Director Martin Scorsese is reportedly eyeing Jo Nesbo's thiller The Snowman for an upcoming movie project. Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom) is in talks to adapt the screenplay of Nesbo's book, which centers on Detective Harry Holes' investigation of a serial killer after women go missing on the day of a first snowfall.
Director George Isaac is taking on the film project All Things to All Men, billed as a fast-paced, London-based crime thriller, with one character trapped in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game between a police chief and a crime lord. The cast includes Rufus Sewell as the maverick law enforcement official and Gabriel Byrne as the sadistic crime boss.
The novel Strip by Thomas Perry is being adapted for film by Aaron Stockard (Gone Baby Gone, The Town). It's about a strip club owner robbed by a masked gunman who takes revenge on his attacker—only he targets an innocent man, who tries to turn the tables and ends up in the middle of a brewing gang war. (Hat tip to Omnimystery News.)
Ben Affleck is set to direct his friend Matt Damon in a biopic of notorious South Boston crimelord Whitey Bulger, with Sopranos writer Terence Winter writing the screenplay. Boston locals reacted to the news with mixed feelings, some worrying the film will glamorize Bulger and his gang.
Ed Brubaker is adapting his own noir graphic novel Coward for Jamie Patricof's Hunting Lane Films. It's the story of a professional pickpocket and legendary thief named Leo who ends up on the run from the cops and criminals who double-crossed him. Director David Slade said, Coward is "a great modern story. It harkens back to an era of crime stories where there's really a gritty reality to it, but there's a kind of underworld haze of noir."
NBC has been trying to compete, mostly unsuccessfully, with the CBS crime drama juggernaut. Their latest effort appears to be a reboot of 80s TV series Wiseguy by Stephen J. Cannell and Frank Lupo. Wiseguy featured a disgraced cop (played by Ken Wahl) who makes a deal to work undercover as part of the fictional FBI division the Organized Crime Bureau in exchange for time off his jail sentence. The new series will be penned by Alex Cary (of Showtime's Homeland).
Another new NBC purchase is Afterthought, described as "a closed-ended procedural in the vein of CSI by way of Inception and The Cell." The concept has an unconventional team within the FBI using the six-hour window between clinical death and cellular death to solve murders by entering the memories of the recently deceased. The pilot was created by writers Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman) and Melissa Rosenberg (The Twilight Saga).
Ellen Pompeo, star of ABC's Grey's Anatomy, started her own production company Calamity Jane that has sold an untitled crime-related drama to the network. The plot surrounds diplomatic security/special agents who follow American officials around the world in order to keep them safe.
Showtime has renewed freshman drama Homeland for a second season. The series centers on Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody, who returns home eight years after going missing in Iraq, and Carrie Anderson, a driven CIA officer who suspects Brody might be plotting an attack on America.
The Hollows series of novels by Kim Harrison, detailing the misadventures of a witch who works as a runner (private investigator) in Cincinnati, may be heading to television. Producer Carol Mendelsohn (CSI) is developing the series for CW, with a pilot written by Jordan Hawley (Smallville, Moonlight).
Val McDermic chatted with the BBC on camera about violence in her books and whether there are lines she will not cross.
If you live in the northern Ohio area, there are several crime drama theatrical productions to choose from. Clague Playhouse in Westlake is featuring A Christmas Cactus, Eliott Byerrum's detective comedy about a struggling female private eye Cactus O'Riley, who has a bad case of the holiday blues; the Workshop Players in Amherst are producing Murder by the Book, in which a thriller writer indulges in bitter word duels with his estranged wife until she shoots him, and an amateur detective from the next flat attempts to solve the murder; and the Huntington Playhouse in Bay Village is offering Sherlock Holmes: the Final Adventure.
The Fountain Hills Theater in Fountain Hills, Arizona, has a new production of the cat-and-mouse play Sleuth.
Ubisoft is behind video game versions of popular TV shows including CSI, CSI: Miami and CSI: New York. Now the company is creating a full suite of social online games using Facebook and based on NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles and House, M.D. for starters. Facebook games based on NCIS: Los Angeles and CSI: New York will follow in late 2012.