Screen Junkies » beat the reaper http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:25:13 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 HBO Still Going Apeshit With New Shows, Gets A Leo Dicaprio Medical/Mafia Drama http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hbo-still-going-apeshit-with-new-shows-gets-a-leo-dicaprio-medicalmafia-drama/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hbo-still-going-apeshit-with-new-shows-gets-a-leo-dicaprio-medicalmafia-drama/#comments Thu, 15 Dec 2011 19:41:45 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=239899 'Beat the Reaper' even has an awesome name. So far this project is batting 1.000.

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Unless HBO also starts developing new days of the week to air their original programming, something’s gotta give. The cable juggernaut announced today that it will be adding Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Beat the Reaper to its development lineup. The series, which per unofficial HBO rules, is based on a book, follows a doctor in Witness Protection, who gets tracked down and must wrestle with the demons of his former life, as a hitman for the mob.

Medical drama? Mafia drama? This show’s got something for everyone. Of course, the development timeline on this project is anyone’s guess, as HBO is absolutely brimming with projects right now. But, all other things held equal, I’m going to guess that the mafia one that was brought to them by Leonardo DiCaprio won’t be far from┬áthe┬átop of the list.

There’s no indication that DiCaprio will be acting in this series, though he was originally interested in a movie adaptation of the book. Still, though…Leonardo DiCaprio! Eh? Eh?

Yeah.

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D.J. Caruso Does Not Fear ‘The Reaper’ (Cue Cowbell) http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/d-j-caruso-does-not-fear-reaper-cue-cowbell/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/d-j-caruso-does-not-fear-reaper-cue-cowbell/#comments Thu, 10 Feb 2011 00:29:52 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=25969 D.J. Caruso has been picked to direct the adaptation of the acclaimed novel Beat the Reaper.

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As excited as D.J. Caruso is about I Am Number Four being released next weekend, he’s probably even more excited about the news that broke today. He has been picked to direct the adaptation of the acclaimed novel Beat the Reaper, which focuses on a former mobster who goes about his life in witness protection only to get tracked down by “associates” from his past. One could assume that some conflict arises out of that scenario.

Whereas Caruso took the reins of Four after Michael Bay decided to cash the giant paycheck that is Transformers 3, Caruso isn’t being called in to replace anyone with Beat the Reaper. He was selected by no less than Fox and Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Appian Way. Caruso says, via Playlist, that they are trying to hire Leo as the protagonist, though confirmation on that is still outstanding. While this project sounds like a worthwhile endeavor, I’m sure that DiCaprio is swimming in worthwhile projects, so it’s anyone’s guess as to whether or not he’ll commit, though his attachment as producer is a good sign.

This puts Caruso amidst two expected franchises in Four and Reaper, as the doctor character in the latter is expected to be built upon in later books, so this announcement could effectively tie Caruso up for the next ten years or so. Or…we could just see how both these initial entries treat him and take it from there. Yeah. Let’s do that.

Beat the Reaper is in bookstores and everyone I know is telling me I should read it, which is the highest recommendation I can give without having read it myself. What? It’s a movie site, not a literary forum…

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