Louisa Krause (Martha Marcy May Marlene, King Kelly) and Jason Patric (The Lost Boys, My Sister’s Keeper) will star in indie psychological thriller The Confines, from C Plus Pictures. Eytan Rockaway makes his directorial debut with the film (formerly known as Lot 451), penned by Ido Fluk. Krause plays Julia Streak, a struggling single mother who works as a security guard at an enormous, modern residential complex which, thanks to the recession, hasn’t got a single resident. Over the course of one night her brusque partner Cooper (Patric) and a local vagrant (Breaking Bad‘s Mark Margolis) toy with Streak leading her into the decaying catacombs beneath the building where her sanity is tested. C Plus Pictures’ Mike Landry and Carlos Velasquez are producers with co-producers Ryan Charles Griffin and Claudia Bellante, and executive producers Allen Loeb, Jeff Hoffman, and Luigi Ghilardi II. Filming has wrapped in NYC. Arclight Film is repping international sales while Traction Media and CAA handle N.A. sales. Krause is repped by the Gersh Agency. Patric is repped by KLWGN. Margolis is repped by Red Letter Management.
USA Network has set a midseason schedule, which includes drama Suits returning to Thursdays to lead into new comedy Sirens, USA’s first original half-hour comedy in a long time. White Collar also will air on Thursdays, while Psych‘s eighth season, expected to be the hourlong comedy’s last, will air on Wednesdays. The midseason premiere of Suits will be on Thursday, March 6 at 9 PM, followed by the debut of medical comedy Sirens, executive produced by Denis Leary, at 10 PM. (trailer below) Sirens will launch with two back-to-back episodes before switching to a single episode at 10 PM the following week, paired with a Modern Family repeat at 10:30 PM. Suits started on Thursday before moving to Tuesday. White Collar will start things off on Thursday, returning on hiatus on January 9, paired with Law & Order: SVU reruns. Season 8 of Psych will air on on Wednesdays, beginning on January 8. It is somewhat surprising that USA chose a drama, Suits, instead of a comedy like Psych or Modern Family as a lead-in for new comedy Sirens. “As a top cable drama, Suits has a huge following of young viewers making a perfect segue to Denis Leary and Bob Fisher’s brand of comedy,” said USA”s EVP Jackie de Crinis. “Both series feature sharp, witty banter from an ensemble of great characters.”
7th UPDATE, 10:03 AM: Fast & Furious star Paul Walker died of trauma and burn injuries, the LA County Coroner’s office said today. The autopsy was completed last night, sources say. Walker was killed Saturday after he and friend Roger Rodas crashed in a red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT while driving it in Santa Clarita, CA. Rodas was driving the luxury car with Walker in the passenger seat. Rodas died from “multiple traumatic injuries” said the Coroner’s report, with Walker’s death resulting from the “combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries.” Both deaths have been ruled to be the result of an accident. On a Thanksgiving break from filming Fast & Furious 7, the 40-year-old actor had been at a nearby charity event just beforehand. A LAPD investigation of the incident is ongoing, as is the Coroner’s toxicology examination. The latter is expected to take 6-8 more weeks.
A musical adaptation of American Psycho is tuning up for a December launch in London’s West End. Almeida Theatre Artistic Director, Rupert Goold, will direct the take that has a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark, Glee) and music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik (Girls, Glee). Now in his last year as the 11th Doctor Who, Matt Smith will play Patrick Bateman, the serial-killing investment banker originally portrayed by Christian Bale in Mary Harron’s 2000 film adaptation. The London musical will run from December 3rd to January 25th next year. It’s an Almeida Theatre and Headlong co-production in association with David Johnson and Jesse Singer for Act 4 Entertainment by special arrangement with Edward R Pressman, who produced the movie. Pressman is also executive producing FX and Lionsgate’s American Psycho drama series project that catches up with Bateman decades later, but as outrageous and lethal as ever – and taking on a protégé.
