Paramount+ Orders Crime-Thriller Series ‘The Turkish Detective’

Paramount+ has announced the global series order of “The Turkish Detective,” a detective series set in modern-day Istanbul based on the CWA Silver Dagger Award-winning novels by Barbara Nadel.

The series, which will premiere on Paramount+ in 2023, is produced by Miramax and Turkish production company Ay Yapim, in association with VIS, Paramount’s international studio.

The eight-episode-long first season of the series is based on the 24-novel series and depicts the lead character Inspector Cetin Ikmen (Halik Bilginer), his partner Mehmet Suleyman (Ethan Kai) and Detective Ayse Farsakoglu (Yasemin Kay Allen) solving crimes and experiencing euphoric highs and tragic lows. Each crime story in the series is heavily rooted in the rich and varied culture and history of Istanbul and set against the world of modern-day Turkey.

The series is written and executive produced by Ben Schiffer and directed by Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, “Mr. Robot”). The series is also executive produced by Marc Helwig and Bill Block for Miramax; Kerem Catay for Ay Yapim; and Claire Sowerby-Sheppard for VIS.

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“’The Turkish Detective’ is a universally intriguing crime thriller set against the landscape of one of the most stunning, culturally rich cities in the world,” Nicole Clemens, president of Paramount+ original scripted series, said in a statement. “We look forward to seeing Barbara Nadel’s incredible novels come to life in this series for Paramount+’s growing global audience.”

“Miramax is thrilled to partner with Paramount+ to produce this riveting, contemporary drama series from writer Ben Schiffer and internationally acclaimed filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev for a global audience,” Marc Helwig, Miramax’s head of worldwide television, said in a statement.

Production is set to begin in Istanbul in April. Outside of the markets where Paramount+ is available, the series will be distributed by Paramount Global Content Distribution.

Vestron Nick Nolte Actioner ‘Extreme Prejudice’ Due on Blu-ray May 17

Vestron Video’s 1987 action Western Extreme Prejudice, starring Nick Nolte, is being released on Blu-ray Disc May 17 from Lionsgate.

In addition to Nolte, the film, directed by Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hrs.) with a story co-written by Academy Award nominee John Milius (1979, Best Writing/Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, Apocalypse Now), also stars Powers Boothe, Maria Conchita Alonso (The Running Man, Predator 2, Spread), Michael Ironside (Starship Troopers, Total Recall, Top Gun) and Rip Torn. 

The gritty, modern Western follows Texas Ranger Jack Benteen (Nolte) who locks horns with a former friend, Cash Bailey (Boothe), now a ruthless drug kingpin. Though they’re on opposite sides of the law, they share a love interest in the sensual Sarita (Alonso). When a crew of rogue soldiers descends upon the border town for an off-the-books mission, all roads lead to a bloody, to-the-death showdown, as loyalties shift and the lines between good and evil are blurred. 

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Special features include audio commentary with film historians C. Courtney Joyner and Henry Parke; isolated score selections with an audio interview from music historian John Takis; interviews with Hill, Ironside, actor Clancy Brown, and director of photography Matthew F. Leonetti; trailers; TV spots; and a still gallery.

Western ‘Hell or High Water’ Arriving on 4K Ultra HD Steelbook May 17

The 2016 Western crime-adventure Hell or High Water 4K Ultra HD (plus Blu-ray and digital) will be re-released as a Best Buy-exclusive Steelbook May 17 from Lionsgate.

The film stars Oscar winner Jeff Bridges (2009, Best Actor, Crazy Heart), Chris Pine (“Wonder Woman” franchise, “Star Trek” franchise) and Ben Foster (Galveston, 3:10 to Yuma).
 
From the writer of Sicario, the story follows a desperate father who learns the bank is going to take his family’s land. He and his ex-con brother decide to rob the bank, putting themselves in the crosshairs of an aging Texas Ranger. 

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Special features include “Enemies Forever: The Characters of Hell or High Water“; “Visualizing the Heart of America”; “Damaged Heroes: The Performances of Hell or High Water”; the red carpet premiere; and a filmmaker Q&A.

The film was originally released on 4K disc in 2018.

Redbox Entertainment Picks Up Rights to ‘Johnny & Clyde’ Starring Megan Fox

Redbox Entertainment, the original content division of Redbox, has signed a deal for North American rights to Verdi Productions’ action crime film Johnny & Clyde.

Starring Avan Jogia (Zombieland: Double Tap), Ajani Russell (Betty), with Tyson Ritter (Preacher) and Megan Fox (Transformers), and directed by Tom DeNucci (Vault), Johnny & Clyde will premiere in theaters and will be available on the same date in Redbox kiosks and on demand.

The film is a spin on the iconic Bonnie and Clyde story and follows two serial killers (Jogia, Russell) who are madly in love and on a shocking crime spree. They ultimately set their sights on robbing a prosperous casino run by a crime boss, Alana (Fox), and her head of security Guy (Ritter).

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Rounding out the cast are Vanessa Angel (Kingpin), Bai Ling (The Crow), Robert LaSardo (The Mule), Armen Garo (The Departed), Sean Ringgold (American Gangster), Nick Principe (Vault), Brett Azar (Young Rock), Sydney Jenkins (Don’t Look Up) and Charles W. Harris III (Glass). 

Verdi Productions produced and financed the project and VMI Worldwide is handling international sales.

“Fans of dark, gritty action movies are going to love Johnny & Clyde,” Redbox CEO Galen Smith said in a statement. “Tom has created a film that will have fans on the edge of their seats. We’re looking forward to releasing the film later this year.”

