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Sexy Beast TV prequel gets a series order

Back in August of last year it was revealed that a TV prequel to the cult 2000 British gangster film Sexy Beast was in development at Anonymous Content and Paramount Television, and now comes word from Deadline that the project has received a series order from Paramount Network.

The series, created by Michael Caleo (The Sopranos) and directed by Karyn Kusama (Destroyer), will focus on the characters of Gal Dove, Don Logan and Teddy Bass, who were played by Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley and Ian McShane in the Jonathan Glazer-directed film.

As per Deadline, Sexy Beast will revolve around Gal, “a brilliant thief who finds himself descending into the seductive madness of the London criminal world during the vibrant and volatile 1990s, the early days of Gal’s complicated relationship with Logan, a vicious gangster with whom Gal forms a partnership, the beginnings of his association with criminal mastermind Bass,
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Sexy Beast Prequel Series Greenlit by Paramount Network

Sexy Beast Prequel Series Greenlit by Paramount Network
Paramount Network is moving ahead with a prequel TV series adapting the acclaimed crime drama, Sexy Beast.

Sexy Beast made its share of waves during the 2002 awards season, notably due to the 2001-released crime drama’s showcase of Sir Ben Kingsley – in shockingly transformative form – in his Best Supporting Oscar-nominated performance as the sociopathic powder-keg of a criminal, Don Logan. However, it seems that the property will do so again, this time in the form of a prequel TV series on the Paramount Network.

Indeed, the Sexy Beast prequel series – a shopped project picked up last year – has officially received the green light from Paramount Network, which just made the confident-inspired move of a straight-to-series order for a 10-episode inaugural season, according to Variety.

While no casting information has been revealed, the series, reportedly set during “the vibrant and volatile 1990s,” will explore the formation of the
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TVLine Items: Legends Big Bad Confirmed, Sexy Beast Series and More

Astra is not done wreaking havoc on Legends of Tomorrow: Olivia Swann has been promoted to series regular for Season 5, EW.com reports

Astra — who was last seen releasing the souls of Genghis Khan, Charles Manson and other historical baddies from Hell — will return as the show’s primary villain. In a finale post-mortem Q&a, executive producer Phil Klemmer told TVLine that the released souls would serve as “episodic bads,” while “next year’s Big Bad will be nothing demon-related.”

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‘Sexy Beast’ TV Series Adaptation Ordered by Paramount Network

  • The Wrap
‘Sexy Beast’ TV Series Adaptation Ordered by Paramount Network
A TV series adaptation of “Sexy Beast,” the 2000 British film, has been ordered by Paramount Network.

Michael Caleo will write and executive produce the series, with Karyn Kusama on board as directer and executive producer through her company, Familystyle. Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay will also serve as executive producers on the show, alongside the film’s original screenwriters Louis Mellis and David Scinto.

The 2000 film was directed by Jonathan Glazer and starred Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley and Ian McShane. Kinglsey earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination.

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The TV series will tell the origin story of Winstone’s lead character, Gal Dove, a brilliant thief who finds himself descending into the seductive madness of the London criminal world during the vibrant and volatile 1990s. The series will explore the early days of Gal’s complicated relationship with Don Logan,
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‘Sexy Beast’ Prequel Gets Series Order From Paramount Network

  • Deadline
Paramount Network has ordered a 10-episode first season of Sexy Beast, a series adaptation from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content based on the cult British gangster movie. Michael Caleo (The Sopranos) will write the series and executive produce.

Sexy Beast, the series, tells the origin story of the Gal Dove, Don Logan and Teddy Bass characters, played in the 2000 movie by Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley and Ian McShane, respectively. Gal Dove is a brilliant thief who finds himself descending into the seductive madness of the London criminal world during the vibrant and volatile 1990s. The series will explore the early days of Gal’s complicated relationship with Logan, a vicious gangster with whom Gal forms a partnership, the beginnings of his association with criminal mastermind Bass, and how Gal met and fell in love with DeeDee, an adult film star who would become his wife.

