Paramount has secured the rights to the book series The Saint by Leslie Charteris, which has previously served as the basis for several radio dramas, films, and a 1960s TV version starring future James Bond, Roger Moore. The Saint is the story of Simon Templar, a Robin-Hood-like smart, quick-witted man who goes after corrupt politicians, war profiteers, drug runners, and other evildoers to benefit his country (the UK) and the greater good. Paramount is currently in the process of working out production deals, but it appears that Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Brad Krevoy and Robert Evans will server as producers in what the studio hopes will become a franchise success.
Action thriller Smart Chase: Fire & Earth has signed Orlando Bloom to star and co-produce the film through his newly launched BlissBloom Productions. Bloom will play a washed-up security agent who is ambushed as he attempts to escort a pricey Chinese antique out of Shanghai.
Sicario was a critical and commercial success, but the in-development Sicario 2 won't be a standard sequel. According to the director of the new film, Stefano Solima, the follow-up, titled Soldado, will be another chapter in the lives of a couple of the same characters and be "something you can catch and enjoy even if you haven't watched the first one."
Netflix has picked up the detective comedy Handsome, directed by actor-comedian Jeff Garlin. Part mystery, part comedy, the film stars Garlin as the titular Gene Handsome, a Los Angeles homicide detective trying to figure out his life while he solves crimes. The film boasts an all-star cast of comedians and actors including Natasha Lyonne, Amy Sedaris, Leah Remini, Steven Weber, Eddie Peppitone, and Christine Woods. Garlin is set to produce alongside David Miner and Vern Davidson.
Jack Quaid is the latest actor to join the growing ensemble of Steven Soderbergh's heist film Logan Lucky. The all-star cast includes Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, Hilary Swank, Daniel Craig, Katherine Heigl as well as Soderbergh regulars Channing Tatum and Riley Keough. The story centers on two brothers who attempt a crime during a NASCAR race.
The first trailer for the Jack Reacher 2 sequel, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, was released. In this story, based on the Lee Child's book Never Go Back, Reacher (Tom Cruise) heads back to Virginia where he once served as a military investigator to help out a woman named Susan (Cobie Smulders) who he really only knows from various phone conversations.
A&E has passed on the hip-hop crime drama pilot The Infamous, from A+E Studios, although the project’s producers are shopping the pilot starring Bokeem Woodbine and Jason O’Mara elsewhere. Written by Joshua Zetumer and directed by Anthony Hemingway, The Infamous is set against real events in turbulent 1990s Los Angeles leading up to the L.A. Riots and revolves around two complicated men on a collision course: an ambitious reformed gangster (Woodbine) poised to break out of South Central and the LAPD detective (O’Mara) hell-bent on taking him down.
Rowan Atkinson will return as Maigret in two new TV movies on ITV, reprising his role as the detective in 2017. The TV films will see Atkinson return to the lead role as Georges Simenon's sleuth Jules Maigret, often called a French version of Sherlock Homes.
Wilmer Valderrama has joined the cast of veteran CBS drama NCIS as a series regular for the upcoming Season 14, playing a once grounded NCIS field agent who accepted a deep cover assignment years ago and never resurfaced. Many agents don’t know he’s still on the job or that he’s even alive. Now, he’s back and his dedication to job and country has left him an unpredictable, charismatic loose cannon.
NBC has tapped Scott Ellis to direct their live adaptation of Aaron Sorkin's A Few Good Men, originally performed as a Broadway play before it was adapted into the film starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore. The story revolves around the court-martial of two U.S. Marines charged with the murder of a fellow Marine and the tribulations of their lawyers as they prepare a case to defend their clients.
Nicole Kidman is re-teaming with Portrait Of A Lady director, Jane Campion, for the second season of the BBC thriller Top Of The Lake. The story will see Detective Robin Griffin (Elizabeth Moss) investigating the case of an unidentified body which washes up on Sydney’s Bondi Beach. As previously reported, the second installment also features Game Of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie in a major role.
