Toni Collette, Gillian Anderson, Joanna Lumley and Riccardo Scamarcio have all signed on to star in Andorra, joining previously-cast Clive Owen. The project is based on Peter Cameron's novel of the same name, which the Philadelphia Inquirer called "part thriller, part comedy of manners, part surrealistic dream." The story follows a man who forsakes his American life and arrives in a strange country called Andorra, settling into the grand (and only) hotel in its seaside capital, gradually making the acquaintance of this tiny city's most prominent residents. But amid the mystery of his origins, a mutilated dead body appears in the harbor and everyone becomes a suspect.
Gillian Anderson is also one of the stars who've come aboard the film adaptation of Agatha Christie's Crooked House, along with Glenn Close, Christina Hendricks, Max Irons,Terence Stamp, Honor Kneafsey, and Stefanie Martini. Irons is set to play Charles Hayward, a private detective trying to solve a murder whose suspects include Sophia, his former lover, played by Martini, while Stamp takes on the role of the chief inspector. Hendricks, Close, Kneafsey, and Anderson are members of the dead man’s household. The film is to be directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key) and is being written by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park, Downton Abbey).
Production on Mission: Impossible 6, recently halted due to an issue with back-end fees, has settled its financial problems with Tom Cruise and is back on track. The original production plan for an early 2018 release was jeopardized by last month’s pay dispute, but with Cruise's new deal, the original timeline could still be a reality.
The Emmy Awards were handed out last night, with big crime drama winners including The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, which had nods for Best Actor (Courtney B. Vance) and Best Actress (Sarah Paulson) in a Limited Series or Movie; Mr. Robot, with an Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series nod to Rami Malek; Orphan Black, Outstanding Lead Actress to Tatiana Maslany; The Night Manager, Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series or Movie (Susanne Bier); Making a Murderer, Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series; and Sherlock: the Abominable Bride, Outstanding Television Movie.
CBS has put in development Body Politic, a procedural drama from former Dexter co-executive producer Lauren Gussis, director Marc Webb, and Dark Horse Entertainment. The show is inspired by the work of real-life D.C. examiner Dr. Roger Mitchel and follows a newly minted, brutally honest female chief medical examiner in Washington D.C. who gets recruited by the CIA to help solve the most high-stakes, politicized cases in the world.
Sheldon Turner has teamed with Charlie’s Angels director McG for a buddy cop drama with a twist, which Fox has handed a script commitment plus significant penalty. Written by Turner and to be directed by McG, the untitled drama (working title Good Cop/Bad Cop) centers on a meek San Francisco detective struggling with psychological trauma who conjures up an imaginary rogue partner who helps him get the job done.
Fox has also given a script plus penalty commitment to Justice, a legal drama from Scandal co-executive producer and former Assistant United States Attorney Judy Smith, who was the inspiration for the lead character in Shonda Rhimes’ Washington drama. Written by Jeremy Miller and Daniel Cohn (Entourage) and inspired by Smith’s own story, Justice centers on a high-powered African American woman who is made the new U.S. Attorney and her team of attorneys who take on cases while trying to fix the problems in their own lives before secrets unravel.
Legal drama continues to be a red-hot genre this broadcast buying season with another high-profile entry heading to Fox from Empire co-creator/executive producer Danny Strong and Jessica Sharzer (American Horror Story). The untitled project centers on a team of civil rights lawyers who take on the most newsworthy cases of our time, balancing the high stress of their jobs with sex, drugs, and assorted other vices.
ABC has has given a pilot production commitment to Deception, an FBI crime drama procedural from Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak and magician, puzzle creator and writer/producer David Kwong, who serves as consultant on NBC’s FBI drama Blindspot. Written by Fedak, Deception centers on a superstar magician whose career is ruined by scandal and turns to practice his art of deception with the FBI, becoming the world’s first consulting illusionist.
Actress and Grammy-winning singer LeToya Luckett and Camille Spirlin have booked recurring roles on the second season of Fox's Miami-set medical procedural Rosewood. The series centers on top private pathologist Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. (Morris Chestnut) and tough-as-nails Detective Annalise Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz) as they investigate East Miami PD’s most challenging cases. Luckett will play Tawnya, a new love interest for Rosewood, while Spirlin will portray Kayla, Tawyna’s daughter. In addition to Chestnut and Ortiz, they join Lorraine Toussaint, Gabrielle Dennis, Anna Konkle and Domenick Lombardozzi and new cast addition Eddie Cibrian.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is heading to Fargo, joining Ewan McGregor and Carrie Coon for Season 3 of the dark comedy crime drama. She will play Nikki Swango, a "crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge playing." She is described as bring a focused woman with a plan, who always likes to be one step ahead of her opponent.
Christopher Backus has booked a recurring role on Amazon’s drama series Bosch, playing Woody Woodrell, a former Army Special Forces soldier who now works for a private security firm. Based on Michael Connelly’s bestselling Harry Bosch novels, Bosch stars Titus Welliver as the idiosyncratic, tough, jazz-loving cop. The third season, set to premiere in 2017, will draw from Connolly’s 1992 The Black Echo and 2001 A Darkness More Than Night books.
AcornTV will premiere new crime drama seasons in October, including episodes of the Australian political thriller The Code, starring Ashley Zukerman and Dan Spielman; and the third season of the Montreal-set series 19-2, which the New York Times called on par with the best American police dramas like The Wire and Homicide: Life on the Street. (HT to Mystery Fanfare.)
BBC Radio has recordings of John le Carré reading from his new memoir The Pigeon Tunnel (including an explanation for the title and the intersections of his life between real-life espionage and fiction). (HT to Elizabeth Foxwell)
Suspense Radio welcomed two very special guests, authors Julia Diana Robertson (Beyond The Screen Door) and and Cate Holahan (The Widower's Wife).
Former sex crimes prosecutor and author Allison Leotta chatted with author/screenwriter Debbi Mack about her Anna Curtis thrillers for the Crime Cafe podcast.
A new production of The Big Sleep is kicking off the 40th season of Calgary, Canada's Vertigo Theater. Graham Percy stars as Raymond Chandler's iconic detective Philip Marlowe in the classic tale of a millionaire who is being given the squeeze by a blackmailer and wants P.I. Marlowe to make the problem go away. The production also stars Stephen Hair as Los Angeles police detective Nulty. The show opened September 17 and runs through October 16, 2016.