EXCLUSIVE: The LA noir thriller The Go-Getters has been renamed Ten Cent Pistol, and Joe Mantegna and Adam Arkin are joining the cast. Ten Cent Pistol, which includes the previously reported Jena Malone, is about two brothers whose crimes have spirally consequences. JT Alexander and Damon Alexander play brothers Jacob and Esau. Mantegna will play Punchy, a corrupt lawyer with a gift for gab. Arkin will play Nir Zir, a doctor with a lot of patients in the underworld. Brendan Sexton III, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Emilio Rivera and Haylie Duff also have been cast in the film, which is shooting now in LA. Ten Cent Pistol is written and directed by Michael C. Martin. Matt Tauber, the Alexanders and Andy Hyde of Route 17 Entertainment are producing. Mantegna is repped by ICM Partners. Arkin is also repped by ICM Partners and managed by Principal Entertainment.
FX’s pilot Outlaw Country is undergoing a retooling. The original script, written by Josh Goldin and Rachel Abramowitz, has been given a rewrite by Goldin, Abramowitz and Outlaw Country‘s executive producer/co-showrunner David Manson. There will be substantial reshoots, which will be directed by actor-helmer Adam Arkin. Arkin is stepping in for the original pilot’s director Michael Dinner, who would’ve done the reshoots had he not been busy with another FX pilot he is directing, Powers. There won’t be major recastings on the project, a crime thriller/family drama set against the backdrop of Southern organized crime and Nashville royalty that stars Luke Grimes, Haley Bennett, Mary Steenburgen and John Hawkes. I hear a couple of small new roles have been added and another small part, played in the original pilot by Lisa Blount, will be recast following the actress’ death.
Getting Outlaw Country off the ground has been a long and arduous process. FX greenlighted the project to pilot last April and filmed the pilot last fall. The network has showed faith in the drama — FX president John Landgraf recently listed Outlaw Country, along with Powers, as candidates for a series launch in the winter. Also proving FX’s commitment to the Nashville-set Outlaw Country is its major additional investment in the project in the form of a rewrite and extensive reshoots. In addition to getting paid for the new pilot, the cast also have had their options extended …
Scrubs alum John C. McGinley is set and Adam Arkin is in final negotiations to join the ABC multi-camera comedy pilot Smothered, from Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen. The Warner Bros. TV-produced project centers on young couple Zack (Kyle Howard) and Gillian, who find themselves smothered by their two very different sets of parents, Zack’s (Marcia Gay Harden, Arkin) and Gillian’s (Julie White, McGinley). Arkin is with ICM.
TV writer/Daily Show correspondent Larry Wilmore has joined CBS’ untitled Peter Knight comedy pilot. The project, from Sony and Happy Madison, is a workplace ensemble revolving around the young-adult employees at a high-powered venture capital firm. Wilmore will play the intimidating boss who has a playful side and cares about his employees. The Bernie Mac Show creator, repped by UTA and 3 Arts, was recently seen in Dinner for Schmucks.