Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Broadchurch’ Book; ‘The Escape Artist’ Sales; Bassem Youssef; Louis Delluc Shortlist; More

‘Broadchurch’ Gets Book Treatment
Little, Brown has acquired world rights to a novel inspired by ITV crime series Broadchurch. According to Bookseller, Sphere Fiction’s Jade Chandler bought the book from Cathy King at the UK’s Independent Talent, representing Broadchurch screenwriter Chris Chibnall. He’ll co-write the novel with thriller author Erin Kelly. To be published next August, it will add material to the existing story and delve deeper into the back stories of the characters. Broadchurch, starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman, was a massive hit for ITV this year in the UK. It also aired on BBC America and is being remade by Fox with Tennant playing an American detective brought to a small town where a young boy has been killed under mysterious circumstances.

‘The Escape Artist’ Sells In Scandinavia
In related David Tennant news, Norway’s TV2 and TV4 in Sweden have taken rights to Red Arrow International’s three-part drama The Escape Artist. Tennant stars in the thriller that debuts on BBC One tonight. David Wolstencroft wrote the series that’s produced by Hilary Bevan Jones and Paul Frift of Red Arrow’s Endor Productions. Tennant plays defense lawyer Will Burton who specializes in getting people out of tight legal corners. But when his talents acquit the prime suspect in a horrific murder trial, the tables turn. I saw the debut episode last week in London and, without giving away any spoilers, I will say it packs a wallop. Read More »

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David Tennant To Star, Dan Futterman And Anya Epstein To Showrun Fox’s ‘Broadchurch’ Remake

By | Wednesday October 2, 2013 @ 9:50am PDT

David Tennant, star of the Brit hit crime drama Broadchurch and one of the most beloved Doctor Who actors, has been cast in Fox‘s U.S. remake of Broadchurch. The U.S. version will star Tennant as an American detective who is the lead male investigator on the case of a shocking murder that puts a small town under scrutiny. This time it’s set in an American town, and, like the original, follows the tragic and mysterious death of a young boy found dead on an idyllic beach surrounded by rocks and a jutting cliff-face, from where he may have fallen. Although his cause of death remains unsolved, the picturesque seaside town where the tragedy occurred is at the heart of a major police investigation and a nationwide media frenzy.

Dan Futterman (Capote, In Treatment, Foxcatcher) and Anya Epstein (In Treatment, Homicide) have signed on as executive producers and showrunners. The crime series is scheduled to begin filming in January for broadcast during the 2014-2015 season. Read More »

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New ‘Doctor Who’ Is Peter Capaldi: Video

By | Sunday August 4, 2013 @ 11:27am PDT

Peter Capaldi is the Twelfth Doctor Who. The identity of who will next play the Time Lord on the next season of the BBC sci-fi series was announced today simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic. Doctor Who Read More »

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David Tennant & Billie Piper Returning For ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary

By | Saturday March 30, 2013 @ 10:01am PDT

Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary celebrations have added David Tennant who will reprise his role as the tenth Doctor for the first time since 2010. Billie Piper and John Hurt are also coming on board. They will join current … Read More »

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David Tennant To Play Legal Eagle In New BBC Drama ‘The Escape Artist’

By | Thursday January 31, 2013 @ 4:11am PST

Shooting kicked off today on BBC One‘s three-part legal thriller The Escape Artist with David Tennant in the lead. The drama was created and written by David Wolstencroft (Spooks, MI-5) and also stars Extras‘ … Read More »

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BBC America Acquires ITV Drama ‘Broadchurch’ Starring David Tennant: TCA

By | Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 2:00pm PST
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BBC America has acquired the eight-part ensemble British drama series Broadchurch starring David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Vicky McClure and Arthur Darvill. In the vein of The Killing, Broadchurch explores what happens to a small community … Read More »

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BBC Commissions ‘Doctor Who’ Movie Special For Show’s 50th Anniversary

By | Thursday August 9, 2012 @ 5:01am PDT

Doctor Who fever continues. The long-running show, whose last season was the most-watched series ever on BBC America and the most downloaded on iTunes, is getting the TV-movie treatment. With its 50th anniversary fast approaching, the good … Read More »

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Sky Creates Content Distribution Arm With Acquisition Of Parthenon Media Group

By | Friday July 27, 2012 @ 1:40am PDT

As it increases its investment in original British fare, Sky has acquired Parthenon Media Group to establish an international distribution arm within the company. Parthenon founder and CEO Carl Hall will oversee the new business. Sky has said … Read More »

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David Tennant Joins ITV & Kudos’ Ensemble Drama ‘Broadchurch’

