The American Cinematheque in Los Angeles will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first James Bond movie by screening all 22 Bond films, from Dr. No to Quantum of Solace. Showings will take place in both the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica starting June 8.
James Sallis, fresh off his win for the 2012 Hammett Prize, announced his new book Driven is being adapted for film. The first book in the series, featuring a character known only as "Driver," was released in 2011 and starred Ryan Gosling. (Hat tip to Omnimystery News.)
Producer Nick Wechsler has acquired film rights to The Prophet, the upcoming Michael Koryta novel to be published in August, and has hired Reid Carolin to adapt the novel to film. The book is about two brothers in a small Ohio town whose torment over the murder of their sister in their teens leads one brother to avenge the killing.
Director Matthew Vaughn has optioned the unpublished thriller Lexicon by Max Barry, due to land in bookstores next year.
The producers behind Only God Forgives, an upcoming crime thriller film written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, released some on-set stills. The project revolves around a mother, played by Kristin Scott Thomas, who orders her son (Ryan Gosling) to avenge his brother's death.
Universal released an official trailer for The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner as he takes over the reins from Matt Damon. This is the fourth in the film series based on Robert Ludlum's spy novels.
The title of the Tom Cruise-vehicle movie, based on the novels and characters created by author Lee Child, has changed from One Shot to Jack Reacher. Cruise recently stated he was "sensitive" to the backlash that arose after it was announced he was cast as Reacher.
At the BAFTA awards for excellenece in British television, Andrew Scott, who plays Moriarty in the BBC Sherlock series, won for Best Supporting Actor (beating out fellow cast member Martin "Dr. Watson" Freeman). Steven Moffat, writer and producer of both Sherlock and Doctor Who, was presented with the 2012 BAFTA Television Special Award.
Norwegian crime novelist Anne Holt's "Hanne Wilhelmsen" mysteries are being developed for television, although no network has picked up the series just yet. (Hat tip to Omnimystery News.)
Lionsgate is looking at converting several movies into TV series, including The Expendables (about a group of elite mercenaries) and Red (featuring a group of retired special ops members called back into service).
The CTV has ordered a new Canadian police procedural to start next January, titled Motive, about a female Vancouver homicide detective who matches wits with killers.
Showtime's serial killer drama Dexter is adding Swedish actress Katia Winter in a recurring role, to play a Russian stripper who works at a Miami club. Also new to the cast are Jason Gedrick, as the manger of the same Miami strip club, and Ray Stevenson, playing the leader of a Russian organized crime syndicate.
Former Hung star Thomas Jane is in talks to join the period crime drama L.A. Noir, if it gets a full-season order from TNT. Jon Bernthal (Walking Dead) will star as Joe Teague, the LAPD cop pursuing mobster Mickey Cohen.
Radio 4 in the U.K. plans a tribute to Martin Beck, the Swedish fictional detective created by husband and wife writing team Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo. The duo helped inspired the genre of the modern police procedural novel and also served as a model for characters such as Ian Rankin's John Rebus and Henning Mankell's Wallender. Radio 4 will dramatize the entire 10-book series.