As he waits for Sony to figure out their next move with “The Amazing Spider-Man” franchise, Marc Webb is staying busy in the TV realm. He’s already slated to helm the pilot for Showtime‘s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” and now he’s bouncing over to CBS to take over “Limitless” from Neil Burger, who has had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts. Based on the latter’s feature film, the series will follow “Brian Sinclair…as he discovers the power of the mysterious drug NZT and is coerced into using his newfound drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI.” So, yet another network procedural… [Deadline]
One project long brewing on Alexander Payne‘s plate has been an adaptation of Daniel Clowes‘ “Wilson,” but last year he moved on from the gig. Now, “The Skeleton Twins” director Craig Johnson is taking over, with Woody Harrelson eyed for the lead role, in the story of opinionated, middle-aged loner who looks to re-connect with his ex-wife, and the daughter he gave up for adoption. [Film Divider] 5.28.15 Update: THR confirms the news and reports that Laura Den is joining the cast.
Remember that Edgar Wright-penned “Oliver Twist” sequel “Dodge & Twist“? Well, Jake Kasdan (“Zero Effect,” “Bad Teacher,” “Sex Tape“) is now attached to direct the tale that centers on Twist and the Artful Dodger, twenty years after the events in the Dickens novel, and plunks them into a Victorian-era heist film. [Film Divider]
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Kevin Smith, Gary Shore (“Dracula Untold“), Matt Johnson (“The Dirties“), Scott Stewart (“Dark Skies“), Nick McCarthy (“The Pact“), Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch (“Starry Eyes“), Sarah Smith (“The Midnight Swim“), and Anthony Scott Burns (“Manifold“) will lend their skills to yet another horror anthology project, “Holidays.” As the title suggests, Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day, Halloween and other holidays will inspire these short scares. [Deadline]
Gareth Evans has started work on his next film, “Blister.” “The Raid” director reteams with Iko Uwais, along with Yayan Ruhian, Very Tri Yulisman, Yandi, and Larnell Stovall slated for roles in what is described as Evans’ take on American gangster flicks, that will have a bit of flavor from “The Wild Bunch.” You can probably expect this one sometime in 2016. [Film Divider]