has picked up the rights to New York Times bestseller Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim, the eight book urban fantasy series, which are being eyed as a potential franchise. The series revolves around James "Sandman Slim" Stark, a fast talking, hard-boiled, supernatural vigilante who escapes from Hell to avenge his girlfriend’s murder and hunt down the magicians responsible for getting him sent "downtown."
Gina Gershon has signed on to the Jonathan Baker-directed thriller Inconceivable opposite Nicolas Cage, Faye Dunaway, Nicky Whelan and Natalie Eva Marie. Written by Chloe King, the film follows Katie (Whelan), who moves to town with her young daughter in order to start a new life after enduring abuse in her past and quickly befriends another mother, Angela (Gershon), and her husband Brian (Cage). Angela notices odd behavior from Katie, and begins to question whether Katie’s intentions are as innocent as she makes them out to be, or if something dark is lurking beneath the surface.
Three new trailers were dropped for the upcoming Jack Reacher sequel, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, once again starring Tom Cruise as Lee Child's iconic protagonist.
In a competitive deal, NBC landed The Last Policeman, an adaptation of Ben H. Winters’ sci-fi mystery novel, with a put pilot commitment. Winters will also pen the series adaptation, which follows a detective in New Hampshire during the final years of civilization as a catastrophe-level asteroid hurtles toward the planet. Despite the social, political and economic effects of preparing for impact, he keeps his head down and hope alive by solving cases amidst the ever-increasing chaos.
Another famous 1980s TV show is eyeing a comeback, with ABC snapping up Magnum, a sequel to the classic series Magnum P.I. that starred Tom Selleck. The new project, from Leverage creator John Rogers and Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, will follow Magnum’s daughter, Lily "Tommy" Magnum, who returns to Hawaii to take up the mantle of her father’s PI firm. She and her tribe of friends "mix tropical beaches with the seedy underbelly of international crime and modern espionage, even as she tries to unravel the mystery of the blown spy operation that ended her career in Navy Intelligence."
ABC has put in development a drama procedural from British writer-actress Lizzie Mickery and Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner’s Bad Wolf production company. Written by Mickery, the untitled drama is about a team of female detectives in the vein of Cagney and Lacey.
After it recently ended its seven-year run, CBS's hit lawyer drama The Good Wife is getting its own spin-off that will hit the CBS All Access online venture in February 2017. The series will center on Christine Baranski's character Diane Lockhart, who is forced out of Lockhart & Lee and ends up joining Lucca Quinn at one of Chicago’s preeminent law firms. Joining Baranski will be original cast members including Cush Jumbo (Lucca Quinn) and Sarah Steele (Marissa Gold).
The cast and crew of ABC's Secrets and Lies teased the second season of the show, which picks up a year and a half after the events in Episode 1, with Det. Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis) having a new murder case on her hands: Eric Warner (Michael Ealy), a private equity heir who's accused of murdering his wife (Jordana Brewster) on the night he's set to officially take over his family's firm
Tiffany Hines is joining the cast of Fox’s 24: Legacy in a major recurring guest star role. 24: Legacy follows a structure similar to the original counter-terrorism thriller starring Kiefer Sutherland, with the updated version revolving around a military hero’s (Corey Hawkins) return to the U.S. and the chaos that follows him, forcing him to ask the Counter Terrorist Unit for assistance in stopping a large-scale terrorist attack in the Unites States.
Jane Lynch is set to reprise her role as Reid's schizophrenic mother mother Diana on Criminal Minds this season for the first time since 2008. She'll appear in two episodes early next year for a "heavy Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) story," according to executive producer Erica Messer.
Phoebe Dynevor (Dickensian) has been cast as a series regular on Snatch, the drama series for Sony’s streaming network Crackle that’s based on the 2000 Jason Statham-Brad Pitt movie. Rupert Grint and Luke Pasqualino star in the series, which revolves around a group of up-and-coming twenty-something hustlers who stumble upon a truckload of stolen gold bullion and suddenly are thrust into the high-stakes world of organized crime.
Harlan Coben was a guest on CBS This Morning to talk about his new book, Home, which brings back his iconic character, Myron Bolitar, to try and unravel the mystery behind the kidnapping of two boys 10 years after the crime.
On NPR's Morning Edition, author Thomas Mullen discussed his book Darktown, a riveting police procedural set in 1948 Atlanta that explores a murder through the lens of corrupt police, and strained race relations.
Host Alex Dolan of the Thrill Seekers podcast welcomed Alex Marwood, the bestselling author of The Wicked Girls, The Killer Next Door, and the recently released The Darkest Secret.