Benedict Cumberbatch is teaming up with Showtime on Melrose, a five-part limited series based on the semi-autobiographical novels by Edward St. Aubyn. Cumberbatch will star and executive produce, while David Nicholls is adapting the series.
*UPDATED February 27th* As the project now goes into all buyers, more talent circles and offers start to come in! Gearing up for a star-studded Oscar weekend, one spec script has taken the town by storm as A-list talent and Producers fight for a piece of the pie.
Alicia Vikander is just one of the A-list actresses circling this project, which is being pitched as a grounded Braveheart, and finds Robin Hood’s love interest rising to power and leading her people into war that will decide the fate of her kingdom.
Kourtney Kang lands her idol, Paula Abdul, for her untitled NBC comedy pilot and Brad Garrett returns to CBS with a lead role in The Get.
Blindspot taps MMA fight Ronda Rousey in guest starring role and Tim Robbins is returning to television has he lands the lead role in Alan Ball’s family drama on HBO.
The true story of EDDIE ANTAR, master businessman from “Crazy Eddie’s” electronics store in New York City. As Eddie’s business grows from one store to many, his own hubris takes over and his quest for profits leads him to break the law. Under investigation by the SEC, Eddie’s house of cards eventually comes crashing down.
The gestating adaptation of the DC superhero Shazam is circling Annabelle 2 director David F. Sandberg to helm comic book movie at New Line Cinema. The movie will introduce the superhero to the DCEU, joining his Justice League comrades Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.
Ryan Murphy reunites with Glee‘s Darren Criss for the highly anticipated second season of American Crime Story and Parks and Recreation‘s Retta returns to NBC for the drama Good Girls
When a legendary retired assassin is diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, she must return to the life she left behind and complete one final job in order to secure a future for her young daughter. Think a female John Wick. Or more accurately, think a female who could kick John Wick’s ass.
Paradigm and Industry Entertainment are out with Relentless, a hot new spec from John Swetnam, the writer of Into the Storm and Step Up All In. The project is being described as being in the vein of John Wick, but with a female protagonist.
34 years after her death, Carrie Buck is at the center of a timely biopic that has A-list actresses across Hollywood paying attention. Written by Undone scribe Melissa Hilfers, Unfit is set in the not-so-distant past, when America was gripped by a political movement that promised to eliminate the “unfit” from our country.
Freeform’s Cloak & Dagger and The CW’s Dynasty reboot made big casting announcement’s today as the former has booked Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph in the title roles and the latter has tapped UnReal‘s Nathalie Kelley in a lead role.
Update: While some studios pop champagne bottles to celebrate this morning’s Oscar nominations, others have moved on and are focusing on what’s next. To that end, several suitors are scrambling for Joe Ballarini’s spec Skyward, which is described as being similar in tone to Best Picture winners Argo and The King’s Speech.
Story of a father who, five years prior, gave up his dreams of becoming a rock and roll star in order to become a father. Now, as his children are about to enter pre-school, he is forced to join the parents band at the school and lead the rag-tag group in a battle of the parents band music competition.
The highly publicized spec Keeper of the Diary from Evan Kilgore and Samuel Franco has sold to Fox Searchlight for a six figure amount. Matti Leshem and Lynn Harris will produce under their Weimaraner Republic Pictures shingle.
ABC has handed out its first drama pilot of the season to a yet-to-be-titled project starring Reba McEntire from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry. This will mark a reunion between Cherry and the Disney-owned network.
Young adult author Abby McDonald is getting into business with Tooley Productions who has acquired the rights to her spec script Pics or It Didn’t Happen, described as a “female-driven thriller for the Instagram generation.”
The Shallows writer Anthony Jaswinski has sold his latest spec script, Highway One, to DreamWorks in a reported near seven-figure deal. Denise DiNovi is attached to direct, with Lynn Harris and Matti Leshem producing.
Actors Laurence Fishburne and Grace Gummer are looking to join Daniel Radcliffe in the forthcoming action-thriller Beast of Burden directed by Jesper Ganslandt. The project will mark the Swedish filmmaker’s English-language debut.