CBS has decided to rework an old movie hit for the small screen. Elsewhere in showbiz news: Michael Fassbender tries comedy, TBS makes a strange renewal, and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters looks pretty miserable.
Axel Foley will soon return. CBS has picked up a script from The Shield creator Shawn Murphy that reboots Beverly Hills Cop as a TV series. Well, ha, actually, Axel Foley isn't exactly back, this show would be about his son, Aaron. Because the 1980s were a long time ago. But don't worry, Eddie Murphy will guest on the pilot, and could keep coming back should the series get picked up. Which is great for the show, but maybe a little depressing for Eddie Murphy. Or a lot depressing. But, that's par for the course these days. Did you know that his next live-action movie is Triplets, a sequel to Twins that Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger cooked up? Yeah, that's happening. So maybe the '80s weren't actually that long ago? [The Hollywood Reporter]
Michael Fassbender can be funny! That's what everyone hopes, as he'll soon be appearing in a comedy. Sure some of you might have found Jane Eyre a laugh riot (crazy lady in the attic!) or thought Shame was a hoot (that dude sure loves doin' it!), but now he's going to do a real, honest to goodness comedy. The movie is called Frank and Fassbender will be playing the leader of "an eccentric rock band." So it'll still be a lot of intense actor work, maybe like Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages except not, you know, deeply unsettling. One hopes, anyway. [Variety]
TBS has renewed its bar-set sitcom Sullivan & Sons for a surprising second season. Which, if nothing else, means that Tony-winner Christine Ebersole will have work for another year. Dreary, perhaps soul-maddening work, but work nonetheless. Oh and Dan Lauria too. Everyone likes Dan Lauria, right? So, something good is coming of this, is what we're saying. It's not all bad news. [Deadline]
Starz is continuing its ambitions to get into the prestige TV business, this time picking up a big, flashy miniseries based on a series of historical novels by Phillipa Gregory (who wrote The Other Boleyn Girl). The White Queen is about Queen Elizabeth Woodville, who was married to Henry IV and reigned during the War of the Roses. The miniseries, produced in the UK, will star Jeremy Irons' improbably dreamy son Max, the great Janet McTeer, and the sinister James Frain. This could be saucy, sexy fun, or it could be another Pillars of the Earth. Who's to say, really? Starz doesn't often seem to get a break. [Deadline]
Here is a trailer for the long-delayed Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, which is finally coming out in January. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton play the brother and sister duo, who, after their famous witchy encounter as children, have taken it upon themselves to travel the land, speaking in flat American accents, bustin' crones. Famke Janssen is playing one of the crones, the ultimate crone, it seems. The movie looks awful and ridiculous, like Van Helsing meets Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but it was directed by Tommy Wirkola, who did the absurd but clever Dead Snow, the one about Nazi zombies. So this could be kinda fun in a deliberately sleazy way? Or it could be Van Helsing meets Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which would be more fearsome than any hag, harridan, or lady warlock.
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