Warner Brothers has tapped Chris Sparling to adapt the bestselling Jo Nesbo crime novel Blood On Snow as a vehicle for director Daniel Espinosa and actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
Jake Gyllenhaal's crime drama Nightcrawler has sparked a bidding war at Cannes. It marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Dan Gilroy and stars Gyllenhaal as a freelance crime reporter in Los Angeles, with Rene Russo and Bill Paxton also in the cast.
Nicolas Cage and Jack Huston have signed on to star in the crime thriller The Trust, which centers around two evil cops who discover a strangely hidden and guarded safe filled with mysterious contents that leads them into dark territory.
Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul will star opposite Colin Firth in Gavin Hood's film project Eye in the Sky. Mirren will star as Colonel Michelle Madden, a military intelligence officer in command of a top secret drone operation, with Paul playing a American drone pilot. It's said to be a contemporary international thriller set in the shadowy world of remotely piloted drone warfare.
Edgar Ramirez is replacing Gerard Butler in the reboot of Point Break, playing the same character that helped boost Patrick Swayze's career in the 1991 original. The re-creation is "set in the world of international heists and extreme sports, and like the original, involves an undercover FBI agent infiltrating a criminal ring."
Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and X-Men actor Nicholas Hoult have signed on to star as the legendary bank-robbing duo Bonnie and Clyde in Michael Sucsy's film Go Down Together.
Idris Elba (star of the UK police drama Luther) will headline the thriller Bastille Day along with Adèle Exarchopoulos, while James Watkins will handle directing duties. Andrew Baldwin wrote the script that centers on a rogue CIA agent forced to team with an unsuspecting American con artist to thwart a terrorist attack on French soil.
The spy franchises Bourne and Mission Impossible are both getting new writers for upcoming sequels, with Andrew Baldwin handling Bourne duties and and video game author Will Staples taking on MI.
The Solution Entertainment Group offered a first look at Pierce Brosnan's return to spying in the upcoming November Man, based on the Bill Granger novel There Are No Spies.
A trailer was also released for Kidnapping Freddy Heineken starring Anthony Hopkins in the real-life story of the Heineken International CEO's kidnapping in 1983.
Coming out of Cannes: a first look at the revenge thriller Redeemer, a Spanish-language action film that centers on a former hitman who begins every day by holding a gun to his own head and pulling the trigger; every day he continues to live, he takes it as a sign he's meant to continue hunting down the men he used to work for.
The British detective drama Broadchurch led the BAFTA television awards in the UK this weekend, winning three categories including best drama, best actress (Olivia Colman), and best supporting actor (David Bradley). The nod for best single drama went to Complicit, which follows the trail of an MI5 officer desperate to foil a terrorist attack, while Breaking Bad won the international category.
According to the Daily Mail, the actor best known as the comedic "Mr. Bean" is set to take on the role of Inspector Jules Maigret, the fictional creation of author Georges Simenon.
Martin Clunes (Doc Martin, Reggie Perrin) will play Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in a three-part series for ITV "inspired by a real-life case tackled by the author," as detailed in the Julian Barnes' novel Arthur & George.
ABC published their official Fall schedule, which has Castle on Mondays, Forever on Tuesdays, How to Get Away with Murder on Thursdays, and Revenge on Sundays. (Hat tip to Omnimystery News.)
Fox was a littler slower than the other networks in publishing their fall schedules, but as Omnimystery News also notes, they have included the new shows Gotham and Gracepoint, as well as renewing Sleepy Hollow, Bones, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
TNT and TBS also announced their upfront schedules last Wednesday, including several crime dramas and thrillers. One of the newest scripted series in development is a new adaptation of Ed McBain’s 87th series, one of the longest-running crime novel series ever published.
While ABC picked up Agent Carter and NBC picked up two new spy pilots, CBS and the CW passed on the spy pilots Red Zone and the Kurtzman/Orci spy show Identity.
SundanceTV acquired the rights to Danny Boyle's first venture into television, the satirical police drama Babylon.
After much speculation, several of the original stars of Broadchurch will be back for the second series, including David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan. (Thanks to EuroCrime for the link.)
NBC has released a long-form trailer for one of the spy pilots the network recently ordered to series. Here's an extended look at State of Affairs, the Washington-set Katherine Heigl CIA drama.
Deadline has a grid-at-a-glance for the Fall 2014 network television schedule in the U.S.
Anthony Horowitz, author of the Alex Rider series and also a show writer for Poirot, Murder in Mind, and Midsomer Murders, joined Craig Ferguson on the Late Late Show.
This week on Crime and Science Radio, DP Lyle and Jan Burke welcomed internationally renowned forensics pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht to discuss his life in criminal justice and the numerous famous cases he has been involved with over his stellar career.