Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 11/1/13

By November 1, 2013



Vikings actor Travis Fimmel has landed one of four leads in Duncan Jones’ Warcraft feature adaptation.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson has finally closed a deal to star as Quicksilver in Age of Ultron, confirming months of speculation.

Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Secret Service’ adaptation has cast its female antagonist, and it is Sofia Boutella.

In a bit of casting badassery, Sigourney Weaver has signed on to play in Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie, which just received a new synopsis as well that reads: “After being kidnapped by two criminals during birth, Chappie becomes the adopted son in a strange and dysfunctional family. Chappie is preternaturally gifted, one of a kind, a prodigy. He also happens to be a robot.”

Prometheus’ Noomi Rapace will be playing septuplet sisters in Tommy Wirkola’s upcoming What Happened To Monday?, which will have said sisters existing in a world where a one child policy is in effect.

Daniel Radcliffe will be toplining the sports film Gold, which will see him starring as long distance runner Sebastian Coe, who in 1980 had a heavy rivalry with fellow runner Steve Ovett.

Rachel McAdams is starting talks to replace Reese Witherspoon in the Brian Kirk-directed, Keanu Reeves-starring science fiction Passengers, which was penned by Prometheus’ Jon Spaihts.

Scheduling be damned! Christoph Waltz has signed on to play Chris Pine’s father in Horrible Bosses 2, which will see the actors as a couple of the titular superiors.

Emile Hirsch, rumored last week as a front-runner to headline the Steve Conrad-directed John Belushi biopic, has officially been confirmed for the role of the comedy legend.


Michael Fassbender is in negotiations to take the lead in the Adam Smith-directed gangster film Trespass Against Us.

Treasures all, Kathy Bates, Dustin Hoffman and Alfred Molina are all scheduled to be appearing in Francois Girard’s Boychoir.

John Madden’s Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is getting a sequel, which on top of its returning director and stars, is courting Richard Gere to take part as well.

How to Make It In America’s Victor Rasuk will be playing Jose, an aspiring photographer, in the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ adaptation.

Sam will return! Michael Dougherty, director of the original Trick ‘r Treat, has recently confirmed that his cult classic will be receiving a sequel.

Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson will soon be bringing us Julius Caesar’s origin story in The Roman, which will chronicle his early military service and capture, amongst many others, before his political career.

MGM has hired Pamela Pettler, who wrote both The Corpse Bride and Monster House, to pen their new Addams Family film, which will be animated.

Spike Lee is in early talks to take directing duties on the Justin Timberlake-starring Neil Bogart biopic, Spinning Gold, which will tell the story of the Casablanca Records founder.

In a possible break from his immediate Tom Cruise collaborations, Christopher McQuarrie has been signed by Skydance to write and direct a live action adaptation of 70s anime, Star Blazers.

First-time feature director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan has been hired to helm the upcoming Highlander reboot.

Archie Karas, who in the 90s turned 50 dollars into nearly 50 million, will be getting the biopic treatment courtesy of First Born Films.

Entourage’s Doug Ellin has confirmed that after months of talks and failed negotiations, HBO’s series will finally be heading into production on its big screen debut.

Olympus Has Fallen will be getting a sequel, called London Has Fallen, which will see the first’s primaries returning to their original roles.

Long attached to the Mortal Kombat reboot, director Kevin Tancharoen has decided to “move on to other creative opportunities.

Evil Dead’s Fede Alvarez, has stated via Twitter that it will be Sam Raimi directing the Army of Darkness sequel, which only makes sense, but warranted reporting anyway…

Avi Lerner is considering Cameron Diaz, Milla Jovovich, and Meryl Streep for his ExpendaBelles, but will hold off casting until a director is found. Here’s hoping Kathryn Bigelow is willing to return to her B-movie roots.

Sopranos’ David Chase has sold a his spec script Little Black Dress, which will chronicle a female veteran’s post-Afghanistan experiences dealing with disability, to Paramount.


Television and Streaming

Oh yeah! Showtime has given the go-ahead for comedian Moshe Kasher to develop a dark comedy series based on his own life, which was partly chronicled in a 2012 memoir ‘Kasher In the Rye’.

With his 12 Years A Slave garnering almost-universal acclaim, director Steve McQueen will next be heading to HBO, where he will be developing a show described as a combination of Six Degrees of Separation and his own Shame.

Tina Fey’s new show, which centers on an ex-cult member carving out a new path in New York, has been picked up for 13 episodes by NBC, which has cast its former Office star Ellie Kemper as the lead.

Owen Wilson will be exec producing Starz’ WonderWorld, which is currently in development and intends to track two FBI agents in Reagan’s America who infiltrate the mob-controlled porn industry.

CBS may soon introduce us to a new gang of pub-frequenters in a How I Met Your Mother spinoff, which will have behind it the same creative team as the original.

Fox is developing an event series that would track Eddie Mackenzie, an enforcer for Whitey Bulger’s real-life criminal organization, with Twilight’s Peter Facinelli set to star.

An “updated Biopunk version” of the classic pulp series ‘The Avenger’ is currently in the works at The CW.

Andrew Rannells, who plays Elijah on HBO’s Girls, is set to return to the show in its third season, where he will eventually become a regular in the fourth.

ABC is developing The Order, which will tell parallel stories separated by 10 years time of a woman who was once a student, and now works as an FBI agent, with both storylines being based on a gender-swapped version of the Skull And Bones society.

TNT and Ed Burns are continuing their working relationship, as the latter is developing a 1967, New York-set cop drama, Public Morals, for the former which would star himself.

Sweden is continuing its Hollywood takeover, again taking to the land of TV, as it has pawned its thriller series The Swede to Chernin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV.

Sarah Silverman and John Leguizamo both have an HBO comedy specials coming their way.

In a move that should surprise nobody, AMC has renewed The Walking Dead for a fifth season, and in a move that might, Scott Gimple has been drafted again to serve as showrunner.

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