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Author: Scott Davis
There are many shows in the Us that enjoyed success as part of the 2016/17 slate but none have been as big a hit as Bull, the new show from CBS that was ranked as the highest-rated new show across the pond and has already been greenlit for a second season, due for later this year. We sat down with star Michael Weatherly to chat about the show and working with some amazing creative talents – including one very famous storyteller…
“We could have been cancelled!” says Weatherly, “CBS has a really great track record of knowing how to put things in front of an audience and one they will enjoy but by the same token there were a lot of shows last year that didn’t survive.”
- Scott Davis
Hollywood has already had two cracks at the gangster tale – here’s hoping they look to the 30s original, not De Palma, for inspiration
Just how hungry are we all for another remake of Scarface? I have to say I’m pretty happy with the ones we’ve already got, but that won’t stop Universal from remaking it again. They’ve been trying for most of this decade, churning through directors of the reboot persuasion such as Antoine Fuqua of The Equalizer and The Magnificent Seven, and top-table screenwriters of a gangsterish inclination like Paul Attanasio, Terence Winter and the Coen brothers. But now it looks as if they might be getting somewhere, thanks to news that the studio is currently in talks with Training Day scribe and Suicide Squad director David Ayer.
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- John Patterson
This week Neil Calloway looks at the 2011 Wonder Woman pilot…
This week sees the return of Wonder Woman to the big screen, the first time she’s appeared in her own live action project since the Lynda Carter fronted TV show ended in 1979. It wasn’t meant to be that way, though. Like other big name superhero projects, there have been other attempts to get Diana Prince on the screen.
One of those came in 2011, when NBC created a pilot TV show for Wonder Woman that, as happens with these things, was never picked up for a series or screened anywhere. Adrianne Palicki, who had appeared in an unsuccessful Aquaman pilot in 2007 and an episode of Smallville in 2004, but was probably best known for starring as Tyra Collette in the series Friday Night Lights, was cast in the lead role.
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- Neil Calloway
Tony Sokol May 22, 2017
Suicide Squad director David Ayer is in early talks to direct and write Universal’s new take on the gangster classic Scarface. Ayer steps in for Antoine Fuqua, who couldn’t fit the film into his schedule, given his current commitment to making The Equalizer 2.
Scarface will follow the rise and fall of a Mexican gangster. It will star Diego Luna, who played Cassian Andor in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as the bad immigrant made worse. It will be set in the El Sereno area of South Los Angeles
Ayer has form in the genre. Before Suicide Squad he directed the gritty crime films End Of Watch, Hard Times and Street Kings. He also wrote the screenplay for Training Day. Right now, he's currently directing and producing Bright, which will also star Will Smith, »
“Bull” is getting a new showrunner in the form of television veteran Glenn Gordon Caron, Variety has confirmed. Caron is best known for creating the series “Moonlighting,” which was an early starring vehicle for Bruce Willis, and the supernatural drama “Medium,” which starred Patricia Arquette. The shows ran for five and seven seasons respectively.
The move comes as part of a multi-year overall deal Caron has signed with CBS TV Studios, which produces the one-hour drama. Caron will join the show immediately as a consultant on the remaining episodes of Season 1. Mark Goffman will continue as showrunner for the remainder of Season 1 before transitioning out to focus on development under his own deal with CBS TV Studios. Caron was previously set up under an overall deal at 20th Television, working as an executive producer on the FX series “Tyrant.” He is repped by Wme, 3Arts and Ziffren Brittenham.
- Joe Otterson
CBS has pushed the untitled Paul Attanasio Latino cop family drama pilot, executive produced by Leonard Goldberg, for casting reasons. Written by Homicide creator Attanasio, the drama revolves around the multi-generational members of a Mexican-American family with deep roots in San Diego intertwine personally and professionally due to their powerful careers in law enforcement. The pilot requires specific casting. The network and producing studio CBS TV Studios made… »
After fielding multiple offers this pilot season, David Castaneda (Sicario) has signed on as a key series regular in CBS’ family cop drama pilot from Bull co-creator Paul Attanasio and Blue Bloods executive producer Leonard Goldberg & co-ep/director David Barrett. The Untitled Paul Attanasio Project centers on the multi-generational members of a Mexican-American family with deep roots in San Diego who intertwine personally and professionally due to their powerful careers… »
Just a few weeks after Universal's Scarface remake gained star Diego Luna and lost director Antoine Fuqua, the studio has brought on Joel Coen and Ethan Coen to rewrite the script. The studio has also set an August 10, 2018 release date, a date which the studio had previously set aside for an untitled "event film." As of now, the remake doesn't have any direct competition, although Sony's Holmes & Watson opens a week earlier on August 3, along with an untitled Disney live-action movie.
Variety also reports that the studio is close to finding a new director, following the departure of Antoine Fuqua. Whoever the studio brings on will be the fourth director to sign on, following in the footsteps of David Yates (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Pablo Larrain (Jackie) and Antoine Fuqua. There have also been a slew of writers on the project before the Coen Brothers came aboard, »
CBS has given a pilot order to an untitled drama from “House” executive producer Paul Attanasio, TheWrap has learned. The hour-long drama follows the multi-generational members of a Mexican-American family with deep roots in San Diego that intertwine personally and professionally due to their powerful careers in law enforcement. Attanasio will serve as writer and executive producer on the pilot, which hails from CBS Television Studios. Rodrigo Garcia will direct and executive produce. Leonard Goldberg and David Barrett also serve as executive producers. Also Read: CBS Orders Hate Crime Investigation Drama Pilot With Katie Couric Producing Among the other pilots ordered at the network this. »
- Reid Nakamura
CBS has given a pilot order to a Latino cop family drama from Bull co-creator Paul Attanasio and Blue Bloods executive producer Leonard Goldberg & co-ep/director David Barrett. Written by Homicide creator Attanasio in a return to the cop drama beat, the untitled drama revolves around the multi-generational members of a Mexican-American family with deep roots in San Diego intertwine personally and professionally due to their powerful careers in law enforcement. Rodrigo Garc… »
CBS has ordered a pilot for a Mexican-American family drama, Variety has learned.
The project hails from Paul Attanasio, co-creator of CBS’s “Bull.” Attanasio will serve as writer and executive producer, along with Leonard Goldberg, David Barrett and Rodrigo Garcia, who will direct the pilot. CBS Television Studios will produce.
The untitled pilot centers around multi-generational members of a Mexican-American family with deep roots in San Diego who intertwine personally and professionally, due to their powerful careers in law enforcement.
The pickup for the Mexican-American-centric project comes just days after President Donald Trump ordered a travel ban, limiting Muslim immigrants from seven countries from entering the United States. The pilot is also timely, given Trump’s recent executive order for the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Last week, CBS greenlit a pilot for a Navy Seal series, which may be part of a growing pro-American trend this pilot season. The »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
CBS is pairing the creative teams from two of its drama procedurals for a new project.
The project centers on the multi-generational members of a Mexican-American family with deep roots in San Diego who intertwine personally and professionally due to their powerful careers in law enforcement.
- Lesley Goldberg
12 items from 2017
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