By Cain Rodriguez | The Playlist February 20, 2014 at 12:44PM
With "The Rover," his follow-up to the highly lauded “Animal Kingdom” set for release this summer, David Michôd has free time on his schedule and decided to head to the small screen. Per Deadline, Michôd will helm the pilot episode for the Starz series “Flesh And Bone” from “Breaking Bad” staff writer Moira Walley-Beckett. The series follows “a young ballet dancer, Claire, who has a distinctly troubled past, as she joins a prestigious ballet company in New York.” Sounds like "Black Swan: The Series." Michôd previously helmed an episode of the now-cancelled Mike White HBO comedy “Enlightened.”
We write a piece on “The Lego Movie” and whether its success should be celebrated or feared, and just like that, the blocky stop-motion-esque aesthetic of that movie is being brought to the small screen. EW reports “The Simpsons” is all set to “air an all-Lego episode” that sees “Homer finding himself in a world where Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and the rest of Springfield’s residents are made up of Lego pieces.” We’re sure this is just a coincidence and not at all a shameless ploy at courting the audiences that have driven the box-office success of “The Lego Movie.” The episode, “Brick Like Me,” airs May 4th at 8 p.m.
The success and fame of the “Paradise Lost” trilogy is so vast that its director Joe Berlinger could just retire and still be held in high regard, but he’s not one to rest on his laurels. The Wrap reports Berlinger will helm “an eight-part series on the criminal justice system” for news network, Al-Jazeera America. Called simply “The System,” each episode of the series will tackle a different topic—like false confessions and mandatory sentencing—and will begin airing March 16th at 9 .p.m for three Sundays in a row before ending its run in May.
The iconic Chicago-based television station WGN America will tackle an iconic Chicago figure for its new dramatic series. Deadline reports the superstation will adapt the Douglas Perry-penned biography, “Eliot Ness: The Rise And Fall Of An American Hero,” into “Ness.” The series would take place after the events depicted in “The Untouchables” and follow Ness during his post-Chicago career in Cleveland where he hunts for a serial killer and his life begins to unravel. Novelist Dennis Lehane will write and “Justified” vet Michael Dinner will direct the series. No word on the production timeline.