Quick News: Catherine, Tonto, Irresistible, Relic

Quick News Catherine Tonto Irresistible Relic Death

Catherine the Great
HBO has premiered a first look photo of Helen Mirren in the title role in its four episode miniseries
Catherine the Great”. The project was written by Nigel Williams and directed by Philip Martin.

The story follows Catherine at the end of her reign, during which she had a passionate affair with the Russian military commander Grigory Potemkin (Jason Clarke). Joseph Quinn, Gina McKee, Rory Kinnear, Richard Roxburgh, Kevin R. McNally and Sam Palladio also star. [Source: Variety]

El Tonto
Kate Beckinsale, Jason Sudeikis, Edie Falco, John Malkovich and Jillian Bell are all closing deals to join Charlie Day’s feature directorial debut “El Tonto” at Armory Films and Metalworks Pictures. John Rickard and Alex Saks are producing and filming begins later this month in Los Angeles.

The story follows a mute simpleton who gets off a bus in Los Angeles and by happenstance suddenly rises through the Hollywood scene to become a celebrity, only to then lose it all. Beckinsale will play a Hollywood starlet, Sudeikis a film director. [Source: Deadline]

Former “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart has setup the political satire “Irresistible” as his next directorial effort and his former correspondent turned big time actor Steve Carell is the top choice to star. It is currently unknown when production will start with the film still in early development. Stewart and Brad Pitt will produce. [Source: Variety]

Emily Mortimer, Robyn Nevin and Bella Heathcote have all been set to star in Natalie Erika James’ directorial debut film “Relic” at Carver Films and Nine Stories. Jake Gyllenhaal will produce, Anthony and Joe Russo executive produce and filming begins next week in Victoria, Australia.

The story centers on three generations of women – daughter, mother and grandmother – haunted by a manifestation of aged dementia that takes over their family home. The story explores the fear and heartbreak of dementia and ageing through a horror lens. [Source: Deadline]

Dr. Death
Universal Cable Productions has begun development of “Dr. Death,” a TV series based on true crime podcast from Wondery with “Happy!” showrunner Patrick Macmanus to pen the adaptation and executive produce alongside Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch. The potential series will be shopped to premium networks and streaming services.

Dr. Death is based on the terrifying true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch, a rising young and charismatic neurosurgery star in the Dallas medical community who turned out to be a sociopath who left patients permanently maimed or dead. As victims piled up, two fellow surgeons and a young assistant D.A. set out to stop him. [Source: Deadline]