Centropolis Entertainment picked up film rights to the spec script Scarletville from screenwriter Jason Young. Described as a thriller in the vein of Blood Simple or Red Rock West, the project centers on a deadly criminal who shows up in the deceptively-quiet, small town of Scarletville, leading a diner owner named Hank to spin a series of dark and twisted stories in order to delay the felon long enough for the law to arrive.
Enrique Murciano is the latest to join the cast of Netflix’s David Ayer-directed film Bright, playing a gang leader named Poison. Will Smith, Joel Egerton and Noomi Rapace also star along with Edgar Ramirez, Lucy Fry and Ike Barinholtz. The project was written by Max Landis and is styled as a "fantasy cop thriller set in a world where human and mythical creatures co-exist."
Sylvester Stallone has walked away from the action film Godforsaken less than two weeks before production was set to begin. He was to play an ex-con who learns that his estranged son has been killed and sets out on a mission to protect his remaining family while also seeking vengeance against his son’s killers.
The sequel to the 2015 surprise box office hit Kingsman: The Secret Service has had a bit of a delay in release date. The Golden Circle was originally supposed to be released on June 16, 2017, but Fox announced it will be delayed until October 6, giving it a spot in the fall schedule away from all the other highly-anticipated blockbusters hitting theaters in the summer.
ABC has bought the thriller drama Salamander, which is based on the 2012 Belgian series. Salamander centers on a brilliant but misanthropic engineer "who recruits a skeptical female FBI therapist to help him track a mysterious bank robber whose theft of 66 specific safety deposit boxes, belonging to the rich and powerful, sets in motion a series of blackmails that may be linked to a greater conspiracy."
Michael Milligan (SiREN) has booked a recurring role on Fox’s 24: Legacy, the real-time limited series that chronicles a race against the clock to stop a terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Milligan will play Theo Sterling, a new programmer at CTU headquarters described as a strange combination of computer geek and Fifth Avenue chic.
The third season of Gotham will be adding another new face in the form of Dexter alum James Remar, who has signed on to play Frank Gordon when Gotham returns from winter hiatus in 2017. Frank is the long-absent uncle of Jim Gordon who left Gotham after the death of his brother.
Penelope Ann Miller is set to star in Lifetime network’s latest ripped-from-the-headlines TV movie, Prison Break: The Joyce Mitchell Story. The project is inspired by the infamous 2015 jailbreak in upstate New York pulled off by convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat that launched a 21-day manhunt for the pair. Matt was found and killed in the attempt to apprehend him, and Sweat eventually was found and taken into custody.
Ahead of the Season 1 finale on December 10, BBC America has ordered a 10-episode second season of the original scripted series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency for premiere in 2017. The order will be an increase of two episodes from the freshman year's eight total.
A first look at Uncle Sherlock, perhaps? In a teaser photo released from Season 4 of the Benedict Cumberbatch/Martin Freeman drama Sherlock, the crime-fighting partners are seen with John Watson's wife Mary (Amanda Abbington) and a baby strapped to John's chest. Mary’s pregnancy was announced in the Season 3 finale so the appearance of the baby seems to indicate Season 4 will jump ahead in time a few months.
Noir on the Radio host Greg Barth welcomed crime viction author Elka Ray, a UK/Canadian author and illustrator based in Hoi An, Vietnam.
The Guardian Books podcast investigated Nordic noir with Kati Hiekkapelto and Antti Tuomainen, two of Finland’s rising literary stars.
Alex Dolan, host of The Thrillseekers podcast, chatted with Laura McHugh, the author of The Weight of Blood and Arrowood and winner of the International Thriller Writers Thriller Award and also the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award for Best First Novel.