The Magnificent Seven director Antoine Fuqua is in talks to direct Universal's Scarface reboot, which will be set in Los Angeles. The original 1932 film starring Paul Muni took place in Chicago, while the 1983 classic featuring Al Pacino as Tony Montana chronicled the Miami cocaine trade.
Harry Potter's Jason Isaacs has been tapped to join the cast of Hotel Mumbai, joining Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, and Nazanin Boniadi in the film based on the 2009 documentary Surviving Mumbai. The project is an account of the courageous actions of the hotel staff and guests during a terrorist attack on the iconic Indian landmark by Pakistani militants that resulted in hundreds held hostage for 68 hours and 160 deaths.
The all-female reboot of Oceans Eleven, starring Sandra Bullock, has added to its growing cast with Rihanna and Anne Hathaway in negotiations to join in the fun. They join the already-hired Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, and Nora Lum (better known by her rap name Awkwafina). The project will follow a similar path to the George Clooney-starrer about a group of thieves and cons who try to pull off a major heist.
Universal is pushing back the release date of the Tom Cruise movie Mena from January to September 2017 and giving it a new title, American Made. The project reunites director Doug Liman and Cruise after making 2014's Edge of Tomorrow, only this time Cruise stars as real-life American pilot and hustler Barry Seal, who ran drugs in the 1980s for cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar and was recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in history.
A new fast-paced trailer has debuted online for Ron Howard's adaptation of Dan Brown's novel Inferno, once again starring Tom Hanks as symbologist Robert Langdon.
A TV trailer-promo and poster were also released for the next outing of Tom Cruise playing Lee Child's literary creation in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.
Homeland is adding new characters to the cast for the upcoming sixth season. Limitless star Hill Harper (who joins the previously cast Elizabeth Marvel) will play the chief of staff to her president-elect, while The Flash actor Patrick Sabongui will team up with Claire Danes' Carrie Mathison to play a CUNY law professor and advocate for the Muslim-American community.
Homeland also got a bit of very good schedule news: Showtime ordered up not just Season 7 of the political thriller, but also Season 8 before the sixth season even went into production (although the Season 6 release date has been announced, January 15, 2017). Showtime CEO David Nevins said there's an "open-ended expiration date" on the drama, specifically because there is no end to the headlines made by governments around the world."
Ray Donovan fans will also be happy with the news that Showtime renewed the series about Boston-bred fixer (Liev Schrieber) who makes bad stuff go away for his rich, high-profile L.A. clients. Production on the 12-episode season is set to begin next year.
Jennifer Lopez has signed on to star in an upcoming HBO TV movie about the life of one of the most powerful female drug lords of all time. Colombian drug kingpin Griselda Blanco, who became known as the "Cocaine Godmother," changed the rules of the drug trade in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s and was rumored to have been a black widow who killed a couple of her husbands.
The Sopranos' Michael Imperioli has committed to Season 2 of Fox’s supernatural procedural Lucifer, playing Angel Uriel, a brother of the titular devil (Tom Ellis). The casting makes sense in light of the fact that Season 2 will revolve around Lucifer Morningstar's mom (Tricia Helfer), according to producers at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour.
If you're a fan of Criminal Minds and wonder why Aaron Hotcher goes missing for the next season, it's because the actor who plays the character, Thomas Gibson, was fired after an "altercation" on the set. The studio added that "creative details for how the character’s exit will be addressed in the show will be announced at a later date." Of course, that all may depend upon the actor's potential lawsuit.
A fan favorite character will be returning to the third season of FOX's Batman prequel show Gotham. Although the show seemingly killed off Jerome (who many felt was a younger version of the Joker), Gotham's Executive Producer John Stephens revealed that Jerome was definitely going to be back on the show at some point.
Jan Burke and Dr. D.P. Lyle welcomed Dr. Katherine Ramsland to the Crime & Science podcast to discuss Ramsland's years of research into one of America’s most notorious serial killers Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer, and the book that resulted form her work.
Mystery author C.L. Shore chatted with author/screenwriter Debbi Mack about her crime fiction and career for the Crime Cafe podcast.
On this week's FBI Retired Case File Reviews, host Jerri Williams spoke with retired agent Shawn Henry, who served in the FBI for 24 years, most recently as an Executive Assistant Director overseeing all criminal and cyber investigations worldwide.
Haunted Nights Live welcomed F. Paul Wilson, the author of fifty-plus books and numerous short stories spanning science fiction, horror, adventure, medical thrillers, and virtually everything between, to talk about his new thriller, Mother.
On the most recent Thrill Seekers podcast, host Alex Dolan snagged Tom Pitts, an acquisitions editor at Gutter Books, editor of the Flash Fiction Offensive, and author of the crime novel Hustle.