Talented Mr. Ripley TV series

Patricia Highsmith‘s name may not be quite famous enough to be a brand unto itself, like Jane Austen or Stephen King, but you’ve been watching her work for ages even if you don’t realize it. Most recently, her novel The Price of Salt was turned into the remarkable drama Carol, but adaptations of her writing go all the way back to 1951’s Strangers on a Train.

Now the late author is headed to the small screen. Luthor creator Neil Cross is working on a TV series centered around Tom Ripley, the slippery con artist who features in several of Highsmith’s novels starting with The Talented Mr. RipleyRead More »

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The Departed TV Series

Director Martin Scorsese finally got the Oscar love he deserved when his work on The Departed allowed him to take home the Academy Award for Best Director, not to mention the film winning Best Picture and screenwriter William Monahan winning Best Adapted Screenplay. And since the film was a remake of the Chinese crime film Infernal Affairs, which was the first in a trilogy of films, some have wondered why we never got a sequel to The Departed.

William Monahan previously revealed details as to what the story would have been for a once-developing sequel, but it’s just not going to happen, mostly because Scorsese just isn’t interested. However, The Departed may still make a comeback on the small screen as the film’s producer Roy Lee revealed that a TV series adaptation of the film is in development. Find out what we know about The Departed TV series so far. Read More »

Cruel Intentions TV Series

Update from editor Peter Sciretta: It’s official, Sarah Michelle Gellar has signed on to reprise her role in a television version of Cruel Intentions for NBC.  On February 6th we reported that Gellar had been approached to appear in the series and now Variety confirms the earlier report.

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salt tv series

What happens when a sequel to your hit spy movie starring Angelina Jolie fails to materialize? A television reboot, of course. After half a decade of a follow-up to Salt not getting made, Sony has thrown in the towel on a proper sequel and have decided to take the Evelyn Salt to the small screen. Specifics are currently unknown, but we can safely assume that Jolie will not be reprising the role. You’re crazy if you think the notoriously picky movie star would willingly sign up for a TV series.

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Lethal Weapon TV Series

Undoubtedly, the new trend in network television is bringing back movies that have been around for years and retooling them as TV shows. Limitless and Minority Report have already made the jump, Training Day, Rush Hour and Cruel Intentions are on the way, and now one more is being thrown together at Fox.

The network has just ordered a TV pilot based on the classic action franchise Lethal Weapon starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, and they already have Damon Wayans Sr. lined up to take the latter’s role as LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh. Find out more about the Lethal Weapon TV series after the jump. Read More »

Brooklyn

It seems like every day we get news of yet another TV series based on yet another hit movie. Not all of them pan out so well (remember when they tried and failed to make a Beverly Hills Cop show?) but that doesn’t seem to discourage TV execs from continuing to try. Why, just in the past week, we’ve reported on developing shows inspired by pictures as varied as Cruel IntentionsTaken, and The Exorcist.

Even so, this latest film-to-TV project may come as a bit of a surprise. The BBC is working on a new drama adapted from Brooklyn, the Sundance smash turned Oscar nominee. But it won’t pick up with Saoirse Ronan‘s main character. Instead, it’ll revolve around Mrs. Keogh, the shrewd boarding house matriarch played by Julie Walters. More about the Brooklyn TV series after the jump.  Read More »

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taken TV show

Attention NBC’s new Taken prequel series: I don’t know what you are. I don’t know why you exist. If you are looking for my viewership, I can tell you I cut the cord ages ago. But what I do have is a very particular set of tastes, tastes I have acquired over a brief-but-eventful career. Tastes that make me a nightmare for shows like you. If you give me a reason to care about a young Bryan Mills, that’ll be the end of it. I will watch you, I will stream you on Hulu. But if you don’t, I will not watch you, I will write smarmy things about you… and I will kill you.

Sorry. That escalated quickly. Anyway, this newfangled Taken show has found a director in Alex Graves, a veteran television director who has worked on shows your probably love.

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Cruel Intentions TV Series

Following in the footsteps of Limitless, Minority Report and Rush Hour, another movie is being turned into a TV show. This time NBC has set their sights on the saucy, twisted romance Cruel Intentions from 1999. However, instead of simply retelling the same story, the TV pilot ordered at the network will be a sequel to the film, picking up 15 years after the movie ended. Find out what’s going on in the Cruel Intentions TV series below. Read More »

The Girlfriend Experience Trailer

Director Steven Soderbergh once shook things up in the film world by working with adult film star Sasha Grey for his experimental drama The Girlfriend Experience. The film followed the life of a call girl moving from client to client in New York City during the days leading up the 2008 presidential election. Now Soderbergh is taking the story of a high end sex worker to Starz with the new limited series going by the same title.

Riley Keough stars in the show as Christine Reade, a second year student at Chicago-Burnham Law School and a new intern at the prestigious firm of Kirkland & Allen. Her future is promising in her field, but then she takes interest in getting paid for sexual relationships for a very high price. And as the trailer illustrates, it might even prove to be more lucrative and rewarding than her work in the law.

Watch The Girlfriend Experience trailer after the jump! Read More »