Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), is helming a drama about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, with a script by Mark Boal. The project just signed its first star, Jason Clarke of the TV series The Chicago Code, as part of the terrorist-hunting team and is also eyeing Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Rooney Mara and Tom Hardy to fill out the cast.
Clive Owen is the go-to-guy when a film project needs an actor to play a spy. He's already protrayed a former MI6 operative (Duplicity), former SAS operative (Killer Elite) and MI5 agent (Shadow Play). Up next is Recall, where Owen will star as an NSA agent trying to piece together the events of a botched hostage rescue operation. The project has director Harold Becker (Mercury Rising) on board, as well as screenwriter Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Hardcore).
The first mystery in the Joona Linna series by Lars Kepler, The Hypnotist, is headed to film, and the first stars have been signed, including Tobias Zilliacus, playing Detective Inspector Joona Linna, with Lena Olin as his wife and Mikael Persbrandt as the "hypnotist." (Hat tip to Ominimystery News.)
It appears the rest of the recent movie news is all about remakes:
- If all the stars align, so to speak, Ben Afflect will direct the US remake of Harlan Coben’s standalone mystery Tell No One, first adapted for the 2006 French film directed by Guillaume Canet. Warner Brothers & Universal optioned the movie for American audiences.
- Joshua Marston will direct a remake of Giuseppe Capotondi’s Italian thriller The Double Hour, about an ex-cop who meets a beauty during a speed-dating session, then encounters problems when the couple retreats to a country cottage and secrets from her dark past begin to surface.
- Before two thrillers from the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival even get a wide release in the U.S., they're being remade as American versions: Frédéric Jardin's Sleepless Night, about a police officer whose son is kidnapped by drug dealers after the officer steals a bag of cocaine from a Paris nightclub, and Gareth Evans' The Raid, described as "Die Hard in a drug kingpin's lair."
- Spike Lee is remaking the South Korean thriller Oldboy, about a man kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, and upon release, is given a cell phone, clothes and some money, then goes on a mission of revenge. Josh Brolin has already signed on to play the victim, and Colin Firth has been offered the villain role.
Many of you may be too young to remember the 1950s TV series The Rifleman (unless you're like me and saw it in later re-runs). It centered around Civil war hero Lucas McCain, a sharpshooter with a haunted past who moves to the New Mexico territory and joins forces with the Sheriff to protect his new town and become its unofficial guardian. CBS apparently remembers it and has signed up a reboot of the series.
It appears that "Hannibal" the TV series is going to be a real project after all. NBC signed a deal last week with Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Heroes) to create a broadcast series based on Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the fictional creation of Thomas Harris in such books as Silence of the Lambs. There aren't many details just yet, but Entertainment Weekly added it's likely to be a twisted police procedural version of The Mentalist, i.e. a hero solving weekly crimes while a legendary serial killer remains at large.
Criminal Minds is heading for its 150th episode that will feature The Shield‘s Jay Karnes as a suspected serial rapist, with Dina Meyer playing a potential victim.
Hollywood takes Bollywood, as Slumdog Millionaire star Anil Kapoor will take on an Indian version of the Emmy-winning drama 24, with Kapoor both producing and starring as the Jack Bauer character.
With the advent (pun intended) of the holiday season upon us, that also means the networks are putting new episodes of shows on hiatus, in some cases for a couple of months. TV Line has a listing of many of these shows, including the dates of their fall finale and 2012 return.
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