Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 1/24/14

By January 24, 2014



With Ron Howard having taken a vow of silence on his ‘Dark Tower’ adaptation, we have two stories that confirm things are definitely chugging along, and they are that Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul and Liam Neeson are apparently both interested in parts.

Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight has been put on the back-burner due to a script leak, and may only ever see the light of day in book form, though QT has said he may come back to direct it years down the line.

The Michael Fassbender-starring Assassin’s Creed adaptation may have found its director with Easy Money and Safe House’s Daniel Espinosa.

Sam Rockwell will be playing an escaped convict in first time feature director Roberto Bentivegna’s The Eel, which was on 2012’s Black List.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has taken the lead in the Robert Zemeckis-helmed To Reach the Clouds, which is to be a film about Man On Wire’s subject, Philippe Petit.

Bruce Willis will soon be seen in Vice, a 15 million dollar futuristic actioner from the producers of Lone Survivor.

Ben Kingsley has joined the cast of Night At the Museum 3, where he will be playing a pharaoh.

Expect some further “Y : The Last Man” news in 2014, as New Line may soon be losing their rights if an adaptation does not go into production in the coming months.

No longer our Freddie Mercury, Sacha Baron Cohen is considering the role of the villain in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland sequel, Through the Looking Glass.

Garrett Hedlund may soon be playing Captain Hook in the Joe Wright-directed Pan.

The Wolf of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie is in talks to star alongside Alexander Skarsgard and Chris Pine in Tarzan and Z for Zachariah, respectively.

Harrison Ford has joined Ellen Burstyn and Blake Lively in The Age of Adaline, which will see Lively as a young woman who has long ago stopped aging.

Mike Newell has been selected to direct the upcoming adaptation of the sci-fi classic The Day of the Triffids.

Shailene Woodley has gone on record and said that although “anything can happen”, she may not be playing Mary Jane in Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man films.

Hotel Rwanda scribe Keir Pearson has been tapped by executives to pen the first ever fully authorized Mother Teresa biopic.

Tom Hardy has dropped out of The Outsider which was to be helmed by Takashi Miike, and the director may not be sticking around either.

Darren Aronofsky has dropped out of negotiations for Red Sparrow, an adaptation of the Jason Matthews thriller of the same name, leaving it without a director or script.

Oliver Stone has ended his involvement in a planned Martin Luther King Jr. biopic after butting heads with studio heads and the King family over the portrayal of the civil rights leader.


 Television and Streaming

After a very long development phase, Amazon has purchased the pilot script for the Barbarella series, which is being produced by Drive’s Nicolas Winding Refn.

From the multiplex to a television near you, Sif, until now relegated solely to Thor films, will soon be making an appearance on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with Deathlok and Lorelei right behind.

David O. Russell is heading to ABC, where he and Erin Brockovich writer Susan Grant will be delivering a straight-to-series soap.

Bill Cosby is coming back to NBC for a new comedy that would see him as head of a multi-generational family.

ABC has ordered a pilot from Amblin titled The Visitors, which will be based on Ray Bradbury’s short story ‘Zero Hour’.

Animal Kingdom’s Ben Mendelsohn will be co-starring alongside Kyle Chandler in Netflix’s new psychological thriller.

Suits’ Patrick J. Adams and Brotherhood’s Jason Isaacs will be joining Zoe Saldana in NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby mini-series.

The ever beautiful and amazing Mary Steenburgen has landed a recurring role on Justified.

Rashida Jones will be starring in the Steve Carrell-produced comedy pilot Tribeca for TBS.

Rob Lowe-starrer The Pro has been given a pilot order at NBC, as well as the Natasha Lyonne-starring Old Soul, from creator Amy Poehler.

Colin Jost, head writer for SNL, will soon be making his on-screen debut as the new co-anchor of Weekend Update, alongside Cecily Strong.

Amazon has ordered the San Fernando Valley-set Sun Valley from Bates Motel creator Anthony Cipriano.

Assuming they approve of the cast assembled, ABC will soon be giving a green light to a multi-camera sitcom based on Kevin Hart’s life.

Lee Daniels and his Butler producer Danny Strong will next be heading to Fox, where they are setting up a hip-hop centric show tentatively titled Empire, meanwhile Calvin Harris has teamed up with Will Smith and Jay-Z for an electronic-centric show at HBO.

Following the hugely successful Sound of Music, NBC has made plans for their next live musical, Peter Pan.

HBO has turned its back on the Topher Grace and Sarah Silverman-starring People in New Jersey, while also pulling the plug on both Family Tree and Hello Ladies, letting (thankfully) the amazing Getting On get on, with another season order.

NBC is choosing to not move forward (at least for the moment) with its revival of Murder, She Wrote.

TV Land will be animating an upcoming episode of Hot in Cleveland.

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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.
  • Carmen Shephard

    Love Bruce Willis in action movies like RED, he is probably going to be amazing in Vice. But I am devastated at the news of Shailene Woodley maybe not playing the role of Mary Jane.

    • Kathryn Yates

      I remember where I heard the name Shailene Woodley from. She played Amy from the Secret Life Of An American Teenager. I used to watch that show daily. She is perfect for the role of Mary Jane in Sony’s Amazing Spider Man films.

  • Kimberly Wise

    Blake Lively playing the role of a young woman who stops ageing. Thats a bit ironic! She hasn’t changed a bit since Gossip Girl.

    • Renea Gaskell

      I know, right. Also a weird combination with Harrison Ford also in the film The Age of Adaline. To me, he seems to fit better in the action movies and Blake Lively in romantic films.

  • Brenda McCants

    Bad luck for Red Sparrow, no director, no script, probably no future. Well, thats just sums up business in Hollywood for you.

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  • Adriana Gomez

    Some badass punks. Let`s see what is going to be next. Just expecting more and more action movies.