James Mangold (The Wolverine) is in negotiations to direct The Deep Blue Good-By, an adaptation of the 1964 John D. MacDonald novel that launched the bestselling Travis McGee series. Based on a script draft by author Dennis Lehane, the project was originally intended as a starring vehicle for Leonardo Dicaprio, although he's since pulled out of the front end of the project, staying on board to produce.
Sony Pictures has hired playwright Chris Boal to write the script of its reboot Zorro franchise. The studio has indicated the movie will be less about swashbuckling and more of a Dark Knight-style unveiling of the character.
A trailer was released for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. This adaptation of an installment in Frank Miller's noir graphic novels is a follow-up to the first Sin City movie in 2005. It continues the storyline of the outlaw inhabitants of Basin City, a fictional town in the American west known by its nickname Sin City.
Julia Stiles (of the Bourne movie franchise) is taking on the lead role of Rachel Knight in TNT's drama pilot Guilt by Association, to be produced by Nelson McCormick, writer/showrunner Dee Johnson and former prosecutor Marcia Clark, on whose book the project is based.
Robert Patrick (The Unit, The X-Files, Terminator) has signed on for a co-starring role in CBS's pilot Scorpion, from writer Nick Santora, director Justin Lin, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Patrick will play a no non-sense, blue collar Federal Agent who works with "a group of super-geniuses who form the last line of defense against the complex threats of the modern age."
Bojana Novakovic, who plays Greg Kinnear's love interest on Fox's freshman drama Rake, has signed conditionally to star as the title character in ABC's police procedural drama Agatha. However, if Fox renews Rake, then ABC will recast the Agatha role.
Desperate Housewives alumna Felicity Huffman is on board to play Timothy Hutton's ex-wife in John Ridley's racially charged legal drama pilot, American Crime, for ABC. Also recently signed to the cast are Benito Martinez and W. Earl Brown.
The Blacklist has cast Peter Scanavino to play the older brother of Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold), who is the husband of FBI Agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone), in an episode that will reveal secrets about the two brothers' lives.
Fox announced which shows will be returning for its U.S. network this fall. The network renewed Golden Globe-nominated Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Following, and several comedies. Fox had already announced it was renewing Bones for a 10th season. (Hat tip to Omnimystery News.)
Omnimystery News reported that FX Networks renewed its animated spy caper series Archer for another two seasons.
The BBC crime drama Orphan Black has signed an exclusive deal with Amazon for its espisodes to be streamed only on Prime Instant Video.
Fox unveiled a new trailer for the upcoming sequel to 24, titled 24: Live Another Day.
NPR takes a look at Benjamin Black's new book, The Black-Eyed Blonde, which continues the exploits of fictional private eye Philip Marlowe, originally created by Raymond Chandler.
Operatic baritone Bryn Terfel and prize-winning actress Emma Thompson are teaming up for a production of Sweeney Todd with the New York Philharmonic. It will be taped for a future broadcast of "Live From Lincoln Center" on PBS stations, although a date hasn't been set.