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Syfy’s space drama “The Expanse” has added cast members Chad Coleman (“The Walking Dead,” “The Wire”) and Jared Harris (“Mad Men”). They join Thomas Jane and Steven Strait in the galaxy-spanning story of a hardened detective (Jane) and rogue ship captain (Strait) who team up to find a missing girl, and find themselves in an interplanetary conspiracy.
Coleman will play Fred Johnson, a former Marine caught in a power struggle between Earth and Mars. Harris plays the “strangely terrifying” Anderson Dawes, who comes into conflict with Jane’s Detective Miller. Kristin Hager (“Being Human”) and Shawn Doyle (“Big Love”) joined Coleman and Harris in new cast announcements Thursday, with Hager playing strong-willed navigation officer Ade Nygaard and Doyle playing “consummate politician” Secretary Errinwright.
- Kevin Noonan
Exclusive: CBS Films has tapped a new scribe to spin its Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. BAFTA-nominated John August (Big Fish, Frankenweenie, Go) will adapt the iconic book series by Alvin Schwartz that had children of the ’80s and ’90s hearing bumps in the night, penning a new script based on the best-selling spooky story collection.
The three-book children’s series that’s sold more than 7 million copies worldwide began with 1981′s Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, continuing with More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (1984) and Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones (1991). The collection of folk tales and urban legends also memorably haunted generations of youngsters with its surreal and nightmarish illustrations by award-winning artist Stephen Gammell.
- Jen Yamato
If a deal is finalized, Ayelet Zurer will play Naomi, the mother of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston). The story follows Judah as he is sold into slavery by his childhood friend Messalla (Toby Kebbell), which sends him on a journey of vengeance. Morgan Freeman is playing Ben-Hur's mentor, who teaches him the fine art of chariot racing, a skill which will come in handy during the remake's finale.
The story, which was originally written by Keith R. Clarke with rewrites by John Ridley, also follows the parallel tale of Jesus Christ, an aspect of the plot that was in Lew Wallace's original 1880 novel, but left out of the 1959 Ben-Hur adaptation starring Charlton Heston.
Following through on its plan to reboot its classic monster franchies, Universal has dated an untitled monster movie for April 21, 2017.
The untitled monster film is the first movie to be dated on April 21, 2017.
The studio announced plans in July to create a Marvel-like cinematic universe around the studio’s classic monsters the Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Invisible Man and the Creature From the Black Lagoon.
- Dave McNary
Timur Bekmambetov is amassing quite the cast for his Ben-Hur remake. He’s already got Jack Huston set to lead as the title character, Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince who’s wrongly accused of harming a governor and sold into slavery with Morgan Freeman stepping in as Ildarin, the man responsible for training him to become a top chariot racer. Toby Kebbell will portray the film’s villain, Messala, Ben-Hur’s former best friend who’s responsible for manipulating the aforementioned accident to make Ben-Hur look guilty. Now there are reports claiming that both Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s Gal Gadot are in the mix as well. Hit the jump to find out more about who they may be playing. The Ben-Hur remake is set for a February 26, 2016 release and is expected to go into production in Europe in early 2015. According to THR, »
- Perri Nemiroff
• Gal Gadot is in talks for the female lead in Ben-Hur. Timbur Bekmambetov is directing. The work is a remake of the 1959 film of the same name, as well as an adaptation of the Lew Wallace novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. The film follows Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by Messala (Toby Kebbell). Morgan Freeman will play the man who teaches Ben-Hur the art of chariot-racing. If Gadot signs on, she will play Esther, a slave and the love interest of Ben-Hur. Keith Clarke penned the script with a rewrite by John Ridley. »
- C. Molly Smith
Exclusive: Pedro Pascal, who made an indelible impression on the last season of HBO’s Game Of Thrones, is in talks to play Pontius Pilate in the Timur Bekmambetov-directed Ben-Hur remake at MGM and Paramount. In Game Of Thrones, Pascal played Oberyn Martell (also called the Red Viper of Dorne), who volunteered to fight a death battle in the arena to win the freedom of accused king killer Tyrion Lannister. The Viper engaged in battle with The Mountain, a brutish warrior who years before had raped and murdered Oberyn’s sister. Oberyn had the brute dead to rights, but got a little careless and too close, and ended up on the wrong end of The Mountain’s crushing grip. But Pascal stayed around long enough to make a strong impression.
