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TV Show Based On 'Outbreak' Coming, Neil Cross Says 'Luther' Prequel Movie Written & Aiming To Shoot In 2014

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 29, 2013 1:02 PM
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With the success of shows like “Bates Motel” and the promise of the forthcoming small-screen adaptation of “Fargo,” networks are once again looking to the silver screen for future shows. Deadline reports that NBC—no doubt emboldened by the critical reception to “Hannibal”—has ordered a pilot for an hour-long medical thriller based on the 1995 Wolfgang Petersen-helmed viral thriller “Outbreak.” Shepherded and written by “ER” veterans John Wells and Jack Orman, the series will follow “an ensemble of characters as they race to contain a lethal virus before it becomes a global pandemic.” Can NBC go two-for-two with their adaptations?

Timor Bekmambetov Out, Ben Stiller Circling Director's Chair For 'The Current War'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2013 4:54 PM
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Perhaps the biggest surprise and news story of the day was the arrival of the trailer for Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty." The film, which Stiller both stars in and directs, was unveiled as something much more than your everyday remake, promising something that could possibly be the subject of Oscar talk a few months from now. It's certainly one of the more ambitious directorial efforts we've seen from Stiller, and it seems he's keen to keep testing himself with interesting material.

Scott Frank Out, Christopher McQuarrie Back To Write & Direct Adaptation Of U.K. Miniseries 'Unforgiven'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 25, 2013 10:26 PM
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This is how it goes sometimes in Hollywood. You work on a project, it leaves your hands and then it somehow circles back and lands on your desk. Way back in 2010, Christopher McQuarrie was hired on to adapt the U.K. miniseries "Unforgiven" into a feature film, with Angelina Jolie being eyed to lead. A little more than a year later, "Minority Report," "Out Of Sight," and "Get Shorty" writer and "The Lookout" writer/director Scott Frank took it over. And once again, the project has changed hands.

Liam Neeson To Star In One-Time Harrison Ford Project 'A Walk Among The Tombstones'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2012 1:00 PM
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It seems barely a week goes by without it being announced that Liam Neeson is attached to play some kind of badass. Ever since "Taken" renewed his stardom, he's been a busy bee, punching people (and wolves) in everything from "The A-Team" and "Clash Of The Titans" to "The Grey" and the upcoming "Non-Stop." Only this morning saw images of Neeson giving bad-guys the what for in "Taken 2," the sequel to the original smash. So ordinarily, we'd be forgiven for greeting the announcement of a new hardboiled crime thriller starring the Irish actor with a roll of the eyes.

Scott Frank To Write & Direct Big Screen Version Of U.K. Miniseries 'Unforgiven'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2011 3:13 PM
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With Christopher McQuarrie now busy directing the Tom Crusie thriller "One Shot," it looks like he's had to clear some developing projects off his desk. You might remember that last year he was hired on to adapt the U.K. miniseries "Unforgiven" into a feature film as a potential starring vehicle for Angelina Jolie. Well, McQuarrie has turned in a draft, Jolie was never formally signed, and the project has now landed in the lap of another strong screenwriter.

'Out Of Sight' and 'Minority Report' Scribe Scott Frank To Write 'Houdini' For Francis Lawrence

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 25, 2011 1:40 AM
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Considering that, in real life, the profession seems to fall somewhere between "repellent" and "unbelievably douchey" (see: David Blaine, Criss Angel), it's somewhat surprising how many magic-based movies we have going around these days. The 2006 double bill of "The Prestige" and "The Illusionist" was the peak of the genre, but recent years have also brought the animated "Illusionist," Guy Pearce in the little-seen "Death Defying Acts" and, later in the summer, David Tennant as a vampire-fighting trickster in "Fright Night," while an adaptation of the seminal novel "Carter Beats The Devil" recently got a new lease on life. Even Pixar got in on the act, with the short "Presto."

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