American Psycho is headed to television. FX has put in development an American Psycho drama series that takes place decades after the events in the 2000 movie starring Christian Bale and the novel on which the film was based. Lionsgate TV, whose sibling Lionsgate Films was behind the American Psycho feature, and FX Prods are producing the series shepherded by former Lionsgate Films head of production-turned producer Allison Shearmur and writer Stefan Jaworski. Described as an update of American Psycho, the drama series fast-forwards from the late 1980s, when the movie was set, to present day. It will feature serial killer Patrick Bateman, now in his mid-50s but as outrageous and lethal as ever, taking on a protégé in a sadistic social experiment who will become every bit his equal — a next-generation American Psycho. The project will be written by Paradigm-repped Jaworski who will executive produce with Shearmur and Ed Pressman. The project originated at Allison Shearmur Prods where it was shepherded by Stephen Meinen.
EXCLUSIVE: Lotus Entertainment and Davids Canton Production are partnering on psychological thriller Restart based on Matthew Klein’s novel No Way Back which was published this spring by Corvus. Brad Anderson (The Call, The Machinist) is attached to direct from a script penned by Gregory Poirier (National Treasure: Book Of Secrets). Restart centers on an ordinary man who discovers that his entire life is being infiltrated and manipulated by a terrifying criminal network. Danny Davids and Neil Canton are producing. Lotus’ Jim Seibel, Bill Johnson and D.J. Gugenheim are exec producing. WME Global is representing domestic while Lotus Entertainment is handling international sales. Anderson is currently in production on Eliza Graves with Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Michael Cane and Ben Kingsley. He is repped by WME, Cinetic Management and Sloss Eckhouse Law Co. Poirier is repped by WME and Anonymous Content. Klein is repped by IPG’s Joel Gotler on behalf of the Phil Spitzer Agency.
The man who brought you the song you never really need to hear again has left CAA to join WME. The agency, which will rep Psy in all markets outside Korea, said late Tuesday that it “will work to expand his musical endeavors and pursue opportunities across all entertainment platforms, including film, television, endorsements, books and digital media”. The Korean pop sensation took the planet by storm last year with “Gangnam Style,” whose official video debuted a year ago yesterday en route to becoming became the first clip in YouTube history to pass 1 billion views. And counting. The video now has been viewed a lasso-fraying 1.75 billion times. The singer-rapper’s follow-up clip, “Gentleman” — which again features plenty of synchronized dancing but thankfully eschews the giddyup thing — also set a YouTube standard with 38 million views during its first 24 hours in April. It’s likely to hit a half-billion views before long. More recently Psy has been featured in a serious of TV spots for the Korean Tourism Organization. The oddly bespectacled and carefully coiffed continues to be managed by Justin Bieber-fied Scooter Braun Projects.
Tom Arnold will guest star in Season 8 of USA Network‘s Psych. He’ll play the role of Garth Mathers, the paranormal police consultant for the Anchorage Police Department who comes to Santa Barbara with his trusty spirit sidekick Bernie to participate in the Cutting Edge Consultants panel hosted by Professor Stein (Bill Marchant), but when a murder occurs, they pitch in to solve the case. Arnold will join Oscar winner Mira Sorvino, who was recently tapped to do a multi-episode arc on the series. Arnold currently hosts My Big Redneck Wedding and recently had a recurring on FX’s Sons Of Anarchy. Psych is executive produced by Steve Franks, Kelly Kulchak and Chris Henze, from Universal Cable Prods in association with Tagline Pictures. Mel Damski serves as exec producer/director. Saladin K. Patterson, Andy Berman and Todd Harthan are co-exec producers/writers. Arnold is repped by APA and KLWGN Entertainment.
Mira Sorvino has been tapped to do a multi-episode arc on USA Network‘s Psych. The Oscar winner will join the seventh episode of Season 8 playing the Santa Barbara Police Department’s newest head detective, Betsy Brannigan — an incredibly sweet, adorably reserved and yet certified badass. Brannigan’s record for taking down ruthless criminals is rivaled only by her skills in sparkly craft making, and her seemingly bubbly demeanor can turn on a dime once she straps in the dual-wielded Colt .45s. She’s a scrapbooking, cat loving, crime-fighting machine. The 10 episodes of Season 8 have been widely considered to be the series’ final ones. USA originally ordered eight episodes in December ahead of the show’s delayed seventh season, which did very well. Two additional episodes were subsequently ordered; USA brass picked among five extra scripts for one episode, and for the other the network is letting fans choose from three episodic storylines.