Karyn Kusama (Destroyer) is directing
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‘Sexy Beast’ Series Adaptation Gets Greenlight at Paramount Network (Exclusive)

  • Variety
‘Sexy Beast’ Series Adaptation Gets Greenlight at Paramount Network (Exclusive)
A series adaptation of the 2000 movie “Sexy Beast” has been ordered to series at Paramount Network, Variety has learned exclusively.

The series will tell the origin story of Gal Dove (played in the film by Ray Winstone), a brilliant thief who finds himself descending into the seductive madness of the London criminal world during the vibrant and volatile 1990s. The series will explore the early days of Gal’s complicated relationship with Don Logan (played in the film by Ben Kingsley), a vicious gangster with whom Gal forms a partnership, the beginnings of his association with criminal mastermind Teddy Bass (played in the film by Ian McShane), and how Gal met and fell in love with DeeDee (played in the film by Amanda Redman), an adult film star who would become his wife.

Paramount Network has ordered a 10-episode first season. Michael Caleo will serve as writer and executive producer on the series,
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'Sexy Beast' Prequel Lands Series Order at Paramount Network

Paramount Network is adding to its scripted roster with a series based on the 2000 movie Sexy Beast.

The Viacom-owned cable channel has given a 10-episode order to the series, which will be a prequel set in 1990s London. It will follow Gal Dove (played by Ray Winstone in the movie), a brilliant thief who's seduced into the London underworld, and explore the beginnings of his relationships with gangster Don Love (Ben Kingsley in the movie), criminal mastermind Teddy Bass (Ian McShane) and DeeDee (Amanda Redman), an adult film star who in the movie is Gal's wife.

Michael Caleo ...
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Sexy Beast prequel TV series is in development

Director Jonathan Glazer’s cult 2000 crime film Sexy Beast looks to be heading to the small screen, with Deadline reporting that Anonymous Content and Paramount Television are working on a TV prequel series.

The potential series is being written by Michael Caleo and is set to explore the origins of Gal Dove, Don Logan and Teddy Bass, portrayed by Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley and Ian McShane in the movie.

According to Deadline’s report, it will “tell the story of up-and-coming criminal Gal Dove as he forms a partnership with Don Logan, starts working for criminal mastermind Teddy Bass and meets and falls in love with adult film star DeeDee — his future wife. Gal is a brilliant thief and Don is a vicious gangster, and the series will explore the pair’s complicated relationship as Gal finds himself descending into the seductive madness of the London criminal world during the vibrant and volatile 1990s.
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British gangster classic Sexy Beast to be adapted for TV series

Ray Winstone’s retired mobster Gal Dove and Ben Kingsley’s unhinged enforcer Don Logan are being brought back to life by one of The Sopranos writing team

Sexy Beast, Jonathan Glazer’s stylish and bellicose 2000 gangster film, is being adapted for a prequel TV series by one of the writers of The Sopranos.

Deadline reports that Michael Caleo, who was part of David Chase’s writing team on the HBO series, will create the show. It will tell the origin stories of the unhinged duo Don Logan and Teddy Bass and the retired, reluctant gangster Gal Dove. Thes role were played by Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane and Ray Winstone respectively in the original movie.
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‘Sexy Beast’ Prequel TV Series In Works At Paramount TV & Anonymous Content

  • Deadline
‘Sexy Beast’ Prequel TV Series In Works At Paramount TV & Anonymous Content
Exclusive: The cult British gangster movie Sexy Beast is getting a small-screen prequel. Anonymous Content and Paramount Television have acquired the TV rights to the 2000 film for a TV series that will track the origin story of the Gal Dove, Don Logan and Teddy Bass characters, played in the movie by Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley and Ian McShane, respectively. Writer Michael Caleo, whose TV credits include The Sopranos and Rescue Me, will write the adaptation.

Directed by Jonathan Glazer from a screenplay by Louis Mellis and David Scinto, the film follows Gal Dove (Winstone) an ex-criminal who had moved to Spain with his wife DeeDee (Amanda Redman) to start a new life, and Don Logan (Kingsley), an old criminal associate who aggressively recruits him for a heist job on behalf of crime lord Teddy Bass (McShane).

