Writer/director Dito Montiel's crime drama The Son of No One seemed to have the right pedigree with Montiel at the helm (he was also behind the award-winning 2006 Sundance crime drama A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints) and its all-star cast of Al Pacino, Channing Tatum, Ray Liotta, Juliette Binoche and Katie Holmes. Unfortunately, it didn't do well at its Sundance screening, although it may still see life via the right marketing and distribution.
Brian De Palma is going to direct a remake of 2010 Gallic psychodrama Crime d'amour (Love Crime), to be newly titled Passion. The plot centers on two feuding corporate execs, one of whom is driven to murder the other. De Palma told Variety, "Not since Dressed to Kill have I had a chance to combine eroticism, suspense, mystery and murder into one spellbinding cinematic experience."
David Milch (NYPD Blue, Deadwood) is preparing a film adaptation of the PlayStation 3 noir thriller game Heavy Rain, which spans four days of the search for a murderer. Known only as the Origami Killer, due to his calling card of leaving behind folded paper shapes at crime scenes, he kills his victims four days after kidnapping them. Although there's not much in the way of detail about the film script, the game's cast of character include a father, a photographer, an FBI agent "with a special skill set," and a retired cop turned private investigator. (Hat tip to Omnimystery News.)
CBS has added a new crime drama titled Hail Mary, a buddy P.I. show centered around a suburban single mom in Atlanta who teams up with a street-wise hustler to solve crimes.
Oscar-winning filmmaker Stephen Gaghan, who also served as a writer for TV's The Practice and NYPD Blue, is returning to the small screen with S.I.L.A., an hour-long drama "weaving together stories about crime, law enforcement, and politics in a multi-layered style not unlike Traffic." Sources close to the project say it boasts the same twists and deep plot scructure as The Wire, but with a more broadly accessible plot making it better suited for broadcast TV.
Edgar Allan Poe, P.I.? ABC has approved an hour-long drama pilot titled Poe, "a crime procedural that follows Edgar Allan Poe as the world's first detective, using unconventional methods to investigate dark mysteries in 19th-century Boston."
Jim Kouf (Angel) and David Greenwalt (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) are behind a pilot mixing fantasy with a crime drama recently picked up by NBC. Grimm is described as a "dark but fantastical cop drama about a world in which characters inspired by Grimm's Fairy Tales exist."
From Omnimystery/Variety: "House" executive producer Greg Yaitanes may be developing a crime drama for ABC based on The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz, which centers on 28-year-old Isabel Spellman, who comes from an eccentric family of private investigators.
Almost two months after TNT announced The Closer's upcoming seventh season would be its last, comes word the network is looking at ways to keep the lucrative franchise going, even without star Kyra Sedgwick. One option: extending the final season from 15 to 21 episodes. Another: continuing the series with a new lead or launching a spinoff.
Actor Jack McGee (Rescue Me) has joined the cast of the USA drama pilot Common Law, about two mismatched cops: Michael Ealy as jeans-wearing, unshaven Travis Marks, and Warren Kole as tailored suit-wearing, clean-cut Wes Mitchell. The duo are sent to therapy by their ex-marine boss (McGee) for "couples counseling."
From Brian Lindemuth at Spinetingler, a trio of online goodies: free Hitchcock films for viewing; the 1940s radio series The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, free for listening; and an interview with author R.J. Ellory on New Zeland Television.