Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way production company is teaming up with Canadian indie producer Calum deHartog to adapt Dennis Lehane's noir short story "Running Out of Dog." The story is about a Vietnam vet returning home and finding himself in a love triangle with a childhood friend and her husband, whose wealthy family were able to keep him out of Vietnam.
Actor Michael Rapaport has signed on to direct a film version of Jason Starr's novel Tough Luck about unlucky Mickey Prada who gets sucked in over his head in the mob-saturated Italian American community in 1980s New York.
Keira Knightley is in negotiations to star opposite Chris Pine in the Paramount prequel to Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novel series. Kenneth Branagh is directing and also has a supporting role in the film. According to Hollywood Reporter, the story centers on ex-Marine and Moscow-based financial analyst Jack Ryan (Pine), who uncovers a plot by his employer to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the U.S. economy. Ryan must race against time to save America and his wife (Knightley).
The film Flight, marking Robert Zemeckis' first live-action film since Cast Away in 2000, was chosen to close the New York Film Festival. The project, billed as "mystery thriller," stars Denzel Washington as a seasoned airline pilot who crash-lands his plane but saves nearly every passenger on board. Initially heralded as a hero, an FAA investigation raises troubling questions that could land him in prison instead.
Tim Robbins inked a deal to direct City of Lies, a film adaptation of Arthur Phillips' short story "Wenceslas Square," about two spies who fall in love while participating in separate missions in Prague.
As Omnimystery News reminds us, tonight we bid farewell to The Closer on TNT with its series finale. But immediately following is the premiere of its spin-off, Major Crimes, which finds Captain Sharon Raydor (played by Mary McDonnell) now in charge of Los Angeles Police Department's Major Crimes division.
Author Michael Koryta's third "Lincoln Perry" mystery, A Welcome Grave, was optioned by CBS Television in hopes of turning it into a series. The plot of A Welcome Grave follows follows the private investigator as he finds himself in the crosshairs of two police investigations when an old rival is brutally murdered.
NBC bought Pariah, a police procedural pilot from Lionsgate Television and Kelsey Grammer’s Grammnet Productions. The show will be wrritten by Kevin Fox (The Negotiator, Law & Order: SVU) and based on characters inspired by the economic theory "Freakonomics" made popular in the book by authors/economists Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. The plot follows a rogue academic with no law enforcement background who the Mayor of San Diego appoints to run a task force using Freakonomics-inspired alternative methods of policing.
Fox is developing a television adaptation of the unpublished thriller Gun Machine by Warren Ellis, the author's second crime novel (after 2007's Crooked Little Vein). Dario Scardapane (Trauma) will write the project's screenplay pilot, a thriller about a beleaguered New York City detective who stumbles upon a cache of hundreds of guns that trace back to a number of seemingly unrelated unsolved murders. (Hat tip to Omnimystery News.)
NBC bought an untitled procedural drama project produced by 20th Century Fox TV. It's described as "an emotionally charged action thriller set in and around the world of Washington DC" that follows an idealistic secret service agent who finds himself at the epicenter of an international crisis on his first day on the job.
FX also has a spy drama in the works, picking up the pilot The Americans for a 13-episode order. The show stars starring Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich in the period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. right after Ronald Reagan is elected President.
Luisa d'Oliveira, Dayo Ade and Karen LeBlanc were added to the all-Canadian cast of the CBC police procedural titled Cracked. The shows follows cops and psychiatric nurses pursuing evildoers among the emotional disturbed, and stars Stefanie von Pfetten.
Thirteen Steps Down, a TV adaptation of the 2004 novel by Ruth Rendell, begins on ITV1 tonight (August 13). This is the first Rendell work to be transferred to the small screen in 12 years.
The U.K.'s satellite network BSkyB will launch a dedicated movie channel, Sky Movies, for the James Bond franchise on October 5 this year. That dates coincides with the 50th anniversary celebrations of the release of the first Bond movie, Dr No.
NPR's Crime in the City catches up with Peter James to discuss his novels set in Brighton, England.
Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl, visited the women of The View on ABC-TV.
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson featured the Rock Bottom Remainders, with the band's final performance, plus an interview with Stephen King. This is part of a farewell tour for the literary band, which at times has included authors Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Al Kooper, Dave Barry, Stephen King, Amy Tan, Maya Angelou, Cynthia Heimel, Sam Barry, Ridley Pearson, Scott Turow, Joel Selvin, James McBride, Mitch Albom, Roy Blount Jr., Barbara Kingsolver, Robert Fulghum, Matt Groening, Tad Bartimus and Greg Iles.
The new musical Who Murdered Love? opened August 10 and will continue through August 25 at the Players Theatre, as part of the 16th Annual New York International Fringe Festival/FringeNYC. The play is set in 1924 New York City and in a Paris dreamscape and "follows WWI veteran and private eye, 'Sleepy' Sam Speed, Gail Friday and Everett Greene, as they attempt to unravel the disappearance and possible murder of DaDa Love, at the behest of their client, the stunning heiress Honey Potts."
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