6 Rumors: David Fincher Show, ‘Walking Dead’ Spinoff, and More
Here are the rumors that have been buzzing in the entertainment world this week.
1. David Fincher mystery show with novelist James Ellroy is a go
Deadline reports that its sources have confirmed Fincher and Ellroy, who are long-time admirers of each other’s work, have closed a deal with HBO for a noir drama to be written by Ellroy and directed by Fincher. The show is titled Shakedown and will be about a fictional version of the real-life 1950s Hollywood private detective Fred Otash, who Ellroy has written about previously. Otash began his career as a studio vice cop, checking up on actors to cover up any potential scandals that could be damaging to studios, before becoming a private eye.
2. Charlie Sheen to reprise classic role
Charlie Sheen will guest star on ABC’s The Goldbergs early next year, playing a character based on his iconic role as a bad boy headed to jail in the 1986 classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, People reports. In Bueller, Sheen meets Jennifer Grey’s character while the two are being held at a police station and they fall in teenage love/lust after she shows some feisty resistance. According to the photo from People, Goldbergs actress Hayley Orrantia will take on Grey’s part in an episode paying homage to the movie, though it’s uncertain if sparks will fly.
3. Game of Thrones actor joins historical epic with Matt Damon
TheWrap reports that Game of Thrones star Pablo Pascal is in talks to join an upcoming historical drama set in ancient China and co-starring Matt Damon. The film, set to take place around the Great Wall of China, will be the English-language debut of Chinese director Zhang Yimou. The website said the movie is expected to be the largest production ever shot entirely in China and will begin filming in the spring of next year for a release in the fall of 2016. Pascal has become an in-demand rising star after playing Oberyn Martell in Game of Thrones and will soon be in another historical epic, the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur.
4. Walking Dead Spin-Off Details
As the latest season of The Walking Dead continues to nab all-time high ratings, details are starting to come out about the planned spin-off or companion series from the show’s creator and original writer of the graphic novels on which the series is based, Robert Kirkman. The new show is tentatively titled Cobalt, according to the rumors, and will be set in Los Angeles rather than Atlanta. It’s going be a prequel of sorts, taking place in the early days of the zombie outbreak before society has been completely ravaged by it. A couple actors have been cast, including Whale Rider’s Cliff Curtis in the lead male role that’s described as a good guy trying to do right by everyone despite a nasty divorce and a son who resents him for it.
5. Original cast returning for Beetlejuice sequel
Director Tim Burton said in a recent interview with MTV News that not only has Michael Keaton agreed to return to the 1988 cult classic Beetlejuice, but so has the relatively reclusive Winona Ryder. Keaton has been vocal for awhile that he’d be willing to do a sequel as long as Burton was on board and in the interview the director responded with nine “yeah”s when asked if Ryder would do be down for the sequel as well. “I worked with [Ryder], I hadn’t seen her in awhile … and she was so great,” Burton said, referring to the Killers music video with Ryder that he directed. “I was so happy to see her. So those kinds of elements mean something to me. Michael and her … and that character, I just miss it, there’s some freedom about that character that I love.”
6. Orlando Bloom returning to Pirates franchise
Orlando Bloom played Johnny Depp’s right-hand man Will Turner in the first three installments of the massive Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, but was absent from the fourth film On Stranger Tides. Now Bloom has revealed he’s in talks to return to the franchise for the fifth installment, although he said in an interview with IGN he hasn’t yet confirmed his involvement nor decided completely if he’s going to do the film. While the first Pirates movie was praised for being a fun and entertaining thrill ride bolstered by Johnny Depp’s great performance as the eccentric pirate Captain Jack Sparrow, the sequels have had increasingly convoluted plots and gotten worse and worse reviews. While Bloom is considering returning to the cast, original cast member Keira Knightley would be a long shot to hope for, given that she’s now an awards contender for her role in The Imitation Game.
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