Welcome to Monday and the latest roundup of crime drama news:
The New York Times cited unnamed sources that Daniel Craig is returning for one more Bond film, after months of "will he or won't he" speculation. Although neither the actor nor the studio have confirmed that fact, the producers did announced that the next installment will arrive in theaters in North America on Nov. 8, 2019. The script will be written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have teamed up on the screenplays for the last six Bond installments.
20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment announced an adaptation of Marriage Pact, the upcoming psychological suspense thriller from best-selling author Michelle Richmond. The story centers on newlyweds who decide to join an exclusive and mysterious group known only as the Pact, which they soon discover is not what it seems, and the marriage of their dreams devolves into their worst nightmare.
A bidding war for a new script for a John wick spinoff was just won by Lionsgate, who sees it as a way to expand the John Wick universe. Ballerina is written by screenwriter Shay Hatten and is said to focus on a young girl raised to be an assassin and hunts down the other assassins who are responsible for killing her family.
Jason Eisener is set to direct an untitled techno thriller penned by Simon Barrett (the logline is still under wraps) that will mark the first project from Bad Hombre, the label set up by Fede Alvarez and Good Universe to produce pics in the horror, thriller and sci-fi genres. Basu and Alvarez are also writing the Lisbeth Salander film The Girl in the Spider’s Web at Sony.
A fun fact for film purists: Just like Christopher Nolan, Kenneth Branagh is a celluloid purist who refuses to shoot in digital, so for his upcoming adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, Branagh used the last four 65mm Panavision cameras in the world. Distributor 20th Century Fox hasn't announced a 65/70mm release, although one could certainly make a case for seeing that version in a few selected theaters.
FilmRise has debuted an official trailer for a creepy new indie thriller titled My Friend Dahmer, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. The film is based on an acclaimed graphic novel and tells the story of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who murdered 17 men and boys in the Midwest United States between 1978 and 1991 before being captured by police.
A trailer was released for the George Clooney-Coen Brothers picture Suburbicon, the 1950s-set film that centers on Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon), a husband and father forced to take matters into his own hands after his home is invaded by gangsters and his wife murdered for failing to repay a debt. He then finds the gangsters have gone after his son.
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are turning their attention to television again, landing a pilot order at Showtime for the gun violence drama City on a Hill. The project is described as a gritty thriller about severe corruption and gangs in '90s Boston and is a fictional account of the "Boston Miracle," a police operation that helped calm the street.
A drama based on the book The Old Man by Edgar Award-winning crime thriller author Thomas Perry is being pitched to all the major cable TV and streaming platforms. Old Man centers on widower Dan Chase (to be played by Samuel L. Jackson), an average Vermont retiree with a dark secret: following Chase’s involvement as a young army intelligence hotshot in a botched operation in Libya thirty five years ago, he went on the run, trying to escape people who want him dead. Just as he had begun to think he was finally safe, Chase finds himself again in the crosshairs.
Netflix has acquired rights to David Grann’s 2008 New Yorker feature "The Chameleon," in a package that has Mission: Impossible MI6 helmer Christopher McQuarrie developing to direct, with Wolf of Wall Street and The Sopranos' Terence Winter co-writing the script with Carl Capotorto. The project tells the chilling true story of Frédéric Bourdin, a young French con man who was a serial impersonator of missing teenagers. For a time during the mid-1990s, Bourdin lived with a family in San Antonio, Texas under the guise of being their long-presumed missing brother.
Netflix has picked up The Angel to develop into an original spy thriller for the streaming network. Based on Uri Bar-Joseph’s bestselling novel The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel, the project will be directed by The Iceman's Ariel Vromen and tell the story of the high-ranking Egyptian official Ashraf Marwan, who became a spy for Israel despite being the son-in-law of former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and close adviser of his successor, Anwar Sadat.
Starz has picked up the Stephenie Meyer-produced supernatural spy thriller The Rook to series, the network announced on Friday. Based on the novel by Daniel O’Malley, The Rook follows a young woman who wakes up in a London park with amnesia and is pursued by shadowy paranormal adversaries while grappling with extraordinary abilities of her own. It is set to premiere in 2018.
Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and the film’s male lead Chris Pine are reuniting for the TNT six-episode limited drama One Day She'll Darken. The story centers on Fauna Hodel, who was given away by her teenage mother to a black restroom attendant in a Nevada casino in 1949. As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets to her past, she follows a sinister trailer that swirls ever close to an infamous Hollywood gynecologist, Dr. George Hodel, a man involved in the darkest Hollywood debauchery and a suspect in the infamous "Black Dahlia" murder of Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles 1947.
HBO president of programming Casey Bloys announced that the network was "much closer" to officially announcing Season 3 of True Detective after the hiring of Mahershala Ali to star. Deadwood's David Milch and True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto are working together on the third season and apparently already have five scripts in the can.
Britt Robertson has signed on to star in ABC's Shondaland drama For the People, a legal drama that follows four brand-new lawyers who work for both the prosecution and defense in the Southern District of New York Federal Court, also know as The Mother Court. Robertson will play a sensible, fiercely intelligent and independent new public defender who was driven to the law because of an injustice perpetrated on her family when she was a child.
Once Upon a Time actress Elizabeth Lail has been cast as Beck, the female lead in Greg Berlanti’s adaptation of Caroline Kepnes' 2015 novel, You. The psychological thriller tells the story of Joe, a bookstore owner played by Gossip Girl alum Penn Badgley, who uses social media and technology to feed his obsession with an aspiring writer (Lail’s Beck).
Maria Bello has joined the cast of CBS’ long-running drama NCIS as a new series regular opposite Mark Harmon for the upcoming 15th season. Bello will play an NCIS agent who was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army and served two tours in Afghanistan. After joining NCIS, she built her reputation as the agency’s premier forensic psychologist.
NBC announced that Tracy Spiridakos, who appeared in three episodes of the fourth season of NBC’s Chicago P.D., has been promoted to series regular for Season 5, continuing her role of robbery/homicide Detective Hailey Upton. The network also announced that The Flash's Jessica Camacho has signed on as a series regular in the second season of NBC’s drama series Taken, playing a scary-smart, rule-breaking former Army captain.
ABC released premiere dates for the 2017-2018 season, which includes How to Get Away with Murder, scheduled for September 28, and the new series Ten Days in the Valley on October 1. The latter stars Kyra Sedgwick as a television producer whose life gets complicated after her young daughter disappears in the middle of the night and the two worlds she tries to navigate violently collide.
A trailer was released for Absentia, which stars Stana Katic as an FBI investigator who goes missing while pursuing a serial killer in Boston and wakes up in a mysterious cabin six years later with no idea where she is or how she got there.
CBS News hosted former NYC prosecutor turned author Linda Fairstein to talk about crime fiction and her latest novel, Deadfall.
Debbi Mack interviewed crime fiction author Timothy Hallinan about his latest novel, Pulped, on the Crime Cafe podcast.
NPR's book reviewer, Maureen Corrigan, took a look at a new biography of pathbreaking African-American crime fiction author Chester Himes, whose life was "as wild as any detective story."
Host Terri Lynn Coop serves up author and publisher Jason Pintner (the Henry Parker thriller series) on The Blue Plate Special podcast.
Award-winning author, playwright and essayist Randall Silvis joined Alex Dolan on Thrill Seekers to discuss his latest novel, Two Days Gone.
Author Kathryn Lane visited with Dialogue podcast host Susan Wingate to chat about her book Waking Up in Medellin, about an American woman who partners with a CIA operative in Colombia to investigate fraud in her international corporation.
The Blue Plate Special Podcast also welcomed Steven Konkoly to discuss his espionage thrillers, the Fractured States trilogy, the Black Flagged books, and the Perseid Collapse series.
In an unusual staged production of Sherlock Holmes, UK's Nightshade Productions is taking Sherlock Holmes: A Study In Scarlet on the road ... literally. The play will be a 90-minute immersive, promenade theatre performance that begins at the Golden Fleece Inn in York and continues through the streets, as the audience follows the characters through an adventure filled with murder, intrigue, conspiracy and revenge. The project runs nightly through August 13.