Spider-Man's Tobey Maguire is moving behind the camera to direct an adaptation of Jo Nesbo's best-selling thriller Blood on Snow. Maguire’s Material and Lawrence Grey’s Grey Matter Productions acquired the screen rights to the 2015 Norwegian novel and hired on Nesbo to pen the script. Blood on Snow centers on Olav, a contract killer in Oslo who, when instructed to kill his adulterous wife, falls into a meditation on death and love, and opts instead to pursue his boss' rival.
Jo Nesbo is apparently a hot property right now, as it was also announced that another project based on one of the hot Norwegian author’s works is in the pipeline. Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are adapting Nesbo’s upcoming novel I Am Victor for Baltasar Kormakur to direct and produce. The story is a thriller about a skilled but morally corrupt and narcissistic divorce attorney who's framed for a series of brutal murders and embarks on his own investigation to find the real killer.
Olivier Assayas (Personal Shopper and Clouds of Sils Maria) has come on board to direct the Cuban spy thriller Wasp Network from his own script. Wasp Network is based on Fernando Morais’ book The Last Soldiers of the Cold War, and enters on Cuban spies in American territory during the 1990s when anti-Castro groups based in Florida carried out military attacks on Cuba, and the Cuban government struck back with the Wasp Network to infiltrate those organizations.
Colin Farrell is in negotiations to star in Steve McQueen and New Regency’s heist thriller Widows, joining Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez, Daniel Kaluuya, and Andre Holland in the cast. Gone Girl screenwriter and novelist Gillian Flynn will write the script with McQueen, which is based on the 1983 British miniseries about a caper gone wrong.
Supergirl actor Frederick Schmidt has joined the cast of Paramount’s Mission:Impossible 6, the sequel to the Tom Cruise-starring franchise. Christopher McQuarrie returns as director in the film, with the plot still held under wraps.
Filming has begun in Edinburgh, Scotland for the new crowdfunded psychic thriller First and Only. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by author Peter Flannery, and directed by award-winning director Magnus Wake, James Robinson stars as the ominous figure of serial killer Mal whose religious killing spree can only be stopped by Simon, a mysteriously gifted young man who has been haunted by Mal since witnessing his first murder as a boy.
The Egyptian film The Nile Hilton Incident (a/k/a Cairo Confidential) won the Grand Prix at the 9th Beaune International Thriller Film Festival in France. The film, which also won the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Dramatic section of Sundance in January, is Inspired by the true story of Lebanese Singer Suzanne Tamim’s murder in 2008.
The Peabody Awards, which honor the most powerful, enlightening and invigorating stories in TV, radio and digital media, have named the 2017 finalists, including Oscar-winning O.J.: Made in America, American Crime, and a long list of documentaries and podcasts. The winners will be honored May 20, and Rashida Jones will host the ceremony to air on June 2 on PBS and Fusion — marking the first time it will be telecast on both national broadcast and cable television.
Brendan Fraser (The Affair, The Mummy franchise) has been cast opposite Max Irons and Mira Sorvino in Condor, AT&T Audience Network’s 10-episode straight-to-series drama inspired by Sydney Pollack’s 1975 political thriller Three Days of the Condor. The story follows Joe Turner (Irons), a young CIA analyst whose idealism is tested when he stumbles onto a terrible but brilliant plan that threatens the lives of millions.
Anya Taylor-Joy, Romola Garai and Alex Hassell have been set to star in BBC One and Masterpiece’s period thriller The Miniaturist, based on the best-selling novel by Jessie Burton. The story is set in 1686, when 18-year-old Nella Oortman (Taylor-Joy) moves from the country to begin a new life as the wife of wealthy merchant Johannes Brandt (Hassell). But she soon realizes nothing is at it seems when her new husband gives her a miniature replica of their home to be furnished by an elusive Miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror what is happening within the house in unexpected ways amid escalating dangers.
Grammy-winning singer Ricky Martin has signed on to co-star opposite Édgar Rarmirez, Penélope Cruz, and Darren Criss in Versace: American Crime Story. The 10-episode Versace examines the July 1997 assassination of Gianni Versace (Ramirez) on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion by sociopath and serial killer Andrew Cunanan (Criss). Martin will play Versace’s longtime partner Antonio D’Amico, while Cruz plays Versace’s sister Donatella.
Osric Chau, who recurred during the first season of BBC America’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (based on the cult novels by Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams), has been promoted to series regular for Season 2. Chau plays the manic Vogel, a member of the Rowdy 3.
Netflix has come on board BBC Two’s contemporary thriller Collateral as co-producer and will release the show globally outside the UK. Carey Mulligan stars as Detective Inspector Kip Glaspie in the drama set over the course of four days that explores the spiraling repercussions surrounding the fatal shooting of a pizza delivery man.
Law & Order: SVU is lining up its own take on the topic of newsroom sexual harassment, with Christopher McDonald (Thelma and Louise), Bonnie Somerville (Friends) and Mark Moses (Mad Men) set to headline an April episode of the NBC procedural seemingly inspired by the Roger Ailes scandal at Fox that led to the longtime chief's departure.
Fans of CBS' Criminal Minds, which was on the bubble for renewal, can breathe a sigh of relief now that the network has officially given the go-ahead to another season of the series, which will be its thirteenth.
Studiocanal has sold German rights to drama The Five, the 10-part show created for television by bestselling author Harlan Coben. The series, which debuted on the U.K. broadcaster Sky 1 in April 2016, follows a group of friends whose lives are thrown into turmoil when the DNA of one of the friends’ brothers, who disappeared 20 years ago, is detected at a fresh crime scene.
Authors on the Air host Pam Stack presented dark crime fiction writer Jen Conley, to chat about her writing and new book Cannibals.
Jan Burke and D.P. Lyle, hosts of the Crime and Science Radio podcast, announced the sad news that they are ending the project after three and half years. However, they will keep all the sixty-seven shows produced thus far in an online archives.