Justin Hires (Rush Hour) is returning to CBS to co-star opposite Lucas Till and George Eads in the network’s new fall series MacGyver, a reimagining of the 1985 show about a resourceful and ingenious agent who improvises his way out of sticky situations using everyday items like rubber bands, chewing gum and a Swiss Army knife.
Many of the original cast of American Crime Story‘s debut season, The People V. O.J. Simpson, are expected to reassemble for the next chapter in the Ryan Murphy-produced anthology show. Producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson confirmed that writers went to New Orleans last week on a research trip for Season 2, which will tell of the American response to Hurricane Katrina.
The Jennifer Lopez-starring NBC drama Shades of Blue is adding Breaking Bad alum Anna Gunn for the second season of the cop drama, playing a city councilwoman who has has her eye on the Mayor's office. She also happens to be a former member of the crew of dirty cops that Jennifer Lopez's character, Harlee, is a part of, as well as a former protege of Wozniak's (Ray Liotta) who's gone on to bigger and better things than taking protection money off of drug dealers and thugs.
BBC America’s hit series Orphan Black will have a fifth and final season set to premiere in 2017. The series follows a streetwise hustler who's pulled into a compelling conspiracy after witnessing the suicide of a girl who looks just like her. The show stars Tatiana Maslany as protagonist Sarah Manning, in addition to Ari Millen, Jordan Gavaris, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Skyler Wexler, Kevin Hanchard, Evelyne Brochu, Kristian Bruun, and Josh Vokey.
CSI and its various spinoffs may have ended their run on American television (for now), but they are hardly forgotten. The mothership series was once again named most watched drama series in the world at the Monte-Carlo TV Festival, a sixth win for the series, more than any other show by a mile.
NBC revealed the premiere dates for their fall schedule which will begin mid-September, including returning crime dramas Law & Order: SVU, Chicago P.D. (and its spinoffs Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, and Chicago Legal), The Blacklist, and new series Timeless.
Fox also released their fall schedule premiere, including Gotham, Lucifer, Lethal Weapon, and Rosewood.
The CW's announced fall schedule doesn't include much in the way of crime dramas, with the exception of the new series Frequency, in which Detective Raimy Sullivan discovers she can speak to her deceased father Frank Sullivan by ham radio. They forge a new connection and work together on an unresolved murder case.
NPR had a remembrance of Lois Duncan, "The Queen Of Teen Suspense," who died last week at the age of 82.
Laura Lippman spoke with Boston's public radio station WBUR about her latest crime fiction title, Wilde Lake, her twenty-first published novel.
The Orange County Register posted a video of Michael Connelly speaking at the Register Book Club in The Frida Cinema in Santa Ana, talking about his journalism days and his Bosch book/TV series.
Authors on the Air featured Todd Robinson, the creator and Chief Editor of the multi-award winning crime fiction magazine Thuglit and a writer himself of countless published short stories and the novels The Hard Bounce and Rough Trade.
Beyond The Cover hosts John Raab and Jeff Ayers spoke with author Boyd Morrison about the latest book he co-authored with Clive Cussler, The Emperor's Revenge.
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois' Drury Lane Theatre has revived Deathtrap, the play by Ira Levin that was later made into the 1982 American thriller film starring Michael Caine, Dyan Cannon and Christopher Reeve. The revival, which runs through August 14, centers on a Broadway playwright who makes murder part of his plan to take credit for a student's script.
The Elite Theatre Company in Oxnard, California, is presenting The Mousetrap through July 3 in a production directed by John Eslick, who also designed the elegant sets. Elite's production stars Brittany Danyel and Peter Vandehei as manor house owners Mollie and Giles Ralston and Eric McGowan as Christopher Wren. The classic Agatha Christie made its debut in London's West End in 1952 and is still produced around the world 60+ years later.
Mashable reviewed the indie game "Beat Cop," which centers around Officer Jack Kelly. Formerly a detective, he’s been demoted and shunned by his colleagues after being framed for murder, his ex-wife is demanding alimony, his new boss hates him, and on the first day of his new beat, another cop takes a bullet meant for him. He’s got 21 days to figure out who’s trying to kill him and why he’s being framed. Jack Kelly’s going to get his old life back or die trying.