Sony Pictures acquired film rights to the David Baldacci YA fantasy thriller novel The Finisher, which follows a 14-year-old girl in the downtrodden village Wormwood, supposedly surrounded by a forest full of monsters. When the girl's mentor disappears and leaves a secret message about a way out, she discovers that the village is built on dangerous lies.
20th Century Fox has picked up the film rights to Michael Koryta's Those Who Wish Me Dead, even though it won't be published until May 2014. The storyline follows a teenager who witnesses a brutal murder and is forced to flee into the Montana wilderness for his own protection, while two assassins follow him as a raging forest fire consumes the landscape around them. (Hat tip to Omnimystry News.)
Endgame and TWC-Dimension are teaming up for the action-comedy Murder Mystery, scripted by James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man), directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal) and starring Charlize Theron. The plots follows a married couple on the honeymoon they never had in hopes of saving their struggling marriage, but soon find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery when one of their fellow cruise passengers is found dead.
Justified's Walton Goggins has signed on to William Monahan's thriller Mojave. The film tells the story of “a near-suicidal artist who escapes into the desert to take an existential crisis head-on, only to encounter a doppelgänger-like antagonist in the form of a brilliant, homicidal drifter."
Former Lubbock Police Chief Thomas Nichols's crime novel Color of the Prism is the basis for a Quentin Tarantin film coming out in December. The story deals with narcotics investigations along the Mexican border.
Fox Searchlight released a trailer for Dom Hemingway, due in theaters next April 4. The crime comedy from writer and director Richard Shepard follows Jude Law playing a notorious safe-cracker back on the streets of London looking for what he’s owed after spending 12 years in prison for keeping his mouth shut.
An extended trailer was also released for director Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin, a sci-fi thriller starring Scarlett Johansson as a sexual predator, which is based on the novel by Michael Faber.
Following the successful NCIS spinoff, NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS is planning yet another spinoff series, this one set in New Orleans. The new show will be introduced in a two-part NCIS episode air in the spring.
CBS has given a series order to a detective drama from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and House creator David Shore, titled Battle Creek. The series follows two detectives with very different world views who are paired up in Battle Creek, Michigan, and will debut with 13 episodes in 2014.
Martin Freeman has joined the cast of the small-screen adaptation of Fargo, playing the role inspired by William H. Macy's character in the 1996 film. (We're fine with that, as long as it gives him time to work on future Sherlock episodes.)
CBS has renewed Unforgettable for a third season. The once-canceled-then-picked-up-again series has received a new 13-episode third season order, and will return in summer 2014.
CBS also gave the greenlight to a drama project from NCIS: LA creator/showrunner Shane Brennan and video game writer Jesse Stern (Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 1&2). Titled Insecurity, the premise centers on an obsessive compulsive former Federal Agent turned Head of Security at a Boston art museum who uses his unique professional and personal background — he was raised by criminals — to help solve complex local and federal cases across the country.
FX announced it's renewing The Bridge for a second season, to premiere next summer. The show stars Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger as two detectives, one from the U.S. and one from Mexico, who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the border
ABC has greenlighted a modern-day Houdini procedural from Mandeville, the production company behind the Monk series. That's not the only Mandeville project in the works, however; as Hollywood Reporter notes they also have a high-tech thriller from Danish writer Stefan Jaworski, a military hospital drama, and a mother-daughter crime-solving duo procedural from Castle's David Grae.
TNT has ordered a pilot for an untitled action thriller written by Blake Herron (The Bourne Identity), described as "National Treasure meets The Bourne Identity." It follows an employee in a government position, created by the founding fathers but unknown to the public, who serves the Vice President and is called upon to protect the country when traditional methods to solve a crisis either aren't working or won't work.
The CW has bought an titled conspiracy drama from with Nikita's Albert Kim and executive producer Eva Longoria's UnbeliEVAble Entertainment. The story revolves around a woman unfairly imprisoned for a double murder who earns her law degree behind bars then joins the high-powered law firm she believes is at the center of the conspiracy that framed her.
Spartacus executive producers Aaron Helbing and Todd Helbing are developing a project titled Gringo for Starz, based on the real-life story of a U.S. immigration officer about a Mexican-American Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who infiltrates one of Mexico's most deadly crime cartels.
Omnimystery News reported that the BBC has ordered the crime drama River from Abi Morgan, who won an Emmy Award this year for her work on BBC Two's The Hour. The story follows the brilliant police officer John River, whose state of mind borders on the pathological due to being haunted by the murder victims whose cases he must lay to rest.
NBC has ordered its first pilot for the 2014-15 season, described as a a "Traffic-like thriller" that centers on three families torn apart when a stranded female soldier, a disillusioned corporate attorney and a disrespected political activist are pulled into the same shocking international military conspiracy.
Fox won a bidding war to land the new series Gotham, from Warner Bros. TV and The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller. It explores the origin stories of Batman's Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Gotham City famous. In Gotham, Gordon is still a detective with the Gotham City Police Department and has yet to meet Batman (who won't be part of the series).
ABC has ordered a pilot for The Good Thief’s Guide, a drama series project from Bones creator/executive producer Hart Hanson and Andrew Miller, based on the bestselling book series by British author Chris Ewan. The story follows the charming and unpredictable Charlie Howard as he travels the world, blogging about his adventures while stealing for fun and profit.