"Battle Royale" might finally get its American remake, though not in the form we have expected.
According to the Los Angeles Times, teen-centric television station The CW is looking to turn the story from Koushun Takami's novel-turned-cult Japanese movie into an hour-long drama TV series. "Battle Royale" tells the story of a group of ninth grade Japanese students who are kidnapped and forced to fight to the death on a remote island under the Battle Royale Act.
If that sounds like a familiar concept, it's because it is. Though Takami's novel came out in 1999 and the film came out a year later, this "making children fight to the death" story became popularized in the States thanks to Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games." This sort of dystopian future has seen a surge in popularity ever since, and it's likely that The CW wants to give their own spin on "Battle Royale" in the wake of that.
As "Breaking Bad" moves on toward its destined-to-be-horrific ending, we're awaiting eagerly to see how thing work out for Walter White, but we're probably just as curious about what the show's mastermind, Vince Gilligan, will move onto next.
At the Saturn Awards, the fine fellows from Collider talked with Gilligan about where he'll set his sights after saying good-bye to Mr. White. His answer couldn't have pleased us more.
He wants to do a "pullout-all-the-stops Western." Sold.
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By Ashleigh Schmitz
Fans of Elisabeth Moss on AMC's "Mad Men" can breathe a collective sigh of relief as creator Matthew Weiner confirms the actress will be back as Peggy Olson for the show's sixth season.
Moss “is going to be on the show next year,” Weiner told TV Line. “I can’t say how much, in what capacity or what [her story] is going to be, but she has not left the show.”
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Here are the facts: the first episode of "Arrested Development's" fourth season will be called "Michael," and it has been written, or at least partially. How do we know this? Because Ron Howard has tweeted visual proof of it.
"Very very funny Lots of lines for the narrator too!" he tweeted with the picture above.
Hopefully we'll get to see Howard in person as well, considering the very last scene of "Arrested Development"'s final episode shows Alia Shawkat's Maeby Bluth pitching her family's story to him as a TV series. He tells her he can't see it working on television, but "maybe a movie." It was thanks in part to that fingers-crossed mentality that we have the new season being made for Netflix, so hopefully creator Mitch Hurwitz gives a nod to the character of Howard in the upcoming season by having him return in addition to reprising his role as the narrator.
Development is no longer arrested, people. Jason Bateman announced yesterday via Twitter that filming will finally, finally, finally begin on the fourth season of "Arrested Development," in just four weeks.
“All systems are go. Filming for the new episodes starts in four weeks. Woo!” the man we like to know as Michael Bluth wrote.
He included the above image with the tweet, which shows Bateman, show creator Mitch Hurwitz and series executive producer/narrator Ron Howard looking pretty darn pleased with themselves. We're guessing that they're grinning because "Arrested Development" will be back soon, but it could be because one of them just blue himself.
Things are going to get much worse for Walter White on "Breaking Bad" before they get better. Fortunately, the same thing can't be said for the man who plays him, Bryan Cranston. Between the upcoming season five premiere of AMC's hit drama to his two movies—"Argo" and "Total Recall"—that will be released later this year, Cranston is at the top of his game.
Now he's going to be returning to the directing chair, as well. In a new interview with CBS News, Cranston said he'll be directing episode nine of season five, which will be the first new episode in 2013 after "Breaking Bad"'s mid-season break. Cranston has already directed the premiere episodes for seasons two and three, so we're stoked to see him taking up that duty one final time for this show.
"Dexter" is back and... sexier than ever?
The sexual new promo for Showtime's hit series focuses on Dexter's dark passenger finally threatening to escape. But the line is blurred between which of the show's main characters will be hurt by Dexter's need to kill: the title serial killer, or his beloved sister Deb?
Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter are going to have to be at the top of their game for season seven as their characters' relationship will be more strained than ever. We're excited to hear what they have to say and show about the new season at Comic-Con, but for now we'll just have to assume that Dexter is going to have some difficulties keeping his dark passenger under control.
The premiere for the fifth season of "Breaking Bad" is but a few short days away. If you aren't already primed with uncontrollable excitement for the further adventures of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, a new featurette from AMC (via Collider) has enough interviews with Vince Gilligan and the cast to make the wait almost unbearable.
So if your head is exploding with anticipation like ours are, take a look at the full featurette after the jump!
It might not be present at Comic-Con like its HBO siblings "Game of Thrones" and "True Blood," but "Boardwalk Empire" is still giving us reason to celebrate. HBO has announced that the third season of the Steve Buscemi-starring TV series will return to the network on September 16.
The press release issued by HBO promises that season three will continue chronicling "the life and times of 'Nucky' Thompson, the undisputed leader of Atlantic City" in 12 new episodes. But just how tenuous will Nucky's undisputed reign be this season? After the death of a certain character at the end of season two, it will be interesting to see where season three picks up.
Talk about a true gift for America's birthday! In a move that came out of left field, "Eastbound and Down" has apparently been renewed for a fourth season.
Variety is reporting that HBO has ordered eight new episodes for a show that was only planned to have three seasons. The series aired its seemingly final episode back in April and managed to tie up most loose ends, but we're excited that star/co-creator Danny McBride and the rest of the team are coming back for more.
Considering HBO has a habit of cancelling shows before their time due to low viewership (we miss you, "Bored to Death"), McBride and his other co-creators Jody Hill and Ben Best should take this as quite a compliment. We'd like to know just what HBO had to do to convince them they should come back, especially based on some comments McBride made earlier this year.