Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 7/12/13

By July 12, 2013
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Comics

The Luna Brothers’ most excellent ‘The Sword‘ is set to be adapted by X2 and Watchmen scribe David Hayter.

Fox has committed to a pilot for the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which will not have Alan Moore on as a producer, which shouldn’t come as too  much of a surprise.

Vin Diesel followed up last week’s news that he was meeting up with Marvel to discuss a project, and very shy of anything substantial, he did exclaim “wow”. Perhaps Comic-Con or the D23 Expo will give us some answers.

Film Proper

In a possible attempt to remind us that he does still have a hint of a soul, Johnny Depp is closing in on a deal that will see him starring in David Koepp’s Mortdecai, an adaptation of ‘The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery’, which is about the comedic exploits of a mustachioed art dealer and rogue called… you guessed it, Mortdecai.

Newly minted prestige director Ben Affleck has signed on to star in established prestige director David Fincher’s new film, Gone Girl.

Dev Patel is in negotiations to star as the resident of an “impoverished town”, opposite Sharlto Copley’s police robot in Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi comedy Chappie.

Making a return to the role of the hero, Oldboy and Elysium star Sharlto Copley will star in the first-person actioner Hardcore.

Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara will be teaming up with Stephen Daldry in the Richard Curtis-scripted Trash, which will see three third world youths discovering a mysterious, garbage-found object?

The Newsroom’s David Harbour has joined Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer.

A Bulgarian news site, according to a fansite for the Expendables, has confirmed both Mel Gibson and Steven Seagal for the third entry in the franchise…Although let’s not get too excited too quickly…

Future roastee James Franco, who all by all appearances seems like the busiest man in Hollywood, has just announced his next project will be an adaptation of ‘The Sound and the Fury‘, in which he’s hoping he can enlist Jon Hamm’s assistance as the star.

Oh! After months of speculation, Sam Mendes has officially been confirmed as the director of Bond 24.

Guillermo del Toro has his eyes set on a new monster for that ‘Frankenstein’ adaptation he’s been wanting for years now, and he’s also had a conversation with the incredible Charlie Kaufman about adapting ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’.

Errol Morris has attached himself to a non-documentary feature. This one is called Holland, Michigan, and will mark his second attachment outside the world of documentaries after his supposed Paul Rudd-starring Freezing People is Easy.

Disney is getting back into bed with ‘The Jungle Book‘, and have hired Justin Marks to write the script for their new live-action adaptation.

Michael Gates Gill’s memoir ‘How Starbucks Saved My Life‘ has been optioned by the Weinsteins for the big screen treatment.

Call it “too soon”, “tasteless”, “exploitative” or just plain strange, but the guys who wrote The Fighter have optioned an upcoming book about the Boston Marathon bombing.

Television

Ron Moore’s new Starz series adaptation of ‘Outlander‘ now has a star in Sam Heughan.

The Strain has found its Master in Robert Maillet and Jim Kent in Sean Astin.

Fox and the “somehow still working” M. Night Shyamalan’s Wayward Pines has just cast Carla Gugino alongside the previously announced Matt Dillon.

While severing ties on one end, David Attenborough, most famous now for narrating Planet Earth, will be working on a new nature project for the BBC that will hopefully air in the next two or three years.

Bravo has ordered a present day-set adaptation of Charles Dickens’ ‘Bleak House‘ to potentially go to series.

The guys behind Sh*t Girls Say are headed for a development deal that should see them on TV in the near future with a program devoted to discussing fashion, beauty and lifestyle.

Although no negotiations are yet in place, Brian Grazer and Netflix do see a future for Arrested Development on the latter site. Here’s to hoping they can bypass the green screen debacle…

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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.