Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 10/18/13

By October 18, 2013
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Raiders of the Lost Ark adaptation 2

Film

Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala, responsible for that shot for shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark, have signed away their life rights in exchange for involvement with two upcoming projects with Jeremy Coon, who is planning on a documentary and a feature based on the formers’ lives.

Charisma is king, as both Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd are apparently Marvel’s two top contenders for the lead in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man.

Universal has won the rights for Section 6, which will chronicle the formation in WWI of MI6, with one of its central characters being Sir George Mansfield Cummings, who was Ian Fleming’s inspiration for the character of M in his ‘Bond’ novels.

Ty Simpkins, who played Tony Stark’s kid helper in Iron Man 3 has landed a lead role in Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World , alongside Kings of Summer’s Nick Robinson. New Girls’ Jake Johnson, who previously worked with the director in Safety Not Guaranteed, as well as Bryce Dallas Howard are also being sought.

Oblivion’s Joseph Kosinski has booked a gig for another action thriller, although no details exist as to its plot.

Jamie Foxx and Oliver Stone are both in talks to reunite for the long-developing Martin Luther King Jr. biopic, which is expected to have the King family’s support.

Devil’s Night, while still in the writing stages, has lined up Step Brothers stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly to star.

Lee Daniels is really trying to break down barriers now, as he is currently developing an action film that will star Alex Pettyfer as one half of a gay, biracial couple.

Cameron Crowe has snagged Jay Baruchel to join Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone in his upcoming film, which is also seeking out Bill Murray.

Charlie Hunnam has dropped the lead in the upcoming ‘50 Shades of Grey’ adaptation, which is having script work done presently, as well as looking for replacements, including Francois Arnaud and Alexander Skarsgard.

Coraline and Paranorman’s Henry Selick has signed on to direct A Tale Dark & Grimm, which will be an animated take on the novel by the same name by Adam Gidwitz.

Dwayne Johnson will next battle earthquakes his Journey 2 director Brad Peyton’s disaster film, San Andreas.

Kario Salem has been hired to write D.J. Caruso’s Shia LaBeouf and Robert De Niro-starring Spy’s Kid.

Vince Vaughn’s newest project, Term Life, has been cancelled by Universal.

Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana have been brought on board to voice characters in The Book of Life, an upcoming animated feature from Fox.

Fey Poehler

Television

Secrecy abounds, but one thing is clear, and that is Marvel is in the very early stages of developing a package of four dramatic shows and one mini-series for the VOD and cable market.

FX has hired Danny Boyle and his friend Simon Beaufoy to bring them a 10 episode mini called Telemark, based on real events, which will see Norwegian resistance fighters toppling Hitler’s nuclear plans. This is also the subject of Michael Bay’s new film Sabotage.

Breaking Bad‘s George Mastras in is talks with HBO to become the showrunner for Martin Scorsese’s new drama at the network, where he has just signed a two year deal.

2007’s failed Babylon Fields pilot, which centered on a town’s residents rising from the grave, is being resurrected by NBC, where they will film a new pilot based on the original.

Another old pilot, Hieroglyph, has been picked up, this time by Fox, for a full 13 episodes.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have both signed on to host the Golden Globes for the next two years.

America Ferrera is set to have her faith tested as a law-practicing nun who runs up on a “powerful organization” dead-set on stopping her.

AMC has renewed the incredible and amazing Small Town Security, as well as having greenlit a new reality show about arm wrestlers.

The Borgias‘ star Lotte Verbeek has been cast in Ronald D. Moore’s new Outlander show.

The guys that brought you Damages are heading to Netflix with a 13-episode psychological thriller in hand.

Under the Dome‘s Neal Baer will continue on as showrunner for the aforementioned show for CBS, where he is also working on a new drama, The Three Behrs. 

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Jacob Hayman
Jacob's stomach often hurts and his mind often races. He prefers a good drink and chat to most other things in life, his OkCupid is far more active than his Twitter, and Brazil, Gremlins 2, Magnolia, Pather Panchali, and Roman Holiday are his favorite films. He lives in Los Angeles, where he was born and raised, and constantly considers taking up welding.