Mikkelsen to play 'Hannibal'; Starz 'Sparatcus' ends in 2013; First pics of new 'Trek' uniforms
Mads Mikkelsen, who just won the Best Actor prize at the Cannes for The Hunt and scoring the villain role in Thor 2, has been cast as the title character in NBC’s midseason drama Hannibal. Mikkelsen –who was the villain in Daniel Craig’s first James Bond outing Casino Royale, will star opposite Hugh Dancy in the 13-episode series that is written and executive produced by Bryan Fuller –Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls and Pushing Daises. This contemporary thriller is based on the characters featured in Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon, though word is the series -while reestablishing the relationship between FBI agent Will Graham and his mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter in the pilot- will diverge from the Red Dragon’s plotline, though some elements from that one and the few other novels in the book series may be used.
It’s been announced that the upcoming third season of the highly rated Starz TV series Spartacus: War of the Damned will be its last. “It was an extremely difficult and emotional decision for my partners and I,” series creator/executive producer Steven S. DeKnight said. “Yet, in the end, the story was best served by rolling all of the remaining action and drama of Spartacus’ journey into one stunningly epic season that will be extremely satisfying for everyone who’s been along for the ride. This show has been challenged, to say the least, in many, many ways. We’ve faced many difficulties and tragedies on the show. My original plan was to attack the show in a five- to seven-season arc. Once we got into it and after Andy [Whitfield]’s passing and looking at the historical story of Spartacus, we came to the decision to basically end on a high note. We certainly could have continued for a few more seasons and stretched it out, but we really wanted to end high and not feel like we were treading water – and really just condense the rest of the history into one amazing ten-episode, badass final season.” He adds: “You know, the whole show was a huge risk from the start for Starz, and it was another huge risk when I decided to try to keep the show going after Andy’s passing. Any normal studio would have just cancelled the show at that point and not risk the financial downside of it not working. But Starz, thankfully, really stuck by the show, and they really wanted it to be told all the way to the end. They didn’t want to cheat the viewers and just suddenly pull the plug. So they gave us this opportunity to wrap up the story, and we’re certainly taking that opportunity and running with it. This is by far the biggest season we’ve ever attempted.”
The management company that represents child actor Anjini Azhar -who plays the daughter of former Doctor Who star’s Noel Clarke’s “family man” character in the Star Trek sequel- posted a bunch of behind-the-scenes pictures of the actress posing with various members of the cast and crew. The most revealing of the images features Simon Pegg (Scotty) and Anton Yelchin (Chekov) in brand new Starfleet uniforms. They’re similar to the grey officer uniforms (worn at Starfleet Academy) seen in the 2009 Star Trek movie, there are a number of differences, including the cut, the epaulettes and a hat (?!).
Since Pirates of the Caribbean ushered in the pirate genre again, the studios have been trying to figure out how to capitalize on it. Of course, they also don’t want to pay a huge price for adapting either nonfiction titles or more recent novels. So Warner Bros. has hired director Guy Ritchie to helm yet another version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic (and public domain title) Treasure Island (which comes on the heels of the BBC version which recently aired on The Syfy Channel). Alex Harakis is set to write the script. Wonder if this will be a stylized version, much like the way Ritchie did with his Sherlock Holmes franchise?