By | Tuesday July 3, 2012 @ 9:41am PDT

David Tennant BroadchurchIs David Tennant the hardest working man in British television? After signing on in April to star in BBC Four mini The Spies Of Warsaw, then two weeks ago boarding BBC Two’s The Read More »

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David Tennant, Emily Watson To Star In BBC Two’s ‘The Politician’s Husband’

By | Friday June 22, 2012 @ 1:25am PDT

David Tennant and Emily Watson will play a husband and wife in upcoming three-part BBC Two series, The Politician’s Husband. The story follows the shifting balance of power in a political marriage and the consequences when a wife becomes more … Read More »

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Emma Thompson, David Tennant, Olivia Williams Lined Up For New U.K. Series

By | Friday February 24, 2012 @ 4:15am PST

The UK’s Sky Arts, which earlier this year announced it would triple its budget, has commissioned a series of one-off original TV dramas and comedies that will fall under the Playhouse Presents label. Among the notable projects, Walking The Dogs sees Emma Thompson play Queen Elizabeth in a comedy-drama about an intruder who made his way into her bedroom in 1982. Walking The Dogs is based on the night Michael Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace, entered the Queen’s boudoir and chatted with her for a while until the police took him away. The title refers to Fagan’s window of access – a guard who was supposed to be positioned outside the Queen’s door was out walking her dogs. Eddie Marsan (Tyrannosaur, Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows) and Russell Tovey, who has a role in the Emma Thompson-penned Effie, are co-stars. Other shows just announced by Sky Arts, part of the BSkyB group of channels, will include such British talent as David Tennant, Olivia Williams, Stephen Fry and Hayley Atwell along with some non-Brits like Stellan Skarsgard and Harry Shearer. The latter is starring in Nixon’s The One, a verbatim account of Richard Nixon’s Read More »

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Hugh Grant Takes On Animated Role In Aardman’s ‘The Pirates! Band Of Misfits’

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Sony Pictures Animation and Aardman Animations announced they’ve set Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Brian Blessed, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey and Ashley Jenson to provide the voices in The Pirates! Band of Misfits, … Read More »

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‘X Factor’ Wins At Royal TV Society Awards

Simon Cowell and his X Factor producers won best entertainment show at tonight’s Royal Television Society awards in London. And BBC hit Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, beat ITV’s Downton Abbey to win best drama series. But Piers … Read More »

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David Tennant Reunites With ‘Doctor Who’ Co-Star

By | Saturday January 8, 2011 @ 9:22pm PST

Catherine Tate, who played Tennant’s mouthy companion Donna in the BBC sci-fi show, will play opposite the Doctor Who star in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. It’s the first time the 2 have appeared on stage together, although they get … Read More »

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Peter Jackson Sets First Names For ‘The Hobbit’

Mike Fleming

BREAKING: While Peter Jackson and Warner Bros are figuring out where they’ll shoot back-to-back installments of The Hobbit, Jackson and his partner Fran Walsh have begun to set his cast for the ambitious projects that will begin shooting in February for release in December 2012 and 2013. The castings were announced by New Line Cinema COO/president Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros COO/president Alan Horn, MGM co-CEO Steve Cooper, and Jackson. As Deadline told you last week, Martin Freeman is set to play Bilbo Baggins, the adventurous Hobbit whose adventures and discovery of the One Ring leads the story up to The Lord of the Rings. Freeman has appeared in films ranging from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Hot Fuzz to  Love Actually. Read More »

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‘The Hobbit’ Finally Filming In February, But Peter Jackson & Actor Unions Still At Odds

UPDATE: Things must be getting close on The Hobbit, because casting buzz is getting strong in Hollywood. Word is Martin Freeman will soon be set to play Bilbo Baggins, that Jimmy Nesbitt has been offered a role and that Michael Fassbender is being pursued for another as is David Tennant. Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis are expected to reprise Gandalf and Gollum.

EARLIER: While it looks like production on The Hobbit is set to start in February on the pair of films directed by Peter Jackson, there are still a few giant issues standing in the way. The films had to go in early 2011 to make the holiday release date. But even though the production schedule looks locked, there’s still the issue of the loud labor fight happening between Jackson and the unions, which have told performers outright not to work on the film because it’s a non-union production. By agreeing to a detente, the films would indeed get underway in New Zealand in early 2011. The delay has also been caused by all the ongoing problems at MGM, and just this week Lionsgate put forth a merger recommendation which Carl Icahn backs. That would obviously affect the pending Spyglass deal  – and add more drama to any major production going forward. (Meanwhile, while MGM goes through all of its tumult, Mary Parent is expectedly in the process of leaving the studio, which she has run for almost three years.) Read More »

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