Warner Bros acquired the rights to Don Pendleton's novel series featuring anti-terrorist operative Mack Bolan to develop as a star vehicle for Bradley Cooper (with Todd Phillips to potentially direct).
Sony is looking to option film rights to Richard Price’s upcoming crime novel The Whites (being published under the pen name of Harry Brandt). The story centers on a detective "whose tainted past comes back to haunt him when he takes on a harrowing case during one of his graveyard shifts." Price is known for such previous book-to-film projects as The Wanderers, Clockers, and Lush Life.
A24 Films and DirecTV have acquired the thriller Cut Bank, which stars Liam Hemsworth as a dissatisfied small-town Montana mechanic who finds his ticket to the big time when he comes into possession of evidence of a murder.
Ving Rhames has joined the cast of the indie thriller Operator, which also stars Mischa Barton, Michael Pare, and Luke Goss in the story of a 911 operator and her estranged cop husband whose daughter is abducted, forcing them to dispatch the city’s police and fire units to remote locations at the kidnappers’ bidding.
Although the November Man starring Pierce Brosnan has just barely hit theaters, producers are already planning a sequel. The projects are based on a series of spy novels by Bill Granger.
Nicholas Rowe, who played the title character in Steven Spielberg's Young Sherlock Holmes, has a cameo in the upcoming old Sherlock Holmes film A Slight Trick Of The Mind starring Ian McKellan as the senior version of the detective.
Sony Pictures hired Iron Man 3's Shane Black to direct The Destroyer, an adaptation of the book series by Warren Murphy about New Jersey cop Remo Williams who is framed, sentenced to death, survives a botched execution, and then given a second chance in the clandestine U.S. government agency CURE.
The Olympus Has Fallen sequel now has a director. Fredrik Bond is on board to helm the latest adventures of Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), who will be rejoined by President Asher (Aaron Eckhart) and Speaker Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) as they attend the funeral of a UK Prime Minister.
Kyle Patrick Alvarez has been tapped to direct Stanford Prison Experiment, with Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller and Michael Angarano set to star. The story is based on a real-life 1971 experiment at Stanford University that divided students into role playing prison guards or prisoners. The experiment was meant to last two weeks, but it was cut short due to the level of cruelty and sadism that erupted among the participants.
The British Film Institute is going to screen one of the earliest psychological crime films, Fritz Lang’s M, around the UK and Ireland starting early September.
A trailer was released for The Calling, the indie thriller from Jason Stone that stars Susan Sarandon as Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef who lives in a small town with her elderly mother (fellow Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn) and has to track down a serial killer driven by "a higher calling."
A new trailer was released for The Drop, the upcoming crime drama that features the late actor James Gandolfini's final performance on the big screen.
The first official still was published from the upcoming adaptation of the novel Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon, starring Josh Brolin as a hippie-hating LAPD detective and Joaquin Phoenix as a pot-loving private eye.
A new trailer was released for Jake Gyllenhaal's Nightcrawler, in which the actor plays an aspiring L.A. crime reporter who takes matters into his own hands when he can't get hired by a news outlet.
Barry Eisler's novel series about John Rain, a half-Japanese, half-American special forces Vietnam vet who becomes a “contract assassin who specializes in taking out his targets by making it look like death by natural causes," is heading to TV. The show Rain will star Keanu Reeves and be produced by directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, although no broadcast home has been announced.
Ashley Jensen, (Extras and Ugly Betty), is set to play Agatha Raisin in an upcoming adaptation of The Quiche of Death, based on the novel by M.C. Beaton, commissioned for Sky Television.
As Deadline noted, either life is imitating art or vice versa with the news that ABC has put in development a drama series based on the Derrick Storm series of mystery novels written by Richard Castle, the fictional author played by Nathan Fillion on the ABC drama Castle.
The BBC ordered a second season of its crime drama Happy Valley, starring Sarah Lancashire as police sergeant Catherine Cawood.
Showtime also ordered a third season of Ray Donovan, featuring Liev Schreiber as a "fixer" for the powerful law firm Goldman & Drexler, representing the rich and famous.
Sundance renewed Rectify for a third season, the series that stars Aden Young as a man released from prison after serving nearly 20 years on death row who tries to integrate back into his family and community.
Carol Burnett will be returning to the Hawaii Five-0 for Season 5 playing the aunt of McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin), and this time she'll bring a fiancé with her, to be played by Four Seasons singer Frankie Valli.
Paul Reubens, a/k/a Pee-wee Herman, is headed to The Blacklist for a multi-episode arc playing a man who takes care of "delicate situations in the criminal underworld."
Teri Polo (The Fosters) will guest star on Law & Order: SVU opposite Mike Hammer's Stacy Keach.
NCIS has cast Stephanie Jacobsen as a potential new love interest for Tony DiNozzo. She'll play a former U.S. Marshal turned FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force leader who's "feminine, sexy and single, cool and confident."
Sonya Walger (Lost) has been added to ABC's drama Scandal in a "mystery role" that will likely be a recurring character.
Shad Moss, aka Bow Wow, has signed on as a series regular in the spin-off show CSI: Cyber. He'll play a 19-year-old famous hacker who is under a court order to assist Special Agent Avery Ryan.
Spike TV is reviving the reality series Jail (from the same team behind Cops), but will focus on the lockups in Las Vegas.
CBS has scheduled a sneak preview of its new drama shows for the fall, to be broadcast on September 1st. The preview will include Madam Secretary, NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, and the psychological thriller Stalker.
NPR profiled San Francisco forensic pathologist Judy Melinek, whose new book Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, And The Making Of A Medical Examiner, tells the story of her training as a medical examiner.
The latest Crime and Science Radio discusses "The Changing World of Forensic Science" with Barry A.J. Fisher, past president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.