I apologize for Media Monday for Monday being a tad late, but the poor hubster came down with a bad case of the flu. Here is the latest news from the world of crime dramas on the big and small screen:
Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan have signed on to star in the action thriller Sleepless Night, a “reinvention” of the 2011 French film Nuit Blanche. The update focuses on a seemingly corrupt Las Vegas cop (Foxx) who races to save his son's life when gangsters kidnap him in exchange for a shipment of cocaine the cop has lost.
Elijah Wood has been added to the cast opposite Nicolas Cage in Benjamin and Alex Brewer’s film The Trust. The project follows two crooked cops, David Waters (Wood) and Jim Stone (Cage), who discover a hidden safe while working in the evidence unit of the police department that throws them into a deadly well of corruption.
Zoe Graham (Boyhood) has joined the English-language remake of the Argentine thriller The Secret In Their Eyes, playing the daughter of Julia Roberts' character. The cast also includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman (who replaced Gwyneth Paltrow) and Breaking Bad's Dean Norris in the tale of a retired criminal investigator who writes a mystery novel in hopes of coming to grips with one of his unsolved cases and his unrequited love for his former superior.
One of the first rights grabs at Sundance is for the thriller Cop Car, with Focus winning the opportunity to distribute the film that follows two 10-year-old boys who steal an abandoned cop car, only to find themselves on a wild ride when the owner, a corrupt cop (Kevin Bacon), begins to hunt them down.
Another Sundance success story was Dark Factory Entertainment’s Reversal, with rights snapped up by IFC Midnight. The revenge thriller is directed by JM Cravioto and stars Tina Ivlev and Richard Tyson in the story of a young woman who fights back and manages to escape a malicious abductor, then decides to turn the tables on her captor after learning she may not be the only victim.
Lionsgate has released a new trailer for Child 44, the adaptation of Tom Rob Smith's novel set in Stalinist Russia in 1952. The project is directed by Daniel Espinosa from a script by Richard Price and stars Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Jason Clarke and Vincent Cassel.
The 27th annual USC Library Scripter Award was handed out to screenwriter Graham Moore and author Andrew Hodges for The Imitation Game, based on Hodges’ book Alan Turing: The Enigma. Crime fiction author Walter Mosley was also presented with the group’s Literary Achievement Award for his body of more than 40 novels, including Devil In A Blue Dress that was made into the 1995 film starring Denzel Washington.
A trailer was released for Kingsman: The Secret Service, the new film from director Matthew Vaughn that follows a Bond-style spy organization as they recruit a promising, but rough, new agent and put him through their "insane training program."
ABC ordered a mystery drama pilot from Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal alumna Jenna Bans, titled Flesh and Blood. It centers on the return of a politician’s young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier, the release of the neighbor sitting in jail for his murder, and the cop responsible for the arrest who's forced to reexamine what truly happened so many years ago.
Another ABC murder mystery pilot recently announced is Kingmakers, from Revenge producer Sallie Patrick. It follows a young man whose sister is found dead during her freshman year at an elite Ivy League university, and then "adopts a new identity to infiltrate the school and its century-old secret society – consisting of privileged students, ambitious faculty, and high-profile alums – in order to investigate her death."
CBS is moving forward with its second feature film-to-TV pilot adaptation of the season, picking up the 2011 Bradley Cooper thriller Limitless. The plot hinges on a man who discovers the power of the mysterious drug NZT and is coerced into using his newfound drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI. The other film-to-TV adaptation is based on the film franchise Rush Hour, which follows a stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer who finds himself partnered with a cocky LAPD officer after he’s assigned to a case in Los Angeles.
Other CBS pilot orders include a project from Bryan Cranston and David Shore, as well as an adaptation of James Patterson novel The Thomas Berryman Number from Rene Balcer and Robert De Niro. The Cranston/Shore Sneaky Pete pilot follows a 30-something con man takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of a cellmate and hides out from his debtors while working for his new “family’s” bail bond business; the Patterson project is For Justice, which centers on a FBI agent working in the criminal section of Department of Civil Rights.
Katie Holmes is joining Showtime's Ray Donovan for its upcoming third season in a major role playing shrewd and chic businesswoman Paige, the daughter of billionaire producer Andrew Finney (the just-cast Ian McShane), who enlists Ray’s services. The producers also announced Fairuza Balk (American History X, Almost Famous) and Shree Crooks (Extant) have been tapped for recurring roles.
Tyler James Williams (The Walking Dead), is set to co-star opposite Gary Sinise in CBS’ Criminal Minds planned spinoff about agents helping American citizens who find themselves in trouble abroad. Anna Gunn (Gracepoint, Breaking Bad) is also joining the cast to play linguist and international law expert Aly Lambert.
True Detective actor Glenn Fleshler has been added to the cast of Hannibal, playing the assistant and henchman to the pig-owning meat market magnate Mason Verger.