Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 11/22/13

By November 22, 2013
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Film

J.R.R. Tolkien scholar David Gleeson is currently scripting a biopic on the noted ‘Hobbit’ author that will examine his college years and his experiences in WWI.

Sony is finally taking a page from Disney and Fox’s books and is soon intending to introduce further Spider-Man villains, as well as grant them spin-offs.

DC’s new Batman, Ben Affleck, and his longtime collaborator/friend Matt Damon will soon be producing a film version of Vertigo’s noir comic ‘Sleeper’.

Yet another rumor has popped up about a new potential adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Sandman’, and this time it involves David Goyer and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

After tweeting a photo of R2-D2, Lucasfilm then went on to basically say that the droid will be appearing in Episode VII, and then League of Extraordinary Gentlemen star Jason Flemyng posted photos of the script after an audition, and then Samuel L. Jackson said that Mark Hamill has yet to be approached-proper, so there’s a bit of real news there, and a whole lot of rumor-mongering…

Ever chasing windmills, Terry Gilliam is apparently trying yet again to film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, easily his most infamous endeavor in a career full of them. I really do hope it happens this time.

Girls and Inside Llewyn Davis actor Adam Driver has slammed rumors that he will be appearing as Nightwing, and has instead booked a role in Jeff Nichols’ sci-fi Midnight Special.

Academy Award nominee/The Wire actor/Station Agent writer/director Tom McCarthy has just cast fellow HBO vets Steve Buscemi and Dustin Hoffman in his upcoming Adam Sandler-starring indie comedy The Cobbler.

Well, this week saw the emergence of plans to both make a sequel to the immortal It’s A Wonderful Life, as well as plans to (wisely) block said sequel from ever happening.

Hammer Films will soon be bringing us a modern take on 1957’s The Abominable Snowman that has been scripted by the writers of both Pusher and The Woman In Black.

Director Doug Liman has boarded the yet-to-be-set Tom Cruise-starring action/comedy El Presidente, which the two are hoping will also attract the attention of the elusive beast we call Jack Nicholson.

Javier Bardem has been offered the role of Blackbeard in Warner Brothers’ Peter Pan prequel, Pan.

Following in the footsteps of his predecessor Ben Affleck, Out of the Furnace’s Scott Cooper has dropped his duties on Warner Brother’s adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’.

Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul has joined the Gabriele Muccino-directed, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried-starring Fathers and Daughters, which will have Crowe playing an author with a mental illness, and Seyfried playing his daughter 25 years later. Paul would play her love interest.

Ender’s Game star Asa Butterfield is in talks to play the child blackmailing Clive Owen in the indie comedy King of the Kastle.

Warrior director Gavin O’Connor is in talks to direct Tell No One, a thriller based on Harlan Coben’s novel that was formerly adapted by the French in 2008, and is currently being adapted by Argo’s Chris Terrio for Universal and Warner Brothers.

The France-set thriller Three To Kill, based on Jean-Patrick Manchette novel by the same name, will mark Christopher McQuarrie’s next directorial effort after Mission: Impossible 5, and it will star Colin Firth.

“Less a remake than a contemporary homage”, House of Cards director James Foley will soon be giving us a new version of the 1990 Tim Robbins-starring Jacob’s Ladder.

Documentarians Martin Scorsese and Steve James have turned to Indiegogo to raise funding for their Roger Ebert documentary.

The Best Man Holiday writer/director Malcom D. Lee is in talks with Universal to make a third ‘Best Man’ film for the studio.

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Television and Streaming

AMC has ordered a pilot for a ‘Preacher’ series, which has long been up for adaptation, with this most recent version possibly owing its existence in part to Seth Rogen.

In more comic-related AMC news, their Walking Dead spin-off may be a prequel-type series.

Having just been given a series order, Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain has also replaced one of its leads, John Hurt, with Game of Thrones and Harry Potter actor David Bradley.

Staying in the Fox family, but now allowed out of its home network for the first time ever, The Simpsons will begin playing in reruns on the still newly-christened FXX beginning in August 2014.

Gracepoint, the David Tennant-starring event series formerly titled Broadchurch, has added Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn and Animal Kingdom’s Jacki Weaver to its cast.

The Will Ferrell and Adam McKay-produced, Kate Walsh-starring comedy series Bad Judge has been granted a pilot order by NBC.

Proving that some things just cannot die peace and quiet-like, The Killing has once again been given a home, this time on Netflix, where the show will air its final, final season.

The always-great Chi McBride will be bumped to a series regular next season on CBS’ Hawaii Five-0.

AMC has renewed its western series Hell On Wheels for a fourth season.

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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.