The potential series, which will be shopped to cable and streaming networks, will tell
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‘The Family’ DVD Review

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Stars: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron, John D’Leo, Jimmy Palumbo, Domenick Lombardozzi, Stan Carp, Vincent Pastore, Jon Freda, Michael J. Panichelli Jr. | Written by Luc Besson, Michael Caleo | Directed by Luc Besson

Remember that Robert De Niro guy, the one that impressed us in movies like Mean Streets, Taxi Driver and Goodfellas? Along with Al Pacino more recently we’ve seen them move more to comedy with somewhat mixed results. It’s fair to say that Pacino has suffered more, with De Niro and up to a point he’s been able to keep that wise guy style image intact, which probably made casting him in The Family easy.

When snitching on the Mafia it’s assumed you are signing your own death sentence, so when CIA Agent Stansfield (Tommy Lee Jones) once again has to relocate Giovanni Manzoni now known as Fred Blake
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Possible Details On The CW's Hourman Drama

Bleeding Cool's WB/CW spy is providing the site with all types of details this morning it seems. Fresh off of news on a possible Suicide Squad movie (more details Here) and Young Justice tv show (more details Here), we have details on the plot for the Hourman drama in development at The CW. Bleeding Cool surmises the show may have certain elements reminiscent of another DC comic book, Dial H. BC reports: ...the drug "Miraclo" from the comic book series, in the TV show will have a different effect on each person who takes it, summoning different powers and abilities based on their personality, enhancing existing talents or abilities tenfold, but with terrible side effects. And a different person will get the powers each week… Michael Caleo (Ironside, The Sopranos) is writing the pilot for Hourman while Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Gangster Squad) and Jennifer Gwartz
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'The Family' review: De Niro, Pfeiffer wasted in mob comedy

'The Family' review: De Niro, Pfeiffer wasted in mob comedy
Director: Luc Besson; Screenwriters: Luc Besson, Michael Caleo; Starring: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, John D'Leo, Tommy Lee Jones; Running time: 111 mins; Certificate: 15

Comedy doesn't come much lazier than this 'effort' starring Robert De Niro in one of those roles that makes you shake your head in mourning for the immense talent squandered. As is his wont in recent years, De Niro sends up the tough guy persona that made him an icon, this time as a Brooklyn mobster shipped to rural France in an ostentatious gesture by the Witness Protection Programme.

Giovanni Manzoni has a $20 million contract on his head and the rest of his family are in the firing line, too. As wife Maggie, Michelle Pfeiffer is fun to watch in brassy blonde mode and certainly, she shows more signs of life than her co-star. Another highlight is John D'Leo as their son, a junior wise-guy
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The Week in Spandex - Batman vs. Superman (Wonder Woman, The Flash and Nightwing), Thor: The Dark World, Marvel's The Defenders, Doctor Strange, The Wolverine and more

Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman vs. Superman (The Flash, Wonder Woman and Nightwing), Man of Steel, Arrow, Hourman, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange and Phase Three, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, The Defenders, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Beware the Batman, Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Ultimate Spider-Man, Stan Lee's Mighty 7 and more....

Over the past month or so the movie news headlines have been dominated by Marvel, and while that's the case again this week, Warner Bros. has given DC Comics fans something to chew on, with casting talk on Zack Snyder's Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman picking up the
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4 Awesome Comics You Must Read This Week (6 November)

It’s the week after Halloween when people put aside their spooky comics, costumes and cheap leftover sweets, and pick up their copies of V for Vendetta for that special time of year in Britain where we celebrate the foiled plot to blow up Parliament by setting off fireworks and burning an effigy of one of the plotters.

