Here is Your Screen News! – Dec 14 – Dec 20


Here is the latest news from the past week.

TV News

David Schwimmer (Friends) has been cast as Robert Kardashian in FX’s upcoming miniseries American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. Cuba Gooding Jr. will star as O.J. Simpson, While Sarah Paulson will play prosecutor Marcia Clark. The first episode will be directed by American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy. It is based on the book The Run of His Life by author Jeffrey Toobin. Production will start in 2015.

Christian Slater will star in a new series ordered by USA Network titled Mr. Robot. The drama will center around a mysterious anarchist who recruits a young computer programmer who can only connect to people by hacking them. Other cast members who have signed on are Rami Malek (24), Portia Doubleday (Her), Carly Cahikin (Suburgatory) and Martin Wallstrom (Simple Simon). It has been ordered for a 10 episode season.

The Walking Dead spinoff currently titled under the name Cobalt, will take place in Los Angeles. It is unsure how or when the series will take place. Will it take place as the zombie’s are taking over and the governments attempt to control the situation? Or will it play out like the Walking Dead, and just a different take on different people in a new setting? It’s reported that there will be six survivors in the main group made up of two small families and a loner. Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey have been cast at the moment. Dave Erickson (Sons of Anarchy) and Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman will be producing and writing the series. The spin-off will premiere in 2015

David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network) is working on three upcoming series for HBO. He will be involved with an adaption of the British series Utopia which is being written by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl). Fincher will also be involved in a new noir crime drama written by James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential) set around the seedy world of the 1950’s tabloid era titled Shakedown. His third project will be called Living in Video, which will tell stories of crew members who worked on music videos during the 1980’s where he will be a producer and direct the first episode.

Movie News

The Interview starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, which is a comedy about a plan to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jon-Un, which was to be released on Christmas Day has been pulled from cinema’s after Sony had terrorist threats made against them if it was to be released. Rumors are of Sony considering a premium video on demand release for the movie to help recoup the film’s $42 million budget.

Dark Shadows writer Seth Grahame-Smith is penning the script for Beetlejuice 2, which will be directed by Tim Burton. The director is in talks with Winona Ryder and is hopeful of her return. Although he hasn’t talked with Michael Keaton to reprise his role as Betelgeuse, they have casually discussed the idea of returning. So for now it seems as though we will have to wait until a script is ready until we get confirmation of a movie going ahead.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales are closer at getting a full cast set. Brenton Thwaites, who starred in The Giver has already been cast as the male lead, while talks are being held with up to five females for a lead role opposite Thwaites. Johnny Depp will reprise his role as Jack Sparrow while Javier Bardem will play the villain and has been written by Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me if You Can). Sam Claflin and Astrid Berges-Frisbey who were cast in On Stranger Tides will not be returning. Rumours are that Orlando Bloom will have a part in the upcoming reboot, although nothing is official as yet. Dead Men Tell No Tales will be released in 2017.

J.K. Simmons has been cast in the upcoming King Kong origins film Kong: Skull Island. No word on what character he will play. Tom Hiddleston (Thor) was cast as the lead in the film from Legendary Pictures. The film was set to be released in November 2016, but was pushed back as it didn’t want to go up against Marvel’s Doctor Strange and is now being released ion March 10th, 2017. Legendary stated that Skull Island will place King Kong “in an entirely new, distinct timeline”. That doesn’t really tell us much about when it will be set, and if it will be a period piece like Peter Jackson’s 2005 version or in present day.

Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder) is rumored to be cast as Amanda Waller in the upcoming movie from Warner Bros. and DC’s Suicide Squad. Oprah Winfrey and Octavia Spencer were in the mix as well as Davis to play the comic book character, but it seems the Academy Award nominated actress has been given the job.

Transformers 5 could be starting filming soon, as hinted by Mark Wahlberg. Although the project isn’t officially lit, Transformers: Age of Extinction grossed over $1 billion worldwide, so it seems a no-brainer for Paramount to continue the franchise, even though reviews for the fourth installment were less than positive. Michael Bay has said that he’s not certain to return to direct the fifth film, although he did say that about T4 as well. Paramount were hoping for a 2016 release although that seems unlikely as this stage as there is no word of any script even having been written. Keep tuned for more.


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