- Mike Fleming Jr
Jack Huston is set to star as the title character, who is betrayed by his former best friend Messalla (Toby Kebbell), and sold into slavery. Ben-Hur embarks on a quest for justice, joining forces with Morgan Freeman's character, who teaches him to become a champion chariot racer. If her deal is finalized, Gal Gadot will play a slave named Esther, whom Ben-Hur falls in love with.
Timur Bekmambetov is directing from a screenplay by Keith R. Clarke, with John Ridley providing the most recent script revisions. The story is said to be much more faithful to the original Lew Wallace novel, featuring the parallel story of Jesus Christ, which was not included in the original 1959 Ben-Hur movie.
Boyhood is surprisingly close to reaching $40 million worldwide to go along with the waves of acclaim for director Richard Linklater. We recently learned that Linklater plans to capitalize on this buzz to pursue That's What I'm Talking About, a spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused that Linklater has wanted to make for years. Now he'll get the chance: Deadline reports Annapurna Pictures has signed on to finance That's What I'm Talking About. Paramount will release the movie in North America. Annapurna International will sell the foreign rights. Blake Jenner stars as a college freshman and pitcher for the school baseball team, set in 1980 during his first weekend at college partying with his teammates. Wyatt Russell, Ryan Guzman, Zoey Deutch, Will Brittain, and Glen Powell co-star. Linklater, Sean Daniel, Sandra Adair, John Sloss, Ginger Sledge, and the ineffable Megan Ellison will produce.
The post Annapurna to Finance That’S What I’M Talking About, »
- Brendan Bettinger
Paramount will release the film in North America and Annapurna International will sell the international rights.
Ellison will produce along with Sean Daniel, Linklater, Sandra Adair, John Sloss and Ginger Sledge. Daniel and Jim Jacks partnered with Linklater on his breakout 1993 teen comedy “Dazed and Confused.”
Daniel said that he, Sloss and Linklater had been developing the project for more than a decade along with Daniel’s longtime producing partner Jacks, who died earlier this year.
“I will be doing this in his memory,” Daniel added.
“That’s What I’m Talking About” will be the first film for Linklater following his well-received family drama “Boyhood.”
- Dave McNary
The screenwriter of the amazing Fargo series on FX, Noah Hawley, is apparently writing one of Universal Picture's monster horror films. There are no details on which monster he'll be working on. In Deadline's report, it just says, “Hawley, while readying another season of Fargo, is separately scripting an untitled project at Universal that will be part of that studio’s classic monster franchise push.”
The studio is hoping to build a cinematic universe with these monsters. Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are currently developing a plan to relaunch the studio’s classic monsters starting with the Mummy, which Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) wrote for Kurtzman to direct. That movie will be released on June 24th, 2016. According to Kurtzman, some of the monsters will get their own movie, but other monsters will appear in other films, as secondary characters. They just need to figure out how to balance that out.
- Joey Paur
Paramount and MGM have set “Boardwalk Empire” star Jack Huston to play the titular role in their biblical epic remake of “Ben-Hur,” an individual with knowledge of the production tells TheWrap. The story follows childhood best friends Judah Ben-Hur and Messala, who become enemies after Messala betrays Judah, a Jewish prince, allowing him to be sold into slavery. After years as a slave plotting his revenge, the two come to blows, culminating in the chariot race made iconic by the 1959 Charlton Heston film. Also read: Mark Burnett and Roma Downey Join ‘Ben-Hur’ Reboot at MGM and Paramount Sean Daniel and Joni. »
- Linda Ge
Exclusive: MGM and Paramount have found Ben-Hur. The studios are setting Jack Huston, and you just knew he was going to get a big, star-making film role after his portrayal of the masked, war-scarred assassin Richard Harrow on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. It would be hard to imagine a bigger-scale picture than Ben-Hur, with Timur Bekmambetov directing the epic remake in Europe next year. Huston joins Morgan Freeman, whom Deadline broke will play the role of Ildarin, the man who teaches the slave Ben-Hur to become a champion-caliber chariot racer.
MGM and Paramount still have to find their Messala, Ben-Hur’s former close friend-turned-bitter rival. Actors have been circling both parts, and it looked for a while there like Huston might have played the latter. He read for that role, but Bekmambetov decided instead he had the sympathetic manner and grit to play the title role, the one that brought »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Morgan Freeman is portraying Ildarin, the man who teaches the title character to become a champion chariot racer. The studios are reportedly close to finding the two main characters, Judah Ben-Hur and his former friend turned bitter rival Messalla. We reported last month that Tom Hiddleston was being courted to play Ben-Hur, but it remains unclear whether or not he will accept the role. It isn't known what other actors are in contention for these two main characters.
