The CW Developing ‘Blowback’ Thriller Drama From Justin Lin, Hannah Shakespeare, Michael Eisner & Intrigue

The CW is developing Blowback, a thriller drama project executive produced by Star Trek: Beyond director Justin Lin. The project, written/executive produced by Killer Women creator Hannah Shakespeare and also executive produced by Michael Eisner and Tariq Jalil, was originally sold as a spec to the CW late last season, coming close to a pilot order. I hear Blowback is now getting a boost with an order for two additional scripts by Shakespeare and a bible. The scripts have…


Joe Carnahan the latest writer to try to crack UNCHARTED!

If Sony does this right, Uncharted could be a new Pirates of the Caribbean style swashbucking actioneer.

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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Uncharted has been struggling to become a feature film for years. Most famously David O. Russell tried to get it made for years. That’s an odd choice for the Indiana Jones-inspired archeological adventure video game series, but a fascinating one.
We have Tomb Raider coming back (based off of the much more interesting character of Lara Croft as portrayed in the more recent reboot games), Assassin’s Creed starring Michael Fassbender is in post and Jake Gyllenhaal is starring in and producing an adaptation of The Division. We’re on the cusp of video game movies finally breaking through.
It’s no surprise Sony is trying to get Uncharted off the ground again. They don’t have a director yet, but they have locked in Joe Carnahan to take the next stab at the script, per Variety. He’s set to direct Bad Boys 3 early next year, so he’s not in the running to direct Uncharted, but he is going to get to write the blueprint should this version ever make it before cameras.
Uncharted could easily be a new film franchise, especially in this day and age of superhero escapism. A fun, swashbuckling adventure series with a charismatic lead is just what audiences want right now. If I were running Sony I’d be backing up a Brinks truck to Chris Pratt’s house with a fresh copy of Carnahan’s script resting on top.
What do you folks think?
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Paul Dano to Make Directorial Debut With Indie Drama ‘Wildlife’

Paul Dano will make his feature directorial debut with the coming-of-age drama “Wildlife,” helming from a script he’s written with Zoe Kazan. “Wildlife,” based on the 1990 Richard Ford novel, is being produced by Alex Saks for June Pictures with Oren Moverman, Ann Ruark and Dano. Kazan is executive producing. The narrator of the book… Read more »

‘Newtown’: Survivors, Filmmaker Talk ‘Tipping Point’ in Fight Against Gun Violence

Despite the continuous string of mass shootings in the United States, no progress has been made toward enacting stricter federal gun-control laws. But Dr. Bill Begg, an emergency-room physician who was on duty at Danbury Hospital in Newtown, Conn. on the day of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre, sees progress being made. “The Sandy Hook… Read more »

TV News: Adrianne Palicki Joins Seth MacFarlane’s Space Series, Maya Rudolph to Visit ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

“Agents of SHIELD” star Adrianne Palicki has been cast in Seth MacFarlane’s Fox dramedy; Maya Rudolph is visiting “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”; “Chrisley Knows Best” has a release date; and ABC has acquired a single-camera comedy by DJ Nash in today’s TV news roundup.   DATES “Chrisley Knows Best” is set to return for the second half… Read more »

Ex-Fox News Employee Says Roger Ailes Sexually Harassed Her for Over 20 Years

Former Fox News chief Roger Ailes — who exited the company earlier this month following sexual harassment accusations by former anchor Gretchen Carlson and others — has been accused by ex-director of booking Laurie Luhn of sexually harassing her for over 20 years. Luhn also named several Fox news employees who were involved in covering up… Read more »

‘Conviction’: Daniel Franzese Joins New ABC Legal Drama Series In Recasting

Looking alum Daniel Franzese is set as a series regular in Conviction, ABC‘s upcoming drama series from the Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios.
Co-created by writer Liz Friedman and director Liz Friedlander, Conviction stars Hayley Atwell as Carter Morrison, the brilliant but ne’er-do-well daughter of a former President who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles’ newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. She, along with her team of lawyers, investigators…