Daily Read (5/10/16)

Heh: Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Wallander’ is ‘almost too intense for everything’. Poor Wallander.

Drama! Russell Crowe and James Franco said they were making a movie based on Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian but oops, they don’t actually have the rights. (Deadline’s phrasing in that story is hilarious as they chastise the “instantaneous online media climate.” Which is, you know, them.)

Idris Elba is reportedly joining Jessica Chastain in Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Molly Bloom’s memoir, Molly’s Game. I don’t care about poker but I DO like all of the people involved in this!

Jesse Peretz will direct an adaptation of Nick Hornby’s Juliet, Naked, which is a novel I LOVE, so fingers crossed.

Idris Elba + Poe + Demons = Crazy, Probably, But Maybe Awesome?

According to Variety, Idris Elba is developing Marc Olden’s 1978 thriller Poe Must Die into a trilogy of movies. Here’s the official book description, via Amazon:

A satanist threatens the planet, and only Poe has the imagination to stop him

It is said that beneath Solomon’s glorious throne, books were buried that gave the fabled king control over life, death, and demonic power. The throne has been lost for millennia, but now one man seeks to find it, and harness its secrets to unleash hell upon the world. Jonathan is the most powerful psychic on earth, and in service of his god Lucifer he will tear civilization apart. To combat his dark designs, mankind’s hopes rest on a half-mad alcoholic named Edgar Allan Poe.

In the shadows of New York City, Poe drowns his talent in rotgut gin, trying to forget the death of his beloved wife. A bare-knuckle fighter named Pierce James Figg arrives with a letter of introduction from Charles Dickens, to beg Poe’s help chasing down the power-mad devil worshiper. Writer and fighter will stand together, to save humanity from a darkness beyond even Poe’s tortured imagination.

That’s . . . wow. That’s quite something. Anyone read this? Is it as insane as it sounds? In a good way or a bad way?

Movie Updates: The Jungle Book, Goosebumps, & More

Idris ElbaIdris Elba is apparently finalizing a deal to play the voice of Shere Khan in Disney’s The Jungle Book movie. (Not to be confused with Warner Bros.’s The Jungle Book movie. I’ll try to remember to qualify when talking about them.)

Goosebumps will hit theaters on March 23, 2016.

Jurassic World has cast Vincent D’Onofrio and Irrfan Khan.

Leonardo DiCaprio may star in Jo Nesbo’s Blood on Snow, and Daniel Espinosa is in talks to direct.

Juan Antonio Bayona is heading up the adaptation of Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls.

Mark Bomback will adapt Ira Levin’s Veronica’s Room.

Charles Leavitt will adapt Michael Koryta’s Those Who Wish Me Dead.

Thor: The Dark World Posters + Thor & Loki Featurette

Thor: The Dark WorldMarvel released two new posters for Thor: The Dark World yesterday, in advance of the movie’s November release. Click on the thumbnail or head to Entertainment Weekly for a look at the full poster featuring Malekith the Accursed, played by Christopher Eccleston. Then check Marvel.com for your first look at the poster of Idris Elba as Heimdall. Then watch this featurette, in which Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston talk about the relationship between Thor and Loki.