Lionsgate has made a preemptive deal for The Second Life of Nick Mason, the first installment in a forthcoming book series by Steve Hamilton. The project has been pitched as "Taken meets The Equalizer," and centers on career criminal Nick Mason who is released from prison but has to deal with a crime lord as well as the determined cop who arrested him.
Robin Stevens’ children’s detective series Murder Most Unladylike has been optioned for television and film by independent production company Pilot Media. The series is set in a 1930s boarding school and features schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong.
Phillip Noyce has been hired to direct Ambulance, a remake of the 2005 Danish thriller, to be scripted by Chris Fedak (co-creator of the cult television show Chuck). The plot follows two desperate brothers who attempt a robbery in order to pay for their dying mother’s health care, but the job takes a worse turn when they steal an ambulance and discover it's occupied by a dying heart patient. The new production is being conceived as "a breathless crime thriller in the vein of Dog Day Afternoon and Heat set in downtown LA."
Haley Bennett has landed the third lead female role in The Girl On The Train to play Megan, starring alongside Emily Blunt and Rebecca Ferguson in the Tate Taylor-directed adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel for DreamWorks.
50 Shades of Grey actor Luke Grimes is set to star in a film about a Polish crime writer convicted in 2007 for a murder similar to one he had described in his debut novel.
A trailer was also released for the upcoming film Legend, based on John Pearson’s 1972 biography, The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins. Tom Hardy takes on both roles, playing the gangster brothers.
HBO acquired TV rights to Ryan Gattis’ All Involved, set over the six days of the Los Angeles riots after Rodney King's LAPD assailants were acquitted, following 17 people caught up in the chaos. The adaptation will be produced by Alan Ball, whose credits include True Blood and Six Feet Under.
A crime drama pilot from Black Box creator Amy Holden Jones and Burn Notice creator Matt Nix has landed at CBS. The project drama centers on an "explosive, rule-breaking, fearless female detective with no filter who enlists the help of a polite and gentle brainiac who studies the biology of evil to solve cases for the LA Violent Crimes Unit."
Grey’s Anatomy star Katherine Heigl is replacing actress KaDee Strickland in the retooled pilot for CBS' legal drama, Doubt, playing the lead role of Sadie, a defense attorney who becomes romantically involved with one of her clients charged with a violent crime. Original cast members Dule Hill, Laverne Cox, Kobi Libii, Elliott Gould and Dreama Walker are still in the cast for the reworked version of the pilot, although male lead Teddy Sears is also likely to be recast.
Betty White is joining Season 11 of Bones where she'll play an unusual role: she’s signed on to play the latest squintern at the Jeffersonian. She'll tackle the role of Dr. Beth Mayer, who is brought in to assist in a murder linked to fantasy football — which just happens to be one of her many areas of expertise.
Michelle Pfeiffer is joining Robert De Niro in HBO’s Bernie Madoff movie Wizard of Lies, playing Madoff's wife, Ruth, while Alessandro Nivola will play their eldest son, Mark Madoff.
Former Dexter co-stars Desmond Harrington and Jennifer Carpenter will reunite in CBS' series Limitless, based on the Bradley Cooper film of the same name. They'll both play FBI agents who share a working and possible romantic relationship.
Another Dexter alum, Julie Benz, has signed a multi-episode deal to star in the CBS police procedural Hawaii Five-0, playing a detective from San Francisco leading the task force modelled after Five-0, who ends up developing a bond with with Chin, played by Daniel Dae Kim.
David E. Kelley’s high profile new law drama The Trial, headed for Amazon, has added Big Driver’s Maria Bello and Lost actress Tania Raymonde to the cast that already includes Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt and Olivia Thirlby. Bello will play a high-profile lawyer who is the ex-wife of Billy Bob Thornton’s character, while Raymonde will play a former legal secretary who later got into prostitution.
Shameless star Emily Bergl will appear in a recurring role opposite Timothy Hutton in the second season of the anthology series American Crime. She'll take on the role of the mother of Pollari’s character Eric, whose family becomes embroiled in the fallout of an alleged sexual assault.
Investigation Discovery has ordered six episodes of Las Vegas D.A. (working title), which follows Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson and his team in the Clark County D.A.’s office.
Fox unveiled a teaser trailer for Season 2 of its crime drama Gotham.
CBS released still photos from the upcoming CSI series-ending finale, "CSI: Immortality,” which includes the return of fan favorite characters Det. Jim Brass (played by Paul Guilfoyl) and Catherine Willows (played by Marg Helgenberger). Gil Grissom (William Petersen) is also reprising his former role for the two-hour finale event.
Showtime released a 2.5-minute trailer for Homeland, set two years after the previous season. Whereas last year Carrie Matheson (played by Clare Danes) was still busy at the CIA and Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) was working in the private sector, in the new season, Saul appears to be back with the CIA while Carrie is now no longer working for a government. Other characters returning from prior seasons include Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) and Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham).
Suspense Magazine's Story Blender podcast chatted with investigative reporter and author Hank Phillippi Ryan, while the zine's Inside Edition show welcomed Linwood Barclay, Richard Godwin, and Ed Aymar.
The latest Crime Cafe featured host Debbi Mack talking with author TS Hottle about his crime writing and sci-fi fiction.
The latest Speaking of Mysteries podcast, hosted by Noir Magazine's Nancie Clare, welcomed author Belinda Bauer to talk about her award-winning novel Rubbernecker, about an anatomy student with Asperger’s Syndrome who suspects the cadaver he’s dissecting is the victim of murder.
The guest on the latest Thrilling Reads podcast was J. David Core who discussed his Lupa Schwartz mystery thrillers.
Kevin Bacon is heading to Hartford Stage in Connecticut this fall, taking on the iconic role played by Jimmy Stewart in Hitchcock's Rear Window on the big screen. The stage production, is adapted by playwright/actor Keith Reddin and directed by Hartford Stage chief Darko Tresnjak, is schedule to run from October 22 through November 15.
Lauren Luna Velez, who played a murderer in the hit TV series Dexter with Michael C. Hall, will be featured in the Off-Broadway premiere of Adam Seidel's dark comedy Catch The Butcher, which centers on a single woman's hunt for a serial killer of other single women. The show will begin previews Sept. 23 at the Cherry Lane Theatre with a limited engagement through Oct. 30.
Key Change, a piece devised by women from a prison in the U.K., was awarded the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award after playing at this year's festival. The award means the show will receive a New York run January 6-31, 2016, at New York Theater Workshop's 4th Street Theatre. The play was written by Catrino McHugh based on a concept by women from a prison in the North of England and only uses a few chairs, a "ghetto blaster" and four rolls of masking tape.