Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 9/13/13

By September 13, 2013
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Rio’s Carlos Saldanha is in talks to take over directing duties from Joe Cornish on Fox’s ‘Rust’ adaptation.

Three people are now rumored to be auditioning for the role of Barry Allen in the CW’s backdoor pilot for a potential Flash series that’ll go down on the network’s Arrow next season.

Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, which was co-written by Joe Cornish, has moved up its release several months.

G.I. Joe 3 has found its writer, and it is Snow White and the Huntsman’s Evan Daugherty.

Max Landis wants to give Wonder Woman a shot and is planning on a pitch to DC and WB for a feature.

Film

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Returned from that long-desolate motion capture phase, one of our better directors, Robert Zemeckis, is in talks to helm the ‘Chaos Walking’ adaptation that is currently being written by our best writer, Charlie Kaufman.

J.K. Rowling and WB are bringing us back into the world of witchcraft and wizardry with an adaptation of ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,’ which will take place in the world we saw in Harry Potter, but 70 years prior, and in New York.

Tom Hiddleston has been announced as Benedict Cumberbatch’s replacement for Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak.

Although no director is yet attached, Keanu Reeves and Willem Dafoe have been cast in John Wick, which will see the two as friends, who are also hitmen.

Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul will be joining the amazing Juliette Lewis in Kat Candler’s Hellion, which is being executive produced by Mud’s Jeff Nichols.

With a resigned, chain-smoked and weary voice, the Internet announced that Kurt Russell will be appearing in Fast and Furious 7, but with a hint of pep it also exclaimed that the fantastic Djimon Hounsou will be.

Bruce Willis will be playing the heavy in the lower-budgeted thriller The Prince.

Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay has joined the cast of the upcoming Max Landis-scripted ‘Frankenstein’ film as the female lead.

Ice Cube is returning for 22 Jump Street along with a newcomer in Greek’s Amber Stevens.

Albert Brooks will be voicing a villain in the upcoming Little Prince, which already has Jeff Bridges, Benicio Del Toro, James Franco, Paul Giamatti, and Rachel McAdams on board.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Rupert Wyatt is in talks to replace The Hangover’s Todd Phillips for directing duties on The Gambler, which is currently seeing a shift in casting as well.

David Fincher’s Oscar-winning editor, Angus Wall, will be making his directorial debut with a thriller called Empire, scripted by the writer of Source Code.

Paradise Now’s Hany Abu-Assad has been tapped to direct the English-language adaptation of Park Chan-wook’s Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance.

J.J. Abrams has confirmed his exit as director of the upcoming Star Trek 3, although he will remain a producer and help craft the story.

Roland Emmerich will soon be looking into hiring a writer for a reboot of Stargate, which he is envisioning as a trilogy.

Brad Pitt and his people are apparently “talking about” a World War Z sequel.

The Entourage film has been delayed due to two major actors “holding out” on negotiations.

 Television

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Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad spinoff that’s been discussed many a time these past months, has been greenlit.

Neil LaBute is heading to NBC with a half hour comedy series called Harmony House that will center on a new employee at a mental institution who finds the love of his life in one of the facility’s patients.

Martin Scorsese and Harry Belafonte are looking into putting together a limited series that would be about King Leopold II  and his involvement in the Congo.

Fox will soon be giving us both a new adaptation of ‘Man on Fire’, which will bring the action to 18 years after the novel’s conclusion, as well as a televised adaptation of graphic novel ‘Cyclops’.

Patrick Bateman will be taking a protégé in the modern day for the American Psycho series being developed by FX.

Laura Prepon will now (reportedly) be appearing in only a single episode in the next season of Orange Is the New Black.

Amy Poehler will once again be returning to the world of The Simpsons to voice her recurring Jenda character.

E!’s The Royals, looking to capitalize on everybody’s obsession with British families, has cast its prince with William Moseley, who will join the already cast Elizabeth Hurley in the drama.

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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.