With EFM still in full swing, and the Toy Fair landing right in the middle, the news has been out of control. In an attempt to keep some sort of order to the madness, here’s a late night round-up of breaking stories.
After the break you can check out the first ever casting for the Joe Johnston-directed thriller NSFW, along with some surprise names added to Fox’s untitled Kevin Williamson serial killer thriller about a network of murderers.
Pictured above, the Syfy creature feature “Bigfoot” — starring Barry Williams and Danny Bonaduce — will be hitting the small screen later this year. The two former child stars play lifelong rivals (naturally) who both are trying to capture the hairy beast, but for very different reasons. This cinematic tour de force (to be directed by Bruce Davison) also stars Sherilyn Fenn (“Twin Peaks”), Howard Hesseman (“WKRP in Cincinnati”), and shock rocker extraordinaire Alice Cooper (School’s Out).
Another Alfred Hitchock remake is on the horizon as Paramount PIctures is developing Suspicion, tapped Veena Sud of AMC’s “The Killing” to direct and pen the script. The original film, based on Francis IIles’s 1932 novel “Before the Fact,” “centered on a dowdy young woman (portrayed by Joan Fontaine) marrying an irresponsible charmer (played by Cary Grant) despite the strong disapproval of her wealthy father — and then beginning to suspect that her husband plans to kill her.” Fontaine won a best actress Oscar for her perf in the 1941 feature.
The Social Network and The Darkest Hour thesp Max Minghella and “The River” star Eloise Mumford are in talks to star in Universal Pictures’ and Blumhouse Prods.’ (Paranormal Activity, Insidious) low-budget thriller Not Safe For Work, which Joe Johnston will direct. Adam Mason and Simon Boyes (Devil’s Chair, Blood River) wrote the script, which “follows a young paralegal trapped in an office with a killer on a secret mission to destroy files and anyone that stands in his path.” Minghella is in talks to play the cunning protag, while Mumford is in talks to play his girlfriend, who works at the same office.
Shawn Ashmore (Frozen, Mother’s Day, The Day, Ruins) and Valorie Curry (Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2) have joined the cast of Fox’s untitled Kevin Williamson drama pilot led by Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy. The project, from Warner Bros TV, is described as an edge-of-the-seat thriller “about Joe Carroll (Purefoy) a diabolical serial killer who uses technology to create a cult of serial killers, and retired FBI profiler Ryan Hardy (Bacon) who finds himself in the middle of it.” Ashmore will play a junior FBI agent who is part of the task force assisting Hardy in the search for Carroll. Curry will play a young nanny who cares for Carroll’s son. Marcos Siega is directing the pilot.
Variety reports that the famed sci-fi Darkover novels may soon morph into a television series. Producers Ilene Kahn Power and Elizabeth Stanley have secured the rights to author Marion Zimmer Bradley’s renowned novels and have already pitched the project to one cabler and are making presentations to others as well. The series would be based on Bradley’s 20 books, some of which “detail the colonization on a new planet where the inhabitants begin their own species.” While the first may be a feature film, the aim is to turn this into a series.
Pictured: Eloise Mumford; just cast in NSFW.