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BBC One has announced details of a new spy thriller series.
The five-part series is set in Nazi-occupied London, and imagines that Germany won the Battle of Britain.
SS-gb follows Scotland Yard's murder detective Douglas Archer, who finds himself involved in a dangerous world, where he must choose between collaboration or joining a "brutal resistance".
Production company Sid Gentle Films is producing the new series for BBC One, with production set to begin next year.
Sally Woodward Gentle, who will co-executive produce the series, said: "I set up Sid Gentle Films so that I could work on projects I felt truly passionate about with some of the best creative talent in the industry.
"SS-gb is a shining example of that - with world »
Hopkins will play an ill actor, whose dresser (McKellen) supports him and his theatre company during the Second World War.
As well as The Dresser, head of BBC drama Ben Stephenson has announced the commission of an adaptation of the Len Deighton thriller SS-gb, for which Skyfall writers Robert Wade and Neal Purvis will provide the script.
The Dresser will air as a 120-minute film and provides a portrait of theatre life backstage. It is made by Sonia Friedman Productions and Playground Entertainment, the indie run by former HBO Films boss Colin Callender.
Meanwhile, former Carnival Films creative director Sally Woodward Gentle has secured her first order for Sid Gentle Films.
The two-hour period drama provides a portrait of theatre life backstage during the London Blitz. The action follows a touring Shakespearean theatre group, specifically a backstage hand who struggles to support the brilliant but ailing star (Hopkins) of the company.
The Richard Eyre-directed project is just one of two high-profile projects announced by the BBC today, the other being a five-episode event series adaptation of novelist Len Deighton's "SS-gb" for BBC1.
James Bond series scribes Robert Wade and Neal Purvis will pen the 1940s detective series set in a fictional Nazi-occupied London. A police detective becomes caught between the Nazis and the British resistance.
Source: Screen »
- Garth Franklin
The series for flagship channel BBC One comprises five one-hour episodes. It is set in an imaginary Britain controlled by the Nazis, if Germany had occupied the country. It centers on a police detective caught between the Nazis and the British resistance.
The slate also includes a new adaptation of “The Dresser,” about life in the theater, starring Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen, and directed by Richard Eyre, the former chief of the National Theatre.
The original play was a hit on London’s West End »
- Leo Barraclough
Martin Mull and Lesley Ann Warren, who previously starred together as Colonel Mustard and Miss Scarlet respectively in 1985 comedy classic "Clue," are set to guest star on the upcoming sixth season of the sitcom "Community".
The pair will play George and Deb Perry, the mother and father of cast regular Britta. The sixth season will debut on Yahoo Screen in winter 2015. [Source: EW]
Finding Sofia in Argentina
Huntington plays a young filmmaker who makes a rash decision and buys a ticket to Buenos Aires to pay a surprise visit to a mysterious girl (Andrea Carballo) he met on the Internet. Once he arrives, he discovers that she lives with her artist boyfriend and his assistant. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
• Hannibal Buress is joining Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in Daddy's Home. Sean Ander and John Morris are directing the film, which tells the story of a radio executive (Ferrell) who wants to be the best stepdad he can to his wife's two children. But, his plans are disrupted when the children's biological father shows up. Buress will play a sarcastic handyman who believes the stepdad to be racist, the result of some ploying on the part of Wahlberg's character. Linda Cardellini also stars as Ferrell's wife. The film began shooting on Monday in New Orleans. [THR] • Clive Owen, Jaeden Lieberher, »
- C. Molly Smith
Long before Interstellar (2014) sought inspiration from the works of American theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, a former Harvard Medical School graduate made a name for himself by creating scientific thrillers that dealt with illegal organ transplants and the resurrection of extinct species from DNA samples. Not surprisingly Jonathan Nolan, who co-wrote the screenplay for the epic space adventure starring Matthew McConaughey and directed by his brother Christopher Nolan, has found Michael Crichton to be a person of interest.
