With one exception, the movie news this week focuses on remakes (who says Hollywood doesn't have creativity anymore?).
Bradley Cooper, Alex Pettyfer and Sofia Vergara have offered starring roles in a new film adaptation of Peter Dexter's thriller novel The Paperboy. The plot hinges on the slacker son of a small-town Florida newspaper publisher who gets involved in a murder investigation by his older brother, a big-city reporter (who would be played by Cooper).
Now for the remakes:
A new version of the Bodyguard (you may remember the 1992 film with Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston, and the Dolly Parton song "I Will Always Love You" that Whitney yodeled sang). The updated twist: it's an Iraqi war veteran who's assigned to protect a singer in an age of high technology. (Hat tip to Omnimystery News.)
Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier's film (whose project In a Better World won for Best Foreign-Language film at Sunday's Oscars), is going to direct a remake of the French kidnapping thriller Rapt.
Director Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) is set to direct Red Circle, the remake of the 1970 Jean-Pierre Melville film Le Cercle Rouge, about an aristocratic thief, a vengeful mob boss, a murderer and cat-loving police superintendent.
BBC1 has canceled the crime drama Zen starring Rufus Sewell, which was based on the character of Italian detective Aurelio Zen from the novels of Michael Dibdin. The production company behind the series, Left Bank (also responsible for BBC1's Swedish detective drama Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh), is in talks with other broadcasters to continue the show.
Rogers cable company in Canada is adding seven new channels, including GGBG, "devoted to people and organizations that uphold law and order in our society and that would feature entertainment programming on the police, law, the courts, emergency and medical response teams, as well as disaster and relief operations"; and Highwire, to include selections from crime fiction.
The seventh installment in the series of made-for-TV movies starring Tom Selleck as Police Chief Jesse Stone has been scheduled to premiere May 22. Stone is taken from the works of the late author Robert B. Parker. Kathy Baker and Kohl Sudduth return as members of the Paradise Police Force, with other returning cast to include William Devane, Stephen McHattie, Saul Rubinek and William Sadler.
Jo Nesbø will appear as a guest on the on BBC World Book Club on Monday March 7 at 3:30 p.m. London time. You can send questions in advance about Nesbø's latest novel The Redbreast to the Beeb.
Heidi Durrow discussed "Three Books To Rescue Nordic Lit From The Dark Side" for NPR.
KCRW's Bookworm show featured T.C. Boyle, about his latest novel, When the Killing's Done.
The Lifeline Theater in Chicago is presenting a stage adaptation of Wilkie Collins' novel The Moonstone.
Also in the Windy City, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater will present a new musical murder mystery, Murder For Two, with music by Joe Kinosian, lyrics by Kellen Blair and book by Kinosian and Blair. It's a whodunit where one actor (yet to be announced) plays the investigator of the crime and the other (Kinosian) plays all 13 suspects.
Nancy Drew fans take note: There's a new Nancy Drew Mobile Mysteries app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. "Shadow Ranch" is the first installment, but the company behind the interactive app, Her Interactive, plans on additional titles.