IIt will be difficult to top 2013.
This year Las Vegas was nearing its max with the release of The Hangover Part III, its old doppelganger Last Vegas, the Liberace film Behind the Candelabra and two Magicians-on-the-Strip films: ” Now You “See Me” and “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”.
Even so, we are in the middle of something of a renaissance when it comes to high-profile films and TV shows that are closely associated with Las Vegas.
Here is a summary of some projects in different stages of development:
The Candy Man can
Paramount confirmed Tuesday that it was a biography of strip icon Sammy Davis Jr. The studio hired Charles Murray, a writer and producer of “Sons of Anarchy” and “Luke Cage,” to write the script, which various reports claim will be released based in part on the treatise “Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis.” Jr. “
Martin Scorsese will produce The Card Counter, a revenge story starring Oscar Isaac, Willem Dafoe, Tiffany Haddish and Tye Sheridan that culminates in a World Series of Poker event. It is written and directed by Paul Schrader (“First Reformed”) who wrote the scripts for Scorsese’s “Raging Bull”, “Taxi Driver”, “The Last Temptation of Christ” and “Bringing Out the Dead”.
It’s in the cards
Awkwafina was won to star in “The Baccarat Machine,” the story of how player Cheung Yin “Kelly” Sun funded her lavish Las Vegas lifestyle by winning tens of millions of dollars through a strategy known as “edge sorting” is. Basically, she would be able to flip the most important cards in mini-baccarat in the deck so she could recognize them on her back. Their adventures, as described in Michael Kaplan’s article in Cigar Aficionado, were increasingly accompanied by poker superstar Phil Ivey and eventually landed the couple on trial.
Programming a stunt
“This Is Us” star Milo Ventimiglia will play Evel Knievel in a limited series about the daredevil daredevil. The series for USA Network is expected to focus on Knievels preparations to jump Snake River Canyon in 1974, seven years after his spectacular crash at Caesars Palace, Idaho. Long-time Las Vegas boxing promoter Bob Arum, who worked with Knievel to sell the Snake River event on closed-circuit television, is played by David Krumholtz (“Numbers”, “The Deuce”).
In Tyson’s corner
In other boxing news, Anthony Hopkins has signed up to play legendary trainer Cus D’Amato in “Cus and Mike,” a film that focuses on his time as the father figure of a young Mike Tyson. Nick Cassavetes (“John Q”, “The Notebook”) is included for writing and directing. The casting for an actor who will play Tyson, who has lived in Las Vegas since the mid-1980s, is still ongoing. George C. Scott portrayed D’Amato in the 1995 HBO film “Tyson”.
HBO Max is charging original content ahead of May launch. From that point on, it will be something of the seventy-seventh streaming service launched in the past two years.
One such series, Vegas High, centers on a teenage boy in the 1990s who is torn between the wild side of town and her strong Mormon beliefs. The show, with Jordana Spiro (“Ozark”) and Coolio in a recurring role, is based on the upbringing of the writer Sarah-Raquel Jimenez.
The upcoming service is also developing an as-yet-unnamed comedy about a diva darkly caring for a 25-year-old outcast in Las Vegas. It is produced by Michael Schur, who created or helped create “Parks and Recreation”, “The Good Place” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”.
And because old TV shows never die, they just sit around waiting to be revived. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation could return to CBS. The hugely popular drama turns 20 this fall, and a limited series of events – similar to the way Fox brought back “24,” “The X-Files” and “Prison Break” – to celebrate that anniversary is in the early stages Discussion phase. It may not have gotten past the “Hey, we should bring CSI back” stage that early.
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