Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 10/25/13

By October 25, 2013
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Film

Hell yeah: Robert Zemeckis will be directing the feature adaptation of the beautifully heartbreaking and inspiring Marwencol.

Michael Arndt is out as a screenwriter for Episode VII, leaving Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams as the sole collaborators on the project, writing-wise.

After months of certainty/uncertainty, Tom Hardy has officially been cast in the upcoming Michael Gracey-directed Elton John biopic, Rocketman.

Confirming more rumors this week, Michael B. Jordan has apparently been cast as the Human Torch in the Josh Trank-directed Fantastic Four reboot, although this report could just be a huge red herring.

25 years later, Tim Burton is officially in talks to direct Michael Keaton in a sequel to their 1988 film Beetljuice.

Although no one has publicly said peep besides Bruce Campbell himself, he has most certainly confirmed the existence of an Army of Darkness sequel, which would star him.

Marvel’s frontrunner to play Janet Van Dyne in Edgar Wright’s upcoming Ant-Man is Rashida Jones, which lends a whole lotta credence to the idea of Paul Rudd taking the lead as Hank Pym.

Zero Dark Thirty’s brilliant Jason Clarke has just landed a role in The Lobster, which will also star Skyfall’s brilliant Ben Whishaw and is the English-language debut of Dogtooth’s brilliant Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou.

Josh Brolin will soon be offered the lead in Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, which he is expected to accept when a formal offer is made.

Jumping from the land of cable to that of network television, the casting gods have bestowed Once Upon A Time’s Jamie Dornan with the male lead in the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ adaptation formerly held by Sons of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam.

Tom Cruise may very well be returning to the racetrack, as he and his Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski are currently developing Go Like Hell, which will chronicle the Ford Motor Company’s efforts to topple Ferrari’s stranglehold on 1960’s European racing circuit.

Since Roland Emmerich is leaving him some wiggle room by prepping two scripts for the Independence Day sequels, one that includes him, and one that does not, Will Smith is eyeing other projects and his next very well might be the thriller Selling Time.

Homeland’s Damian Lewis is in final talks to star alongside Nicole Kidman in Werner Herzog’s upcoming Queen of the Desert, which will see the two play out a “turbulent affair” based on the real-life story of Charles Doughty-Wylie and Gertrude Bell.

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Away We Go and The Office’s John Krasinski is in talks to join Cameron Crowe’s latest film which just last week also cast Bill Murray.

Steve Conrad, newly bumped to his writing partner’s director position, is moving full steam ahead on his John Belushi biopic and has either taken meetings with or considered Adam Devine, Emile Hirsch, and Joaquin Phoenix for the lead.

Stephen Lang will be returning to the land of Avatar for all three sequels.

Having just cast Rose Byryne in his latest directorial effort, Susan Cooper, and looking to also add Jason StathamBridesmaids’ Paul Feig is a busy dude as he has also been brought on board to both produce and oversee the in-development ‘Peanuts’ adaptation which is being helmed by Horton Hears A Who!’s Steve Martino.

Hot Wheels is indeed happening, and to usher it along Legendary has brought onboard first-timer Simon Crane, who honed his craft as a second unit director on a bunch of stuff you’ve probably seen…

Andy Serkis will be producing an adaptation of ‘The Bone Season’, the first book in a planned seven-part series by Samantha Shannon, which is hoped to become a franchise, obviously.

Bill Condon has been hired to rewrite the Michael Gracey-directed, Hugh Jackman-starring P.T. Barnum musical The Greatest Showman on Earth.

A Chronicle-like spec script, Attach, by Chris Gorak has landed at Paramount.

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Television and Streaming

Janeane Garofalo will be co-starring as a powerful attorney in Bravo’s The Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, a dramedy based on Vicki Iovine’s book series.

Tom Tykwer is developing a 12-part German series that will be an adaptation of Volker Kutscher’s Gereon Rath novels, which will be set in 1920’s Berlin.

History is moving forward on telling the 500-day long odyssey of Officer Felix Sparks for an upcoming miniseries titled The Liberator.

Firefly and Much Ado About Nothing’s Sean Maher is set to guest in an episode of Arrow next season as the villain Shrapnel.

Comedian Dan St. Germain is teaming up with Ceremony collaborators Jake Johnson and Max Winkler at Fox for a new comedy about a recently dumped man who moves in with friends in an attempt to grow up.

Nick Zano will play a guy with a whole lot of sisters in a new CBS multi-camera show being developed at CBS, with executive producer Channing Tatum.

Pierce Gagnon, who played the crazy telekinetic kid in Looper, has joined Halle Berry in CBS’Extant.

Once Upon a Time’s ‘The Shadow’ character has a voice, and as will be heard later in the third season, it will be Marilyn Manson’s.

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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.