Having tackled one iconic entertainment industry figure in Hitchcock, writer John McLaughlin and producer Tom Thayer are moving on to another. The pair have struck a deal with the estate of Johnny Carson for a biopic about the late Tonight Show host, based on the Bill Zehme biography Carson The Magnificent: An Intimate Portrait.

Even longtime fans of Carson may find that the film reveals a side of him they never knew. For all his gregariousness in front of the camera, the host was notoriously private off-camera. More details after the jump.

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Don’t get your hopes up too high just yet, but depending on how things go with Star Trek 2 it may just be possible for Bryan Singer and Bryan Fuller to try and bring Trek back to television at some point. Also after the jump:

  • Bryan Fuller has a seven-season plan for Hannibal
  • James Patterson’s Private series heads to television
  • Netflix’s Lilyhammer gets renewed for Season 2
  • HBO cancels The Life and Times of Tim after three seasons
  • NBC picks up a half-hour sitcom from Matthew Perry

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Even though the bulk of my Kung Fu knowledge comes from Jules in Pulp Fiction and Peter in Office Space, I still know this is big news. Bill Paxton, star of such films as Twister, Aliens and Titanic and the director Frailty and The Greatest Game Ever Played, is in talks to direct a feature film based on classic 1972 TV show which starred David Carradine. John McLaughlin (Black Swan) will pen the screenplay. More after the jump. Read More »

Just yesterday we told you that Anvil! The Story of Anvil director Sacha Gervasi is in talks to write and direct a film based on Stephen Rebello‘s book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. In the source article for that piece there was a mention that Anthony Hopkins was one of the actors mentioned as a possible on-screen Hitch.

That stemmed in part from a different version of the same film that was in development a few years ago under Running With Scissors director and Glee creator Ryan Murphy. That version never happened, obviously, but now the actor is in talks for the version being developed for Sacha Gervasi to direct. Read More »