Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 11/8/13

By November 8, 2013



Wonder Woman may be making an appearance in the Man of Steel sequel, thus (if so) marking the character’s second appearance in a feature after The LEGO Movie, and her first in live action.

The Wolverine’s director James Mangold and his star Hugh Jackman are both in talks to tackle another solo Wolverine project, which the former is currently writing a treatment for.

Despite fanning the flames, Bruce Campbell has once again had to slam the internet-generated misinformation regarding an Army of Darkness sequel, explicitly stating that no, it is not a thing, and thank you for the interest.

After a long time in Development Hell, Kane & Lynch may finally be making it to the big screen, with Gerard Butler in negotiations and Vin Diesel being courted for the titular leads in the F. Gary Gray-directed project.

Bryce Dallas Howard has confirmed she will be taking a lead role in Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, with the possible addition of Jason Schwartzman to soon come…or not.

Adventureland stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart are set to re-team in Nima Nourizadeh’s Max Landis-penned stoner action-comedy, American Ultra.

Robert Pattinson will soon be joining Benedict Cumberbatch in a trek through the Amazon in a feature adaptation of James Gray’s ‘The Lost City of Z’.

Jennifer Coolidge, Bill Murray, and Octavia Spencer have all signed on to voice characters in DreamWork’s upcoming B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations.

Samuel L. Jackson has signed on to reunite with his 1408 co-star John Cusack in the Tod Williams-directed adaptation of Stephen King’s novel ‘CELL’.

The actors behind both General Zod and Peter Parker will be teaming with the decidedly indie director Ramin Bahrani for 99 Homes, which will see the two as a powerful broker and a down on his luck father, respectively.

Sienna Miller has joined Half Nelson directors Ryan Boden and Anna Fleck’s upcoming Mississippi Grind.

While I still weep for the lack of Eminem, Jake Gyllenhaal is now stepping into the lead for the Kurt Sutter-penned, Antoine Fuqua-directed boxing tale Southpaw.

Further distancing himself from the Apatowverse, Jay Baruchel will now be starring in Baseballissimo, which was penned by the actor and his writing partner Jesse Chabot, and will be directed by Jacob Tierney.

David Mamet’s new film, Blackbird, has added Rubicon’s James Badge Dale to star alongside its already-cast Cate Blanchett.

Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane have both signed up for Somnia, which starts shooting next week and will see the actors as the parents of a child whose dreams manifest themselves in reality while he sleeps.

Hooray Hollywood? Dwayne Johnson has signed a deal to play the lead in an upcoming film called Seal Team 666, which as you might have guessed will center around “an elite group of Navy SEALs who battle demons and assorted threats and discover that there’s a greater supernatural force bent on destroying the world.”

Tate Taylor has added both Dan Aykroyd and Jill Scott to his Chadwick Boseman-starring James Brown biopic, Get On Up.


Paramount and Skydance are casually and not too subtly making eyes at Attack the Block’s Joe Cornish to take over directing duties from J.J. Abrams for Star Trek 3.

Vicarious Entertainment is moving ahead with plans to remake George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead.

Jon Favreau and Disney are back in bed together and this time they’re hoping to make ‘Jungle Book‘ magic with a new adaptation of the Kipling classic.

New York Dolls founder Johnny Thunder will be getting the biopic treatment courtesy of Glee editor Alexander Soskin, who will be making his directorial debut.

Ridley Scott will be tackling the subject of football concussions in a new drama that while still untitled “will revolve around pro football players who suffer concussions and the increasingly serious long term effects that have been revealed over the past few years.”

After taking the Jackass crew to an aesthetic high in the series third installment, and distancing himself a few degrees with the current Bad Grandpa, director Jeff Tremaine is finally stepping out of the Dickhouse dynasty and directing the story of Motley Crue with his upcoming The Dirt.

Man of Steel’s David S. Goyer has hired commercial director Jason Zada to direct The Forest, which while still being kept under wraps plot-wise, will take place in Japan.

28 Weeks Later’s Juan Carlos Fresnadillo will be helming a Pet Cemetery remake.

Straight outta the 80s, Sleepaway Camp is getting the reboot treatment, courtesy of producer Jeff Katz, who will also be bringing some of the original’s key players on board with him.

Whether it ends up being a reboot or a direct sequel, Lionsgate is “incredibly active in developing an eighth Saw”.

Producer Guillermo del Toro and star Kevin Costner have brought on British director Otto Bathurst to helm the upcoming thriller Midnight Delivery.

Line of Duty, a spec script from former NYPD officer Cory Miller based on Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ has been acquired by Lotus Entertainment.

As with all news relating to this planned film take this with a huge grain of salt, but Jonah Hill and Emma Stone may have been offered parts in Ghostbusters 3.

Television and Streaming


As rumored, Netflix is Marvel’s buyer for their four show/one miniseries package which we now know includes Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage for series, and The Defenders for the mini.

The CW will now be developing two series based on DC’s IP, with the first being  Hourman, which will see the title character (a.k.a. Rex Tyler) in his exploits in both vanquishing crime and repairing his crumbling marriage, through his ability to see one hour into the future. The second will be run by Veronica Mars vets and is based on Vertigo’s iZombie which is about a coroner-employed zombie who helps police solve murders.

SyFy has brought on board Sarah Connor Chronicles’ producer Natalie Chaidez as the showrunner for its 12 Monkeys series, which just found two leads in Aaron Stanford and Amanda Schull.

Robert Rodriguez is set to oversee the “amazing cast and crew” of the new From Dusk Till Dawn television series for the first two episodes, which the director has confirmed he will be directing.

Gael Garcia Bernal will star in Amazon’s Roman Coppola/Jason Schwartzman/Alex Timbers-penned pilot for Mozart in the Jungle which will see the actor leading as an image-obsessed conductor.

Steve Carrell and his wife Nancy are heading to TBS to produce a satirical police procedural that will focus on detectives who “reveal way too much personal information, and refuse to rest until justice has been served…sort of.”

Kristen Schaal and her husband Rich Blomquist will be writing American Monster for ABC with LEGO Movie’s Phil Lord and Chris Miller serving as executive producers on the show that’ll focus on a woman on trial for murder.

Further ensuring that slavery is totally this week’s ‘thing’, the History Channel will be remaking the Roots miniseries into a new 8-hour multi-generational saga.

Jo Nesbo’s ‘Headhunters’, recently released as a Scandinavian film, will now be heading stateside to HBO as an hour long drama series.

Continuing the televised zombie trend, Max Brooks’ ‘Extinction Parade’ may soon be flying off the racks and into your home in the next year.

While contemplating whether Better Call Saul will in fact be a prequel, a sequel or both, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan will be guesting on Community.

Nahnatchka Khan’s Fatrick has gained a pilot order from Fox, which has brought The Way Way Back’s Nat Faxon and Jim Rash on board to direct.

Molly Shannon and her Superstar director Bruce McCulloch are heading to Fox for a single-camera comedy that’ll focus on a career mom and her stay home, pregnant daughter.

Originally set for a four episode stint, Damon Wayans will now be occupying space on New Girl for the remainder of the season.


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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.