Writer-director Alfonso Ulloa has signed on to helm the indie noir adaptation of the hardboiled pulp novel Black Wings Has My Angel, the 1953 work by by journalist Elliott Chaze.
Dustin Hoffman is bringing Irwin Shaw's 1976 mystery/suspense novel Nightwork to Ealing Studios and hired screenwriter Will Davies to adapt the novel to film. It centers on a down-on-his luck former pilot turned security guard who finds $100,000 dollars on a corpse. Ealing Studios has also hired Richard Warlow to write a $30 million art world thriller titled All That Glitters, set to begin shooting in 2011.
The Adjustment Bureau, the sci-fi mystery/thriller based on a story by Philip K. Dick, is set to open September 17th. The studio released a trailer from the film starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.
Look close in tonight's installment of the TV series Castle on ABC and you'll find Stephen J. Cannell, Michael Connelly and James Patterson playing poker. If you want a sneak preview, Mystery Books News has a trailer.
NBC announced its fall schedule, which includes four new crime dramas: Chase, a police procedural from Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI, Cold Case) about a group of U.S. marshalls hunting down criminals; The Event, a thriller about a regular guy caught up in a series of conspiracies; JJ Abrams' Undercovers, about a husband and wife who get back into the spy game after years of retirement; and Law & Order: Los Angeles. As has already been reported, the original Law & Order has been canceled and thus won't break the 20-year record for longest-running drama.
Tom Selleck's turn as Jesse Stone, based on the character by the late mystery writer Robert B. Parker, was the most-watched show in its time slot last week. The TV movie, No Remorse, probably did well enough for CBS to schedule the sequel Innocents Lost, but that may be the last one for awhile — if CBS picks up the crime drama series pilot Selleck filmed as potential Fall 2010 fodder, titled Reagan's Law. (Hat tip to Mystery Books News).
Mystery Books News also has a trailer for the crime drama The Glades set to debut this summer in July.
The latest Mr. Media podcast features an interview with Steven Gore about his debut thriller, Final Target.
Sarah Weinman and Jason Pinter joined Minnesota Public Radio for a call-in show about favorite characters in mystery fiction, i.e., "the classic gumshoes, spies, and femme fatales of crime, mystery, and spy novels."