Our old pal Michael Fassbender, he with the penis the kids love to talk about, has signed on to Lenny Abrahamson’s comedy, Frank, in which he’ll play veteran rock star, according to Variety. That’s cool, just as long as he doesn’t attempt Sean Penn’s impression of Robert Smith.
Three awesome showrunners have new pilots that have been picked up by the networks. Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Chicago Code) is bringing Beverly Hills Cop to the small screen as a series for CBS. Meanwhile, Graham Yost (Justified) and Kyle Killen (Lone Star, Awake) have new series going to NBC and ABC, respectively. You can read more about those two series here.
Meanwhile, Dick Wolf — one of the highest paid celebrities in Hollywood — is returning to familiar ground, remaking the British courtroom drama “Injustice,” for NBC. According to The Wrap, the series is described as “intricate legal drama about a devoted criminal defense attorney with a very dark past buried deep in his psyche and his heart, who juggles his complicated family situation with his complicated family situation.” The criminal defense lawyer also has misgivings about his clients.
“Arrested Development” creator Mitch Hurwitz goes into some detail about the new Netflix series, explaining that each episode will be focused on one character.
The episodes are an outgrowth of the design of what we hope will be the movie. They precede it. They function as an act one of a movie that we all want to do, but haven’t “sold” yet. The episodes take the audience through the experiences of the characters since the family “fell apart” and how they’re brought together to deal with their new problems. I would give you a hint as to what those problems are, but, really, why rob the fans of being disappointed when they see it on Netflix.
There’s more about the series over on Splitsider, if you’re interested.
Speaking of cult series and eventual movies, Lizzy Caplan — via Vulture — downplayed the Party Down movie on the Comedy Bang Bang podcast, while also confirming that it’s in motion and that she doesn’t see “why it wouldn’t happen.”
Here’s a cool new promo for the fifth season of “Fringe,” which also doubles as a PSA, though not one nearly as disturbing as this one. Nevertheless, it will make long-suffering Fringe fans mighty happy.
Check out the trailer for Marion Cotilard’s Rust & Bone, or what I like to call Furtive Glances, Long Shots, and Sudden Violent Movements.
Finally, Craig Ferguson paid tribute to Michael Clarke Duncan, a regular on the show, last night. It’s very sweet. This is magnificent.