Ion Television bought rights to the first six seasons of the buddy dramedy in two years ago, and now it has secured the most recent run in a deal with NBCUniversal Cable and New Media Distribution. Psych, starring James Roday and Dule Hill, is USA Network‘s longest-running current series and was greenlighted in December for another season. “We’re excited to double down on the bet we made by adding Psych, a show that has consistently delivered a wide range of viewers since joining our lineup in 2011,” said Brandon Burgess, Chairman and CEO of ION Media Networks.
ITV Studios will produce one-off TV movie The Psychopath Next Door for the UK’s Sky Living. Anna Friel (The Vatican, The Look Of Love) will play the glamorous titular character who moves into a suburban community where her magnetic personality hides her true nature. Described as darkly comic, the film is written by BAFTA winner Julie Rutterford. It will air in the fall as part of Sky’s Drama Matters block. Kate Bartlett exec produces for ITV Studios in the company’s first commission from Sky Living. Myar Craig-Brown is producer, Kieron J. Walsh directs.
EXCLUSIVE: Fresh off the release of his Paul Walker thriller Vehicle 19, South African writer-director Mukunda Michael Dewil has signed on to helm Wet House for Zero Gravity Entertainment. The elevated psychological thriller from scribe Jack Reher revolves around a psychologist who becomes entangled with the mysterious resident of a wet house, whose apparent psychic abilities help her aid the police in solving a string of grizzly, bath salt-fueled massacres. “I like the idea that everything is layered with this atmosphere of unnamed trepidation — nothing can be trusted at face value and that kind of foreboding really gives me a lot to work with when creating the world of this story,” Dewil said. Mark Holder and Christine Holder are producing and financing for Zero Gravity. The film will shoot this fall in South Africa as the first of three features Zero Gravity plans to shoot there.
On the heels of ordering five additional scripts of veteran Psych in April, USA Network has greenlighted two additional episodes for the dramedy’s upcoming eighth season. That brings the total order for what most likely will be Psych‘s final season to 10 episodes. For one of the extra episodes, USA brass picked among the five extra scripts. For the other, the network is letting fans choose from three episodic storylines. The script for the one that gets the most votes will be produced, with the winning premise getting announced at the Psych Comic-Con panel on July 18 hosted by returning guest star Cary Elwes.
USA originally ordered eight episodes for Season 8 in December, ahead of the show’s delayed seventh season, which did very well. Female lead Maggie Lawson’s ABC pilot Back In The Game was picked up to series, so she will only be available to do up to five episodes of Psych in Season 8. Here are the storylines Psych fans can vote on starting tomorrow:
Comedy is expected to take center stage at USA Network‘s upfront presentation this afternoon as the cable network touts to advertisers the fall launch of its big off-network acquisition, Modern Family, and unveils its newly picked up original comedy series Sirens and Playing House. The cable network has been getting extra attention from comedy fans in the past week following ABC’s decision last Friday to cancel cult series Happy Endings. Talks between USA and leading Happy Endings producer Sony TV continue. At this point, I hear a pickup appears unlikely but the network is carefully exploring the opportunity to migrate a show with some success on broadcast TV and a dedicated fan base the way ABC’s Cougar Town moved to TBS.
Of its three comedy pilot/presentations it had in consideration, USA picked up two, Sirens and Playing House. The third, Paging Dr. Freed, which was the first one ordered almost two years ago, is still in contention. I hear USA brass liked the pilot for the family medical comedy but thought it felt more like a season finale and didn’t properly introduce the characters. I hear the network approached Paging Dr. Freed creator Michael Feldman and studio Fox 21 about redeveloping the project and writing a new pilot script. If USA likes the new script, I hear it is intent on picking up the project straight to series. The options on the Paging Dr. Freed producers have been extended while those on the cast have lapsed. I hear USA is keen on bringing Annie Potts back if she is available. (Her ABC pilot Murder In Manhattan did not get picked up but is being considered by cable networks.)
