Aidan Gillen To Play Dave Allen For BBC; HBO Nordic Orders ‘Gosta’; Anna Friel Flits To ITV’s ‘Butterfly’ – Global Briefs
BBC Two has ordered Dave Allen At Peace, a dramatization of the life and career of the Irishman who was once considered Britain’s most controversial comedian. Game Of Thrones and Peaky Blinders‘ Aidan Gillen is set to star. The biopic of the Dublin-born Allen will be produced by Darlow Smithson Productions and written by Stephen Russell (We're Doomed: The Dad's Army Story, Peaky Blinders). Covering Allen’s 40-year career, it will explore how his comedy genius was shaped… Read
‘Lockwood & Co’: Big Talk Prods To Adapt Spooky YA Detective Series For Television
EXCLUSIVE: London-based Big Talk Productions has optioned the best-selling Lockwood & Co series with plans to adapt the books for television. The supernatural adventure stories are written by Jonathan Stroud, and the deal comes as the fifth and final installment, The Empty Grave, is to be published this week by Penguin Random House imprint, Corgi.
Launched in 2013 with The Screaming Staircase, the Lockwood & Co books are set in an alternative London that’s facing an… Read
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: How 32-Year-Old Book Became Timely Drama & Toast Of the Emmys
This had been billed as the most competitive Emmy drama race in years, with 4-5 strong series in contention, each staking its claim at glory. In the end, it was a landslide victory for Hulu/MGM’s rookie The Handmaid’s Tale, which swept the drama field, winning all five categories it was nominated in last night, including Best Drama Series.
Before dominating the Emmys, the Bruce Miller-created show, based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, took over the pop culture… Read
‘Big Little Lies’ Gets Post-Emmys Marathon On HBO2
Big Little Lies tied for the most Primetime Emmy Awards last night, and HBO is giving the uninitiated a chance to check it out and the converted to revisit it. HBO2 will air the limited series in its entirety this week.
All seven hours of the drama will run starting at 8 PM Thursday. It stars Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley and Lead Actress Emmy winner Nicole Kidman as mothers of first-graders whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. Laura Dern… Read
‘Good Omens’: David Tennant, Michael Sheen Suit Up For Amazon – First Photo
Principal photography has begun in London on Amazon’s fantasy drama Good Omens. Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, the six-part series stars Michael Sheen as angel Aziraphale and David Tennant as demon Crowley. Check out the first on-set photo of the duo above. Shooting will continue for six months in London, Oxfordshire and South Africa for a 2019 launch.
Gaiman tweeted the full-size pic below and said today, "People have fallen in love with an angel… Read
‘Black Mirror’ Creator Charlie Brooker On 2017 As “One Long, Unending Episode” Of Netflix Horror Anthology Series — Emmys
If nothing else, you can certainly say one thing for Emmy voters this year: They were generally quite consistent.
Accepting his second award of the night for San Junipero—the breakout Black Mirror episode which features the series’ lone happy ending—series creator Charlie Brooker discussed the series’ unique place in the realm of politically resonant and prescient dramas. “I've heard 2017 described as like being trapped in one long, unending black episode—but I’d like to… Read
Sterling K. Brown Pays Tribute To Last African American Winner In Lead Actor Drama, Andre Braugher: — Emmys
It was quite a sterling moment, indeed, for This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown, as he accepted his second consecutive Emmy tonight at the Microsoft Theater. Following his breakout turn as attorney Christopher Darden—Marcia Clark’s right-hand man—in Ryan Murphy’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Brown won tonight, in This Is Us’ first go-round, for the role of Randall Pearson, the adopted son of an all-American family who quests after his biological father… Read
BBC Renews J.K. Rowling Crime Series ‘Cormoran Strike’
Cormoran Strike, the BBC series based on the crime novels written by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, has been renewed for a third installment, the BBC said today.
The new installment will be broadcast on BBC One in 2018. Cinemax has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to the show.
Actors Tom Burke as Cormoran Strike and Holliday Grainger as Robin Ellacott will return for Strike – Career of Evil. The first two Strike installments – The Cuckoo's Calling and… Read
‘Victoria & Abdul’ Director Stephen Frears On Turning Shrabani Basu’s Book Into An Unlikely Buddy Movie – Toronto Studio
The little-known story of Queen Victoria and her beloved Indian servant Abdul Karim was once so little-known that Shrabani Basu, author of the 2010 non-fiction biography Victoria & Abdul, spent three days searching the graveyards of Agra in Utter Pradesh in order to find Karim’s final resting place. Happily, thanks to the lightly comic film adaptation of Basu's book – penned by Lee Hall, directed by Stephen Frears and starring the indefatigable Judi Dench as the monarch… Read
Haifaa Al-Mansour On Casting Elle Fanning As Feminist Pioneer In Period Biopic ‘Mary Shelley’ – Toronto Studio
After her 2012 breakout hit Wadjda, the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, director Haifaa Al-Mansour surprised everyone with her follow-up, a British-set costume drama, which premiered last week at the Toronto Film Festival. Titled Mary Shelley, it stars Elle Fanning as the 19th century author who penned horror classic Frankenstein at the tender age of 18.
When she came to the Deadline studio, however, Al-Mansour claimed that the material really wasn't so… Read
Andrew Haigh Talks Exploring Backwoods America In His Coming-Of-Age Drama ‘Lean On Pete’ — Toronto Studio
With his fourth feature, Andrew Haigh proved to audiences at the Toronto Film Festival that, after the triple whammy of Greek Pete, Weekend and 45 Years, he had more in him than just British stories. Set in America's backwater fairs and racing tracks, Lean on Pete tells the story of a young drifter named Charley (Charlie Plummer), who finds a sense of purpose when he is employed by a seasoned horse trainer (Steve Buscemi) and his jockey (Chloë Sevigny).
When he came to… Read
How Lodge Kerrigan And Amy Seimetz Rewrote The Rulebook For ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ Season Two – Toronto Studio
When Steven Soderbergh originally approached filmmakers Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz for the cable TV version of his film The Girlfriend Experience, it was, in itself, an experiment – neither filmmaker knew or had worked with each other before. Luckily, the gamble paid off, and when the chance to collaborate came again, the pair not only took it, they also – as they explained during a visit to the Deadline studio – used it as a chance to switch things up again.