Happy Monday to all! Here's an update of the latest crime drama news:
Liam Neeson has signed on to play the lead role in Marlowe, which is based on the iconic Raymond Chandler character Philip Marlowe. The film is being adapted from The Black-Eyed Blonde follow-on novel by Benjamin Black, which centers on the private eye during the early 1950s where Marlowe is as restless and lonely as ever, and business is a little slow. That is, until a beautiful blonde client comes in and asks Marlowe to find her ex-lover, which soon has Marlowe wrapped up with one of the more powerful families in Bay City who are willing to go to any lengths to protect their fortune.
Fox Searchlight has acquired the rights to The Spy With No Name, a Jeff Maysh eBook published under the Amazon Kindle Single label. The book tells the true story of Erwin van Haarlem, a Cold War secret agent whose stolen identity broke the heart of an innocent woman who thought she’d found her long-lost son.
Doctor Strange actor Scott Adkins has been tapped as the lead in the sci-fi action thriller Incoming, about an International Space Station that now serves as a prison. When the imprisoned terrorists take over the Station and turn it into a missile aimed at Moscow, only a shuttle pilot and a rookie doctor can stop them.
Ron Howard’s production outfit Imagine Entertainment has optioned the novel The Last Days Of Jack Sparks, with British author Jason Arnopp to adapt the screenplay of his own 2016 debut. The plot follows titular pop culture journalist Jack Sparks who is researching a book on the occult, but after sparking a Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism, Sparks is found dead in mysterious circumstances.
Throttle, the novella by Stephen King and his son, novelist Joe Hill, is getting the big-screen treatment. Throttle tells of a motorcycle gang riding across a stark Nevada desert after a deal gone bad, who become pursued by a faceless trucker hell-bent on revenge.
Logan Lerman and Olivia Cooke are in final negotiations to star in The Tracking Of A Russian Spy, the thriller based on real events and based on Mitch Swenson’s memoir. The plot centers on a secret romance between journalist Swenson (Lerman) and a mysterious Russian woman named Katya (Cooke) he met in a New York nightclub who disappears suddenly after the arrest of 10 Russian-Americans charged with spying for the Kremlin.
Amber Heard is attached to topline the crime thriller The Kind Worth Killing based on Peter Swanson’s 2015 novel, with Christopher Kyle adapting the screenplay. The book follows Lily, a mysterious and stunning killer who meets Ted Severson on a late-night flight from London to Boston. When Ted confesses he’s had thoughts about murdering his unfaithful wife, Lily offers to help, and the two form a strange, twisted bond while plotting his wife’s demise.
Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight) has boarded the indie Never Saw It Coming, playing Wendell Garfield, the husband of a missing woman (Diane D'Aquila) whose disappearance is investigated by a psychic (Emily Hampshire). The book is based on the 2013 novel by Linwood Barclay, who also wrote the screenplay.
Mission: Impossible 6 has announced its cast with several returning members including Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust, Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell, Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn, Alec Baldwin as Alan Hunley, and Sean Harris as Solomon Lane. One notable absentee from the group is Jeremy Renner, who played William Brandt in Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation, who is reportedly committed to other projects.
HBO is in talks with veteran David Milch to join True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto for a potential third season of the crime drama franchise. Pizzolatto, who created the show and has written every episode so far (sharing co-writing credit with Scott Lasser for two episodes in Season 2), has reportedly finished the first two scripts for a prospective third season.
Homeland director Lesli Linka Glatter is set to direct the first two episodes of Dick Wolf’s limited series Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Murders for NBC, which is scheduled to begin production this spring in Los Angeles. The series will center on Lyle and Erik Menendez, who were convicted of murdering their parents and sentenced in 1996 to life in prison without parole.
Film actor Miles Teller is headed to the small screen for Amazon's upcoming original drama series Too Old to Die Young, a crime-thriller project from Drive filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn that explores a hidden world of assassins. Teller will play the lead role of Martin, a police officer entangled in the criminal underbelly of Los Angeles.
Investigation Discovery has given a greenlight to The Von Bulow Affair, the network’s first scripted limited series, and has set premiere dates for its first two scripted movies, The Dating Game Killer and Fatal Vision. The network is also planning a new three-part documentary event series based on the serial killer known as Son of Sam.
Mark Strong is set to star in the Fox Networks' espionage thriller Deep State. The eight-episode hourlong original series follows Strong's character who is brought back into the game to avenge the death of his son, only to find himself at the heart of a covert intelligence war and a conspiracy to profit from the spread of chaos throughout the Middle East.
Hidden Figures star Aldis Hodge is heading to The Blacklist to guest-star as a high-end thief who's on the FBI’s Most Wanted list for stealing luxury items, but "with his powerful physique and violent tendencies, he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty."
Chris Pine will guest-star on the police/procedural parody Angie Tribeca as Dr. Thomas Hornbein, a serial killer nicknamed "The Zookeeeper" that Tribeca (Rashida Jones) brought to justice many years ago.
ABC has pulled freshman drama series Time After Time from its schedule after five low-rated episodes, effectively canceling the new series. Based on the novel by Karl Alexander and the movie, Time After Time followed science fiction writer H.G. Wells as he was transported to modern day Manhattan in pursuit of Jack the Ripper.
The animated spy-parody Archer, which has been the focus of a series on FX, is switching gears to re-imagine the Sterling Archer character navigating post-war L.A. as a hard-boiled, hard-drinking gumshoe straight out of classic noir a la Raymond Chandler.
CBS announced the season finale dates for its primetime dramas, comedies and unscripted series. Follow this link to find out when your favorites are ending their seasons and what's coming back next season.
The latest Crime and Science Radio included a discussion of facial recognition and other biometrics with FBI Senior Photographic Technologist, Richard W. Vorder Bruegge.
This week's Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast featured special guest Angela Marsons, author of the bestselling Kim Stone series.
Host Debbi Mack welcomed thriller author Michael Parker on the Crime Cafe podcast.
KQED radio spoke with Jerry Miller, who spent more than 25 years behind bars for kidnapping, rape and robbery — crimes he didn't commit. Miller's story is now part of a new book called Anatomy of Innocence, which fleshes out personal accounts of wrongful convictions, with a twist: in each chapter, a mystery or thriller writer (Lee Child, Sara Paretsky, Laurie R. King, and more) tells the story of a real-life exoneree.
The Center for Fiction in NYC has been inviting bestselling authors to participate in its Crime Fiction Academy for the past several years. You may not have known, however, that you can access all those archived video talks via the Center for Fiction's website.
Sherlock Holmes returns to the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park with a comedic twist in Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, with a run from April 22 to May 20 in the Marx Theatre. The play features five actors, with two playing Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, and three others playing more than 40 different roles.