Jonathan Nolan will be serving as an executive producer, writer and director for the small screen version of Westworld (1973) which revolves around an adult resort divided into three theme worlds populated by androids that malfunction and execute their human guests. Nolan will be partnering with production companies Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Kilter Films and Warner Bros. Television to produce a full season for the specialty channel responsible for Game of Thrones. »
- Trevor Hogg
HBO is loving the concept of Michael Crichtons Westworld as a TV series. The network has officially ordered the star packed series for a full season. The series will star Anthony Hopkins as the main star, Dr. Robert Ford the big boss at the amusement park that features andriod robots. However, these robots go crazy and end up hurting the guest. Most of the big stars will play the robots with room of more than one character. The series will likely hit the airwaves in 2015.
I am glad that the late Michael Crichton is still having success. It is just a shame that he doesn’t get to see this take place. It will be an interesting series, especially to see how they can expand the story as it was written in a movie format. That will take some serious creativity on their end. I suppose that may not be a struggle for HBO, »
- Sarah Peel
Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright will be returning to serial TV as part of the impressive ensemble cast of HBO's "Westworld," which the network has now officially ordered to series. Inspired by Michael Crichton's 1973 film of the same name, HBO describes its adaptation as a dark tale about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. Anthony Hopkins stars as a Dr. Robert Ford, a brilliant engineer and chairman of the board of Westworld, a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park - who has an uncompromising creative vision for the park and means of realizing that vision. Also in the cast are Evan Rachel »
- Tambay A. Obenson
HBO has decided to fully enter Westworld. The network announced yesterday that it has officially ordered the sci-fi drama, based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film and written by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, to series. Westworld stars Anthony Hopkins, in his first-ever series regular television role, as an inventor who creates and runs an adult amusement park filled with “lifelike robots.” James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Miranda Otto, and Jeffrey Wright make up the rest of the cast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources tell them that the show’s androids—all characters played by Marsden, Wood, and Newton—”can be killed off and return with completely different personas, allowing actors to play many characters.” This storytelling device was apparently very appealing to the show’s actors and helped Westworld attract and assemble its star-studded cast. However, don’t let the fact that characters can be »
- Chris King
HBO has officially given a series order for its one-hour drama series reinvention of Michael Crichton's 1973 feature "Westworld" and announced the news via a rather strange Vine posting that you can see below.
Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Miranda Otto, Rodrigo Santoro and Shannon Woodward star in the series which is described as a "dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin."
Jonathan Nolan is attached as executive producer, writer and director on the series. Lisa Nolan will also serve as a writer and executive producer, and J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk will executive produce.
- Garth Franklin
HBO has ordered an adaptation of Westworld, the 1974 cult classic about an adult-style theme park where robots go nuts and shoot everybody.
Described as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin," the reboot comes courtesy of Jj Abrams production company Bad Robot with Jonathan Nolan directing. Let's hope they do Futureworld next.
HBO released this intriguing Vine when announcing the project:
Here's the trailer for the original:
[Continued ...] »
Exclusive: Hunger Games actor Alexander Ludwig will join Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles, and Ray Liotta in Pacific Northwest thriller Go With Me, for director Daniel Alfredson (The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest). The picture centers on a young woman, newly returned to her hometown, who becomes the subject of harassment by a local crimelord and turns to an ex-logger (Hopkins) and his laconic young sidekick (Ludwig) for help.
The Enderby Entertainment and Gotham Group production is adapted from the novel of the same name by Castle Freeman, Jr. and marks a reunion for Alfredson and Hopkins, who recently filmed period drama Kidnapping Freddy Heineken together. Hopkins is producing alongside Rick Dugdale, Lindsay Williams, and Elaine Goldsmith-Vein.
