Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 3/7/14

By March 7, 2014


Vincent D’Onofrio has been cast in Colin Trevorrow’s upcoming Jurassic World as the villain.

Horror videogame The Last of Us has been optioned by Screen Gems and Sam Raimi to be made into a feature.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have been left in the lurch as Warner Brothers have attached their Whitey Bulger allegiances to the Johnny Depp-starring Black Mass, which has also added Joel Edgerton.

Idris Elba will be playing/voicing the part of Shere Khan the tiger in Jon Favreau’s ‘Jungle Book’ adaptation.

Martin Sheen will be teaming with his buddy Warren Beatty on the latter’s Howard Hughes project, which the two are now both set to act in.

The Wolverine’s James Mangold will be directing what will be the first in a planned franchise based on John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee character-starring detective novel ‘The Deep Blue Good-By’.

Taking Chance’s Ross Katz is set to write the story of an out-gay 70’s baseball player in Out At Home: The Glenn Burke Story.

Easy Money and Safe House director Daniel Espinosa is in talks to direct the Leonardo DiCaprio-produced adaptation of ‘Blood On Snow’, which may also serve as a star vehicle for the actor.

The Jake Gyllenhaal-starring Southpaw has set Antoine Fuqua as its director.

The Tom Tykwer-directed A Hologram For The King has cast Tom Skerritt alongside Tom Hanks in cinema’s most recent Dave Eggers-anchored project.

The Netherlands’ Diederik Van Rooijen, noted mostly for his television work overseas, has landed in the director’s chair for the Michael Bay-produced remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.

Everything Nice, about an ad exec-cum-teacher, is being eyed by Charlize Theron as a starring vehicle.

Steven Spielberg has apparently set his sights on a remake of West Side Story, and is being allowed by Fox to toy with the idea.

Ex-competitive fencer Chris Boal has been signed to write Sony’s new Zorro reboot.

Sony has hopped on board the sexed-up, mantis-plagued YA adaptation of ‘Grasshopper Jungle’.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes writer Mark Bomback has been tapped to adapt the upcoming adaptation of 1973 melodrama ‘Veronica’s Room’.

M. Night Shyamalan is five days into production on some sort of mystery project he’s tentatively calling Sundowning.

Television and Streaming

US civil rights leader Martin Luther King,Jr. (C)

The Wire’s David Simon will be scripting (at least) the first leg of a planned six hour miniseries about Martin Luther King Jr., produced by HBO and Oprah Winfrey.

Gary Oldman is turning his producing attention to television with The Diabolic, a planned horror series about an exorcist which is being set up at eOne.

Steven Soderbergh and David Gordon Green are teaming up with Amazon for their “Caddyshack with tennis” pilot Red Oaks.

NBC’s Constantine pilot has cast Lost vet Harold Perrineau and True Blood vet Lucy Griffiths in supporting roles.

ITV’s The Great Fire miniseries has cast Boardwalk Empire’s Jack Huston as well as Game of Thrones’ Rose Leslie as two of its leads.

In ABC’s pilot Exposed, Whedonverse alum Fran Kranz will be playing the hipster younger brother of the lead journalist character, with Irish actor Brian F. O’Byrne also set to co-star as a shady Pentagon employee.

Thor’s Stellan Skarsgard will be leading the six-episode BBC police series, River.

Gabriel Luna has secured top billing on the Robert Rodriguez-produced, Bob Orci/Alex Kurtzman-created superspy/soccer champ action series Matador.

How I Met Your Dad has cast Smash’s Krysta Rodriguez as one of its other main leads.

Mary-Louise Parker is set to star in NBC’s restaurant-set, family-centric comedy pilot, Feed Me.

Mad Men’s Rich Sommer will play best friend to a newly-in therapy couple in CBS’ Good Session comedy pilot.

Timothy Hutton will star in ABC’s American Crime pilot, which is being written by 12 Years A Slave’s John Ridley. The pilot will also see supporting turns by The Shield’s Benito Martinez and Deadwood’s W. Earl Brown.

Patricia Arquette has snagged the lead role in CBS’ planned cyber crime-centric CSI spin-off series.

Gotham has added another villain in Drew Powell, as well as the future Batman and Catwoman, in David Mazouz and Carmen Bicondova.

The Vince Gilligan-penned Battle Creek will have X-Men director Bryan Singer helming the pilot, which will star Mayhem himself, Dean Winters.

Music producer Timbaland will be a songwriter and producer on Fox’s Empire.

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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.
  • Roy J Evans

    I love this. Kudos to everyone at GN for keeping us up to date on all of this. It would, if you could find it all, take days to find all of this!

    • Jacob Hayman

      thanks roy!