Campanella to Direct the USA Network’s Drama Pilot “Colony”

Juan José Campanella is joining a colony

The 55-year-old Argentine filmmaker, who won the foreign language Oscar winner for The Secret In Their Eyes, is set to direct the USA Network’s drama pilot Colony.

Juan José Campanella

Starring former Lost co-star Josh Holloway, the family drama/thriller centers on life in Los Angeles after a mysterious “foreign” occupation. Holloway will play the main character, Will Bowman, a former FBI agent who — to protect his family — is forced to collaborate with the occupational government to bring down the growing resistance movement inside the Los Angeles colony.

Colony, written and executive produced by Lost executive producer/showrunner Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal, is a co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions.

Campanella’s other credits include directing episodes of Halt and Catch Fire, House MD, 30 Rock and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Echevarria to Executive-Produce CBS’ “Intelligence” Pilot

René Echevarria will be putting his magic touch on a new CBS project…

The Cuban American producer/writer has joined CBS’ drama pilot Intelligence as an executive producer/showrunner.

Rene Echevarria

Echevarria will be joining forces with creator/executive producer Michael Seitzman in running the series for ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios.

Based on John Dixon’s unpublished book Dissident, Intelligence, which stars Josh Holloway, is centered at U.S. Cyber Command and focuses on a unit that has been created around one agent with a very special gift — a microchip has been implanted in his brain allowing him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum.

In addition to Holloway, the pilot will feature James Martinez as a “muscular federal investigator.”

The Emmy-nominated Echevarria’s credits include serving as executive producer/showrunner on Fox’s Terra Nova. He also co-created USA’s The 4400 and worked on the Jessica Alba-starrer Dark Angel, Teen Wolf, Medium and Castle.

Alonso Prepares to Shake His Groove Thing…

Laz Alonso is ready to bust a groove on the big screen…

The 37-year-old Cuban actor has been cast in “Planet B Boy,” a music-themed drama based on the award-winning documentary “Planet B-Boy.”
Laz Alonso to star in b-boy film

That documentary, released in 2007, shined a spotlight on the international world of b-boying, commonly referred to as breakdancing in the United States.  While it may not be as popular as it was back in the 1980s in the U.S., the street dance continues to thrive in places like Japan, South Korea and France.

In this new film—co-starring Josh Holloway, Josh Peck, Caity Lotz and Chris Brown—an all-star American b-boy crew trains to compete in France at the Battle of the Year (BOTY) International Championships. After a decade of defeat, the crew and their coach must go up against the best b-boys in the world: the Koreans, the Russians and the French who have dominated the original American dance form for the last 10

Directed by Benson Lee, the movie will be filmed in Los Angeles and Montpellier, France.

Alonso previously starred in “Jumping the Broom,” “Fast & Furious” and “Just Wright.”