EXCLUSIVE: House Of Lies star Josh Lawson and Greg Kinnear have joined the cast of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, the sequel that Adam McKay is currently shooting in Atlanta. The film brings back Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Christina Applegate, and the other newcomers are Harrison Ford, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Meagan Good and Dylan Baker. McKay and Ferrell wrote the script and are producing with Judd Apatow, with David Householter, Kevin Messick and Jessica Elbaum exec producing. Paramount will release the comedy December 20.
Fox has made it official, giving a pilot green light to Rake, a character-driven comedic drama by Peter Duncan, creator of the original Australian series, and executive-produced by Peter Tolan (Rescue Me) and Michael Wimer (2012). Greg Kinnear plays the lead role of Keegan Joye, a brilliant, but self-destructive criminal defense lawyer, as well as serves as co-executive producer. The project, which had a big pilot production commitment, went to pilot after Kinnear, whose involvement was contingent on him signing off on the script, did so late last week.
Rake, the legal drama that has Greg Kinnear attached to star and co-executive produce, has landed at Fox with a pilot production commitment with series penalty. The deal comes after interest from both broadcast and cable networks. Paul Attanasio, originally attached as showrunner when Rake was taken out a month ago, is no longer involved because of other TV and feature commitments; just last week, he was tapped to rewrite a Scarface remake for Universal. Rake is closing in on a new showrunner.
The project, a U.S. version of the popular Australian comedic drama, is produced by Sony Pictures TV and Essential Media, the company behind the original series, and will be written by the Australian series’ co-creator Peter Duncan. It follows the chaotic world of a criminal defense lawyer, Cleaver Greene (Kinnear). Brilliant, iconoclastic and innately self-destructive, he has a mind-numbing lack of discretion and a total inability to pause before speaking his mind. From bigamists to cannibals and everything in between, the clients Cleaver loves most are those whose cases appear to be utterly hopeless without him realizing that he, himself, is perhaps the most desperate case of all. With its procedural setting, comedic overtones and a brilliant but self-destructive character at the center, the project is reminiscent of Fox’s long-running medical drama House, making the network a suitable home for Rake.
Executive producing the U.S. adaptation are Duncan and Essential Media’s Richard Roxburgh and Ian Collie.
EXCLUSIVE: After years of courtship by TV networks, Greg Kinnear has committed to doing a series. The Oscar-nominated actor is attached to star and co-executive produce a U.S. version of the popular Australian legal comedic drama Rake. House executive producer Paul Attanasio will executive produce through his Atelier banner will and supervise the script, which will be written by the Australian series’ co-creator Peter Duncan. In an unusual move, the Sony Pictures TV-produced project is currently being shopped to both broadcast and cable networks. I hear all major broadcast nets are taking the pitch, but it is not clear whether the show will end up on network or cable.
Rake follows the chaotic world of a criminal defense lawyer, Cleaver Greene (Kinnear). Brilliant, iconoclastic and innately self-destructive, he has a mind-numbing lack of discretion and a total inability to pause before speaking his mind. From bigamists to cannibals and everything in between, the clients Cleaver loves the most are those whose cases appear to be utterly hopeless without him realizing that he, himself, is perhaps the most desperate case of all.
Back in March, Deadline broke the story that ATO Pictures was near a deal to acquire US rights to The Convincer, the Karen Sprecher-directed dark comedy that made its debut at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The distributor has changed the title to Thin Ice, but has just confirmed the deal. Here’s the official announcement:
New York, NY (July 19, 2011) – ATO (Art Takes Over) Pictures announced today that it has acquired U.S. theatrical rights to THIN ICE (formerly titled THE CONVINCER) starring Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin, Billy Crudup, Lea Thompson, David Harbour and Bob Balaban.
EXCLUSIVE: The Kennedys may take an unconventional route to U.S. television screens, via syndication. The producers of the controversial miniseries, which was dropped by History earlier this month, are in talks with Tribune Broadcasting about picking up the 8-hour …
UPDATE: Muse Entertainment and Asylum Entertainment, who co-produce The Kennedys, just issued the following statement about the mini-series’ cancellation by History: “We are proud of the work all of our talent put into the making of The Kennedys and the painstaking efforts that went into creating a drama that is …