Jake Gyllenhaal is reteaming with filmmaker Denis Villeneuve to bring Jo Nesbo’s crime novel The Son to the big screen. The project tells the story of Sonny Lofthus, a once-gifted 15-year-old and promising wrestler, whose life enters a downward spiral when his cop father commits suicide. After spending 12 years in prison, Sonny escapes when he learns the truth of his father’s death and begins hunting down the people responsible for his wrongful sentence.
Daniel Craig and Katherine Heigl are said to be finalizing deals to join Steven Soderbergh’s heist film Logan Lucky about brothers who plan a crime during a NASCAR race in Charlotte. The film is scheduled for a fall start date, which Deadline notes "puts further into question the actor’s willingness to return to the Bond franchise for MGM."
As news about Daniel Craig's will-he-or-won't-he status of appearing in the next James Bond movie continue to swirl (along with potential replacements), news comes that Sam Mendes says he won't be directing the next outing. As he explained, "It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it. But I think it's time for somebody else."
Jeff Bridges has joined the cast of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Matthew Vaughn’s follow up to his spy action adventure film, Kingsman: The Secret Service. Picking up from where the original film left off, Kingsman: The Golden Circle sees Gary "Eggsy" Unwin (Taron Egerton) and his supervisor Merlin (Mark Strong) heading to the US to join forces with the "Statesman," the Kingsman agency's American counterparts, after the destruction of Kingsman HQ at the hands of evil mastermind Poppy (Julianne Moore).
Zack Whedon’s feature debut Come and Find Me was acquired by Saban Films. The thriller stars Aaron Paul and Annabelle Wallis and centers on David (Paul) as he must track down the wherabouts of his mysterious girlfriend (Wallis) after he realizes she’s not who she was pretending to be.
Simon Pegg, Mike Myers, Max Irons, and Dexter Fletcher have joined Margot Robbie in the cast of Vaughn Stein’s noir thriller Terminal. The crime drama tells the story of two hit-men (Fletcher and Irons) as they embark on a borderline suicide mission for a mysterious employer and a high paycheck. Along the way, the unlikely pair come across a dynamic woman named Annie (Robbie) who may be more involved than they had originally suspected.
Thora Burch and Johnny Knoxville are set to join the dramatic thriller Above Suspicion starring Emilia Clarke and Jack Huston. Based on a true story, Above Suspicion follows a newly married star FBI agent that is assigned to an Appalachian mountain town in Kentucky and gets involved in a huge scandal that leads to the first conviction of an FBI agent for murder. Birch will play Clarke’s sister, while Knoxville will play Clarke’s ex-husband.
Octavia Spencer and John Hawkes have been tapped to star in the thriller Small Town Crime, directed by Eshom and Ian Nelms. Hawkes is set to play an alcoholic ex-cop trying to get his life and career together by investigating the death of a young woman, putting his family in danger. Spencer will take on the role as Hawkes' sister.
The Nordic young adult crime thriller series, The Snow White Trilogy, by Salla Simukka (who has has been already been compared to the likes of Jo Nesbø and Stieg Larsson) is to be adapted for the silver screen by Zero Gravity Management in association with Elina Ahlback Literary Agency. The trilogy follows the adventures of 17-year-old Lumikki Andersson as she encounters money-launderers, religious cults and a stalker.
A trailer was released for The Infiltrator, directed by Brad Furman and starring Bryan Cranston as Robert Mazur, a federal agent tasked with exposing the drug empire of Pablo Escobar in the 1980s.
Another Stephen King property is headed to the small screen. A ten-part series based on the novel Mr. Mercedes (adapted by David E. Kelley) that stars Brendan Gleeson and Anton Yelchin is coming to AT&T's Audience Network. The story centers on a demented killer who taunts a retired police detective with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he can strike again.
Epix has given a series order to Get Shorty, based on the novel by the late Elmore Leonard that was previously adapted for a 1995 film starring John Travolta. The hour-long show is being spearheaded by Davey Holmes (Shameless, Damages), with production is set to begin in the fall and a premiere slated for summer 2017.
Homeland showrunner Alex Gansa confirmed at a panel last week that Quinn, the character will be back played by Rupert Friend, is returning to Homeland as a series regular in Season 6. Quinn's fate was left up in the air at the end of last season and Gansa added, that although he'll return, "he may not be the same Quinn we know and love."
BBC America has added several cast members to Dirk Gently, BBC America’s eight-episode series based on the cult Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency novels by Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy author Douglas Adams. Filming got underway today in Vancouver, with premiere slated for the fall.
FX has renewed The Americans for Seasons 5 and 6, which will be the series' last. The critically-lauded drama will get a 13-episode fifth season in 2017, and will wrap up the story of Russian spies Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) with a 10-episode sixth season in 2018.
Limitless creator and showrunner Craig Sweeny made it official that the show is officially dead after CBS has canceled it and no new network or platform stepped in to pick it up, ruling out a last minute save from Netflix, Amazon or Hulu.
Best-selling author John Hart talked about his new book Redemption Road with Kansas City Live.
NPR's Maureen Corrigan chatted with Fresh Air host Terry Gross about "4 First-Rate Thrillers Deliver A Summer Of Suspenseful Reading."
John Lescroart, author of the the San Francisco based Dismas Hardy/Abe Glitsky series, joined Alex Dolan on Thrill Seekers.