The reboot is said to stick closer to the original 1880 Lew Wallace novel than the 1959 movie Ben-Hur did. The focus is still on the feud between Ben-Hur and the treacherous Messalla, who betrays his longtime friend and frames him for an accident, causing Ben-Hur to be sold into slavery. »
Exclusive: Gearing up to start production in Europe early next year, MGM, Paramount and Timur Bekmambetov have made their first formal casting in Ben-Hur. They’ve set Morgan Freeman to play the role of Ildarin, the man who teaches the slave Ben-Hur to become a champion-caliber chariot racer.
The studios are getting close to finding their Judah Ben-Hur and his friend-turned-bitter-rival Messala. I’ve reported that Tom Hiddleston was one of those being courted, and at this point it’s not clear if he will take part. They’ve set a February 26, 2016, release date on the epic remake, that is based more closely on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ – the biggest-selling novel of its time until it was eclipsed by Gone With The Wind — than the 1959 William Wyler-directed film that starred Charlton Heston. Keith Clarke wrote the script and John Ridley did the rewrite. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Alcon Television Group has inked a deal with Legendary Global Television Distribution to handle international distribution rights for its Syfy series “The Expanse.”
This marks the first property to be sold through Legendary Television’s new worldwide distribution division that is run by recently appointed head, Michael Grindon.
“The Expanse,” which is based on a series of science fiction novels from James S.A. Corey, is set 200 years in the future and follows a detective (Steven Strait) and the captain of a rogue ship (Thomas Jane) as they travel across the galaxy to find a missing girl. In the process, they uncover an interstellar conspiracy. The series was developed by “Iron Man” and “Children of Men” scribes Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, who serves as executive producers along with Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Sharon Hall, Naren Shankar, Sean Daniel and Jason Brown.
“We are very excited to be involved with »
- Kevin Noonan
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Doctor Who, Witches of East End, General Hospital and Covert Affairs!
1 | Considering Doctor Who‘s Clara has met every incarnation of the Doctor, why did she have such a hard time accepting his latest regeneration? Also, isn’t the Doctor’s “girlfriend” Missy a little too much like River Song, his “wife?”
Related Doctor Who: 13 Best ‘Modern’ Episodes!
2 | Anyone else notice how much older than MTV’s target demo the Vma presenters (e. »
From the Press Release:
Syfy and Alcon TV have announced that Steven Strait (pictured; "Magic City") and Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo ("House of Saddam," House of Sand and Fog) will star in "The Expanse," the new 10-episode space opera based on the international best-selling book series, premiering on Syfy in 2015.
Strait plays Holden, an officer on the ice-carrying freighter the Canterbury. Holden is a natural leader who's not sure he wants responsibility, but who will soon have no choice when he is drawn into a dangerous plot. Aghdashloo portrays Chrisjen Avasarala, a smart and passionate member of a political family legacy who has risen high in the ranks »
- Debi Moore
While most studios in Hollywood are betting on superheroes to save the box office, Universal Pictures is doubling down on creature features.
This month, the studio acquired rights to Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles” book series. In July, it announced plans to create a Marvel-like cinematic universe around Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Invisible Man and the Creature From the Black Lagoon. At the same time, the studio inked an eyebrow-raising 10-year, first-look deal with microbudget horror producer Jason Blum, whose Blumhouse Films is behind the profitable “Paranormal Activity,” “Sinister,” “Insidious” and “The Purge” franchises. Last summer, the studio lured Legendary Entertainment into the fold, and now the production firm is co-financing U’s “Jurassic World” and “Dracula Untold,” and has its own upcoming thrillers, including “As Above, So Below” and King Kong tentpole “Skull Island,” which Universal will release.
As Disney, Fox, Sony and Warner Bros. plant flags »
- Marc Graser
Exclusive: MGM, Paramount and Timur Bekmambetov set a February 26, 2016, release date on an epic remake of Ben-Hur; have they found their chariot driver in Tom Hiddleston? I hear that he’s the one the studios are courting to play Judah Ben-Hur in the adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, which was the biggest-selling novel of its time until it was eclipsed by Gone With The Wind.
Hiddleston isn’t being fitted for a toga just yet. He has other projects vying for his services, including the MGM pic Me Before You. Keith Clarke, who scripted the Peter Weir-directed The Way Back, wrote the script that MGM pounced on after that company got ambitious following its emergence from bankruptcy and huge hits in Skyfall and The Hobbit. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey joined »
- Mike Fleming Jr
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