News Shorts: August 26th 2018

News Shorts August 26th 2018

Katey Sagal (“Sons of Anarchy”) and Courteney Cox (“Friends”) have joined the cast of Showtime’s “Shameless” for its ninth season premiering next year. Sagal will play a crazed psych patient that Frank (William H. Macy) encounters in the ER. Cox will guest star as Jen Wagner, a famous actress who has alcohol issues with Lip (Jeremy Allen White) being hired as her sober companion. [Source: Variety]

Netflix has announced an October 19th premiere date today for its dramedy series “Wanderlust” starring Toni Collette. The six-episode series is a multi-generational story about the complexities of love, grief, family, and marriage when a relatable couple living a suburban lifestyle tries something unorthodox. [Source: Netflix]

Central Park Five
Joshua Jackson, Christopher Jackson, Adepero Oduye, Omar Dorsey, Blair Underwood, Famke Janssen, William Sadler and Aurora Perrineau have joined the cast of the four-episode limited series “Central Park Five” which Ava Duvernay will direct for Netflix.

Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo and Felicity Huffman lead the cast in the story which runs from 1989 when five Harlem teens were incorrectly convicted first in the media and then twice in the courts for the brutal rape of a jogger in the NYC park to 2014 when the five saw their names finally cleared. [Source: Deadline]

Kill Creek
Showtime has begun development of “Kill Creek,” an hour-long drama based on Scott Thomas’ award-winning novel of the same name. Misha Green and Scott Derrickson are set to executive produce with the latter directing. Thomas will pen the adaptation.

The story follows a best-selling horror author and three fellow masters of the macabre who reluctantly agree to spend Halloween night in one of the country’s most infamous haunted houses. Their presence awakens an entity that will torment and threaten to make them a part of Kill Creek’s bloody legacy. [Source: Deadline]

The Poor Unfortunates
The Jackal Group has optioned the screen rights to Ricardo Nuila’s upcoming novel “The Poor Unfortunates” with plans to develop it for television. The medical procedural is inspired by the patients and doctors at Ben Taub Hospital, Houston’s largest safety net hospital, where Nuila works as an attending physician and teacher of internal medicine. [Source: Deadline]

John Cho, Tzi Ma, Christine Ko and Kunjue Li are set to star in Alan Yang’s multi-generational family drama “Tigertail” for Netflix with shooting in New York and Taiwan to kick off next week. Yang helms from his own script, based on events that happened in his own family.

The story touches on themes of regret, longing, passion, and repression while spanning continents and generations, from 1950s Taiwan to present-day New York City. Ma and Ko are the leads. [Source: Variety]

Ready or Not
Australian actress Samara Weaving has been set for the lead role in the thriller “Ready or Not” for Fox Searchlight. Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin direct from a script by Guy Busick and Ryan Murphy and shooting kicks off in the Fall.

The story follows a young woman who is invited on the night of her wedding by her new husband’s rich, eccentric family to participate in a time-honored tradition that turns into a lethal game with everyone fighting for their survival. [Source: Variety]

Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark
Zoe Colletti is attached to play part of the ensemble cast of the Guillermo Del Toro-produced “Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark” based on the Alvin Schwartz’s best-seller. Del Toro, Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan, Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman adapted the script.

Andre Ovredal helms the film follows a group of young teens who must solve the mystery surrounding sudden and macabre deaths in their small town. Colletti will play Stella Michaels. Shooting is slated to commence this month. [Source: Deadline]

“Sherlock” star Andrew Scott is set to join the cast of BBC Three and Amazon Studios’ comedy “Fleabag” starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The series has begun filming in the U.K. and will debut on BBC Three and Amazon Prime Video in 2019. [Source: Variety]

The Hidden Face
Ivanhoe Pictures and Next Entertainment World are teaming to produce a Korean-language remake of Colombian psychological thriller “The Hidden Face” which will begin shooting next year. The story follows a young man who may be involved in his girlfriend’s mysterious disappearance. [Source: Deadline]

Streaming service MUBI has picked up the U.K. theatrical rights to Luca Guadagnino’s anticipated “Suspiria” remake which Amazon is releasing in the United States. MUBI has confirmed the film has been set for a November 16th release on over one-hundred screens – MUBI’s biggest release to date. [Source: Deadline]

Common has inked an overall deal with Lionsgate Television, one in which he will create and develop new projects for the studio. Common has appeared in the studio’s “John Wick” and “Now You See Me” feature franchises and currently co-stars in Showtime’s “The Chi”. [Source: THR]

Reef Break
ABC has given a straight-to-series order for a thirteen-episode drama series starring Poppy Montgomery which will air next Summer. The story will revolve around a woman who is a former thief who now works as a ‘fixer’ for the governor of a fictional island in the Pacific. Ken Sanzel serves as showrunner while Montgomery is an executive producer. [Source: Variety]

The Walking Dead
Cassady McClincy has joined the swelling cast of series regulars and recurring players hopping onto AMC zombie drama “The Walking Dead” for its ninth season. McClincy will play the recurring role of Lydia.

The new season jumps forward in time and introduces the Whisperers, a new group of survivors who walk among the dead in skin suits made of human flesh. The Whisperers are overseen by Alpha (Samantha Morton) and Lydia is Alpha’s daughter. [Source: THR]

The Burial Society
ITV Studios America has acquired the screen rights to Nina Sadowsky’s novel “The Burial Society” to develop as a television series with producers Cathy Konrad and Darryl Taja.

The book is the first in a series about a mysterious, damaged, but highly-skilled woman who rescues people from intolerable, abusive and dangerous situations and operates a dark-net based ‘witness protection program’. It’s the last hope organisation for people who desperately need to disappear. [Source: Deadline]

Ben Foster (“Hell or High Water”) will lead the cast of historical action-drama “Medieval” about 14th-century Czech icon and warlord Jan Zizka. Petr Jakl pens and directs the English-language film which shoots this Fall around Prague.

Zizka was a revered military tactician who defeated armies of the Teutonic Order and the Holy Roman Empire thanks to innovative strategies and training peasants to face skilled opponents. [Source: Deadline]