Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 9/20/13

By September 20, 2013
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Bryan Cranston will be playing Roman Holiday and Spartacus screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in an upcoming biopic about the blacklisted writer’s life, which is set to be directed by Jay Roach.

In one casting switch-up that we should all have zero problems with, Kelsey Grammer has officially replaced Nicolas Cage in Expendables 3.

Adam Sandler is in talks to star in Tom McCarthy’s The Cobbler, which would shoot in the small window afforded both before Jason Reitman’s Men, Women, & Children and a film about the Catholic Church controversy, respectively.

Jack Black is in negotiations to play an author, based on R.L. Stein himself, for the currently in-development ‘Goosebumps’ adaptation that would see said writer coming into contact with his own ghastly creations.

Lucas Black will be returning to the world of the Fast and the Furious with a role in the upcoming seventh installment, as well as the two to follow, which puts him close to the center of the series’ new direction.

After being rumored months ago, it has now been confirmed that Julianne Moore will be playing president Alma Coin in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.

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Matt Bomer will be playing Montgomery Clift in an upcoming biopic about the star’s life, which included turns in From Here to Eternity and A Place in the Sun before becoming the subject of The Clash’s ‘The Right Profile.’

The Walking Dead’s Laurie Holden is set to play the wife of a scheming doctor in Dumb and Dumber To.

Tom Wilkinson has signed up to star alongside Vince Vaughn in the already-announced Business Trip.

Aaron Eckhart will be shooting Incarnate this November, which is hoping to be a launching pad for a new horror series that will have Eckhart playing an “unconventional exorcist.”

Leonardo DiCaprio is set to produce, and potentially star in, an adaptation of the recent A. Scott Berg-penned biography ‘Wilson’, which chronicled the life of the 28th President of the United States.

Mama’s Andres Muschietti is in talks to replace Len Wiseman as the director of the upcoming Mummy reboot.

Evil Dead’s Fede Alvarez has been tapped to direct Universal’s feature adaptation of EA’s Dante’s Inferno.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon, already having been fast-tracked for the big screen, has found its screenwriters in Y:The Last Man‘s Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia.

As a result of his proposed budget for Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 being too high, director Paul Greengrass has dropped the film and will soon be looking for a new next project.

Warner Brothers, keeping to their gangster roots, are developing a drama that will trace the story of a leader of Russia’s organized crime syndicate Vor V Zakone all the way into his eventual position of Tsar.

Looking to further capitalize on the mystique surrounding JD Salinger, The Weinstein Company and director Shane Salerno are teaming up again to adapt the latter’s recent documentary, Salinger, into a feature-length narrative that would tell the story of the famed author between his WWII service and the publishing of ‘Catcher In the Rye.’

40 Days of Dating’, an appropriately titled blog based on an experiment between New York friends Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman, has been bought up by Warner Brothers with the intention of adapting it into a film.

The LEGO Group has given their permission for an official documentary about the global phenomenon that is LEGO, called Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary, which is to be helmed by Oscar nominee Kief Davidson and Oscar winner Daniel Junge.

 Television and Streaming

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AMC and Robert Kirkman are expanding on their Walking Dead universe by creating a wholly new spin-off show that “isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book.”

Marvel’s one shot short film Agent Carter is currently being adapted and shaped for a television series, which would see the titular Peggy Carter’s rise in the ranks as a budding secret agent.

Glee’s Grant Gustin has officially been cast as Barry Allen, aka The Flash, in CW’s Arrow, which will have him appear in three episodes, one of which is intended as a back-door pilot.

Christian Serratos has been cast as Rosita Espinosa in the upcoming season of AMC’s The Walking Dead.

Steve Miner is dragging Jamie Lee Curtis out of Activia Land and onto ABC Family, where she is set to star in an upcoming horror drama.

Esmeralda, an event series adapted from Victor Hugo’s ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ is currently being written by Snow White and the Huntsman’s Evan Daugherty for ABC.

NBC is looking to adapt Linwood Barclay’s novel, ‘Never Look Away’, into a drama series.

Damon Lindelof’s Justin Theroux-starring The Leftovers has been given a series order by HBO.

Not content to be just another superstar DJ, Tiesto is currently flying in for pitch meetings with CBS to develop a music-centered drama series for which he would compose original music.

Downton Abbey’s Carnival Films is currently working on a series that would chronicle the life of a young Winston Churchill, based on Michael Shelden’s ‘Young Titan’.

Ben Affleck will be directing the pilot episode for Fox’s The Middle Man, a crime drama that has yet to receive a series order.

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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.
  • Reed Stapleton

    Never look away is an interesting novel, the drama series will be a smash hit for sure.