- Jen Yamato
Given the brains trust and producing power behind it – Jonathan Nolan, J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub among them – and the high profile cast it had secured, we were fairly confident that the new, HBO-based take on Michael Crichton’s Westworld would make it past the pilot stage. So it has come to pass, with the American cable channel announcing via Twitter and Vine that the show will hit screens next year.Westworld, of course, promises a new spin on Crichton’s old-school high concept of artificial intelligence in a Wild West-themed adult amusement park going awry when some of the ‘bots become more human than the others.Anthony Hopkins is playing Dr. Robert Ford, the park’s big boss who has plenty of creative vision for the place, but isn’t above using unorthodox means to make sure it succeeds. Then there’s Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), one of the artificial »
The creator of the crime drama series Person of Interest and co-writer of The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Interstellar, officially has another show coming in 2015. HBO announced today that it has ordered Jonathan Nolan’s adaptation of writer/director Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi film Westworld, which revolves around the controlled environment of an amusement park that goes awry when the exhibits starts killing off the park’s visitors. Nolan co-wrote the pilot with his wife, Lisa Joy, and also directed the first episode with an amazing cast led by Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, and Rodrigo Santoro. Westworld also marks Bad Robot’s first major cable sale, and one of HBO’s largest pilot commitments in years. Watch HBO’s first Vine teaser below, and tell us what you think.
The official logline for the HBO series is as follows:
The big screen to small screen adaptation craze is cooking up its most interesting concoction to date; a series based on the 1973 Michael Crichton movie, Westworld. Headed up by Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams, the show has been percolating since last year and this summer, the futuristic tale bagged a massive cast. Word has been remarkably quiet since August, and that might possibly be because the pilot went into production. Or Nolan and Abrams did a little “teaser” filming. Either way, whatever they did worked because HBO has now issued Westworld with a full series order.
In a Vine posted via HBO’s official Twitter, the network confirmed the news and further revealed a 2015 broadcast date:
You are correct. @CaptainAutism @JillPantozzi @vqnerdballs #Westworld https://t.co/MsoAfh4OXA
— HBO (@HBO) November 17, 2014
For fans of the movie, there’s a series of changes in store for the transition to the small screen. »
- Gem Seddon
“Some of our creatures have been misbehaving.” Fans of writer/director Michael Crichton’s Westworld may not have looked at amusement parks or their robot residents the same way after watching the 1973 film, and now a new generation of viewers can see what happens when artificial intelligence goes haywire, as HBO has put in a series order for a reimagining of Crichton’s directorial debut.
“A dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin”, Westworld is a drama series comprised of one-hour episodes that will premiere on HBO in 2015. The show is executive produced, written, and directed by Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest creator) and also written/executive produced by Lisa Joy.
Westworld stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Miranda Otto, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, and Simon Quarterman.
Joining Nolan and Joy »
- Derek Anderson
HBO has picked up its star-studded "Westworld" pilot to series, an entirely unsurprising development given the creative talent on both sides of the camera. "Inspired by" the 1973 film from writer-director Michael Crichton, HBO's "Westworld" was written and directed by "Person of Interest" creator Jonathan Nolan, co-written by Lisa Joy and will be executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and Jerry Weintraub. The deceptively simple logline for the one-hour says, "Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin." The original, of course, focused on an American West-themed amusement park sometime in the near future. The park is populated by androids programmed to serve and entertain the guests. The androids begin going haywire due to a mechanical virus of some sort and robot-on-human violence ensues. Back in July at the Television Critics Association press tour, HBO's Michael Lombardo shied away from direct comparisons between the properties. »
- Daniel Fienberg
TV Land cancels “Hot in Cleveland” after 6 seasons The current season will be the last for TV Land’s 1st-ever scripted comedy, which produced more than 100 episodes. The cancelation comes a few months after creator Suzanne Martin told The Hollywood Reporter that she would "love to do at least eight seasons." Katherine Heigl: It “sucks” that Shonda Rhimes still views me negatively “The last one with Shonda… it sucks,” she tells "Extra" of the “Grey’s Anatomy” creator’s recent comments on her “no as*holes policy," referring to Heigl. I am sorry that she feels that way and I wish her nothing but greatness, and I have nothing negative to say about Shonda. I'm a big fan of her work. I watch 'Scandal' every week, and so I'm sorry she's left with such a crappy impression of me. I wish I could do something to change that. »
- Norman Weiss
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