In comics news this week, Jim Starlin revealed he was working on a new full length story for Marvel – great news for fans of The Infinity Gauntlet author’s work. Will we see a new Thanos story from his creator in 2014? Here’s hoping! Marvel also announced the new Ms Marvel would be an American/Muslim young woman called Kamala Khan from Jersey City. The new Ms Marvel will debut in February and marks another move on Marvel’s part for more ethnic and gender specific characters in their line-up, with She-Hulk
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‘Hourman’ Leads the Charge From Comic Book Movies to Comic Book TV Shows

Rex Tyler is your average genius pharmaceutical analyst. He’s got a steady job, an estranged ex-wife and son, and a few latent desires to sneak out at night punch evildoers in the face. So when Rex realizes that the visions he’s had since childhood are actually a form of superpower – he’s actually been seeing events that will occur one hour into the future – he dons a nifty hooded cloak and christens himself “Hourman.” Chances are, you’ve never heard of Hourman, and neither has the vast majority of the civilized world. Not surprising, considering that the DC superhero’s popularity peaked during WWII and hasn’t shown any signs of recovery in the last seventy years. Until now, apparently. The Hollywood Reporter has news that The CW is developing an Hourman series to fall in alongside the network’s Arrow and the upcoming The Flash, with Michael Caleo (writer for The Sopranos and Ironside
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The CW bringing DC's Hourman to the small screen

The CW is looking to extend its partnership with DC Comics beyond Arrow and the potential spin-off The Flash, although sadly it hasn't given the go ahead to the planned Wonder Woman series Amazon, but rather a new pilot for an hourlong drama based upon Hourman, a character who made his first appearance way back during the Golden Age in Adventure Comics #48 in 1940.

According to the The Hollywood Reporter, "Hourman centers on a brilliant-yet-troubled pharmaceutical analyst who discovers that the visions that have plagued him since childhood are actually glimpses of tragic events occurring one hour in the future. Determined to win back his ex-wife and son, he heroically prevents these tragedies from unfolding, finding both purpose and redemption along the way."

The pilot for Hourman is being written by Michael Caleo (The Sopranos), who will executive produce alongside Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes) and Jennifer Gwartz (Veronica Mars). It becomes
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DC Developing Hourman Series to Join Arrow and Flash on The CW

That’s right, kids, the network that’s bringing you Arrow and may be bringing you Flash in series form – Flash will definitely be appearing on Arrow this season; the “may be” is whether a spinoff series will be picked up – is working on another series from the DC galaxy: Hourman.

According to THR, this version of Hourman has our hero as a “brilliant-yet-troubled pharmaceutical analyst” who has been plagued by visions since his childhood, and who comes to learn that those visions are actually glimpses of the future – one hour into the future. “Determined to win back his ex-wife and son, he heroically prevents these tragedies from unfolding, finding both purpose and redemption along the way.”

The DC Database describes Hourman thus:

Hourman is the legacy of a masked vigilante who uses a drug named Miraclo to give him incredible super-powers for exactly one hour. Rex Tyler is the original version,
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DC Comics Superhero Hourman Getting Show on CW

The CW is working on a new superhero series based on the DC Comics character Hourman. The show will chronicle a pharmaceutical analyst's transition into a superhero after he realizes that he can see tragedies an hour before they happen.

The Hourman pilot will be written by Michael Caleo, whose previous credits include The Sopranos and Ironside, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Initially created in 1940 by Ken Fitch and Bernard Bailey, Hourman is the moniker adopted by Rex Tyler, a scientist who discovers that a new drug, Miraclo, gives him these superpowers.
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DC’s Hourman Drama in Development at The CW

The success of The CW's DC superhero series Arrow is testing the market with a planned series based on The Flash, but a lesser-known heroic property is also in development.  DC's Hourman, originally introduced in 1940, may be headed to the small screen for his own live-action series.  The title character, aka Rex Tyler, is a brilliant-yet-troubled pharmaceutical analyst who experiences visions of events that occur one hour in the future.  Lin Pictures' Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz will executive produce alongside Michael Caleo (Ironside), who will also pen the script.  Hit the jump for more. THR reports that The CW is busy developing an Hourman drama series.  Per the write up, Tyler "discovers that the visions that have plagued him since childhood are actually glimpses of tragic events occurring one hour in the future. Determined to win back his ex-wife and son, he heroically prevents these tragedies from unfolding,
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