Showtime has picked up Oscar-winning screenwriter Steve Zaillian’s proposed TV series adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley novel series. Zaillian will reportedly use all five novels, which began with “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” to map out the character’s progression from con artist to serial killer. [Source: Deadline]
The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe
BBC Studios and Seven Seas Films are teaming to develop “The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe,” a TV series focused on the final months of Marilyn Monroe’s life including her relationship with Hollywood studios and with public figures such as JFK and Bobby Kennedy.
The project will be based on parts of Keith Badman’s book and covers a period in which her behavior became increasingly erratic as her dependence on alcohol and medication caused her glittering film career to plunge. Dan Sefton (“Trust Me”) will pen the series and no broadcaster or platform is attached at this point. [Source: Variety]
Showtime is developing “Multifarious Maris,” a half-hour animated comedy series from writer Annah Feinberg. Othe night of her thirtieth birthday, Maris discovers a superpower – when she gets very drunk she can see the alternate lives she might have had if she had made different choices. The series will follow her journey of self-discovery through multiple universes, as she attempts to figure out how to literally live her best life. [Source: Variety]
The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell
Netflix’s “The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell” isn’t coming back with the show cancelled after just one season of six half-hour episodes. The show has been described as a twisted and darkly comic take on a contemporary DIY craft show and followed McConnell making her macabre creations along with her relationships with pets, family, and a serial killer. [Source: Twitter]
Van Der Valk
Marc Warren (“Mad Dogs”) will star in a remake of the classic 1972 British detective drama “Van Der Valk” which Company Pictures and All3Media are producing. Chris Murray (“Midsomer Murders”) will pen the three-part series of feature-length episodes based on the novels by Nicolas Freeling.
The show follows as a street smart and unapologetic Dutch detective navigates the lively and enigmatic city of Amsterdam, solving mysterious crimes using astute human observation and inspired detection. [Source: Deadline]
Cinemax has released a final promo for Justin Lin’s upcoming martial arts drama “Warrior” ahead of its premiere on Friday. The new clip, highlights the obstacles that the lead character must go through in order to survive in a foreign country – in this case he’s in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the second half of the 19th century during the brutal Tong Wars.