Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 4/18/14

By April 18, 2014
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Film

Continuing his run as one of the most adapted comics writers out there, Mark Millar’s ‘Superior’ has been picked up by Fox for a feature adaptation, which Matthew Vaughn will produce.

Star Trek 3’s Patrick McKay and JD Payne have reportedly put together a new take for a potential reboot of Flash Gordon that will soon be shopped around.

Animal Kingdom’s David Michod will next be adapting and directing The Operators, set up as a Brad Pitt vehicle and based on Michael Hastings’ ‘The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan’.

Adam McKay will once again direct Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in Border Guards, scripted by In the Loop’s Jesse Armstrong.

Leonardo DiCaprio has agreed to play the lead in the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-directed thriller Revenant, which the director co-wrote with Mark L. Smith.

Mrs. Doubtfire is, 21 years later, getting a sequel that will reunite it’s director and star Robin Williams, with a script by Elf’s David Berenbaum.

Baz Luhrmann may be directing a new retelling of the classic 70s Western series Kung Fu.

Twilight and Kinsey’s Bill Condon is being sought to direct Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast adaptation.

David Bruckner, who directed the ‘Amateur Night’ segment from V/H/S, is in talks to helm yet another Friday the 13th reboot.

Hanz Zimmer will once again be teaming with Zack Snyder to score the Man of Steel sequel.

Legendary has acquired the rights to a supposed real-life yarn of demonic possession from 2011.
Penelope Cruz has reportedly been cast in the upcoming Bond 24.

Sharon Stone, Tony Hale, and Bill Pullman have been added to the cast of the Jesse Eisenberg/Kristen Stewart-starring, Max Landis-penned American Ultra.

Lars and the Real Girl‘s Craig Gillespie is in talks, alongside potential star Chris Pine, for Disney’s Coast Guard drama The Finest Hour.

Dean Devlin’s directorial debut will be WB’s Gerard Butler-starring science fiction adventure Geostorm.

Chronicle and Fantastic Four‘s Michael B. Jordan is being treated to the star vehicle treatment with the “international Bad Boys” actioner Men Who Kill.

James McBride’s historical fiction, slavery-centric  satire ‘The Good Lord Bird‘ will soon be coming to the big screen as a vehicle for Liev Shreiber and Jaden Smith.

Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany has been cast opposite Gossip Girl‘s Penn Badgley in the Nicholas Gray-directed, college-set revenge flick, The Paper Store.

Anchorman‘s David Koechner has been cast as the troop leader in the Tye Sheridan-starring Scouts vs. Zombies.

David Fincher has dropped out of directing the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs biopic due to pay issues.

Television and Streaming

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Cinema’s patron saint, Megan Ellison, has officially entered the realm of television with a show scripted by Hung’s Alex Kondracke and Angela Robinson that will center on the Old Hollywood rivalry between Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo.

Vertigo’s Native American noir ‘Scalped’ has been picked up to be adapted by WGN.

The Simpsons’ David M. Stern has been tapped by George Lopez and IDW Entertainment to adapt Ben Templesmith’s ‘Wormwood’ comic into an animated series.

X-Files veteran Frank Spotnitz will soon be bringing the world Freud: The Secret Casebook, a police procedural that will pit the psychoanalyst against the wrongdoers of 20th century Vienna.

Jake Busey has been cast in History’s Texas Rising miniseries.

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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.