David Lancaster’s Rumble Films has signed Dark Night writer/director Tim Sutton to adapt and direct the crime thriller Donnybrook. Based on the novel by Frank Bill, the story follows two men as they try to get to the Donnybrook - a legendary backwoods bare knuckle brawl where the winner gets $100,000. Lancaster noted, "I was knocked out when I read 'Donnybrook,' the most raw, out of control, nasty piece of business I have ever come across."
The producers of Rock Paper Dead have announced that the cast for the serial killer flick will include Jennifer Titus, Tatum O’Neal, Michael Madsen, Anna Margaret, Maureen McCormick, and Gabrielle Stone. The film centers on serial killer, Peter "the Doll Maker" Harris, who returns to his ancestral family estate after being released from the state's hospital for the criminally insane after twenty years - ostensibly a "cured" man until anguished memories from a tortured childhood and the visitations from past victims shake his resolve.
Kaitlyn Dever and Hannah Murray are the latest additions to Kathryn Bigelow's untitled project set against the Detroit race riots of a half-century ago, joining Jacob Latimore, Algee Smith, Will Poulter, Ben O’Toole, Jack Reynor, and John Boyega in the cast. Penned by Mark Boal, the crime drama explores the systemic racism that led to the city’s devastating riots over five summer days in 1967.
A trailer was released for Paul Verhoeven's rape/revenge thriller Elle, based on Phillipe Djian's novel Oh. The story follows the head of a video game company, whose efforts to track the unknown assailant who attacked her at home threatens to spiral out of control.
BBC1 has commissioned a three-part adaptation of Jessie Burton’s period thriller novel, The Miniaturist, which is set to air in 2017. The project is being adapted by scriptwriter John Brownlow and centers on a 17th-century teenager who begins a new life as the wife of a wealthy Amsterdam merchant, but quickly realizes that nothing is quite right in the new household - especially when her new husband gives her a doll's house replica of their home that is to be furnished by an elusive Miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror what is happening within the house in unexpected ways.
BBC2 is prepping an eight-part contemporary political/psychological thriller MotherFatherSon, which re-teams Child 44 author Tom Rob Smith and producer Alan Poul. Their previous crime drama mini-series, London Spy, was nominated for five BAFTAs last year and won one.
Fox is looking to put a new spin on King Arthur, re-imagining the legendary tale as a police procedural. When an ancient magic reawakens in modern-day Manhattan, a graffiti artist named Art must team with his best friend Lance and his ex, Gwen - an idealistic cop - in order to realize his destiny and fight back against the evil forces that threaten the city.
Not to be outdone, NBC is putting a new twist on Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist as a crime drama. The project is described as a gender-bending, modern take on Dickens' second novel that follows struggling 20-something female (Twist) who finally finds a true sense of family in a strange group of talented outcasts who use their unique skills to take down wealthy criminals.
ABC is developing a new drama with Scandal star Kerry Washington, who will exec produce Patrol, a workplace drama about four female LAPD officers who attended the police academy together five years ago and are forced to reconnect after a high-stakes, traumatic secret returns to haunt them.
Family Honor, a drama series project from Rosewood co-executive producer Nkechi Carroll and Felicity co-creator Matt Reeves, has landed at NBC with a put pilot commitment. The project is said to be an ensemble police procedural explored through the eyes of four diverse foster sisters who fall on both sides of the law.
Weinstein Television is producing a star-studded take on the 1993 Branch Davidian standoff, with Taylor Kitsch starring as cult leader David Koresh and Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) set to play lead FBI negotiator Gary Noesner. The limited TV series is based on the harrowing true story of the 51-day FBI standoff and ultimate siege surrounding the religious sect in Waco that led to the complex being burned down and the deaths of 76 people.
The upcoming sixth season will be the last for NBC supernatural crime drama series Grimm, set to premiere January 6. Last season, the supernatural procedural was down from the Season 5 averages, but Grimm still ranked as one of the highest-rated scripted series on Friday despite being a self-starter with very little lead-in support.
A brief return of Paget Brewster to the CBS series Criminal Minds had already been in the works before the recent firing of actor Thomas Gibson. But now, the network says that Brewster and her character special agent Emily Prentiss will be returning to the series full time. "We're all so excited to have Paget with us full time," said executive producer Erica Messer in a statement. "The BAU family has definitely missed her, on screen and off. Having her back on set has been great, it's like she never left."
True Blood alum Anna Paquin is set to star in the CBC's Bellevue, an eight-part detective drama set in a blue-collar Canadian town that will also star Downton Abbey's Allen Leech and Shawn Doyle (House Of Cards). The story centers on Detective Annie Ryder (Paquin), a cop who's always been at odds with her small hometown, but when a transgender teen goes missing, Annie finds herself in a difficult position as she must cast suspicion on people she has known all her life.
Saving Grace alum Leon Rippy has booked a recurring role on the fourth season of NBC’s hit drama series The Blacklist. Rippy will play Hunter, a mysterious survivalist who stumbles upon a secret that will have dire consequences. He's an enigmatic character whose unhinged behavior makes him hard to pin down as friend or foe.
The Unit alum Audrey Marie Anderson has landed a series regular role opposite Cam Gigandet in Ice, Antoine Fuqua’s 10-episode drama for A&T’s Audience network. The mini-series follows the Green family as they plunge into the underbelly of the L.A. diamond trade, with Anderson playing Ava Pierce, who’s strong-willed, independent, fiercely loyal and just can’t seem to shake her ex-husband Jake (Gigandet). She joins previously cast Raymond J. Barry, Jeremy Sisto, Ray Winstone, Donald Sutherland, Judith Shekoni, Ella Thomas, Rey Gallegos and Chloe East.
Netflix released a trailer for season 5 of Longmire, which premieres on September 23. The new season picks up after the dramatic cliffhanger of Season 4, where Walt Longmire (series star Robert Taylor) and his girlfriend Dr. Donna Sue Monaghan (Ally Walker) are shot by an armed intruder in Walt’s house. Laying in a hospital bed attempting to make sense of the attack, their fate and relationship both seem uncertain.
A recent BBC podcast featured "sneaky tips for writing a crime novel" from authors Val McDermid, Lucy Ribchester, and Abir Mukherjee.
Jill Dawson joined the Australia radio show RN to discuss her novel The Crime Writer, which weaves fact and fiction about famed author Patricia Highsmith together to create a tale of suspense and psychological intrigue.
Noir on the Radio presented a new "Dames in the Dark" show featuring crime authors Shawn Reilly Simmons, LynDee Walker, Sandra Ruttan, Jen Michalski, and Marietta Miles.