Charlie Sheen’s Hunt for a Showrunner Narrows to Three Warlocks

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It doesn’t yet have a network, but Charlie Sheen’s new sitcom — an adaptation of the Jack Nicholson/Adam Sandler movie Anger Management — is hiring. Three veteran TV writers are now in contention for the title of showrunner: Tom Straw (Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson), Bruce Helford (Drew Carey Show), and Chris Case (Spin City). Is this process similar to jury selection for a high-profile murder trial? Like, you three are aware of Charlie Sheen’s recent behavior, right? Grade: C [HR]

Supernatural creator Eric Kripke will adapt the DC comic Deadman, which premiered in 1967, for CW. The comic revolves around Boston Brand, a trapeze artist who is murdered and then inhabits other people’s bodies while helping them solve conflicts in their lives. Wait, Quantum Leap was based on a comic book? Grade: C [HR]

Fresh off dumping Ouija, Universal has also pulled the plug on its adaptation of Wicked Lovely, Melissa Marr’s book series about a teenage girl who gets caught up in the “the hidden faery world.” The fact that even this blatant Twilight knockoff can’t get made is deeply troubling. Grade: A [HR]

Horizons, the Tom Cruise-starring sci fi epic — about a guy who lives in the clouds and fixes drones that defend earth from alien attack — formerly known as Oblivion, is casting a female lead, and on the shortlist is Jessica Chastain, Olivia Wilde, Brit Marling, Noomi Rapace, and Olga Kurylenko. Coincidentally, those five women also make up the Hollywood’s most fearsome recreational handball team. Grade: B+ [Variety]

Speaking of Oliva Wilde — the prolific actress is also replacing pregnant Jennifer Garner in Better Living Through Chemistry, as a trophy wife who has a drug-fueled affair with mild-mannered pharmacist Sam Rockwell. So did Wilde talk the Affleck-Garners into having another baby in to nab the role? We will never really know for sure. Grade: B- [Variety]

Fireflies in the Garden, a family drama starring Julia Roberts, Ryan Reynolds, and Willem Defoe that dates back to 2008, will finally get a theatrical release, with a limited run in New York and Los Angeles starting in October. Oh man, remember 2008? Back then, we were all so sure we’d have flying cars by now. Grade: B- [Variety]

Paul Greengrass will direct an adaptation of Robert Harris’s thriller Fear Index, about a scientist-turned-successful hedge-fund manager who is targeted by an intruder. Grade: A- [Deadline]

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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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