Phantom of the Opera TV series

Andrew Lloyd Webber fans, I’m afraid this isn’t for you. But those who loved films like Delicatessen, Amelie, and City of Lost Children are probably going to perk up for this news of a new TV show. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the director of those films (among others) is now developing a Phantom of the Opera TV series for Endemol Studios. But this is based on the novel by Gaston Leroux rather than the musical derived from it. And with the period setting, Jeunet might have room to indulge his famously eye-catching visual style. Read More »

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For sports fans, the next sentence is like something out of some kind of drunken fantasy: Ron Shelton has written an officially licensed NFL drama. The man best known for sports films such as Bull Durham, White Men Can’t Jump, Tin Cup and Cobb is behind a script called Week 14, which will be directed by Tony Krantz (Sports Night, 24, Felicity) and is officially backed by the National Football League. A fictional tale set during the final three weeks of the NFL season, Week 14 is currently being shopped to movie studios with the hopes that the upcoming NFL season will get investors excited and filming can begin early next year. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Is it Halloween already? Today’s TV Bits is dark and spooky, as it deals with vampires, zombies, murderers, and other scary creatures. (Insert your own joke about some of Star Wars‘ CGI characters being their own brand of horrifying here.) After the jump:

  • Rick McCallum talks about the Star Wars TV show (again)
  • ABC releases a trailer for Oren Peli’s The River
  • NBC picks up Dracula from Black List writer Cole Haddon
  • Golden Globe winner Jessica Lange ponders a return to FX’s American Horror Story
  • AMC announces the Season 2 premiere of The Killing and orders an extra dose of The Walking Dead

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