December 2, 2016

Hollywood North: Thunderbird adapting Decker-Lazarus novels

Scott Brown / Vancouver Sun

HOLLYWOOD NORTH NOTES

School is in session: Public Schooled, a comedy starring standup comic Russell Peters, Judy Greer (Jurassic World, Antman) and Grace Park (Hawaii Five-O), started filming in Vancouver last week. Public Schooled is the story of a socially awkward boy, Liam, who has been home-schooled his whole life. When Liam falls in love with a popular one-legged girl, he abandons his mother’s suffocating love and enrolls in public school – entering an eye-opening world of sex, drugs and social mayhem. Newcomer Daniel Doheny, a veteran of Bard on the Beach productions, plays Liam.

Winslet, Elba sightings: A-listers Kate Winslet (Titanic) and Idris Elba (Star Trek Beyond) have arrived in Vancouver to shoot the plane crash/survival film The Mountain Between Us. The two stars were spotted dining at Ancora on Tuesday. The Mountain Between Us, which is scheduled to begin production on Monday, is being helmed by Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad.

Thunderbird adapting Decker-Lazarus novels: Vancouver’s Thunderbird Studios, makers of the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 and the Netflix cartoon Beat Bugs, are bringing Faye Kellerman’s best-selling Decker-Lazarus mystery novels to television. David Salzman (MADtv and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) will serve as executive producer. The show will focus on the first Decker-Lazarus novel The Ritual Bath. The story, set in the world of Orthodox Judaism, centres on hard-nosed LAPD Detective Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, a widow and mother of two who witnesses a brutal crime and becomes embroiled in solving it.

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