During a Bates Motel panel discussion Friday, Carlton Cuse was blunt about borrowing from a classic. No, not Hitchcock’s Psycho; TV’s Twin Peaks. “We pretty much ripped off Twin Peaks,” joked Cuse, executive producer of the A&E series with Kerry Ehrin, in response to a question about the similarities from panel moderator Shawn Ryan. “If you wanted to get that confession, the answer is yes,” he continued, tongue in cheek. “I loved that show. They only did 30 episodes. Kerry and I thought we’d do the 70 that are missing.” Cuse appeared on the Paley Center panel “Inside Bates Motel: Reimagining A Cinema Icon” with Ehrin, Vera Farmiga (who portrays Norma Bates), Freddie Highmore (Norman), Max Thieriot (Norman’s half-brother Dylan), Nicola Peltz (popular teen Bradley Martin) and Nestor Carbonell (Sheriff Alex Romero). English actress Olivia Cooke, who plays Norman’s friend Emma Decody, who battles cystic fibrosis, was a no-show because of “visa snafus,” Ryan said. Once it was acknowledged that both TV shows are plenty creepy and set in the foggy Northwest, Cuse, Ehrin and the cast spent more time during the freewheeling discussion citing the similarities and differences of Bates Motel from Hitchcock’s iconic 1960 film.
EXCLUSIVE: USA is eyeing an expansion of the upcoming eighth (and possibly final) season of Psych. I’ve learned that the network has ordered five more scripts from the veteran sleuth dramedy as a step toward a potential back episodic order. USA picked up an eight-episode eighth season of Psych in December, ahead of the show’s seventh-season premiere in February. Despite a long hiatus, Psych returned strong, drawing 2.9 million for its bow, up double digits in viewers and all key demos versus its Season 6 debut. The additional script order comes on the heels of Psych posting more strong numbers last Wednesday, including 2.8 million viewers, up 23% from the previous week. The series about a faux psychic (James Roday) and his best friend (Dule Hill) who work for the Santa Barbara Police Department also continues to be a huge draw on social media. It is unclear how the new scripts will handle Psych‘s female lead character, played by Maggie Lawson, who stars in the Cullen Bros. ABC comedy pilot. If the pilot, which is pretty hot, goes to series, Lawson will be available to do up to five episodes of Psych in Season 8.
It makes sense considering that Google’s video platform helped turn the K-pop entertainer’s dance tune into a global hit, attracting nearly 2.2B views. Psy plans to introduce his new tune, Gentleman, here on YouTube this Saturday at a live streamed concert at Seoul World Cup Stadium that will begin 5:30 AM ET/2:30 AM PT. Last year, BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield said that the success of Gangnam Style has “profound long-term implications for the traditional media ecosystem” by demonstrating YouTube’s ability to attract 12- to 17-year-olds, and males generally to age 24, which he said are among “the most challenging demos for advertisers to reach.”
James Roday is set to helm Gravy. The dark comedy follows a group that descends on a Mexican cantina on Halloween with a taste for more than what is on the menu. The Psych actor and Todd Harthan wrote the film. This isn’t Roday’s first time behind the camera. As well as starring in the USA Network series, Roday has written and directed a number of episodes of Psych. Gravystarts shooting today in LA. The film features Sarah Silverman, Michael Weston, Jimmi Simpson, Sutton Foster, Lily Cole, Gabourey Sidibe, Paul Rodriguez, Molly Ephraim, Lothaire Bluteau, Gabriel Luna and Ethan Sandler. Kerry Rock and Craig Chapman are producing with The Solution Entertainment Group’s Myles Nestel, Larry Taube and Harthan as executive producers. Dominic Ottersbach and Steak House are co-producing. Synchronicity Entertainment is the film’s sales agent. James Roday is repped by CAA and Principal Entertainment LA.