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There are lots of new movies and shows playing at neighborhood multiplexes or streaming across our phones. Still, true showbiz buffs want to be the first to comment on the latest projects. This column is for you (and me).
Boosting all the “New” Golden Age of Television claims, Helen Hunt, Richard Dreyfuss and Stephen Moyer join the Fox event series Shots Fired, about a small Tennessee town torn apart by racially charged shootings. Sanaa Lathan and Stephan James lead the mini-series as law enforcement professionals investigating the shootings. Gina Prince-Blythewood and Reggie Rock Blythewood are co-writing Shots Fired with Gina Prince-Blythewood also directing.
Fans of the 2005 James Rollins novel Map of Bones have always felt that its Da Vinci Code-inspired adventures regarding Sigma Force, a secret team of agents and scientific experts at the U.S. Department of Defense, ancient biblical artifacts with extraordinary powers and Vatican spies was perfect for a movie franchise.
Variety reports that producers John Sacchi and 21 Laps co-founders Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen are developing Map of Bones for Lionsgate. Black Panther scribe Joe Robert Cole is adapting the popular novel. Now, let’s see who else joins the Map Of Bones creative team.
Speaking of creative teams, this week’s Pipeline bombshell belongs to producers Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg confirming pre-production on Indiana Jones 5 with a release date set for July 19, 2019. Spielberg is also confirmed to direct with Harrison Ford returning as archaeologist Indiana Jones. According to Variety, screenwriter David Koepp, who worked with Spielberg on Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park: The Lost World and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, will write the next Indiana Jones adventure.
Beast’s of No Nation’s Cary Fukunaga is returning to TV with plans to adapt the 2014 Nordic series Maniac, about an institutionalized young man who escapes his lonely life via heroic fantasies.
Jonah Hill and Emma Stone are set to play the leads in what’s being described as a “dark comedy” by outlets like Empire.
Fukunaga working with Stone and Hill sounds like a TV pilot that will quickly find a prestigious home.