Skydance Productions, MGM, and Paramount TV are shopping around a remake of Sydney Pollack's 1975 spy thriller Three Days of the Condor (starring Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway). Like the original, the new project is based on James Grady's novel Six Days of the Condor, with Jason Smilovic (Lucky Number Slevin) and Todd Katzberg on board to write the reboot.
Kenneth Branagh and Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese are joining forces for a screen version of Shakespeare's Macbeth. It will be an adaptation of the recent Branagh production that originated at the 2013 Manchester International Festival and was subsequently staged in Manhattan at the Park Avenue Armory.
Screenwriter/director Tom Ford is teaming up with George Clooney for for the post-modern noir thriller Nocturnal Animals, an adaptation of Austin Wright's 1993 book Tony and Susan. The story follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband that forces her to confront the darkness that inhabits her life. Jake Gyllenhaal is attached to star, while Amy Adams is in talks to join him in the cast.
Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn will co-write the female-led revenge thriller Widows with Steve McQueen, who will also direct the film. Based on a British miniseries of the same name, the project is set in the aftermath of a heist gone wrong where four widows of the armed robbers killed in the failed caper join forces to pull off the robbery themselves.
Fox 2000 has acquired an untitled book Jeffrey Toobin is writing about Patty Hearst, the heiress kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974 and brainwashed into becoming a bank robber and spokesman for the radical group’s causes before landing in prison.
Idris Elba has been hired to replace Jamie Foxx in The Trap, which will co-star Benicio Del Toro, James Franco and Al Pacino. Set against the backdrop of the Miami music scene, the story centers on an ex-con (Del Toro) out for revenge against a gangster rapper and former friend (Elba) who let him take the fall for a robbery they committed 14 years earlier. Franco will play Elba’s drug-addled manager, Pacino will play Del Toro’s parole officer, and Pattinson will play a surfer who helps Del Toro exact revenge.
Matthew McConaughey has been signed to star in The Billionaire’s Vinegar, about the real-life scandal surrounding an auctioned cache of wine bottles purported to have been owned by Thomas Jefferson that were called fakes.
David Strathairn has joined the cast of Sacha Gervasi’s November Criminals, starring alongside Ansel Elgort, Chloë Grace Moretz and Catherine Keener. Steven Knight wrote the script adaptation of Sam Munson's novel about two teenagers in D.C. who investigate the murder of their friend while falling in love for the first time.
"Noir City: The 17th Annual Festival of Film Noir" will open April 3 in Hollywood at the Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre. Presented by the American Cinematheque in collaboration with the Film Noir Foundation, the festival features American movies, British thrillers, three rarities from Argentina, and even a new noir from the Humphrey Bogart Estate's Santana Films.
The first trailer was released for the upcoming James Bond film, Spectre. The producers also announced the film will be distributed in IMAX when it first opens worldwide on November 6.
A full trailer was released for the next Mission Impossible installment, titled Rogue Nation.
A Hindi-language trailer (subtitled) was released for for Anurag Kashyap’s period crime drama Bombay Velvet, starring Ranbir Kapoor. Set against the backdrop of Bollywood’s Golden Age and based on Gyan Prakash’s book Mumbai Fables, the film is about an ordinary man who must forge his destiny in the City of Dreams.
Thirteen years after The X-Files ended its nine-season run on Fox, the official announcement was made that the series will return as a six-episode event series from series creator/executive producer Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson returning to their roles as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.
Although TNT passed on the original drug-trade pilot from Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay, they liked the setting (the wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug trade in the 1970s) enough to ask for a retooling of the project.
Madison Lintz has been promoted to a series regular for Season 2 of Amazon’s drama series Bosch. Lintz plays Maddie, daughter of Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver), and will have a more prominent presence in the new season.
Connie Britton has joined the upcoming American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. She'll be playing murder victim Nicole Brown's friend Faye Resnick, who went on to write a controversial book about Brown.
Alex Steele has been added to the cast of the ABC pilot Original Sin, which also includes Joan Hart, Zach Gilford and Andrew McCarthy. The story centers on the return of a politician’s son presumed murdered after disappearing over a decade earlier, which ends shockwaves through his tight knit family.
Melissa Joan Hart is set to guest-star on The Mysteries of Laura as an internet radio host named KC Moss who runs a website bent on solving a 15-year-old cold case. However, she clashes with Laura (Debra Messing) when Laura thinks KC's site is getting in the way of the actual investigation.
NPR interviewed Omar Shahid Hamid, a former cop turned crime writer whose books are set in his native Pakistan.
Hosts Jan Burke and D.P. Lyle welcomed Judge Donald Shelton to talk about "Forensic Science And The Courts" on Crime and Science Radio.
The Today Show featured Harlan Coben, talking about his latest novel, The Stranger.
BBC Radio 4 will broadcast a documentary on David Lynch's Twin Peaks in April. Presented by Danny Leigh, the program will include Rob da Bank discussing the influence of the show's soundtrack and commentary from crime writer Denise Mina and Andy Burns, author of the Twins Peak book Wrapped In Plastic.
Atlanta's Alliance Theatre is presenting the world premiere production Edward Foote from award-winning Atlanta playwright and author Phillip DePoy. The play is a Gothic murder mystery set to haunting Appalachian folk songs and runs through April 19, 2015.