It appears that Ridley Scott’s first foray into television as a director won’t actually be making it to television. The filmmaker signed on to helm the pilot for the potential Showtime series The Vatican last year with Kyle Chandler in the lead role, but the network has decided not to move forward with the show. Described as a contemporary thriller, the aim of the series was to explore spirituality, power, and politics against the backdrop of the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic Church. THR reports that the expensive pilot did not turn out well, and difficulties with showrunner Paul Attanasio—including failure to meet deadlines and clashing with colleagues—led to his exit once they wrapped. Hit the jump for more.
The Hot Wheels movie now has a director. Heat Vision reports that Legendary Pictures has tapped prestigious second-unit director and stunt coordinator Simon Crane to take the helm of Hot Wheels, which is based on the Mattel toy line of the same name. The story takes place after a dangerous military device has fallen into the hands of a criminal, which forces a washed-up Illinois State Trooper to fight the man his father once put behind bars. How this ties into cars is unknown, but with the Fast & Furious franchise making serious money on its fifth and sixth entries and a Need for Speed film poised to hit theaters next year, Legendary is clearly game to get in on the car craze.
Crane’s resume as a second-unit director includes work on films like World War Z, Troy, and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, so he has plenty of experience with blockbuster filmmaking. Art Marcum and Matt Holloway wrote the initial script for this iteration of Hot Wheels, but Legendary has tapped Paul Attanasio (Quiz Show) to do a rewrite. Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland) is producing.
Director Ridley Scott may be 75 years old, but he has no plans to slow down anytime soon. After making a welcome return to the sci-fi genre with Prometheus, Scott dove right into directing the Cormac McCarthy-scripted drama The Counselor. Now, before he settles on his next feature film, Scott is set to make his first foray into television. EW reports that Scott will direct the pilot for a new Showtime series called The Vatican. Written by Paul Attanasio (House), the show is described as “a provocative contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politics – set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic church. The series will explore the relationships and rivalries as well as the mysteries and miracles behind one of the world’s most hidden institutions.”
Scott has experience producing on television through his Scott Free banner, but The Vatican will mark his first time directing in the medium. The order for the show is only for a pilot at this time, but it’s hard to imagine Showtime passing on a Ridley Scott-helmed project. Hit the jump for the full press release.
The script for the Scarface remake that was recently turned in by David Ayer (Training Day) is now undergoing a rewrite by Oscar-nominated writer, Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco). The story is expected to be a blend of director Howard Hawks’ 1932 version and Brian De Palma’s 1983 classic starring Al Pacino. Deadline reports that Universal Pictures has yet to release the central character’s ethnic and geographic origin, characteristics which were central to past iterations. Keep an eye out for more developments on the new imagining Scarface and click here to get caught up on our previous coverage.