Idris Elba may be donning his famous grey trenchcoat one more time — but this time, on the big screen. The star of the still-running BBC crime drama confirmed that a Luther movie is in the works, following up the upcoming fifth season of the Neil Cross series.
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Idris Elba may have made the successful leap to the big screen (and is looking to break out into full-fledged movie stardom this year), but television keeps calling him home. The versatile British actor will officially return for Luther season 5 and production is set to begin this year.
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We’re coming up on 10 years of development on the Escape from New York remake that originated at New Line Cinema but now finds itself at 20th Century Fox. Over the years, we’ve seen various talents attached such as writers like Gary Whitta (Book of Eli) and Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) involved, directors such as Brett Ratner and Breck Eisner once attached, and names like Gerard Butler and Tom Hardy thrown around to play the lead.
As of now, no new talent has come on board since Luther creator Neil Cross was hired last fall, but some new details have emerged on the project that could either be really interesting or extremely frustrating for fans of the original movie. First and foremost, it has been confirmed that the Escape from New York remake is in fact a prequel that will provide some origin details on both Snake Plissken (originally played by Kurt Russell) and the state of the world. However, keep in mind that some of these details might dive into spoiler territory, so continue to read at your own risk. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 25th, 2016 by Angie Han
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. Ripley. Read More »
For over eight years now an Escape from New York remake has been in development. Originally, Gerard Butler (300) was set to star, which, if I recall correctly, made a puzzled Kurt Russell ask, “Isn’t Snake Plissken an American?” Butler, like many writers and directors, departed from the project. Today, some life has been breathed back into the in-development-hell film, as there’s a new Escape from New York remake writer onboard. Read more after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
Luther is coming to America. Fox is developing a U.S. remake of the BBC crime drama, which centered on a brilliant but troubled detective. (As if there’s any other kind of detective on TV these days.) Original Luther creator Neil Cross is on board as writer and executive producer, and original Luther star Idris Elba will executive produce as well. Hit the jump for more details on the Luther US remake. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Angie Han
As we’ve seen over the past few years, Disney’s had some trouble getting a new Pirates of the Caribbean movie off the ground. In the meantime, though, TV’s been more than happy to fill that watery niche — first with Starz’s Black Sails, and now with NBC’s Crossbones.
The Peacock has just released the first Crossbones trailer, which stars John Malkovich as the legendary pirate Blackbeard. As if that’s not promising enough, Crossbones also happens to be the creation of Neil Cross, who was behind the acclaimed British drama Luther. Watch the video after the jump.
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It amazes me that there are so many fans of great TV, and so many fans of Idris Elba, yet so few people have heard of or watched Luther. The BBC show, created by Neil Cross, follows a dangerously determined police detective who gets much too involved in his investigations. Eventually his already questionable morality reaches a breaking point when he’s forced to work with a woman he knows, but can’t prove, is a killer.
The first two seasons of the show are currently on Netflix and the third, which aired this summer, will be released on Blu-ray next month. Though it might sound like every other cop show out there, it’s much more character-driven and cinematic. It’s highly recommended.
For those who have seen the show, the fact that the third season is the end is obviously a disappointment. Elba and Cross feel your pain and are hoping to bring the show to the big screen. Cross has written a prequel script that he’s hoping to shoot next year. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
Norman and Norma Bates’ twisted relationship is the stuff of cinematic legend, but apparently things weren’t always so weird between them. In fact, the first photo from Bates Motel has them looking downright relaxed together. Also after the jump:
- Veep‘s Anna Chlumsky will be an FBI trainee on Hannibal
- The Wire‘s Chad Coleman is The Walking Dead‘s Tyreese
- ABC’s The Mindy Project makes a few casting changes
- Hugh Laurie will be the pirate Blackbeard on Crossbones
- Mark Wahlberg and Fox are developing a pot comedy
- The poster for Revolution‘s fall finale teases a big battle
- Hate-watch the first trailer for Season 2 of NBC’s Smash
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The trailer for Mama doesn’t mess around — it gives you a feral child within seconds, and ultimately gets to some effectively creepy ghost scares by the time the title card hits, all without feeling like it has given away the entire film.
Jessica Chastain (decked out in a black bob and dark wardrobe that highlights her vague resemblance to a young Angelina Jolie) plays the woman who ends up being a surrogate mother for two children who lived alone in the woods after their parents were killed. But the childrens’ real mother may not be entirely gone, and she might not be entirely OK with the new family arrangement. See the trailer below. Read More »