“This film will keep fans engaged from beginning till the end — a true thriller with a twist of humor,” stated producer Chad A. Verdi.

Crime Series ‘Annika’ Headed to PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel April 17

Six episodes of the new show “Annika” will premiere on PBS Passport and the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel on April 17.

The subscription rate for the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel is $5.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. PBS Passport is an added member benefit that provides extended access to a digital on-demand library of PBS programs.

The series will have a television broadcast in fall 2022.

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Set on a scenic river amid Scottish lochs, Glasgow has an unusually high rate of slayings connected to water in the new crime series starring Nicola Walker (Unforgotten, Last Tango in Halifax) as D.I. Annika Strandhed, the speedboat-driving head of the city’s newly-formed Marine Homicide Unit.  
Fishing bodies from the waters, Strandhed and her newly-formed unit face a steady stream of murders. Confiding her thoughts directly to viewers, Annika juggles baffling cases and a rebellious teenage daughter. Annika’s strikingly effective M.O. is to link the crime under investigation to her obsessive reading of literature and mythology. 

Crime Thriller ‘Ted K’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD May 24 From Distribution Solutions

The crime thriller biopic Ted K will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD May 24 from Distribution Solutions, Super and Decal.

A journey into the tortured mind of America’s most notorious and enigmatic terrorist, the film follows the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, who becomes radicalized with rage as the outside world encroaches on his mountain sanctuary deep in the Rocky Mountains. What begins with small acts of sabotage culminates in deadly bomb attacks, national media attention, and the largest manhunt in American history. 

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The film stars Sharlto Copley (District 9, The A-Team), Drew Powell (Ray Donovan, “Gotham,” “The Mentalist”) and Wayne Pyle (“The Blacklist,” “Succession,” What We Found).

 

Thriller ‘The Card Counter’ Available Digitally Nov. 23, on Disc Dec. 14

The crime thriller The Card Counter was released through digital retailers Nov. 23, and arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 14 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Executive produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Paul Schrader, the film follows an ex-military interrogator turned gambler who is haunted by the ghosts of his past decisions. The film stars Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish and Tye Sheridan. 

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Bonus content on Blu-ray and DVD includes the featurette “A High-Stakes World,” in which Schrader discusses developing the characters and how the world of poker provided the perfect metaphor for William Tell’s predicament. The featurette also includes interviews with stars Oscar Isaac and Tiffany Haddish, as well as poker consultant Joe Stapleton.

Josh Hartnett Thriller ‘Ida Red’ Available on DVD Jan. 4

The crime thriller Ida Red will be released on DVD Jan. 4 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The film is already available for digital purchase and on demand.

In the film, crime boss Ida “Red” Walker (Oscar winner Melissa Leo) turns to her son Wyatt (Josh Hartnett) to pull off one last heist to get out of prison. But with the FBI closing in, Wyatt must choose between family and freedom.

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In addition to Leo and Hartnett, the film also stars Sofia Hublitz, William Forsythe, Deborah Ann Woll, George Carroll, Mark Boone Junior, Beau Knapp and Frank Grillo.

Crime Thriller ‘La Flamme Rouge’ Available On Demand From Level 33

The crime thriller La Flamme Rouge is available in theaters and on demand from Level 33 Entertainment.

Executive produced by Balthazar Getty (Lord of the Flies) and written and directed by the Maze Brothers Brent and Derek (Cyanide Syndicate: Blueprint, A$AP Lotto: Smooth City), the film stars an ensemble cast of “Twin Peaks” alums (Balthazar Getty, Nicole LaLiberté, George Griffith), as well as Clint Howard (Solo: A Star Wars Story), Todd Lowe (HBO’s “True Blood”), Josh Martin (“Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection”), Colby Coash (Former Nebraska State Senator, It Snows All the Time), Charlie McElveen (12 Midnight) and Sebastian Quinn (TV Series “Doomsday”). 

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In the film, a violent night sends cycling champ Rick Van Pelt into a neon drenched fever dream. Fueled by scotch and paranoia, he confronts Isaac about an affair with his fiancée. A shocking turn of events unveils their scheme to rip off a reclusive art dealer. Eccentric friends, old and new, fail to save Rick from the nocturnal underworld and his demons personified. A renegade detective is his only hope.

 

‘Hard Luck Love Song’ Headed to PVOD Nov. 9, Digital and On Demand Dec. 21

The noir crime thriller Hard Luck Love Song arrives on premium VOD Nov. 9, and for digital purchase and on demand Dec. 21 from Lionsgate.

Based on the song “Just Like Old Times” by singer-songwriter Todd Snider, the film stars Michael Dorman (“For All Mankind,” “Patriot,” The Invisible Man), Sophia Bush (John Tucker Must Die, “One Tree Hill,” “Love, Victor”), Dermot Mulroney (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Arrested Development,” My Best Friend’s Wedding), Primetime Emmy Award nominee RZA (2020, Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music, TV’s “Wu-Tang: An American Saga”), Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts (1985, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Runaway Train), and Melora Walters (Magnolia, Boogie Nights, Dead Poets Society).

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The film follows Jesse (Dorman), a charismatic but down on his luck troubadour hustling pool in dive bars, living out of cheap motels and making bad decisions. Jesse finds himself at an existential crossroads during a chance encounter with Carla (Bush), an old flame, as their complicated past and current troubles threaten to destroy their blissful reunion.