Kon-Tiki star Tobias Santelmann is joining the all-star cast of the Brett Ratner-directed Hercules movie. The project is an update of the Greek mythological tale, ditching the supernatural and protraying Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) as a mortal who leads a team of mercenaries on a job where all is ominously not what it appears. Santelmann will play the main villain, Rhesus. The other cast members include Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, John Hurt and Rebecca Ferguson.
Millennium Films acquired the spec script Criminal by Douglas Cook and David Weisberg (the team behind The Rock). The story centers on a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, in which a dead CIA operative's memories, secrets and skills are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous prison inmate in hopes he will complete the operative’s mission.
Director Paul Feig, whose female buddy-cop comedy The Heat (starring Sandra Bulloch and Jenny McCarthy) opens this week, is also writing, directing and producing a female spy film titled Susan Cooper. Described as a James Bond-inspired spy comedy inspired by Martin Campbell's Casino Royale, the project is being set up as a potential franchise.
In a tribute to the inconic Tony Soprano mobster role protrayed by James Gandolfini, who died last week, Hollywood Reporter compiled a listing and some videos of "10 Definitive Tony Soprano Moments."
Amazon Studios ordered its first drama pilot, Bosch, based on Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch novels. The pilot was scripted by Connelly and Treme co-creator Eric Overmeyer, who are also serving as co-producers.
As Omnimystery News reports, Universal Studios has officially optioned the "Locke & Key" series of graphic novels by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez for film.
Reelz Channel announced that its police procedural series King will make its U.S. premiere Friday, July 5 at 10pm ET/ 7pm PT. The show centers on homicide detective Jessica King (played by Amy Price-Francis of The Cleaner), who is the lead investigator of Toronto's Major Crimes Task Force, the unit that handles the most volatile and challenging cases on the streets.
FOX International Channels recently announced a new entrant - FOX Crime, a channel entirely dedicated to crime and investigation. The lineup includes true-crime documentaries and crime dramas such as The Bridge, the Law & Order franchise, Criminal Minds, Blue Bloods and a "Classic Crime" block that launches with Magnum, CHIPS and Streets of San Francisco.
The BBC has signed Dr. Who star Jenna-Louise Coleman to play Lydia Wickham, the sister of Pride and Prejudice protagonist Elizabeth Bennet, in the network's adaptation of PD James' sequel novel, Death Comes to Pemberley.
Former Homeland actress Zuleikha Robinson is moving from one CIA drama to another as she joins the cast of the upcoming season of Covert Affairs.
The first two seasons of the CBS drama series Person Of Interest are finally available via digital download through all digital retailers, including iTunes and Amazon Instant Video.
CBS announced its fall 2013 schedule, which continues with its crime drama-heavy lineup pretty much every night of the week. Omnimystery News has a breakdown of the crime shows and their slots.
NBC also released a fall schedule calendar, including the including long-running drama Law & Order: SVU, Chicago Fire, Grimm and the new drama Blacklist, starring James Spader as an ex-government agent and criminal mastermind.
Joining CBS This Morning last week as a guest was Janet Evanovich, co-author of The Heist (written with Lee Goldberg).