It's Monday and time once again for this week's roundup of crime dramas on stage and screen:
Liam Neeson is set to produce the romantic-thriller A Mad and Wonderful Thing, an adaptation of the story of a real IRA sniper by Mark Mulholland.
A delayed film project project based on the comic mysteries by Gregory Mcdonald featuring investigative reporter I. M. Fletcher is back in the production pipeline. Unlike the 1985 film starring Chevy Chase, the new project is envisioned as more of a prequel, with Jason Sudeikis potentially playing the lead. (Hat tip to Ominimytery News.)
The Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival returns to Palm Springs May 14-17, marking its 16th season. Although most of the films are classics from the 1940s and '50s, the opening-night film is the 1990 film Miller’s Crossing by the Coen brothers. Festival host Alan K. Rode notes that “This film put the Cohn brothers on the map as filmmakers" and Jon Polito, one of the actors “whose performance was something to behold,” is scheduled to speak after the screening.
The American Film Institute Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland will host an Orson Welles retrospective April 17 through July 1, including such films as Citizen Kane, The Trial, Man in the Shadow, and Touch of Evil.
The first trailer has been released for Every Secret Thing, the adaptation of the novel by Laura Lippman directed by Amy J. Berg (Deliver Us from Evil, West of Memphis). The psychological crime thriller stars Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Fanning, Danielle Macdonald, Nate Parker, and Common.
New Metric Media has acquired worldwide media rights for Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s debut novel, The Devil You Know. The 1990-set novel follows rookie reporter Evie Jones as she deals with memories of violence from her past against the backdrop of a series of contemporary serial rapes.
Netflix announced it's renewing Orange is the New Black for a fourth season, even before the third season premieres on June 12.
True Detective director Cary Fukunaga has been hired to direct the upcoming drama series The Alienist, based on the Caleb Carr novel, with Eric Roth (Forrest Gump) on board as executive producer. Set in the tenements and mansions of late 19th-century New York City, the story follows Dr. Laszlo Kreizler who, with the help of newspaper reporter John Moore and police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, uses the emerging discipline of psychology to track down one of New York City’s first serial killers.
The third season of Ripper Street (based on Jack The Ripper) returns to BBC America with eight new episodes beginning April 29. The network axed the show, which stars Matthew Macfadyen, back in 2013, and then it was snapped up by Amazon Prime Instant Video but only in the UK. BBC America decided to bring back the historical thriller to U.S. audiences, and has posted a trailer for the new season.
Fans of Constantine, the show featuring Matt Ryan as the mystical con-man John Constantine, may not be as fortunate since the show is on the bubble for renewal vs. cancellation. (Although you never know these days if such a show may wind up being resurrected on Netflix or Amazon Prime.)
The Weinstein Company acquired the TV rights to Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, with plans on turning it into an event series. Gary Oldman and Douglas Urbanski’s Flying Studios (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) will produce the project, with Kevin Hood attached to write the adaptation.
HBO Films will examine the often brutal torture techniques used in the war on terror in the documentary Rorschach and Awe, based on the 2007 Vanity Fair article of the same name by Katherine Eban. The film will examine how the CIA hired two psychologists to build a torture program with the full knowledge and cooperation of the American Psychological Association.
Lee Goldberg and Joel Goldman joined Libby Hellmann via the 2nd Sunday Crime podcast on Blog Talk Radio.
On BBC Radio 4, American novelist Christopher Bollen talked about his novel Orient, a literary murder mystery set in a remote town on the very tip of Long Island.
Vancouver's Arts Club Theatre and Vertigo Theatre are co-producing a stage adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel Farewell My Lovely from Vancouver playwright Aaron Bushkowsky. The show, which stars Graham Percy as Philip Marlowe, continues until May 2.
The Footlight Players are presenting The Mystery of Edwin Drood at the Footlight Theatre in Michigan City, Illinois, through May 3. The "solve-it-yourself musical" is an adaptation of Charles Dickens' unfinished novel and allows the audience to decide who murdered the mysterious orphan Edwin Drood.