Arrested Development 2.0 Finds a Home

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Netflix has beat out Showtime for the return of Arrested Development, and the new episodes will be available to subscribers in early 2013. The plan is to make nine to ten episodes, each focusing on a different member of the Bluth family, before heading into the movie. Yes, T.V. nerds: this is really, actually, totally happening. Feel free to riot in excitement. Grade: A- [Deadline]

Martin Scorsese has signed on to direct The Snowman, an adaptation of Norwegian author Jo Nesbo‘s bestselling crime novel. The book is the seventh in a franchise which revolves around the detective Harry Hole, a hard-drinking rebel who goes after gruesome murderers. Apparently, the deal was in the works for a while but wasn’t officially confirmed until Nesbo himself gave final approval on Scorsese. Jo, buddy, what director were you holding out for instead of Martin Scorsese? Zombie Ingmar Bergman? Grade: A [HR]

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is attached to The Monster Hunter’s Survival Guide, an adaptation of the comic book miniseries from John Paul Russ that is a “comprehensive guide to hunt monsters, the undead and unnatural beasts, and survive the confrontations.” Johnson will play a guy with huge biceps. Grade: C [Deadline]

Elizabeth Shue will replace Marg Helgenberger on CSI, where she’ll be starring opposite fellow new-hire Ted Danson. Her character will have just gotten out of anger management courses, and will be dealing with rumors that Danson’s character fired her back when she worked for him in Seattle. In related news, whoever Shue replaced as Marty McFly’s girlfriend in the second Back to the Future has just announced plans to stop watching CSI. Grade: B+ [Deadline]

Steven Soderbergh has left the adaptation of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. The project originally had George Clooney on board until a recent surgery forced him to drop out; Channing Tatum was briefly rumored to be attached as his replacement, but was never confirmed. Now Stevie’s following his injured pal George out the door, reportedly because of budget disputes with Warner Bros. Sorry, everybody: looks like you will have to make do with just one version of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Grade: C [Deadline]

A narrative feature film using the music of the Grateful Dead is being shepherded by the folks at ICM, in the similar vein of how Across the Universe made use of Beatles songs. This time, the “psychedelic Haight-Ashbury hippie spirit of the late 60s and early 70s” will be recreated. Grade: A [Deadline]

Filed Under: Arrested Development, CSI, Dwayne Johnson, Grading the Trades, Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh

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Amos Barshad has written for New York Magazine, Spin, GQ, XXL, and the Arkansas Times. He is a staff writer for Grantland.

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