ABC Developing THE LINCOLN LAWYER TV Series
by Brendan Bettinger Posted: August 8th, 2011The Lincoln Laywer was a solid hit for Lionsgate, grossing over $85 million worldwide and surprising critics to the tune of 83% on Rotten Tomatoes. Factor in recent success on home video and a renewable premise, and The Lincoln Lawyer is ripe for franchising. First stop: TV! Variety reports ABC has ordered a pilot script for a proposed drama series from Lincoln Lawyer screenwriter John Romano and Michael Connelly, the author of the source novel.
Connelly has written five novels about charismatic defense attorney Mickey Haller, so the writers won’t lack for inspiration at the outset. The series likely won’t stray too far from your typical procedural — one case per week, solved at the end of the show. The twist, of course, is Haller’s peculiar choice in offices: a Lincoln Town Car. I assume Matthew McConaughey will not reprise his feature role on a weekly TV series. His brand of charm could be hard to replicate, but it’s a plum lead role for the actor who gets it. I speak as if the project is going straight to series, when really only one script has been ordered. But this seems like a sure thing. I imagine we’ll hear more about The Lincoln Lawyer: The TV Series in the near future.
Read a synopsis of Connelly’s novel after the break.
Gerard Butler to Star in FBI Thriller THE BRICKLAYER, Kim Fields Joins WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING
by Adam Chitwood Posted: August 8th, 2011We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this evening. First up, THR reports that Gerard Butler is set to star in Millennium Films’ adaptation of Noah Boyd’s The Bricklayer. The thriller tells the story of a former FBI agent who is brought in by the bureau to help track down a criminal gang that’s demanding escalating ransom payments. Hanna Weg (Enigma) is writing the script, and Butler will also be producing the film alongside Alan Siegel and Danielle Robinson.
Additionally, Facts of Life star Kim Fields will make her feature film debut in Kirk Jones’ What to Expect When You’re Expecting. The film is the latest in the new genre of “lots of celebrities have minimal screentime in a movie that has interconnected stories,” and follows four different couples through the ups and downs of pregnancy. THR reports that the actress will play a social worker who helps a couple adopt. Fields joins Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Dennis Quaid, Anna Kendrick, Chace Crawford, Matthew Morrison, Brooklyn Decker, Wendy McLendon-Covey and Rob Huebel. The film opens May 11th, 2012. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the novel The Bricklayer. ....... http://collider.com/gerard-butler-bricklayer-kim-fields-what-to-expect/108167/
Paul Rudd Confirms Judd Apatow’s New Movie is Tentatively Called THIS IS FORTY; Reveals Details
by Hunter Daniels Posted: August 8th, 2011This past weekend I sat down Paul Rudd to discuss his new independent comedy, Our Idiot Brother, which hits theaters at the end of the month. We’ll have the full interview closer to the release date, but right now we have a tiny scoop on Judd Apatow’s upcoming companion piece to Knocked Up. Rudd reveals that the current working title is This is Forty and confirms Charlyne Yi will be returning. He went on to tell us it’s not a sequel and that we’ll see both new and returning characters. However, since they’re still filming, Rudd said he’s not exactly sure who will end up in the film. For more details on the project, hit the jump. ........... http://collider.com/paul-rudd-this-is-40-forty-interview/108109/
Director Rupert Wyatt Talks RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Sequels
by Adam Chitwood Posted: August 8th, 2011Quite possibly the best (and definitely the most surprising) popcorn movie of the summer was Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Most audiences were expecting a generic retread of well-worn material, but director Rupert Wyatt gave us a smart, thoughtful and fairly tragic sci-fi adventure. Andy Serkis stole the show as the motion-capped title character Caesar, and it’s safe to assume that audiences would definitely come back for another go-around.
While Rise of the Planet of the Apes definitely works great as a stand-alone film, director Wyatt recently gave his thoughts on where possible sequels could go. He’s got some great ideas, and it’s obvious he’s been thinking about it quite a bit. Hit the jump to see what he had to say. .......... http://collider.com/rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-sequel-rupert-wyatt/108120/